Decorate a Dollhouse on a Dime
By Cate Price
While writing A Dollhouse to Die For, I came across so many clever ideas to decorate a child’s dollhouse that are both easy and inexpensive. Many items you probably have lying around can be repurposed into furniture or fun accessories.
For instance, the tiny plastic stands that come in pizza boxes are ready-made doll’s tables, especially when covered with a cloth. A stack of matchboxes makes a great chest of drawers, with the addition of brass paper fasteners for drawer pulls. Empty thread spools can be used for table bases, stools, and perhaps a plant pedestal.
Coat buttons, or buttons covered in fur make nice little throw pillows for the sofa, and empty eye shadow containers can be repurposed into picture frames or serving trays. How about a drinking straw for an easy curtain rod, with the addition of fabric scraps or old handkerchiefs for curtains?
If you’d like to create a grandfather clock for your house, After Eight mints have an ornate clock design on the wrapper. Small candy boxes, like Russell Stover chocolates, make the ideal doll’s bed, with wooden beads glued on for the feet.
• Remove the bottom wire from the “cage” and straighten it
• The cap is now the seat and the four twisted wires are the legs
• Form the center of the straight wire you removed into a circle design
• Reattach it to the two back legs to form the back of the chair. Voila!
Of course, this means you’ll have to empty a bottle of champagne in order to create a chair. And most bistro table sets have two, right? Decorating a dollhouse can be fun!
Start saving empty toothpaste caps, odd bits of jewelry, and Popsicle sticks for vases, chandeliers and hardwood floors. It’s even more enjoyable if you can share the creation of these charming accessories with a child.
(There are more decorating ideas in the Millbury Ladies’ Home Companion in the back of A Dollhouse to Die For, together with other craft tips and recipes).
So think small, and let your imagination be your guide!
About Cate Price
Cate Price was born in England and came to the U.S. when she was sixteen. She is a regular sight on the streets of her home town walking her two amazing rescue dogs, and enjoys gardening, yard sales, and cooking with friends. Her previous (unpublished) books span the genres of romantic comedy, romantic suspense and murder mysteries, and have finaled in numerous contests, including the prestigious Daphne Du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and Romance Writers of America.
Writing the first book in the Deadly Notions mystery series proved to be rather an expensive project, because while researching auction houses, she also became addicted to bidding on box lots. She is currently hard at work on the next book in the series.
A Dollhouse to Die For
(A Deadly Notions Mystery)
2ND in Series
A Berkley Prime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (May 6, 2014)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Ben Perini
Cover Design by Diana Kolsky
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
E-Book File Size: 1714 KB
Amazon: ASIN: B00FX7R7BK
Daisy Buchanan thinks of her shop, Sometimes a Great Notion, as more than just a business. For her, it’s a haven of vintage sewing notions and other treasures, excellent coffee, and camaraderie. But when an antique dollhouse provokes some bizarre behavior on the part of a customer, Daisy makes it her business to find out what secrets are hidden behind its tiny doors…
Daisy loves her store and some changes in town put that store in jeopardy. While Daisy is dealing with that her husband Joe finds a new hobby. Add to this a very unusual murder and they have their hands full.
I absolutely loved this story. Daisy and Joe are one of my favorite cozy couples. Retired but not ready to stop working and they have both found new passions. We found out about Daisy’s in Going Through the Notions and now Joe seems to have found his too. Plus their lives are not easy. In addition to trying to catch a killer, they have to work to find time together, and must deal with leaky pipes and emergency home repairs.
I also enjoyed Daisy working with Cyril to restore the dollhouse and Joe being mentored by Mac in his new project. Tony Serrano, the hunky detective, still makes even married women’s heart beat a little faster. Eleanor, Laura and Martha are back too. The main and supporting characters are so well developed. It is so easy to feel like you actually know them.
The mystery itself was a complex and had its share of surprising twists. I read the book all in one sitting. I just could not put it down even to go to sleep.
The book also includes tips for decorating a dollhouse and a preview of Book 3, Lie of the Needle.
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