Friday, November 20, 2009

Doll House Tour

I'm opening up my rehabed doll house for tours. I've finished three more rooms. The tour begins with the living room.

Allie brought her Sailor Moon dolls to be guides. In case you don't know, Sailor Moon is a Japanese anime teen superhero. These dolls are some of Allie's favorite childhood toys. I used scrapbook paper for wall paper throughout. The picture frames are also scrapbooking supplies. Of course I had to have a Virgin of Guadalupe in a prominent place.

I made this entryway table by sawing a cheap wooden armoire in half. The photo shows Allie and my sister's two older kids when they were little. Alex wasn't born yet, nor was my sister's younger daughter, Maria.

I love this coffee table, and you can get a peek into the kitchen.

Here's the den. I used an old postage stamp to put a picture of Sojourner Truth over the fireplace. I've got to get the picture to stick to the frame better.

Of course there is a cat near the fire.

I used more stamps to make pictures over the desk. I guess I have an abiding interest in small things, as I started a stamp collection many years ago, though I haven't worked on it in ages.

Here's the bathroom, which has the original "marble" flooring and striped wallpaper. I bought these vintage bathroom fixtures on Ebay. It was inspired by the bathroom in my aunt's house. When she moved in (in the 70s) it had beautiful lavender and green tile work and lavender tub and toilet. She's kept it true to the original, and I've always loved that bathroom. The pictures over the tub are sequins and beads glued to sandpaper.

The curtain was embroidered on my sewing machine to match the wallpaper. I made the towels with ribbon, vintage rick-rack, and iron-on tape.

If you want to see the kitchen and patio, and other project pictures, the posts are here. The bedrooms are almost done. My next task is to make the bedding.

If you want to learn how to make big giant pictures, check out Susan's very helpful post. It's incredibly easy.


Kay said...

How wonderful! I love the detail you've put in, and the cleverness of how you did it.

Magpie Sue said...

Wow. I love your attention to detail. The machine embroidery on the bathroom curtain, the package on the entryway table... Not sure I could handle a bathroom that pink in real life but that's what doll houses are for!

Judy S. said...

Barbara, you've done a fabulous job! I'd move in in a minute. LOL (As if I'd fit.) It's clear you've spent hours working on this with splendid results! What fun!

Rian said...

Barbara, what a delightful house! What fun, and you've done a fabulous job! I smiled from ear to ear when I saw the bathroom because I had the same pink fixtures in my dollhouse when I was a child.

Debra said...

I want that bathroom!

This has been such a fun project. We all need new dollhouses!

Vicki W said...

What a great project!

JoWynn Johns said...

Charming and utterly irresistible! So many imaginative ideas, too.

Allison Ann Aller said...

What a charming obsession. It just defies reason and leads us into your playful and intriguing state of mind. And it feels so homey!

Absolutely delightful, Barbara! Thanks so much for the tour.

Plays with Needles said...

That picture of the living room with the sun spilling in the front door and the flowerpot on the wall is just great! It looks like it could be from a Home Interiors mag!

And, I am delighted with the bigger pics! It really was selfish of me to tell you about it after all!

Diane said...

I enjoyed your house tour.
I invite you to come visit my gingerhouse creation. It started life as a $3.00 auction box lot. It was in pieces when purchased.

Granny Fran said...

What a fun house you are creating. I love the idea of stamps for art on the walls.

Lavender Ranger said...

That is Sailor Venus!