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This is a blog about my passion: dollhouses and miniatures. This particular blog was started to follow my miniature dream: to create a Victorian Mansion. But work on my Mansion is slow. Very slow. Sloth slow. Ice Age glacier movement slow. Why? Because I am easily distracted by other personal miniature projects (I have 50+ roomboxes and 15 dollhouses in various stages of incompletion) and because I work for a miniature shop and am often up to my elbows in miniature projects that aren't mine! So, I thought, some artists work in a particular medium (woods, watercolors, clay, oils, etc.), I work in progress . . . .

Sunday, October 17, 2010


This particular blog is about my "Victorian Mansion" - a creation that has been in the making for over 17 years and is just being assembled in the fall/winter of 2010.
I had always wanted to create a Mansion in miniature (probably my parent's fault for taking me to see Colleen Moore's Fairy Castle in Chicago when I was a child).  I started collecting pieces for this dollhouse as a teenager - even envisioned the dollhouse's "set scene" would be a Victorian family preparing for a wedding as I myself was preparing for my own wedding.  During a childhood visit to the Biltmore mansion in NC, I fell in love with the two-story library with spiral staircase.  And numerous viewings of the movie "The Sound of Music" firmly planted the idea of a formal full ballroom with chandeliers.  A trip to see the Newport Mansions inspired me to want a separate his/her bedroom(s) and bath(s), music room, parlor, grand staircase, etc.  But no dollhouse kit had these features . . . .
In the meantime I collected things for this Victorian Mansion - Bespaq furniture, some artisan pieces, rugs, a white bonnet hat with a white plume on the side (my favorite miniature at the time).  I did get married (at the age of 21), and worked in a dollhouse shop for a few years (inspecting the Newport by Real Good Toys for Victorian Mansion possibilities).  Then came the birth of my first daughter and the need for a job that I could bring my child with me (as daycare was out of the question on our salaries).
With my parent's help I opened a Dollhouse, Miniature & Doll shop (http://www.happily-ever-after.biz/).  And every dollhouse we got in stock for display I would arrange furniture in and envision different floor plans (what if I moved a wall here or added an addition there?).  I debated about kit-bashing a Queen Anne (by Real Good Toys) or a FoxHall Manor (Walmer/now Real Good Toys).
Then, one day in the summer, I was assisting a couple in town visiting from Georgia and she was interested in the Darlington Hotel by Majestic Mansions (http://www.majesticmansions.com/).  And as I described to her how she could decorate each room I realized that I was looking at my Victorian Mansion!  But it still didn't have my full Ballroom, large dining room, or enough rooms on the third floor for separate his/her bedrooms and baths.  But, if I created an addition . . . time to order another kit and start kit bashing!  (The lady from GA still wants the Darlington, but she is thinking she'll wait until it comes with siding milled in -- but since I plan on bricking mine the smooth plywood is perfect!).  I played with the photo on Majestic Mansion's website and created a rough image of my vision.  Then came measurement-taking, alterations (have to increase the foundation and create a lower floor level for the ballroom for the chandeliers), etc.  I am currently in the process of getting the wood cut for the addition and altering the display house to accommodate a four-story addition.  Which will mean a hinge or two.  (Yuck - I HATE hinges!).


  1. I'm so excited to watch this progress! It will be beautiful and entirely enchanting! :-)

  2. I can't wait for more details, this is going to be really wonderful!

  3. I want one of these soooo bad. For now I'll hopefully be able to enjoy it vicariously.
    How's it coming along?

    1. Yalaq, I hope you are still following along! Did you ever get one?