Isn't it gorgeous?! My niece did this dollhouse project on her recent visit to us. She started the day she arrived, of course we were doing other things too but she worked on this house every chance she got. In fact she worked on it right up to the day she had to leave 10 days later!
Ok, here's the before... you can see more before pics & how she did the makeover here.
She used tin foil, paper mache, pine cones, moss, potpourri, a few
fake vines and her imagination :)
Of course every fairy house needs a fairy so when my niece and my daughter went out for an evening of skating my oldest son and I went to the thrift store to see what we could find. There wasn't a doll there even close to looking like a fairy but I spotted a collector's doll on a shelf where they keep nik naks. It was fixed to a stand and on the tag it read "Polish Girl". It was very dusty and vintage looking. My son says, "Mom! What will she do with that, that's the opposite of anything fairy?! Mom, it's horrible, lol"
But I saw potential ...Thankfully so did my niece. When I gave it to her she started taking the clothes off right away to get started on the makeover then we remembered we should do a before photo, oops! The first picture she just laid the clothes back over the doll so you'd get the idea of what it used to look like. The legs and face are porcelain and those black boots are painted on.
Then using leaves and flower petals from that potpourri bag my niece worked a miracle!! WoW! I'm in love with this doll. It's so hard to believe this is the same old dusty Polish doll that I found in the thrift store. Needless to say my son was floored. Oh ye of little faith :)
My niece is amazing, creative and talented... I'm just so proud of her!
Well, she barely made it through the security check as 2 security people crowded around her, then 2 more then 2 more.. soon there was 6 security guards looking at her house.
During this time we could see them all but couldn't hear what was happening so I nervously was saying to my family, "What's happening?? Oh no, they won't let her take it.. they're turning her down.. gosh, what are they doing??" Then the crowd dispersed and she went through with a big smile, yahoo!!! She told us later they were all saying how beautiful it was and they wanted to see more of it so that's why they crowded around her.. to see more of the house. Oh, how I wish I had my camera just then!
What an amazing 10 days I spent with my niece, what memories! I'm so happy she made the fairy house and she can continue adding to it now she's back at home. I look forward to seeing what else she does.. maybe some furniture? Maybe another fairy? Whatever she does I know it will be awesome!
My message to Alicia,
I'm just so proud of you! You're creative, talented, smart and a ton of fun to be with. God blessed us all beyond measure when you were born into this family.
I love you to the moon and back.
And Happy birthday!