Saturday, September 4, 2010

This is the House that Love Built

Okay so that title is a little dramatic for what this really is but - If I didn't really love my granddaughters I would not have gone to all of this work!
Here it is. . .
The MARY HOUSE
to go of course in the Mary Room!

This is the little house that originally sat in the Mary Room when I first showed it to Monkey (and you). I made this little house last October just for no reason. I got the little kit (I bought several of them) on clearance at Mike's for a buck a piece!
Everytime Monkey is in here she asks to play with the house but there is nothing to play with really, it is just an empty ol' house. No furniture, no dolls, no nothing! So I bought a kit of the furniture and decided to make her some furniture so she could play with the little house. Of course I needed to get her some doll house people too.
But then I had a thought (this equals too much time and effort usually for me) Why not make a brand new doll house that actually matches the room - a true MARY HOUSE!!!
So that's what I did! I spent hours on this thing (probably a total of 30 hours) but as I did it I could just see my Monkey playing with it and looking at me with those big dark eyes and saying "thank you Amma" the way she does! It melts my heart to be quite honest!!!
There is NOT a lot of Mary paper out there so I had to be creative. I cut up some ME paper placemats for some of it, used some of my beloved G-45 papers and then some stock polk-a-dot and check papers.
I bought this little brass door knob about 7 years ago or more and have held on to it for just the right project. This is the RIGHT one! Doesn't it look cute?
The trim and the big flower are more parts of the placemats I bought (also for a buck for a pack of 6)
Today I finished the furnishings - it was my plan to do that yesterday but I woke up with one of those headaches and only got out of bed for an hour before crawling back under the covers!
This is the downstairs (unfurnished of course) I added more placemat images (I love the cherries!) and some ME chipboard pieces that I also bought at Mike's for a buck. They were the perfect touches for art on the walls I thought. Notive the door knob on this side of the door? This was an old brass snap that I just glued on - gotta love Ultimate Glue!
This is the upstairs
Here are all of the furnishings I made. I was gonna break out the sewing machine to make pillows and spreads. But then I decided that was a little over the top for even me! After all they woudl just get lost while being played with by a 3 year old.
Here's Monkey's Room
A little bed, a night stand and a rocking pony
This is Mom & Dads Room
a big bed with a pretty spread and red dust ruffle, a night stand and a cradle for Monkey's little sister
This is the Dinning Room
Lots of bright green and cherries in here. I made a little runner for the center of the table and little seat cushions with cherries, complete with stitching for the chairs.
An of course The Parlor
I was trying to upholter all the seats in this room but after making several mistakes I decided that painted sides would be just fine for a 3 year old! I did add some flowered rub-ons to the coffee table to spruce it up a bit.

So, this is the house that love built! I hope you enjoyed the tour. I can't wait to show Monkey - but first I must find some tiny people to live it!!!!

Enjoy your holiday weekend

Toodles

10 comments:

Cherry Chick said...

Oh how Cute! I just found your little ME house from a Facebook posting. You did an awesome job creating the darling little house.
Please come a join us on my blog share for ME Monday. Each Monday a group of us gets together and posts a fun ME items we love. Then everyone hops from blog to blog to see what everyone has to share. I'm sure they would all love to see your doll house.

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

You know you've got me captivated when as I go through your post I'm saying out loud, "This is so adorable. How sweet! Now that's creative." Got the whole family asking what are you looking at?

This house was MOST DEFINITELY built with love.

Sandy said...

Hi, I don't think we have met before....this is too cute!!!!! I just love it, Don;'t suppose you have anymore of these kits laying around you would sell? :):) I am sure your little one is goign to LOVE this! Who wouldn't it???? And the furniture and the crreativity witht he papers you had....PERFECT! What a great ME Monday item! Sandy

Jane said...

I lote it! It certainly shows that it was built with LOVE! Oh, my gosh, it's adorable!
Jane-Jacksonville

dogsmom said...

I have memories (fifty years later) of playing with doll houses and tiny furniture, so I know your precious Monkey will be thrilled. You have made a lifetime of memories.

Happy M.E. Monday

Patti said...

Oh, I just love this little house, and all the sweet furniture - my heart is pitter-pattering. I have a ME doll house that I created, too - and an Ann Estelle doll collection. Please stop over for a visit to my doll room! We could play together!

Hugs, Patti

Sherry Phipps said...

I'm always so amazed at what you come up with. This tops them all! You have one lucky set of grandbabies! I bet it was SO much fun doing - even though it took forever!!! Beautiful! I want one too!!!

mommahobbit said...

Very cool. Ty very much for sharing

Shanarun said...

Your house is fantastic!! So much fun to create!! Thanks for posting all of those pictures. :)

Sarah said...

Oh, this is too cute for words. You did an amazing job. I'm so happy I found this post. I'm on work on a ME project and like you, discovered there isn't much ME paper out there for projects.

Thanks for showing us this project.
~ Sarah