Dollhouse DIY

So dollhouses- while I am seriously impressed with the Barbie dollhouse out there today (I’m talking about built in lifts and water sprinklers) they are a horrible bright pink and plastic. I don’t know why but plastic dollhouses just aren’t my thing- they look cheap and cheery- I much prefer a wood dollhouse!

Dollhouses weren’t really on my radar for Ava considering her age and the fact that she had never really showed an interest in them- that was until we were in the States last year. My In-laws had a huge Barbie dollhouse with a farm, car etc you name it they had it! Ava was in love!

If you remember a few years ago- I bought a Big W Kids Garment Rack. It’s still available for purchase for $39.

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Well with Ava getting a little bigger and re-arranging her room to try and give her more space it just wasn’t feasible to have the garment rack in her room. I didn’t want to get rid of it because apparently it’s a coveted Big W item (ha) and it’s super cute (the reason I bought it in the first place). I moved it to the playroom initially but again it was taking up too much room.  I thought of using it as a superhero/princess changing station with costumes etc but again the room and I couldn’t handle mismatched colourful outfits being out on display (that my friends is the real reason I’m sure.. my OCD wouldn’t allow it)

After a few days of musing over what to do the thought of changing it into a dollhouse came to mind! We wanted to get Ava a dollhouse anyways and with some woodwork from my dad I could probably get the bare bones of a dollhouse to paint and decorate!

I dropped the dollhouse into dad one day and within a few weeks I had the bare bones of a dollhouse! Big W eat your heart out!

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After some paint, dollhouse furniture from Amazon/Kmart and inspiration from Pinterest we’ve partially finished creating a beautiful doll house! I’ll link everything below! I still have a little ways to go regarding decorating walls etc but we’re well on our way!

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Ava loves playing with it and we’ve named her two dolls Ava and Sophia and the baby’s name is “baby.” The girls have baths and eat dinner, they cook and play in the babies room- it’s quite adorable to watch!

Doll House Furniture

Bathroom Furniture (Kmart)  |  Bedroom Furniture (Kmart)  |  Lounge Furniture (Kmart)  |  Kitchen Furniture (Kmart)  |  Main Dolls (Kmart)  |  Baby Doll (Kmart)  |  Dining Room Table & Chairs (Amazon)  |  Lounge Room Plant (Amazon)  |  Kid’s Room Furniture  (Mighty Ape/Amazon)  |  Pets (Mighty Ape/Amazon)  |  Small plant in Kitchen (Amazon)  |  Turkish Rug in Dining Room (Amazon)  |  Window Box Flowers (Amazon)

Grass off cut – was leftover from when we re-did our backyard with artificila turf.

Paint- these are from Spotlight (our local craft store).

Floors- the “floor boarded” floors are cut up paddle pop sticks, glued down with a hot glue gun.

Wallpaper- Scrap booking paper from our local craft store hot glue gunned to the walls.

I’m still working on ideas for the walls- i.e. framed pictures, macrame etc send me your ideas if you have any!

Ikea Favourites

Have you seen the new Ikea catalogue? They have some new great items! I’ve put together a little roundup of my favourites below!

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One- Stockholm 2017 Couch | Two- 24 piece black cutlery set |Three- Fejka Artificial Potted Fiddle-Leaf Fig| Four- Leather Handles | Five- Lisamari Throw Light Grey | Six- Hammock | Seven- 20 piece train set | Eight- Pudda Basket | Nine- Light Pink Napkins | Ten- Garland Flags | Eleven- House wall lamp | Twelve- Hourglass | Thirteen- Adum Rug Pale Pink |

Inflatable Fun!

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If you’re like me, you’ve probably wandered through a many Kmart and Target searching for the next project, or the next birthday gift. I’ve browsed most of the shelves looking for home wares and kids toys- sometimes during my lunch break at work, other times, late at night once Ava has gone to bed.

Last year, while browsing the Kmart shelves in search of a birthday gift, I found a blow up slide and ball pit.. I was shocked! How did Kmart have something so amazing as a slide and ball pit!! Ava (who was 3 months at the time) wasn’t nearly old enough to be able to use the toy, but I made a mental note to check back in about a year when she was walking.. well…since that day Kmart, Target, Best & Less they have all upped their Inflatables game. You’re about to be blown away trust me!!

From prices ranging from AUD7 up to a whopping AUD529 you can purchase pool inflatables for summer, or simple slides and ball pits! If you have a bit of extra room in your backyard or play room I highly recommend looking into investing in some inflatable fun!!

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Inflatable Battle sticksInflatable Flamingo100 pack play balls  

Inflatable Happy Hop, Jump, Splash, Wave Fun Zone  | Inflatable Bouncy Castle

Inflatable Slide & Ball Pit | Inflatable Donut