Monday, February 23, 2015

A Place to Create Dollhouse

My new dollhouse is called "A Place to Create." It was commissioned by Deby.
Like the last dollhouse(La Maison de Ville), it's another modified Ballerina Cottage. But this one has a French door.
And this dollhouse is furnished. A workshop/craft room downstairs and a place to relax upstairs. Nothing is glued down. Not even the curtain rods. I just used putty.
The only piece I didn't make here is the chair. But I did paint it and added a cushion.
I love this blue wallpaper! I found it in the scrapbook isle at Hobby Lobby. It's such a great shabby chic backdrop.
I made this large work desk.  It's 6" long with 3 working drawers. That's a little trash can next to the chair.
I made most of the stuff on there. Just not the glass jar or coke bottle.
Deby works with papier mache and also sculpts. So I put some clay, flour and unfinished pieces there.
My little watercolor set was super easy to make. I cut a rectangle piece of clay and pressed the end of a square stick into it to make the indentations where the paint goes. The paintbrush is also made of clay. That little measuring stick was a gift with mini purchases. Came at the perfect time!
I made a shelf to hold crafting supplies. 
And I made a miniature sewing machine! I had not tried before and I didn't think it would work out. But it did! I just cut out the shape in a block of clay. Let the clay dry and sand. Then I cut out a base out of wood and sanded it. Attached with hot glue to the top piece. Paint and gloss. Done!
A cozy bed to rest.  The covers are glued down to give a messy look. Essential for coziness!
Here's the place empty.
Another fun little build done!
Ready for a Gigie update?
Gigie had a cold. I took her to the vet last Friday. She got a shot and eye drops. She never acted like she was sick. But her left eye was watery. So I took her in just to make sure nothing serious was going on. She's fine! :)
Of course she's taken to sleeping in my all white, Pottery Barn linen bedding. LOL! The girl's got taste!
Thank you for dropping by!
hugs♥,

48 comments:

  1. This is one of my favorite designs for sure. It's architecture is gorgeous. Very French/Parisian.

    I hope Gigie gets over her cold. My three dogs had a cold for all of last week. (We think they caught it from my brother's dogs, who caught it from a dog they were fostering one weekend). Little Gigie is a very pretty cat. Very feminine and very photogenic. I've always loved fluffly cats. I MISS having a cat around so much.

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  2. I'm always amazed at how much you are able to create yourself and so quickly and beautifully. This is definitely "A Room Of One's Own." Love it.

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  3. Love all your french style dollhouses.Don't know how you do it, I'm still working on a shoebox porch and you've already got 2 houses done! Glad your fur baby is feeling better. She's a little beauty!
    Hugs, Theresa

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  4. Gorgeous - both the house and Gigie.

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  5. Another wonderful cottage. Your talents only continue to grow. I am so glad to hear the little Gigi is better. Little ones are always delicate, needing a watchful eye. I wish I had your ability to use clay. Perhaps I should just try.

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  6. You never cease to astound! That workdesk - I am speechless with admiration.
    xx

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  7. It is gorgeous! Thank you for the inspiration!
    Hugs
    Josefin

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  8. wonderful, Caroline! It is amazing, I love it and the details are so sweet and charming, create a special atmosphere as a whole ... just wonderful !! good job, my friend!
    A big hugs

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  9. Incantevole! Mi sto innamorando delle tue casette da favola! Peccato che non è possibile vedere il blog dal suo inizio, ma solo dal 2011....:-(
    Come mai non hai un archivio? :-)

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  10. Hi Caroline, another gorgeous masterpiece. This little house is how I see you - elegant, and feminine with wonderful taste!
    All the best
    Vivian
    PS Glad little Gigie is feeling better....

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  11. So bright and beautiful! I love the desk and the sewing machine!
    Hannah

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  12. Guau Caroline, es maravillosa, cuantos detalles preciosos y esa impresionante puerta de entrada. Me encanta!!!!!.
    Tu gatita adorable.

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  13. Oh Dios mío, pero que cosa tan bonita!! Como haces para tener tan buen gusto???

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  14. Como siempre es perfecto, una maravilla, me encanta como te ha quedado la decoración los muebles y los accesorios preciosos.
    Un abrazo.
    Yolanda

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  15. I forgot to ask you a question that I've been meaning to ask. I made my first fairy house the other day (so much fun and addictive!) and I've always wanted to make a dollhouse; a small, inexpensive one. You've mentioned before that you'd recommend using kits whenever you can, and that some of the lower end priced one's can even be well made. I've been perusing kits online and am so confused, so in your expertise... which brand/company is the safest bet? (If there is such a thing). I don't want to spend a lot of money, and I want it to be a simple one. (I'd be a beginner). I was really curious about Greenleaf in particular. Thanks for any advice. I do appreciate it and hope it isn't a bother.

    I also forgot to mention that I love the rose wallpaper that you used.

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    1. Great question Kristin! The easiest kits to put together quickly are by far the ones by Real Good Toys or Melissa & Doug. Here's a Melissa & Doug that's really easy and cute to do: http://www.overstock.com/Crafts-Sewing/Melissa-Doug-The-House-that-Jack-Built-Kotton-Kandy-Dollhouse/5949579/product.html
      It has the siding already milled in! Love it. These 2 companies(Melissa&Doug and RealGoodToys) do MDF construction. It's thicker but ready to go! Fast builds for sure so you can get to the decor!
      But if you want to make structural changes then I love the Primrose kit by Corona. The walls are thin so you can cut out extra windows or doors.I've heard people complain that it's flimsy and you have to sand a lot. But I make so many changes to it that I don't care about the quality. I only like it because I can do massive changes to it. It's cheap for sure. You can find it for $10-$14 online. (The Primrose was my very first dollhouse I ever built. So it can be done!)

      The 2 first companies are your best bet for quality. But the price can be big. You have to watch Ebay and for discount coupons on other sites. But these are the ones with easy instructions and not many parts. These are usually over $80 though. I have found some of these kits at Tuesday morning before for $50. But watch online sites. Sometimes they just want to get rid of stock.
      hugs♥,
      Caroline

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  16. Otro trabajo encantador por fuera y por dentro.

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  17. It's so gorgeous... I'd even love to live there, and have that wonderful bed, and work desk... And what can I say about the sewing machine? I almost died when I saw it... It's perfect!!
    I'm glad Gigie is better now:)
    Hugs, Candy:)

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  18. That house is gorgeous! I can´t mention any details that I like because I absolutely love everything in it <3 !
    Kind regards.
    -Karoliina-

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  19. Oh how fabulous ... love the mini craft desk with projects underway, and the rose chair cushion is a wonderful touch. The exterior is absolutely glorious - I'd love a miniature house like this AND one in full size!! Beautiful work, as always, and golly, that is one adorable kitten!
    Alison xx

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  20. Você sabe o quanto admiro teu trabalho, mas 'A place to create' passou a ser o meu favorito. O exterior da casa é um sonho!!!

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  21. Thank You! You've certainly given me a lot to think about. I'd definitely have to give the lower-priced kits a chance first. (That Melissa/ Doug kit is gorgeous, but unfortunately way too expensive for me. The Primrose is more like it, and I had no idea that they made 'additions' to other kits that can also be stand alone houses). I used to live just a couple minutes away from a Tuesday Morning Inc, but now live sort of in the boonies. I'll have to look up online where the closest one to me is. I wish we had miniature shops around here! (Of course, I'd be broke then. Lol!) Thank you so much for your help. I appreciate it very much!

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  22. Hi Caroline! I would LOVE to be able to do my crafts in your sunny and french style cottage! Everything inside is so welcoming and you have planned the big craft table so that it will accommodate many different projects at once! The exterior is finished so Beautifully too and the creeping vines are the perfect accent for the mellow plaster walls. Delightful both inside and out! :D

    elizabeth

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  23. Otra vez sorprendiéndonos con una maravillosa mansión,de arquitectura impecable y con un interior de ensueño!!! Me encantan tantos detalles como llevan cada una de las habitaciones,la máquina de coser me ha robado el corazón!!!!
    Tienes un gusto en decoración de lo más exquisito!!
    Besos.

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  24. Hi Caroline! This new dolls house is another masterwork created by your talented hands. It looks gorgeous, every detail is done with love and it shows :D!
    Your Gigie is such a sweetheart, I hope she is doing fine now.
    Hugs, Ilona

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  25. Oh my goodness, this is fantastic!!! That little sewing machine, holy heck...I don't even know how your mind thinks these things up!!! Every little detail is absolutely stunning! I found a little house kit on Etsy for only $40, it's from the 80's I think and I'm considering buying it. It would be fun to attempt and if I fail, then I didn't spend a fortune right!

    Poor Gigie, hope she's doing okay!

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  26. This house is fabulous. I like the many details.
    Gigie is adorable; I hope she is fine now.

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  27. Oh my God!!! I do not believe in God but I surely believe in your capabilities to create and do whatever you set your mind to......another stunning building for another super lucky customer.
    I was trying to find something I didn't like but......what can I say? Every single thing is so lovely, well made and dreamy!!!!! I didn't know you had a kitty.....I must have missed some posts of yours.
    Thank you also to answer that comment on where you get your kits.
    Magical and wonderful building and all the content. Big hug!!!

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  28. Zo ontzettend mooi en heel romantics super gedaan lieve groetjes Danielle

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  29. Gorgeous! What a super-fun house--Deby is a very lucky woman. The bed and sewing machine are all-time favorites for me. Gigie is so precious. I'm so glad she's over her cold and feeling frisky again. What a love! xo Jennifer

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  30. She is so cute! I love how kitties always claim the best in their surrounding.

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  31. Awwweee, I love all the little accessories!

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  32. Gorgeous house I love it. I found myself sitting at that fantastic craft desk with the lovely peaceful surroundings :) Your work is always a treat for the eyes. I am glad Your adorable kitty is feeling better.
    Hugs Maria

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  33. Qué preciosidad!!!!
    Me alegro de que tu gatito ya esté bien :)

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  34. The house is wonderful, I love how much the space lights up. It would be wonderful to craft in it ;)

    Your beautiful kitty is so fluffy! Oh my the poof around her neck..snuggle!

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  35. Felicidades por su maravilloso trabajo. un abrazo, Marisa

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  36. You're very good wt dollhouses with a French touch. I love the desk with all the accessories on it and the draweres. Your bedds are always wonderful because they look so comfortable.
    Geneviève

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  37. Hallo Caroline,
    wat is het schattig geworden.
    dat kleine spul geweldig.
    Groetjes Marja

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  38. Do you have a store where you sell your items ?

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    1. Hi Christine! I have my Etsy shop you'll find on the sidebar to the top right of this page. www.cinderellamoments.etsy.com
      hugs♥,
      Caroline

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  39. This is one of my favorites too!!! The style of the cottage, the craft desk, the light, all!!! It's a dreamy house! Congratulations, dear Caroline!

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  40. Absolutely marvelous Love it to bits!!!
    Your so creative!
    Cant wait to get some more done on my fairy house
    Min Hugs Caroline
    Deni

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  41. Oh Caroline, I LOVE your work so much! The details are just amazing!
    Thank you for make me dreaming!
    Poor Gigie, I hope she will be better soon!
    Hugs
    Agnès

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  42. Hi Caroline,
    I would love this house in real life, as a writer's retreat. Beautiful!
    Vicki

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  43. Hi again,
    Told you I was coming by soon..........decided now was the time. lol
    Your new kitty is so sweet..........and bet you are having a fun time with
    her. Now how does she and Lizzy get along??

    Every time I think your houses can't get any better they never cease
    to amaze me. Love this one too, and your attention to details is
    wonderful, loved the messy desk........so cute
    Beautiful job hon, as always,
    Blessings, Nellie
    Have to check out what else I have missed now.

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  44. Вау! Это шедевр! Я люблю все!!! Ваш стол прекрасен! Вы создаете все новые и прекрасные дома! Вы так одарены фантазией!
    Какая красивая кошечка! Я думаю, что можно простить шерсть на белых простынях! :) :) :) Самое главное, что бы любимые питомцы были здоровы!
    Обнимаю
    Татьяна

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  46. Hi! I love everything you do! Quick question what is the roofing material? I see your designs have similar look and it looks fabulous.

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