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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Monday, January 23, 2012

La Malcontenta--forgottten, even at Christmas?

I was doing a review of dollhouse photos and write-ups the other day and I was surprised to find that I had never finished discussing the interior of La Malcontenta on this blog! The Behind the Build blog post talks about the exterior and some generalities, but that's it! Even the Christmas blog has nothing about Christmas at La Mal (as I affectionitely call it). La Mal, as for a number of my houses, is not 100% finished--every once and a while I get a brilliant idea or find a great painting or piece of furniture, and I am back at it.

Anyway, I have decided to take current pictures of the interior and post them on Webshots and here with some chit-chat. That will take a couple of days, but in the meantime, I can at least post the few pics of a previous Christmas festivity. I love La Malcontenta and I can't believe I haven't been up to date with it. My only excuse is that for the last year or two, my dollhouses have had to take a back seat. I am just starting to feel that I am finally going forward again. As I mentioned in the Abner Raleigh posts, that that house was supposed to be built at the end of 2008--but that was not meant to be.

Anyway, here are the few of a previous Christmas.

Living room.

Living room.

Dining room. I have no idea why the coffee service is on the floor!

Well. I feel a little better.

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