Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Let there be color!

The project has developed quite a bit in the last few days or so.

The first picture is my project and the second picture is the movie portrayal; courtesy of Wikipedia. You'll see that I'm getting closer and closer to my final goal. I still have yet to paint around the 3rd floor windows, but you can see that things are starting to take shape.

Notice the very bottom floor. This is actually the basement level where the kitchen will be located. Of course, this level is actually underground, so the window and door openings will be filled in. There are some pieces yet to be added to complete this aspect and once they are, you'll understand where this is all going.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

The transformation begins

BEFORE: Here's the dry fit of the main house kit right out of the box.

AFTER: Here's the main house once the extra floor has been added and the entire structure primed and sealed. Altering the kit (or 'bashing' the kit as we miniaturists like to say) added an additional 10 5/8" to the overall height of the kit.

The reason I added the extra floor was because I really couldn't decide on which rooms to do because I really wanted to do them 'all'. However, the one extra floor has given me the opportunity to not only have one more room choice, but it has also allowed me to exactly replicate the number of floors in #12 Grimmauld Place so that it's just like the portrayal.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Shhh...Kreacher is lurking about!

Well, for those of you who voted to see Kreacher, you won't be dissappointed! Here he is, in all his miserable glory! At only 3" tall, he is truly the star of the show. He's just perfect and I can hardly wait to put him in his home.

And speaking of home, the kit for #12 Grimmauld Place just arrived yesterday and work has begun. Stay tuned for regular updates to this blog.

Friday, July 4, 2008

The Kit!

This is the Eaton Square w/ Basement kit from Dollshouse Emporium. You can easily see how closely it resembles the portrayal of #12 Grimmauld Place from the Order of the Phoenix movie. The only 'major' difference is the extra windows (three vertical rows instead of two). However, I do not feel this will be too significant a stray from the portrayal.

I'll also be adding an additional floor; and closing-in the arches shown on the basement level. The basement level will be as if it is underground; just like in the story.

Photo courtesy of Dollshouse Emporium.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Doxies amongst us!

Here's one of the many Doxies that will take residence in the curtains of the Drawing Room. This cute little fella is only a 1/2" long!

Note: There really is nothing documented in Book 5 about the exact details of a Doxie, so this is my artisans best interpretation. I think she did a fabulous job!

Before the Beginning...

I can't begin to express how excited I am to finally create something from my favorite stories ever, the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. This project will revolve around only one of the seven chapters however...Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix; specifically, the Orders' headquarters located at #12 Grimmauld Place.

For the longest time, I've wanted to build a 1:12 scale haunted house. Something a bit on the creepy and dark side. Well, #12 Grimmauld Place isn't a haunted house, but it does have many of the physical characteristics that an old, dilapidated haunted house would: aged and dusty floors, peeling wallpaper, spider webs, a sense of gloom, and even a few creepy crawlies. This will be a fun project and will satisfy my craving, if only temporary, for creating something mysterious, dark, and maybe a bit suspenseful.

The dollhouse kit that my project will be made from is called The Eaton Square from The Dollshouse Emporium located at It's the perfect design for this project and it should be on its way to me within a few days.

In the meantime, I want to thank you for stopping by to see the beginnings of my blog. I hope you will come back often and visit. Who knows, you might run into Kreacher one of these days!