Saturday, February 6, 2010

Dollhouses

Did you like to play with dollhouses when you were little? It seems like every little girl did.Back in December, Diane at Saturday Finds (a wonderful blog) posted about an old Sears catalog she had, and she included photos. In one, was the dollhouse I had as a child. You can see it here, if you scroll down to the dollhouse picture. It's called the Colonial Mansion. I spent many wonderful hours playing with that dollhouse. I had the furniture and little family too. Of course, I wish I still had it. Don't we all wish we'd kept certain toys from childhood?The dollhouse I'm showing today is one I've had for several years. A friend gave it to me when she was moving out of state and didn't want to move everything. I played with ones like this too, when I was a little girl. I wish I had more of the furniture for it, even though it's just simple plastic furniture.I love all the bright graphic colors in this little dollhouse, and the details are wonderful too. The rugs, paintings on the walls, etc. I always wondered why they never had any staircases though!
What kind of dollhouse did you play with when you were little?
Blessings,
Marcia

44 comments:

Wylie @ Shout A Joyful Noise! said...

Sigh... Precious memories...
Wylie

Julie Harward said...

Oh, that is so cute, I think my city cousins had one because I have seen this one before. I never had a doll house, but oh how I wished I'd had one. Never had a bike either..we were just poor farmers I guess~ it is so cute, they just don't make them so cute anymore do they! Come say hi :D

Shirley... said...

I didn't have a doll house when I was little, but my girls have had them. They have loved them and played with them a lot. My little one still does!

The Lucy and Dick Show said...

Mine wasn't so colorful, more gray. I think the best part was the furniture. It was always so special to buy extras at the store.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

What a cool thing to have Marsha! I love it, wish I had mine too! Mine had pink plastic furniture, and that's about all I can remember. Hugs, Cindy

Carol said...

I enjoyed playing with a doll house that looked very similar to the one you're showing. Such sweet memories!

Smiles,
Carol

Andrea said...

I didn't have a doll house.
Blessings, andrea

sylvia said...

Hi Marcia.
Oohh what a beautiful doll house you show us..
I had some one when Iwas a little girl.a big dream come true one christmas when I got it..
I feel very good now my friend,thanks for asking,I will allways had muchles pain,but I had learn to live with it,
I waith for spring now,
many blessings for sylvia
Im not good in english,but I try my best

My name is PJ. said...

I never had a dollhouse! I've always thought they were the most wonderful things. Everyone else had one. My parents were never impressed with what everyone else had. Darn!

Shelia said...

Hi Marcia! Oh, I had a dollhouse that looked just like this one, except it had a red roof. The inside wasn't as colorful as the one you're showing and yes, I sure wise I had it. I played with mine for hours just like you! Thanks for the memories.
BE a sweetie,
shelia ;)

LLJ said...

Oh!!! : )
My doll house was made by my dad! It was a Christmas gift! I wish I had it still too!
Leanne

Shelley said...

Hi Marcia,I never had a doll house when I was a girl,other than some handmade ones I made myself from boxes but,I would have loved one such as this one...still would...I think I will be on the look out for one. Thanks so much for sharing yours...the nursery is my favorite room....blessings

Gloria McQueen Stockstill said...

I never had a dollhouse when I was a child. This post makes me think I missed out!!!

Gloria

Marsha said...

Marcia, We have more in common than our names ;) I love these tin doll houses, I have my childhood one (lost the furniture), the one from my stepmother's family, the one from my husband's family and several boughten at auctions. They are displayed in my craft/sewing room and bring back such wonderful memories of simple times when toys were played with imaginations and not all electric and virtual gadgets.

Wonderful post!

Marla at Always Nesting said...

This is such a great post! I love all the doll house photos. It made me think that for some of us, maybe that was our first plunge into home decorating?

Julie said...

Good morning, Marcia! Thanks for your kind visit--you're so nice to me! Thanks for sharing about your picture that you altered--would love to see what you did!

LOVE the dollhouse pictures! I had that very one! With each photo as I scrolled down, I thought, "I remember this!" Thanks for the fun memories--wish I still had it!

Hope you're having a wonderful Sunday with your family!

Diane said...

That is very similar to the Dollhouse my sister Carrie
AKA Cottage Cozy and I had when we were young girls, I have a scar on my finger from tripping over it when we left it on our staircase and did not take it up to our room. Ouch a nice cut from the metal edge of the upstairs patio wall. We played with our house for hours. In fact our Uncle John just sent us a picture of us girls and the doll house is in the back. I will do an update on my Blog and include it! oxox, Diane

Mimi Sue said...

I had one very similar to the one you show. It was made of metal and everytime you moved it it was kind of noisy. I was looking at the dollhouse kits at Hobby Lobby the other day. They have a ton of accessories too. Not too expensive with the great coupons...Mimi

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

I did not have a dollhouse of my own...but cousins and friends did. I loved them! Would love to have one again...although, space is an issue! Thanks for stopping by...

Jenny said...

I loved those pictures. I had a Barbie Dreamhouse - but that was it! And I loved it!

Lyneen said...

What a sweet doll house. I had one similar to this one. you may be interested in checking out the dollhouses I have on my blog. They are created from the houses in the stories Anne of Green Gables.

http://dreamingofcastles.blogspot.com/2009/07/looking-for-home-for-these-wonderful.html

Lyneen said...

OH I forgot to mention... thanks for stopping by and looking at my SILVER.... Happy Silver Sunday!

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: Those are great memories. Thank you for your kind words on my blog. Look forward to getting to know you. Blessings, Martha

koralee said...

This is so so lovely and does bring back sweet memories...my best friend had one like this. Love it! Happy week to you.

Cathrines Kreative Hjørne said...

Lucky you, Marcia, for having a doll house like this! I guess it was every little girl's big dream to have one! Instead I played doll house with a paper box that had the top cut off, and it was even big enough to make a home for my teddy, so I felt it was great!

How nice to have you as a follower at my blog! :-) Yes, you should come to Scandinavia some time for a visit, I know you'll love it! :-)

About the Liatorp cabinets and shelfs you do have it in IKEA in the US as well: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/search/?query=liatorp

Have a great week my friend!

Hugs,
Cathrine :-)

Cottage Cozy said...

Oh my goodness, Marcia...as Diane told you...we had one of those too...it seemed like we shared many of our most prized toys! We are only a year apart and shared a bedroom throughout out life. We never minded sharing our dolls and games and toys! We loved that dollhouse...it was well used and much loved! Thanks for taking us both down memory lane!

Fondly, Carrie

Merethe said...

what a wonderful doll house! I think i have never seen a house like this in Norway :)
The kids are playing with playmo house and a sylvannian family house, but my sister got the doll house we had when i was little..

I have a more private blog too, the adress is:
www.2store4smaa.blogspot.com
I am not update this blog so often, but its more picture from our family, church, daylife and church :) You are welcome to visit the blog if you want ;)
Hope you are feeling better, my mother had migraine too, its not good at all! thanks for leaving coments! :)

Hug from Norway

Libby said...

Sweet doll house. I never played with one . . . . I tried my very hardest to not be girlie in any way *s*

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

I adore this doll house. What a great treasure. I just adore tiny little things like this. It certainly brought a smile to my face. Perhaps you could take a picture of this toy and send it to the IRS and tell them it belongs to one of your many children! Big smile. I still chuckle at your story!
Blessings,
Debbie

Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

I guess I was deprived I didn't have a dollhouse. Lots of barbies though of which I have none now. I think my mother gave them away! boo hoo!
I have a friend that has an old wooden doll house that I so covet. I don't need it but it's soooo cool.
Looks like a mini haunted house!
xo,
Carole

Miki said...

Wow, your post brought a rush of wonderful memories! My dad made me an amazing dollhouse with real carpet and a hinged roof for storage. It was huge. Though I still have many dolls from my childhood, I really wish I still had that dollhouse. It didn't make it onto a moving truck (and we moved every three years or so when I was a child.) Thank you for the pictures - I think I played with ones like the photos too. Wish we could jump back in time, just for a little while... Miki

Debra@Common Ground said...

Love the dollhouse, Marcia. It's in such wonderful condition! I just found one yesterday for my booth that is a one-level, but same manufacturer. It's not in near the condition that yours is. and I'm really laughing about the audit. Isn't that crazy? Doesn't the govt. have anything more constructive to do? I'm so glad they agreed with you!
hugs,
Debra

T's Daily Treasures said...

What a lovely little dollhouse. I could move right in. I think I had a doll house at some point in my childhood but truly can't remember. I seem to have scattered memories from growing up. Yesterday I did a post about my Baby Beans -- I still have her from the very early 70's. Have a great day and stay warm! :) Tammy

Manuela@TPOH said...

I never had a dollhouse when I was little. Which may explain why I really want want now! My daughter also didn't have a dollhouse because she really didn't like to play with dolls (so another missed opportunity there). I keep looking for one!

Manuela

Behind My Picket Fence said...

What an adorable doll house & what good memories you have of playing with houses. I must have been a strange little girl that never played much with dolls. Maybe that's why I like my wood shop now????

Beach Vintage said...

I never had one as a kid but I am fascinated by them now. My daughter has one and we play for hours. I love the old vintage tin ones like shown here. Thanks so much for dropping by Beach Vintage. xx

Kelli said...

Oh how I loved my doll house! It was metal like that one, but the front was more of a red brick pattern. I saw one in a flea market in the Amish Country and they were asking a small fortune for it! My daughters' doll house is hiding up in the attic because they both outgrew it far too quickly, but I can't bring myself to get rid of it. :)

Postcardy said...

I don't remember what my dollhouse looked like, but it was metal and I had plastic furniture similar to that.

Farm Chick Paula said...

Oh my goodness- I had to squeal when I saw these pictures, Marcia- I had one just like that!! It was a hand-me-down from one of my older cousins, and most of the furniture was missing or broken, but I did have enough to play with. I was always fascinated by the tiny lamps that went with the couch! *LOL*

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Oh my gosh, this was MY playhouse, too!!! I loved it!! Thanks for sharing!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...
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Owner of Homeschool Faith and Family Life Website said...

I could get down on the floor, lie beside this GORGEOUS doll house and play FOR HOURS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
WHAT A TREASURE YOU HAVE!!!!!
~Judy~

AshTreeCottage said...

I had a dollhouse that was very similar. I loved it. My Mom either gave it away or threw it out. Thanks for posting the photos, it brings back many happy memories!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

mommyx12 said...

I loved dollhouses when I was little. I remember one Christmas it was all I wanted. Just a dollhouse. Christmas morning I woke up with my 5 siblings and there was absolutely nothing under the tree for me!! But I was a brave girl and was determined to not let that affect me. After all, with so many children in the home one could get forgotten!!! It wasn't long though when my parents instructed me to go to the livingroom which I did only to find the most magnificent dollhouse ever. That was a memorable Christmas for sure.