A dollhouse and a Rose

Rose played by Melanie Lynskey in Two and A Half Men

Rose played by Melanie Lynskey in Two and A Half Men

Don’t you just love the fun clothes Rose (played by actress Melanie Lynskey) of Two and a Half Men? I do. She’s one of two people on screen who’ve inspired me to redo my look (or lack thereof!)

Anyway, I was watching Two and a Half Men (reruns) on TV last night while completing the ensemble for Hannah’s 3rd birthday gift from me.

The dollhouse before I jazzed up for Hannah.

The dollhouse before I jazzed up for Hannah.

Months ago I bought an age-appropriate dollhouse (sans furniture) from Salvos and finally received the furniture I got off eBay via my in-laws.

The furniture that came with that dollhouse.

The furniture that came with that dollhouse.

I’m quite happy with the furniture pieces. They LOOK like the thing: a chair, table, lamp, sink etc… even got a cute shower stall! And they open and close… even the cute washing machine! (And they’re PINK!)

The furniture that came with that dollhouse.

The furniture that came with that dollhouse.

The back of the dollhouse already had pre-pasted pictures of sink, fireplace etc… And clashed with the furniture pieces I got. So I replaced the back of the dollhouse with some scrapbooking paper from my vast collection with spray glue. I chose patterns that would allow the newly bought pieces to stand out… and tried to match the wallpaper with the rooms.

The dollhouse I jazzed up for Hannah.

The dollhouse I jazzed up for Hannah.

Will get to the front of the house when I can be real bothered!

But there’s no food, no cutlery, no pretty extras… that are everything to a little girl. (And her mum.) So that was not good.

So I had to raid my craft cupboard for the extras… you know, beads, buttons, scrap cloths and a glue gun.

Plates from green buttons and platter from a large black one! Glued some beads onto the buttons to simulate rice, sushi, egg roe. Still thinking how to craft cups… Any ideas?

Living dining room with wallpaper, button dishes, button clocks and other bits in our little dollhouse.

Living dining room with wallpaper, button dishes, button clocks and other bits in our little dollhouse.

Also stuck on some of the new lace-tape on the lamp for embellishment. I also glued on a pink floral button for a clock and drew on some hands. Left some green button-plates on the sink (need to maintain reality, don’t we!).

The material the came with the shower stall for shower curtains were flimsy, cheap sheer stuff… so I replaced it with some extra wide vintage ribbon.

Pretty vintage ribbon as shower curtain in our dollhouse

Pretty vintage ribbon as shower curtain in our dollhouse

Love my crystal pomander in the bathroom area? I got some more in the bedroom area. I made a few similarly simple boudoir pieces… again from buttons and a glue gun.

Beads as boudoir and perfumes in our dollhouse

Beads as boudoir and perfumes in our dollhouse

I put together the house and furniture placing…

Peeking through our dollhouse

Peeking through our dollhouse

Dining table set up in our dollhouse

Dining table set up in our dollhouse

Kitchen in our dollhouse

Kitchen in our dollhouse

I made some silhouettes of Hannah and various people and printed them miniature for the living room.

Custom silhouettes for our living room in the dollhouse

Custom silhouettes for our living room in the dollhouse

The Living space in our dollhouse

The Living space in our dollhouse

The pretty dress buttons I thrifted look perfect on the dresser doors in the bedroom area!

The bedroom with little dress buttons on the dresser.

The bedroom with little dress buttons on the dresser.

I am well pleased. And Hannah is too :) Her plates look like real Japanese platters! :)

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11 Comments

  1. Reply

    Anonymous

    14 April 2009

    I know Hannah loves it. but it looks more like a present for you! :o) I think you’ll get the pleasure of playing with and playing house.

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    Anonymous

    14 April 2009

    That is amazing, man! Love how you made the little plates and bottles.Who in the world sells doll-house furniture on eBay? Who makes doll-house furniture? Strange concept indeed. I always assumed that the person who constructed the doll-house would whittle the furniture out of left-over bits of wood.Sue-Lyn

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    Saratron

    14 April 2009

    It looks amazing!

  4. Reply

    Lilach

    15 April 2009

    Wow! Well done! I love it. Can see myself spending hours playing with it, as a little girl and now that I am a mother of 2 boys.

  5. Reply

    drey

    16 April 2009

    adeline: she is the one to play with it. once i finished setting it up as per pics above, i was done with it. i only like setting it up, seeing potential settings. i don’t actually like having dolls in my dollhouses hahahaha

  6. Reply

    drey

    16 April 2009

    sue: yes she wanted food for her kitchen. no kitchen was incomplete without plates and food. she nagged me until i coughed up some plates and food.but I enjoyed the process of thinking outside the box for plates and food etc etc.dollhouse furniture (and dollhouses) is BIG business. your whittling assumption is… um.. not true :Psee u soon??

  7. Reply

    drey

    16 April 2009

    saratron: thanks!!!!! i really enjoyed the process. and knowing it cost me so little ;) about AUD$60-70 all up. cost way more to buy the dollhouse (only) brand new!! :P

  8. Reply

    drey

    16 April 2009

    lilach: hey! yes this is great huh? 2 boys? well, here’s the time to get your own!! :) check out my past blogs about dollhouses.(although whenever i drop hannah off at daycare, the only people playing with the dollhouses there are boys!!!!)

  9. Reply

    casapinka

    22 April 2009

    So, so cute! We have a dollhouse in the basement of our apt. that i really need to clean up and decorate. yet another project. again, kudos!

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