Doll houses you just won’t believe…

First thing: I think you may have already seen it, but I got Lian’s lavender dress set listed on Ebay this evening. If you’d like to take a peek at it, you can click HERE or click on the picture at the right side bar. —>>

Do you remember those Richard Scarry books… you know the ones that had a million little details in the pictures and really colorful?

richard scarry book use 1

ricahrd scarry books use 2

I used to look at those books with my kids and enjoyed them so much…I’m a detail person and I love to scrutinize a picture and look at every possible tiny item in it… These doll houses you’re about to see, reminded me of those Richard Scarry books… lots of tiny little things to see and something for everyone.

I thought I’d share some doll houses I’ve seen around…but I’m not positive if I’m supposed to post a picture without someone’s permission, so I just added a link to their post instead.

This humongous one was made by Stacy Jacobs… I bet her girls love this! Can you imagine being a young girl and having THIS huge of a doll house for your American Girl dolls?

Stacy Jacobs doll house

Here is the neatest doll house…obviously I can’t tell you anything about it as it’s in Japanese… but anyway enjoy…it’s amazing and I’m pretty sure it’s my favorite… you’re going to love it!!

Japanese doll house

This next post shows some of the most creative ideas for making things… they are just incredible…I hope you’ll scroll down to the bottom to see all of the tiny little things made for these houses…and that one tiny doll house held between the lady’s thumb and forefinger… I always loved making little things… I should have lived in Japan I guess…

Doll houses by Sashe

This next lady makes the prettiest…no, the most gorgeous Victorian doll houses… after you scroll down to the bottom of her blog posts, and your mouth will be hanging open, you should click on a few other posts she’s done too… I am blown away…

Miniatyrmama

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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  1. Linda Doyle says:

    Jeanne, my kids loved the Richard Scarry books too! In fact, we still have them, and my grandchildren also love them!

    Wow, those doll houses are fantastic! That first one looks like something I would have loved as a little girl. After really looking at all the rooms, I found that the kitchen has a few of the things I have now for Molly’s house–the same Wolverine stove, and her red table and chairs! I actually had those Wolverine kitchen appliances when small, and bought one of the cabinets on Ebay when I started collecting for Molly, that I used to have.

    As far as those doll houses—-another big WOW! I can’t believe those are for children to play with, but more for adults to collect, but they are just fantastic! I myself have 2 dollhouses that I have furnished, but nothing like those! One is like the one I had a a child, that I found on Ebay, a metal one, and I furnished it with all the same Renwal furniture like I had as a child. The other is one my mother won at some county fair, and I have completely renovated it, and it sits in my doll room. It was fun to fix up, but it is nothing like the ones you showed!

    • Jeanne W says:

      HI Linda,
      I think Richard’s books are probably timeless and will be favorites for generations forever and ever!
      Aren’t they wonderful to look at… I had a hard time deciding which ones to use for this post, but thought these were exceptionally fun to look at! It’s fun that you saw things you have and had too!
      We want to see your doll room if you’d ever like to share it with me… please?????
      Thanks Linda,
      Blessings, Jeanne

      • Linda Doyle says:

        Jeanne, I would love to share pics, but will have to wait until my hubby fixes the computer. He took off all the pictures, so he could work on it. I’ll try to hurry him along!

        • Jeanne W says:

          OH thanks Linda… this will be fun! Maybe I’ll ask tomorrow if anyone else wants to share their dolly room too… the more the better! I can’t wait to see it…show us everything… all the details…just like “Richard” did!
          Blessings, Jeanne

  2. Marilyn says:

    Good grief! I’ll be coming back to look at these all day.
    If you like details, check Amazon for the books illustrated by Barbara McClintock. Some are set in Paris, a nice city for details, and many are here in the US — Mary and the Mouse and Where’s Mommy? show nice house illustrations. Some reviewers think the houses are too upper class, but I just love the details.

    • Jeanne W says:

      HI Marilyn,
      Oh those books by Barbara McClintock are wonderful too… I love the Where’s Mommy one! Thanks for sharing those. I loved them…very much!
      Blessings, Jeanne

  3. Susette says:

    Wow! What a post! Thanks for all the websites to look at so I can partially justify my interest in collecting doll things now. Just yesterday I won an American Girl tilt table and chairs on eBay for probably less than it sold for originally. I was feeling somewhat guilty for spending money on things like that until I saw your wonderful post this morning.

    I, too, found a metal dollhouse on eBay like the one Linda has and furnished it with Renwal pieces a few years ago. We were probably competing for the same pieces. It’s just like the one I had as a child. My grandchildren are looking forward to playing with it again when they visit in July. Thanks for sharing the name of the maker of the little stove, Linda. I have a picture of myself with it taken on Christmas Day almost three quarters of a century ago.

    Thanks again for the wonderful blog, Jeanne Marie. You make us so happy with the memories.

    • Jeanne W says:

      HI Susette,
      Yes, it’s kind of nice to know you aren’t alone when it comes to doll collecting, isn’t it? I bet some of those houses were P-R-E-T-T-Y expensive to put together… so it makes buying a table and chairs seem like a pretty reasonable purchase doesn’t it?
      I’m glad you enjoyed the post today, Susette… I did too!
      Blessings, Jeanne

  4. Karen D says:

    LOVED looking at all the dollhouses! So much detail! Don’t you wonder where they get a lot of their miniatures, such as the little hooks with all things hanging from them – whisks, scissors, etc? My daughter and I put together one of those dollhouse kits that my mother gave her for Christmas one year. It was a lot of fun, but nothing like the ones in the links you provided. There used to be a great store in our city called Frank’s Nursery and Crafts. Oh how I loved that store! They had a section for miniatures and we outfitted her dollhouse with furniture and many accessories from that store. We even got a tube of toothpaste, a toothbrush, and a roll of toilet paper to put in the bathroom which we set up in the attic space. I have the dollhouse now because my daughter doesn’t have room to store it.

    I have a friend whose mother used to make and sell individual room scenes. She has some of them, and let me tell you, they are fantastic and full of details! She made just about everything in those rooms. Such talent!

    And … my kids also loved the Richard Scarry books! We spent a lot of time on each page discovering all the little details one might miss if they just read the words and turned the page.

    • Jeanne W says:

      Hi Karen,
      Even though I don’t have one, I still stop and look at the “miniatures” in Hobby Lobby occasionally just to see the tiny little things available. I love “little” things, so I probably would love to do a doll house, but I have no room either for one… (too much doll stuff!) :o)

      I wish I had room to create a few rooms to use as backdrops for when I take pictures of my dolls in their dresses…maybe a bedroom scene, a school scene, a dress shop where someone is trying on “Jeanne Marie Original” dresses, etc.
      Thanks Karen,
      Blessings, Jeanne

  5. Love Renwal. I’ve only ended up with a few pieces from my childhood. But, I do have that metal doll house.
    My favorite of the houses is the Swedish guest house. Love the white. And I also like the plain white bookcase made into a house. I recognize a lot of the furniture that fits Ginny in that one.
    Fun post Jeanne

    • Jeanne W says:

      Hi Joy,
      I liked all the white too… would love to actually have my house look like that…(in my dreams I guess!) It was so refreshing and just plain ole pretty!
      Thanks so much Joy…it really was fun for me too!
      Blessings, Jeanne

  6. Oh, my goodness, Richard Scarry was a part of my and my daughter’s childhood. Great Big Schoolhouse is how my daughter learned to distinguish each letter when she was two. She ended up being an early reader at a little over four years old. What do People do all Day and Funniest Storybook Ever also got a lot of reading also. I still have them tucked away in the childhood book boxes with the Arch books etc.
    Love the dollhouses. My daughter’s was a wooden dollhouse my grandfather made for my mom’s fourth birthday and filled with a combination of her 1940’s Renwal dollhouse furniture ( I went over to eBay and see many, many pieces we have and some come in different colors) and Playmobil items and people. the Playmobil things make great dollhouse people for the AG girls. She even has tiny brass pots and pans and candlesticks that were my mom’s. What a fun, fun post!! I really need to set the dollhouse up again. My daughter, mom and i really like miniatures.

    • Jeanne W says:

      HI Laura,
      Well, it looks like Richard Scarry was a part of all of our lives and our kids lives too! I was sure I wasn’t the only one who loved his books.
      This was fun reading about everyone’s doll houses and seeing which ones you liked best!
      I only had the cardboard Barbie doll house but it was fun for me.
      Thanks Laura,
      Blessings, Jeanne

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