Wednesday, December 26, 2007

The Best Christmas Present Ever


"Sethany and Nicey were not doll-house dolls at all, they were large dolls, over a foot tall. What was so wonderful about Pumpkin House was that it was the right size for large dolls. It took up the side of a room and even turned the corner. Efner had to stand on a chair to reach the second floor. There was a kitchen, two bedrooms, a bathroom, a parlor, a dining-room and a front hall and a conservatory with real pots of plants in it and a live turtle named Ezekiel. The house had everything two doll's could need from an iron stove in the kitchen to a complete set of china in the dining-room cupboards. It even had electric lights and a handsome horsehair sofa." ~The Doll's Christmas, by Tasha Tudor

For years I have dreamed that my girls would have a doll-house very similar to what Tasha Tudor described in her book The Dolls' Christmas. (Now out of print, but I snatched it up at a library book sale.)

We "inherited" a beautiful doll-house that a good friend's grandfather made. However, it was junky and falling apart:




After weeks of searching meticulously on the internet for the perfect, perfect, doll house, and finding that they were either too expensive, too plain, too detailed, not child-friendly enough, or too child-friendly, my husband announced that he would "fix up" the old, falling-apart doll house for the girls' Christmas gift.




So, determined and full of creative juice, he spent Thursday night, Saturday, Saturday night, Sunday night, Monday, and Monday night before Christmas repairing, painting, and decorating The Doll House, so that on Christmas morning...

We had two happy girls (and a boy!), as well as a beautiful doll-house, lovingly refurbished by Daddy.



13 comments:

Llama Momma said...

beautiful. Simply beautiful. What lucky children you have!!

Dawn said...

What a sweet daddy! The doll house is wonderful.

NaNcY said...

that is one great dad!

Mary Brooke said...

How *wonderful*! Yeah for your sweet family! Thank you for the reminder of the "Doll's Christmas" and for sharing your experience with the house. I snatched up Mrs. Tudor's "Take Joy" with lots of Christmas stories and the amazing traditions she details from their own Christmas in the country. It was a joy to read with our oldest son this year for the first time. I also read "The Gift of the Magi" (from her book) to my husband one night after a Christmas party date night.
Mary Brooke

Chris @ Come to the Table said...

What a wonderful gift in every way!! My girls are 12 and 16 and I would still love for them to have a dollhouse like this.

What a wonderfully sweet thing your husband has done!

Terry said...

What a beautiful doll house! I'm glad your family had an enjoyable holiday season.

Brenda said...

Oh it's wonderful!!!! We have a store bought dollhouse and I too searched a long time for an acceptable one. Most of them are a lot of money (in your case, a lot of sweat!) but SO worth it. Especially with 2 girls...they will play with it for YEARS!

tonia said...

That is wonderful! What a beautiful gift! and even better because it was reclaimed and allowed to bring joy again. good job!

Courtney said...

Andrea, what wonderful gift and heirloom for your girls! It is absolutely beautiful! Sp did a wonderful job! I've decided that white paint on ANYTHING yields a fantastic transformation.

I too am a fan of Tasha Tudor and received 2 books by her this Christmas ;)

Goodlikeamedicine said...

I thought one of the links was going to be this one as a joke - I wrote a post about being floored after I saw those houses for the first time!! Can you believe someone would spend that for a doll house??!! wow!

Yours is so, so sweet! My dad made one for my daughter last Christmas. It is the only "big toy" in her room, and she plays quietly with it for 30-45 mins. every single morning. It is truly so special. What memories we will have!

Payton said...

Andrea, I love it. Betsy is going to want to come play with the girls immediately. That was and is right up her alley! Good job sweet Daddy.
Love to all-
Payton

Anonymous said...

Good job,Sp...hope your new years is great....yla

Kimberly said...

Wow! That's an impressive remodel! (Does he do full-sized homes?!)