Sunday, November 23, 2014

Dollhouse Story

When I was in the 8th grade, I turned my science fair project boards
into a four room dollhouse decorated with the old 1970's wallpaper
remnants stored in the closet.

When I was 15, for Christmas my parents bought me a 
beautiful, high quality, unfinished wood dollhouse.
I painted it, shingled it, applied wallpaper, and assembled
a few furniture kits.

I had it with me in my apartment through my late 20's,
but when I moved to New Mexico,
I knew I did not have the room in my new apartment
for a large dollhouse, 
so I left it with my dad in our childhood home.
After 15 years, my dad gave it away to a 7 year old girl.

I could have stopped him, but I realized that I have a variety
of doll room boxes and a large cubical "dollhouse" unit
in my apartment and did not see myself ever being able
to bring it to New Mexico.
Sometimes, I have regretted that decision,
and the loss of a high quality dollhouse.

So, here I am contemplating dollhouses again.
Country Cottage
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This high quality Country Cottage would be just right
for a single PukiPuki.
It is a do-able project that won't require as much as a larger
house in terms of finishing it and furnishing it.

Country Cottage
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But, this story doesn't end there.

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This dollhouse, called the Fairplay,
has an interior layout that is very similar to the one
I once had.

If I wanted to replace the dollhouse I lost,
I could purchase this model.
The funny thing is, I see how I had set up my original dollhouse
as a teen-ager and young adult.
I remember how I had decorated it,
and I really don't want to repeat something of long ago.
I don't really want a dollhouse where I don't feel and see 
the creativity of today.
Practically speaking, I don't need this,
and it feels weird to want to replace and repeat
the past in seeking to finish this and furnish this as I had the other.

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What I value in dollhouses is quality.
I like a quality that feels good.

Through Rocky Mountain Woodcrafts,
I feel assured that quality dollhouses can still be purchased today.

And I can remember the old dollhouse as something that
was shingled and painted and wallpapered and decorated
by my teen-age self.
Sometimes sparse or incomplete, sometimes imperfect.
It is just one of many dollhouses.

Now I am an adult with a car, an income, and the internet.
It is a new world for collectors.
And it is perfectly okay to start with a new vision.


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1 comment:

  1. This is so cool. I am so totally excited for you. The Cottage is great. That is one lucky Puki Puki you've got, coming home to a house like that!!!