Monday, January 10, 2011

Hobby Lobby Comes to Town

Yay! During the past few years as I've talked to others bitten by the dollhouse/miniatures bug, I've repeatedly heard about this craft store. Unlike local shops such as Michael's and Ben Franklin Crafts, Hobby Lobby has a dollhouse and miniatures section. As luck would have it, I heard a radio advertisement late last week announcing that a Hobby Lobby was now on West Broad Street in Richmond. So Saturday I went to check it out.

I've ordered some craft items online from Hobby Lobby, since they offer 40% off coupons pretty frequently. Alas, the dollhouse/miniatures section is small, but at least they have one. Plus they have a dioramas section with fake grass rolls (good for landscaping your dollhouse), balsa wood pieces and trims useful in dollhouse bashes or making furniture, and the typical craft store items of acrylic paints, tacky glue and scrapbook paper. Scrapbook paper can serve as economical dollhouse wallpaper. The trick is finding smaller prints, stripes or plaids that are true to 1:12 scale. Admittedly I fudge that a bit if there's a pattern I really like that will work with a dollhouse theme I have planned. Here's what I purchased.

The sofa & chairs are for an existing dollhouse. The food & banana bunches are for a future general store. The piano is for a future music shop I plan to build. Can never have too much tacky wax for securing your miniatures in place inside your dollhouses. And scrapbook paper was 50% off, so I racked up on papers for some future projects, including that music shop.

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