Friday, November 29, 2013

Happy Holidays from Little Darlings

Hello everyone! Thanks for stopping in to check out my dollhouse blog.  I have been soooo busy these past few months and I haven't had a lot of time to post anything new.  I have taken so many new dollhouse orders and restoration and repair orders I will be busy long after Christmas is over.  First of all, let me say thank you to all my new customers! 
Here are just a few pictures of the dollhouses I've been working on lately.  Also, I wanted to add that if your looking at my dollhouses for the first time and are interested in a dollhouse for Christmas please note I only have time to work on 1 more Alison Jr or Vermont Farmhouse dollhouse to be finished in time for Christmas.  If you are more flexible on your time schedule please contact me by phone or email and I will be happy to assist you. 
Painted Lady Dollhouse

Victoria's Farmhouse Dollhouse

Front Opening Greenacres Dollhouse

Alison Jr Dollhouse

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Hello Friends

Busy times here in dollhouse land.  I have had one purchase order after another and haven't taken the time to post much information on my blog- sorry!  It's good to be busy though and I'm gearing up for the holidays and have already scheduled new dollhouse orders for January and beyond!  Wonderful!  I'm so glad I can build dollhouses and be creative.  It's lots of fun.  A few notes, I am extremely busy with Christmas orders so if you're looking for a finished dollhouse for a loved one for Christmas please call me and I will let you know if I can squeeze in one or two more dollhouses for Christmas delivery.  Otherwise please note I do have a finished dollhouse, already assembled and ready to go on sale now.  It is a large Victorian Farmhouse.  Please see click on my "Completed, Finished and On Sale Now" Tab above for all the details.  It is on sale for $500.00 but I would be willing to negotiate a price if you are interested....after all I could use the room for the builds I'm working on now!  Thanks for visiting my blog, feel free to contact me if you have any dollhouse questions or restoration requests.  Dawn

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Happy Summer

Hello there visitors and friends!  Thanks for stopping in to look at my blog!  I have been working on a Victorian Farmhouse dollhouse and I just finished with it.  Scroll down to see "My new summer project" and take a look at how I transformed this dollhouse into what is now a beautifully finished dollhouse!  AND if you really like it, the good news is that it's for sale! 


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Half Scale Finished Georgian Dollhouse

Hi Everyone
I wanted to post a few pictures of the little half scale dollhouse I just finished working on.  This is the front opening Georgian Dollhouse.  It turned out so cute! 
 This little dollhouse is half scale or 1/2 inch = 1 foot so it is only 17 inches high and 17 inches wide and 11 inches deep.  If you want a dollhouse but are small on space a half scale dollhouse is a perfect option for you.  Please check out my online store to see the half scale dollhouse I have for sale.  Sorry this one is taken but enjoy the pictures!! 

 The rooms in this dollhouse are so cute- they are only 5 inches high!!

Friday, April 26, 2013

My new spring/summer dollhouse project

Here is my newest dollhouse acquisition for remodeling and finishing!  I picked this up last weekend and I plan on finishing it and then putting it up for sale.  It's a Victorian Farmhouse.

 This large, going to be gorgeous, dollhouse has an open back plus a front opening panel that opens up to reveal two more large rooms.  It connects through a hallway on the 2nd floor and through a pretty curved arch on the 1st floor so you have access to these rooms in the front and the back!  So nice!
 This dollhouse has lots of windows even on the sides and will let in lots of light. 
 The original builder started some interior decorating but it's dingy and the wallpaper they installed is falling off so I will tear it out and start from scratch. 
There's lots of work to be done to finish this dollhouse up but it will be sooo worth it once it's all completed.  Check back often to see my progress and let me know if you're interested in purchasing it, once it's done it won't last long! 
 May 27th 2013
Here is the dollhouse with its new color scheme. I have painted it a pale blue color with light gray accents.  The doors and shutters are a darker shade of blue with gray undertones.  So far it looks much better!  I added on the front window and gable roof.  Inside I'm going to make a beautiful window seat. 
 Side view.  Notice the light gray paint just below the side roofline and the front triangle. There are lots of windows in this dollhouse even on the sides!  Love that.  It makes it so much brighter on the inside.
I've been busy painting the windows and I have the shutters all painted. 
 May 28th
Today I've been workking on more of the dollhouse exterior.  The porch is on and I've added the white trim pieces around the corners of the dollhouse.  I've also started shingling.  The gray/black shingles are going to look so good with all the blues and grays already on the house.  The windows have wonderful details and so far I'm really pleased with the results.  The interior floors are being stained and of those to come.
 Here is a picture of the "tin roof" detail I added today.  I glued on small wood strips and then painted it to look like weathered tin.  My neighbor's house has a small roof similar to this on their house (my inspiration).
Another picture of the tin roof...
 Today is May 29th and here is a picture of the wood floors I've been working on.  The original owner of the dollhouse spilled some paint and glue on the floors so a simple staining would not have worked.  So before installing all new flooring I first stained the floors then used an exterior paint- brown paint/stain (what you would use on a deck) to go over the top.  I played around with it and here's how it looks.  The floors are dark with almost a cherry look where the stain underneath comes through.  I put polyurethene on top and glossed it up and I think it's going to look good once I get all the wallpaper and finishing in place.
 The shingling is done!  Looks gorgeous, love the variation in colors.

Here is the picture that came with the kit.  It's the Country Lady dollhouse made by American Craft Products.  It came with some components but did not include siding or shingles.  I'll be adding lots of finishing details and will be offering it up for sale soon.  Check back often to see my progress!

 July 6th
Update, the dollhouse is coming along great.  The entire outside is finished and now I'm working on completing the inside.  I haven't taken pictures of all my work but here are the latest...
 Exterior side view, windows all in, shutters on, totally painted and shingled.
 The interior so far.  Each room has been wallpapered and flooring is in place.  The top left room doesn't have flooring yet, but will be added in soon.  Baseboards, interior window trim and crown molding left to do.
 My working doors are in.  This room needs baseboards and then it will be complete.
 Front view with the door open...bathroom on the top floor. 
 Bathroom again, the door leads to the 2nd floor hallway and connects to the rest of the house (rear access). This room just needs baseboards and window trim and it'll be done.  I love this floor!!
This is the front door and front room, staircase and trim to be added.  I installed a built in custom fireplace.  Everything is going good and I should be finished soon!

 Ok, it's all done!!!  See below for all the finished pictures!

This bottom room is found as you open up the front panel...note the built in window seat (with cushion) I added in the door!!  So cute!
There are lots of windows even on the sides of the dollhouse so you have lots of light flooding in.
I love this room.  I consider this the bathroom-  the door leads into the 2nd floor hallway.
This room turned out especially pretty. 

I handmade these flower boxes.  I think they look terrific!  Love the color scheme on the house.
I have carpet in this bedroom.  Three rooms have carpet, the bathroom has tile flooring and the rest have finished wood floors. 
Top floor bedroom with carpet, working door, window.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Building the Vermont Farmhouse Dollhouse

I'm currently working on building the Vermont Farmhouse for Lajuan!  She's chosen to have it painted peach with white accents and gray shingles.  It's going to be beautiful!  Here's what I've done so far...
 First things first, I had to sort all the parts and make sure everything was there.  All set to go there!  I have laid out all my parts and kept the small boxes for keeping the little pieces together and neat. 
 Next I dyed my shingles gray.  Here they are soaking up the stain.  They will take about 4 days to dry. 
Next I mixed pink and yellow to achieve the peach color Lajuan requested.  I haven't done a peach dollhouse before so I'm excited to see it all done!  All my exterior walls have been painted.  I don't know if the pictures I take with my camera will show the peach too good but it's a nice shade and looks very good in person.
 March 22nd  I have the basic housebody and foundation put together and the glue is drying.  You have to assemble it on a flat level surface.  This is my most level spot- my kitchen table.  I put it together after dinner so tomorrow morning when it's dry I can take it down to the basement to finish the rest. 
All the parts have been pre painted and the interior walls primed. Looking good, piece of cake! 
 March 27th  Okay, so a lot of painting!  I have just been painting away...all the porch parts, gingerbread, shutters, door, you name it.  Here's a small sampling of that work.
 I have attached the roof and put together the porch.  The parts all have to be painted ahead of time and now that they're done more building is being done.  I shingled the porch roof and will start on the big roof next.
 Porch looks great!
I added the side trim pieces and now the main roof is being shingled.  Lots more to do.  I assembled the windows earlier and will have to paint those next.  Before I install them I will be wallpapering and painting the interior.  That's after I finish up the shingling! 

April 1
 I have been busy working and have done a lot!  First of all the shingling is finished and I've started working on the interior.  Lajuan wanted a mixture of wallpaper and painted rooms in pastels colors so I've chosen a nice mixture of both. 
 This blue room has been painted and the window is in- I'm still painting the interior doors so I'll add those in later. 
 Here's the living room, wallpapered and stairs installed.
 Here is the exterior so far, I'm holding off installing the gingerbread on the sides and top so they won't be damaged in shipping.  They're all painted and ready to go. 
 April 2nd
 The interior doors are in. 
Now I'm working on the trim - all baseboards are in and tomorrow I will install the crown molding.  Then I'll do some touch up painting and it'll be done! 

April 3rd Final Day of work

 The dollhouse is all done!  I have finished putting in the crown molding and added the custom flower boxes.  All the painting touch ups are complete and here are the final pictures of this adorable dollhouse!

 I love this porch!

If you would like a dollhouse like this one, order yours today!  See my online store to purchase yours!