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1/6 scale A Frame Cabin project by Ken Haseltine
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Cozy Flannel Bedding. Is it obvious I had to cut the bed down to get it to fit ? I forgot to take into account the slope of the roof the first time around.

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I never finished this dollhouse, though I worked on it for years.

At the time I was absolutely obsessed with making all the details perfect, and I had assembled SO MUCH reference material, books and websites and computer folders with nearly 1000 files. I built the shell from scratch after reading historic blueprints and specifications. I made furniture and accessories from scratch, and transformed and adapted existing miniatures, and searched the world for correct items to match historic photographs and existing artifacts. I learned new skills in miniature making, and I earned some extra money making and selling duplicates of what I made for myself. I swapped with miniaturist friends who were also excited to add their creations to this project. I also saved money to buy some of the expensive items or requested them as birthday and Christmas presents.

Meanwhile I was also working for years to achieve a life goal, my greatest dream, out of which passion this dollhouse had developed. But then my dream was crushed, and now this dollhouse just reminds me of that old heartbreak, the worst disappointment I’ve ever known.  I’m finally packing it up and putting it away. It almost feels like packing up a dead person’s things, because they belong to the person I was when I made or collected them, a person who was so hopeful and enthusiastic and working so hard to achieve a big dream. I grieve for the loss of that person and that dream. She was so joyful and meticulous, and she had such big plans for this unique dollhouse and for life.

A few of the items have already ended up in other projects, though most are too modern for my other miniature scenes. I don’t have the heart to resell the ones I worked so hard to collect, even though they’re worth some money. I will probably display the stove somewhere in my house, because I worked the hardest to make it. Maybe someday I’ll venture into this general subject again, but I don’t think I’ll ever finish this particular dollhouse. But I feel apologetic to it. It never got to live its dream either.

I’m still learning that it’s ok; not everybody gets to follow their dream, and it’s ok not to achieve your dreams. It’s ok not to have a dream, or just to dream of a new plant for the garden instead of a life-changing adventure. It’s ok to be a plain simple person who does plain simple things. Disappointment hurts, but it  happens to us all. Things turn out differently, and it’s ok.

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1/6 scale A Frame Cabin project by Ken Haseltine

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1/6 scale A Frame Cabin porject by Ken Haseltine

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Asian style room 1:6 commission by Mara

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dolls house 1/12 scale by elizabeth
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I started building this dolls hose 5 years ago as a project to pass on one day to my grand-daughters.I built most of it myself with some help from my husband ! The roof has 1578 real clay tiles the size of my thumb nail,that took me three and a half months ! the house has 23 lights and 2 fire-places all lit with fine copper wire going under the floor , it is a miracle to get them all working as the slightest movement makes them flicker, I have spent 2 hours to-day (as it has been raining ) redoing some wiring. i made all the curtains ,bedspreads,cushions,pictures and a lot of the furniture from tiny kits . i have had many items as presents and one or two very special pieces like the rocking horse the marble fire place and the pink wicker chair are listed items as only a few were made .It is a wonderful hobby thinking in miniature and much to my surprise when I had it valued for insurance purposes it turns out to be worth more than the first house we bought in 1967 !! So it has not been de-valued in the recession !!!! Sorry about the poor quality images it is impossible to perfect .