Building a daughters doll house...


I mentioned yesterday that I bought Maddy a dollhouse "KIT". Here is a look at the instructions....This is what they didnt say...

1. Your dear child thinks that you are wonder woman and can bulid this thing in a day

2.That you should have taken a class for this kinda stuff...you know in college..child development...Dollhouse construction..

3.That this "KIT" contains all the pieces "unfinished" all gazillion pieces that is..

Ahhh the sweet railing for the porch. Well we just wont go there. That was around one of her many breakdowns because Im not working fast enough..

4. Back to what the instructions dont tell you...This is a project for the strong at heart..

5. That I learned my daughter is as impatient as I am. She was moving furniture in while paint was still wet. Yes, I do that too...doesnt everyone, smile

Drake is even a bit impatient these days...
6. One lesson that this doohouse has taught me that the instrutions failed to mention..... Between many bouts of tears, paint stained hands, super glue wounds, fits of impatientness.. from both of us.... We have had many laughs, memories to save, and a real wooden doohouse to play with and pass down ....that is if I finish it one day. Hope yall com e back Monday and maybe Maddy and I can give you the "Tour". Have a great weekend! You know what I'll be doing..

44 comments:

  1. I Love It!!! Treasure the moments as trying as they are, they will be gone in a heartbeat, I do know that. Your post brought a smile to my face this AM and Drake was the icing on the cake. Have a great weekend.

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  2. Oh, my, that is a project. We just did the plastic fisher price doll house for our girls. You are much more adventuresome.LOL
    By the way it looks great.
    I wanted to ask do you do any other shows in Ms.?
    Blessings,
    Trixi

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  3. I am so impressed with all of the progress you guys made! Can't wait for the official tour!!

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  4. That turned out fantastic. Love it. The memories behind the building will last forever. I love how your dog got in on the action. He knows a good thing when he sees it too. So funny.

    You did such a great job. I hope she has many fun times with her new doll house.

    Jan

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  5. I'm impressed. That's a lot of progress. Had to laugh at the dog :) Definately looking forward to the big reveal!

    -Hayley

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  6. Looks like it's progressing fast. Love the picture of your dog looks he was hard at work too.

    Blanca

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  7. It looks great!! She will cherish that doll house and you building it for every. Wonderful memories

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  8. Oh man! We bought one of those houses a few years ago...thinking it would be FUN! ha!! It's like a money pit! Once you get it together, it cost a small fortune to decorate! I was so sick I was buying paneled doors on ebay and lighted chandeliers for the dining room. Oh and how can I forget the "realistic" firelogs for the fireplace? Can't wait to see yours when it's done!

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  9. Oh! It is coming together so nicely! I can't wait to see it finished!

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  10. I always wanted a doll house! I had the barbie townhouse with the elevator on the side but never had a regular dollhouse for the less endowed. How fun to think of making little furniture and stuff.

    We bought the Little Tikes dollhouse for my daughter one year. It was her only present with accessories. My husband kept waiting to put it together and finally started Christmas Eve. It had two left sides in the box! We called the store in Ft Walton Beach and they didn't have another dollhouse in stock. We called Pensacola which was an hour away and they had one but closed in an 80 minutes. He got in the car and went as fast as he could and got it. He was so stressed trying to put it together and I made the comment that this would be a story to tell later.

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  11. I got such a kick out of this post. And I loved that final photo. I think it's great you're doing this with your daughter! -Julia

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  12. She will *cherish* that dollhouse. My mom bought me a dollhouse kit when I was a little girl and my grandpa built it for me. I still have it and can hardly wait to share it with my daughter. And, as a "bonus" I'll get the thrill (or maybe it is a burden??) of decorating it with her because my grandpa left it unfinished when he built it.

    You are building a family heirloom!

    ~ Sarah

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  13. Looks great. You almost make me wanna go and buy one to do for my girls to play with...Yes I did say almost because I am and so are the girls really impatient. Plus I think Zack would be a little mad at finding something to do when there are tons of other things that I could be doing...We won't go to where he still hasn't finished my kitchen! : )

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  14. Susie, I applaud you for putting this cute house together, with your daughter. It was a great memory making time!

    A also applaud your tenacity. I would have given up!

    Have a great weekend!
    Pat

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  15. Wow, that looks so daunting. You've got some gumption!!:) Your daughter will cherish that dollhouse the way you cherish your MawMaw's bowl.

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  16. How cute! Well, if it doesn't work out as a doll house, you might consider turning it into a dog house. :)

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  17. Wow, you put that together fast. Good job, it looks great!

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  18. oh my, I just inherited a set to build for my girls. You are way more motivated than me. It is in the basement in the box..........

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  19. LOVE the picture of your dog! So cute! And the dollhouse...not too shabby, either!

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  20. Susie, You win the mother of the year award hands down. Enjoy and take lots of pictures. Hugs Paula

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  21. okay i love your blog! i'm so pleased you visited mine, please come back often i can learn a lot from you!

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  22. That is a master piece! It looks like it will well be worth the time and effort! :)

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  23. You are a better mother than I, my friend. I'm impressed with your progress. That is something she is going to remember forever.

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  24. What an adorable house! I'm jealous that I don't have a girl! I'm sure through all the frustration and chaos you two bonded! I can't wait to see the end result. Now you can add "construction worker" to your list of talents! Maybe your next project should be a "dog" house- I love the pic with your pup!
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    Also- thanks for the good motherly advice my my blog! I'm starting to see how life really flies by!

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  25. Wow Susie! You got that done really fast! You weren't kidding about impatient. I like how your dog moved in - too funny!

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  26. VERY IMPRESSIVE~! It is so stinkin' cute!

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  27. They do tend to leave those 'important' things out of the instructions, don't they? Looks like you are doing a great job though. Can't wait to see the finished pics!

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  28. Got it...I just read your blog posting, love thy neighbor, and your comment does make sense. Sorry! It would completely be like if someone copyrighted a tassle and made you stop making and selling yours. They truly are beautiful, and I am sorry that you went thru that as well. Nice to meet you in this crazy blog world!
    keep in touch:)

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  29. That dollhouse is awesome!!! Love the dog in it!!!! TOO CUTE!

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  30. You're doing a GREAT job. Can't wait to take the tour!

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  31. You are by far one of the most talented and awesome people I know!!! Have I ever told you that?? Come build one for my girls...please!! I could never even attempt such a feat! Drop me a note or a call once in a while. I miss hearing your sweet voice!
    misty

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  32. Oh my gosh...that thing would seriously depress me if I had to put it together. HA! HA! I am so not that kind of person. YOU my friend are doing a GREAT job. I'm proud to know you! HA!
    I like projects....but not with thousands of tiny pieces to put together! yikes.....I'm looking forward to seeing the "finished product" though.
    Be blessed,
    Joyce

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  33. Miniatures have always fascinated me and I'm looking forward to pics and details of this venture!!

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  34. Oh how fun! You have such a kind, sweet soul. Your words are so encouraging just when I need them. I can't wait to see the finished house. Have a great weekend!
    ~Connie

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  35. You're certainly braver than I am! I wouldn't have even attempted it. I can design and make a quilt, craft things, but I would have taken one look at all those gazillion pieces and run for the hills!
    Brenda

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  36. I just received my tassel from you in the mail today. I was thrilled. You do beautiful work....she's just gorgeous and is proudly displayed in our home. I'll definitely be back for more. Oh, and the extra "goodies" you sent are so much fun! Thank you for the fast delivery of this little delight!! "Robin"

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  37. We did one of those years ago... It is still in my daughter's room~ even though she has left the nest.

    One day she will bring her little girls and I will already have a doll house!

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  38. Oh I love it and how sweet of you to tackle such a project with your daughter! I had bought one of these years and years ago when Lowe's sold them and have opened the box up many times and promptly put the lid back on completely overwhelmed! You've got a lot of courage and grit to take it on and you've inspired me to try again. IF I can find it...LOL... I know it's somewhere...maybe in the attic! I can't wait to see yours finished. Thanks for sharing! Great post!

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  39. I love the doll house! You are one great Mommy to build it for her.

    Hi, I'm Alicia from Momdot.com and I wanted to let you know that your blog listing is up. We have a button we'd like to give you so please email me at momdot at live dot com.

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  40. Hmmm...maybe I won't build one after all...but I wanted to wallpaper and by light fixtures. Maybe I will! Looks like you did have a bit of fun!
    ~Jill

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  41. Here it goes...again...
    This is my second attempt at leaving a note.I left one at*love thy neighbor* all systems were a go,so I thought but didn't make it through.Houston I think I've got a problem...I'm sure it's mine.LOL
    I found you via Miss Bullard.I'm new,but an instant fan.
    The Post Script on the direction sheet reads: after the glue on your sore bruised hands dissolves,the only lasting memory will be the wonderful ones you'll be creating with your lil girl!

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  42. I love dollhouses. You did a great job.

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  43. What a labor of love. It's just beautiful!

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  44. Holy Cow, that looks like a ton of work. It's beautiful, your little girl must be in heaven. Putting it together with you is something she will always remember.

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