Clearing out

I’m taking time to go through my stash of supplies have a clear-out. I’m giving things away free to a good home.

First up is boxes. I have collected about a dozen small plastic containers that minis come in (see photo). These are clean and in good condition. If you want them, please contact me through this page:

I also have some small gift boxes that are also clean and in good shape (9 or 10 in all).

I’m happy to send these to anyone who wants them. Again please contact me through my contact page:

I’m going through a lot of things in my closet o’ goodies, so stay tuned for more minis and supplies I will be parting with. I’m not getting rid of my collection, just things I’ve accumulated that I know I’ll never use.


Beacon Hill Leftovers

Now that I’ve built the Beacon Hill, does anyone want the box with scraps? The sheets are more or less intact (with the dollhouse pieces taken out, of course). I never used the shutters, so those are all there, still in the wood sheets. Sheet 23 is absent because it disintegrated.

Please note this isn’t the dollhouse kit, but the scraps left over. Also, I am keeping the instructions, but you can find PDFs of those and the schematics in my sidebar links, under “1-inch scale Resources”)

I’m happy to tape up the box of used pieces and mail it. Box is in good shape. I could only afford to do this in the U.S., I have to add. (I can ship it outside the U.S. if you are willing to pay the postage; it will be a lot, though, and you’d have to PayPal me.)

Any takers? If not, I’ll break up the pieces and feed them to my recycling bin.

Again, note that I’m not offering the kit itself but the leftovers after the kit has been built.


Beacon Hill: Done!

This past week, I hustled my butt and finished up the left side of the Beacon Hill. I haven’t “moved in,” but I have accomplished enough to declare this build …


Brackets and final steps:

The many pieces for the under-eave brackets.

Panels for the bay windows.

The brackets for the eaves are sandwiched together–two thins around a thick.

The roof brackets are built up of two pickets sandwiching a third  and then a single curly bracket butted against the sandwich.

All brackets glued together and painted.

I go into much more detail about the brackets in THIS POST.

The eave brackets go on the left side and the front of the left side, six each, evenly spaced (that is, more evenly than I have them).

One final bracket goes around the corner on the short wall. For people who don’t cut their Beacon Hill in half, this wall leads to the tower.

Roof brackets, of course, on the roof. You need to make right facing and left facing ones (I think one right and two left, but double-check). The flat part of the posts face the front of the house. The left side roof gets three brackets–two in front and one on the back left edge (see previous photo). For the back one, the flat part of the post faces the back of the house.

Adding the panels to the bay windows. I painted the larger panels with the same trim color as the brackets and all the trim on the house. Note that the wood grain of the panels goes horizontally. All the panel pieces are the same size except for the middle of the front bay window, which is longer than the others.

The smaller panel pieces (painted with the main house color) glued over the larger. It’s tricky to center them.

These photos also show the brackets (single brackets, no sandwiches) that go around the bay windows. The left bay gets nine (3 on each side), while the front gets ten (3, 4, 3).

There we have it. I now have the top floor windows installed as well.

The left side all trimmed.

In the interior, I decided not to put in the curving staircase. I just couldn’t make it go in right and look good. I will save the stairs for another project, maybe design a room box especially to show them off.

For now, I closed up the hole in the roof and repapered the ceiling.

Second floor with closed up floor.

Another thing I’ve decided to add is posts where the open walls are to give more support for the structure. I haven’t painted or glued these in yet–they will be the last things I install so I won’t knock them around while I decorate.

I’ve started going through my furniture and deciding exactly what to put in the rooms. This side of the house will be the elegant one, while the other side will be quaint, country, shabby-chic.





I’m starting to add more furniture and decor to both sides, and when I’m finished, I will post.

I’m dusting off my hands from this project. It has been two years since I first opened the box and started to put together the pieces!

I hope my photos and demos have been helpful. For the full process, click the “Beacon Hill Dollhouse” tag on this post, or search “Beacon Hill” in the search bar. I tried to photograph as much of the process as possible.

I’m sticking a fork in this one. It’s done!!

Mini Museums–Europe

A couple weeks ago, I ran off for a long vacation with my sweetie, on the lookout for minis! I made a pilgrimage to the Spielzeug Museum in Nurnberg, Germany, which I had visited long ago (it has grown), and found a mini museum in Prague which unfortunately I did not have time to visit.

First the museum in Prague I had to miss. It is in the grounds of the Strahov Monastery near the castle district. Many restaurants and beer halls in the area to make for a fun day. I was up there after everything was closed, sadly. If I’d known it was there earlier …

Happily, I did make it to the Spielzeug Museum (Toy Museum) in Nurnberg. I was on a walking tour, we had free time, and my first question was “Where’s the Spielzeug Museum?” It was two blocks away, and I was there!

The Museum occupies this pretty building (with construction tape–they were fixing the sidewalk).

Select photos of kitchens and dollhouses.

They have many toys and games from days gone by as well. I thought these kits of metal pieces that makes a car or working pump pretty cool.

Noah’s Ark in a box.

You look through these little peepholes to see a 3D image inside. It doesn’t look very 3D to my phone’s camera, but it did to my eyeballs. Scenes seemed to stretch to infinity.


More fun stuff that caught my eye!


This little train goes back and forth across the door opening, with chugging and puffing sounds.


The crowning glory of the top floor:


They run the train on the last Saturday of the month, and I was there on the first Saturday. Oh well! It was still a wonderful train layout.

Of course, I needed a souvenir! Reuter Porcelain had this little set for Nurnberg in the museum’s little gift shop.

After that I went down the street, bought a bag of chocolate truffles at a lovely pastry shop called Neef, and returned to the tour bus on time. A great outing. 🙂 (And the truffles were excellent.)