This story starts out sad, but I think it will have a happy ending. It begins with a remarkable and generous woman named Bonnie, who in addition to being a good friend of mine for the past several years, introduced me to the world of dollhouse miniatures. She was one of the most generous people I have known, and always cheered me on when I brought her new minis I’d made. Unfortunately, (and you’ve probably noticed the past tense), she passed away recently and suddenly.
In addition to loving minis, Bonnie was a retired schoolteacher and principal, and she loved children. She’d sent more than one visiting child home with a dollhouse or roombox prepared that day from her collection, just like if Santa had carefully led you through his workshop as a wide-eyed child and put toy after toy in your stocking. The children I saw seemed to think the same.
To honor her memory, I’m making a dollhouse and donating it to a family in need or a service organization. I want it to be used and enjoyed, and my goal is to have it ready in time for Christmas. I wanted three or four rooms, and I almost got a Greenleaf (the Arthur or the Coventry), but then I found this vintage beauty on ebay:
It had everything I wanted, and I liked the more modern design. Getting the Tudor for a great price added to the serendipity. As for furniture, I liked the sets by Dura-Craft, and ordered a bedroom, bathroom, dining room, living room, and kitchen. Any leftover furniture will just be impetus to do another of these donated houses.
So my posts for a while will be this project, and I’m also doing the Undersized Urbanite again this year (yay!). I’m not sure how I’ll get both finished, but we shall see :-).