"I have a dolls house that I am going to get rid of. It is the house that you could get years ago with a magazine and it built up with the parts they gave you. It isn’t completely finished but nearly. I was wondering if you would like it."
Well, yes please! At the time I was trying to decide what I could work on next - dilemma solved. On Thursday I went and picked up my Del Prado dolls house. I also had the chance to have a look at Susan's dolls houses and her compact but fabulous and very organised craft room.
I walked away the happy owner of a new house/project and with the realisation that my craft room could be so much better organised.
So this weekend after the housework was done I was into my craft room to try to get it a bit more organised. Also, as I needed to fit in another dolls house the decision was made that I needed to spill out into the hallway. I can no longer contain my hobby to one side of the spare bedroom. I told myself that other than do a quick stocktake and take a few photos of the house for a blog entry I would not play with the house until my craft room is totally sorted (progress report - it is still far from complete).
I am really pleased with the house. Susan bought the house second hand from a lady who had done most of the house and some of the furniture but I will probably refinished some of the furniture by sanding down and repainting. I will probably change at least one of the wallpapers and there is still quite a bit to complete including putting in all the stairs. I have tested the lights and they work and I have done a stocktake of all the parts that came with the Del Prado step by step kits and all I can see that is missing is the sitting room rug cross stitch pattern. The house did not come with any of the magazines or instructions so I will have to make things up as I go as far as the stairs and the other furniture kits go. This is probably not a bad thing as I would probably have done things my way anyway. The wood in the kits are not of the greatest quality but there is potential to 'upgrade' the kits and I will embellish them to suit. This is a challenge I will enjoy.
Anyway here are some photos of the house and furniture in its current state:
The resident family.
The folder contains all the furniture kits not yet done.
There is also a bag of roof tiles and a bag of wallpapers etc.
Of course while the intention was not to play with the house until my craft room was organised I could not resist a little play. I had to put the furniture into the house.
Susan has also been very generous to Jamie giving her this lovely doll:
She has also given Jamie this old Arthur dolls house that has seen better days so Jamie and I can do it up for the doll:
Susan got this house second hand from a lady who had put it together with a hot glue gun and over time it has fallen apart. It will do up nicely for Jamie's doll. Jamie has come up with the great idea that it will be a wonderful two storey play house for the little girl where she can have tea parties with her dolls.
Jamie is thinking she now wants to start a blog to record the progress of her house too!
And finally, Susan has leant me a whole pile of miniature magazines to read which I am absolutely loving.
Thank you so much Susan. You have made a couple of girls very happy and I so enjoyed the guided tour of your craft room!
I hope everyone is having a great weekend. I know I am.