Saturday, January 18, 2014

Work and Play at Norm's Dollhouse

Things at Norm's have been pretty busy lately, which is awesome. Lots of houses in the back for work. We're still working on Marilyn's awesome house, which is gorgeous.

This little house we're donating to a charity. It's almost ready to go!

This house is a remodel job. The owner is a neat lady who did all the wallpaper and everything when she was 8, and she did and AMAZING job.

But it was all kind of aging and needed some freshening up, so she brought it to us to put in new wallpaper and floors and stuff.

Neat house. Cool attic. I just like attics, I think.

Still working on a Queen Anne for Cathy. This is a pretty house, and she's got awesome ideas about how she wants it finished.

Check out that chandelier!

Cathy has awesome taste, and is going to have one AWESOME house!

This little house just came in today, and I couldn't resist the urge to take a picture of Snuffy in the fallen wallpaper.

This house is about 40 years old, and we're doing a refurbish for the original owner so she can play with it with her daughter. That's pretty cool. I love helping on refurbishing. I always just wonder what stories this old wallpaper knows, what dolls it saw live in this room, what adventures they had.

I guess old wallpaper just makes me a bit wistful or something.

Anyway, all of that isn't the ONLY excitement going on at Norm's. Oh no... there's plenty of work, but there's PLAY too!

We got this thing. A wonderful, awesome flying thing.

It's called a Nano Quadcopter. We got it from Hobby Town in Centennial, so if you're in Colorado, go get one from them. They're awesome. You can order one online too, but instant gratification is so much more instantly gratifying.

Even Snuffy got into the act. I think I need to make him a parachute before he does too much flying, since we all stink at flying the thing.

Well, except David. Who's a pretty good quadcopter pilot.

Except for getting it stuck on the ceiling a couple of times.

He got up on a stepladder and got it down. Though MY suggestion was getting a SECOND quadcopter to rescue the first one. I got outvoted.

I guess two would just be twice as much time spent waiting for them to charge, though.

Anyway, it was a great day at Norm's today. Lots and lots of houses to work on, but we love it. I'll let you know how it all goes! Must be construction season! Lucky I look so good in my construction hat.

- Miri


  1. Hi Miri, thank you for the tour! You've got some really nice houses to decorate and refurbish. You look awfully cute in a construction helmet.
    The quadcopter is intriguing but looks very difficult to drive. Poor Snuffy, don't let him get up there!

  2. That house is gorgeous! I can't wait to see it when you are finished with it!

  3. Hi Miranda, I love old houses! It is a lot of work to restore them, but they do look fabulous when they are finished. (By the way, you look really good as a construction worker!)
    Oh boy, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the chandelier! I hopefully will have one in my own home one day. *sighs wistfully*
    Looks like you guys are having too much fun with that quadcopter. Don't break anything!

  4. Hey Vernoique! You betcha! It's one of my favorite parts about being a construction pixie at Norm's, getting to see all these other people's houses. They're all so neat and different. I dunno for sure which one we're working on today, but we are definitely working today!

    The quadcopter is a kick, but it is a little tricky to drive. Especially for me, since the controller is bigger than I am. But they're getting me one that's my size. That'll help a lot. :)

    Hi LouWhoish! Thanks! I think so too! Can you imagine being a pixie lucky enough to LIVE there?!? OMG! It's amazing. I'll let you know when we're done with it and post lots of pictures.

    Hey Isabelle! It is a lot of work to restore an old house, but they have such meaning to the humans who bring them to us, I am so happy to help out. And thanks, I rock a hat, it turns out. Who knew?

    Anyway, yeah. That chandelier is to die for. Cathy's got awesome taste in houses and lights, that's for sure.

    So far we've managed not to break anything with the quadcopter, and not to break THE quadcopter. So that's all pretty good! But more flying practice today too! Between construction projects. :) Have a great Sunday!

    - Miri

  5. That quadcopter is neat! The houses all are great too, I always am amazed about the incredible floors and wallpaper there is available. The pool table from the previous post, is that a toy? That's so cool!!!

  6. Hi Nymphaea! Thanks! I think so too, and I love all of the houses we get to work on. They're all so different and each one is wonderful in their own way. It's pretty cool. The variety of floors and wallpaper available now for dollhouses is certainly different than it was when _I_ was a kid, getting my first dollhouse in the 70s. :)

    The pool table where Snuffy was hustling Miranda is a dollhouse sized one. It's the one the pixies bought with my debit card all those years ago - My Desk, Their Den. It's like this set - which I think is super cute. :)

    Hope that helps! Thank you so much for reading our silly little blog. It means a lot that you enjoy it. :) Have a great weekend!

  7. What a neat, behind-the-scenes look! There are so many interesting things going on - I love seeing the dollhouses-in-progress. :)

  8. Snuffy is totally adorable, and that quadcopter looks like so much fun! I love seeing all of the old houses getting refurbished--thanks for sharing, Miri! xo Jennifer

  9. Sounds like it's going to be an awesome dolls house! It makes me wish I had more time to decorate mine... I look forward to seeing what it looks like when it's re furbished!