Archive for April, 2009

Young Children, Dollhouses and Miniatures

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Being in the dollhouse business, it should not surprise anyone that when our grandson was barely 2 years old we brought home an Adirondack Cabin, a sturdy set of log furniture and a family of wooden dollhouse dolls.  He had gotten over the “put everything in your mouth” stage quite a while ago, but I didn’t expect him to be old enough to take a keen interest in miniatures… boy, was I wrong!  He jumped right in and immediately began to engage in his first “independent” play.

 

Now, whenever he visits, dolls are fed crunchy cereal and put to bed… they go “in & out” the front door and “up & down” the stairs… they get into lots of trouble and regularly have “time-outs” while he counts to ten (often missing a few numbers). Miniature farm animals are allowed to meander inside the dollhouse whenever they want to and sometimes have sleepovers in the living room.

 

The dollhouse is always the first toy he goes to after saying “hello”and watching him role play and stretch his imagination is especially rewarding.  I know every child is different and that our dollhouses are mostly recommended for adult collectors… however, so far so good, he hasn’t broken a shingle or porch post.  But, I still keep an eye on him while he’s playing with small objects… just because I should.

 

Have a good day. ~ Chris

 

Boston Lap, what is that?

Monday, April 27th, 2009

The Boston Lap ridgecap

A Boston Lap is a way to finish the peak of a shingled Roof.  (more…)

The Dollhouse Builders of Westview Meadows

Monday, April 20th, 2009

John and Julio wiring a Bostonian Dollhouse

Could you give me a hand getting started with the wiring on this dollhouse?

I’ve known John for years – even before he moved to Vermont.  We’ve traded yarns about machinery, the merchant marine (him) and commercial fishing (me); he’s got quite a few years on me but we share a love of tools, a history of keeping busy, and dollhouses.  I’ve known Julio for a lot less time, but we’re old friends who just haven’t known each other very long yet.  It’s been my pleasure to spend some time with them recently to give them an introduction to wiring a dollhouse.  (more…)

An amazing Miniature world in Germany

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

Wow!  I just discovered an amazing YouTube clip that I want to share with all our readers.  Miniature dollhouses and incredible landscapes in all climates, scale buildings, peoples, worldly structures of all types.  This wonderful 5 minutes is time well spent for any miniature enthusiast at the Miniatur Wunderland in Germany.  Enjoy … Jim YouTube Preview Image

 

Straightening a part for assembly

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

“The Gable Front for my dollhouse is warped … what should I do”
Almost every front opening Gable Front panel gets springy when it is painted, but I can’t remember the last time I had to replace one for warpage. If it is twisted or if the shape has a kink in it, then it should be replaced – but if it’s a straight curl, it is probably just confused by moisture. Wood is a reactive material and the moisture in paint or the inequality of being on the table with one side aimed to the free air (more…)

Hinges and Screws

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Dollhouse Hinges are tiny, and that old screwdriver in my utility drawer just won’t do the job when it comes to putting in the screws.  Driving screws in MDF makes the size of the hole and the fit of the screwdriver even more important.  Here’s how I do it. (more…)

RGT Dollhouse spotted on TV

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

REAL GOOD TOYS VT Farmhouse Jr.    I’ve been catching up on the TV series “Brothers and Sisters” lately and was delighted to find one of our dollhouses being used on the set!  I’m up to Season 2/Disk 2 and the little girl, Paige, has a blue Finished Vermont Farmhouse Jr. (#00092-B) in her bedroom.

    I hope she really gets to play with it sometimes! ~Chris

Wonderful Doll House News Feature

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Rick Maccione of DOLL HOUSES BY MINIATURE MANSIONS was recently interviewed, filmed and featured on CNN – CT television. It’s a terrific story and showcases Rick’s beautifully finished doll house models. When you click on the link below go to “Search All Videos” in the bottom left hand corner, choose “Better CT” and then go to “Woodbury Resident Builds Custom Dollhouses”. You’ll want to see this more than once! http://www.wfsb.com/video/index.html

Congratulations Rick – your talent is inspiring!      Thank you. – Chris

Dollhouse Color Choices Made EASY !!!

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

I have no talent for putting colors together. When I look at those tiny little paint chips I just can’t imagine how one color will look next to another in a finished dollhouse. BUT then I discovered the Sherwin William’s web site with a COLOR VISUALIZER where you can experiment with different house exteriors, paint color and trim color right on the screen – kind of like a grown up coloring book, and it’s SO EASY! Just click on an exterior house style most similar to your dollhouse project… then sit back and have FUN!

Enjoy and have a good day! – Chris

Save Money on Shipping

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Many items in our Bargain Basement and some Dollhouse Parts and Accessories can be sent to you from our factory by US Mail at a lesser cost than UPS.  Things like a package of dye, a door or window, or some trims and railings weigh less than 2 lbs. once packaged.  When you go to checkout, using US Mail is not an option.  What to do?  Just give us a call and Shop By Phone.  We will be happy to take your order over the phone, no matter how small.  If your order weighs less than 2 lbs., we will send it by US Mail, saving you some money.  These days every little bit helps.