Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Old Country House Custom Dollhouse

My newest dollhouse is The Old Country house. This is a 2 story custom house built from scratch.
On this house I used a ready made door and 2 ready square dormer windows. All the other windows are custom.  This dollhouse is 19 1/2" tall(including the chimney) x 13" wide x 14 3/4" deep.
The colors are a light taupe for the siding with white trims and a light grey roof. The chimney is concrete.
I am including mailboxes on all my houses since I made the trailer! I just love them.  I also made a little crate and 3 flower boxes.
 The underside of the porch turned out fantastic with the planks looking all weathered.
And this porch has a swing. I had not done a swing in quite some time.

 The battery and switch and hidden in the chimney.
 The siding is birch.

There is only one coat of paint on the siding. It gave a marvelous vintage look with the grain of the wood showing through.

 The chair is my own creation. As it the little wooden table, chandeliers, rug, clay houses, paintings, box of photos. 
 The stairs are purchased.
 I also purchased this little metal table from the fairy garden department at Hobby Lobby. The little chair that comes with it is on the porch. The box of photos is something I saw on Pinterest. Easy to do!
 This is a pie cabinet sold at Hobby Lobby. It comes in a brown finish. I stripped off all the varnish and repainted it white, aged it with brown ink and finished it off with random grey paint streaks. The dot paper I used in the door is a translucent paper from Michael's Craft store(scrapbook).
The ceiling is scrapbook textured paper which has been aged with a brown ink pad.
This is the area in front of the stair landing. Super aged, super vintage!
 Upstairs I made a bed, a bench a clay house and books.  The nightstand is a purchased piece. I removed 2 drawers for a more rustic look.
 All the curtains are sprayed with hairspray so they stay perfectly in place and draping like real curtains.
 The chandelier is crystal seed beads. You can find the tutorial by clicking the tutorial tab at the top of the page.
 These little benches are easy to make and add tons of character to a room.
 I made a messy bedding this time. My last house had the bed perfectly made. Someone has already jumped in this one to read a book. :)
I made these 4 sketches of villages and sealed them with modge podge.
That's my dollhouse! I am listing it on Etsy.(
Thank you so much for your company! I hope you have a wonderful day.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The Old Country House

As usual I'm super busy working on tons of projects! One is my new dollhouse "The Old Country House.
The downstairs is coming together perfectly. I usually write down all the details and finishes before I start.
Then I second guess myself. But I decided to stick with what was written down. And I like it!

I'm also writing the 1:6 scale book. 

And I got some gifts I won too!  

This is from Alisha at Minifanaticus. I loved this potting bench as soon as I saw it on her blog.  I couldn't believe my eyes when I read she was giving it away.
It's so shabby chic perfect!
Alisha asked me what else I would love to have. That was easy! I love the drippy candles! 
I don't play with that kind of clay/sculpy. So to have Alisha give some candles to me was heaven!
Aren't they the most perfect things!
Thank you so much Alisha! I love your creations so much! They look so incredible! Don't forget to visit her at if you have not yet seen her work.
Alright, back to work for me! Thanks so much for checking in! Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Josephine Shabby Chic Cottage Custom Dollhouse

Josephine Shabby Chic Cottage is one of the shabby chic cottages like the one in my How To book. Except, I raised the 2nd floor by 1" so the bedroom could be taller.
The house is 17 3/4" tall x 11 1/2" wide x 16 3/4" long.
The exterior is covered in scrapbook ridged cardboard painted white. 
The little box on the side of the house with a nest painted on it is where I put the battery and switch.

The link for the light kit is on my "Resources" page.
I put a purchased door and a window in this house.  The 4 other windows are handmade.  That little cage is from Hobby Lobby.  And the chair is from a fairy garden set.  I made the mailbox like the one in the Shabby Chic Trailer. The window box is decorated with hot glue, painted and aged with brown ink.
 Inside, I have a stove, table and chair, mantel, and bedroom area. 
I made the mantel with 1/16" bass wood.  The tin tiles are hot glue designs.  All the curtains and tablecloth are sprayed with hairspray( a LibertyBiberty tip) so they look the way life size fabrics look. Everything is aged with a brown ink pad.

I have a tutorial for vintage stoves on my tutorial page. 
The door opens into the room rather than to the wall. When it's open it makes like a little entry hall. A tiny little  detail. But different!
I made this bed from a real life one I saw on the Layla Grace website. It was called the Josephine bed. That's where I got the name for the house.  I made two of these beds but with different finials. The other is listed in my Etsy shop. I glued down the bedding.  The pillows are not glued down. They are filled with candle sand to make them stay properly on the bed like real pillows would.
This dollhouse is available in my Etsy shop.  Thanks so much for coming over!