Monday, August 27, 2012

The House That Muff Built

I have been slowly, but diligently, constructing a house for the last three weeks.  I didn't intend to build a big ol' house. I found some stairs at Target and thought they would make the perfect stoop.  Since I like to illustrate how I'm going to use stuff, that meant I needed a door to go with the stairs.  Once I made the door, I had to make an entryway and once I made an entryway... well, you get the idea.


It's made from old packaging boxes and covered with poster board and scrapbook paper. Currently housed on top of my breakfast bar, it spans an area of 5 x 2.5 feet.  It has a seating area/garden in front because immediately behind the house is my kitchen sink.


The house is 5 separate detachable pieces; the stairs, the brown entryway, the main house and the 2 black roofs.  Although it does look orange in the photos, the main house is actually a lighter red than the door.


The wall on the left side of the house is flush to have room for a parking area.  If you look in the top left of the photo you can see I did not finish the sides of the roof and I don't plan to.  I ran out of black poster board due to poor design strategy and was too annoyed to go get more.


Even though it's unfinished, I'm still pleased with both roof tops.  For the windows I had to bust out my Gypsy and Cricket machine to make uniform cuts.  Each window is 5 different pieces of scrapbook paper.  Some of the "curtains" hang straight and others flare out.

Oh, look, a visitor! Who can she be?


My goodness, it's a custom Marissa from Chynadoll Creations!  The very first visitor is my very first One Of A Kind doll.  She arrived complete with a sexy pink outfit, jewelry, bag, shoes and a stylish french braid hairdo.  Thanks, Chynadoll!


Marissa stopped by to pick up her niece, Juliet.  What her niece was doing with Jordan I have no idea.  Maybe they are cousins or something, who knows?  Anyway, say goodbye, Juliet.

Marissa is ready for her closeup!


So, I have figured out that Jordan lives here simply because I used her to measure the height of the door since she's my tallest doll, therefore she got dibs.  Max (blue shorts) lives here because that's his car and it fits in the space.  Claudia is Jordan's girlfriend but she doesn't live here and all those other people are just visiting.


For the longest time Max and his guest were perpetually on the way to the airport, but now he has a home to finally return to.


Jordan and Claudia enjoying the garden.  I was going to stain those chairs but now I'm glad I didn't.  The color would have clashed with the house.


And here's the house late at night.  All my lights are off and the illumination is just coming from the two Big Lots lights at the doorway and I'm holding one in my hand.

To date, this has literally been my biggest project.  The house will remain a facade for exterior shots only.  I just don't have the room, or the inclination really, to give it an interior as well.  At some point I'm going to have to take this down and I've constructed it so that separated and flattened, it's no more than 2 x 18 inches.  Even unfinished, I'm going to put this one in the "success" column.

65 comments:

  1. WOW!!! That looks AMAZING! You're so talented at details and crafting of articulate bodies, it's crazy! Love the new Marisa, she's a hottie.

    Can't wait to see more!

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    1. Thanks, Traci India! I think details are what give our projects that extra oomph towards reality.

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  2. Your house looks so cozy, like the kind of place you can just stroll peacefully and not get mugged LOL. Love your Marisa, so jealous!

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    1. Verona, you made me laugh with your stroll peacefully and not get mugged comment! This house is giving me a Key West feel. I'm assuming that there is a beach or lake nearby (i.e. my kitchen sink right behind it.) I did put in a sidewalk so that people could walk around. I hope there are no muggings!

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  3. Wow this house is awsome! You're very very creative! I like the colours very much :)

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    1. Hi, Elianka! The red part of the house was dictated by the color of the posterboard at the Dollar Tree, but I think I threw in enough different colours so they evenutally blended together.

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  4. OMG! I truly love this house! How much is the rent?

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    1. LOL, Sergio! If you don't mind that it's still under construction, the rent is $950 a month. The bedroom and attic loft space are occupied, but the basement has a little but of livable space.

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    2. "The basement has a little but of livable space" Yeah! I like it! It sounds so... conspiracy theory! You just earned a tenant!

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  5. This house is perfect! You must do the interior as well. I bet it will be flawless as well.

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    1. Thank you, Ada! I'm pretending this house has multiple floors and that would be easier to do as separate diorama sets than my frustrated attempts at trying to actually fit that into this existing space. I think that would make me bonkers trying to figure that out, lol.

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    2. That's cool ... more flexible to have the exterior and interior separate. You can do the rooms as large or as open as you'd like then.

      Space granted, I wouldn't mind having a row of four house fronts ... yes! And maybe an apartment house front across the way! Yes! And a store or take-out .... Oh yeah. I've always wanted a doll house, too ....

      Now when is this all happening, lol? I don't know. Wahhh!

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    3. D7ana, for sure, space granted I would go buck wild with building and collecting! I'd be like those dudes that devote entire rooms to train sets and towns. Toot toot!

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  6. That house you built is awesome!! I would like to be so talented and patient to be able to make a hose like that one! And you're a lucky girl, you've got an OOAK from Chynadoll!! Love the last picture!!

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    1. Thanks, Acerico. When I started I thought it was going to look hokey and fake looking, but I just kept at it and it came out okay. ^_^

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  7. Wow! Love the house! The attention to detail is perfect! Marissa looks great in the photos! Great blog, and your welcome:)

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    1. Thanks, Chynadoll! Marrisa is fitting right in here. She already has relatives, lol.

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  8. OMG!!!!! This is amazing, it looks perfect, as if bought in a toyshop... All the details, the material... and the lights!! I'm taking notes of everything! And congrats for your Chynadoll OOAK, you're a lucky girl!!!

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    1. Rossetti, I like looking at those playsets that are mostly folded cardboard and figured I could make my own versions, cheaper and bigger! I just happened to get two boxes that were a good size to work with.

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  9. I love it!! This is awesome! This is what I've been wanting to do with my doll world. Have cool exteriors to make it look like a real town. Beautifully done!

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    1. Vita, if I had a spare room I would totally turn it into a doll community. The landscape of the house I made is actually smaller than I wanted, but there was only so much room on my breakfast bar. I wanted to make a neighborhood but had to settle for a street corner. If I worked with smaller scale dolls I could have done it!

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  10. Love the House that Muff Built -- it illustrates your creativity, patience, and attention to detail. I know you'll finish that roof when the Spirit moves you. I like your description of its inhabitants, coinhabitants, and visitors, too.

    dbg

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    1. Thanks so much, DBG! The Spirit is weak in this one, but perhaps one day I will be moved to finish that pesky roof.

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  11. i luuuuv it how did u do it?? i have tried that but it is nothing compared to urs!!

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    1. Hiya, Coolsinger. I just kept working on it until it looked at least a little bit like I wanted to. It took me several weeks so I guess patience is the answer.

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  12. It looks really fantastic! And I love your use of those little book lights! I can't wait to see more of it :)

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    1. Thanks, Heather! I always knew I was going to do something snazzy with those lights and they fit right in.

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  13. Hello from Spain: I love this house. I like the stairs, the door, the porch with table and chairs. Your doing a great job. Marissa is very stylish and attractive. I also like the owner of the house and Juliet. The night picture is gorgeous ... Great job. This home is inspiring but I would not know create it. I would like to be so talented ... We keep in touch.

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    1. Hi, Marta! Thanks so much for your comment. That last photo in the dark is my favorite too. It's a nice little place in the evening time. ^_^

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  14. Love the facade idea and execution. You did a GREAT job. Inspiring.

    I also love the way you have visitors set up around the house. Looks neighborly ;-)

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    1. Thanks, D7ana. This house is the antitheses of my real world. I would never have all those people meandering around my place like that, lol.

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    2. Lol! It looks neighborly because they are DOLL people, lol. Real people, no way, lol. Air and space, air and space. Must have air and space.

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  15. The details of this are blowing me away! The whole thing is breathtaking!

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    1. Thank you Alura, what a very nice compliment!

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    1. IHime, thanks a lot for saying so! ^_^

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  17. Omg what a beautiful house exterior you made :D I am highly impressed!!So many things to learn from you :D Look forward to your next post!!!!!!!!

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    1. Hiya, Pam! I'm learning myself as I go along and just share the results -- good, bad or unfinished, lol.

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  18. Oh how I love all your creations!!! This takes the top spot! Oh btw the sharpay doll is from High school musical 3 line prom edition.

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    1. Thanks, Jay! It's taking my top spot as well. A labor of love to be sure.

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  19. oh, wow, looks incredible! house, parking, backyard, I'm speachless! and you've even made a sidewalk and fence !

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    1. Hi, Jewel Snake! I think having a sidewalk gave it more of a neighborhood feeling. When I figure out what to use to make a street lamp I'll add that too.

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    2. a street lamp? nice! hope you will get an idea soon!
      how about using solar lamps? sometimes they are in shape a bit similar to street lamps, and are even long enough. excuse me If I'm too helpful, I was just thinking about using such for my still-in-work doll park.

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    3. Thanks, Jewel Snake! No such thing as being too helpful, lol. I was going to go for the cheap dollar lamps, but I'll check out the shapes of solar ones too so I can see if they can fit the space... and how much they cost!

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  20. You can stop being so talented now! JOKE however, I really love the house is there an inside!

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    1. LOL, Ebony! I can't stop the creative juices. I just might explode if I did. Gotta release them some kind of way or Muff go boom.

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  21. WOW! I just love it and the fact that it can fold up too, Fantastic! I saw the Mini Cooper recently and I think it is on sale! I love the friends that you have hanging out there. I makes it look like an apartment buliding. How did you do the steps and the fence? I have told myself that I need to do a big space for a scene but I haven't worked myself up to it. I am now inspired. You Go Girl!

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    1. Ms. Leo, the biggest thing for me was to be able to dismantle it so that's why I constructed it in sections. I'll do another post this week about the steps and little black fence as they were all part of multiple sets. The woody type fence is just the backboard piece from a bookshelf. ^_^

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  22. ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh¡¡¡ menuda casa te has montado¡¡¡ es preciosa¡ los colores perfectos¡ qqueda ideal para un monton de fotos ¡¡¡ me gusta mucho felicidades¡

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    1. Muchas gracias, Sarai! La casa es un bonito fondo para tomar fotos.

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  23. The House that Muff built is beautiful! It reminds me of a nice little Brownstone. Sort of like the one in the show 227. Hey, Pearl needs to be sitting in the window, being nosey. WELL DONE! Of course you know I am always drawn to your wonderful crisp, clear pictures. Love the little patio area.

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    1. Vanessa I was going to put up a house number that said 227 North! I changed my mind at the last minute because if I ever do a series that's what I'm going to call it and I would need a much bigger building than the one I've made here.

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    2. Sometimes I swear we were separated at birth!

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  24. I love your house, It's pretty funny to know all this started because of a set of stairs. I like seeing how your mind works thru photos. Tariq and I love the Big Lot lights outside the house I use them as spot lights in his photo studio. Congratulatons, can't wait to see what inspires you next.

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    1. LOL, Mustiwait, I always seem to get into trouble when I find something neat looking and think, "Hmmm... what can I do with that?"

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  25. That's a great house, Muff. I love the idea that the dolls can have a swim in the pool/sink in the backyard but it must make using your kitchen sink interesting. Being able to flatten it and pack it away is a great idea. On a side note - I have just seen a dremel advertised here for the first time - a dremel trio if that means anything to you- so I'll have to go back and reread your posts about it.

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    1. LOL, Carrickters! I hadn't considered letting the dolls swim in my kitchen sink, but it's not like I can control what they get up to when I'm not around.

      I just did a search for the Dremel Trio and holy geeze, that's expensive! I get that it's 3 tools in one set, but yeash! I just have a regular old, cheap Dremel, which would be the smallest one in that Trio.

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  26. Very nice post Muff! You did an awesome job on this house. It definitely belongs in the ritzy part of town. Your pics are very nice and clear...great lighting. Congratulations on getting Marisa. She is pretty.

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    1. Thanks, Georgia Girl! Since this dio is supposed to represent an "outside" world, I had to get out my extra lighting to simulate the pesky sun. Usually I just use my desk lamp, but that wasn't going to cut it this time.

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  27. Amazing o_o A big kiss from Spain

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    1. Nice to meet you, Yuki. A big kiss back from Florida. ^_^

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  28. Okay, so I'm late to the party, but I had to comment on a job well done. Love your work and look forward to seeing a few stories before you break it down.

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    1. Hi, ZDoll! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. I'm not really a photo story blogger. I keep telling myself I will do it, but by the time I build something or put together a diorama I'm too pooped to make up a story or I get distracted by the next thing I want to try. One day, though!

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  29. I love your house! I'm currently making a structure for my sideshow Buffy the vampire slayer dolls- with cemetary...out of boxes! I sometimes think it is more fun to play with the boxes they give us than the dolls!

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    1. Lisa, thanks a lot for your comment! I bet your Buffy's are going to be slaying lots of vamps in your creative set of spookiness.

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