Retirement Hobby: A Doll House!

by Guinn Shaddon

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This may seem silly to some, but when I was a little girl I had a passion for doll houses. I made them out of boxes and other 'stuff'.

So here at age 66 I am revisiting that passion and making a doll house. I really am finding it fun and relaxing; after all, who doesn't want to have fun?

I have the boxes stacked for the rooms, and took a maybe somewhat rough picture of it in this first stage of creation.

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My passion for dolls houses
by: Ian Manchester UK

I have always been interested in creating a variety of things in miniature. When I was a teenager, over sixty years ago, I created ships and stage coaches, which I put into Haigs Whiskey dimple bottles.

I was also interested in puppets and marionettes and staged several productions including Kenneth Grahame's Toad of Toad Hall.

So when I retired 15 years ago it was almost inevitable that I would start making dolls houses out of plywood. I was hoping to make money out of it but the time it took to make a dolls house meant I was paying myself a pittance.

So I turned my creative skills to blogging and now write a blog for seniors called 'Your Retirement Magazine'

Doll House
by: Dean/ Nashville TN

I think making a doll house is a wonderful, creative and fun thing to do! My wife and I built one from a kit while awaiting our retirement date. It kept us from going crazy and was a ton of fun!

Now every time we are entertaining new people for the first time we are sure to show them the fruits of our labor. Some seem truly fascinated by the attention to detail and some just think we're crazy!

A Doll House
by: Ned St Paul

Number one, have fun!

I build miniature circus and in our hobby we have a saying: "it's my show!"

As your building, you will gain confidence and new skills.

The number one thing is that your your enjoying what you are doing and I am sure it brings back many great memories

Good Luck

by: Wendy

I just googled "cardboard doll houses" and I'm amazed at the resources out there! (and shouldn't be... there is something for any interest on the net)

Some were very colorful backgrounds, like fancy papers for wallpapers and curtains, etc. Others showed using a small 2-3 shelf bookcase and making separators for several rooms on each shelf (floor).


Go Guinn!

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