Friday, December 23, 2011

The One Where You Laugh At Me.

Wanna know what I've been up to all week? Besides last-minute, Christmas procrastination?

Finishing this.
(Mandi's phony "I'm working" shot.)

And it's been real-- but not real fun. Well, okay, parts of have been fun.

Let me tell you about this little dollhouse:

Although I love the look of bright! and vivid! colors, I wanted it to somewhat match my little girl's room. The colors in their are soft and fragile ("frageelay! It must be Italian!").

So, um, would you laugh at me if I wasted took the time to put in a little "hardwood" (huge air quotes) flooring?

Daddy-o, close your eyes at this "hardwood" disaster/catastrophe.

Hey! I like to think of it as a "rustic" look. They're "hand-scraped", okay?

"Could" I "use" any more "quotes" today? Do ya "think"?

Have I ever told you that I've always wanted a good, old-fashioned, black & white checkered floor?

Someday. Some. Day. For now I'll live through this dollhouse.

How funny/crazy/insane would I be if I squandered spent my time making little mini baseboard?

Crown molding?
Chair rail??
Board & batten?

Hey! A chalkboard wall! How original! No one's ever thought of that before.

What would you think if I took the time to cut in little windows?

I know. It's borderline ridiculous.

So, while I have zero energy to make furniture now, I'm gonna call this good. For now. BECAUSE I'M SICK OF IT. I have years to home improve this bad boy as my baby grows up.

Anywho- I've got good news and bad news.

The good news? Even the boys are excited to play with it. They're making plans on just where the bathroom will be.

Bad news? I just checked, and I don't know how in H I'm gonna fit it through her door. Sunuva.

Pssst, don't judge my stairs. They've got "issues".  Thanks.


M Mommy to 4 said...

I didn't judge your stairs, at least in a bad way. I think they're pretty awesome. And let's face it, her dolls aren't going to trip going up them! It's an adorable dollhouse, but the baseboards? WOW! That's an amazing amount of work. Awesome!

Nicki Rocky said...

Amazing. Your kids are so lucky to have a Mum that goes to that much trouble for them. I really covet the doll house but I don't have the excuse of a daughter. Oh damn!

Dee said...

Regarding the stairs - maybe you'll get extra cool mom points for making them like Seuss stairs! It's awesome. Good work!

Gwynn Gang said...

Hey, your stair case doesn't have issues, it reminds me of the free-standing staircases in the San Diego Temple. Are those floors and walls scrapbook paper you mod-podged onto the wood? I also love your wood floor, SO creative! Can't wait to see it after you put those shingles on the roof!

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

I wanna come play with ya'll and that awesome doll house so stinkin bad!!!

Dede said...

I'm laughing, but not at your awesome way with words. I love coming here and getting a smile put on my face. You are crazy awesome...your kids must LOVE YOU! I love the dollhouse, love the detail you added, love everything about it!!

Layne Bushell said...

I thought gluing the butt shingles would have been a big job...but baseboard and hand scraped've outdone yourself my dear....awesome!

julie - eab designs said...

How great are those petite hardwood floors! Even I want to play with it! Happy Christmas!

Mandi @ Vintage Revivals said...

Are you freaking kidding me? Why are you so AMAZING!!?!?

Rach said...

I'm sorry it won't fit through the door! Dangit!

Those hardwood floors and base board, and the board and batten....ahhhhh! It's SO dang cute!! I could stare for hours.

Merry Christmas!

Carrielyn said...

I guess if it won't fit through the door... you might have to keep it and make her another one. hehehehehe!!

Libby said...

I think the stairs rock...from this angle they're funky in a good way.

gee for my "hardwood" floor I etched lines in balsa wood then stained them and thought that was extra left mine in the dust! They turned out great.

Merry Christmas!

Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

you know what they do on HGTV when that happens? take out a window, I know you can do it! :) what a great gift!!!!

Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust said...

Who else but you would take the time to install AND stain a hardwood floor in their child's doll house. {Can you please share some of that ambition with the rest of us?} Merry Christmas & thank you for a great year of reading your blog!

Warmly, Michelle

Daddy-O said...

Mandi! I love it!

Emily said...

Oh my gosh. That is awesome. I love it and you kids will have a blast playing with it!!

David and Sarah said...

I usually check your blogo religiously, but it's been buuusy round these parts lately. So just today I went through and read the last several posts. And I have a few things that need to be said. 1- Your blog is HILARIOUS! You write fan-freakin-tastic. No matter what it's about. It's very rare for me, but I have put you on a pedestal. And this is just for your pure witty genius. 2- Everything you craft up is AWESOME. Regardless of the picture. (Which I have never seen any of the things you aforementioned, and just wrote it off as you being a perfectionist.) Often I sit here and think WOW. That chicka is living the life. I started ONE project my entire life, a window seat in my girls room. Hammered into that thing like I was Rambo himself. Needless to say, my girls have ended up in a room filled with open, cold holes. Yeah, they pretty much are living in squalor. Whatev. 3- The point to this whole tirade is that if anyone is messing with you, they deserved to be shot. IMMEDIATELY. AND without question. You are the bomb diggity. Plus damn funny. Soooo, yeah.... Keep on keepin! P.S.-Your doll house looks adorable. My daughter showed her barbies your masterpiece and said "We'd have to be SO good to get that. It will never happen." HAHA. TRUE! Merry Christmas!

Maureen said...


Such planing and hard work went into this. I have always wanted to build a dollhouse from scratch. If you are "really" into dollhouses, then here are a couple that I RECOMMEND highly. If you are in Chicago, go to the Museum of Science and Industry. There is a dollhouse there made by Colleen Moore. Her theme in this dollhouse is Fairy Tales and you get to see Cinderella's slipper and King Arthur's round table etc. If you go to England, you must go to Windsor Castle where the Queen Mother's dollhouse is. It was built, I think in the twenties and it has running water and electricity. There ia a vacuum cleaner that works and even an electric iron in the laundry room. One of the most unusual dollhouse is owned and made by Jennie Lawson, also known as The Bloggess. She has been working on her Haunted Dollhouse for ten years. Yes, you read right - Haunted Dollhouse. It is amazing.
Of course, all these can be viewed on-line as well but they are much more impressive in person. Enjoy!


Teri said...

OMG - that is the coolest dollhouse ever! How freaking long did it take for you to build that staircase?! Rockstar!

Spencer & Lorilyn Crum said...

Wait, so how did it get through the door?!! This looks epic, and the details are totally not over the top, they are required. I totally hope I eventually have a daughter only so I can build one of these. Plastic and cardboard Barbie house, eat your heart out.

Anonymous said...

The look on her face in the last picture says it all!!