4th Annual Real Good Toys Build-Along Project Finished Photos

Jodi and I were so excited to see what everybody would come up with for our 4th Annual Build-Along Project featuring the Collectibles Cabinet shell kit.  Lots of people customized to create in mini what their minds only imagined.  Each Build-Along Project is so unique and we’re simply thrilled with the results.  I’m sure you’ll be amazed by the creativity of everybody involved.  Many of our build-alongers were very brave and customized many aspects of their build as well as tried some new techniques .  It’s truly inspiring to see what each and everyone of you do with this annual project.  We’re so privileged to work with you all and be part of such an amazing online community.

Many more people have not finished their kits yet so we hope to add more photos to this album as they roll in.  Take some time to check out the 4th Annual Build-Along Project Finished Photos.  Maybe it will spark an idea and get you in the mini-ing mood.

Jodi and I would like to thank everybody who participated in this year’s Build-Along project and look forward to our 5th Annual Project, which is yet to be determined.  More info will follow in January 2015.  We hope you’ll consider joining us.

For those of you who feel so inclined to create your own mini world with the Collectibles Cabinet shell kit, we still have a few available.  When they’re gone, they’ll be gone forever.

Many Mini Wishes – Jennifer

NEW – Real Good Toys Large Dollhouse Electrical Kit

Haven’t you always wanted to electrify your dollhouse kit and light it up?  Our NEW Large Dollhouse Electrical Wiring kit includes enough materials to adequately electrify a dollhouse up to 36 inches wide.  (You could electrify our Ultimate Queen Anne Dollhouse kit simply by purchasing an additional 30 Feet of Tapewire and another package of Small Hollow Eyelets.)  With features like our awesome and unique EL66 Electrification Piercing & Drilling Tool and our superior Power Jack & Plug Set, our Large Dollhouse Electrical kit makes electrifying your dollhouse soooo easy!  We include our detailed instructions and free wiring guide to help you along your way.  Of course, we also offer extended technical support via email or phone because we want you to succeed.  I’ve done it a couple of times now and I must say that it’s much easier to do than expected.  Plus the final results are simply amazing.  People make their dollhouses look so life-like and when they are electrified and all lit up, it’s so worth the effort.  You will not be disappointed.

We’d love to see pictures of your electrified dollhouses.  Please email them to us directly at info@realgoodtoys.com and we’ll feature your dollhouses on our Facebook page as well as the Photo Gallery on our website.

Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!
Mini wishes – Jennifer

Dollhouses for a Cause Does it Again

Real Good Toys Victoria's Farmhouse

Real Good Toys Victoria’s Farmhouse

Since 2009, The Dollhouses for a Cause Program  at Real Good Toys has flourished and still continues to spark interest in crafty folks to use dollhouses to raise funds for their favorite charities. As I look back on 5 years of applications, I am amazed at the variety of charities and organizations that this program has benefited. As you would expect, we have sent kits to benefit hospitals, schools, libraries, churches, shelters and nursing homes. It is always nice to hear from those involved how their event turned out.

Recently we sold a dollhouse, Victoria’s Farmhouse, to the Dolphin Foundation of South Burlington, Vermont. The SB Dolphin Foundation is dedicated to the sport of youth football in South Burlington, and the Foundation decided to decorate, furnish and offer this dollhouse for auction. The event benefited the Mercy Connection of Burlington, Vermont. They are a non-profit organization whose mission is to focus on educating, mentoring and empowering individuals that have fallen on hard times. Mercy Connection enables people to make significant life changes so they can re-enter society in a responsible way. The Victoria’s Farmhouse was lovingly finished and beautifully furnished with miniatures by René and Linda LaBerge. René is the President of the SB Dolphin Foundation and he tells us that they made a slide show of the finishing and furnishing process. They also distributed Real Good Toys brochures to everyone who bid on the dollhouse. This Real Good Toys dollhouse was considered the talk of the event ,which was attended by over 300 people. René and Linda said, ” We are proud to have participated in the fundraiser for such a worthy organization and really appreciate your help in making this all possible. Thank you very, very much.”

 

Victoria's Farmhouse 1Victoria's Farmhouse 2Victoria's Farmhouse 6If you have had a fundraiser or charity event using your Dollhouses for a Cause masterpiece, and would like to share the results, I would LOVE to hear from you. We want to know how Real Good Toys dollhouses made your event a success!!

Send your information to jodi@realgoodtoys.com. I can’t wait to hear from you!

Real Good Toys 4th Annual Fall Foliage Sale

Come one, come all and meet the entire RGT Team.  We’re ready to throw open the doors, once again, to our 4th Annual Fall Foliage Dollhouse Factory Warehouse Sale and offer amazing deals on old, unique and some one-of-a-kind dollhouse kits, dollhouse components and dollhouse miniatures.

This year, the 4th Annual Fall Foliage Sale is on Saturday, September 27th, 9AM – 4PM.  ONE DAY ONLY!!  Make plans to come early and stay all day.  Be prepared to rummage through years and years worth of accumulated goodies.  Who knows what you’ll find but we’re sure you’ll find something you cannot live without!

FREE DEMO – Join us at 11AM when Gary, our resident dollhouse guru, will be holding one of his wildly popular technique demonstrations.  This year’s demo features The Dollhouse Builders Tool Box, where Gary will highlight many of the most efficient tools for building dollhouses and how best to use them.  It will be a hands-on demonstration.  You know, practice makes perfect!  IT’S FREE and open to anyone interested in attending.

We’ll also be providing refreshments, door prizes and grab bag surprises!  For those of you have been surprised in the past, you know what that means!!  Lunch will also be available.

After you’ve spent time at the sale, getting the very best deals, you may want to explore the area and the beautiful Vermont foliage.  If you are planning to stay overnight, please remember to make your reservations early.  This is one of Vermont’s busiest and most beautiful seasons.  Some websites to check for further information regarding lodging, attractions and restaurants are: Vermont Vacation, Central VT and Vermont.com.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions – we are happy to help.  Everyone here at RGT is looking forward to another big event and seeing some familiar as well as new faces.  See you in September!

Mini wishes – Jennifer

Correcting A Dollhouse Boo-Boo With A Heat Gun

I was beginning my first attempt at using egg cartons for miniature stones and it was U-G-L-Y!  I decided I had to remove the egg carton stones in order to begin fresh, with a clean dollhouse wall.  After discussing my issue with Gary, we determined the perfect way to correct my dollhouse boo-boo was with a heat gun.  This was my first time seeing what a heat gun is capable of and it worked like a charm.  As Gary said to me, I can now feel confident customizing and working on my dollhouse without any worries of making a mistake.  Even if I make a mistake, I now feel confident that I can correct my dollhouse boo-boo’s easily.

I took many photos during this process, posted the entire Photo Album on Facebook for everybody to see, and hopefully learn that mistakes can be corrected easily.  I wanted to share this photo tutorial with you, so you can also feel confident that all mistakes can be corrected, one way or another.  Hopefully, this will give you a new perspective when it comes to customizing.  Creating a one-of-a-kind dollhouse miniature could be all the incentive you need, but knowing you can correct your dollhouse boo-boo if it doesn’t work out like you planned, will give you the confidence to let your imagination go wild.

If you have a different way to correct this type of issue, I’d love to hear what you’ve done.  Please let us know the process and tools you have used.  Remember, the more knowledge we have, the more power we yield.  When you have the right tools, anything is possible.

Mini wishes – Jennifer

How I Created Dollhouse Miniature Stained Glass

I have been busy working on my Collectibles Cabinet Build-Along project and wanted to try something a little different this year.  I’ve always loved the way stained glass looks and some of these creations are just so beautiful.  My hats off to people who make stained glass in real life!

The first step was to find some pictures of stained glass (or just pictures!) and save them to your computer as a JPG.  I used Pinterest for this purpose as I found many more pictures than doing a simple search on the internet.

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Ms. Peggies Place – In the Spotlight

 

Ms. Peggie's Place, San Diego, CA

Ms. Peggie’s Place, San Diego, CA

A group of dedicated miniaturists at Ms. Peggies Place.

A group of dedicated miniaturists at Ms. Peggies Place.

How can a 700 square foot dollhouse and miniature shop have anything and everything your miniaturist heart desires? It’s true. Ms. Peggies Place in San Diego, CA is filled to the brim with delightful dollhouses, miniatures and accessories.  Michael Sue Nanos, the Proprietress of this gem, brings a lifelong love of miniatures and a career of working for Lee Ward’s, the craft industry giant that merged with Michael’s in 1994.  While working for Lee Ward’s, Michael Sue became acquainted with then frequent customer and miniature artisan, Peg Devine, the original owner of Ms. Peggies Place. Ms Devine must have seen the love of miniatures in Michael Sue. Not only did she ask Michael Sue to create custom items for the store, but in 2003 when Ms. Devine retired, she sold the store to Michael Sue.

Michael Sue Nanos, Owner of Ms. Peggie's Place

Michael Sue Nanos, Owner of Ms. Peggie’s Place

 This compact shop is well organized and amply stocked with rows and rows of miniature displays showcasing just about every type of miniature imaginable. Miniature food to miniature garage tools. Electrical supplies, trims, floor coverings, wallpaper, doors, windows, and of course, dollhouses! Michael Sue says she only carries Real Good Toys dollhouses.  She says the selection is good and there is no better quality on the market. And she adds that our customer service is amazing! Michael Sue also stocks handmade, one-of-a-kind miniature treasures, and if she doesn’t have it, she will find it for you. She carries everything needed to make a miniature house a home. Michael Sue says, “I want this to be a feel good shop.” To that end, all displays in the shop are open and touchable. She has created an inviting and friendly atmosphere in her shop.

Displays full of miniature treasures

Displays full of miniature treasures

 The people that walk through the door are Michael Sue’s favorite part of owning a miniature shop. She says, “There is a constant exchange of ideas and I’m always learning.” Ms. Peggies Place offers onsite classes for children on designing and building dollhouses and miniatures. Just call the shop at 858-483-2621 for details. The shop is located at 5063 Cass Street, San Diego, CA 92109-1810. The shop hours are Monday & Tuesday – Closed, Wednesday & Thursday – 5pm to 8pm, Friday – 12 pm to 5 pm, Saturday – 10am to 5 pm, and Sunday – 11am to 5pm. Find them on Facebook at Ms. Peggies Place and online at www.mspeggiesplace.com. You will also find a delightful and informative blog on her website. Take a few minutes and look at all of her dollhouse building projects too. They are exquisite! Planning a visit to Southern California in the near future? Put a visit to Ms. Peggies Place at the top of your list!

 Here is what customers have to say about the only miniature shop in San Diego,

…So happy I finally found a great miniature store in the San Diego area.

…This is the best kept secret in town.

…One on one service, as well as unhurried advice.

Real Good Toys 2014 Facebook Build-Along Project – The Collectibles Cabinet

Presenting Real Good Toys 4th Annual Facebook Build-Along Project…The Collectibles Cabinet shell kit.

The Collectibles Cabinet is perfect for all those special treasures that are close to your heart.  The J-TEAM is calling all mini “FAN”atics…beginner, intermediate and advanced builders of all ages, to please join us for RGT’s 4th Annual Facebook Build-Along.  Come share the experience and share the fun!

On Monday, March 17th, join Jen & Jodi for a worldwide mini project featuring the NEW Real Good Toys Collectibles Cabinet Shell Kit.  Invite your customers, spouse, friends, co-workers, children, grandchildren, miniature club members or   grandparents…anybody you think might be interested in joining us.    Individualize and design your own dream project while sharing creativity and enthusiasm with a whole group of like-minded folks.

This year’s project is a front-opening design, which will be a new experience for many build-alongers, including the J-TEAM.  The 1 inch scale shell kit features standard size window and door openings.  This makes customizing the Collectibles Cabinet easier than ever!

The kit is MADE IN THE USA and produced using only high-quality, cabinet grade, Smooth MDF (medium density fiberboard).  The MDF is 3/8″ thick, the side walls are grooved for easy floor placement and assembly.  All hardware for hinging the front   panel is included and you can choose to hinge the panel left or right…the choice is yours.

Check out all the classic kit features,  see more pictures, recommended supplies and so much more on our website.

Jodi and I look forward to hearing from you and hope you’ll be able to join us for what is sure to be an exciting mini adventure!

Many mini wishes! – Jennifer

Real Good Toys helps Vermont Foodbank

Facebook Build Along Projects for sale in the Real Good Toys Factory Outlet Store

Facebook Build Along Projects for sale in the Real Good Toys Factory Outlet Store

Is it any wonder that dollhouses can play an important part in helping those less fortunate?  For three years Real Good Toys Facebook fans have participated with us in our annual Build Along.  Each year, as the Build Along winds down, Jennifer and I put our Build Along projects up for sale in our Factory Outlet Store.  We decided that the proceeds of the sale of these Build Along projects would be donated to the Vermont Foodbank.  Just recently a very excited customer bought one of these special, one-of-a-kind projects, and she was equally excited to know that she was helping the Vermont Foodbank at the same time. 

Real Good Toys donates to the Vermont Foodbank.

Real Good Toys donates to the Vermont Foodbank.

Today I met with Stephani Kononan of the Vermont Foodbank to present these proceeds to that very worthy organization.  Stephani said our donation would help them provide 525 meals to our neighbors in need.  The Vermont FoodBank helps to feed as many as 86,000 Vermonters who need food assistance.  They provide assistance to 270 food shelves, meal sites, senior centers, shelters and after school programs throughout the state. The Vermont Foodbank is Vermont’s largest hunger relief organization. As we approach the holiday season when many Vermonters may find it difficult to provide meals for their families, Real Good Toys is happy to help through this donation to the Vermont Foodbank.

Monumental Miniatures – In the Spotlight

Monumental Miniatures in Monument, CO

Monumental Miniatures in Monument, CO

 

Situated in the small town of Monument, Colorado, this quaint dollhouse, miniature and toy store is more than meets the eye. Monumental Miniatures is the size of a 2 car garage, with toys on one side and miniatures on the other. Just step inside and you will be captivated…and surprised by the volume of merchandise displayed in the shop.

Exquisite one-of-a-kind miniatures.

Exquisite one-of-a-kind miniatures.

Gayle Wade, the proprietor of Monumental Miniatures, has been involved in miniatures all her life.  When she had the opportunity to purchase the perfect location for a shop in 1996,she turned her lifelong love of miniature collecting into a retirement career. Her business has flourished over the years and has grown as Gayle travels and expands her eclectic collection of miniatures.  She says, “I am always looking for miniatures.  I look for different artists and also haunt the antique stores when I am traveling.” Gayle displays most everything in her shop in open display boxes so customers can actually touch items.  The open display boxes were originally men’s shirt displays from Saks Fifth Avenue.  She does keep her handmade items in a case to be shown upon request. Just take a look at her website, www.monumentalminiatures.com, and you will find some of the most unique miniatures on the market. She carries some very interesting fairytale characters and the cutest little fairies. One of the more unique items is a miniature dilapidated old truck. She also carries a magical collection of circus miniatures. Gayle makes a point to stay in touch with the artisans she sells, which makes it possible for her to place custom orders for her customers.

A beautifully finished RGT Sterling Estate dollhouse

A beautifully finished RGT Sterling Estate dollhouse

Amid all of the one-of-a-kind miniatures you will also find dollhouses. Gayle nicely displays Real Good Toys Dollhouses in her store and on her website.  Gayle says, “Only Real Good Toys in my shop!  I feel I can put my reputation on their product.” She also mentions that Real Good Toys Dollhouses are the only dollhouses she has carried in her 16 years of being in business.  Although you are not able to order directly from the website, she encourages you to call or fax your order. Gayle prefers to have a personal touch with each order.

Even though Monument is a small community, Gayle has customers from all over the country. She also has had international customers from Germany, England and New Zealand. Gayle has even driven and picked up folks visiting in nearby Colorado Springs to bring to her shop. Gaye confides that going that extra mile usually pays off in the end, but either way she is happy to do it. Monumental Miniatures has something for every collector, beginnner or seasoned.  Gayle collected miniatures as a child and knows the importance of inspiring beginners. She carries miniatures and dollhouses in every style and every price range. Each customer is welcomed and treated with enthusiasm and courtesy.

Tons of wonderful miniatures

Browse through tons of wonderful miniatures.

If you are traveling through Central Colorado, be sure to make time to visit Monumental Miniatures. The shop is located at 274 WashingtonStreet in Monument, Colorado, 80132.  Their hours are Monday through Saturday 11am – 5pm. You can reach the shop by calling 719-481-1361, or get in touch through the website, www.monumentalminiatures.com.

” The only problem with spending an afternoon at Monumental Miniatures is that one afternoon may not be enough.”

Monumental Miniatures is a member of DMMA, Dollhouse Miniature Merchants Association.  The goal of this organization is to increase public awareness and interest in the hobby of Dollhouse and Miniature collecting.

Kudos to Gayle for her dedication to the growth of the miniature industry.  Her loyalty to Real Good Toys Dollhouses is greatly appreciated! 

 

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