The first dollhouse I ever had was one my Aunt made in woodshop class. I was about 4 when she made it, and it had one large attic room, three bedrooms, a kitchen and living room. She didn't furnish it, but she did decorate the walls/carpeting for me. (I distinctly remember that one bedroom had a rainbow painted on the wall.)
I had this house in my possession until I was 16, when it was lost in a move.
When I was 12, my mom built a dollhouse, but never furnished it. It has been lost to time
Life moves on, but I never forgot either dollhouse.
About two years ago, we went to the Museum of Miniatures in Tuscon, Arizona. That sparked my interest again, and I decided 'when i have time or money, I'll build myself one."
So, Right at the beginning of the pandemic outbreak, I started building a small house: 17 inches, two floors and an attic, with wooden furniture. It was a simple kit, and took me about a week to complete, including the painting/papering/furniture building. I enjoyed doing this, and posted pictures on Facebook.
A friend from church who is a miniaturist saw my pictures and *gave* me a treasure trove of miniature things (Tools, paper, paints/brushes, furniture, foods, the list goes on.) Easily 1,000 of stuff to help me with my mini adventures. I made a few more things before continuing to my dollhouse.
First was a shoebox closet for my Toy Dinosaur (I dress her up in Barbie clothes sometimes, just as a goof). The second I took a lot of my tiny toy dinosaurs and built a bar scene (also in a shoebox). I included a 'murder victim' in it as well. These two were more about learning how to work with materials than the final products, but I love them both.
Now I'm building a Willow dollhouse. This is my first 'big' house, and I've been having some fun with it, though a few problems here and there (Mostly with the tabs/slots not wanting to fit together, but nothing I haven't been able to handle/work around). This one has been a month-long project and I've barely scratched the surface.
I feel like though I built the smaller one a few months ago, this Willow is my first *real* build.
Anyway, what got ya'll into miniature building