Zoomed in: Daikoku’s Greenhouse

I’d been toying with the idea of DIY miniature dollhouses for a couple of years. And, like everything else on the Internet after you click that one link, my social media channels started showing ads for Rolife’s Miniature dollhouses. The Greenhouse is ostensibly the best selling kit, so I figured I’d try my hand at it. 

To fail to prepare is to prepare to fail

Before I actually started glueing anything together, I watched quite a few videos. This video by Cris.Crafts speeds up the process of unboxing and building the kit. However, this video by Kixkillradio Miniatures showed me that when it comes to miniatures, you’re only limited by your imagination. This came in handy when a few “happy accidents” occurred.

I also looked at the Amazon reviews to see what extra items were needed when buying this kit. Glue was the top recommendation.

Here are a few more I learned on the way:

  • An X-acto knife, box cutter or blade. You want this VERY sharp (so be careful and maybe do the cutting of pieces while sober…)
  • Scissors: Fabric scissors, paper scissors and embroidery scissors were all used in the making of my miniatures.
  • A self-healing cutting mat. Unless you want new decorative etchings on your table.
  • Acrylic paint and assortment of brushes. If you want to change up the colour scheme, acrylics tend to be the cheapest method of getting good, opaque coverage.
  • Toothpicks or a needle tool. Because the glue will inevitably bubble over, and a toothpick is a quick way to grab a small gob of it and apply it to small pieces.
  • Origami paper, scrapbooking paper, white card stock and black card stock. I prefer using papers with small motifs or patterns so they don’t look out of scope in the 1:24 scale miniature. Or paint my own (watercolours are very forgiving).

Top tip: I didn’t know this until my fourth kit, but it’s a good idea to scan all the pages of the papers you have to cut.

In case you have a happy accident.  Or several.

ABC, easy as 1, 2,3

I followed the steps in order, building the shelves first, and then the smaller decorative pieces. I only started taking pictures once the decorative pieces were stuck on the floor.

Things I learned with this kit:

  • The transparent glue dries relatively quickly. Add as little glue as you can, hold the pieces together for a count of 10. If the pieces aren’t stuck together by then add a LITTLE BIT more glue. I did not. As a result, I see several places where there’s excess glue (no one else seems to see them, or at least no one says anything).
  • Add your own touches. This is probably the most important. By the time I was done with all the big shelves and decor items, I had a big brown bag that was supposed to read “Flower.” Being the kind of girl I am, I changed it to a Big Bag o’ Weed, which brought me to add several weed references to the miniature.
  • The transparent lid of the greenhouse is the single most evil thing in the kit. Actually, it’s every single transparent acrylic that’s included in the kits as I always get them caked with glue. Anyone have tips for me?
  • Double-check the instructions. Ok, that’s not a fair statement. I didn’t learn that (as future miniatures will show), but as a result of speeding by the instructions I glued everything on the wrong side of the floor. I had to carefully remove all the items, doing my best to avoid bending, breaking and otherwise destroying them. Then I ended up painting the floor. Fun times.

Things I improved after this kit

  • I became a  lot more confident when painting and customizing the kits. In subsequent kits, I wanted to keep Daikoku’s official colour scheme of white with dark accents, and the occasional bright ray of yellow on a backdrop of greenery. After I did the small customizations on the greenhouse, it was less scary to paint the floor or the walls in my next few kits. 
  • I learned about the differences in sandpaper grit. After this kit, I learned which sandpaper to use to remove paint from the wood, which to use to prep the wood and which to use to smooth out the paint. I’m sure most people know, but just in case I’ll let you in on my secret in the next kit blog post.
  • I picked up polymer clay again. While it’s incredibly impressive and satisfying to use odds and ends, recycled materials, leftover craft pieces and the actual pieces they give you in the kits, you just can’t find bongs and pipes at a 1:24 scale. And trying to make them out of leftover craft items didn’t look quite so pretty as the ones I sculpted. But more on that when we talk about Kit 2: Daikoku’s Coffeeshop.

Under the loupe: Reefer References

Big Bag of Weed on the front left shelf

Daikoku Sticker on Easel as artwork (has a bong and bags of weed)

A marijuana leaf on the floor, under the front shelf

The lady in the painting to the left of the door has a joint in her mouth (which is shoddily drawn in)

The marijuana plant in front of the store

The Devil’s Lettuce sign in the bottom bin

Life at 1:24

You’re going to make mistakes. Your hands will be covered in glue. You’re going to notice all the places you mess up. But you’re the only one who will.

When you’re done, no one wil know what you could’ve done better. The ‘mistakes’ that you fix become what make your miniature kit your own.

You also get an incredible high from people complimenting you, looking for reefer references, and from finishing something you created. Actually, just cutting up the monstera plant and having someone recognize it (those plants were really hard to cut!) for what it is is pretty amazing.

Where you can pick up your supplies

Check out these local businesses to see where you can stock up on supplies:

(Please note that the completed kits at the store are not for for sale.)

5 of Our Favourite Weed Gifts We Wish We Could Sell

Cannabis accessories have come a long way since legalization. These days you’ll find everything from wearable vape tech to adorable statement pieces. Unfortunately, regulations limit what we can sell in-store (if you ever wondered why we don’t carry cute animal-shaped bongs, this is why). But that doesn’t stop us from sharing the list of cannabis-themed gifts that topped our list with you! Whether you’re looking to treat yourself or you’re shopping for a friend, we’ve rounded up a list of accessories that will bring joy to any stoner in your life. 

Veil

Of all the gifts, this one works even if people don't toke. They smell so nice....

This fragrance, with notes of sweet orange, cracked pepper, and Virginia Cedar, is designed to eliminate cannabis smoke odour. Veil odour eliminator is the original smoke deodorizer created for the high-minded. Perfect for the post-sesh refresh.

Vaporizer Hoodie

The perfect gifts don't exi...

Embrace your new stay-at-home life with this wonder-garment that allows you to blaze your favourite concentrates discreetly through the drawstring. Available in white, black, or grey this vaporizer hoodie will keep you toasty. Perfect for cozy lazy Sundays and movie marathons. 

Ganjaland

If you're play like me, you also end up with a hazy halo.

From the creators of What Do You Meme comes an epic weed adventure some may call the royal reefer race of the century. Players pull cards from the deck and move character pieces accordingly. Ganjaland comes with 8 character pieces, a game board, 157 playing cards, a note pad with two pencils, a cannabis crown, 5 photo props and instructions. 

Jigsaw Puzzle: Budtender in His Shop

Hehe, High Art...

This hilarious, cannabis-fueled parody of fine art is actually a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle. High Art reimagined the famous painting The Goldsmith in His Shop as a dispensary while staying true to the classical details of the renaissance painting. 

Druggist Weed Canister

This porcelain stash jar by Jonathan Alder should be reserved for only your most quality buds. Dreamy third-eye mindscapes are rendered in Delft-inspired blues and accented with real sparkly gold. At $288.00 this is no ordinary stash jar. If you’re feeling extra-boujee, check out the entire set. 

There you have it, 5 cannabis themed-gifts that you won’t find in our shop (but we definitely recommend adding in your letter to Santa). Now don’t be shy, share this with your friends & family so they know what’s on your wish list, or so that you can drool over these products together. Looking to stock up your stash instead? We’ve got a wide assortment of cannabis for you to choose from. 

Daikoku Discovers: Concentrate Vapes

The high quality concentrates that are available in Alberta deserve to be consumed using quality pieces. But if you’re new to dabbing, getting started can seem daunting. Which is why a concentrate vape is a nifty accessory if you want to avoid purchasing a lot of gear. Today we’re inspecting two of the industry’s top rated dab pens to help you determine which one to add to your cannabis wishlist. On today’s inspection spotlight we have the SLASH dab pen from Stonesmith and the Carta V2 by Focus V. 

The Products

The Slash can withstand Canadian winters

The Slash:

The SLASH dab pen is a concentrate vape from Stonesmith. It is proudly manufactured here in Canada. Stonesmith prides themselves in developing thoughtful designs with the cannabis community in mind. With its ergonomic design and forward-thinking features, the SLASH takes dabbing to an elevated level. 

Carta: The portable dab rig.

The Carta V2

Proving that dab rigs can be portable, the Carta V2 by Focus V is changing the cannabis vapourizer game. Offering both concentrate and dry herb consumption (using the additional dry herb atomizer), the Carta is designed to meet every stoners’ needs. 

How to use your device:

Slash:

Load concentrates easily and mess-free using the built-in loading tool. Press the button 3 times to cycle settings (temperature).

Hint: Press twice to  activate the automatic 12 second setting.

In our experience, this yields the best output.

Carta:

The large bowl offers a stronger experience for more frequent consumers. Press the button 5 times to turn on, and 5 times or one long press to turn off. 

Temperature Control 

Slash:

Three temperature levels: high, medium, low. 12 second auto-mode. Press the button to cycle through temperature settings. 

Carta:

To heat up, press the button once and your base will heat to the last temperature set. To change the temperature, single clicks allow you to change from 500°F up to 842°F. Quartz or titanium atomizer.

Cleaning 

Both devices

1-step cleaning process. After use, clean the inside of the ceramic bowl using a q-tip and 99% isopropyl alcohol. Avoid touching the any silicon parts with the alcohol!

It’s a lot easier to clean the device after every use than after a number of uses!

Your device will thank you for regular cleaning.

Appearance

Slash:

Compact, brass pen design is sleek and lightweight. Offering a high-end look and feel that will have you showing this off at every event. 

Carta:

Emulating the iconic dab rig shape with an added futuristic aesthetic. A 100% borosilicate glass water piece caps off the Carta’s base, providing an ultra-smooth experience. 

What’s the best concentrate vape?

It depends what you’re using it for.  If you’re looking for an easy-to-use, on-the-go vape that not only gets the job done but looks good while doing it then the SLASH is for you. Alternatively, if you’re interested in a new and improved take to the classic dabbing experience then the Carta is your match. 

When it comes to finding your perfect accessory we’re always here to help. There’s many factors to keep in mind and our staff have the knowledge to help you make the right decision. Let us know if you have any questions about the SLASH, Carta, or any other cannabis vapes.