DIY Dolls House for Moomins

I'd seen this bookcase and knew I'd love to get my hands on it. It's plainess was just begging for some colour and pattern and messing around with.

So we bought it and I used scrapbook papers and ribbons and stickers and other lovely things to make it into a doll's house for Grier. I had so much fun decorating this house it kind of felt more like a present for me than her.

She has a beautiful doll's house at Nana and Grandad's house which one day she will inherit but it's delicate and she's only two so I wanted something that she could go to town with and we wouldn't be hovering over her asking her to be more careful.

I ordered this furniture for it because it's wooden and not all pink which were important. I scoured ebay for furniture but this ended up being a better deal and should last a while.

I really had problems finding people for the house. Seriously, every dolls house family I found were seriously freaky. This is what I mean.

So I ordered some Moomins. Because Grier (and I) love Moomins. I ordered them from here but unfortunately they took ages to deliver and sent me the wrong set. Normally I'd have sent them back but there wasn't time to get replacements before Christmas and I thought Santa would be a bit out of order leaving a fully furnished house with no inhabitants so we had to make do. I did complain and tweet shame but no luck - but they won't be getting any more business from this Moomin fan , no way. I really wanted this set as Grier has all the books with these characters.

She loves to rearrange things and put the Moomins (and Kitty and Mimmy) to bed or let them have some telly time if they are good. We can use it for storage if one day a doll's house is fun anymore (or I might just have it in my room......) The bookcase was inexpensive but seems sturdy, I'm ashamed to say all the decorations came from my overflowing stash of craft materials and we can pass the furniture on one day, so it felt like a useful, sustainable and fun gift for my girl.

I decorated the 'study' with these bunny buttons from Amanda Mercer which I bought at the Country Living Christmas Fair. I knew they'd come in handy!

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Whale of a Tale

So after making Brodie's quilt I felt the need to continue the aquatic theme and make a soft toy to go with it. Because probably, maybe sometime soon the boy is going to deem himself *whispers* too big for soft toys. 

I pinned this a while ago thinking it was really cool. The instructions are written in mandarin chinese I believe? But I used the pictures to create some templates from card for my fabric pieces. I used some denim fabric first seen when I made this play mat which makes the whale slightly more 'big boy' I think and is also pretty robust should the whale be involved in some epic adventures, which I certainly hope he will.

I may or may not (I did) have sewn his back to his front, back to front if you get me, but that was easy to fix. Greig and I found ourselves sniggering as Brodie sat next to me as I finished sewing on the whale's eyes while Brodie chatted to me without batting an eyelid. Or maybe he was secretly thinking, I hope that's not for me Mum, you are crazy cakes.

When he opened it on Christmas morning he was delighted and it's had pride of place on his pillow since then which makes me all misty eyed. 

In a perfect world I'd go back and put a bit more teddy stuffing in him but I can't (be bothered that is).