Monday, February 3, 2014

Dad's Dollhouse Sunset Magazine Plans

Just as I was writing my last post about how I finally completed decorating Dad's Dollhouse as a mouse house, I contacted my local library system to see if they could find the original plans for Dad's Dollhouse.

I knew the plans were from Sunset magazine and that my dad had built the house sometime between 1973 and 1975. Off the information went, and within a few days I received an answer. Thank you to Ross and the Ask the Librarian program of the Multnomah County Library! Ross kindly sent me a scan from the December 1974 issue of Sunset, page 88, which I've photographed:



This is definitely the house, only mine looks a little bit different:



These are the photos I took back in March of 2011 for my original "Dad's Dollhouse" blog post. The photos show the house before I changed out the shag carpets(!), wallpapered the upstairs study, and decorated the house. As you can see, Dad added a third floor for me, shingled the roof, and painted the house my requested "wedgewood blue." The front porch columns are spindles from an antique chair we had in our real life basement. 

I've got a bad cold, so I'm not going to write much more today, but it is such a thrill for me to see the original magazine article again. I remember looking at it many times as Dad and I discussed ideas, plans, and dreams. I couldn't wait to be that little girl in the pictures, playing with my own dollhouse. Thanks, Dad! Until next time, keep it fun! xo Jennifer


41 comments:

  1. love the colour of your one- it actually reminds me a bit of the moomin house!

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  2. Hi Jennifer!
    So wonderful that you have got this original magazine artickle! Your house looks exactly like the one in the magazine! Your Dad has done beautiful work!
    Sorry to hear you have bad cold...please take care and drink hot juices, take naps and if you can, read some fun books! I am sure Flossy will make you something sweet :)
    Hugs
    Kikka

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  3. The house is really beautiful, great architecture! ;)
    Get well soon. :)
    Hugs

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  4. Amazing the original magazine. Your home looks like the one in the artickle
    Kisses
    Alessandra

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  5. Hello Jennifer,
    That is such a lovely souvenir and a great memory! I hope you feel better soon.
    big hug,
    Giac

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  6. Dear Jennifer, I´m soooo sorry to hear you have a bad cold, and that so soon afther you had the flu, you must take good care of your self, it is very serious !
    But ofcourse I can understand how exited this must be for you, it was very nice that your Dad added a third floor for you :)
    It is a sweet little house full off childhood memory´s, I love that :)
    I hope you are getting better every minute!

    Hugs Mieke xxx

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  7. It is not good with a cold on top of the flu, so you have to take care of yourself and this time, make sure to be completely healthy.
    I can hear that it's a huge experience to see the magazine from when you were a child. It is always so cozy with a trip down of, Memorie Laine.
    Have fun
    Hugs
    Wyrna

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  8. Hello from Spain: I hope you recover your health cold. You're lucky to conserve the magazine. Great house. Keep in touch

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  9. I hope you will recover quickly from your bad cold! It's amazing that the library was able to locate that article so quickly for your! Your dad's house looks really cute and I love how he customized it to your liking! The blue color is very nice and it adds to the beauty of this sweet dollhouse!

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  10. It's great you have the article now, and it was nice reading about your childhood memories of your daddy and the house :-).

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  11. Get well soon Jennifer! I can imagine your thrill back then! And both houses - this on the plans and your Dad's- are great!:)
    Hugs

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  12. Sorry to hear about your flu... my best wishes for a fast recovery! How exciting that you're having the plans for that special dollhouse now. I think the changes your Dad made are great... and on the old pictures from the start you already made it pretty clear that this would become a mouse house... So funny how your plush mouse is peeping out of the window... ;O)

    Hugs
    Birgit

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  13. So sorry to hear you're not feeling well. Guess all you can do is curl up under a blanket with tea, a brownie and those lovely pictures! You are the little girl in the picture now :-) play a lot and get well soon!
    Hugs,
    Véronique

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  14. О, Дженнифер! Поскорее выздоравливайте! Надеюсь, что грипп быстро убежит!
    Так приятно получить желаемую информацию! Я вас поздравляю!
    Ваши мышки любят дом! Так весело выглядывают из окон!
    Татьяна

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  15. That's so nice of them to send you the pictures of the article of the time. Such a nice memory! Your house looks lovely though, I wouldn't be too worry about it not looking the same as in the magazine. I'm sorry you feel bad and I hope you get well soon. Take care Jennifer.

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    1. Hi Simona, Thank s for your nice comment. Yeah, I like my house better! ;-) xo Jennifer

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  16. How fun that you found the information you needed! Love your dolls house, it is really super. Isn't it nice that one can be a grown-up little girl too and never get too big for a dolls house. In bed full of a cold here too juck. Get well soon, all the best, Pam xx

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  17. Hi Jennifer
    sorry to hear that you are under the weather, I really liked seeing the plans for the mouse house. I hope you feel better soon


    Marisa

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  18. Hola Jennifer qué gran suerte tener una casa de muñecas comprada por tu padre hace tanto tiempo, es además preciosa. Cuídate ese resfriado. Un abrazo

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  19. So happy the library was able to find the info for you. The house is fabulous and I like your renovations!
    Feel better soon...lots of rest and fluids! :-)
    Hugs,
    Lisa

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  20. ¡Que bonito recuerdo!
    Espero que te recuperes pronto.

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  21. Great that people were so nice and reponded to your requst! Wonderful memories and a beautiful house ..with cute mouse-ears in the window! :) Get well soon, take care! :)

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  22. Que te pongas pronto buena, cuidate.
    Preciosa casita.
    Mil besos...Julia.

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  23. It is so lovely to hear your fond memories of the house and how lovely to have a copy of the original plan. I love the house.

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  24. This is awesome!! I am so happy to know you found the original plan!! I adore you dad's house so much! Have a beautiful week sweet friend and love to you!

    jacqueline
    http://jqlinesocuteithurts.typepad.com/

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  25. How kind from the people of your library that they did their best to find the article and that they have sent you the scan :D! The house that your Dad built for you is lovely, it must be a treasure full of memories for you, Jennifer.
    Get well soon, dear friend and like all the others say: take good care for yourself......a bad cold after a flu isn't good at all!
    Big hug, Ilona

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  26. Wonderful that you found the original article! I like Dad's house very much!

    Sorry to hear you have a bad cold...I had one myself last week...Get well soon! Hugs Eeva

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  27. Hi Jennifer! That really is a wonderful house, and to see the original magazine article again must have brought back some great memories! Thanks for sharing!
    I hope you feel better soon, blame the weather!
    Kind regards, Brian.

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  28. Oh, you have found the original...What's a clever project!!
    I hope you're getting better!

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  29. What fun to have found again the original plans of your house. It must have brought back so many sweet memories.
    I hope your cold won't last too long.
    Geneviève

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  30. Oh, now a nice house! your Dad built beautiful gift for you.
    It's great you found the information with plans.
    Hugs
    Magda

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  31. Me encantan las fotografías, son geniales. Ha estado un regalo el visitar tu bloc, te invito visitar el mio y si te gusta espero que te hagas seguidora.
    Elracodeldetall.blogspot.com

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  32. Another great post, Jennifer; there's enough information there for someone to build their own dollhouse if they wanted to, just like your Dad did. Thanks for sharing it. And I hope you feel better soon - I'm sure this arctic weather isn't helping!
    xoxo Maureen

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  33. Oh hon, I just saw the icefluberg has re-sailed back to you ;(. I hope your body fights this one off quickly!

    Its wonderful to have a snippit of the inspiration for Dads dollhouse, I am sure it brings back great memories and a smile for spurring on that mini love to the adult you!

    That's it..I proclaim no more sickness for us! Otherwise bubble suits might be in order ;P

    Big , "sniffley" hugs to you lady!

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  34. Jennifer,

    How wonderful to have found that magazine article! It kind of reminds me of all my Mother's old crochet magazines and stuff. It brings us closer to the older generation and gives us something wonderful to pass on to the next. Thanks for keeping us posted (no pun intended) Jennifer. I hope you feel well soon.

    Love,

    - Momma Cat

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  35. What a special story, congratulations on that.
    Beware that costipado, want to see more of your stuff.
    kiss.Mónica

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  36. Very nice doll house dad built!
    I wish you get well soon! Eat lots of lemon and honey!
    kiss

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  37. Awesome, that you were able to find the original plans!

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  38. That is so amazing... and fun! :) So glad you were able to find the original plans.

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