Friday, September 14, 2012

Mee Maw's Doll House

When I was about 6 or 7 years old my Mee Maw, my mother's mom, made me one of my most treasured childhood toys.  She built me a doll house from scratch and not one detail was left out.  The doll house stayed at her home in Ocala and I always looked forward to going to visit and play with it. 

I just made a recent visit to their house and slept in the guest bedroom .  As I lay in bed, I looked at the dollhouse sitting in the corner of the room. I slid out of bed and snuck over to the doll house and decided to snoop around, as often did after everyone was asleep when I was young.  Even in middle school I would still check on the doll house and make sure everything was in its place... We have Christmas decorations for it so occasionally I would still decorate it. 

 I think for every girl who loved to play with dolls, one of the most difficult things to do is to no longer play with dolls.  It is a hard day to pack them up and put them away.  For me it was a long process.  First my mom and I packed away my Barbies, at the beginning of the 5th grade and Mee Maw took them to her house and she kept them in the hall closet.  Then the other dolls like my cabbage patches and what not got put away.  But for years I still went to Mee Maw's and puled out those Barbies and played with that doll house. She never teased me and often sat with me and brushed their hair and changed their clothes.  If you loved dolls like I did you totally get what I am talking about here!

Now that I am older and an avid crafter I marveled at all the work and craftsmanship that went into making me this special toy.  It had carpet, wallpaper, curtains a wrap around porch, windows, even a box of oreos and milk (our favorite late night snack with Pa Pa) you name it.  Mee Maw decorated it similar to her own meticulous home.  I spent hours playing with this house, rearranging the furniture and trying to keep my brother from touching the house.  On more than one occasion, the ninja turtles and batman had trashed the house.

Here are some pics

White Victorian with blue trim, astro turf grass, quartz stone walkway, Palm trees, mailbox, bike, rocking chairs and even a wreath on the window... the last kid to play with it left the butcher block in the patio but it also has a mini knife set!

3 stories, the kids room, bathroom and laundry room in the top floor, office and master bedroom on the 2nd floor, and family room, kitchen and dining room on the main floor.  Pistachio green, mauve and county blue color scheme.

kids room complete with naked kids!

laundry room behind the carriage

mini bathroom complete with tissue box, scale and towel rack

Study with sewing machine, and mini candle sticks even a sconce and door to the upstairs porch.

Master Bedroom with desk and a mini bible that has the first three books of the new testament in microscopic type. And Mom doll taking a nap!

Even pics of my brother and I hanging in the frames on the wall!  How about the detailed wallpaper with border and all!

Family room with tv, knitting basket (just like Mee Maws and she even started a piece with yarn and toothpicks as the knitting needles), fireplace set and the oreos and milk on the coffee table.

Kitchen and dining room, I love the little mouse trap, and there is a box of corn flakes by the sink, oatmeal on the stove and coffee and cake on the table.  There is even a spoon display on the wall.

I loved the tea set sitting on the display.  I often had tea set up in the doll house:)

I can't wait to pass this treasure onto my own children one day!  Hope you enjoyed a little glimpse from my past.  You can see where I inherited my attention for detail!  

Thank you Mee Maw for spending countless hours on making me this house and thank you for always letting me play with my dolls:)