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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Dollhouse Crafty Chit Chat

Maureen's studio apartment before the remodel

                 Well, now the work starts.  I probably should have attacked this earlier, as I knew it was coming up in the story line.  But, I didn't.  So now I will be scrambling to get this done in time for next week's post, despite having a ton of work to do for school.

                 I bought this Greenleaf dollhouse ( called Brimble's Mercantile) on Ebay several years ago .
The kit was already put together, but the builder used hot glue, and was obviously not a stickler for perfection.  The price was very good, and I had originally planned to make it a pet store with living quarters above.  Unfortunately, the seller did an extremely poor job of packing it to ship.  She threw it in a box with some crumpled newspaper, and sent it UPS.

                   The house came to me in pieces.  I was so disappointed, I put it to the side, and there it sat gathering dust.  But the story line demanded that Maureen get a place of her own, and the old Greenleaf was calling my name.  I glued it back together as much as I could, and used it for the scene in which Kevin delivers the ransom money to Marzano, as well as this week's deli scene.  Now, I have to make the top floor livable for Miss O'Kenney, and I have been bouncing ideas around for weeks.

                   As you can see, a coat of white primer already brightens the place up.  Picked up some cute scrapbook paper today to hang in the kitchen, and finished dressing her vintage brass bed.

Already looks brighter with a coat of white primer on the walls and ceiling
Maureen's vintage brass bed, dressed in antique linens.  I think Betsy approves, don't you?
             
            Space in a studio apartment is limited, so I decided to go with vintage Lundby for the kitchen and bathroom.  I found these two sets on Ebay, and I think they are in wonderful condition.  They are the perfect size for Maureen, but Fr. Kevin and the Sheriff think they are a bit too small for their taste.
Kevin says the bathroom makes him claustrophobic.  I guess you'll have to decide for your self.

Lundby bathroom in orange and harvest gold, circa 1973

Vintage Lundby kitchen, 1974


               Maureen thinks it will all come together nicely, and hopefully will be finished in time for a very special Valentine's dinner.  I wonder who she'll invite?

       Until next weekend, best wishes,

        Vicki                                                                                            

13 comments:

  1. So glad I linked up next to you...Dollhouse is adorable and I am sure it will turn out lovely. I used to build dollhouses when I was a young girl and have them all saved in my parents attic. :)

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    1. Thanks so much for coming and taking a peek at my blog. It's basically a fiction blog. I build the dollhouse scale scenes to illustrate my ongoing story. Hope you come read a post or two. People seem to like the characters and the ongoing plot.

      Vicki

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  2. I have not read your story, but your bed is adorable and your Greenleaf dollhouse is a nice house. I see many of Greenleaf dollhouse around and they are very charming. Enjoy the work.

    Hugs
    Wyrna

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    1. Thanks Wyrna!

      I wish the Google translator worked better, so that you were able to easily read the story that goes with the photos. It seems that readers are quite attached to the characters, as is their author. : )
      My son bought me the vintage bed for Christmas, and I am pleased with the way it looks all finished. I think it really reflects Maureen's personality.
      Thanks for taking a peek, and your nice comments.
      Vicki

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  3. creo que Mauren esta muy contenta sobre todo con esa preciosa cama , y los muebles del baño y la cocina estan muy bien , espero ver el resto del apartamento pronto

    besitos

    Mari

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    1. Thanks Mari,

      I hope Maureen finds her newly remodeled studio flat cozy. A girl's first apartment on her own is something special.

      Thanks for the nice comments.

      Vicki

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  4. so who will be coming for Valentines I do hope its some one nice, the attic looks much better painted and I love the bed

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    1. Hi Debbie,

      I bet you can guess who's invited for a romantic Valentine's dinner. LOL I wonder if her visitor will also like the bed...he he he ; )

      Vicki

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  5. Its a beautiful house. I think Maureen will be very happy here. I love the bed I am sure her "visitor will love it also though I am not so sure that Fr. Kevin will lol. I think the kitchen and bathroom are perfect :)
    Hugs Maria

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    1. LOL Maria...

      Poor Fr. Kevin. The things I put that sainted man through. What a good sport he is.

      Vicki

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  6. I am so totally in love with that kitchen!! B

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  7. Me too! I could so live in Maureen's little studio apartment. (except I'm not sure where the hell I would put the 8 dollhouses I use for this blog!?)

    Have a great week, B!

    VR

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  8. I love how you dressed the bed! And the vintage kitchen an bath are amazing also!

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