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So this one time at band camp…..

I thought I would build a doll house….. but then I realised it was hard….. so I stole someone else’s plans…. and then I made critical mistakes with the materials I was using…. and it got even harder….. and I was about to give up…. but then I realised it wasn’t so hard after all…….

How hard could it have been right???? Well, after the saga with the plans and finding the lovely Erin’s plans online which look far more achievable for my skills and to do on my own and most importantly to get done by Christmas…… then there was the disaster with the gypsum.The bloody thing couldn’t be screwed together!

I decided last night that I was no doll house maker and I certainly couldn’t make them for a living. In fact, when I had first mentioned to my parents what I was doing… out of my father’s mouth was …

” Where on earth are you going to put it?”


Thanks for the leap of faith there pops!


Out of my mother’s mouth was….

“Why don’t you just use cardboard boxes and stick them together?”


What was wrong with this woman? How could I present Toddler Child with a stack of duct taped cardboard boxes for Christmas? Doesn’t she know anything?

Anyways… their words were ringing in my ears last night as I went to bed.

WHAT was I really thinking when I started this?

I felt flat. It was falling apart.. literally. The nails and screws weren’t holding in the gypsum. The glue wasn’t holding the sides on either ’cause there’s not enough surface area. I was really worried and thought I might have to ditch it. It plagued me all night. How could I make this right??? How could I add more glue? I needed to support the sides onto the base and I couldn’t use a bracket as it would need screwing in. I needed something with glue.



I woke up with renewed enthusiasm… THIS WILL WORK! I was going to add SKIRTING BOARDS!!!!! That way I could glue the sides and the base to the skirting!!!! HURRAH!!!! Added to this, overnight, the glue had worked so I was more enthused to get back to that hardware store ASAP.

Now if you have been following this blog, you will know that the main purpose of building it myself was to save cash….. STRIKE THAT… the main purpose of doing it myself is for MY PLEASURE and so that Toddler Child will have an hierloom to pass onto her children that their Grandmother made way back when. That change of plan suits my purpose so let’s just run with that ’cause the bills are adding up and I don’t even want to look anymore.


About a year and a half ago I was at  Middle Child’s School Fair and right at the end of the day everything was being sold cheap. I bought a box of knick knacks for 10p. In the box was a door and two windows. I decided I could make use of them for this and dug them out of the loft. Holes cut, jigsaw blade broken (more money).


I think the house is going to look rather spectacular after all!!!


Middle Child chose some naff paint that was on sale but it actually looks pretty good! I’m quite impressed if I may say so myself!!! I might be a doll house architect, structural engineer and A1 carpenter after all! Toddler Child is starting to notice that it’s not just a hunk of wood so I am going to have to move this into the loft and decorate it in secret. Middle Child and I can’t wait to start wall papering and painting the insides, though I dread the crazy scheme she is going to choose. NEver mind…. she can have this project. Now I know I can do this and I have learned from mistakes made….. for my next project I will be making……


Night folks! Sleep Tight! Got to get to bed and dream of future construction projects! I might be a Doll House property developer after all!!!! xo xo




Posted by on October 23, 2011 in Christmas, Doll House, Oct 2011


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Today I learned that…….

They say that every day is an opportunity to learn something new. Today I learned that I am not going to be creating a doll house emporium as a new business venture!

In fact, I learned alot of things today. Firstly I started drawing my plans onto all the MDF I bought. I didn’t have enough…. so we slopped on back to the hardware store to buy more…. Thing is though. This was getting costly. MDF is £11 a sheet. I had already bought and sketched on 3. Mentally I was working out whether my friend was right and that I should have bought a kit. Desperate to prove her wrong, I bought 3 sheets of gypsum at £3 a sheet instead.

Lesson 1

There lies lesson number 1 for the day. We got home with this incredibly fragile gypsum and I started sketching on that. Of course Toddler Child was very excited about the happenings in our living room. The floor was covered in materials. She stomped and jumped and shrieked with delight. I screamed and shouted and turned red with frustration. Developers actually build houses out of this stuff…. well the internal walls anyway. How on earth do the houses not fall apar???? This stuff was crumbling before my eyes. Gypsum is NOT suitable for building a doll house. But here I was with half my house sketched on MDF and the other half sketched on cheap gypsum.

Lesson 2

Finally with all the shapes drawn out, we took out the jigsaw. Lesson number 2 learned. Apartments are not designed for sawing in and certainly not for sawing gypsum… That stuff sure is messy! In fact… note to self…. get dust masks!! We were in a fog of gypsum dust. I was getting more frustrated. Middle Child was frantically running around opening windows and fanning the dust out…… And it was COLD outside today! Despite that…. I persevered and cut the rest out in the shivering cold.

Lesson 3

Great….. time to start putting this thing together. Dust vacuumed up and excitement about construction had begun. Toddler Child in bed and Middle Child on the ready to help. Lesson 3 begins…… Middle Child is NOT going to be a construction worker and won’t be anyone’s employee either. She DOES NOT take instructions well and was no help at all.

All in all, we have more or less the whole thing put together. I’ve left the roof off for now because …..

1. I’m tired and I want to go to bed

2. I have convinced myself it will be easier to decorate with the roof OFF.

I’m happy with the progress but to be honest, with half the house being constructed of what can only be described as CHALK and it being held together with a combination of glue, screws and nails, I’m not sure that I will be able to allow Toddler Child to play with it unattended for fear that it might fall apart and I might have to make a new one!

Let’s see what tomorrow brings! Nighty night . xoxo

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Posted by on October 22, 2011 in Christmas, Doll House, Oct 2011


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