This post has all the ear marks of being a rather lengthy one, but I wanted to include photos of an earlier and as yet finished project - my cabinet (doll) house. Did you know doll houses were initially created in actual cabinets about 400 years ago?!? They belonged only to the extremely well to do, and were used as a means of teaching younger girls of the home how to manage their own household in the future!
I purchased an unfinished entertainment style cabinet, then taped off sections with masking tape. Nigel - far more creative and talented than anyone I've ever met - created partitions from my "taped sections" that became the rooms! Then the fun began! As I stated earlier, it's unfinished. Eventually I'd like to complete the upper level. It's destined to be an outdoor roof garden, complete with small pond, a vegetable garden, and various other items of nature. I also want to electrify the rooms and add light fixtures! Anyway, here are the photos!
Rather unassuming, isn't it? I painted my favorite leaf pattern on the front panels (I should go back and add a few lady bugs!) Are you ready to come inside? Here goes!
I told you I was crazy! It took about a year to get to this stage, perhaps a few months longer. But it served its purpose! There's no way you can be thinking of anything else when you're working in such minute detail! Here are the individual rooms!
The Maid's Room! She "lives in" and does sewing for the family! Wow! Wouldn't that be great? Notice the unfinished cross-stitched heart on the lower part of the bed? Just like me - always with a project going on! And the old-fashioned Singer sewing machine reminds me of the one my Grandma Hoffman had!
The Children's Room! A crib for Laura (she's the oldest) and the cradle for Liz (the youngest). The toys are reflective of what the girls had when they were little, as is the box of Desitin ointment on the changing table. It may (or may not) have been in use in the 1930s, but I used it on diaper rash for my girls and on Isabel. It's great stuff, even if it is a bit smelly! The little blue house is an actual miniature doll house - inside the doll house! Cool, isn't it?
Detail of the Children's Room: The boat is reflective of Nigel's love of boats - all boats, no matter what kind. He LOVES them all! We now own two! The little airplane (a Hallmark ornament celebrating the Wright Brothers first flight) was put in because both Laura and Liz joined the Air Force! And the baseball bat and ball leaning on the door speaks to Liz being a member of a girl's softball team for several years.
Detail: Another view of the little airplane, and the German Toy Soldier - which reflects all our years in Germany. We befriended a family there and their son, Peter, always looked up to Nigel because he was in the Army. Peter is now in the German Army and we still correspond!
These are pictures of Faeries in the Children's Room! You DO believe in Faeries, don't you?
The Attic! This was a LOT of fun because I got to be messy! YIPPEE!! And what went in it? Everything I could think of that either I didn't have room for downstairs or it was "out of season" (which explains the Easter Basket!). For the walls, I had some miniature newspaper print that I wall-papered with, then I cut up and glued miniature "4 x 4s" on top to indicate the room wasn't finished out (as many attics aren't!)
Detail of the Attic: Isn't it great to store old boxes in attics, then go through them every couple of years. You never know what you're going to find!
The Rooftop Garden! My plans include a pond and the ever present Fursdon Cat (at least one) and a little green frog on the edge of the pond (Mom loves frogs!), as well as a little flower garden and a vegetable garden.
See the little bird houses? So sweet! And the acorn tops are for making little nests. You'll see one that I purchased in the next photo. I'm going to make several. Also, the miniature glass jug - just bought it last year at the Northeast Alabama Craft Association (NEACA) show! The hanging flowers in the terra cotta pot came from England.
See the little nest with robin's eggs? It's a real acorn top!