What a thrill to be able to join in this new Club Little House venture! We are all here because we share a love and fascination for the tiny 1/12-scale treasures that we buy, make, or share to fashion little vignettes of tiny worlds we construct for ourselves.
In reading about the history of dollhouses (Wikipedia), I was amazed to discover that “Today's doll's house traces its history directly back about four hundred years to the ‘baby houses’ of Europe.” It’s fascinating to think that we’re adding to the dollhouse story and maybe our dollhouses will, over time, delight others long after we’re gone.
My dollhouse is a beach house—a gift from my loving parents and sister when my husband and I married. It is constructed on stilts so it doesn’t get washed out to sea during hurricanes. The whole thing is constructed on a platform which sits on a lazy-susan so I can turn it around to play with it. My dad made a mixture of sand from our home beach with glue he adhered to the platform to emulate the house actually being on a beach near the water’s edge.
The little things I have so far amaze me. There is a golf club set ready to go on the front porch, a tiny IRS form for filing your taxes (even in dollhouse world, I guess we can’t escape), a minuscule box of aluminum foil, itsy-bitsy croissants, frosted donuts and yummy brownies in their own bakery packages, a miniature hurricane lamp (so necessary for power outages during storms) and so on. Under the house are our cars, surfboard, rowboat, life jackets, and other assorted toys associated with the beach.
Some of the wonders that furnish my dollhouse are due to Club Little House. This clever group of dollhouse lovers has provided fabulous creations such as a Hermès bag and box, artist’s easel with its accompanying canvas and palette, beds, dishes, blueberry pie, pie safes, china cabinets, cradles, Halloween treats, and so on. The imaginations of the wonderful club members inspire and astound me.
I’m hard at work on my Club Little House project and hope you will love it as much as I love making it for you. May your dollhouse days be full of sunshine and joy!