Sonntag, 27. Januar 2013

My Heritage dollhouse

I came back from London last night... London is an incredible city!!
If you love dollhouses, you love London :-)
Unfortunately, I realised that there is the dollhouse festival today... and I left London yesterday!!!!
Since I didn't post anything about my miniatures for a few days I just show you some old pictures of my Heritage.
I bought the house about 5 years ago on ebay. American dollhouses are rare on ebay in Austria and I was so glad that I won the auction!!!
This was the house when I bought it...


The first thing I did was to remove the two small bathroom walls and also the wallpaper.
I think the house was previously the playhouse of two little girls.

I decided to paint it...
I mixed the color myself because during that time I was a poor student with a very very low budged.

And this is how my Heritage looks at the moment.
Unfortunately, I don't have any picutres from the interior right now...

However, I would like to do some changes at the house. Like moving the stair case to the middle of the house and some other changes. The attic is too low to use it as a room...
What do you think? Is there a way to make huge changes on a finished dollhouse??
Finally, welcome to all my new followers!!!
I'm sorry that I didn't answer to all your nice comments but I'm a little bit stressed at the moment...
we are moving to the new apartment tomorrow and I think you can imagine how my old one looks at the moment :-(
See you soon!!!

Freitag, 18. Januar 2013

Do you know "South Hampton Grey"?

South Hampton Grey is a new blog by AM.
You should take a look at this great blog about a Greenleaf dollhouse kit found at the attic of a beach house!
Enjoy it and I hope you like it as much as I do!
Hugs, Lina

Mittwoch, 16. Januar 2013

The roof is finished....

I'm absolutely overwhelmed that I have sooooooo many followers in such a short time since I started this blog!

Again, I thank you all for following!!!!!!

Last weekend I worked many hours to finish the front and the roof of the Orchid. Inspired by the "Shabby Cottage" of  Liberty Biberty I made the house similar to the roof of the Shabby Cottage.

First I tried to glue the shingles on the roof but it didn't work and after two rows of shingles I was so angry about the poor quality that I removed them again. So I just painted the wood of the roof with grey emulsion paint and added some wood stripes as soon as the color was dry. Subsequently I painted the complete roof (including the wood stripes) again. After drying I used very thin black color to make the roof a little bit shabby and dirty.

As you can see I also added a gazebo to the house. I didn't like the bay window as it was planned by the company so decided to change it. I also changed the roof of the bay window.
I will not put the trimmings on the house because they are a little bit to kitschy for my taste. Probably I will put some of them on the roof... we will see... 

 I'm not sure if I will post something in the next days.  I will be in London next week for business reasons and we are moving to a new apartment at the end of January.
This will be a loooooot of work :-(
See you soon,

Donnerstag, 10. Januar 2013

The guestroom of the big town house...

First, I would like to welcome all my new followers!
There are already soooo many of you... within a few days..
And now I want to show you some pictures of the guestroom of my big town house. I posted a picture of it in my second post but now I want to show some more pictures of it.
I stitched the pillow and the carpet with sewing silk... 
The tiny teddy in the corner of the bed is made by "Chippy" a friend of mine...
and the orchid was a present from Lami
The suitcase is made of cardboard and artificial leather.
I build it a about 3 years ago...
See you soo,
Hugs Lina

Sonntag, 6. Januar 2013

Porch and door...

Today I tried to attach the entrance door of the Orchid in a way that it is possible to open and close it.
First I used hinged joints but it was almost impossible to nail them into the wood of the house. The hinge joints were unsteady and I removed them again.
Later I tried to use some fabrics as joints but I could not glue the fabric to the wood....
However I glued the door fix to the house so there is no possibity to open and close it :-(
For the next dollhouse I will buy a moveable door and use it instead of the Greenleaf door.

I used a chair to keep the door knob in place after adding the glue.

The door is now fixed and a little bit open.
I think this looks a little bit more hospitable!
The outside of the house at the moment...
Finally, I would like to welcome my first 10 followers:
Marie Ireland
Thanks for following my blog!
Hugs, Lina

Samstag, 5. Januar 2013

Vineyard Cottage

Here are some pictures of my Vineyard Cottage which is not finished yet...

 And if you are interested in Wyrnas second Give away
please visit her beautiful blog:

Donnerstag, 3. Januar 2013

The best Christmas surprise ever!!

Last Christmas my beloved partner surprised me with a dollhouse kit from Greenleaf!!!
He ordered the house in the USA and it was delivered to Austria within a few days. Unfortunately, the only way to buy a Greenleaf kit for Europeans is to order it on the internet. And the price for the kit doubles usually due to shipping and the custom duty.
However, since Christmas I'm the proud owner of "the Orchid" dollhouse!

Immediately, I started to build this beautiful house and as you can see on the pictures the building process is going well.

This is a complete view of the back side of the house...

This will be the tiny living room:
The fireplace is made from cardboard and painted with dispersion paint. I'm not really pleased with the result because the paint was a little bit too thick for my taste.


The stair in the kitchen is still under construction....
This will be the bedroom...

And finally the house has a tiny bathroom.
The wallpaper in the bathroom is scrap booking paper and I think it looks lovely!

There are still many things left to do... windows.. the door... and the complete outside of the house. Also many gaps have to be filled with paint.
I hope you enjoy the tour throug my (empty) Orchid!

Dienstag, 1. Januar 2013

Happy new year...

Happy New Year
I will start the New Year with a picture of the guestroom of my "big town house".
It is located at the attic of the house which has 16 rooms on 5 floors. I removed all the wallpapers and the floor covers a few months ago to design it a little bit shabby.

The front of the house was build by my father so I will never change it even if it is not exactly the style I like. However, my father invested a lot of time and work to build the front and last but not least it was a Christmas surprise!!!

See you soon!