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Is it a farm stand for your dollhouse? Or maybe a booth at a carnival? Or maybe a place to sell the flowers you grew in your miniature greenhouse! This versatile little addition can even pull double duty as a animal pen if you leave the front panel off. The possibilities are endless! The sign is included so you can promote whatever it is you decide on. Like the miniature greenhouse, this addition can be used on either side of your spring fling kit, or for that matter, any dollhouse kit! We will be introducing this kit at a reduced price for the spring fling, so stay tuned for details!
Another sneak peak at a few of the options that will be available for this years Spring Fling dollhouse. Up on top we have the Cupola Kit which can drastically change the appearance of your project. Big and bold, it looks great on not just the main house, but the additions too!
The middle photo is the Dormer Window Kit. Dormer-style windows have a long history in American architecture, and now you can add one to either the base house or the additions in a blink of an eye! For you kit bashers, adding a whole in the roof will make it fully functional! This little window is the perfect addition to any dollhouse!
Last we have the Roof Finials! Fitted to decoratively emphasize the apex of the roofs, they are said to pull double duty (by those who are superstitious) to ward off evil spirits! The finials are made of our thinner maple plywood to stay true to scale.
Of course, all of these items are laser cut with the precision of a Jedi Master. You will find them at a deep discount when we launch our Spring Fling contest next week!
As the clock runs down to our fifth annual Spring Fling Contest, I have a few new top secret photos to wet your appetite. The question is, what goes between these two additions… you’ll need to stay tuned! All I can say is that both of these affordable additions will be available in a right and left hand version and all of them come with two faux door frames to complete the illusion of being attached to the main doll house. The roofs will be configurable to match the contest kits roof line or positioned further toward the front of the house. So with the base house, that’s nine different ways to configure this dollhouse! These bad boys may also look great attached to one of your current dollhouses, so be sure to catch them at a discount next week!
As the days get longer and the snow beings to melt, it can only mean one thing… the Greenleaf Spring Fling is just around the corner! This years project will set a new standard in expandability which will allow even the timid to bash their kit into a one of a kind creation!
We decided to expand off the concept of last years project kit, now know as the Baslow Ranch, which was a base kit with an optional addition. We will again be offering a very handsome base model at an affordable delivered price, but there will be many optional enhancement available to customize your project. The picture above is just one of those items; a stair case/upper deck kit which can attach to the project kit (or for that matter, any of our dollhouses) in many different ways. This option will come with two door frames so you can add a faux door to complete its appearance.
Besides the stair case/upper deck kit, we will be offering additions, roof enhancements and maybe even platform bases on which you can display your project. All of these items will be offered at a deep discount during the contest. Stay tuned for more details over the coming weeks and remember; Spring is almost here!
Our friends over at miniatures.com are having a fund raising event to help those who have been effected by the recent hurricanes. If you order the Greenleaf Big Bus Dollhouse kit before October 17th (and use coupon code WPC2820), Ernie will give $5.00 to the the American Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund. In addition, that same coupon code will give you 15% off, so you will save $6.00 on the bus. It’s a great way to help others while also helping yourself! Hobby Builders Supply has had events like this in the pass which have been very successfully, so spread the word to help make this another winner.
Get ready to start your engines because the Big Bus Dollhouse Kit is coming to town. It all started with an email from our friends over at Hobby Builders Supply. The Miniature Mad Man, Ernie Collier, mentioned something about a bus in his March newsletter which got a tremendous response. It didn’t take long before we got the call; “Make me a bus”!
This isn’t the first time we’ve been challenged by HBS. Our Houseboat kit was the direct result of Ernie’s love of real houseboats. He got it in his mind that it would make a great project for miniaturist and decide to drive us crazy until we finally made him a prototype. I have to admit that the houseboat dollhouse kit has become very popular, so this time, we didn’t hesitate and knocked this project out in record time!
When I sat down with my development team and said BUS, they all scratched their heads. We had three goals; Make is stylishly, make it functional and make it affordable. We started our research and struck a target retail price of $40 and with in a week (okay, maybe two weeks), we where sending pictures to HBS for their input. As you can see in the picture below, we originally had the opening on the opposite side of the bus. Ernie and his team made mention of his and we were in full agreement, so we switched it around and started the final prototype.
Now that the details were hammered out, it was time to roll up our sleeves and get busy! Introducing a new product is quite involved for us at Greenleaf. We needed to transform a sample that was hand cut on a jigsaw into a manufactured product; fist layouts, then tooling the dies, sampling, more tooling, more sampling and then finally making a box and packing it all up. Since this item is an HBS exclusive, there was no need for a point of sale label, but there was the matter of assembly instructions. In steps Hobby Builders Supply resident-miniaturist, Sally Cook-Thomas. We have worked closely with Sally in the past and it’s always been a joy. Sally was also responsible for writing the Houseboat instructions which were spot on, so we are grateful that she took this responsibility off our desk. It’s a very involved process that would have bogged us down and drastically effected the released date, so three cheers for Sally. On top of this commitment, Sally took one of our final prototypes and decorated it for the HBS catalog cover and was kind enough to share it was us (so six cheers for Sally). Her Sixties theme is whimsical and fun, so I used it as the focus of the above flash slide show.
Greenleaf now has three dollhouse kits based on a transportation theme. First, there was our Miniature Travel Trailer, followed by our Houseboat kit and finally the Big Bus which is now available for pre-order exclusively at Miniatures.com. They are running a pre-order special, so you can get $5.00 off the $39.99 retail price. This coupon code, WPC2812, MUST be entered in the media code box while checking out. For those of you interested in the recreating the Sixties theme, there are more pictures of Sally’s bus with links to some of the items she used available here.
In closing, I’d like to thank Ernie for approaching us with this project. I’m sure that he could have imported this kit for less money, but when possible, he prefers to buy products made in the USA. As an American manufacturer, this is something we always appreciate!
NOTE: There is a larger version of the above show available at the Greenleaf Miniature Community.
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Many of you may have noticed that on the last few dollhouse releases, we have been selling a premium version of the kits which we are calling “Select”. So what is the difference with the Greenleaf Select? It’s all about the wood. We have upgraded these kits to the finest Birch Plywood we can find. The Birch Plywood is much lighter in color and this color remains more consistent through out the kit, both on the front and back of the boards. The Birch Plywood also has a tighter grain so it feels smoother to the touch. And finally, the core of the plywood is a little harder, so the die-cut edges remain sharper than our traditional kits. I’ve included some pictures for reference. The Greenleaf Select version of our kits are run in limited quantities (usually only 20 houses) and they are available exclusively at the Greenleaf Dollhouse Company Store.
Well our good friends over at Hobby Builders Supply have us working on a new project… a bus! It’s in the early stages, but we’re rolling along. This will be our third miniature project with a transportation theme; first the Travel Trailer, then the Houseboat and now a Bus. All three of these projects have been inspired by the miniatures.com crew who are always thinking about something new and interesting. You can catch the bus in the upcoming Hobby Builders Summer catalog!
An old fan favorite is back by popular demand! It’s your chalet in the mountains, your getaway at the beach, your home on a quiet cul-de-sac. The Brookwood Doll House is the house of your dreams. This lovely dollhouse has all the elements of “easy living”: sunroom, loft bedrooms, curving staircase, and lots of patio and interior furnishings to get you started. With three fireplaces, ten skylights, two decks and a hot tub, you’ll wish you could have this fabulous house in real life!
In celebration of this historic event, we’ve manufactured 20 of these dollhouses out of birch plywood! The Brookwood Select Edition is available exclusively at the Greenleaf Doll Houses Company Store. The Greenleaf Select houses may become available in limited quantities from time to time, but there is no guarantee that they will be run again, so if your interested, don’t delay!
The Limited Edition Arthur is now available exclusively at the Greenleaf Company Store for only $89.95! That’s only $35.95 more than the original Arthur Dollhouse! This represents an incredible value; the upgraded components alone are worth more than that alone! The fact that there are only 200 of these doll houses and that they are made of birch is just the icing on the cake! Visit the Arthur Limited Doll House Kit page today for more information!