When I was a child, I was given a dollhouse. I played with it throughout my childhood and kept it set up even after I stopped playing with it (my younger sisters continued to play with it while I was in college). When Q and I moved in together, I set up the dollhouse in our apartment. Eventually, though, I stored the dollhouse and all its furnishings in a closet, waiting for a time I could bequeath it to another child.
|Looking spiffy with the fresh paint -- |
and the open door invites us to peer inside.
This year, my youngest niece requested a dollhouse, so Q and I fixed up my dollhouse to give to her. Q reattached the door and chimney that had fallen off, replaced the front stoop, and put in some new muntins for the windows. We gave the house a fresh coat of paint inside and out and cleaned and fixed the furniture and accessories. (We also bought some new dolls and some furniture to replace some of the shabbier pieces; the new items are not pictured here.)
|We kept the original wallpaper on the second floor, |
but repainted the yellow rooms -- so bright and cheery!
|The attic opens up for a third floor, |
which also has yellow walls.
|The wooden "coffee table" covered with magazines was part of a |
set of boxes made by my maternal grandfather. When she saw the
dollhouse, my niece noted "there sure are a lot of tables in this house."
But the dollhouse was also a home for my imagination. Everyday objects took on new life as furniture or accessories for the dollhouse. A plastic napkin ring made a modern side table (not unlike some of the furniture popular in the 1970s, actually). A rubber eraser became a bud vase. Glass beads stood in for berries or candy. (Did I mention that I was a bit obsessed with miniature food?) Seen through the eyes of my dolls, the mundane world was transformed.
|Cake, pies, and tea service all set up -- let's eat!|
|On top of the rolltop desk is a wax candle that I made, |
as well as a letter to "The Doll Family." I think I also made
the dried-flower terrarium on the floor in the right corner.
|The ceramic pies on the table were projects from one of my ceramics |
classes. Alas, the doll family needs more pantry space
for all the pots and pans and dishes!
|The wooden pantry was made by my maternal grandfather. |
In addition to the canned goods, there are some steaks
I made out of cork, colored with markers.
|The small round rug in front of the sink was one of the braided rugs I made. |
There is also a tiny box of kleenex on the vanity that I might have made.
|I love the sewing area, graced with the oversized pincushion I made. |
But where is all the fabric?
|Of course, the fabric is at the dollhouse store! |
A miniature quilt store has tiny fabric bolts on display.
|More tiny sewing machines and supplies -- even a teeny box of fat quarters. |
To my credit, I did not buy any of these, even though I was seriously tempted.