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Real Good Toys 2nd Annual Build-Along Project Finished Dollhouse Photos

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Jodi & Jen hosted the Real Good Toys 2nd Annual Build-Along Project on Facebook again this year and it was a huge success.  The project featured the Puzzle Dollhouse kit, which consisted of 70+ pieces of various size rectangles and triangles.  Each participant ordered their Puzzle Dollhouse kit and then had to “think outside the blocks” to create their own, one-of-a-kind miniature dollhouse or building.  At first, I think many people were puzzled by the concept and believe it or not, it’s harder than you think to create the walls, roofs and room dividers yourself.  Especially when you are used to opening a Real Good Toys dollhouse kit and everything is pre-cut for you!  Once you started playing with your puzzle pieces, it really sparked our imaginations and that of everybody who shared the fun with us.  We had such creativity in our midst – we are proud to call all our Build-Along participants our friends.  It’s such a wonderful experience to be able to share our ideas and problems with everybody and get instant feedback on what may work, or not.  Each year, I know I learn something new, that inevitably helps me with my next project.  A heartfelt THANK YOU to everybody who participated in the 2012 Real Good Toys 2nd Annual Build-Along Project featuring the Puzzle Dollhouse kit.  Be sure to check out all the Build-Along Photos!

We’re already thinking about next year’s project!  We think it might simply be a dollhouse shell – with pre-cut parts.  Put your thinking caps on and stay tuned for more information!

Mini wishes – The J-TEAM

Real Good Toys Dollhouses Sizzlin Summer Warehouse Clearance Sale June 30th, 2012

Friday, April 27th, 2012

SAVE THE DATE and join us for our first ever Sizzlin’ Summer Warehouse Clearance SaleONE DAY ONLY – lots of new-old items recently uncovered in one of our warehouses and we still have more to go through!!

You’ll find spectacular deals on everything in our clearance section as well as the Real Good Toys Factory Outlet Store.  We’ve been stocking up on summer minis just for you!

In addition to the sizzlin’ sale – our resident dollhouse guru Gary is planning to WOW you with some technique demonstrations.  These demos will include Flooring (score, stain, faux-wood), Wiring (tapewire, eyelet connections, LED’s) and Shingling (dying, applying and valleys).

Plan a road trip with your mini friends, drive up or down, and meet us Saturday, June 30, 2012.  Sale hours are 9AM – 5PM.  Demonstrations are planned for 10AM, Noon & 2PM.  Sale location is at Real Good Toys Factory Outlet Store & Clearance Area, 10 Quarry Street, Barre, VT 05641.   Have questions?  Feel free to call Jen or Jodi at 1-866-524-0222.  We hope to see you all!

Mini wishes – Jennifer

ExtraBrite LED, Power Supply update

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Roombox Lighting with  ExtraBrite LEDsRoombox lighted with LED striplight 



Customizing a Victoria’s Farmhouse, part 6

Friday, March 25th, 2011
It’s time to paint the Ceilings, but first, I will spackle them to help hide the tapewire.  I usually put on Liner Paper (a thick white paper that is sold in wallpaper stores), but I still have bathroom dividers to install, and the Liner Paper is thick enough to make them too tight.  Besides, Liner paper is easy… you don’t need me to show you how to use it, but spackle is a bit more challenging – so, I’m spackling…  obscure ceiling tapewire with spackle

Wallpaper Pastes: product comparison

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

 The Challenge

   Real Good Toys #9043 roombox
My Friends at Hobby Builder Supply have a customer who purchased a #9043 roombox and some Minigraphics Mucilage, and asked for an assurance that the mucilage would work on the lacquered surface of the roombox. I replied that I had always used “YES!” paste when wallpapering over lacquer, but that I would test the mucilage, compare it to YES!, test them both against my ‘go to’ standard pre-mixed wallpaper paste that I buy by the quart. (more…)

Customizing the Victoria’s Farmhouse, part 5

Friday, January 7th, 2011


I’ve been finishing up the wiring on my Victoria’s Farmhouse, Running tapewire around the dividers (which I put in after the “up-and-over” runs on each floor), making the connections, and putting a power jack in the foundation.  Here’s the diagram that I have been following for this build; the red wires were put in before the dividers:     


Customizing a Victoria’s Farmhouse, part 4

Monday, December 13th, 2010

More Wiring:

use the layout stick from the EL-66 to mark for tapewire   Run the tapewire around the attic partition

The Dividers are in, and it’s time for a bit more wiring.  (more…)

Customizing a Victoria’s Farmhouse, part 3

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

When I played with the miniatures in Customizing a Victoria’s Farmhouse, part 1, I made a floorplan with a bathroom on the second floor.  That uses up the doorway in the second floor divider, so I have some Divider Customization to do for a new door into the Master Bedroom.

Second floor floorplan for a Victoria's Farmhouse


Customizing a Victoria’s Farmhouse, part 2

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Changing dollhouse Windows

the 1065 with modified windows

Last week (Customizing a Victoria’s Farmhouse, part 1) we played around with some dollhouse furniture to make an interior plan, and began moving windows to accommodate it.  Here’s what the front cutouts look like with the Picture window moved 1″, and the first-floor window enlarged to standard size. (more…)

Customizing a Victoria’s Farmhouse, part 1

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

The Victoria’s Farmhouse is a great house to build, and a great house to move into.  It has big rooms, an interesting interior shape, and access from the side for the front room.  I am working on one now in my spare time, and I’ll document the steps I follow for personalizing the inside. (more…)