I love them. I think they are gorgeous. I am going to buy another family or two once I get some more houses finished.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Mother notices that the fireplace still needs painting. She wonders why the Hand hasn't done it already. It seems silly to move in all that lovely furniture when they would just have to move it all again to do the fireplace. Maybe the family is impatient to move in. She knows she would be.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
The nursery is a good example. While looking for vintage wallpapers I came across the name, Charles Francis Annesley Voysey. I knew this name because I had read about him when I researched Stockbroker Tudor houses. (see my Stockbroker Tudor blog: http://susanshouses.blogspot.com/2009/04/stockbroker-tudor-doll-house.html
The nursery wallpaper is 'Alice in Wonderland' by CFA Voysey. The busy design looks great in full size, but is almost overwhelming when shrunk to miniature. Next time I will do a little customizing on the print. This time though, I left the busy print as is for the top part of the wall. In PhotoShop I cut out flowers from the design and distributed them across a background of the main colour to make the bottom of the room. Then I went back in and cut out the characters from the design, and made a ceiling border. I botched the border when gluing and later got paint on it. I will replace it with a properly sized one when I regain that fabled energy. Really, I just wanted to get this house finished and move on.
It's not really finished though because I want to put up some ceiling medallions and (non-working) light fixtures. I still have a fireplace to paint and install in the living room too. All that can wait for another day. I am going to take pictures of the rooms with the furniture in and post those over the next few days. Back soon.
I discovered that my hands are more like paws when it comes to small details and that wet paper stretches to a madly frustrating degree. This being so, I decided to live with a couple of wrinkles that didn't disappear when the glue was dry. Furniture can hide a lot of flaws, right?
I bought this dollhouse at an auction several years ago, long before the mini-mania that infects me now had struck. As I mentioned before, I had always wanted a dollhouse, so I bought this one. But then I put it up in my bedroom and filled it with odds and ends (not miniatures) and never really looked at it again. (I have the missing shutter - I just have to find it. It's among the odds and ends in the bedroom.)
The house's previous owner had wallpapered it, but very badly. The only paper that was even close to the right scale was put on sideways with its stripe running horizontally across the room. A few weeks ago I battled this house down the stairs and into the living room (which has unfortunately become my work room). I stripped the walls, full of optimism, excitement and creative ideas.
I had grown bored with commercial wallpapers and decided to create my own (cheaper too). Some of them I am very pleased with, some didn't really work, but I think that, overall, the project was a success.
I researched Victorian wallpapers and then made the background paper, ceiling paper, and borders and the parquet floor in PhotoShop. They are copies of wallpapers from around 1890. I was delighted to learn that the Victorians loved to paper their ceilings too. Good idea, especially as I didn't bother to prime the inside of the house (I know, I know, I am too impatient.) The door is just a flat colour printout, but looks pretty good, don't you think?
I fell in love with this Arts and Craft Hollyhock paper complete with border and ceiling medallions. I put it in the bedroom with a commercial hardwood floor. I still have to fix the ceiling - it doesn't reach the edges. I am waiting for renewed energy.
I used a couple of leftover pieces of wood flooring in this room and they don't quite match, but I plan to put down a throw rug.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Last November I had a few minutes to kill before my hair appointment, so I popped into Value Village. I like to check out the thrift shops because I am a dollaholic. Miniatures are a new hobby of mine but I have collected dolls since childhood. I especially love the vintage ones I can't afford - the first Barbies, Madame Alexanders, antique bisques. I love fashion dolls, especially if they come with wardrobes and accessories. We can blame my grandmother and mother for this. I was the only girl in the family and they kept me well supplied with any dolls they could find. They didn't have a lot of money so I received rummage sale dolls, dime store dolls, and, always, a new doll from Santa each year.
Anyway to get back to VV last November - at the back of the store I spotted this little handmade dollhouse for $6.99.
I looked at it with curiosity. I didn't need a dollhouse. I had too much stuff in my house as it was. There was no room for this. But I looked at it again and I saw the hand painted bricks and shingles, the red shutters with a different design on each window, and the little pond on the patio.
I looked inside and saw the built-in fire place, the kitchen wallpaper and the tiny one-inch tiles in the bathroom. The little girl in me cried out for this house that had been made with so much love and such imperfect detail.
You can see that the carpet for the living room is missing. There is a tiny piece of it at the bottom of the stairs.
I love the gold wallpaper in the living room and the askew picture of Bambi over the fireplace. It is glued firmly, it can't be straightened. Some child must have loved this house.
The lawn mower and wheelbarrow are Dinky toys, but the scale is perfect, and I think they add something to the garden.