Well, lots has happened since I last blogged. We survived a week with my husband away on a business trip (I know, I know, I sound like a whimp, but I just truly am), I turned yet another year older (I’m to the point where I choose not to remember how old I am), we made it through a health scare within our family (thank you so much to all of you who prayed for us), and my sisters and I successfully hosted a baby shower for my nephew-to-be (more on that later). All excuses for why I haven’t blogged sooner.
As I mentioned in my last post, I’m sharing my little girls’ room with you over the next few weeks.
Ever since my beloved doll house mysteriously disappeared after a family yard sale when I was, oh, I don’t know, probably too old to own a doll house, I dreamed of having a daughter and building doll houses together. It was one of the first things I thought about when I found out we were having a girl, and then another girl came along…even more chances to fulfill my dreams!
The problem is, at 3 and 5, my girls aren’t quite ready for the intricate houses and furniture that I love and my nerdy self could totally get lost in, so we compromised and built a doll house from a book case. This is far from an original idea, in the interest of full disclosure. Do a quick search on bookcase doll houses and you’ll find dozens of different examples. Here is ours.
I bought my book case for $25 from our local bargain box store, Bargain Hunt (originally from Target). I taped scrapbook paper to the back; that way if it gets colored on, or we get tired of the patterns (one of the two is bound to happen), I can easily swap it out and tape up a new piece of scrapbook paper. I love the furniture I found on clearance at K-Mart; it’s sturdy wood and nice and chunky for little fingers.
I added a few personalized touches, like the mirror in bedroom made from a small picture frame and foil…
…a chalkboard made from construction paper in the dining room on the second level…
…and some custom artwork by my five year old in the wardrobe room on the lower level.
I added a few painted shutters on the outside just to make it a little more house-like.
Now, the last part, I have to admit, was purely for me, because it’s a little too high and messy for the girls to really play with. I added a rooftop garden with some moss I had on hand and some items I found in the Hobby Lobby spring section.
My girls and I have had so much fun putting this doll house together and playing dolls together. I hope this is just the beginning of a lifelong tradition for us. Or at least until they’re teenagers and realize their mom is a nerd and no longer share my interests.