Thursday, October 18, 2012

broken wrist

just to let you know. i have broken wrist in four places.i fell. type with one hand. i am still working on getting the sink up for sale. it is hard with one hand. finishing instructions with no caps. lol  had to have surgery to put in a titanium plate to hold bone pieces together. stitches come out in a week then they can put a permanent cast on it.  i am working on moving my fingers again so i can use left hand to hold projects to work on.

never give up. you can do it.
i had another idea, printies for paper beads. they are so pretty.

back to work.

i was thinking of making one of these in 1/2" scale. what do you think


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

New free Printie--The Drainboard

Hi to all,
I just finished the Drainboard for the kitchen sink. To download copy and paste url below.
Right click on graphic and choose save as

Below is a picture of what the file looks like.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The sink is done.
I am finally finished with the sink. It is in half inch scale but I think I will make it in 1" and 1/4" also. But the 1/4" is at your own risk.  Here is a picture. I am working on the instructions now. The curtain is printed onto fabric or you can use a scrap of your own fabric. Tomorrow I start the Freeby that I mentioned. I will be putting the sink up for sale on my Etsy site soon.

 If you like it could you comment. Thank you

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

New project, The Sink

I thought you might like to see the new project again with better photos. In the pictures below you can see the progress I am making.

This is the first prototype. I wasn't satisfied with it so I started designing again.

After redesigning several times I was happy with everything. So I printed out the graphics that you see above and glued them to their respective cards and card boards and cut them out.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

I am working on two new projects

Hi all, I have been working on two new projects.
The first is the unnamed shabby chic project. There is a picture of this below.
The second is the newest piece of furniture. There is a picture of this too. Can you tell what it is? LOL Not yet.

I am sorry that the picture is so blurred. This piece will have printed cloth to go with it.
Want to guess?
I am back to work. I want to finish the Freeby too. I am hoping that more people will join my Blog.
Take care Barbara

Thursday, August 2, 2012

A Tiny Printie

Hi, Here is a tiny Printie for you.

You could print the cover to a fine fabric and coat with white glue. I haven't tried this but I am sure it would work and that it would feel like leather. A Bible would be nice for any dollhouse. These would also be good for a swap.
Have a good day.

New Project

Hello, Another day.....I am working on my new project and am at a standstill. I am not quite sure where I want to go. I am thinking Shabby Chic and a Victorian Cottage. I need some help in naming it.
I thought The Sugar Shack but beyond the name I can't think how to do it.  I would love it if you would help me.  First the style of the house. Anything you would like to make.A Fairy Cottage, Victorian, Barn like, Modern, Shabby Chic, Farm house, or anything that you picture.
And  the name..... I need names for Houses, like Abode, Dwelling, Cottage, Farmhouse, any that you can think of.

I am putting up a diagram of how my Printie items are made.This is more for houses but it also applies to other items.

It's not hard.
Please don't forget. I need your opinions. Also I need to know what scale you prefer.

1", 1/2"or 1/4".
Thanks so much for your help.
I am working on the Freeby now also. It will be a surprise.
Sincerely Barbara Del Duco and Thanks for reading my Blog. 
Dollhouses and Mini items made from cardboard.
 Hi To Everyone,

   How have you been and how was your day. My day was busy but I also had fun. I cleaned my craft space. That is what it is, just a space but I am glad to have it. I took some pictures of it. Before and after. I'm not sure it looks too much different but it makes me feel better. When I start on a new project I like to start with everything organized. It doesn't last long but it helps in the beginning.

I wish I had more space to work in but I can manage. My computer is over to the right. I have started on the new project, so far still named The Sugar Shack. It may change as I go along. I have to stop myself every so often as I keep adding to the size and complexity of the project. I can get carried away on small details. I have been working in half scale for these new projects and have found it difficult to get them the right size. I am used to working in one inch scale all my life.

I have been thinking of new ways to make my Printies. I am going to include Paper Clay and Fimo this time. There are so many things you can make combining card stock and clay. As I think of them I write them down. I would love to here of all your projects. Send me some pictures and I will put them up on this Blog. Just email them to

I am also going to start work on a little Printie freeby for everyone. I also promised some people from my Printies Yahoo group a freeby. I haven't forgotten. I have a Yahoo group that has never seemed to catch on. I try every so often but no one writes in.
Also I am selling my Printies on 
Dollhouses and Mini items made from cardboard.

 Thanks to all.
Barbara Del Duco

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Another day

Another day has come and gone and seemed to be spent doing bits and pieces. I had all these things that I wanted to do. Oh well. How was your day? I feel so bad for all the people that don't have electricity. And in this heat.
I must clean up my workspace. I can't start a new project with it such a mess. I have so many ideas. I have been forcing myself to do the necessary work.  Getting my files in order. Making a few graphics that I will need for this new house. Now it is time to go to bed and do the thinking before I go to sleep. I plan my projects in this time. Do any of you do that? I lay there and think of colors, dimension's, structure, putting things together and making a process simpler.

My eyes are closing. It is time. I'll see you tomorrow.
Take care


The grass is gone. Now I have to learn to format.

  •   The Garden Shed

 The Miss Mouse Tea Pot House

Friday, July 6, 2012

Being happy!

 A beautiful day.

Today I spent searching the web for inspiration for my new project. I found some great things. Now, the hardest thing is you can't use these ideas. You have to just be inspired by them. I started designing the new house  this morning. This one is going to be different. I am going to be using more materials such as Fimo, possibly some other mediums.
I have a possible name for this house.   The Sugar Shack. It will be like a kit but the materials will be printed out.
I want to thank the people who joined my Blog. Thank you so much. I am still trying to figure out how to set this up and get the grass to go away. I took a look at your Blogs and I have to say you all do beautiful work in miniature. I also admire the way you have set up your Blogs. So pretty. Beats mine all to pieces. lol
I am going to try to fit in a new freeby for all of you. I bought some beautiful graphics today and I think I will use them on it.
 I have been making doll houses since I was four. I used shoe boxes and Paper Dolls. Later I made doll houses out of cardboard boxes and pieces of cardboard. I guess I am doing pretty much the same thing now.  For a while I as sick but I prayed and God listened to me. I am still here and the Mouse House is finished and I have even finished the Cottage and I am about to start another project. I have watched my twin grandsons grow to be eight years old.
I am happy. So happy. I want to make my little houses and sell them on Etsy. I want to do this Blog and talk to people, meet people and make little freebys for them. I love to work on my computer. I hope I can put some tutorials up on my Blog.

I hope I can make people happy.
Goodnight all you wonderful mini people.
Take care, Barbara

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Hi from Printie land.

 Hi, My name is Barbara Del Duco and I have decided to start a Blog. I have been making Printies for about ten years. I LOVE to do this. Printies are printable graphics that you print out, usually on card stock and glue to different kind of card boards, foam core board, mat board or just use the card stock.
After they are glued and cut out, they are assembled into dollhouses, and items for dollhouses.

Some of you may already know of my Miss Mouse Tea Pot House. I have been selling it on my website for a while now.
  I have a few other things too and am working on more. I just finished The Enchanted Cottage. See picture of it below.
My boyfriend set up the picture. Didn't he do a great job. This project took me a year and a half to finish. It looks like it is very hard to make but it isn't at all. See below for pictures of how it is put together.

 The back roof of the house can be glued down but if you want to put lights in it, leave it so it opens. I am going to be working on a Printie Lighting Kit soon. With this kit and the purchase of some led lights you can put lights in your cottage. You can see the inserts at the top of the second floor. They make small roofs at the peak of the roof. That is where the batteries and wires will be. Lights will come down from the ceiling.
The chimney will hold more wires and there will be beams on the bottom floor ceiling to hold the wires and lights. Now let's hope I can do this. LOL

In this illustration you can see how the printed pieces of the walls floors and roof are laid out and glued to foam core board. You cut the pieces out with an e-xacto knife. You will be surprised at how sturdy the foam core board is. All the printed pieces are sprayed with acrylic spray so they are water resistant and have a pretty tough surface.

Here you can see how to decorate the cut out pieces. Each piece is illustrated to show how to do this. You will be using card stock and balsa wood strips. The wallpaper is already there, unless you want to change it. You can print some free dollhouse wallpaper out and glue it on top of the print that is already there.
The stucco is a secret but I will tell you that it is Easy Easy Easy. LOL

Cut out and assemble the other pieces. Shown below is the dormer. Quite easy to make.

Now I am very excited about my next projects. The lighting for the cottage and finishing up the furniture which can be used in The Enchanted Cottage or The Mouse House. Also I will be making another doll house. Something a bit different this time. A sort of fantasy house.
I have the first inklings of it in my head but I need a name. It will be Shabby Chic. and will have a few furnishings in it.
Can anyone think of a name. It will be Victorian cottage, lots of pinks and blues and roses. It will be a little house that any one of us would love to live in.
I would Love your ideas. Tell me what you want. Well that's it for today. I will be back tomorrow.
PS: Could someone tell me how to get the "grass" on my title page to go away lol