The Cottage Continues!

The Cottage Continues!

So it's been a while since I've posted about the Hobby Builder Supply Co Creatin' Contest build. Happily now though, I can give you the much anticipated status update. If you've been following along on my build's Pinterest board, you might have noticed an influx of beachy imagery. Yes, that's what I'm going for with this house. I'm going to do a lofted sleeping space, a small bathroom in the back behind the bed space, and on the other side a living room with a kitchen and an island in the back. About the…Read more
Scale: What does 1:12 mean, and Why is it Important?

Scale: What does 1:12 mean, and Why is it Important?

First off, why is scale important? Why can't we just use whatever tiny stuff we think is cute? Well, you can because it's your house, but if you want a realistic miniature scene, you'll need to pay attention to scale. The human eye and brain is fantastic at recognizing when something is off, especially scale. This is because we are used to seeing everyday household objects in relation to one another and also to ourselves and other people. In the example image above, you see a small person standing next to a large…Read more
Exacto Knives: Everything You Always Wanted to Know (but were afraid to ask)

Exacto Knives: Everything You Always Wanted to Know (but were afraid to ask)

It's just a simple hobby knife, right? There can't be much to it. Well, that's sorta true. It is a simple enough knife so that even beginners can use it with success, but if you take a bit of time to learn all about these knives and the proper way to cut and care for them and their accessories, you will graduate from amateur to professional. Let's start at the beginning. What is an Exacto knife? X-ACTO is the brand, and it is a type of hobby or craft knife. Over time, the…Read more
Our New 3Doodler – Videos!

Our New 3Doodler – Videos!

This month we are doing something a bit differently for our blog post. It's our first ever VIDEO post! Also, it's on a topic not related to dollhouses or design, but the trendy new tech of 3D printing! We aren't actually printing, but we are doodling! Last year we participated in the 3Doodler 2.0 Kickstarter, and after a successful campaign, we received our backer reward, a brand new 3D doodling pen! It arrived in the mail in the end of April, and due to being busy with a million other things, we didn't…Read more
Photo Instructions for the City Cottage Kit

Photo Instructions for the City Cottage Kit

As the sequel to my Curved Roof Inspiration post, this month's post is step by step instructions on how to assemble the limited edition Denise's City Cottage Kit.  By now I hope some of you have ordered your City Cottage Kit and are participating in the HBS/ miniatures.com Creatin Contest. The contest deadline is still far away in December, so even if you haven't ordered yours yet, you've still got time to join the fun. While it is actually a really simple kit, the instructions come with a single picture, and that can present a challenge to…Read more
From Kitchsy to Contemporary | A Craft Store Cabinet Project

From Kitchsy to Contemporary | A Craft Store Cabinet Project

My little sister gave me this craft store cabinet for Christmas. She couldn't remember where she had gotten it, but had decided she did not want it anymore and asked if I had any interest. I said 'of course' and she said 'Merry Christmas'. Edit: I have since learned it was from Michael's. My suspicions were correct. :) I quickly latched on to the ugly little thing and thought it would be a perfect make-over piece. I could see that the piece had good 'bones' to it. I had two inspirational pieces in…Read more
Printies | The Ultimate Guide to Making them Yourself

Printies | The Ultimate Guide to Making them Yourself

In this month's post, we explore dollhouse printables, or printies. These are images that are sized and scaled perfectly to be printed out from a home printer and used in a dollhouse or miniature scene. We'll learn how to make our own high quality printies. This post is pretty long and contains a lot of information so buckle up and hang on. After we get through the 'lecture' we'll do a follow along tutorial project so you can practice what we've learned. Sourcing your Image Raster & Vector Images Follow Along Tutorial Paper Quality…Read more