We had a wonderful three days of lazing about, talking, going out to eat, getting pedicures, watching the entire first season of the very addictive Downton Abbey, and playing with Linnet's adorable daughter, Abby.
Abby turned two in November and I've been planning for awhile to make her a simple dollhouse.
This CD holder from Michael's served as the perfect little house.
With an assortment of craft paint, fabric, and various miniature wood pieces, I made Abby a cottage with a vintage feel.
|The exterior is Vintage White and the roof and trim are Barnwood - all colors by FolkArt|
|Upstairs is the bedroom with walls in Buttercream - Downstairs is the eat-in kitchen with walls in Seamist|
|The completed house with furniture and Abby Doll|
The bedroom features curtains made of scraps of a Simply Shabby Chic sheet thrifted from a local Goodwill. The same fabric faces the white bedside table, made of a 1" wood cube found in the woodworking section of Michael's.
The bed was made by my dear friend Sara who crafts wooden playsets. The bed was wrapped in a sweet floral fabric, topped with a scrap of vintage chenille for the bedspread, and completed with a pillow made from a bit of dotty Tanya Whelan fabric. The rug is cut from Cath Kidston's Provence Rose fabric.
The pictures on the bedroom wall are one of my favorite details and are Cath Kidston's Provence Rose pattern. I cut the paper from a CK notebook of stickers that I have and the circles were Mod Podged to painted wooden disks, then hot glued to the wall.
Downstairs, the kitchen accessories were simple and equally fun to make. The table is a wood disk glued to a wood spool and painted red.
The fridge, stove and sink are all 1-1/2" wood blocks, hot glued together and painted accordingly. The bit of fabric on the sink front is supposed to be a skirt. :) The black details were drawn in with a permanent marker.
And here is the full kitchen. The fabric found on the sink--a vintage rosebud pattern picked up at the Liberty Antiques Festival last year--was also used to create cafe curtains in the kitchen. The gingham fabric, from JoAnn, serves as a rug. The artwork is another bit of Cath Kidston paper Mod Podged to a wooden disk.
The Abby Doll is a girl peg painted to resemble her namesake. The dress is a floral fabric from Marie-Madeline Studio (a wonderful source for floral and vintage-inspired fabrics!) which was simply Mod Podged onto the peg doll and then coated with another layer of Mod Podge to seal it on.
All painted items were topcoated in Triple Thick, a glossy, acrylic paint-on sealer for extra durability.
Abby seemed quite taken with her dollhouse and I hope she has many, many happy hours playing with it!