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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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Where did the days go?

I suddenly realized how long it has been since I posted. Real life certainly has ways of going down unexpected, and sometimes, unwanted, paths.

Not much was done with my dollhouses, and definitly not as much work as was needed in the garden was done. Some of that though, was due to all the rain we had which kept the soil too wet for my liking.

I have recently electrified Casa Lobo and I will be adding a few more lights, I think. I used a combination of LED battery lights, and electrifying by pulling the wires to the back of the house and putting the plugs into power strips. The power strips and the transformer are hidden under the house which is raised about 6 inches above the table for a "work area". Casa Lobo is a front-opening house.

I will take some pictures and do another post also explaining problems I ran into (what a surprise!).