I’ve been scanning in my old black and white negatives – it may take me years! I’m working on Myrtle and Maude first because I have some wonderful images that I haven’t been able to work with in years. In this post I want to share the creation of the dollhouse.
One inch scale dollhouses take up a lot of room so a house for the girls was out of the question! I decided to go with a stage set instead. The stage has three walls with a window; by changing the curtain, rug, artwork and of course furniture, I have all the rooms I want. This is a bird’s eye view of the stage set up as a kitchen. The refrigerator, sink, and stove are vintage toys from the ’50s. The stove is actually electric! We’ve never tried it out though. The worktable and cupboard are the type of knick knack you can find in craft stores and gift shops. The table and chairs were created with American Dolls in mind; they fit Myrtle and Maude in a similar scale that children fit our furniture.
The next image is one of my original pieces for the fairy book. I worked so hard on making colorful accessories for the dollhouse – turned out to create a lot of work for myself at the hand coloring stage! I think it was worth it. My friend Silva Stout helped my set things up sometimes and kept the kittens under control. Here, she’s peeking through the window to make sure everything is all right.
The living room has two sets of furniture. The upholstered rockers were a Christmas decoration, they’re covered in a fleece fabric with fir trees and moose. I like them with the winter story, in front of the fireplace and later with a Christmas tree. It’s amazing what you can find once you start looking for doll sized things. I have friends that still bring Myrtle and Maude presents from their trips.
I reupholstered this lovely armchair and its mate. It’s the perfect size to curl up with a book. Maude is reading a journal the girls found. From the journal, they learn that fairies used to live in their back yard. Where Have All the Fairies Gone? is my first book; it follows the girls’ adventures searching for the fairies and what they learn along the way about how to entice fairies to come to your garden.
The bedroom is a collection of furniture. I bought the dresser and wardrobe at the craft store and painted them. The bunk beds are American Girl Doll furniture. The bedroom has the theme of insects. The floorcloth has my favorite garden insects.You can see bugs on the dresser here and you can see the lovely butterfly on the wardrobe in the previous post. I am particularly pleased with this image; I love the way the kitten and Myrtle seem to be looking at each other. These are just two of the kittens we fostered over the years. If you’d like to read about our adventures fostering kittens, try the blog I kept during that time: http://fortheloveofkittens.blogspot.com/
The next two images are of their outdoor homes. The airy tree house was a rabbit hutch one of my neighbors was throwing out. I didn’t know what I was going to do with it at the time but I just couldn’t leave it on the street – my husband wasn’t too happy, that booger is heavy! The gypsy caravan is a winter home. My husband helped me construct it. The wheels came from an antique wicker baby carriage. It has a cast iron stove, a curio cabinet and a lovely bed with storage underneath. Unfortunately the caravan didn’t last but a few years but I have a lot of pictures! And if I run out, I guess I’ll have to draw it!