zondag 31 juli 2011

My New Dollhouse

As most of you know I do love 
the shabby chic style for a dollhouse.
But more than 10 years ago when I thought about
buying a doll house, I wanted a modern house.

I just could not find one in 1:12 scale at the fair that I went.
The only modern homes that I knew were the Lundby houses.
Eventually I decided to build a Victorian house with a friend of mine.
At the moment I moved to Greece that selfbuild dollhouse 
was not finished and I also could not take it with me because 
I did not have the space for that huge dollhouse!

Once I lived here, I lost interest in my dollhouse hobby
and the miniatures that I had collected in the Netherlands
were in the attic at my parents house all these years.

Two years ago my mother and I both collected
a Mediterranean Dollhouse (see older post)
I love that house very much because it has a unique style!
But ...
that house is now in the attic too because it's also too big 
to be displayed in my tiny little house. 

Last december I picked up my dollhouse and miniature hobby again
and ever since I was looking for a dollhouse that does fit in here!!!
And I finally decided to buy this kit...

Lake View is a modern house and is made by 
Yes, I immediately bought the Garden Rooms also LOL
because together it was a good offer!
Besides I knew I would want to have more rooms later... 

I did not order these kits directly in England but from 
Anita's Poppenhuis in the Netherlands.
Because my uncle and aunt could bring it with them for me
(remember the giant thing I was talking about in this post).
And the second reason was that 
I was a bit afraid if the postmen would not 'handle it with care'
 it would arrive scathed after such a long journey!
Third reason... it saved me money too 

(This next photo is © The Dolls House Emporium)

So here are my plans so far:
The house will be a home for Aivie her niece.
The styling will be modern!
And I know there are a lot of different modern style interiors
I will choose a mix from all the things that I like! 

I think it will turn out like the IKEA (Scandinavian) style...
With lots of pastel colors, but also bright colors!
You will see what my fantasy will come up with... 
I already know the colors that I want to use in the rooms,
and which room is gonna be the kitchen, livingroom, bedroom etc...

Zorba: "Shall we get started then?"

Hugs Jollie

zaterdag 30 juli 2011

Gift from Emma

Look what Emma gave me :-)
she embroidered the black cat on this 
tiny cushion herself! Isn't it beautiful?

Here it is in a chair so it is easier to see 
how small the cushion is!

Emma, thank you SO much for this wonderful cushion!
I'm very happy with it and
I am sure that I will find a nice place for it 
 in 'The Shabby Black Cat Boutique' 

Hugs Jollie

zondag 24 juli 2011

Greek Shadowbox Finished!

Tomorrow evening my aunt and uncle will arrive at our house 
and stay with us for a few days!
That is SO great because they are wonderful people to be with.
But that is not the only reason that I am looking forward to see them...
They will also bring something GIANT for me with them!! :-)
Isn't that so sweet!?

Especialy for them I made this Greek Shadowbox​​...
(click on the photos to enlarge)

Thanks for looking at this long row of photos! 
Oh yeah...
here you can find my previous post about this Greek Shadowbox

I will show you later what that 'GIANT' thing is 
Hugs Jollie

woensdag 20 juli 2011

Bad News for Aivie - Part 2

Harry Spotter (meerkat father) is gathering all friends of Aivie. 
Now that they are all together 
Bea Spotter (meerkat mother) begins to read the letter
that Aivie sent us from Fairyland....

(click on the photos to enlarge)

Bea: "Dear All,  a few days ago I arrived safely here in Fairyland. 
I find it very nice to be here and to see some of my relatives,
though I'd rather would have fun than cry with them. 
Because unfortunately two days ago, my aunt passed away to her injuries.
We took her to her resting place yesterday. 
It was all so sad ... " 

Isabel (mother cat): "Oh no, I had hoped that everything would be okay." 

Pandora (gothic girl): "Oh my gosh,
Aivie her niece has now lost both her parents...
 That is really really sad! " 

Bea read more: 
"Everyone is very sad and shocked! 
Most fairies feel very unsafe by this terrible accident. 
The bird that attacked my family has discovered were our village is 
and we need to move swiftly everything and everyone to a safe place. 
Currently we are preparing for this big migration,
so for the time being I will stay here until everything is behind them. 
For our safety, we all have to stay inside during the day.
We can only go out after the sunset. 
You'll understand that my rhythm is far lost because of this, 
but that is just the way it is for now. " 

Isabel: "So it will probably take some time before Aivie comes home?" 

Harry: "Isabel, let Bea just read the letter completely, 
I am sure we will find out more..." 
Than he sees that the kids were not listening to Bea's reading
and a bit angry he says: 
"Gail and Lauren stop that right now! 
This is not the time to be funny at all!" 

Bea continued with the letter again: 
"My niece has a very difficult time right now, as you will understand.
She does not realize quite what happened to her parents. 
She's with me now and I have mercy on her. 
I've also talked a lot with the rest of my family
and they all agreed that by the time I go back home, 
I will take my niece with me. 
Could all of you at home do me a favor please?
Make sure that my niece gets well pampered
so she can feel she is welcome 
and make herself at home?!
Well I think I don't have to worry about that...
Once I know when I come back home, you will hear it from me. 

Lots of love and a big hug 
from Aivie. " 

Everyone was dead silent ... 

Bea puts the letter on the table, 
she sees that everyone is a little worried about the sittuation and says: 
"Well let's have some orange drink now, 
that helps us to recover from the shock and to relax." 

Alfie (meerkat boy) suddenly screams: "Look, here's a rat!" 

Linus (cat boy): "Ha ha ha! Yeah, nice huh? 
He is tame and his name is Rio, I think he has come after me, 
I sometimes play with him." 

Gail (meerkat girl): "Oh I also wanna play with Rio the rat! Can I? " 

Lauren (cat girl): "Yeah! Come let us go outside to play, you come along Rio? " 

Harry: "Well children, that's your best idea of today! 
You guys go out to play! " 

Lady Henriëtta (snowlady) stammers:
"Ohhh what terrible for Aivie that her aunt died...
And that poor little child..." 

Isabel suddenly sees the tears in the eyes of Bea and says: 
"Come dear, let me pour the juice. 
Go on and have a seat." 
Bea crawls on the couch close to her husband Harry 
who quickly puts an arm around her and comforts her with sweet words. 

Schroeder (father cat): "Well even though how awful this all is,
we should still try to see the positive side of it
too long mourning about it has not much sense." 

Lady Henriëtta: "You're right Schroeder, 
Aivie also asks us to prepare so her niece will soon feel at home here. 
Maybe we can keep us busy with that? " 

Isabel: "Yes, that's a good idea Lady Henrietta, 
That makes us all a bit happier. Finally, it has something wonderful too 
to be able to give this little girl a new home!"

Schroeder: "Yes, because where will they stay once she is here? 
We just live all together in your house Jollie, 
we do not really have our own place." 

Isabel: "I think it is especially for this girl very important
that she will have her own place. " 

Bea: "Certainly after the trauma she had, don't you think Jollie?" 

Jollie: "Yes, I totally agree with you all, 
she has too much back and forth
 it is time she gets her own place so she can relax." 

Schroeder: "How about if we pick out a nice dollhouse for her? 
There are such beautiful building kits for sale 
that we can put it together." 

Bea: "Yes! It's fun and I bet she will be really very happy, 
with a dolls house especially for her! 
With nice furniture and lots of toys and so on... " 

Lady Henriëtta: "Oh yeah! That will be such a warm welcome 
when she sees that we are building a dollhouse for her!" 

Jollie: "Yes, absolutely and Aivie will also like this very much.
So let's have a look if we can find
a cozy home for her niece!" 

To Be Continued ... 

Thanks for reading! 

Hugs Jollie

vrijdag 15 juli 2011

Even More Birthday Presents!

Yesterday I was totally flabbergasted when I found
even more Birthday Gifts in my postbox!!

These two adorable black kittens
with that cute card, I received from Freubs
Freubs made these kittens herself! Clever huh?
(The crochet technique is called 'Amigurumi')

The smallest has even real whiskers! 
Because I've put the coin there,
You can see a little better how small they are!

I gave the small one the name Droppie
and the bigger one is called Moppie

(click on the photos to enlarge)

From Sjoukje I recieved  this lovely orchid card
with a wonderful set of fishing gear!

Look ...
A landing net, a fishing rod and a beautiful basket
Sjoukje also made everything by herself! 

Freubs and Sjoukje,
thanks again a LOT for these wonderful birthday surprises!
I am very very happy with everything 

Hugs Jollie

woensdag 13 juli 2011

Bad News for Aivie - Part 1

I am planning for some time to write stories with and about
the various 'mini-creatures' who live with me.
I want to include them (as you already have seen)
and involve them in my miniature world.
I am also planning to do some
photo stories (more about the images than the text) with them.
Well what can I say...
I'm just crazy about fairy tales and stories! :-)
I hope you enjoy them too.
My English is not all that good, but I also write the stories
in Dutch on my Dutch Blog.

This is the beginning of a continuing story
Which will also show you (in time)
what my last (birthday) purchases have been LOL! ;-)

Schroeder comes walking to Jollie and asks;
"Do you know where Aivie Jollie is?"

Jollie: "Uhh yes, I think she sits in her fairy garden Schroeder,
she has recently been quite happy spending a lot of time by herself."

Schroeder: "Would you please go there with me?
I can not climb so high and I have a letter for her."

Jollie: "A letter for her? Yes of course, come with me..."
Jollie walks with Schroeder in her hands, into the fairy garden
where Aivie sits and stares ahead.

Jollie: "Good morning Aivie, Schroeder is looking for you, 
he wants to give you something."

Schroeder: "Good morning Aivie, 
a bird just flew in to bring this letter for you."

Aivie: "A letter for me?
That's really strange, I rarely get mail. Thanks Schroeder."

Aivie, very curious, opens the envelope and begins to read the letter.
Suddenly she cries very surprised, "Jollie !!!!' and she begins to sob."
Then she said almost unhearable:
"It's no good news... Jollie!! Could you come please?"

Jollie: "What is it dear?"

Aivie: "It is a letter from my family from Fairyland.
There is an accident with an uncle and aunt of mine ...
A bird of prey has caught them!
My uncle is found dead, and my aunt is seriously wounded in the infirmary.
They do not know if she will make it ..."

Jollie: "Oh no ... Aivie that is terrible!
You need to go there and visit them as soon as possible."

Meanwhile, Bea and Isabel, who of course heard Aivie being so upset,
also arrived at the fairy garden ...

Aivie which now has become quite upset by the terrible news,
gives the letter to Isabel to read it and sobs: "That's not all ..."

Isabel reads and begins to stammer:
"Oh, dear no... they have a daughter of just 6 years old ...
The poor little child is so upset at the moment
that they don't really know where she can stay,
The sweet thing already seem to have stayed with four families ...
Aivie my gosh, what will become of that little girl
if your aunt does not survive?"

Bea raises her voice slightly and says indignantly:
"Isabel, please you do not want to make her more upset!
Now do you?!
Let's see first how it will go further with the aunt of Aivie.
I think we better make plans for Aivie now 
so she can leave as soon as possible to Fairyland.
And then we will see."

Isabel: "Yes you are right Bea,
come on Aivie we will help you to pack some things."

To Be Continued ...

Thanks for reading 

Hugs Jollie

vrijdag 8 juli 2011

Greek Shadowbox

This afternoon I started to make a Greek Shadowbox.

It is a present for someone who does not have a dollhouse
and she does not collect miniatures either...
But I thought this would make a nice gift!
I can't tell right now for whom I am making this,
because I am not sure if she is following my blog ;-)

I made the window and for now it has to dry
before I can go on...

Hugs Jollie

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