Mermaids` Makings

At our Grandparents’ House

It is very important to value close family relationships. A very good idea is to keep a photo album or a scrapbook of your loved ones… but why not make a shoebox dollshouse and play real life with dollies?

I must admit that I had seen these dolls in a charity shop a while ago but I found them too expensive as my goal with dollshouses (and their accesories) is to keep the cost as low as possible.  But at Christmas time  the dollies were 70 % off and I bought a few of them: Grandparents and two little girls – Annabel and her friend.

As our English grandparents love to do birdwatching I made some binoculars out of two little bits of straws and some string.  And the birds.. do you remember our winter birds picture? It`s a brilliant way to use up your child’s artwork in some imaginary play, isn’ t it?

Our grandparents have a spotty Great Dane. I bought a similar dog from ELC last autumn. Annabel loves dogs and loves playing with them!

The furniture is made out of little cardboard boxes. For the table I used a cardboard box lid and the lid of a deodorant bottle. I am not sure about this green colour.. but I ran out of white. I had planned to paint the furniture white.

I made the bed out of a sweet box that my friend brought me back from Egypt. I loved the sweets! The box itself was nice and shiny but dark brown which I didn`t like.

Our grandparents love to read. For the books I used scraps of white paper  and for the covers I used some junk mail.

And of course their lovely dog Goody has its own pretty basket. We  got it from Ikea before Christmas with lots of Päkapikks  packed in it.

The picture of a tiger is a shot our grandparents took on their safari trip in India  :) I don`t really know whether they saw any tigers when they did go to India many years ago… but it was a good way to use up a little jigsaw from a Kinder Surprise.

It’s a lucky coincidence that we made a stables with a horse (out of pegs) and some little ponies which Annabel got for her birthday last year. Our grandparents work at some of the race courses locally for some extra money.  We love mixing and matching playsets -we make them to play one game, but then we can use them again and again for other things.

Our next task is to make an allotment, as our grandparents are very organic and like to grow their own vegetables.

Shared with “Craft Schooling Sunday“, ” We Play”  and “The Play Academy

12 comments on “At our Grandparents’ House

  1. What a lovely way to remember long-distance grandparents! We make little box houses for our Barbie dolls too but this is just darling!

    pink and green mama,

  2. cathy@nurturestore
    February 26, 2011

    Thank you so much for sharing this with the Carnival of Small World Play – I really love it.

  3. kasikasi
    February 18, 2011

    oh, Goody is here :)

  4. elisabeth65
    February 15, 2011

    This is really lovely. Granddad loves his beautiful hair and Goody loves her lovely basket.

  5. kasikasi
    February 13, 2011

    It’s very lovely, especially books. :)

    • mermaid
      February 14, 2011

      Hi Kasia! Great to see you here :)

  6. Caz
    February 13, 2011

    I love this! The tiny binoculars are so clever and the furniture looks great too.

  7. huana
    February 12, 2011

    This is realy great!

  8. mermaid
    February 11, 2011

    Oi, väga hästi arvan, ritsik, mulle meeldivad jutustamised ja kylaskäigud, kui käed käivad. Ja lapsed on need kõige suuremad ideede andjad. Mulle meeldiks nukkude worskshop ka :)

  9. ritsik
    February 11, 2011

    ilus tõesti! Kui jälle siia trehvad, võiks ühe nukumööbli meisterdamise workshopi maha pidada, mis sa arvad?

  10. sirtsukas
    February 11, 2011

    Superäge! Igakord, kui näen Su nukumaja tegemisi tekib kohe soov Lissu nukumaja ka edasi arendada, aga seal on siiani veel vaid tapeet pooleldi seinas!

  11. Michelle Willow
    February 11, 2011

    Oh, I love it! :)

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