Monday, October 4, 2010

At My House....

....we've been working on this house!


The latest treasure from the flea market, I picked up this sturdy, handmade doll's house for a scant ten dollars over the weekend.  I happened to arrive just as its seller unloaded and I pounced, inordinately excited by my good luck and timing.  As a little girl, doll houses completely captured my imagination and I loved creating small spaces of my own (call it pre-nesting.)  I've so been looking forward to this kind of play!


The kids and I spent some time removing the stickers that the previous owner had liberally decorated with and cleaned up good thick layer of dust and grime before we moved it indoors.  Last night, I pulled the sewing machine from where it's been malaising under my desk in the studio and got to work.  I made a bed set with dual-sided covers, a pillow, and a carpet.  Simple, but a beginning.  I can't wait to get some test-pots of paint for the interior and exterior, make some curtains, and begin to look for more wooden furniture.


By the way, I'm so happy to be back into sewing!  I managed to finish a few items on my Christmas to-do list, hem a pair of pants, and make a little tunic for a doll who has been sadly under-dressed for some time.  I think when I get too far out of the habit of sewing (and this applies to other things too, like yoga or running) I build up a certain amount of anticipation and anxiety around them; amazing how quickly that disappears and I think, "This feels awesome; I should do it more often."  Hey, sewing is fun!  Not scary.  I think I'll take the week off from doing prints and leave my machine out in the place of pride in the middle of the desk -- it's incredible how satisfying ticking off a few long-procrastinated projects can be.

Ps. If you have the time, go visiting and and see what other crafty bloggers are up to at their homes over here on Buttons by Lou Lou.

9 comments:

Helen said...

What a gorgeous doll's house! We had several when we were kids, unfortunately we didn't really appreciate them back then. Can't wait to see what it looks like all decorated up!

Seedling said...

Me too! I thought for about half a second about saving this for Christmas, but I just couldn't -- I was too excited. But maybe some of the decorating and furniture making can be like an extended holiday gift...I'm sure it will take me until then to get it all finished!

Buttons by Lou Lou said...

I love a good wooden dolls house. We had a couple of similar ones when I was little. Your house is going to look great. It already is looking great. Good find.

Thanks for joining in this week. Lou.

m.e (Cathie) said...

oh wow, what an amazing find!! it's looking great already.
I found one the other day at a "cool" opshop & it was reduced to $75! who are they kidding! yours looks so much better.
have fun decorating it.

Seedling said...

Thanks Cathie and Lou!

Cadi said...

What a flea find!

えみこ said...

Oooo!! I am jealous that you are sewing! I put my sewing machine away for the time being because I am in school... AND running has been less frequent, too.
Miss both of them very much. So, enjoy more for me too!
Please show what you make for the doll house!

Seedling said...

Emiko, that's awesome! What sort of classes are you taking? I will try to enjoy the sewing and the running for you -- I actually wish I was getting to both more often too. Ah, well...happy to be doing a smattering of both from time to time. xx

Rebecca said...

Hello, I just found your blog, it's lovely!

this is a great dolls house, I'm jealous! It's beautiful seeing your little ones playing in it.