Well, deck the halls with boughs of holly . . . it's Christmas at the tin dollhouse!
Is it bad that I stole the bird's home and made it into a Christmas decoration?
I won't get in trouble with Santa for that, will I?
But since the birds weren't overly impressed with my dollhouse turned birdhouse in the 1st place, I kicked out the ungrateful birds (don't get your tinsel in a tangle, that's a joke, no birdies were harmed), brought the house inside and started decorating it for the holidays.
I actually think I've played with this tin dollhouse more than the one I got as a kid.
A little snow here (just in case you were wondering, it's fake snow).
A few bottle brush trees there.
A little Santa action on the roof.
And a few vintage ornaments turned kitschy lawn decor.
Even a tiny little mid-century modern silver tree for the living room.
One of my readers, Ann (Hey, Ann!), told me about a video Kate from Retro Renovation did on making a mini tinsel tree. It was perfect for my picture window, because if you have a picture window you just HAVE to have a tree in it.
While you're at it you can see how Kate makes a vintage ornament wreath also. I need to make one of those this year.
Let's not look too far inside the dollhouse though.
The previous renters had to move out quickly and they took all the furniture with them. I'm thinking of filing a complaint against them, but then again they've probably flown off to Florida by now.
Oh, and I almost forgot to show you the coolest part!!!
I climbed up on my little ladder and strung Christmas lights on the roof!!!
It's a battery operated set I bought at Walmart and it has all these different patterns it can make. I left it on "steady" for this photos, but they can blink and all sort of things.
Probably cause seizures too if you look at them too long.
More birdhouse/dollhouse/Christmas house shenanigans:
My tutorial on how I repurposed the tin dollhouse in the first place - Vintage Tin Dollhouse Repurposed Into Birdhouse (from July)
And my thoughts on the birds not appreciating my efforts - Tin Dollhouse Birdhouse Update (from early November)
My stepdad found this same dollhouse with all the furniture in my stepsister's garbage bin 15 years ago and brought it to me! I was 50, then, and was just as excited as a 5 year old! I kept it out for a while, then put it in my closet. Then, this year I saw one decorated like yours, Pam! I got so excited I bought some scalloped material like yours and got out other items to use for decorations, But I have MS and it had other ideas and I wasn't able to finish decorating. But when this spell passes, I may still decorate my hearth with my little Winter house! Thanks for sharing yours! Happy New Year to Everyone!!!
Yes, a winter house sounds like fun! Maybe a little ice skating rink for the front yard 🙂 Hope your MS flare up goes away quickly. And hope you have a happy and healthy year in 2017!
When I was a little girl(I am 61now) I lived I Alaska, I saw a snowman peeking over the roof of a house. Your tall snowman and doll house reminded me of the experience. Thank you.
Hi, I'm new to your blog and am loving it already! I love your sense of humour especially, that's what really captured my attention. The content caught my eye first of course but then I saw how funny you are and had to subscribe. This Christmas doll house...OMG! Now I want to do one too and will be on the look out for one. When I was a kid I borrowed my cousins big tin doll house and decorated it for Christmas so when I saw this I got way too excited. This is so adorable! My kids will think I'm nuts because I already do an extensive Christmas Village and now I want a Christmas doll house. Now the hunt is on. Thanks for the inspiration, Pam. So glad I found your blog.
Oh, thank you! I'm so glad you appreciated that! I just bought another one this summer, a two-story colonial, that I'm dreaming of fun things to do with this year! I hope you find one!