Hope you are all enjoying your weekend. My kids are all off to bed waiting for Easter Bunny to leave his goodies. I just wanted to pop in to wish you all my friends and fans a Happy Easter with something a bit different from the usual.
Time does fly big time and I still can't believe that it has been 20 years since I started my very 1st Collectors Dolls House called The Chestnuts. I can still remember it like it was yesterday, starting my first few miniatures and furniture. Deep down it will be my favorite and I will never part from it. Even if I was a beginner and today I can see faults in it which I've learnt not to do in the long years, I wouldn't change any of it for the world. There are so many sweet memories in the makings. Chestnuts took me 6 years to finish and complete. I had started it at the age of 16 turning 17 years and I was still under my loving parents roof. When I got married and moved to my new home it was the first thing to join me besides my cat. Since then a lot has happened. One by one I started off my dolls house collection and so far I have built over 20 dolls house projects and there is still so much more to do.
Eventually all my dolls houses will be moved to a more appropriate place where they will be displayed for the public to see. Hopefully, if things work as according to plan, it will be all set up by the end of this year. The one dolls house that will remain in my home is The Chestnuts.
Here is a small video of my first Dolls House The Chestnuts
Thinking about it, Chestnuts is not actually my first dolls house and I am surprised at myself that I actually never shared any pictures of my very first dolls house that I had as a child. I might have mentioned it somewhere but I think that was pretty much it.
My very first dolls house was given to me on Christmas Day in 1983 by Santa (or what I believed at that time) when I was only 4 years old.
|My 1st Dolls House and I on Christmas Day 1983|
I fell in love with it immediately and I guess I remember that day so well. It was the Little People's Cottage by Fisherprice. A 4 room doll house with a car garage too. I am very proud to say that this toy I still have and it is in a very good condition with all it's furniture and people.
Here are some pictures of how it is today. It still has it's original wall papers. It might not be much but after all these years I think I should give it all my thanks to it. It gave me so much fun, joy and wonderful memories of my playtime. I guess it started the spark to love my hobby as much as I do now.
|The Little People's Cottage by Fisherprice|
|Inside the cottage|
|The main bedroom with bathroom|
|The Children's bed room|
|The Sitting room|
The best thing ever is that this dolls house got it's second chance to be played with. My three children got to play with it. Obviously they play with it under my observation but as they are good kids and never break their toys, they are quite free to enjoy it. Sometimes I end up joining in the fun and help them to put away the furniture in their right place or at least were I used to put them as a child.
I have to admit my little Leah loves dolls house much more than her siblings. She is always playing with it and asking me to join her in playtime.
|My Leah playing with my dolls house.|
Watching her play, reminds me so much of myself and deep down I know that eventually she will enjoy the hobby.
Last Christmas both my girls asked for dolls houses and so they got one each from the Sylvanian Families which they share together. Every now and then on a special occasion I get them something new and so they are filling up nicely.
|Sylvanian Families dolls houses|
Maybe eventually I will create a section on my blog for Children's dolls houses.
Before I close this post I wanted to let you know that we will be having a free give away for Easter.
This time I will be giving away this lovely miniature ceramic platter dish.
|Easter Give Away|
All you have to do to participate is to be a follower of our blog and leave a comment below on this post.
Closing date will be 9th April 2016 and winner will be announced on our blog shortly afterwards.
|Greeting from the Fairy's Nook|
I wish you all my dear friends and fans a very Happy and Blessed Easter.
Keep tuned for more updates on our Vintage project the Tudor Manor.
Take care and see you real soon.