Well, the sun has FINALLY shown its vibrant face here in southern Ontario, and while the temperatures continue to hover at the near-freezing mark, I’ve been bitten by the spring cleaning bug. I couldn’t wait to get underway, but I thought it would be prudent to start slowly – you know: ease in, clean a room at a time, see how it goes. I decided the best approach would be would take everything out of one room, vacuum, dust, damp mop, polish, etc. and then put it all back. If I was still feeling good, I’d go on to the next room, then the next, etc.
And believe it or not, I finished the ENTIRE HOUSE in no time at all! So I went ahead and did the other two houses as well. The end result had me beaming. I got so much accomplished it was absolutely amazing – especially for someone on … the other side of 55.
House 1: My sister and I played with this (obviously handmade; my mother bought it at a secondhand store for $5.00) dollhouse when we were little. In the mid-1990s I stripped off all the old wallpaper and floor tile we’d glued on and ‘redecorated’ the house (with the help of my then-eight-year-old son). The living room furniture is original 1960s plastic (which is now considered ‘collectible’); the bedroom and kitchen are from a ‘Woodland Creatures’ toy line; the rest (including the ‘family’ who lives here) is ‘Playmobile’. NOTE: The two Playmobile people and the red motorcycle on the left were the ‘toppers’ on my wedding cake in 2003.
House 2: I picked up this dollhouse at a garage sale at the boys’ school in the mid-1990s. It’s clearly in need of some redecorating but I liked the fact that it sort of ‘matched’ my original dollhouse. The lower level is decorated in ‘vintage’ Playmobile (the ‘family’ and their six cats, the dog and the parrot are Playmobile as well); the master bedroom is ‘faux antique wood’; the child’s bedroom is ‘Woodland Creatures’; the two pink plastic baby cribs are from the 1960s.
My mother built this classic Victorian dollhouse from a kit in the 1980s and decorated it with a variety of ‘antique’ metal and wooden furniture she found at flea markets and dollhouse accessory stores. The ‘bear’ family who live here were a gift to Mom from me when she’d completed the house. I also gave her the realistic ‘antique’ tea wagon and high chair, because they are almost identical to Mom’s tea wagon (which I now have in my living room) and the highchair we used as kids (which our own children later used when they visited Grammy’s house). All three dollhouses have ‘pride of place’ in my living room.