We didn't have a lot as I was growing up, but we always had a warm home, food to eat and clothes to wear. I did see other kids had bigger homes, more clothes, more attention and nice gifts. No big thing, but as I went through my adulthood, I would occasionally get to fulfill a childhood dream. When our kids were young, we got a pony for them, and I got my very own horse. Check that off the bucket list. Another thing I coveted all my life was a doll house. So, here I am.. in my 6th decade, and I am the proud new owner of a vintage Victorian Doll House! A few days ago I thought.. hmm.. I'll check on craigslist for one and lo and behold, there was a fully furnished, fancy hand built dollhouse! I emailed the owners and they didn't respond for a few days, but on Thursday he sent a few more photos. On Friday I called and asked if we could come and take a look... and.... look what hubby got for me!
The photo below is the living room as it was decorated when we bought it. Don't you love the tree? There are a bunch of gifts under it and 3 tiny wooden soldiers - and a tiny basket full of tiny balls of yarn. See the stockings on the mantel?Today we spent hours dusting and gluing on the odd bits and broken furniture - and I was amazed at the hand inlaid wooden floors!! So, I took some pictures of the empty rooms to show you the floors. There are 3 "crystal" chandeliers - we have to get a battery pack for the light system - it was missing.
Here is the living room with lace curtains, inlaid floor, the fireplace - and each room has a different wallpaper. See the fretwork over the fireplace and doors to the kitchen?
The wondrous floor.. I am in love with it!!
There are also 2 hand done needlepoint "Persian" rugs!
The upstairs master bedroom has a chevron wood floor.
A better view of the floor.
Here is the foyer with even more fancy inlaid wood flooring!
Sorry for the grainy photo.. but I decided to leave the carpet off the livingroom floor when I set up the furniture. Isn't it cute!?
The master bedroom set up.. although for some reason the wash stand is in the wrong place. :-) I must say that the furniture is amazing, all wood, all the drawers pull out.
Here is the tiny kitchen with a pot belly stove, a sink with a water pump, a broom, bag of flour and a water bucket.
Guess who had to check out the new "thing".
In the 3rd floor of the turret is a sweet little sun room with an adorable wicker table and chairs... and a wicker hanging basket of what looks like a Christmas cactus! There is a violet in bloom on the table and a few books to read. The door opens to a little balcony.
The bathroom -- it's the same kind of toilet that we have here in our old farmhouse! We also have a similar sink and the same claw-foot bath tub. It also has a medicine cabinet like ours.
Here is the nursery. It has stained glass windows and toys on the floor.
Sorry for the fuzzy photo below.. here is the back.
Here is how I set up the living room -- or the parlour.
I already have a shopping list. Better rugs for the bathroom, a Victorian family to inhabit the home, and other bits and bobs. I also plan to crochet a few pillows and especially a granny square blanket for the four poster bed, using tiny yarn and hook. What else do you think I should add? I already envision finding some tiny Christmas lights to hang on it next year. :-)
We're having a lovely calm Christmas Eve - and tomorrow our son and his family will arrive for a roast beef dinner and PREZZIES!! Can't wait.
I hope you and your family have a wonderful day tomorrow and be happy and enjoy what you have. And take some time to think of others that could use some help and maybe we can all do that in this coming year.
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((hugs)), Teresa :-)