Sunday, September 27, 2015

Meeting the Pepperwood Farm

I can't tell you the first time I saw the plans for the Pepperwood Farm, but it was the day I started daydreaming about this house.

It's a plan book house, and not available as a kit or anything. I didn't have any way to cut huge pieces of 1/2" plywood (HALF INCH! More about that later), and I never dreamed I'd have one.

David and I have worked on a couple of them at the store, each in worse shape than the last. It just made me want one of these houses even more. To do it up right and make it awesome like I thought it could be.

And then... one found me.


One thing about these houses is you tend to see them a) started, but not finished and b) very, very poorly constructed. I don't know if plan houses just turn out to be harder than people think, but most are really not very good.


But this one... oh wow did they do a great job putting this together.  The shell is the foundation for the whole rest of the house, so it's important that it's good and it's good materials.


And they did great by this house. The plan book calls for 1/2" plywood, so it is HEAVY and this is a monster house, but it's put together very well, and it is solid.

So, what was it about the Pepperwood Farm that made me daydream about you, you might wonder. Well, I'll tell you. It is a rather unusual house.


The Pepperwood Farm is a completely enclosed house. It's hinged on both sides and the top.


Which means it's closer to a real house than most dollhouses (since either the back or front is always open on those houses. And unlike your standard front opener, there are windows in all four walls).


I imagine it's less drafty for the dolls that live in it as well.


This house has some awesome modifications to it, two of which you can see in this picture. They cut a back door (necessary, but not called for in the plan book) and on the left, that's supposed to just be sloping roof and instead they made a deck! Right off the master bedroom. Very cool.


So I guess the attraction of this house was, I always figured that if I had a sudden shrinking accident (you never know. It could happen.) THIS is the house I would want to live in. Enclosed, and safe, like a real house.


And another modification they made, not called for in the plan book, was stairs to the 3rd floor. This is a "thing" for me. I can't have a house that doesn't have stairs to all the floors (if that aforementioned shrinking accident happens, how will I get to the attic?). So it's like this one was made for me.

I certainly love it as if it was.

I have big plans for this house. I know exactly the pixies who will be moving in, and what their story is (and if you're interested in that kind of thing, the doll/pixie stories are over on http://www.mirandawandering.com ) But before they can move in, there is a lot of work to do.

I can't wait to get started.

Welcome to the Wylde Kingdom, my dream Pepperwood Farm House. I love you already. :) 

- Wendy


Monday, September 14, 2015

Some Thoughts After the Fall Show




It's done.


After all the preparing and fretting and wondering, the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys annual Fall Show is finished for 2015.



It was amazing. It was a great show. Great people, great events, just all around great!



The Midnight in the Dollhouse products we brought, like our books...



and our puppets were a huge hit!



People were very interested in our trees, though we didn't sell any.


We put our stuff out on the Norm's Dollhouse table, which is the shop through which sell our stuff.

And this leads to some of my contemplation.

It was suggested to me, by a member of the Norm's staff, that maybe I should think about doing the "Little Show" in February with my own table, not Norm's.


I've always put my stuff with the Norm's stuff before. I thought it worked out pretty well for everyone involved.

I think my crafty stuff and the items made by the Nielsen family all go together pretty well.


But maybe it's time to branch out on my own a little. I'm thinking that I could get my own table for the February "Little Show", premier a bunch of Midnight in the Dollhouse stuff, and then have it all for sale through Norm's.

So maybe still mutually beneficial, but stretching out my skills a little bit.

It's a lot to think about, but I am drawn to it.

Maybe it's time for a little more Midnight in the Dollhouse in the world. :)

Wish me luck. February isn't so far away, really. Any opinions or advice? I would love to hear it!

- Wendy