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August 03, 2009


Mary Lou

I love it! It's so fun when something just captures our imaginations, and we can run with it. That little coffee mug is great! Hope you have a good week.
Mary Lou


Lord help us if the world is full of "sane" people! I have a Victorian dollhouse I got in North Carolina just waiting for a little insanity. And my granddaughter is not being terribly patient about it. Yours is delish-adorable! OX Suzen


I could totally get into that, everything is so cute. I've just discovered your blog.


Well I would love to lose my mind with you! That dollhouse is so dang cute I would sit and play with it too. Just blame it on your second childhood!

Alison Gibbs

Oh Kim what fun. What else is a girl to do but play house???LOL


I adore your dollhouse, Kim, and completely understand your wanting to spruce it up all the time! I have one that my sister was going to throw away! You have inspired me to "get going" with it and have some fun, too.


The doll house is as sweet as can be. A few years ago I pulled the dollhouse my father made me out of storage. It was pink and white, four rooms, one on top of the other with a pitched attic room at the top. It is on wheels. The white was dirty the pink faded. I re-painted it for my little girl, LibbyLu, and purchased new furniture. When you first shared about your dollhouse, I was inspired to decorate mine/LibbyLu's for decoration - maybe in my bedroom. She had moved on from this kind of play at least two years ago. Well, as it turns out, she may have moved on, but she is not ready to surrender. I will be patient. My heart swells that she still loves it. ~Kelly

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How adorable is that, can I come over and play too. I love doll houses and I remember buying one for one of my daughters and she did not want to have anything to do with it. It was a beautiful old colonial home with white posts. Hmmm wonder what happened to it. I love your header on your blog.


Wonderful dollhouse! I bought one for my kids and I think I like it more than they do! Have fun! Sincerely, Ann


I love your dollhouse and I've found one that is really close to what my house looks like. When I told hubby that I would like one to my suprise he said "I can build you one"!

Nicole M.

I've decided I'm going to live vicariously through you and your dollhouse! Maybe someday I'll have one, but until then, I greatly enjoy seeing yours.

Jenny Froh

OMG.. it's adorable!!!


Hi Kim :)

Oh my goodness! I burst out laughing when you said your desk was clean and you showed an exact replica!! LOL Your dollhouse is absolutely darling and I don't blame you one bit for having fun with it :)

love you,

Lavender Dreams

Your killing me! My friend at Freckled Hen just got a doll house, too! Now I am going to be on the hunt! I love your cute little house and really need one for me dolls! I mentioned you on my blog yesterday! Hope you get to stop by to visit! HUGS!


SOOOOO cute!! I love everything - when can I move in? :)



Can I move in? that house is fantastic and so welcoming! Hello Monday!!


It's a miniature Daisy cottage, right down to the mug on the desk! I think we are all just little girls at heart and little girls love dollhouses! I'm glad you're having fun with it.
Your friend, Rhondi

karla nathan

I certainly do get it! And can see how addictive a doll house could be. Your little home is as pretty as your own home.

Becky G.

Oh yes, I get it! I've always wanted a doll house, and would have one today if there was a place in this tiny house to put one! When I was a very little girl, my aunt (who is only 7 years older than me) and I had a feud over a dolls house. She said it was hers, I said it was mine, and to this day - probably 50 years later, I still don't know who it really belonged to. Thankfully, my aunt and I outgrew our feud, and are quite close now, and our favorite topics of conversation? Decorating and gardening. Nothing much changes, really, does it?


Adorable ! Try this site for handmade miniature baked goods: Brings back such great memories of childhood.I will definitely have to put a Dollhouse on my must have list. Have a beautiful day !


It was so adorable ! i never have a doll house when i was young as we do not have the money for that...but i will like to have one for my daughter when she is much older to play. I'm glad you find joy and be blessed in the little things.


I GET IT!! That is just truly too adorable, and must be sooo much fun! Enjoy it hun. A woman should always have a little girl still tucked away inside!

I'm Julia

You're really inspiring me, Miss Kim. I think I need a beach cottage dollhouse. My husband's got great carpentry skills, but I doubt if he'd have the patience to build me one. Something else to add to my "keep an eye out for" list.

Pleasant day :-)


Oh that daisy coffee cup!! Your dollhouse is adorable and reflects your sweet personality.

I use several miniature sites, The Dollhouse Emporium (UK), DeJoux/Dollhouse Heaven, Earth and Tree, Dollhouse Collectables, Dollhouse Junction, and so many more.

I'm not as creative or handy as you (can barely sew) but I find the best products. Most mini sites have "clearance, bargains galore" and items reduced 50% and more.

We can never have too much fun playing with our dollhouses. I'm so awed by the teeniest little treasures to be found.

Have a great day! Carole


Too Too cute. I love the cup on the desk that says daisy. I want to live in your doll house!

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio & The Comforts of Home

Kim, Your doll house is just the sweetest thing! I love that you are having fun decorating it, because then I can have fun too!


So cute and looks like so much fun---I totally get it. ENJOY!!!


Oh yes, I get it! And it's absolutely adorable. Every last detail. I love the geranium!

Angie at junkgarden

So darn cute! I can't get over how much it looks like the real Daisy Cottage. Do you have a miniature Maggie?


If there is such a thing as too much fun, we should all be having it! Everything is so perfect:>)


Looks like fun to me! You are so creative!


Your clean desk gave me a giggle. :) I totally get it!!


Oooh, Kim,
I do wish I lived next door to you. I would love to come over and play. Love the dollhouse. Oh, yes, I do!!

I do not have a blog, but can I still enter the giveaway?

Love & Hugs,


I just absolutely LOVE IT! Being forever young is a great problem to have! I still like to play with paper dolls.

Becky @ Farmgirl Paints

I think it's sweet. Nothing wrong with having a little play time:)


Guaranteed smiles each time I visit ~ thank you for that!!


I love what you're doing with your new place- I especially adore the little geranium! :-)
I bought myself a doll last week (a little soft US Park Ranger~ I call her Ranger Ruth)& my husband commented how much he enjoyed seeing me smile as I arranged her hair.


I totally "get it!" I was on vacation last week and worked on my dollhouse the entire time! It was so much fun and SO relaxing!
I know you'll have fun with yours too. It's just adorable! Love your desk! Cute cute!


ADORABLE! you are doing a great job :)so cute.

Nancy Hutson Maisenbach

Kim, you can't be serious? Your family must know you better than that. A doll house to make beautiful is as right as rain for you. Your loved ones just love to tease you cause they can. I predict your hubby will want to play to and will be making baseboard or something soon.
Thanks for sharing your progress with us. Some lucky dolls will love living in there.
My favorite is the blue rug on the daisy carpet but is is all so cute!!
Nancy M.


Your hubby should be glad you are done with the big cottage (perhaps just a little anyway) and now moving to the little cottage, though at the price of doll house stuff perhaps not, haha.

Thanks! so cute!


You have inspired all of your friends of Daisy Cottage to give in to that "little girl" that never grows up or fades with time. Somehow I think that men are "forgiven" for giving into that "little boy" but somehow us women neglect and suppress that urge. We are nurturers, care givers, mothers, wives, and we rarely ever do something for ourself. When we do, we feel guilty. But this is just the kind of thing that we need: to be told that its OK, and that to truly live, is to be young at heart (in more grown-up ways). I am so excited about everything that you have done on your dollhouse and can't wait to give into that little girl urge of mine...and display and make and create in dollhouses of my own!

I just found a dollhouse in the trash and I am so excited about playing in it! I have three little boys and have longed for a little girl, which will happen someday. But with my new-found inspiration from Kim at Daisy Cottage, I don't need to wait on all of the "little girl" things that my heart is bursting for! xo!

Rose - The Center of My Self

Your miniature decor is nearly as delightful as our regular decor, Kim! Nope, no such thing as too much fun. I like to "party like a 10-year-old", happy, free, unfettered, no alcohol required. (Why do some people need alcohol to have fun? I think kids have way more fun! I know I have way more fun that folks who drink.) The desk is just precious, with the colorful books scattered about and your tiny mug. Love it all!


Oh my I adore your dollhouse! Can I come live in it? If you hadn't said it was a dollhouse and dollhouse furn I wouldn't have known the difference between your real furniture and the miniature stuff!

Gerry Sharp

I also have a yellow dollhouse that my hubby surprised me with at Christmas, l982. I put the shingles on and the clapboards on and Hubby wired it. I have lots of lovely furniture packed up in the house. Now, you have given me the incentive to install the windows and doors and wallpaper and carpet. Somewhere I lost interest in in and now I must complete it. Won't you have fun with yours at Christmas?

You have always been an inspiration to me, even back when you advised me about painting my fireplace white. Have never regretted it for a minute.

Still a faithful reader of your wonderful blog and look forward to reading more of your articles in Romantic Country.

Gerry of North Carolina


Oh my goodness Kim! You are truly inspiring me to pull my half-finished dollhouse from the basement and begin an idle passion anew!


O.M.G. What fun, fun, fun! Brings back memories for me. Some of the most fun I ever had, period, was playing with my dollhouse. I even "built" another to play with outside. Just sticks, leaves, etc., but I made it a home. Of course, nothing like the beautiful green cabinet in your lovely home, but oh, so much fun!
Thanks so much for sharing!


Madigan and I love your doll houses. Awhile back you posted some pictures and I wrote to the store inquiring about their pink dollhouse in one of the one ever wrote back....I knew Maddie would love it. Another time.
When I clicked on your site, she (Madigan) is setting next to me eating....she yells "MOMMY ARE WE GOING THERE?" She was pointing to your beautiful yellow cottage....great taste my 3 yr old has huh!!
Hugs to you,
Valerie oh yes and Madigan too

Cindy Meguiar

I LOVE it! You have inspired me to get going on mine! Just painted it yesterday! See fun is contagious.........and I think right now many people could use a little fun! Thanks!


How many hours did we spend playing with our Barbie dolls??? I miss it, and would do it all over again. So play on girlfriend. Have fun fun fun. Is there a little Maggie also?
I posted about the food I feed my babes. If your interested. Not too many comments??? I wonder why?? lol
Love Claudie


I get it. I made 2 different dollhouses for one of my daughters and I thought it was so much fun. It's like you kind of start thinking very very small. The trouble is now you have to keep TWO houses clean.


I'm lovin' your little house! Love the coffee mug! I've got a mini mug with my name. I think I'll have to find one for my doll Meg. I've got my little house moved into the new house now-- can't wait to move my mini's back in! You've inspired me!

Esther Sunday

It is truly putting me over the cuteness edge. LOVE it. I am gonna diet like crazy so I can move in it!

Henriette KB

So darn cute and the coffee mug is just perfect! Can't wait to see more of the rooms and occupants of your gorgeous doll house!


I do understand! Having my own dollhouse has always been on my list. This fall as I open (finally renovate) a little cottage of my own on our property, to be used has a studio, I hope to have space for the dollhouse of my dreams!
Yours is so sweetly decorated, just like Daisy Cottage is. I've really been enjoying seeing it's progress. It just oozes cuteness!
have fun!

Cass at That Old House

Oh, Kim, I GET IT completely! I would still love to be playing with dolls -- my girls never got into decorating their dollhouse and I was itching to do it for them! It's at our beach house now, and I just may finally go for it. Thanks for the inspiration. :-)


Hey Kim

I live with my husband, two sons, two male cats and I am guessing a male fish. Less than a year ago I lost two male dogs and last August, I finally added a girl to our family and got a female chocolate lab! Need I say more. I love bows, makeup, cute clothes and other girly things and I even have a doll house at my grandmothers house. I should bring it home with me sometime so me and my dog, Candy, can do girly things! Have a great day!


I have to admit, I keep checking your blog for more posts on your doll house. I'm so in love with your doll house! :0)
Cerri xo


too cute :)


How fun! Love playing around in a dollhouse.

Mermaid Debbie

I love it!


Anyone who lives in such a splendid house has to be lots of fun ... and I feel it when I read your blog - so fresh and fun and feels so blog - saw you in blogging for bliss and that's how I found you - isn't that a great book - love it
Wanted to mention that I too love miniatures and I do the same - I distress I hand paint with florals and vines - I can;t get enough. you can see some of my stuff on flickr under miniatures
Will be back very soon


I just found your blog and what a treat it is, enjoy it very much! what an adorable home and dollhouse,I will be visiting often.

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