Category Archives: I’m a Giant (doll house) challenge

Happy Friday!

E-mail cards seem to be all the rage at work.  I received this one the other day from J&J/Invision (a contract carpet company) and it reminded me of my good deeds post and it was super cute so I thought I’d share.

Have a great Friday and an awesome weekend!  Wrap all those presents.  Make all those cookies.  Take a nap on the couch with the Christmas tree lights on.  Cheers!

PPS – the “I’m a Giant” dollhouse challenge was extended to February 1st.  Maybe the ol’ dollhouse still has a chance after all.

“I’m A Giant!” Doll House (small) update

I have been woefully behind on any and all things doll house  related.  Emily Henderson posted an update on her blog of all the blog-land participating in the doll house challenge and there’s a lot of people out there killing it pretty good. Not so much here.  But I promised an update, so here’s what I got:

Floor plans!

I think because I work a lot of most days in AutoCAD it is hard for me to plan a space without a floor plan.  Having the dimensions of the space set down and available for on-screen twiddling makes the whole process a lot clearer to me.  So you’ll see I gave each space a purpose (bathroom, kitchen, bedroom and so on). 

However the space (left over and) intended for the bathroom didn’t quite function as is.

With the current roof pitch, I could just get my giant-sized hand in there and that’s about it.  I googled some doll house images and saw that a lot of doll houses are more “cut off” in the back and I didn’t necessarily need this return roof slope.

So I got out our smallest tack hammer and gently pried that piece out.  Voila — doll house bathroom!

I’m going to take the piece of material I removed from the roof and use it to create a back wall for the bathroom.  I need to shave it down a little first so it will fit into the space.  Next up is the bigger span of roof return on the rest of the house.  However, the work table I am using in the basement is in the one area with absolutely zero light (excuses, excuses, right? Right!) and so I need to remediate that situation this weekend before any further doll house progress can be made.

And because it must be said, there is a person on Etsy selling the little white plastic supports that come in your pizza box as doll house tables.  It says so right in the item description.  Crazytown. 

I’ll leave you on that bomb shell.  Have a great weekend folks!


Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching (yay!) and I have so much to be thankful for.  For one thing, this tiny blog has reached 1,000 total page views  after 60 posts.  Thanks for reading everyone!

This small milestone in my new blogger life got me to thinking about all the projects I have yet to finish and all those I would like to start.  There’s a lot.  Maybe too many. 

Here’s the part where I scare away all you readers I worked to entertain.  The basement.

Yes, this is my very own basement in my very own house.  This is one of the many jumbled furniture piles I have down in said basement.  Run away screaming now.

I did a quick inventory to see how bad it really was . . .  It’s official, I may  be eligible for Hoarders on A&E.

Here’s the shame:
2 ottomans – 1 with a wood frame and one fully upholstered
Full size bed upholstered headboard
2 wood lounge chairs with strap seats – 1 with cushions, 1 without any
Slat Nelson-esque end table to match the one I have upstairs in the living room
Armoire in the process of being painted to go up in the bedroom
1 side table that I half-stripped green paint off of and need to finish
1 dining Captain’s Chair
3 vintage wood folding card chairs and a wood folding table
1 white bamboo side table
1 large lamp shade  that I spray-painted black and is waiting for a base
Base of the dining table  (I swapped it because the 4 legged base wouldn’t slide under the banquette)
A white Formica kitchen table (it used to have two chairs but I craigslisted them)
My childhood (child-sized) rocking chair
Mahogany cabinet that used to hold the old big (pre-flat screen) TV upstairs
2 flowered upholstered chairs waiting for their turn in the music room
4 wood folding chairs for use with a 5 foot folding table for dinner parties
2 wood TV trays that used to be bedside tables in our first apartment

So onward and upward.  Hopefully I can conquer this basement in the next 60 posts, right?  Part of the impetus for me to start blogging was to take a small step towards my dream of the “Thompson Guitar and Thrift” store.  After my basement inventory, I might almost be ready for an antique mall booth or an eBay store as a starting point. 

And speaking of projects that I start but don’t finish: The Dollhouse!!!  I’m working on it and should be back this week with a (little) update.  Don’t get too excited — not a lot has changed, but I am working on it slow but steady.

Thanks again for reading my ramblings and assailing your eyes with images of my half-finished projects.  It means the world to me.  I’m an avid blog reader myself and would love to hear of any other good blog recommendations you may have.  Cheers!

Friday Fun = Furniture

I am working over here you guys, I swear.  But a furniture rep dropped by with these for our office (temporarily) and I had to share.

The kids Panton chairs!  The Eames elephant!  What every design snob parent needs to raise their kids up right, right?  Right. 

I snooped through my Ideas and Inspiration file real quick (cause I’m working!)  and pulled up an image I have of the adult Panton chair.

It’s from the home of Wes and Kayla, two Apartment Therapy bloggers.  Can you imagine that with a little “Mommy and Me” desk next to it with the child’s version?  I die a little.  It’s not quite doll house sized like the “I’m a Giant” challenge I started in on, but children’s scale furniture is pretty freakin’ cute.  Good thing we’re about to start on a bunch of early childhood centers at work — I can get my fill of little tiny furniture!

Happy Friday!

PS – The carpet under the uber-adorable elephant is Interface Anagrams.  Remember my love letter here?  Yep.

I’m a Giant (Idiot)

When I saw the idea of decorating a doll house floating around the interwebs, started by Emily Henderson of HGTV’s “Secrets from a Stylist”,  it kind of clicked with me. 

See, I knew there was an almost finished doll house sitting in a storage unit in the middle of nowhere waiting for someone to love it.

It was started by my grandfather for his growing family of granddaughters (7 granddaughters, one grandson, AKA “The Boy”)

Oh, Olan Mills, you never fail to delight.  But that’s a lot of girls, right?  When Grandpa passed away in 1996, my dad, the oldest son, took the doll house home. 


Dad passed away in 2004 and now it has come to me, the oldest daughter and oldest granddaughter.  I don’t know that my dad ever did much to the doll house, he probably had enough on his hands trying to deal with three daughters. 

So I think I owe it to my dad and grandpa to finish this thing off.  Thanks to my college experience, I did receive a grueling education in model-making.

There were many late nights spent with balsa wood and exacto-knives.

This one above was my senior thesis project, a modern art museum.  While the model is totally shredded, the floor plans don’t look too embarrassing to me like some of my other college portfolio does.  My dad died during my final senior semester and sometimes I’m amazed I finished this museum project at all.  I think the reality is I had every girl’s best angel looking out for her – her dad. 

So, down to brass taxes, as my husband would say.  First I’ll need to space plan and layout out the whole thing (because I’m a nerd like that and need an overall plan before I can start moving forward on little pieces).  My main goal is to get the doll house structure finished and the interior surfaces finalized (paint, flooring).  Furniture can come and go, but it needs to be sturdy and safe for more little girls to play with if I want to do right by my father and grandfather.

I think I’ll need a couple of weeks for the exterior/structure
1.  Finish all the siding – cut and attach each piece
2. Paint siding (I’m thinking a dark warm grey)
3.  Finish shingles on roof (I’m thinking about leaving those natural).
4.  Clear coat roof?
5.  Cut all interior openings — doors from one room to another
6.  Trim all interior openings
7.  Adjust all floors/walls/ceilings
8.  Sand all interior floor/walls/ceilings
9.  Look at electrical/lighting options (do I even want to go there?)
10.  Paint interior walls and floors, decide flooring

But because I couldn’t resist, and because I wanted to be sure of the scale, I did buy a few little furnishing items.

An 80s bachelor man bathroom!  It was the best looking one I could find on Etsy.  I’m not sure if I’ll keep the fixtures black or what.  I think if the bathroom floor was a white mosaic tile with Carrera marble walls, a black bathroom set could be kind of sexy.  We’ll see.  I’ve also got my eye out for a kitchen appliance type set, as those two spaces (kitchen and bathroom) kind of need to get built-in with the “bones”, right?  Maybe that’s just architecture in the real world.

At any rate, I’m going to see what I can do to this baby.  I feel like it needs a name, like Frank Lloyd Wright had Taliesin (I just finished reading “Loving Frank”, can you tell?  Good book.)  I’ll post updates as I go along.  If I’m really going to do this I’m A Giant challenge, I definitely need to get moving!