Friday, May 8, 2015

That 70s House: Part 1 (and also, back to blogging)

It's been awhile. I thought I was done blogging. I thought I was done with miniatures (yes, miniatures are my job. I meant at home, as a hobby).

But I was wrong. And I realized I was wrong when I was followed home by a very odd little house.

This is the front.
I will be the first to admit...

Left side (where you plug in the house)
 ... on first glance...

Right side, which is lovely paper brick. really doesn't look like much.

View from the back.
My original thought was to tear everything out and start over. Fix it up and make it all nice and modern, then maybe find it a new home. But the more I handled the little house, the more charmed I was with it.

The wiring.
The little house has overhead lights in every room. All round wire, which I've never really dealt with before. This house is from sometime in the 70s, so we're talking about 40+ year old wiring.

On/Off switch and plug.
With an on/off switch hidden under the roof eaves and a plug. Like an outlet. Which was a little weird. But David set up a wire and we tried it and...

They all worked!!!! That is some awesome wiring to have lasted this long! Very impressive.

Hanging Lace Light Fixture
The light fixtures are all very unique and VERY 70s. And the more I looked at the little house the more I realized this project was not a refurbish, it was a restore and that... this little house was going to be staying with me for awhile. The nostalgia it brings up... it reminds me of my first dollhouse, back in the 70s. And I think I'd like to dwell in those memories for just a bit.

You really do have to see some of these details, though. I'll give you a tour once I've gotten things dusted and arranged a bit. Next I have to start making furniture. I have a plan, which I will tell you about later.

For now... here's a blog entry. It's been awhile. And you know what? I think I missed it. :)

- Wendy


  1. (Maddy): That reminds me of one I had many years ago, too. I'm glad your keeping it the way it is. It would be kind of a shame to change too much.

    And hey, welcome back!

  2. Hey, Maddy! Thanks! I couldn't imagine how I could possibly change this little house to make it better. It's perfect just how it is! It just needs a little polishing up and some furniture. I need to go yarn shopping (!) and then I'll tell you all about my furnishing plans for this little house.... :)

    Thank you for stopping by, and for still reading this after all the months I neglected it. You're so spiffy. Thank you. :)

  3. Hi Wendy,
    Cute little house with lots of 70's charm. It should be an interesting house to furnish.
    (That wiring looks scary, but the lights work!)
    It is great to see you blog again.

    1. Hey Sam! Thanks! I love it. I think it's going to be interesting to furnish for sure, though I have a furniture dilemma already (next blog entry). :) The wiring IS a little spooky looking, but David said it's sound, and if anyone would know, it's him. So... here we go!!!

      And thank you. It's partially your fault. Your blog made me realize I missed blogging, you make it look so fun! :) So thanks for being a bad influence! :)

    2. Wendy, you are so funny! It was your blog that gave me the courage to blog my little doll stories! A big thank you to you!

  4. Hey Wendy (waving). Good to see you blogging again. Interesting house. Can't wait to see what you do with it.

    1. Hi, Anne! (waving back) Thank you! It's nice to be back to blogging. I missed it more than I realized. :) And I'm anxious to see how it all turns out too. I'll keep you posted! Thanks for still reading my goofy blogs. :) So... does this inspire YOU to maybe start blogging again? :)

  5. That will be a fun house to furnish. I recreated the farmhouse I grew up in in the 70s. I had to make everything, including the wallpaper, but it was a wonderful trip down memory lane. Enjoy!