Friday, February 13, 2009

Barbie's House...Warning...Long...Lots of Pictures!

Happy Friday to you! Ever since I mentioned to Jessica the Barbie sized dollhouse I made, she's been asking me when I was going to find it and set it up. It was out in our shed and I wasn't sure just where Steve stored all the pieces. Today I decided to bite the bullet and drag it out. WOW, did it bring back memories.

ETA: Link to pattern book

I did a Google Search and found the book I used to make this house, just in case anyone was interested.

First off, this is my first ever attempt at working with plastic canvas. How's that for undertaking a huge task? LOL I actually got the base done in 1993, and was working on it when I met Steve. I remember show him the plans for it and him saying something like...I'll bet I could wire it for lights (he's an electrical engineer). This was when we first met and started dating. My thought do you know we are going to be seeing each other that long? LOL How many years later is it? And no the house was never wired for lights. Maybe now he'll think about doing it.

I didn't have a whole lot of time to work on creating the house in 1993, you know with those things called working and dating taking up my time? Anyway, flash forward to August, 1994, well...more like the Fall of '94. I had moved to mom had died. I'd returned from CA after helping my dad out. I didn't have a job and didn't really know anyone but Steve. I was new to subbing and not getting a lot of calls. I had a lot of time on my hands. So, creating the house became my therapy in dealing with all the huge changes going on at that time. Each room/area was done in sections. There are eight of them. When you break it down like that it doesn't seem so daunting!

So anyway, enough chatter...I set it up this morning and thought I'd share it.

Welcome to the Barbie house. I'm not going to enlarge them, since I took a lot of pictures. You can click on it to see it larger, if you want.

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This is the exterior of the house. I've put a Barbie doll there to give you more perspective. I think you can see the sections/rooms. I thought the detail of adding the chimney on the outside was very cool.

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Here we have the hallway...complete with a Grandfather clock and carpet on the stairs. The doll can walk from the bedroom across the hall on top to the bathroom.

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This is the living room.All that you see in here with the exception of a few accessories is handmade...the doors on the hutch open! I think I need to start shopping for some more accessories to complete the interior, don't you? LOL Oops, the picture fell off the wall...need to fix that!

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Barbie's kitchen comes complete with a refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, trash compacter and table. All the doors open here! Sorry about the doll's hair...Amy gave her a haircut at some point...I think EVERY little girl has done that to a doll or two! That doll and outfit are mine from my childhood.

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Obviously, this is the bedroom. Jessica said Barbie was going to bed while she was at school. The dress is one of mine from childhood.  I took two shots so you can see the vanity. Those drawers in the chest of drawers...they open, as does the closet. There's even a bar for hanging up clothes in there. LOL

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And every house needs a bathroom, right? I had a baggie of accessories that go with the house, but some of them got lost, I think. There's a tube of toothpaste and some floss on the counter. I used to have a little "Playboy" tucked by the toilet, to humor Steve who thought that was hysterical. Maybe it's a good thing the girls won't see that. LOL The faucets are the bendy straws and beads.


There's even a small attic. I had a trunk for it, but it wasn't in with the rest of the house. I'm sure it has to be in the shed somewhere, but it'd be like looking for a needle in a haystack!

I made this way before the girls came along. I just thought it was really neat when I saw the book that had the instructions...which I still have somewhere...I didn't come up with this on my own. You all think I'm so creative...well if copying others' stuff is creative, in some way maybe I am. I don't come up with ideas on my own. I do know I can follow directions pretty well. That's about it.

I can and will say I am very proud of this house and am very glad I have girls so it can be put to some use...other than as a place for the cat to park herself (which she used to do when I had it on display years ago...she'd curl up in the living room or the kitchen area). LOL I bought a folding table to set it on and it used to be in the corner where this computer that I am typing on currently resides.

Thanks for coming along on the tour. Amy has no clue I pulled this out...she's gonna be surprised after school today! hee, hee.

Oh, the van is fine. It was done when I called. They were just really busy and hadn't called to let me know yet. Yea! No more brake light coming on.

One more thing...the girls have their Valentine's parties today. They wanted store-bought ones, so that made things a little easier on me. But get this...Amy just wanted me to drop her off. She didn't think I needed to come to the actual party this morning. Sniff, sniff...she's growing up! Actually, I'm okay with it...I know there were times when I would rather NOT have my mom around, too. It's all good. She needs to feel independent. I'm going to Jessica's though. Hers is at the end of the day. Speaking of which, I'd better sign off so I can finish up what I need to before heading out.

Hope you have a great day!



Barb W said...

This is so beautiful!! And you made it!!! Wow. What a keepsake for your little darlings. I love the color scheme. I was such a big Barbie doll lover growing up. I would have loved to have had this to play with. So many delightful details inside!! You are a master crafter in my book!Thanks so much for sharing it.

Kathi Carlson said...

I'm having a hard time getting my mouth to close. First the most beautiful card I've ever seen and a very cool book in my mailbox and now this. The Barbie house is UNBELIEVABLE! I had a Barbie house but it wasn't a mansion like this one. And, how wonderful that you have it to share with your girls now. I am amazed ...

Carol said...

This is the most amazing thing I have ever seen. I am blown away with your talents.I would have so loved to have something like this when I was a little girl.

gloria in Utah :) said...

Ok... I knew you were good, but this goes BEYOND that!! Just how long did this take you?? I understand about therapy. When I was losing my dad, they told us he had about a week. Well, it was 9 days. I sat in the other room, scrapbooking. I did 3 albums!! I would go in and check on him every hour, then go back and scrap. I was retired at the time so no job to distract me. (sigh) People say that those are the best scrapbooks I have ever done. You can tell your heart went into every stitch. It's BEAUTIFUL!!

gloria in Utah :)

Anke said...

wow Jeanne, I am really impressed this is awesome!!! it must have taken you forever!

mE said...

oh my holy craft, Jeanne!

Wowzers! That is absolutely BEAUTIFUL... I am ooogling over all the details in that house. I keep clicking on the photos and looking over and over again. THe detail is INCREDIBLE... and the patience you must have had to do that... WOW.

Absolutely amazing and the girls look like the LOOOOVE it! :)

Inky Smiles!

Sharon S said...

just beautiful and I know it took you sister created a beautiful stage for barbie with plastic canvas....we used it for one of my daughter's birthdays and the barbies had a fashion show...thanks for sharing

judy said...

All I can say is "WOW!!!" I did plastic canvas needlepoint a long time ago, but never anything that detailed.
It brings back memories of when I used to do the needlepointing.

L ~ fiskateer #4499 said...

unbelievable!! i had to do a double take on the doll house because i read on Erin's that it was a plastic canvas & yarn house but there was no way, no way! But yes, WAY! you should be so proud. Crafter Extraordinaire, my hat's off to you!!!
Awesome job!!!!

Scrappy Rat said...

Wow. Wow! WOW! This is an incredible feat of crafting. And we always thought my husband's grandpa was the King of Plastic Canvas, but I do believe you've taken over as Supreme Ruler and Royalty in this area! Amazing!

Jen said...

WOW, WOW, WOW! I need a little girl just for something like this, amazing!

Kim Burmeister said...

Holy Moly, Jeanne! This is every little girls dream. I bet your girls are so excited to have a great barbie house. Best thing about it is their mom made it! This is so amazing! This will be cherished forever!

stampmonkey said...

I cannot get over how DETAILED this Barbie house is, but with your knack for crafting of any type, it stands to reason! It's no wonder it took quite a while for you to complete it, and I'm sure it served you well while going through all those challenging changes; however, you're such a wizard with all these different crafts, it would no doubt take someone like me a lifetime to complete it. ;) You did a beautiful job with your plastic canvas work, and it's so cool that it's already being treasured by your girls. Just think...SOMEday your granddaughters will be playing with it too (if it survives your girls and all their friends, that is -lol)!