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The Doll House…. The beginning of the end….. OF ME!!!!

20 Oct

I have no idea what I was thinking… well, I do actually. CHRISTMAS……. it’s coming….. FAST! And I have to fit those kids out with pressies. It’s Toddler Child’s first PROPER christmas….. she knows who Santa is now and knows that wrapping paper has wonderful surprises inside…… So she needs fabulous things to unwrap. As for the other two…. well they’re older….. AKA….. EXPENSIVE! So I have been slowly organising presents for months and stashing them away.

Wasn’t sure what to get Toddler Child. A whole load of stuff that will clutter my home and she might play with once or twice before forgetting it’s even there or something really fabulous that can grow with her….. then it hit me….

A DOLL HOUSE!!!!! ~YAY~

Trouble is… have you seen the price of those things? They’re like super expensive. Now I’m a handy girl. I have tools and a few brain cells. You’re seeing my line of thinking now right….???? YES….. I decided to BUILD ONE….. so tonight, I find myself in the hardware store buying sheets of MDF and bits and bobs I think I will need. Some nice new blades for the jigsaw and I lug em all home.

I have spent the evening looking for plans online. There aren’t many. I did however find this fabulous picture and it doesn’t look too hard to make in terms of the design… i.e the cutting and sticking. It can’t be hard really can it…..

Well, we’re about to find out….. thanks to my wonderful friend’s suggestion….. I will be blogging the progress of this thing. She must have alot of faith cause she’s already sourcing furniture…. OMG! I have a project on my hands here. Wish me luck…. am off to bed with graph paper and rulers cause I have to make sure this thing is 1/12th scale and all. Need to make a pattern before I cut into that wood!!!

Before you ask….. I will tell you….. NO! I have NO experience whatsoever of carpentry OR building tiny things. What I have found out tonight though is that the furniture is 1/12th scale and that it’s fiddly. I can also warn you that if this new venture turn out anything like my cake decorating skills I TRIED to acquire over the last year… Poor kid hasn’t a hope in hell of opening a doll house this Christmas or even next Christmas for that matter!

Night night… I have an early start! Going to the library to find some “Doll House Making for Dummies” books!!! xoxo

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Posted by on October 20, 2011 in Christmas, Doll House, Oct 2011

 

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4 responses to “The Doll House…. The beginning of the end….. OF ME!!!!

  1. JSD

    October 21, 2011 at 3:09 am

    Wow, you have really taken on a huge project! I’m handy with tools, and I put one together from a kit. It looks very similar to the one you pictured, is quite large and took longer than I expected. I might suggest that you keep the house design very simple. I commend you for doing this…your daughter will love it!!

     
    • singlemotherstories

      October 21, 2011 at 12:01 pm

      Great advice… having stayed up later than I should have sketching plans… I realised to make that one at 1/12th scale it would be about 4 feet long and 3 feet high….. Toddler could live in that! Reveiwing designs now and going to college to study architecture!

       
  2. salina20

    October 21, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    you are my shero!!!! I would never, never take on such projects as I would surely fail!!! Now I know why my daughter is always skype stalking you…she knows greatness and needs a corner curio for her room:) lol!

     
  3. Hattie Kemp

    November 3, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Helpful information and incredibly enlightening. Thanks for taking the time to write it and post it!

     

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