It’s a strange thing, but true

That for a long time now I’ve wanted to make a dollhouse.

I know. Don’t think about that too much for now as I don’t really understand it either.

All that needs to be said right now is that it’s been bubbling along inside me for years now and so finally I decided it was time.

As with most everything I do I tend to spend ages thinking about how to go about it – mostly because, as my very own number one cheerleader, I think it will be too hard for me and I will fail miserably. It was the same with setting cabochons. I would be making my silver pieces while all the time thinking about how to go about making a piece with a stone in it. I’d already made a cabochon setting in a class I’d taken at community college, but I made it again and again in my head as I sat at my table. Eventually, when I was finally ready, it was as though I’d been setting cabochons forever.

Same with this dollhouse thing, although I don’t think it’s going to be as easy as the cabochon setting – no matter how long I think about it.

So I looked around the internet a bit to get some ideas on how to go about making one and who knew (not me) how many people were making doll houses! It’s a remarkable thing to see. It kind of put me off a bit as I could see all of my ideas already made. It was as though I’d already made it – without making it – if you get what I mean.

But I continued to think about it until I knew that it was only a matter of time before I’d have to give in and open up this whole new can of worms because, as I’ve learned throughout my life, when I’m in I’m really in and now I was going to have to buy all of the stuff that I didn’t know I had to buy and then some.

The fact that I could most likely buy a couple of brand new, fully furnished, fantabulistic doll houses for less than the materials and tools I ended up getting didn’t deter me at all although it did confirm what those other people who live with me have been telling me for years now, that I’m a little, how can I say it nicely – obsessed.

Who wants to buy a new doll house anyway when you can spend ages regretting that you didn’t pay attention that day in school when they were teaching the Pythagorean Theorum. Now, had they told me then that I’d be needing that, or something geometrically similar, to figure out the structure of my future dollhouse roof pitch no doubt I would have been all in and at the front of the class, but… oh well.

All I can say is that now, with dogged determination, I am winging it.

I’m aiming for something in-between this.

And this.

Doable I think…

14 thoughts on “It’s a strange thing, but true

  1. LM Howard

    I also question myself about jumping down new creative rabbit holes. I try to remember, I wont be at this place and time again, so just be about it and see where this new thing takes me. New skills and knowledge always have made these new avenues worth it. I usually don’t know why they become worth it until much later. Creative paths are never straight and uncomplicated! Wandering through life, and trying things that are new are what it is all about, I’ve decided. My practical side always informs me to keep things simple, and to repurpose tools and supplies I already own. Then run screaming into the void and see what happens! Good luck on your little house!

    • coldfeetstudioblog

      Thank you ? I am definitely a wanderer. As my husband would say, ‘your mind is chaos’ lol

  2. Julia Kovach

    Oh, my goodness, girl! You are so very talented and after you’ve thought it over, you are always successful – more so than most! You are brilliant and I so admire your ability to focus and tune out the world as you create your master pieces. We had a “put it together yourself” premade doll house that someone gave our daughter when she was about 5 years old….well, it stayed forever in its original box stored quietly in our garage for years – neither of us felt “capable” of putting it together. Finally, when we moved from our home in Tomball, the box went to the donation box for someone more capable than us to finally put it together…maybe?…we will never know. Anyway, you “go girl”! I am confident you can accomplish most anything you put your mind to do.

    • coldfeetstudioblog

      Lol Julia. You know I’ve just got to get ALL the tools known to man ?

  3. Nancy L Dallison

    Haha…I love this, you make me smile! We all have our obsessions, I think that’s part of being a creative. Go for it!

    • coldfeetstudioblog

      I’m not doing too badly. Just second guessing every single window and door opening I need to cut out at the moment ?

  4. I am really going to enjoy your updates. If you want to share more than you feel you ought publicly, I will be VERY happy to receive WIP updates randomly, whenever you feel like it . x

    • coldfeetstudioblog

      LOL you know I will. Failure is always an option. What’s not to share ?

      • no such thing as failure, it’s just learning another way how how’s best NOT to do something !!! x

  5. Good for you! I look forward to following your journey (and, of course, the end result). I had the same desire for years but have since let it go in favour of other creative pursuits. I did, however, get to create a one-room model for art & design school a few years ago ~ it was what Barbie’s bedroom might look like when she retires; it was very retro pop and very pink : )

    • coldfeetstudioblog

      ? What an image!

  6. Hello! In my blog wanderings, I stumbled across the ScrapHappy gang, and within them is a very talented carver, who makes tiny dolls, (Hitty – apparently that’s actually what this style of peg doll is called). She has the most amazing collection of props to go with them, and I thought you might like to see, ready for when you get to furnishings 😉

    • coldfeetstudioblog

      Thanks Dawn. I’m going to look at them now ?

    • coldfeetstudioblog

      How lovely, for some reason they remind me of Enid Blyton.

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