I haven't been posting much lately on One More Mushroom and I apologize for this. Things have been a bit hectic lately, sending off shipments of the Henrik bed and other exciting projects in the works (more on the projects later!). As a child I remember receiving a custom made dollhouse for Christmas and I was in heaven. I loved playing with it and spent many hours re-arranging the furniture, and adding special little touches to the dollhouse (I think this may have sparked my love of interior design).
Several months ago I found this vintage dollhouse at a thrift store for $6 and I couldn't pass it up. I was so excited to customize a doll (or mouse) house for my little Henrik and Maja to play with. I loved that it was a simple A-frame house and had a built in kitchen. At first I wanted to keep the house in the original natural wood, but there were a lot of dents and dings in the wood and some really ugly carpets glued into the dollhouse that left marks and glue all over, so I decided to paint the entire thing white. I had to paint a few coats to get the paint to cover evenly and look nice. I used a straight white paint with a satin finish. I then covered the walls and floor with scrapbook paper and wrapping paper. I decided not to use too many papers and colors so that the mice would stand out.
I like using mice for the dollhouse instead of dolls and am obsessed with these Maileg Mice, I cannot get over them and their amazing outfits, I want what they are wearing!
I enlisted the help of Henrik to paint the mouse portrait above and I love how it turned out. He enjoyed painting it so much that he made several more portraits (I may have to rotate them).
Henrik really can't wait to have some of his claymation guys move into the house...it may get crowded very soon.
Having children of my own has given me the opportunity to relive some of my favorite parts about my own childhood. I love to watch my children interact with each other and play and be creative. I hope that they will enjoy playing with their doll (mouse) house as much as I loved playing with mine.
The beautiful mice illustrations above the dollhouse are from Radish Moon.