November 8, 2010

Paper-Doll-House

A few months ago, in a fit of insanity, I agreed to decorate a doll house to be auctioned to raise funds for the renovation of the Minton-tiled kitchen at Evergreen House. A few months ago, the deadline of Thanksgiving sounded so far away. Now, however, it is right upon us.toys-dollhouse-bookcase-unpainted My ├╝ber-talented friend, David Wiesand, proprietor of McLain-Wiesand, is also creating a dollhouse, but since he’s got a whole workshop full of amazing artisans at his beck and call, I knew he’d be the hands-down winner. So I had to think of a strategy that was both frugal and creative – just like me! (HA!)Virginia's Dollhouse_2As I was drifting off to sleep a few weeks ago in a Nyquil-induced delirium, I had a semi-brilliant thought. Why not make a paper-doll house? Everything in the house will be done in paper. brickwork-texture It’s taken me some time to really work out how to do this, but I think I finally have it!chevronThank god for Google and my printer! I have finished the outside and am now working on the inside decor. small section toile de baltimore[1] At least I won’t be totally mortified when I show up with my paper-doll-house. doorway David will still win, though.

13 comments:

  1. I wouldn't count on it. YOURS sounds fabulous. And WAY more creative! Can't wait to see the reveal.

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  2. Meg I will be very excited to see the finished doll houses! Betting on yours!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  3. You are a crazy woman, Meg..... do you ever sleep?!!
    I feel like a complete sloth reading of your adventures each week...
    I can't wait to see the results of this latest project!

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  4. First of all I absolutely adore the new header!!!

    Second, a paper doll house? Is there a second prize for thrify genius??? Can't wait to see all the little details, I love paperdolls.

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  5. Meg,
    That's brilliant!! Please post many pictures of your creation when you are done--and David's, too! What a fun project.
    When my now-24 year old son was in 3rd grade he had to make a Virginia-themed project for school. It was the first such project that any of our kids had--he is our oldest. He chose the Governor's Palace in Williamsburg and I had so much fun building it!! We even glued on individual paper bricks in the Flemish bond pattern!! I am embarrassed to say that I was the superintendent and chief builder and frequently shooed him away to do other homework while I wiled away the hours making as exact a replica as I could of the Palace. It won a top prize at the Virginia History Teachers' Fair that year much to my growing chagrin. Of course, we threw it away as soon as it came home and I never again interfered with my children's projects. But, I sure had fun doing it!!!!!!!!!
    xo, Anne

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  6. Necessity is truly the mother of invention.....What could be better than a paper house? I love the work so far. Can't wait for the final results.

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  7. Great idea and love your new header!!
    Now Go Get Em!!!

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  8. Can't wait to see it! Great idea to use paper! Find some old architectural digests to cut up too - they mansour has full page photographs of carpets for advertisements and antique paintings to hang on the walls!

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  9. And I'm assuming there will be a grouping of the Map of Paris featured in one room.

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  10. In my color theory class we had to do a room as our last project. I ended up doing much of it in paper, with designs I found off the Smithsonian's Asian Art website. I found a great tile motif I used for the floor (printed it out on card stock and then glued it down) and found some great paintings at the National Gallery for my art. I think going paper is a grand idea!

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  11. is that a custom built doll house for the auction or is it a stock item available from a doll house retailer??

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