posted on: Friday, September 24, 2010
Do your kids keep a craft container full of discarded packaging and general domestic debris? Did you? I did. I filled it with bits of odd-sized wrapping paper, fabric, old cardboard rolls, boxes, and evidently -- paper doilies. Or maybe the doilies were new and I snitched them from the kitchen drawer. Looks like I also snitched some aluminium foil. To make a roof. For my house:
One rainy Sunday afternoon when I was about 10 or 11 years old, I decided to make this house for my little Sylvanian Family rabbit. (Can you imagine my delight when I saw some Sylvanian Families in Toys 'R' Us recently? They're still around! But I digress.) The frame of the house was made by cutting up a couple of large grocery store cardboard boxes.
This is the bedroom. I used grey felt for the carpet, tiny pieces of lace to make the curtains and stuck a small square mirror above a treasure box to make a vanity. See the shadows to the right? That pink lump is a pouf I made out of half a walnut shell wrapped in fabric. I also made an attic. That's what the rabbit is sticking it's head out of. Ha.
Here is the rabbit reclining in the lounge room with a little book I made and wearing spectacles (didn't make those). I think I also made a tree -- that's what you can see through the back window.
So if you're feeling crafty this weekend perhaps you can help the wee ones start an odds and ends box. Or if you have one already why not make a doll/rabbit/small anthropomorphic-collectible-toy house? Grab some bits and bobs, some sticky tape and glue, and go for it.
Have a great weekend!
p.s That's me up top with my beloved Cabbage Patch Kid a couple of years before the house-making occurred. Can you guess which one I am? Thanks Mum and Dad for taking all the pictures!