Monday, September 24, 2012

My Shabby Chic Cottage 1/2 Scale

I built my first 1/2 scale dollhouse.
I used the Buttercup kit. I made very few changes to it. I took off the front entry and made an open porch and I added a Widow's Walk on top to hide the battery and switch. 
I added 2 columns and made a working door. 
I used premixed concrete on this one too. I carved out little rocks for the foundation.
on the side I covered up the downstairs window so I could have a fireplace inside. 
 This picture makes the house look crooked!  I must be living on a boat and just didn't realize it. Note to self: take straight pictures.  LOL! :)
All the greenery comes from Hobby Lobby. The vines came from the garland department. These leaves are so tiny they even work on this 1/2 scale.
I used the cool battery operated lights on this house. I wanted a really crisp and clean  light. 

 Hiding the wires is always a challenge!
I think this little box worked out great.

This house measures 5 1/2" deep x 8 1/8" across x 9 3/4" tall. And the interior is 4 1/4" deep x 7" across x 7 3/4" tall. 

I also finished another project! My favorite cottage so far!! Here's a taste:
This one is a 1/12 scale and it is called Reverie Cottage.  I was so excited about it that I finished it in less than a week.   I will share it with you in a couple of days. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!


  1. What lovely cottages, Caroline! I love the crisp interior on the first one and can't wait to see more of the second one! Great work, as always. xo Jennifer

  2. Oh a really tiny adorable! I love the mantle, wish I had a life size one like that:)

  3. Es preciosa, me encanta!!!
    Que bonito detalle del limonero es genial.
    Las tejas son fantasticas y esa lamapara una maravilla.
    Me encanta!!!
    besitos ascension

  4. it is beautiful!! Congrats on your first 1/2 scale!!

  5. Hi Caroline, these cottages look stunning, I had to look twice because you made everything look sooo perfect that I can hardly believe they are that small !!
    You did a great job :)

    Hugs Mieke xxx

  6. Hi Caroline, thanks so much for dropping by and saying hello. It's always wonderful to see you.

    As always I love to visit and see what you've been up to. Each project is beautiful Caroline ... you and your work are awesome my friend! Hugs ... Carole xox

  7. The cottage is amazing! I love the windows on the side and the high ceilings!

    I Can't wait to see the one you are teasing us

  8. Que maravillosa casita . Me has dejado sorprendida .
    Muchas gracias por el comentari que dejaste en mi blog

  9. un trabajo precioso y con infinidad de pequeños detalles, un trabajo magnifico



  10. Te esta quedando preciosa. Me gusta muchísimo el limonero.

  11. It's an another wonderful cottage!!! Wow.... how is stunning the entrance ( hall? ..I'm not sure ) of Leverie Cottage? I wait to see the other photos!

  12. Your houses always make me smile, they are so gorgeous. I can't wait to see your Reverie Cottage.

  13. Te ha quedado muy bonita. La lampara está genial. felicidades.

    Besos. Mª Jesús

  14. Hi Caroline, What can I say but awesome. Such tiny details and all lovingly placed. I always enjoyed your houses and wish I had room for them. I can always dream. Have a great day. Hugs Your Missouri Friend.

  15. Oh this is gorgeous Caroline!! I love the colours and the roof is amazing, you are so talented!!
    hugs ♥ Vicky ♥

  16. It's amazing! I like the colors.
    Kiss Faby

  17. Hello Caroline
    Oh again, breathtaking, I love your cottages, they talk to the little girl in me. I am always happy to visit you. Clever little detail to hide the wires etc. Impressive that you are able to work in measurement conditions which are so small.
    Thank you for visiting my blog.

  18. The doll house looks real... Such an amazing piece.

  19. Hallo Caroline
    wat maak jij schattige dingen.
    mooi om naar te kijken.
    groetjes Marja