Tuesday, May 12, 2009

my dollhouse

Hello readers,

Remember that lost puppy dog face I wrote about last week? Well, today I have proof that it works! My step-dad has been helping me put together my new dollhouse, and it is starting to come together. I have no problem telling you all that he is the brains of the operation but I do get to decorate and that is always fun. So far we ( as in he ) has the pieces cut and sanded and ready to go. We decided to paint and paper the walls before we assemble the house so I pulled out all the pieces of sample wallpaper that I had laying around, because.. doesn't everyone have bits of sample wallpaper lying around the house? Actually, a year or two ago I had asked at a local paint and wallpaper store if they had any old wallpaper books I could have for some other crafts I was doing. As you may have guessed by now I am not big on throwing things out and I love to find ways to repurpose what I have. So jump forward to present day and I have lots of pages of wallpaper to choose from for my dollhouse. Of course lot of the prints won't work for this sort of project but there are some simple and tiny patterns that work well. There were also some checkered patterns that would make great floor tile, and even some marble look paper that I am thinking of using for kitchen, or bathroom counter tops. As I get to those things I will post some pictures of my efforts.

In the meantime here are a couple of sites that have mini pattern wallpapers that you can print out.


  1. I like this wallpaper- can't wait to see more! I have some old wallpaper books too- they can come in very handy!

  2. I was "Born" a dollhouse collector and have been sadly separated from it for a few years. With the economy the way it is, I'm so glad to see that people are still dong dollhouses. Of course we are a creative lot, but it's fun to see what people come up with on a dime. I myself have made many of my own pieces. But I'm writing to tell you my short story:
    My Great-Aunt died and she left me a lot of her antique/ vintage dollhouse furniture pieces. I just got done putting them up on eBay (I kept all the sentimental pieces). When I put them up there, I really didn't think anyone would want them because they had been "well loved." My Great-Aunt always said that if the children couldn't play with them, then they (the dollhouses) weren't worth having. Although hers were immensely detailed, she always let us play in them (supervised of course!) So, I priced all my pieces very low hoping someone creative would see the potential. So, please, pass my info along to your other readers. THERE ARE CHEAP DOLLHOUSE PIECES ON EBAY. My screen name is gailzie2001. Thanks so much. Keep up the great, cheap, ideas! I love them!