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, January 7, 2012

More prelim ruminations for the Abner Raleigh House

Funny that I thought we had worked out all the basic design decisions! Anyway, I have added another inch depth to the living room and therefore taken away one inch from the dining room. The dining room does not have much furniture and the table is small, so it should be all right.

I do think that I have to add two inches to the width, otherwise, no matter how I rearrage the living room furniture (and like the arrangement), the door to the dining room gets to be a problem. The door to the dining room is necessary otherwise I would have to take room from the kitchen to have a door to the dining room from the hall. And, for the moment, the kitchen is too small to lose floor space. Thus the interior will be 30 inches x 28 inches. --Stay tuned, nothing here is written is stone!

We have been spending some time trying to find the wallpaper and in for some rooms, we are having second thoughts about "which wallpaper". Fortunately, we still like the living, dining, and kitchen wallpaper! One nerve-wracking thing about the living room wallpaper is that my sister only could get three sheets. This does not allow for any mistakes, nor does it let us paper the door wall. I will take a scrap of the paper (after wallpapering!) to Home Depot and get a custom color paint of the background color, and just paint the interior door wall.
Chinese Fantasy. Made by X-acto ( I think this is old, but spectacular paper).
Symphony Stripe by MiniGraphics. It is a soft blue with a purple cast-- gorgeous.
Fruit Sprays by MiniGraphics. Just a happy wallpaper.
And we have a new problem that we can't find one dining chair. My sister just loved the dinng table and chairs but it is an older Bespaq set. She did have four chairs but the box marked "4 chairs" now only has three! Well, we are still searching all our furniture supplies and are hoping it was just "mis-filed"! It probably will be impossible to match the chair any more. Yuk!!!

Ok , I am now going off to have a drink and some dinner. -- Enough for today! Thanks for listening to me babble!

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