More Doll House Memories and My First Woodworking Project Ever

Category: What on Earth!?

The plastic doll house furniture came with the House in Progress. The WOODEN doll house furniture? That came from my mom's attic and it used to be mine. (Read all the way to the bottom for an early example of my woodworking prowess. Nick, Trissa and Jenny are going to be OH SO PROUD!)


Do you see that pristine farm sink up there? So many old house fanatics would give their RIGHT ARM for that sink. Well, if it were full sized. But STILL!

Some of the furniture is from "Mini Land" and the quotes are their quotes, not mine. I don't have any information on it. It was made in Taiwan and has a logo that says MSR. Probably from the late 70's and early 80's.


Other pieces are from Chadwick-Miller in Canton-Massachusetts and are 30 years old or so. Not vintage by any means. (I hope! I mean, I'm older than 30, sheesh!)


These were from my short lived mid-century modern phase. I have no idea who the manufacturer is. These are from Barton (also here) in the 1960's.


My dad made my first doll house. A simple affair with four rooms that my mom lovingly decorated with contact paper. However, as a small child, it perplexed me that there wasn't a BATHROOM. I mean, c'mon! How in the world could that be?

So I built one. Out of popsicle sticks. This is probably my earliest woodworking project.


I was a very quirky and intense kid. Obviously.

(And did you know that investigators sometimes use doll house miniatures for crime scene investigations??!! Apparently, Barbie had found out that Ken was cheating. Now Barbie is doing thirty to life. So sad, really.)

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I remember traveling to Milford or Guilford, CT so my father & some of his cousins could install indoor plumbing for his aunt, Mary Hull. We stayed in her "guest house" - a no longer used chicken coop - and there were chamber pots under each bed. My mother had a washboard, similar to the one you have pictured, and I can see her standing at the kitchen sink washing clothes. I also remember when she got her first washing machine, it had a manual ringer on the top.

wow - very nice :)

Maybe you should build a whole house of popsicle sticks? With miniature tools?

I meant manual Wringer, not a bell to summon the maid when the wash was done!

Kathy. Whoa. Wow.

Nick. If I did, it would probably go a LOT faster.

I love the miniature furniture, it is so adorable. It all has so much detail it looks so real, almost as if a little person could actually live in it!

I love the miniature furniture, it is so adorable. It all has so much detail it looks so real, almost as if a little person could actually live in it!

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