While I began to create building for the love of Barbie, the creativity of building room boxes, 1:12 and 1:6 scale dioramas, furniture, dioramas and dollhouses has become my motivation. I thank everyone here including but not limited to both 1:6 and 1:12 (and smaller scale) artists who have inspired me to keep creating and growing. I am so happy to be included in this miniature building community.
For some reason people keep giving me trashed Barbie dolls and other types of dolls they run across while dumpster diving or randomly finding them.
They are always dirty, naked and with horribly abused hair. I'm not into dolls at all....but I do love restoring beat up things so I've added this to my list of hobbies. I have about 50 dolls so far, so I'm just getting started.....
I wanted to have dolls of all ages. We are in a world of babyboomers so the aging process has many levels. I wanted to have older dolls that depict the people in the 45 to 70 group of TODAY. I have found some older looking action figures as well. So my mini world will have infants to this older group.
I saw this well loved dollhouse on the side of the road; it was waiting for the garbage truck. It looked like good bones, so I picked it up. I decided to challenge myself to create a whole new look using the materials I have on hand to renovate this house. The only things I might have to buy are basics like white primer and glues. I think I'm going to get a long string of fairy lights to electrify (another purchase), and I might need more siding. Okay, so already I'm buying stuff. So maybe if I just keep costs to a minimum....
I am so happy I was able to adopt my dream dollhouse from a nice couple from Tennessee. The Lawbre Shadow Cliff shell was built in 1985. It had a few things that need fixing, but is in fantastic shape overall! I am excited to start turning it into the beautiful lady it was meant to be.
A very generous member of my miniatures group gave me all three of the Houseworks "Street of Shops" kits, which I am slowly but happily putting together.
More photos and details can be found here -- https://mathomhouse.typepad.com/bluestocking/miniatures-street-of-shops/
I got this unfinished house shell for $10 already assembled except for the shingles, door and porch. I’m fixing it up using scrap items for my daughters upcoming 4th bday. Her favorite color is “rainbow” and her alter ego is “Sparkles”, the super hero 🤣 not my usual style but hope she likes it!
My parents gave me this house over 30 years ago. I completed the shell with the help of my dad, but life, marriage, kids, and many, many moves put the house on the back burner. But, my husband always managed to keep it safe during the moves. Now I've decided to start over. I've removed all the siding, brick foundation and I'm starting over with the vision of an old run down French Chateau purchased by a young couple as a fixer-upper. She is an interior designer he is a Chef. They've completed the inside but the outside still needs to be done. I had to cut extra windows as this is a front opening house and there were no doors or windows on the side or back. I added 4 windows to the side and I've cut a huge opening in the back for an addition in the kitchen. I have a vision and plan... now to see if I can make it happen.
Re-build of partially constructed Pierce. First dollhouse since 1982! Dollhouse partially assembled with glue gun and wood putty. Porch floor was scored for floor board look and painted grey. Musty, dusty house that had been stored in a basement. At least it is dry!
When I was a little girl mama use to clip out pictures of houses she loved and would wish she had. It always stuck with me. And she never got to have her big houses she use to look at when i was little. I couldn't give her a Dream house when she was here. But I can do this.
So this is mama's house. Will even have some of her favorite Vera Bradley patterns printed out and in the dollhouse.
I lost the original doors and windows so I upgraded them. And the big windows I made. It's my first window and learned what better to do next time but I'm happy with how it turned out.