Wednesday, November 26, 2008
My dad made me a dollhouse when I was about 10 years old. He built the entire thing secretly in his garage workshop - I never suspected a thing. On christmas morning, my brother Sean took a sneak peak at the gifts and immediately ran to tell me that I was getting a dollhouse, so I knew even before I got downstairs to see. It was so exciting. My mom and I used to go to dollhouse shops all over New Jersey to find furniture and wallpaper, fixtures etc.
I have kept it all these years and just recently decided that i wanted to re-decorate it. Make it colorful and artistic - find lots of vintage furniture and minatures from the 1940's and 50's.
The first thing I did was to have my husband Nel paint it GREEN - as you know i LOVE green and if i owned a house, it would need to be green. I chose a mint/jadeite green - one of my fav shades.
Next I made a trip to Uncommon Objects knowing they always have fabulous vintage minatures and scored a 1950's pink metal stove and refrigerator - which i LOVE so much. I carried them with me in my purse for a few days, showing everyone I ran into - including the people at Hobby Lobby, where i purchased a tiny turkey for the oven.
Then I began looking online at Re-ment japanese minatures - they make everything from donuts to laundry detergent to mini jadeite dishes. So far I have a box of donuts and am trying to find a complete set of jadeite.
I have also been searching for handmade papers and artistic gift wrap to use for wallpaper. I also want to find a vintage piece of linolium for the kitchen and bathroom floors.
Nel started removing the old wallpaper which was stained and the old flooring which was coming up. Here are some pics of the kitchen - thought it would be fun to have some shots of work in progress.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
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Sunday, November 2, 2008
Today I made my altar for Dia de los muertos. I was a little late to make it since i was kind of *depressed*. One of our hamsters died on friday and I was bummed. Plus my dad died 2 years ago this tuesday, so I have been thinking about him a lot. Today, I feel much better and am ready to celebrate the lives of all those who have left us. Nel and I were up early (yay time change). He is making food for our 2nd annual dia de los muertos dinner - which is actually a lunch this year and I decorated and made the altar.