Sunday, June 3, 2012

If you can't afford to completely redecorate your own house...

this is a pretty good creative outlet. Usually I don't really want to play dolls with my kids.  I know, sad, but I feel like most of my imagination has drained away.  I don't really know what to do with them. But one day I got the idea into my head to renovate my daughters doll house.  Suddenly I was really excited about dolls.  Well, that and they were la la loopsy dolls, which I'm kind of in love with.  I actually bought one for myself, Scarlet Riding Hood.  I somehow parted with Alice and the Mad Hatter, but I was really jealous of Savy for getting them.  Come on, she doesn't really deserve them, doesn't really appreciate Alice- and the little tea party.  I am not, however, very taken with the Loopsys that are inspired by food items, such as jell-o.  Moving on.  I had so much fun with this, and the kids loved it.  I bought scrapbook papers for the walls and rugs and mostly used furniture we already had.  Don't laugh, but I spray painted that living room set silver, just like I spray paint everything in my own house.  I played with some ric rac (which, incidentally, I am in love with as well, although I never get to use it), and buttons.  Loopsys require that kind of thing.  Of course I did have to go buy the set that included a claw foot tub.  So cute.  The nice thing about these little sets is they come with cute furniture and accessories for $12 or so, whereas it seems like if you buy doll house furniture it costs quite a bit.  Well, I didn't quite finish it.  With me, the magic happens when I'm excited about a project and as soon as my enthusiasm fades I'm done with it.  But the exciting thing is I think I see some kind of apparition in the princess room.  Creepy! Okay, I'm sure it's a reflection from her little mirror but that's not as fun.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

The Joy of Curtains

I have been obsessing over curtains for this dining room for ev er.  You'd think there would be more important things I could concern myself with but turns out, no.  Matching the odd green in my kitchen proved difficult, and they had to be long enough.  Finally I had my fabulous friend Leslie make me some. I wish I'd bought a little more green fabric so they could be a little wider, but I mostly pull them back anyway. I think they make a big difference, and I love them. This room needed some fabric.  I almost feel like this room is done now.  Obviously the table could use some work, and maybe a runner or something, but we are very close. I suppose I should have taken a vertical shot here, sorry.
Also, I'll post a pic of my girls with their Gaga bows.  We're playing around with hair a little, since we have more time on our hands. 
Next goals for the summer; try to find some school-type activities that I can do with the kids.  Also, this house will be painted.  I am dreaming of the day I can cross it off the list.