Friday, October 24, 2014

Kathleen's Newer Bigger and Better Dollhouse


Just when you thought you had visited the best dollhouse ever, it is
hard to imagine that there could be an even better one.  
There is!
Kathleen's new dollhouse is bigger and has been modernized just
enough to make it completely livable for today's fairies;-)  Here is
the new kitchen with some updated cabinets yet it still retains it's
homey charm.  I love the nursery under the eaves just above the
kitchen.



To give you an idea of the size and detail of this dollhouse, here is that
same kitchen wing from the outside.  All the utilities are in .  There is a
charming kitchen garden just steps away.  The detailing on the 
outside is every bit as impressive as it is on the interior.



I just showed you the kitchen wing, here is the rest of the house.  
Kathleen has gained a proper entry and foyer.  Her living room is no
longer cut up by the stairway to to the second floor, giving her more
wall space in that room.  She also has a larger formal dining room 
than she did before.  



Here is a close up of Kathleen's new kitchen.  The additional cabinet space
gives her more storage and more work surface too.  Notice that butcher
block.  Love it!  I am crazy about the finishes too ~ bead board, the brick
behind the vintage Roper stove and the sweet yellow wallpaper.   

But the best way for me to give you the scope and detail of the entire
house is to share this video with you.  Keep in mind that this dollhouse
was not built from a kit.  It was designed and constructed for
Kathleen by her husband.  (I love this man!!! ) It took him three years
to complete in his garage.  David ~ are you taking notes here???
David is my husband :-)  The project was started in November of 2011
and was ready for it's final inspection and move in this month.  






I hope you have enjoyed this tour of Kathleen's dollhouse as
much as I have enjoyed sharing it with you!  Again my 
thanks to Kathleen for allowing me to share her beautiful
home with you.  She is truly an inspiration and a lovely
friend.

  I am planning a post that will feature some of the
artists who create fabulous miniatures such as these
because I know many of you have dollhouses or are
now smitten and want to build one too.  There are some
very talented miniaturists I will introduce you to and also
give you some great resources for buying miniatures.
Keep in mind that Kathleen has been collecting minis for
twenty-five years and many of hers would be hard to
duplicate.  A beautiful dollhouse is an investment of both
money and time.  My theory is to start collecting for one
room at a time and before you know it you will be on 
your way!

Bentley and I wish you a happy weekend and beautiful
dollhouse dreams.


Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley  




Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fabulous Dollhouse Tablescapes


Since today is Tablescape Thursday, I thought we would come back to
Kathleen's magical dollhouse and take a close look at some of her
fabulous miniature tablescapes.  

I will warn you now ~ this is a lengthy post so brew a cup of tea or
pour yourself a big mug of coffee and settle back and enjoy.
Bentley and I will sprinkle a little fairy dust on you so that we will
all get in the right mood ;-)

Here we are in the kitchen.  It's breakfast time.  Hot blueberry muffins
just out of the oven.  Danish pastries.  Orange juice and coffee.
Yum!



Or maybe you would prefer pancakes and syrup with a side of sausage.
The dollhouse fairies are very sociable and aim to make your visit
as magical as possible.



Doesn't this look delicious!




They also excel at creating lovely and yummy breakfast trays.



Don't you feel spoiled?  That kitty is going to get that pup up one
way or another.  It's time to play!



A backyard barbecue.  



Here we are back in the kitchen.  The fairies are making deviled eggs and
wrapping up sandwiches for a picnic.




Corn on the cob and cherry pie.  My kind of picnic!



Colorful Fiesta Ware.  It always makes a happy statement.  Love the cute
and colorful napkins too.  Even fairies like to set a pretty table!



Mint Juleps on the front porch.  So sophisticated.



Patriotic celebrations on the porch too.  I am just expecting Aunt Bea to
show up any minute for a Mayberry Moment.




My friend Kim Saulter made that apple pie.  She is so talented!
The strawberry cake is by 2smart miniatures.



Look what the fairies are up to now ~ someone is having a birthday …





So much celebrating in this dollhouse.



A Mother's Day tea.



Valentine's Day.



And a special tea party just because!



Fall dinners.



Making pumpkin soup.



And enjoying every spoonful at this pretty table.



Preparing the Thanksgiving feast.  I spy brussel sprouts.  Love them!



Here is the table before it is set.  Such a pretty fall centerpiece.




And finally, the beautiful Thanksgiving table with everyone's favorite
and traditional side dishes.  Quite the feast!



Let's loosen our belts and adjourn in the living room.  I don't know
about you, but I am going to run around the dollhouse block several
times to work off all of those delicious meals!

I wonder if when I finish my own dollhouse one day if the fairies who
move in will be such skilled cooks ;-)

Once again, thanks to my friend Kathleen Holmes for letting us visit her
magnificent dollhouse.  Tomorrow is the big tour of the new home ~
I promise!

Tablescape Thursday
Home Sweet Home
Feathering Your Nest
Show and Tell
Pink Saturday

Bentley and I have been having the loveliest morning
in our studio preparing this post and listening to old
tunes by Frank Sinatra and Mel Torme.  Puts us in
such a dreamy mood.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley





Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Crushing on a Dollhouse ~ Part One



I remember the first time I saw Colleen Moore's Fairy Castle at the 
Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.  I was a little girl and it was
the first time I ever saw anything so magical.  That is a story for another
post.  Now I want to give you a little tour of another dollhouse that is
another place of magical perfection.

Kathleen's dollhouse.  Kathleen Holmes is a Facebook friend of mine.
She is the owner and designer of wonderful dollhouses and dollhouse
miniatures.  Every detail is so perfect, so realistic, you feel as though
you have been transformed into a little fairy.  At least that is how I feel.
I have often told Kathleen that I wish I could have one of Alice's 
"eat me" pills that would shrink me down to the perfect size to fit into
Kathleen's house.  

Let's begin.  Just imagine that we have pulled up in this lovely
vintage auto.  Here we are in the drive and about to walk through
the gate.




Looks like someone is delivering groceries, anticipating our arrival no doubt.
We are expected, so it's okay to open the gate and walk up the path.




A bird bath, coneflowers, a succulent, potted rose and hydrangea too.  
Someone left their sandals on the first step.  They look like hurraches don't 
you think?




Such a charming front porch.  Look ~ isn't that a humming bird on the feeder?
I would love to hang out here for a while, but we have a lot to see, so
let's stop back here later.



Of course since we are in a magical place, we can twitch our noses and 
instantly change the season to fall.  The leaves are changing.  Mums
are planted around the base of the tree.  Pumpkins are flanking the front door.
Isn't this exciting?  I love looking at houses.  Don't you?



Some wonderful aroma is coming from the kitchen.  Let's go
see what's cooking in here.   It really looks like a granny's kitchen
 with it's vintage Roper stove and old ice box.  I am loving that old
sink too. What a beauty!  Do you see that hoosier with all the lovely
salt glazed crocks on top?  

I don't know about you, but this kitchen makes me feel more
like family than an invited guest.  So ….



Let's grab an apron and get busy.  Who wants to roll out some pie dough?

Now that the pie is in the oven, let's do some more exploring.





Come with me and let me show you the living room.  Isn't it cozy?



Let's just imagine how it will look when it is decorated for Christmas.
Little reindeer on the mantel.  The stockings are hung.  Christmas cards
are strung.  How about a cup of hot chocolate?



There has been a lot of Christmas card addressing going on here.
Look's like a package is ready to be mailed too.
A brown paper package all tied up with string ~ just like the song,
 it's one of my favorite things!





And here it is on Christmas Eve.  The fire is aglow.  Presents are
under the tree.  Milk and cookies for Santa.  
Perfection!




Let's not forget the dining room.  Fully decorated for Thanksgiving
thanks to magical fairy dust and the wonders of Kathleen's decorating talent.
This is fit for a blog post on Tablescape Thursday!  I wonder, I will have
to check with Susan to see if dollhouse tablescapes count ;-)




Here is the kitchen before the dinner.  The turkey is ready for the oven.  
Yams ready to be peeled.  Celery, onions, carrots and cornbread all
set to prepare the stuffing.  Since this is an old fashioned kitchen there is no
dishwasher.  Lot's of hand washing.  Someone has already started
washing up because the dish drainer is full.



I imagine that many of the vegetables for Thanksgiving dinner came from 
Kathleen's own garden.  She is such a talented gardener too!  

Watch out for that snake!  It was probably enjoying an afternoon sunbath
until we disturbed him.  Lets hope he slithers off soon.  I'll have to
suggest to Kathleen that she put some mothballs around her garden
because thats what we do down here in Texas to keep the snakes
away.  Trust me ~ down here in Texas we know about snakes.





I know you want to see the upstairs.  I will show you around.  Here is the
master bedroom complete with fourposter bed, handmade quilt and a crochet
afghan.  See the pup lounging at the foot of the bed?  Bentley loves to 
do that on our bed at home.  Dogs are just the same everywhere ~ even
the ones who live in dollhouses.

Did you notice that breakfast tray?  Lots of pampering going on
in this house :-)



Come follow me down the hall.  There is a charming nursery too!




And a sweet bath with vintage honeycomb tile floor and pedestal 
sink.  I like the wallpaper too.  For some reason I really like 
wallpaper in a bathroom.




Let's take another peak at the master.  Looks like an Aubusson 
rug on the floor.  Pretty.  I like the simple tie backs with the
ball fringe edge.  Takes me back to a simpler time.



The attention to detail is truly amazing!



Just one more moment on the porch before we leave.
Blissful, don't you agree?  I wish we could stay longer, but we 
cannot over extend our welcome.  Kathleen has a very busy 
schedule because she is moving!  That's right.  The family has
outgrown this home and the movers are starting to pack it up
to move into an even grander space, if you can imagine that!




See, the truck is already here and the packing has begun.  
No worries though.  I have more surprises in store for you
because tomorrow we will start touring the new dollhouse.
Prepare yourself to be blown away!  

Thank you Kathleen, for letting me show your magical
creations to all of my blog friends.  Your special dollhouse
has provided me with hours of enjoyment and I could not
wait to share it with everyone.  See you tomorrow when
the tour resumes.

I am showing off Kathleen's dollhouse to my
friends Paula and Patti too, so please visit:

Bentley ~ did you see that cute little dog on the bed
in the master bedroom?  Yes it's true, you curl up
on your mama and daddy's bed just the same way.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley








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