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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Pinterest Challenge Fall Edition - Little House (DIY Dollhouse) & Link Party

It's party day!  If you took the challenge.......




you know the one that's totally not sponsored by Pinterest, that Katie dreamed up to get us all to start doing and stop pinning, the one she hosts once a season with her bff Sherry and two guest bloggers, (ummmm.... I know, my English teacher called, and she wants my diploma back #runonsentencetrouble), then today is the day to show and tell!

I love these challenges!  It just feels so darn good to get something that you've pinned and dreamed of doing, finally done!  It's good to check stuff off the list.  Especially since I'm soooo good at adding things to the list.  If you remember when we announced the challenge last week I had something kid related on the brain.

I took inspiration from the adorable bookcase dollhouse on the Land of Nod Blog,


and this super sweet mod podge art from Ten June,


and I put my own spin on things to create a dollhouse for my sweet little girl.



I made it out of a ClosetMaid Cubeical I bought at Target.


I was going for more of a town home style dollhouse and made a mod podge art piece for the roof.


Here's a quick run down of how I got from pinning to doing to done.

After I put the cubeical together, I added some legs (that came from an old jewelry armoire currently collecting dust in my garage).  I liked the idea of adding something curvy to all the straight lines. 


I gave them the gold treatment with a little rub 'n buff aka my bffl (best friend for life).


Being the super smart diy'er that I am, I actually tried to glue these legs on....

not once........


but twice! 


But I'm not easily defeated; I busted out the big gun. 

But in true Carmel fashion I have to keep it real for you all.  I should have used a thicker wood block or a shorter screw because in a couple spots the screw went too far.  #goaheadandgetthegigglesout


You live and learn I guess.  It really doesn't matter as the itty bitty furniture camouflages my mistakes.  

Oh yeah, and just for a little added support I used some wood glue, though with them being screwed in place I'm not sure that was neccessary. 


Once the adding-some-legs debacle was behind me I got busy with my hand saw. 


I wanted to hide the screws on the sides.  The cubeical kit comes with white screw covers, but if you've ever built one of these before you know they have a tendency to come off.  I decided to use moulding to hide them. 


Believe me when I say anyone can do this.  I mean if I can do it - a cat or a dog probably could.  I always make some notes before I start cutting wood. 


I attached them with wood glue and held them in place with painters tape until they were dry.  Clearly you can see I also rubbed 'n buffed them as well.   


I also used spackling in the corners to hide any imperfections in my cutting. 


Major Minor construction done - time to personalize. 


Because what's better than a dollhouse?   - a monogrammed dollhouse - duh!  Sanded and stenciled with rub 'n buff  - boom - done.

Now on to lighting.  Oh yes, my friends, this dollhouse lights up!


I bought them at Rite Aid.  These are those nifty push lights with led bulbs that are battery operated.  Once again - rubbing 'n buffing  - I know right?!  Last time - I promise.


With the body of the house done it was time to get to roofing.  I started by cutting out little paper bricks.


I painted the canvas the same color as the walls (Olympic Moonstone) and used white trim paint to free hand a roof line.  Using black acrylic craft paint I outlined the roof.  Then I just laid each paper brick down one by one with mod podge with one final coat over the entire canvas when it was all done.


By far, my favorite part of this project was decorating this tiny house with my daughter, so let's take a tour!


I heart the kitchen!


I found this piece of scrapbook paper that looks like a giant framed chalkboard in my paper stash.  I couldn't resist adding the Be Nice or Leave.  She received a bunch of dollhouse furniture for her birthday back in July and now she finally has somewhere to use it all.  The "natural fiber" rugs are scrap pieces of wall paper.

In the dining room I added another one of my favorite quotes.


This is an open back frame from Hobby Lobby that I attached to the wall with a command strip.

And this floral and brass dining set, as well as the coat rack in the corner, was mine when I was a little girl.  My mom found a box of my old dollhouse furniture and gave it to my girl this past summer.


My future designer picked out the leopard rug herself.  I never would have thought to pair the leopard with this floral print but it totally works!  This "rug" is just a piece of patterned felt from Hobby Lobby.

The bedroom is also sporting more of my old furniture - brass bed and rocking chair - apparently I've always been a gold lover.  ;)


The mini canvas I picked up at Michaels and painted a little abstract floral art.  Ha!


The family room is my favorite room in the house.  


The layered rugs basically kill me right along with the abstract art and the fireplace!  The fireplace was the only new piece I bought for this house.  Hobby Lobby has a ginormous dollhouse section with lots of fun accessories.  This fireplace came in a natural wood color, and I painted it white.  The keys on the wall are stickers from the scrapbook section at Michaels.  The sculptural piece on the mantel is two jacks (remember those?).  The flower pot is a lego piece. 

For the bathroom I created a tile wall with a white chalk marker and black card stock. 


I really wish my laundry room looked this fun and clean! 


When I bought the fireplace at Hobby Lobby I also bought the dress form which came with those tiny gold scissors.   I mean really, how could I not?!  My girl and I decided the laundry room should be multi-functional, so it's also the sewing/craft room.

For artwork I punched out circles from chalkboard vinyl and added them to scrapbook paper hanging them from clothespins which are attached with command strips I cut down to size. 


So that's the story of how I finally, thanks to the Pinterest Challenge, created a home for my girl's Lalaloopsy dolls.  She's obsessed with these tiny dolls! 


They're totally diggin' their new home! 



I love all the little details.  It's those little details that totally make a house a home - right?




I can't even tell you how special it is to see her playing with my old dollhouse furniture.  

And one of the absolute most fun parts is the way it lights up at night!


Seriously, I can barely take it!

But this takes the cake for sure! 


She loves it!

And when the day comes that she no longer wants to play with mini Lalaloopsy dolls, after I cry my eyes out, I'll put this prettied-up cubeical in her closet and she can use it for more grown up things - tear.  Let's hope that day is a LONG way away!

So, did you take the challenge?  I can't wait to see your projects!!!  I'll be featuring a few favorites later this week!  Be sure to check out my co-hosts Pinterest Challenge projects:


 and link up your project with them as well!

(*Update - Just wanted to add that I did secure the dollhouse to the wall.  No issues with tipping over.  The canvas covers, so you don't see the anchor.)


100 comments:

  1. LOVE this! If our baby #2 is a girl, you better believe I'll be doing something similiar! And the lights?! Genius! xo

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  2. Wow! You have one lucky little girl! Love the lighting!

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  3. This is one of the most charming dollhouses I've ever seen. We're particularly fond of the chevron laundry room. :-) Great job!

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  4. This is so adorable. I love the working lights and all the personal touches. I can't wait to make a dollhouse for our little girl someday.

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  5. This is WAY awesome! What a gorgeous dollhouse!

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  6. The doll house turned out really, really cute!

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  7. Wow, Carmel! You are amazing. I wish I had one of my own. Your daughter is lucky to have such a creative mama!!

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  8. That is the most posh dollhouse I've seen! Our little Greta would die over it. And I'm so glad you didn't give up on those legs--they MAKE it.

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  10. Wow, I'm so impressed by all the little details! Lovely!

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  11. I love how you decorated the doll house!! Can I come play?? :-)

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  12. Oh gosh, that is SO cute. I love how modern each room is - your daughter is going to grow up to have fabulous style! I totally understand how much fun this must have been to make. I recently made a play kitchen for my little cousins and had way too much fun designing and decorating it. I went a little accessories overboard!

    http://dans-le-townhouse.blogspot.hu/2012/04/diy-play-kitchen-reveal.html

    Thanks for hosting this fab Pinterest Party!!

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  13. Using those push in lights is GENIUS! I love the whole project but that blew me away!

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  14. You have one lucky daughter!! Thanks for hosting such a pinspiring party :o) I always love to see the creativity from these link ups.

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  15. Oh my, it is amazing! You did such a great job, I would love to do something similar for my daughter!

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  16. Too cute. Love the lights and that living room's gold wall. I would have LOVED this as a little girl!

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  17. i cannot imagine how ecstatic you and josie are! i want to come play with it! i love love love love love love a gazillion times over love it!
    and i am breaking from my linking hiatus just to link to this party. :)

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  18. I have a little boy so I don't generally peruse the Pinterest for girl stuff. But what a great idea! I hadn't seen this but it's certainly something I'll be copying if we ever have a little girl! What a cool alternative to the traditional doll house! Looks awesome.

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    1. I'm making one for my boys that has different boy themed rooms, like superheroes and stuff like that.

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  19. I love all of the little details, especially the lights!

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  20. This dollhouse is amazing - all the little details are so sweet.

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  21. Carmel, you knocked this one out of the park! Not one little detail was overlooked. SO cute! Happy to be linking up for my first Pinterest Challenge!

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  22. I love all the details of the dollhouse! Very cool! Thanks for hosting the link up!

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  23. Shut the dollhouse front door. Are you kidding me???? I am speechless which is rare. This is so amazing. What a darling idea first of all. . and all of the details are crazy fun. So special to have all of your dollhouse furniture in there. Jaw dropping, girl.

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  24. I love it! That is seriously one of the cutest and most trendy dollhouse I've seen!

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  25. Is it weird to want to move into a doll house? Don't answer that...

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  26. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS!!
    I would have so much fun styling and decorating one of those!
    Great job! :)

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  27. OhMy! Even your dollhouse is adorably decorated! This is just tutu cute! And love the fact that it can be re-purposed once she grows up...which hopefully takes a nice long time (even though we all know it happens way too fast!).

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  28. I love your dollhouse! I've been thinking about doing one for my daughter but I have no idea where to get furniture that small.

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    1. A few of the Lalaloopsy sets actually come with furniture. She was gifted the bathtub and sink set for her birthday in July. Hobby Lobby has a great dollhouse section - everything from furniture to accessories. You could also try checking ebay for old dollhouse furniture - I'm guessing if my mom didn't have a granddaughter she would have just sold my old furniture. ;)

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  29. Oh my gosh! I love all the details! Great job!

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  30. Just love how the house turned out — those lights are just out of this world! So glad to have found your blog and look forward to following along!

    Tim & Mary

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  31. That is amazing! The shot of the dollhouse lit up at night is beautiful!!!

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  32. i've seen so many versions of these dollhouses on pinterest, and yours is by far the most stylish and fun! love it! :)

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  33. Oh my gosh Carmel, that is just the cutest project ever in the history of projects!!!!!
    Awesome job, so creative, so much fun for your little girl!!!

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  34. I love it! It's amazing!

    My daughter is obsessed with Lala Loopsy now too. It happened over night. I really need to make her a dollhouse, but I keep putting it off. Maybe next pinterest challenge!

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    1. They really are pretty cute little dolls aren't they? My girl loves them! She has a couple of the bigger dolls too. This was such a simple project and hardly cost anything compared to what most dollhouses cost. Plus I like that we'll be able to use this for storage later on when she outgrows the dollhouse phase.

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  35. Oh my goodness!! I want to make one and I don't even have a girl! It's beyond adorable, Carmel!!

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  36. Carmel!!! That is INSANE! Beyond gorgeous! Absolutely stunning!

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  37. OMG! That is toooooooo cute! That must have taken you all month long to get done! And it was totally worth it. Your little darling is gonna have so much fun playing with it, and probably momma too!

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    1. Actually it only took a little over a week to get it done, photograph, and write the post! Last week when we announced the challenge the only thing I had already done was to put the cubeical together. It helps that I already had the scrapbook paper (because of my hoarding tendencies) and she already had the furniture (my old stuff plus things she was gifted for her birthday). Plus this last weekend was the first weekend we didn't have to spend all Saturday at the soccer field so I had some time to get it all finished up. But seriously, this is a really quick project that anyone could do!

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  38. Thanks for hosting!! This is SUCH a cute idea- I love everything you did! And it's so awesome that she can use some of your old dollhouse furniture. Kind of wish we were having a girl so I could make one of these- ha! Nice work :)

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  39. I LOVE this! So creative, cute and affordable. :) I'm pinning it for my daughter in utereo!

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  40. Okay seriously, this is the cutest DIY dollhouse I have EVER seen! Amazing. Hope this bun in my oven is a little girl just so I can make one of these.

    Elisabeth@Simply Parkers

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  41. That is seriously fantastic. I can't wait until my toddler is old enough to play with something like that!

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  42. Adorable!! You did a great job!

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  43. Best homemade dollhouse I've ever seen. What an amazing job! Especially love the little design details inside. Your daughter must be in heaven. :)

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  44. This is SO stink'n presh! Two things though: #1-can your daughter come decorate MY house! She has great taste! #2- can I please have your DIY skills! I mean, i can do the foot work, but I would never be able to come up with all of those ridiculous rooms and personal touches. Gold lights, WHAAAT?!

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  45. This is the cutest, most creative dollhouse I've ever seen, well done! I'm pretty sure any little girl would love to have one of these to play with:)

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  46. I'm in love! I have been pinning and pinning doll house projects and this is most like the one I plan on creating! Of course, my girl is not even 1 yet, so I am thinking next year Christmas! Can not wait! I think it's more forme anyway, so I should probably just get on that?

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  47. Oh, I just love this little dollhouse! My daughter loves Lalaloopsy dolls, too - eyes them every time we go to the store (she's only 2). I'm thinking she might just get some so I can build her a dollhouse!!

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  48. holy freaking cuteness!!! Seriously adorable Carmel! Love all the detail-that is one snazzy living room with layered rugs and all. I bet you totally had a blast decorating that.

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  49. Wowzas!!! My daughter would love this. I think she needs to be a tad bit older to appreciate it and not trash it like an Aerosmith groupie so this will now be tucked into my Future Projects bookmark. Awesome job...

    My best, Lynn

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  50. Carmel, this is seriously all kinds of awesome.

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  51. This is absolutely freaking ADORABLE!! And so fun and stylish too! I hopped over from Bower Power and I'm hooked. Love this! :)

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  52. I love how the rooms even look trendy! You really did an amazing job!!!

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  53. You outdid yourself, lady! I love it! Looks like T will have a dollhouse...so what if he's a boy? Ha!

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  54. This is so adorable I can't - CANNOT - handle it! I want to squeeze this little house...uh! Amaze.com

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  55. seriously SO cute!! there are so many details in that house and it is so fashionable-I just want to live there myself!!! AWESOME! :)

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  56. This is so adorable! I love all of the little touches, great job!

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  57. Looks amazing! I love the black tile!

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  58. This is absolutely amazing! All those details!!!

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  59. This is the cutest dollhouse that I ever seen!! Great job!

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  60. Seriously amazing, I'm in love with it!!

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  61. OOOOOOH MMMMMMMM GEEEEEEEE! You have totally outdone yourself this time! This is by far the caaaaaauuuutest thing I have ever ever ever seen! My mom still has my old dollhouse and now I am DYING (hear me? DYING!) to give mine a makeover for my girls! Totally inspired!!!

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  62. Aww, this is precious! I must ask - what paint color you used on the wall behind the doll house?

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    1. It's Olympic Moonstone - it's a soft white grey.

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  63. Wow, you did a fabulous job! Makes me wish I was a little girl again. I love that you were able to put lighting in each room...looks so cozy :)

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  64. Oh my goodness, this is *amazing*! Seriously, seriously amazing. I would have died to have one of these as a kid, and I hope I have a daughter someday to make one for!

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  65. Carmel, this is ridiculously amazing. JOB WELL DONE! I'm pretty stoked that I was an inspiration for a project like this : ) Momma of the year award goes to you! xo

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  66. This is adorable! No wonder your daughter loves it!

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  67. I am fer-ricking out over this insane doll house!!! Does it get any more chic, totally amazing, and perfect?! I think not. What a lucky little girl. I'm totally wanting to make one for Izzy now :)

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  68. WOW! First time at your blog - I found it through the Pinterest Project. :) I'm obsessed with your doll house. It's definitely one of the cutest ones I've ever seen. Great job! I linked you on my blog - and am Pinning your house :)

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  69. OMG! That is simply stunning!! Where oh where can I find gorgeous furniture like that????

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    1. Some of it - like all the brass stuff - was mine when I was a kid. The wood stuff was gifted to her for her birthday but I'm pretty sure it all came from Hobby Lobby. And a few pieces like the bath tub and sink and a couple of the chairs came with lalaloopsy play sets.

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  70. That dollhouse is seriously off the charts AMAZING. Your little girl is SO lucky to have a mom who would take the time to make that for her. So special.

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  71. That is just the most adorable, amazing doll house. I love everything about it!! WOW. I love that you let you co-designer have free reign on some of the design decisions :)

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    1. Thanks! We make a good team ;) truth is she has more style - and is willing to take more risks - i learn a lot from her!

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  72. This is amazing! I seriously think I need to ditto this for my 3 granddaughters!!!

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  73. I love this project and I especially love how you decorated the inside of the "house". How fun for your daughter!
    Sarah

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  74. Oh my goodness, Carmel, that is the cutest darn thing I've seen in a long time. What a wonderful treasure for your little girl.

    Carol

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  75. This is so neat!! I love, love, love the way you decorated it :)

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  76. Hi Carmel! This is so, so precious! My daughter would absolutely LOVE this. She has all the mini lalaloopsy dolls, but they have no home :( They currently live with Barbie & the Little People :) You did an amazing job!!

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  77. This is so brilliant! Love love love the little lights, and seriously, the styling is beyond words incredible. I want to move in! :)

    xo,
    Jen

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  78. I am so excited right now. I bought one of these things but didn't end up using it the way I had intended so its just sitting in the middle of our guest room. I cannot wait to make this for my little girl. I just hope its half as cute as yours!

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  79. Can't wait to do this! Thank you!! I do have one question - what did you use to close off the 3 open cubes??

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  80. I absolutely love that doll house! I cannot wait to have children so that I can make this one day too!

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  81. Wow! What a great transformation! This gives me a ton of inspiration for the dollhouse I've been saving for my little lady.

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  82. The doll house accessories are so cool, I love the living room especially.

    I did a Pinterest Challenge, a DIY wall art drawing. I linked up over at YHL, but didn't realize that the galleries weren't connected. D'oh!

    Here's my project: http://www.studiodavenue.com/art-sketches/pinterest-challenge-diy-wall-art/

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  83. Holy creativity. One question.....do you even sleep? Cause I can't imagine completing that with every else you do!!! Pretty incredible. You are a star girl.

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  84. So cute! So creative! I Love it!!! I hope I can recreate something like this when my baby girl gets older, AWESOME!!!

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  85. I am interested in making a doll house using this cubbie from Target also. Did it come with 6 backs for the cubbie sections, or did you have to make your own for half of them? I picked up a box at the store today and it looked like 3 of the cubbies have open backs. Thanks in advance for answering my question - and for the inspiration!!!

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    1. I didn't use the backs at all and instead opted to line the back with scrapbook paper instead.

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  86. I cannot tell you enough how much I love this! Thank you for sharing. I loved playing dolls when I was younger. My daughter is still quite young but am saving this for years down the road. Thank you!!

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  87. Do you know how big each of those openings are?? Im wondering if this idea would work for Barbies?? Some of the furniture we have is pretty big, not to mention 12in barbies!

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  88. Are you kidding me! That's adorable! I don't wish for my baby girl to big, but for the sake of making her a doll house I cannot wait till I can make her one like this! LOVE the detail you put into each room!

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