It All Starts Here

Sometimes our ideas flow from an existing kit to bash, a house style to scratch (aka custom) build, or from an interesting doll who needs a place to live. Our settings are always modern-day (ca. 2001 when we started this hobby). We try to create things that will make people smile and feel good.

We think that if we had to build the same house twice, we literally could not do it! Fortunately, we have very unique little people who have definite opinions and so far, no one has wanted a house “like so-and-so” has.

We work as a family unit: my wonderful husband, my beautiful sister, and I. We don't always agree as to the direction of the build, but I think that we end up with a better dollhouse because of all our grumblings -- and we do have a lot of fun!

The Purpose of this Blog

We needed a place for all we wanted to say about the background of the build and the nuts and bolts of the design and build process. Thus this blog.

All our dolls' homes have families living in them and a story is built around their personalities and lifestyles. This story is an integral part of our building process. We would like to share these stories -- actually, the little people insist upon it!

Many of our houses are located in Fredericksburg, Virginia because that is my sister's favorite place.

Also, we have started a Rouges' Gallery with photos of our little people and information about the dolls.

If you would like to start with the dollhouse that "started it all", it is the Original Rowbottom Manse; if you would like to see the scratch-built Georgian that our first build gave us the confidence (or fool-hardiness) to do, it is Sunnybrook Farm.

Let the stories begin!

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Behind the Build: Sunnybrook -ungoing saga#2

Original post: Saturday, August 9, 2008

=-=-=- Ungoing saga #2 -April 21, 2011-=-=-=

We have finally put the row of UM10 "Classic" moulding on the back. As usual, it turned into a bigger job than expected. No matter how big a job is expected, it turns out even bigger! ... hmmm....

Across the entire back:

From the other side:

Now, we just have to decide what style(s) of moulding will go on the rest of the exterior back walls.

I thought I would just include a nice pic of the front showing the roof line and dormers, and the stately pediment:


  1. Judith, it looks so grand... and yes stately is definitely an understatement! Love what you all are doing with this... :)

  2. Nice site, nice and easy on the eyes and great content too.