Saturday, 1 November 2008

Through the keyhole

I know a tiny pink cottage with a golden doorbell.



There are windowboxes and pink checked curtains,


a little garden with shell flowers, and a clock on the wall,


But who lives in a house like this?


A tiny yellow bunny who likes to snuggle by the fire at teatime (and whose alarmingly bulging eyes suggest she might have a thyroid problem)

I made this house as a present for my niece's fifth birthday party. Smalls Tiny and Tall offered lots of advice and sang songs from High School Musical to keep me motivated and stop me running off to do the ironing instead. The birthday girl was very pleased and the other two have been asking for their own versions so I think it must have tiny girl appeal. I had planned lots of embroidery for the garden and to have climbing roses around the door, but that would have involved starting it earlier than two days before party day (and in fact the bunny had no ears or legs until an hour before we drove to the celebrations - hence no time to fix the eyes).

The house is based on a lovely tutorial from UK Lass In US, and the bunny is from Julie's tiny bunny pattern. I see more of both in this household in the near future ... I wish the light had been better, but I had to go with the photos I had since we're heading home before the sun is due out again!

33 comments:

  1. Your house is fabulous! It's what I have been planning to make for Daisy Locket's Christmas present - I reckon it will appeal to 8 year old not so tiny, but still fairly little girls too!

    Lucy x

    P.S. Please can I pinch your idea of using pretty fabric on the inside for the wallpaper???

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  2. oh so cute! I want to live in a house like that!

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  3. The little house is so fantastic! And I can't believe how quickly you made it! That would have taken me months under the best of circumstances. K x

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  4. Oh wow - that looks amazing! I love all of the details. Wow.

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  5. Fabulous (you have to imagine my best Lloyd Grossman voice).

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  6. hmmm... this post has only just shown up on my bloglines? which is wierd ... as it seems to be older than the national trust one? Oh well .. Your little house is AMAZING!!!!!!! Lucky children getting it as a pressie!!!! how clever areyou? I would never have the patience! x

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  7. what a gorgeous little house - how clever you are, and the little bunny just looks a bit surprised - probably at finding himself/herself in such a lovely house!

    xx

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  8. What an amazing present and superbly executed Val!

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  9. You MADE that, Val? Oh, dear -- I shall have to worship you as a Domestic Goddess now. The little house is wonderful.

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  10. I want one of your lovely little houses to crawl into at the end of the day and escape from toddler tantrums!!!
    It's BRILLIANT, I love it. What a lucky niece she is.
    Jane. x

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  11. A rather fabulous house there Missus D.C. bt I'm just curious as to how you got planning permission through so quickly given it was built on such a tight schedule. Should probing questions be asked?!?!?!

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  12. Enchanting! As you know I am all about dolls houses at the moment so please forget your delightful daughters and make ME one instead.

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  13. I love it all, the clock, the litle fire- everything. And it is teeny tiny so therefore even cuter !!!!

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  14. It is so lovely and I think miniature worlds appeal to all of us at some level.

    But I did snort some tea through my nostrils at the bulging eyes line!

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  15. I can see why that would have great little girl appeal - it's gorgeous. I am very worried about the poor bunny's eyes though.

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  16. how fab is that little house ! it has big girl appeal as well as tiny girl :-)
    what a clever lady you are :-)
    Lesley x

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  17. It is just darling. Big girls would like them too!

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  18. Lovely! My nine year old's too old for this but a friend of mine is pregnant with twins... she may need two houses...

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  19. Sooooo cute!! This house is enchanting...I'd like to live there...tee-hee ;o) Fantastic! Happy weekend to you all ((HUGS))

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  20. Wow that is really great. There is so much fine detail in it.

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  21. That is wonderful Val - really lovely. I wouldn't mind living in a little pink cottage like that
    Kimx

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  22. Oooh it's gorgeous!! Tiny rabbit does look a bit startled...maybe due to having such speedy arm and leg sticking-on-surgery :-)

    xxx

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  23. adorable....lucky little girl...

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  24. The house is just utterly beautiful ... and being a lover of bunnies and having a thyroid issue myself (although I hope I have avoided the eye issue!) ... it is utterly perfect. I simply love the pond surrounded by a rock garden ... well I simply love all of it ... wonderful!

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  25. That is such a wonderful project - you must have some patience! x

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  26. What a gorgeous house (and bunny!). I have no idea how you made it so quickly! Lovely work!

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  27. The house is just superb I love it.

    But what really made me smile was the rabbit - I too have tried to make the mini bunnies or teddies and they ended up with the same expression - I son't know how Julie does it!

    Keep up the good work!

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  28. Ooh, this is lovely .... do you think you could do an adult sized one? I sometimes yearn to have my own little padded cell and that would fit the bill brilliantly!

    ;)

    ps. the rabbit looks just fine to me .... big black eyes are soulful!

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  29. You didn't make the house at all, you stole it from Uncle Feedle on Bagpuss!

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  30. I know I'm a bit late with this comment but what an absolutely delightful present. I bet the recipient was thrilled.

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