Sunday, April 21, 2013


I was going to try and experiment with my dremel today and have a go at miniature carving. Then my daughter approached me suggesting we should put some shingles on Nana's dolls house as Nana is coming to stay on Thursday for a few days and it would be a nice for her to see some work has been done on her house.

Nana's house is a house my Dad built for my Mum back in the 1990s but sadly it was not fully completed before my Dad's passing 15 years ago. My Mum has now handed it on to my 10 year old daughter, Jamie. Jamie wants it to be a 'special' dolls house, not just a play toy. She wants it to be based around the 1927 period, the date Nana was born, which I think is a lovely idea.

We are gathering some information together to help us in decorating the house including a 1927 Sears Roebuck catalogue which is fascinating to look through. It will not be exactly true to the period as Mum and Dad did a lot of decorating inside the house and we do not want to undo what they did. I also want to house my special collection of furniture made by my Dad in it which I have shown in a previous blog post.

So today Jamie and I spent quite a bit of time placing fishscale style shingles on the roof of the house. Mum and Dad had started the first couple of rows so we are going to try to finish most of the roof over the next few days. I must say we worked pretty well as a team with Jamie gluing the shingles and me putting glue on the roof and placing them.

Nana's House is the house on the left.

I really enjoyed working with Jamie today. Unfortunately part way through I realised I really should have painted the dormers first. I do make things hard for myself sometimes.

I'll post a photo of the house when we have done a bit more.

In trying to squeeze into my little workroom with Jamie today I realised it still isn't quite set out the best it could be, so even though it is nearly bed time I am in the middle of sorting my craft room out AGAIN. Besides, I needed to make space to display my recent vintage purchases too.

Wishing you all a great week.


  1. I think it's lovely that you can share your hobby with your daughter. You're creating beautiful memories here and she will cherish these moments later on in life.

  2. Hi Sharee! I agree with Lucille and I only wish that my daughter was interested in this hobby but she was never interested even when she was very little. It sounds like you had a bit of an assembly line going on the roof and placing shingles can be very tedious but necessary work. It makes it go faster when there is teamwork involved.
    The Quest for more workroom space is an ongoing one Sharee, I hope that you will be able to find a solution to making more for yourself in yours. Good luck!


  3. It is so sweet that you and your daughter are working on this house together. I often wish I had someone I could share my miniature hobby with-at least I am lucky enough to know so many wonderful miniature people in blogland :) Funny how sorting out the craft room seems a never ending job-doesn't it? I look forward to seeing more of Nana's house :)