Allowing Children To Create

I love the way working with a doll house that’s homemade brings out the creativity in children.

My daughter has made two items lately, totally by herself and not by my urging. First, a crib/playpen. It’s made from a box that contained soap. The legs are tall wooden beads. It is trimmed in ribbon and rick-rack.

And a shower. The shower is pieced together from all sorts of things: a clear plastic box that contained who-knows-what, old ribbon, old lightweight wood left over from an airplane kit, and of course a condiment container. She even used a foam sticker as a no-slip pad in the tub.


Just have fun!

Where We Are On The Faery House

The Faery House, which will be located in the woods near the doll house, is coming along quite nicely.

This is the upper level — up in the treetop. I have layers to add yet to make it seem more “in the clouds” and somehow I have to add a faery bed that will fit in.
The lower floor houses a rustic Sculpey table and chairs set with teapot and cups — also from baked Sculpey.
I’ve pulled the little faery table out so that you might see all the food they’ve stashed underneath their tree. Faeries love a taste of human food sometimes. A lot of the embellishments came from old Mary Engelbreit paperdolls from her magazine. I LOVE her magazine, Home Companion. Will show you more as I go. Princess of the Universe will have so much fun with this! She has not seen this at all yet.

Lynn

More Doll House Work

Yesterday my husband picked up a 20-dollar piece of white beadboard that he could cut to size and staple (with a pneumatic stapler) to the back of the bookshelf doll house I got from A.C. Moore. This makes the rooms look more finished.


I would love to add lighting at some point, and perhaps stain the wood. Not sure yet. For now I am just going to clean off the scuffs and lightly sand a couple of places where the wood’s not so smooth.

Won’t the dolls just love this? Not to mention my daughter! I can’t wait to set up the little loft area!Lynn

Great Doll House Deal With A Coupon

I wanted to share something that Princess of the Universe is getting for Christmas, and it was a GREAT deal!


I have long noticed this dollhouse/bookshelf in A.C. Moore, but for 99 dollars I never really spent that much time looking closely at it. Until yesterday. Princess of the Universe is at Grandma’s and Grandpa’s for a few days, which means easier shopping for me!

I had one of those 50% off any regularly priced item from A.C. Moore. I actually printed mine from on line by searching Google and finding a current coupon, but the Sunday paper usually has one as well.

I inquired about using the coupon before I had them pull this big item from the upper shelf it was on. Yes, they said they would take the coupon – as long as the item was regularly priced, and it was! Yippeee!!

I called my husband and he said he could easily cut a piece of pretty white beadboard-type wood to fill in the back of the shelf so the rooms will look finished!

For 50 dollars, I bought it. Oh boy, will the doll house adventures continue this year!!

She will be so excited. 🙂

Lynn

Making A Doll House Book

I’ve been wanting to make a little book for the dolls. One with actual pages. Thank you to Mommylion, a commenter who pointed out this mini book tutorial at Hitty Print Mini. It worked out great!

I printed the covers for the little doll house books from Hitty Print Mini and then used little strips of words cut out of a no-longer-useful book. By the way, I am always looking for books at the thrift store that have beautiful pictures or words — something that would be great for a doll house project, but is no longer readable. I would much rather reuse a book than to see it thrown away!

My children LOVED reading through these little doll house books. A word here or there that jumps out and makes them think of something historical!Fun stuff. The little doll house bookshelf up next!Lynn