I finally finished the interior of my Lundby dream house (Top photo. Photo 2 is the before photo.). I decided to keep the kitchen mostly as is. I only put some flooring down and added wallpaper to the back wall ( photo 3). Now I can get on with the really fun stuff: the lighting and furnishing of it. The house originally came with some furniture, so I will probably see what works and what doesn’t, before purchasing anything (and apparently there is some really sweet vintage furniture out there.). As for lighting, the house came with 2 vintage lights (see photo above), whether they work is another story…but, I did purchase some brand new lighting, so we’ll see how that works out…and I won’t set the house ablaze…
I know I usually post about my dollhouse adventures on this blog, but for today I am going to pass on this very important PSA. Please take the pledge and/or reblog, my miniature friends. Thanks.
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If you happen to be in the Toronto area during March, The Willowdale Mini-Makers will be holding The March Mini Mart. See flyer for details :)
( This will be the last one! )
First Attempt At Miniature Food.
I had started this quite a while ago and, well, forgot about it until I came across it last week (it was hiding in an empty yoghurt container.). Anyway, I finished it up and this is the result. By the way, I carved the bread out of a wine cork, of which I have many…
Working Away On My Lundby House…
The Lundby has kept me out of trouble for the past month, which is why I haven’t really posted anything. It’s kept me that occupied. I even found a great FB group, with many people who are very knowledgable about all things Lundby. They have been extremely helpful.
As my Lundby was only in fair shape, I could do some “renovating” without fear of devaluing it (not that that was my first concern anyway.).
First off, the roof and part of the edging needed to be re-glued. Simple enough. I got a good tip from someone on the “Lundby Lovers” FB Group about using thin cardboard with the wallpaper over top which acts as a false wall and all I had to do was put it over top of the original wall. I used a bit of Tacky Wax to hold it in place. There are some cardboard tabs at the top, so it can be removed easily, if I change my mind ( photos 3 & 4).
The wallpaper is from: http://www.jennifersprintables.com
You can see my previous Lundby House post here:
I then started to work out the sizing of the floors, by using sheets of newspaper which I push around the edges and into the corners with a bone folder (You can use the end of a paint brush handle as well.) This makes a pretty good template of you floor area (photo 1).
When I happened to take a look at the ceilings, I found some vintage Lundby lamps that I hadn’t noticed before. Sweet. I also happened to notice that the ceilings were fairly grungy, so I carefully applied a fresh coat of paint to clean it up (photo 2).
I was informed that the wallpaper of this house wasn’t the original wallpaper, so I decided to start replacing that as well.
A House As A Blank Canvas.
“Janet’s House” is now a blank canvas, ready to be worked on. I’m not sure what I will do with it yet, so I am heeding the advice of my pal, Perry, “The 8th Street Handyman”, who suggested I do no more work on it until I get a clear vision of
what I want to accomplish with this.
I can always count on his sound judgement in these matters…
Vintage Lundby, You Are Mine…
Last weekend, I ended up in Glen Williams, Ontario, where one of our favourite antiques market is. There’s a great stall that sells Fiesta Ware ( new as well as vintage; you can’t eat from the vintage ones, so I am told.) and we decided that the our Ikea plates had seen better days. While perusing all the other really cool vintage stuff they have, my husband calls me over and points this beauty out to me. He says “If you don’t buy it, you’ll be kicking yourself all the way back to Etobicoke…”
(And, because it was the “grouchy elf sale” that day, everything was 20% off the usual price.)
I must mention, I have no idea what I’ve bought at this point, only that it’s a vintage dolls house.
A few days later, I’m flipping through a current Lundby catalogue I had picked up a month before at Mastermind Toys. Lo and behold, there is a photo of the same house in its current incarnation; you can see the catalogue page in the top left photo.
It needs some love, otherwise, it’s in pretty good shape. I’m excited. I have a vintage Lundby to restore!
Christmas Tree Dolls House Courtesy of Mr. Printables
I remember trying to make a gingerbread house with my son one year. Had I known about this, it would have probably been a better experience as I’m better working with cardboard then gingerbread.
The nice thing is that you can use up all those odd pieces of wrapping paper and it will look super swell.
Here is the link:
Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday!
*New* Acquisition from my friend, Janet.
I’ve been busy giving this lovely a good clean up and have painted the interior rooms white, because I’m still not sure what I’m going to do with it.
Right now it looks very much like a blank, white, canvas.
Photos to come.
This Weeks Project:
The Charlie Brown Christmas Tree In Miniature
This is based on an Instructables Tutorial I found online, but I had to change it up quite a bit, because of its smaller size; using green wire instead of the required pipe cleaner, because it was just too fuzzy. Here is the original tutorial that it was based on:
Originally, I was going to do this “Martha Stewart Tree”, as all it required was mostly pipe cleaners. I started an attempt at it, when I realized that it was harder then it looked and it was just not meant to be. The holidays can be stressful enough, so why add to it?
Anyway, this “little tree” has found a good home with my friend, Janet.