Thursday, February 18, 2021

Friday, March 16, 2018

Talking about transformers

Different Lundby transformer models have been produced by different companies over the years. For whatever reason, I've always been partial to the stout black transformer made by Jester Toys in the 1970s for the Stockholm dollhouse.

Maybe it's that snazzy silver logo or maybe it's the nostalgia I feel for my childhood Lundby dollhouse. 😏

But I recently developed a new appreciation for the 1980s Lundby transformer produced by Brio.

 I was fortunate enough to come upon one still in its box with the original "use and care" instructions.

The "installation" instructions say the transformer is intended for use with "the following Lundby houses and extensions: 6001 - Original House, 6002 - Gothenburg House, 6050 - Gothenburg Extension, 6040 - Stockholm House, 6041 - Stockholm Extension, 6052 - Garage Extension." 

Interesting that the 6001 model is called the "Original House" and the 6002, also known as the Salame & Signor or "frog" house, is called the "Gothenburg House."

At the top right of the instructions is the BRIO logo with a Wisconsin address.
Currently at that same address is an Internet fulfillment, e-commerce support, and product distribution company. Long gone are the days when Lundby and its distributors had a strong presence in the U.S.! 😢

Friday, February 2, 2018

New to my Papers & Printables album

I frequently see Gothenburg dollhouses with roof paper that is faded, torn, water stained, or otherwise damaged. After searching high and low for similar dollhouse roof paper that I could print and use for mini reroofing projects, I realized I could just heave my own Gothenburg dollhouse onto the scanner and make my own paper! Easy, right?

Well, it took a few tries and lots of patience, but I'm pretty pleased with the result and want to share it with you. Look for Gothenburg roof paper in my Lundby Papers & Printables album.

I've found that four copies printed on 8 1/2 x 11 inch white coverstock paper are enough for one Gothenburg dollhouse roof (with some trimming, fiddling, and fitting 😉).

I used a glue stick to adhere it. If you do any mini reroofing projects and have tips or suggestions, I'd love to hear them!

NEWS FLASH: With the kind permission of my Lundby friend and mini restorer extraordinaire Joy, I've also added Lundby Manor house papers to my album. She took apart her Manor dollhouse and scanned the walls. Thank you, Joy! 🙏

Monday, January 8, 2018

Balm for this Lundby-lover's soul

For me, one of the best things in life is putting Lundby into the hands of people who love it...and people who want to share their love for it with others. So I was excited to hear from Jane, who bought a Lundby dollhouse from me for her granddaughter, to replace the one her daughter had played with as a girl and had since been damaged.

"We gave the dollhouse and furniture to our four-year-old granddaughter today and she was glowing with joy!" Jane wrote. "It was so much fun for my daughter (who is 41) to unpack all the old furniture from 35 years ago and see her own daughter fill up the house.

"I must have bought a house with more levels way back then, seeing as we had way more furniture than could fit in this dollhouse--including a car. So there will be more 'house' to buy as my granddaughter gets older.

"She played with the dollhouse ALL day!

"We printed out a brand new roof using your roof paper and glued it on. It looks terrific. Our old transformer still works and now a chandelier lights up the main room on the second floor.

"Thanks for your help and for selling us such a lovely gift!"

I loved being a part of your Lundby quest and hearing your story, Jane! 💗

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Fiddly fix for detached wiring

Oh no! One of your Lundby lights isn't working and you notice that the cord has come loose at the plug. Here's how to fix the wiring and get your light back on.

If bare wire is exposed, as you see here:

Remove the prong from the plug (unless it has already fallen out, as above). Use a small pliers if necessary.

Thread the exposed wire into the hole in the plug from the bottom.

Then insert the prong from the top.

Use a pliers to push the prong all the way in. Be sure the exposed wire stays inside the hole and is in contact with the prong.

If the cord has come loose and bare wire is NOT exposed, as you see here:

Strip off the white covering on the cord to reveal about 1/4 inch (6 mm) of bare wire. Do this by first making a slight nick in the covering with a craft knife, being careful not to cut all the way through.

Use your fingernails to pinch off the white covering. Follow the steps above to insert the wire and prong back into the plug.

ALERT: This process can be fiddly and frustrating! Take breaks and know that it may take a few tries--and a few choice words--to get it right. Good luck!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Hunting for a Lundby house?

If you're looking for a Lundby dollhouse, you're in luck! I have three for sale that might just fit the bill (UPDATE: All three houses sold fast! Watch my blog for more 80s Lundby items, coming soon).

All are Gothenburg models with white frames. Two are from the 1980s:

See those Lundby flags flying from the chimneys? I made them! 😊

The third is a very special house produced for a limited time in the early 1990s:

Known as the Salame & Signor (or "frog") dollhouse, it was inspired by a children's book published by Lundby and written by Viveca Sundvall, with illustrations by Gunilla Wärnström. Here's the cover:

See the Lundby dollhouses in the distance, behind the frogs Salame and Signor? Those cute little guys are featured in a picture window in the dollhouse itself, as shown above. You can still find the book here.

Watch for more items for sale, coming soon to my album. Please contact me to ask questions, make a purchase, share your wishlist, or just talk Lundby!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Lundby for sale

Hello Lundby fans! For the most up-to-date list of my items for sale, including descriptions and prices, please visit my album. I occasionally add new items to the list, and I remove items as they sell. Below are some of the items currently available:

Please contact me if you have questions or want to make a purchase. Thanks for looking!