Say Hello to Linda’s Wee Manor

Throughout the year Real Good Toys is happy to welcome new customers to their family of store front retailers. It is important we take a moment to introduce everyone to these great stores and recognize what they have to offer. 

Linda's Wee Manor in Carolina Beach, NC

Linda’s Wee Manor in Carolina Beach, NC

A big Real Good Toys welcome goes out to Linda’s Wee Manor of Carolina Beach, NC. The store opened on June 1st and is located at 1401 N. Lake Park Blvd., Suite #70. They are open Monday through Friday 10 am – 4 pm and Saturday 10 am – 2 pm.  Call 910-859-0088 for more information.

Arthur and Linda Aliberti, a brother and sister duo originally from Boston, moved to Carolina Beach and opened this enchanting store. Linda says, “We have everything. If there’s something in your home, we can get it, we can make it, or we can order it.” Linda and Arthur specialize in making miniature replicas of customers’ homes, which is a service much sought after by many miniaturists.  As their workshop is right in their store, folks can get a peak at Linda and Arthur in action.

If you find yourself in their area, be sure to stop by and say hi. Tell them Real Good Toys sent you and ask them about their Real Good Toys dollhouses. 

Best wishes to Linda’s Wee Manor. 

Merrie Soltis – Miniaturist of the Month

Merrie Soltis, Miniaturist of the Month, Newport, Real Good Toys

Merrie and Marco, and her fabulous Newport Dollhouse

Newport, Real Good Toys

The Real Good Toys Newport Dollhouse

Meet Merrie and her cat Marco! Merrie lives in Stone Mountain, Georgia and is Real Good Toys’ Miniaturist of the Month. As most of us, Merrie remembers that her love of dollhouses began during her childhood. Her first dollhouse was a plastic Fisher-Price™ house. But when her dad made her a dollhouse out of a refrigerator box, she was smitten.  Her dad realized her love for the homemade dollhouse, so he found a pattern and made a dollhouse from cardboard, and then made the same dollhouse from wood for a Christmas gift for Merrie. They painted and decorated it just like their real home. Merrie spent her dollar allowances to buy plastic furniture for her dollhouse from the local drug store.

When Merrie was older, she got a DuraCraft dollhouse kit. She says, “I insisted on the biggest one they made!” It took her dad 8 months to build it and he assembled it with a hot glue gun. After 30 years of being stored in a damp basement, it needed lots of restoration. Merrie had always said she was going to fix the house up one day, but after consulting with her local dollhouse shop, Miniature Designs in Lawrenceville, GA, they suggested that she start over with a new kit.  Enter the Real Good Toys Newport Dollhouse kit. After looking at her work, it is amazing to know that this is the first dollhouse she has ever built herself. She says, “It has taken me a whole year from start to finish.” Merrie created her dollhouse in authentic Victorian style and added the Newport two-story addition. She upgraded the trim and added different window pediments. She also added a stained glass door and attic window by miniature artisan, Barbara Sabia. You’ll notice lots of miniature cats that closely resemble Marco. Merrie explains that in Victorian times people loved nature and incorporated it into their decor. She says stuffed birds were quite popular, so she gave her dollhouse living room a peacock theme.

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Merrie’s award winning irises.

What does Merrie like to do when she is not working on her dollhouse? She enjoys growing award winning irises. They are beautiful! She has even incorporated her irises in the stained glass. Merrie and her husband, and her Himalayan cat Marco, share their home, which according to Merrie has been a wreck for a solid year. Her husband, who is an avid canoeist, worked on his his new boat in the den, while Merrie worked on her dollhouse in the living room and dining room. She says, “I didn’t think I would ever get all the paint chips and sawdust out of the rug.” I think these two are in need of a workshop!

When I asked Merrie, “What does working with miniatures mean to you and what does it do for you?” Merrie said, “…I think part of it is this desire to create a perfect miniature world. My real house, like my real life, is messy and chaotic! My kitchen counter is covered with bills, I didn’t have time to make the bed this morning, there’s 500 jars of stuff on the bathroom sink.   I don’t have to worry about any of that with the dollhouse. The cats never shed on the velvet sofa. The kids don’t leave their toys all over the house. I can buy the beautiful antique victorian sofa without having to worry about someone spilling Coke on it, or whether it’s going to be comfortable. I can wallpaper a whole room in red and another in big flowers. The food in the refrigerator never goes bad. The plants never die. And unlike my real house, this one comes with a maid!  Like I said, it’s perfect.” 

Thanks for sharing with us Merrie!  I can’t wait to see what you create next!  

Bobbye Gorrell – Miniaturist of the Month

Bobbye Gorrell

Meet Bobbye Gorrell, our Real Good Toys Miniaturist of the Month. She hails from Beavercreek, OH which is near Dayton. Bobbye hasreal Good Toys Miniaturist of the Month been building dollhouses and miniature displays since 1980, with at least 30 dollhouses Bobbye Gorrell, Miniaturist of the Monthand miniature scenes under her belt. Bobbye is very good at taking an unlikely container and turning it into an intriguing miniature scene.  She took an old cuckoo clock apart and made it a little miniature cottage. Bobbye also took an old silverware chest and turned it into a beautiful outdoor wedding display.

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Bobbye built two Imagination Houses for her granddaughters and a Lilliput Kiwi Cottage that she says, “…everyone who sees it loves it. ” She also had a custom one of a kind A-Frame dollhouse built for her, and at present, she is working on a Front Opening Country Victorian.  Bobbye really enjoys building Real Good Toys dollhouse kits.


Bobbye's dollhouse replicaI had a lovely conversation with Bobbye and she gave me the lowdown on how the dollhouse replica of her real home came about. At a miniature show in Dayton, Bobbye met a man from Old World Craftsmen Dollhouses in Oconomowoc, WI. He was also a cabinet maker and used his leftover materials to make dollhouses. So when Bobbye and her family moved into their new home, she contacted this fellow to build a replica of her new home. She sent off the blueprints for him to work from and after two years, the dollhouse was ready. To take it a step further, Bobbye sent pictures of her real furniture to a fellow from Mayberry Miniatures in Parma OH, who made replicas of her furniture for her dollhouse. Then came wiring, finishing and landscaping. To say that this project has been a labor of love is a bit of an understatement. I believe it may be the dream of every miniaturist to have an exact likeness, or replica, of a structure near and dear to their heart.
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Bobbye gets building help from her husband. He helps her put the dollhouses together and then lets her put the finishing touches on the dollhouse, such as paint, wallpaper and decorating. He also helps her out with shingling.

Bobbye has recently retired from her job, which she described as a one person accounting department for an engineering firm. Now that Bobbye is not working full time, she would like to refurbish old dollhouses and donate them to local charities. She also likes to travel with her husband, seeing the country and going to miniature shows. When she is not working with miniatures, Bobbye enjoys playing bridge with her friends.  She also sews and creates counted cross-stitch furnishings for dollhouses.

Thanks so much for sharing your dollhouses and miniature scenes with us Bobbye.  We love your unique pieces and how they came about. 

Would you like to be our next Miniaturist of the Month?  Just email your information to [email protected]

I want to let your talents shine!! sunshine



Miniaturist of the Month – Sabrina Turner

“If you can’t have it in REAL life, you might as well have it in MINI.” That’s the motto of our Miniaturist of the Month, Sabrina Turner.  Sabrina is originally from Charlottesville, VA and now lives in Waldorf, MD, where she works as a paralegal with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C. When she’s not busy with her miniatures, you might find Sabrina riding her motorcycle or studying for her Master’s Degree in Legal Studies.  Amid all of these interesting things, Sabrina also is the proud mother of 2 sons and 4 grandsons.

RGT 3200 Series shell

Le Reve Estate, a custom RGT 3200 Series Shell

Sabrina built her first dollhouse in 1995, but she didn’t have the opportunity to build a Real Good Toys dollhouse until 2003.  She received a 3200 Series Shell Dollhouse Kit for Christmas. Fast forward twelve years and look what she’s done with this shell kit!  Sabrina calls this dollhouse “Le Reve Estate” and the mansion measures just shy of 7 feet long.  It has three extensions and a garage.  She considers it one of her prized possessions, and as most miniaturists, she is still decorating the interior.  Sabrina5Sabrina6Sabrina7

RGT Foxhall Manor

Sabrina’s Foxhall Manor with conservatory and custom garage

RGT Thornhill

Sabrina’s Thornhill






Sabrina supplied us with many wonderful interior shots of her “mini mansions”, so I chose just a few to share. Her interior work is just as spectacular as her exterior work! Over the years, Sabrina has collected many miniatures in her travels and she says Le Reve Estate has a significant place in her home, regally sitting on its own custom built table with wheels. You’ll notice a couple of snazzy looking vehicles in her pictures, such as the miniature versions of a Lexus LS400 and a Range Rover Sport.  Sabrina has also built the Foxhall Manor and the Thornhill.  Next up is the Newport with two extensions and on her wish list is the Queen Anne. The Windsor, Victoria’s Farmhouse, Alison Jr. and Victorian Cottage Jr. are some other dollhouses she has built. She is an expert on Real Good Toys dollhouses!


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Sabrina’s Gucci store

Presently she is working on a General Store and has turned it into a Gucci store.  All of these beautiful creations make up her Real Good Toys Millionaire’s Row. Sabrina is hoping to add more shops to her “mini millionaire neighborhood” and says that each of her dollhouses has been, and will be, built in honor of her four sisters and herself. As Sabrina says, “What better way to own the most prestigious mansions without having to worry about mortgages, electric bills, association dues, etc…!”

I am a TRUE RGT fan!!

All we can say is “WOW”.  Thank you so much for sharing your exquisite work Sabrina.  Keep it up. We can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve!!

Would you like to be our next Miniaturist of the Month?  Email me at [email protected] all the details!

Miniaturist of the Month – Dena Buehring

Dean and her French Bakery

Dena and her French Bakery

Say hello to Dena Buehring, Real Good Toys Miniaturist of the Month.  Dena lives in Tucson, AZ and works as an Administrative Assistant for a CPA firm.  Dena says it seems like miniatures have always been part of her life.  In the early 1990’s, she built her first big dollhouse and Dena now has five dollhouses, two wall houses and several room boxes in her collection.

RR-29 Barn

Waiting for Bobby to get home from school

As with most people that work with dollhouses and miniatures, Dena finds it relaxing. She says she is always on the lookout for miniatures for her dollhouses and she has even planned trips around miniature shows, so she can find the next best thing for her projects.  In the past, Dena has built dollhouses for friends that were physically incapable of building the dollhouse themselves, and has taught dollhouse building classes while working part-time for The Doll House, then in Tucson. She also has built a dollhouse along with her grandson and she built him a Real Good Toys RR29 Ruff ‘n Rustic All American Barn for his last birthday.

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Dena’s Scottish House

Dena’s work load is heaviest in tax season, so she usually works on her miniatures in the summer, beginning right after April 15th. In the winter months, after Thanksgiving, Dena moves from her miniatures to genealogical research.  She loves to trace her ancestry and compile as much information as she can.  Another love of hers is reading.  She said she reads all the time. Dena is a Real Good Toys Facebook fan and we have seen some amazing work from her on our page.  The most recent is one of the Build Along projects that she finally was able to finish.  She calls it her French House.  It is actually a French Bakery and Dena is going to experiment with making Fimo bread and pastries to fill the bakery next summer.  We can’t wait to see what she does with the interior finishing of her bakery.

Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean

Miniaturist of the Month craft project

A Pirate’s Life for Me!

On a trip to Glasgow, Scotland, Dena purchased the dollhouse she calls her Scottish House.  She was able to bring home the dollhouse kit and some special miniatures packed right in her suitcase. Dena is one of those miniaturists that needs to be doing something crafty all the time and is always thinking about what she can make in miniature.  She likes to do unusual, fun projects like her Pirates of the Caribbean miniature scene.  This diorama was created in an old phone box. Dena says, “I find I miss being creative if I don’t have something to work on – sometimes I just like to do furniture kits or make books or little boxes for kits. I have a MINI problem.”

Dena's Favorite Dollhouse

Dena’s Favorite Dollhouse

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Interior of Dena’s favorite house

The large green dollhouse was Dena’s first dollhouse. She built the dollhouse in the early 1990’s and although it has some similarities to an early Real Good Toys dollhouse, Dena is unsure of the manufacturer. She purchased it from The Doll House before she started working there. Dena has made several of the miniatures from scratch and has spent years working on this dollhouse. She has had fun adding her personal touches to the dollhouse and still adds to it when she finds something special. She says this is her favorite dollhouse because it turned out so beautiful. Dena says, ” I would like to live there and sit on the porch swing in the summertime.”

Thanks for sharing with us Dena. We admire your attention to detail and your ability to tackle any type of miniature project. We can’t wait to see more!

Would you like to be our next Miniaturist of the Month?  It’s really easy!! Just email your information and pictures to [email protected]

I can’t wait to let your talents shine!sunshine


Judi Enins – Miniaturist of the Month

Real Good Toys Classic Bungalow

Judi and Cesar with the Holiday Bungalow.

Welcome our newest Real Good Toys Miniaturist of the Month – Judi Enins of Bensenville, IL, a suburb 20 miles west of Chicago. Judi confides that she has been married to her high school sweetheart and best friend for 45 years.  She and her husband have two daughters and two grandchildren, with another grandchild on the way in December.  Judi’s only baby left at home now is Cesar, her 12 year old West Highland Terrier.

Real Good Toys Contemporary Ranch

Interior of Contemporary Ranch

Real Good Toys Contemporary Ranch

Judi’s Contemporary Ranch

After retiring two years ago from the insurance industry, Judi has, once again, found the hobby of dollhouses and miniatures.  30 years ago Judi built three dollhouses with her husband when their daughters were young.  She said she and her husband really got into miniatures during that time.  Her husband would build them and she would decorate them.  As the girls grew, the dollhouses were stored away.  Judi pulled them out for her granddaughter to play with while she was visiting.  She admits that she had forgotten just how much she enjoyed them, so she decided to build one for herself. Since most dollhouses have a Victorian look to them, she wanted something a little bit different. Judi chose the Real Good Toys Contemporary Ranch. She fell in love with the modern design.  Because her granddaughter’s room is not that large at home, Judi keeps the dollhouse at her house, which just delights Grandma!

Judi’s next project was the Real Good Toys Classic Bungalow.  She decorated the dollhouse in a Holiday theme, Christmas dinner at Grandma and Grandpa’s house! Such a happy little dollhouse. Oh my, she is giving me some gift ideas! Judi did a little customizing on the Classic Bungalow.  With the help of her husband, Judi installed two craftsman style skylight windows in the attic ceiling to break up the broad expanse of the ceiling. Those windows really open up the attic rooms.

Judi's Holiday Bungalow

Judi’s Holiday Bungalow

Real Good Toys Classic Bungalow

Christmas at Grandma & Grandpa’s

Judi is loving retirement and is keeping very busy. She swims every day, and has learned to knit.  She is involved in her church choir and of course, Judi has become a true dollhouse enthusiast. She thinks her next dollhouse will be the Real Good Toys New Orleans dollhouse. Judi says,

“It’s a great hobby and I totally understand how a person could get hooked on building these little works of art. It’s a way to use all of the skills at your disposal (your imagination, design, artistry, etc…) My finished dollhouses have pride of place in my family room so I can look at them all the time – but if I keep making dollhouses at this rate, there will be no room for either my husband or me to sit in the family room anymore. Thanks for manufacturing such good quality, top of the line, easy to build dollhouse kits”.  


Thank you for sharing with us Judi.  Your enthusiasm is contagious and we hope you continue your rediscovery of dollhouses.

Would you like to be my next Miniaturist of the Month? It’s really easy. Just email your information with a few pictures attached to your email to [email protected]

I want to let your talents shine!sunshine

The Healing Power of Dollhouses

Do you ever wonder how people defy the odds when it comes to their health? How do they overcome and bounce back? Building dollhouses can be therapy, and often we hear that dollhouses can erase real life problems by creating a make believe, or fantasy life. People tend to lose themselves in their miniatures. And using your imagination, being creative and having a purpose can be powerful drugs.

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Thomas Kneeshaw and his most recent dollhouse, The Alison Jr.

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The Real Good Toys Alison Jr.

Shareen Kneeshaw and her father Thomas recently built the Real Good Toys Alison Jr. dollhouse kit for a fundraiser for the Mental Health Association of Westchester(NY). They took advantage of the Real Good Toys Dollhouses for a Cause program. Nearing 96 years old, Thomas has built several dollhouses. He has made two dollhouses from scratch, using Real Good Toys components.  He has built (7) 1 inch scale and (3) 1/2 inch scale dollhouses from kits. All of these dollhouses were for his granddaughters, great granddaughters, friends, and fundraisers.

In 2014, Thomas became very ill, with the result being an above the knee amputation of one of his legs. He recovered quickly, but then fell ill again in the spring of this year. At this point, his doctors felt he would not recover and sent him home with hospice care.  According to Shareen, as time passed and her father held on, he realized he better get busy and do something with his time. Shareen came across a Real Good Toys catalog and they both decided it might be a good idea to try some smaller dollhouse kits, more manageable and in line with his limitations. Shareen and her sister thought for sure it would take him at least a month to finish the first dollhouse, but he had it done in 8 days!


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Interior of the Alison Jr.

Alison Jr.

Beautiful painting on the Alison Jr.

“It was an amazing thing to watch. When he started building the dollhouses, he was still pretty weak, but the more he did the better he got. He said he feels like he has a purpose and is being productive, and this is doing wonders for his health. After he finished the first one and we didn’t have a second one ready yet, he seemed to start to feel poorly again, feeling pain, etc… The afternoon the second one arrived, he said he was feeling poorly, but once he saw it he perked right up and got started on it right away.  He works on them every day as soon as he finishes breakfast and works on them until he goes to bed.  He has a live-in aid who gives him a hand when he needs things maneuvered.  We sometimes work on them together, either my sister or I, as a way to spend time with him. He is teaching us a lot. He can’t get to his workshop anymore, so we have set up a work area in the kitchen with various levels of work surfaces, so he can reach what he needs to from his wheelchair. We may run out of friends or family who could use dollhouses, so we are looking to find places to donate them. Needless to say we are thankful for your kits and hope you stay in business for a long, long time.”

With no real medical theory, Thomas’ doctors don’t know quite what to make of his rebound. Shareen says her father is a cat with 9 lives. Thomas thinks it’s a miracle.

We hope that Real Good Toys dollhouses continue to offer Thomas enjoyment and that his health continues to remain stable. No matter the reason, or explanation, we are in awe of the level of determination, and the fortitude that Thomas displays. Thanks to Shareen and Thomas for sharing this heartwarming story. 

Do you have a favorite charity or a worthwhile non-profit organization that needs a contribution for a fundraiser? Since 2009 we have been offering our Dollhouses for a Cause program which allows a 30% discount towards the purchase of any dollhouse kit for the purpose of fundraising. Just fill out the application and send it in…and get building!!

Miniaturist of the Month – Renee Orvis

Renee and her Collectibles Cabinet and Mulberry Lane

Renee and her Collectibles Cabinet and Mulberry Lane

Renee's Display Case

Renee’s Display Case

Real Good Toys welcomes Renee Orvis, our very first home town Miniaturist of the Month! Renee grew up right here in Barre. She is married with two children, an 18 year old daughter in college and an 8 year old son.  She attended Johnson State College for one year and eventually finished her degree in fine art at the Community College of Vermont.  Renee also worked for Joann Fabrics for a few years where she developed an interest in sewing, crafts and needlework. She has worked for 26 years at Vermont Mutual Insurance Group in the Finance Department.

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Beautiful Foyer

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Custom painted fireplace

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Great country kitchen

Renee is relatively new to miniatures, but has jumped in with both feet.  She became interested in dollhouses and miniatures when she was young.  Renee recalls receiving a large Colonial Style dollhouse for Christmas one year. The house was passed on, but she kept some of the furniture thinking she might eventually get into dollhouses. It wasn’t until about a year and a half ago that she bought her first kit. Her first build was the Real Good Toys Build Along Collectibles Cabinet.  That was all it took.  Renee was hooked!  Her next kit was the Lilliput Mulberry Lane. Renee really loves art history, especially the Georgian, Regency and Victorian periods.  She wanted to make the interior of her Mulberry Lane as authentic to these periods as her budget would allow.  She said, “I finally decided that I can’t have an exact replica house with all the details exactly as they would have been… so I decided to look at it more as an impressionist painter would and focus on the subtleties, giving the suggestion of a Georgian kitchen or a Regency drawing room.  A little color here and a little detail there, and not worry so much about making it exactly correct.”

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Look at those paintings!

What’s next for this miniaturist?  She would like to create miniatures on her own and not from kits.  Renee would like to try her hand at polymer clay food, and has already tried painting and framing her own pieces. She says, “As a new miniaturist, I am very excited about the many facets and options to explore!”

Renee, your enthusiasm to try new things is contagious, and we thank you for letting us have a look into your projects. We can’t wait to see what’s next for you!

Would you like to be our next Miniaturist of the Month?  It’s really easy!  Just email your information with a few pictures attached to [email protected]  I want to let your talents shine!sunshine

My “Mini” Vacation

Museum of Miniature Houses, Carmel, IN

Museum of Miniature Houses, Carmel, IN

While visiting family and friends in Indianapolis, IN, I had the opportunity to visit the Mecca for miniature enthusiasts and collectors. If you travel through Central Indiana, you must make time to visit the Museum of Miniature Houses in Carmel, IN, just north of Indianapolis. I had the pleasure of meeting Suzanne Landshof, one of the founders of the Museum.  We had a lovely visit while touring the exhibits, winding in and out of the many display rooms full of exquisite examples of early and modern miniatures and dollhouses.  Suzanne’s knowledge of miniature history, her eye for quality and detail, and her commitment to the museum, made the visit worth every minute.

Le Chateau foyer

Le Chateau foyer

Beyond being wowed by many examples of unique miniatures such as a full set of armor for a miniature horse, the magnificent, two story foyer of a miniature French Chateau, and a miniature display of Sherlock Holmes’ office at 221B Baker Street, I was struck by how inviting each room felt.

Sherlock Holmes 221B Baker Street by LaVerne Sullivan

Sherlock Holmes 221B Baker Street by LaVerne Sullivan

the Tower Armory by LaVerne Sullivan

The Tower Armory by LaVerne Sullivan

It was like a treasure hunt.  Each room I entered held something equally, or even more enchanting than the last, with the treasures being the stories that each of the displays told.

The museum offers many programs and events that involve young and old. There is literally something for everyone at this Museum.

The Museum is located at 111 East Main Street in Carmel, right in the Arts District.  Check their website,, or call 317-575-9466 for more information. 

Miniaturist of the Month-Leah Sexton

Leah's Collectible Cabinet

Leah’s Collectible Cabinet  Facebook Build Along Project


RGT's 2014 Facebook Build-Along Project, Collectibles Cabinet

Leah’s Collectibles Cabinet

Interior of Leah's Collectibles Cabinet

Interior of Leah’s Collectibles Cabinet

Meet our Miniaturist of the Month-Leah Sexton.  Leah has been making miniatures for 20 years and she started with the Real Good Toys Simplicity Dollhouse. She has made many projects over the years and has donated most all of them to raffles, fundraisers and toy drives. Her current projects are the Real Good Toys Collectible Cabinet, Hobby Builders Supply Creating Contest and a room box in 1/3 scale.  1/3 scale is for dolls 18-24 inches. Real Good Toys is just about ready to unveil our 18 inch dollhouse.  Hold on to your hats 1/3 scale lovers.  Leah has enjoyed the 2014 Collectibles Cabinet Facebook Build Along project so much so that she would really like another one.  I think lots of folks would like to see that one come back. That project made a very handy, and cute, craft supply storage for me. She is also working on the current Build Along project, The Crafter’s Cottage.  The popular Build Along projects on our Facebook page, Real Good Toys Dollhouses, allow participants to individualize and design their own dream project while sharing creativity and enthusiasm with a whole group of like-minded people.

Leah's Paint Ready Victorian

Leah’s Paint Ready Victorian

Leah's Holiday New Orleans Dollhouse

Leah’s Holiday New Orleans Dollhouse

Even though Leah doesn’t keep many of her projects for herself, she confides that the Christmas themed New Orleans Dollhouse with an addition was the hardest dollhouse to part with, even though it went for a good cause. No wonder she was sad to see it go…it’s spectacular! Leah also did an amazing job on a dollhouse kit that is no longer in production here at Real Good Toys, The Paint Ready Victorian.  Her color choices and painting scheme are true Victorian.  Our Attic Tower Contest didn’t stump Leah. I love what she did with that small space.  Leah really likes the challenge of contests and Build Alongs. She also has participated in several Hobby Builders Supply Creating Contests.

Leah's Attic Tower Contest entry

Leah’s Attic Contest entry


Leah's Wall House

Leah’s Wall House Facebook Build Along Project

Leah’s best advice to any miniaturist is to take your time. Leah says, “For instance, when glue needs to set or paint needs to dry, move to something else in the assembly process so your project doesn’t look rushed”. When Leah is not crafting, she loves hiking the trails around her home in Gladstone, MI, which is in the Upper Peninsula.  In bad weather she loves to curl up with a good mystery book.  She tells me that in order to fund her mini-fun, she teaches at a small local college. Leah says, “I am having fun in different scales making tiny and not so tiny accessories. The challenge of a new kit is always incentive to begin another project”.

Thanks for sharing your work with us Leah. 

We applaud your generosity with your miniatures.

Would you like to be our next Miniaturist of the Month?  It’s really easy. Just email your information with a few pictures attached to [email protected].

We want to let your talents SHINE!! sunshine