Friday, December 13, 2013

:: A Doll House Post—”Getting the Hang of it” ::

I haven’t mentioned much about the little dollhouse I bought back in November- I’ve done a little bit of work on it in my spare time.

Took the carpets out.  Boy were they nasty!

  old carpet 

Had to scrape the glue and carpet remnants up from the floor. Gail from My {re}Purposed Life suggested using a hair dryer to warm the glue and then scrape it. Works like a charm! Thanks Gail!

messy workers

I've done a little bit of painting… That paint was under the carpet (I didn't make that mess).
Also, I've bought some things.

work to be done

A Christmas Tree. I’m learning about scale… I've found “eye-balling”  is more difficult than it looks!

furniture placement
A cheap Library Table (more on that later) That is a Coo-Coo Clock on the table…see how really big it is compared to the table?
And I know—you’re probably thinking “Why are you buying things for the house, if it needs so much work?”  
Well, the excitement is just like buying a real house!  You buy the house, you have all these ideas and then you  see something that looks like
it would be perfect for the house!  Cha-Ching! Next thing you know… you’re buying it.
I bought some other things for the house too.

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A Table. Popsicle sticks. Cutters and a Snowman.

Along with the Christmas tree—I bought this brick side walk. Both of them are a seasonal items at Walmart (that is all we have close by…not sure there is even a hobby shop near here). These were both in the Christmas/Seasonal dept with the little ‘lighted villages’. You know the ones I’m talking about.

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I don’t need a brick side walk.  But, I’m planning to move the fireplace over and have a brick chimney on the outside of the house.  If there is enough, I may use it around the foundation too.
The other thing—this house is more of a Victorian styled house—some of the trim is missing and needs to be replaced. I’m just not that fond of Victorian- Gingerbread.

front of the house

I’m thinking of making this more of a Farmhouse Style Cottage – I think it suits “my fancy” much better.
My first project was cutting the wood for a new floor, upstairs in the the bedroom. I started in the bedroom; because I have a bed already that needs a little work and now a side table. After a long days work out at the Farm…a girl needs a place to rest her head! 

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I was also trying some different sized wood for trim.
I finished it up on Monday of this week. I also painted the walls and see that I missed a couple of spots. I didn't paint the ceiling or eaves either.

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There is so much to do, like I said. But it is a work in progress.  A new little Hobby for me.  I find it’s such fun to sit there and work at making it pretty.

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This one I staged just for fun. You can see the tree and the table are making their way around the house. :)
I want to say thanks to  Claudia @ Mockingbird Hill Cottage—she  is working on the  cutest TINY house. I enjoy her TINY enthusiasm; she has been a big part of my inspiration. You can see posts about her Dollhouse Here and Here .  
I’m putting it up for the next few weeks with the holiday coming and last minute preparations for Christmas and family events.  But I can’t wait to get back to it.
I hope to show more later.

Til next time, Be Blessed!

Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, [and] being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. ~ Philippians 2: 5-8


My Repurposed Life said...

awwww, your sweet little house is looking great! Love the Christmas tree and the snowman. It's going to be a great little hobby for you. :)


NanaDiana said...

What a wonderful dollhouse, Pat. I just love it. What a fun project to have to look forward to this winter- xo Diana

Weekend-Windup said...

You have done a very good work to make the doll house. It looks so beautiful!!

Diane said...

Looks good! "Playing" with a dollhouse is really fun! Still puttering with my garage sale one.

nannykim said...

Oh, I so enjoy looking at what you have done--It is so much fun and I am enjoying doing this through you , ha ha! I think it is so neat--it is something I imagined as a child and I am getting to experience it again! So did you use popsicle sticks on the flooring? This is exciting to me!! I am looking forward to your future work, although I do like gingerbread work on the outside--it will be fun to see what you do with it all!

Faith said...

Oh, you make me want one of these...I've always like miniatures..( I can just see my DH rolling his eyes when I tell him I want a doll house) it's funny to think about that. But what joy refurbing you little place, there is something magical about the little house you found, it is so charming. I do wish I had one. Until then thank you for sharing yours.:)

Audrey said...

Great fun Pat and a nice way to spend a winter day. Looking and good and anxious to see it finished.
Happy Christmas
Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

Claudia said...

You're doing such a great job, Pat! The floors look so good and I know what you mean about seeing something and buying it. It's hard to contain our enthusiasm, isn't it?


Revi said...

I don't comment every time, but I have enjoyed your doll-house posts. What fun!

Katie Mansfield said...

I love it. I fixed up the same little house for my daughter, Rebekah back in the late 80s. Have fun.