Thursday, May 4, 2006
big house, little house
You may have wondered what became of my project to make that little dollhouse from a kit. Have you? Well, it didn't go well. Not at all. I thought I was being clever to try to paint the walls and such before I put it all together. But no, not clever. All of the walls buckled and warped.
So I started searching for a vintage one. My friend Ann gave me the littlest one. I was going to buy it but here's the thing about my friend Ann. If you say you like something or if you want to buy something of hers, she will insist on giving it to you. In fact, just to show you how far this goes, one day she was wearing the most lovely scarf. Oh, wait...I will take a picture of it. That will make the story even better...
Yes, I know. Beautiful, right? Well, she was made it. Better still, she made it from a chenille bedspread. How wonderful is that? I made over it so. You can almost hear me now, right? "Oh, I love it so much. I really do." And here's the very best part. She told me to have it. No, she said "You must have it!" and you know, when someone says it that strongly, it's hard to say no. So as shameful as it is, I indeed took the scarf off my friend's back. What a glorious friend! I love my Ann!
So, in the same way, I think even saying that I must have it, she gave me the littlest house. And I do love it. It is small and sweet. I need to love it up a little. It needs a good cleaning and some repairs. I'm thinking of adding flower boxes and a little porch chair. Oh, and the inside...the inside will be fabulous, just you wait.
And what about the biggest house? Well, I bought that, my friends, at the Paris Flea Market at the cottage. And I got it for a song. It is old as dirt and handmade. And, most of all, it is big. Very big. Here is a picture of the inside:
As you can see, it needs quite a bit of love. I'm in a bit of a quandary here as I want to fix it up and make it sweet but I also want to maintain the primitive and aged feel of it too. Maybe I can keep it all old and crackly on the outside, but really clean it up and make it sparkly and sweet on the inside. What do you think?
p.s. Club Little House members, are you working on your contributions? If you are ready to send them to me, shoot me an email and I'll send you my mailing address. I can't wait to see what you've come up with!