Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A Castle for Barbie

Ok, so it's been a long long time since I've been here. First I was insanely busy getting ready for art shows, then I was depressed because the shows weren't good; then I was busy for the holidays, then I was depressed because....well because it's the holidays. So I'm gonna try to do better in the new year. Thanks to all the people (2) who wrote to ask what in the world was wrong with me.

So here's what I was busy with for the holidays.

Finished - 2 days before Christmas

In Progress

My daughter and I built this for our granddaughter/great granddaughter Emily, who is four and obsessed with Barbies and princesses. It was the most fun I have had in a long time. I love a project you can really obsess about. I think obsessiveness runs in the family. JD didn't have any projects going on so we were able to use his shop and small pieces of left over wood and moulding for all the trim.

Here's Belle about to go in the front door.

Here's ...I forget who this is....in the entrance hall.

Yes, that is purple cut velvet on the walls. It's a Castle. My daughter made the parquet floor in the entrance from 2" pieces of mahogany scraps. The parquet floor in the living room came from an old headboard.

And finally, here's Belle in one of the bedrooms.

It looks small for a bedroom in a castle, but Barbie is a big girl and we made the house as big as possible and still fit in the house and that's as big as the room could be. Actually it didn't quite fit in the house. It went through the front door but we had to take the bedroom door off and cut off a piece of the stop molding to get it in the room it was being hidden in until Christmas. It's about the size of a piano. We may have overdone it. The top is waist high. I said when she's older she can use it as a bar, or a kitchen island.

Here's a couple of pictures I was gonna use but I never got around to writing a post.

Elk in the Smoky Mountains, Cataloochee Valley.

It was mating season (October) and they were everywhere. Magnificent animals. I had a lot more to say about our camping trip but it's too late now.

Tiny House in Mooresville, Alabama.

We had been up to Amish country in Tennessee and stopped by Mooresville on the way back. I don't have any pictures from Amish country because they don't want you to take their picture. Did you know there's a big Amish community in Eldridge Tennessee? I didn't until my sister told me about it a few months ago.

That brings me up to date. There must have been more stuff going on than that but that's all I can remember. Here's to the New Year and more stuff.


mountainmelody said...

Good to see you back! :) I love Mooresville--and what a cool doll house! Impressive!!

Shannon said...

Yay! We're back! Alert the media!

countrypeapie said...

Oh my gosh -- that castle is AMAZING. What fun -- great job.

Patsy said...

Thanks everyone! And Shannon, I think Time is doing a cover story next week.

edifice rex said...

Dang! that castle is so cool; hardwood floors! wow! I'm quite impressed!
Glad to see you back too.

gina c said...

THERE she IS! :) Glad to have you back Patsy! The castle is AMAZING! and you're so right about the practicality of it down the road :) xo

Naturally Me Creations said...

Awww....! That castle is so cute, and so pretty too! You guys did a great job... :) I think it would be so fun to do something like that! (if my husband could do the building of course, and i'd do the decorating inside, hehe)

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