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, June 7, 2012

A Very UN-Merry Month of May!

New Clare-Bell chandelier for La Malcontenta's living room

I just had the most topsy, turvy month in a long time. Things are sort-of getting better and I am coming out of hiding to join the “little people“ again. I didn’t have much time nor the energy to do any miniature work, I didn’t add any posts to my blog, and worst of all, I didn’t get to read any of your posts! I know you were all doing wonderful things and I missed it all—I have a lot of catch-up reading to do. I hope your May was better than mine. Next year, I am removing May from my calendar!

I have been back to La Malcontenta to finish the interior. Things are going fairly well, except for the disaster with the living room chandelier. I will tell you about that in a future post—but the result is that I am getting a new chandelier for the living room since I just couldn’t cope with the original chandelier’s problems, and some of them were not fixable anyway! I ordered a wonderful chandelier by Clare-Bell. I do like their lights. They didn’t have it in stock, so it will be a couple of weeks before I get it

I don’t have anything more to say, except that I am still here and on the job again! I should have a post for the completed (yes, completed!) La Malcontenta dining room within a week. I am really excited about how it all turned out. Thank you friends for bearing with me! I missed you all--life is really a bummer when there is no time for miniatures nor my blog-friends! -- And just when I was getting into, and enjoying making You Tube videos!


  1. I was just thinking about you, Iris, and hoping all was well with you...hope things work themselves out and that you can get on to the important work of La Malcontenta before too long!

    A big hug!

  2. I, too, was just thinking of you and am glad to see you surface again. Sending you positive energy and hope to see more of you! :D

  3. Hello Iris March!
    So glad to hear you are still here with us. Sorry to hear that May has not been kind to you....
    Looking forward to seeing the Dining RooM of "La Malcontenta"
    Warm regards from Ray

  4. Thank you all -- my goodness, what would we do without friends, and of course, the "little people"
    Many hugs to you all.

  5. Hi Iris, I shall join you in deleting May from the Calendar. Awfull , horrible month !
    Welcome back , Rosanna

  6. This May was one of my worst ever too > But since I think May is the most beautiful month of the year here in New England,I'll just choose to have amnesia for May 2012.
    It looks like things are starting to turn a better corner here, and hopefully the better will find its way to you.

  7. My goodness, what has happened to the month of May! I used to think of it as a wonderful month--good weather and the coming of summer. Let's hope all the terrible things are behind us.
    Hugs to you both.

  8. Hi Iris,

    well it sounds like we have both had a similar month. I am glad you are back on track as I am and we both have a lot of catching up to do!

    I look forward to see the completed La Malcontenta.

    Fi xx

    1. Hi Fi,
      Yes, it is time to concentrate on miniatures again and look forward and let the sunshine in!