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2 dollhouses in progress – 1 shabby cottage and 1 Tim Holtz styled trailer

I’m putting my papercrafting and altered arts on the backburner for a few weeks so I can catch up on some dollhouse work.  My little puki dolls are getting restless so I need homes to keep them happy.  (I’m not sure if this was playing or fighting with clothespins…looks like somebody is about to get smacked upside the head.)


My mother-in-law gave me this Dollhouse Trailer kit for Christmas.  I assembled it last week and I’ve decided I’m doing a Tim Holtz theme for all the decor which is just getting started.


I used the tag & bookplate die for my sizzix to cut the fancy window frames from hobby wood, then stained them with distress inks.  I printed out some neutral paper from the Tim Holtz distressables CD for the wallpaper, then inked and spritzed with water to make it look old and water stained.  I still have painting to finish on the inside and outside.



The kit comes with 2 chairs and a table. I’ve covered the chairs in Tim Holtz papers and still need to upholster the seats.  I like that little ledge inside the trailer – it will be nice for trailer trinkets later on.  I also plan to add a kitchenette plus a sleeping area as furnishings.  I think I will need to custom build all the furniture since I haven’t found anything ready-made that fits my vision.


For the outside of the trailer, I painted it an off-white color and I think I will decopauge various papers on there like this “traveler” sign I cut from a Tim Holtz pad.  I think some stamping with quotes about “journeys” might also be good on the outside.  I’ve decided not to shoot for realism, but more whimsy with this miniature project.

So that’s my little trailer in progress.  But I need to have multiple things going at once because my life doesn’t go smoothly if I can ever see any table surfaces in the house.  Heh heh.

Next project??  My daughter and I started building our Orchid Dollhouse Kit yesterday, since school was cancelled by a snowstorm.  I’m doing my house in a shabby cottage style.  I got the windows done in the first day.  White paint and sanded/inked edges make them look worn and weathered.



My daughter is doing hers in a weathered brown…



(You can see that clothespins from the dollar store make nice clamps for tiny work like this.)

Why are me and daughter making separate houses???  Well, after my mother-in-law realized I loved dollhouses, she gave me her Orchid Dollhouse Kit that she had never started.  Daughter and I could NOT agree on a decorating scheme for that house.  So I used my 40% off coupon at Hobby Lobby and bought a 2nd kit for myself.  It was only $18 with the coupon.

There’s a ton of work ahead with these dollhouses in progress.   But I’m looking forward to them.  I’ll be attending the Chicago International Miniatures Show on April 19th.  If it’s made in miniature – it will be at THAT show.  Now I just need to get some money to spend and go crazy there.  Hmmm, maybe time to file for that tax refund?






One Response to “2 dollhouses in progress – 1 shabby cottage and 1 Tim Holtz styled trailer”

  1. Brenda says:

    I love doll houses. I started making one when I was in my early 20’s, but lost it in a fire. Maybe someday I’ll be in the mood to start another one.