Yard Sale Finds

Some finds today.

We stopped by an estate sale and got this desk for $40. It needs some cleaning, but it’s solid wood and has dovetailed joints and doesn’t smell weird or anything. It even has a glass top, cut to its shape.

I also saw a gorgeous china cabinet there that was the perfect size, but two ladies had “spoken for it.” I have to tell you, the ladies (one very very elderly, one fairly elderly) were discussing the potential purchase, and they had a) no way to get it home b) nobody to carry it and c) no place to put it. They were going to put it in a GARAGE. To KEEP.

Please, don’t hoard beautiful affordable china cabinets in your garage, when the cabinet would have lovingly held my mother’s china. Humph.


Then we went to the swap meet, where these dollhouses were $10 each. I asked if he’d take $15 for both and he said sure. Similar dollhouse kits cost around $45 each. That is, unbuilt. We don’t mind refinishing.

These are solidly built, heavy-ish dollhouses.



Our house has been overrun with dollhouses, and my husband’s been very understanding. I always need a PROJECT to do.

These houses are destined to be a Christmas house (Santa’s workshop!) and a Halloween house. I’m picturing Miss Havisham waiting in one of the rooms with a moldy wedding cake.


Look! I Made Pete Postlethwaite!

Eldest and I have been working feverishly on the dollhouse for the past couple of days. It gives us something to do. We make the plans for it, discuss them, and then we execute them. I like it because she has smaller, more nimble hands, so I make her do things I don’t like to do, such as paint trim (this summer, I realized, as a 13-year-old, she can do pretty much any chore I can. Too bad for her).

We decided to make some dolls.

My first attempt didn’t come out so hot. In fact, as I was sculpting his face, I thought, “This guy’s kind of messed up,” and almost squished the Sculpey back together to start anew. But he looked familiar.


Then I had it.

Pete Postlethwaite!

I made a Pete Postlethwaite doll!

Postlethwaite, who passed away last year, was a British actor who was in pretty much everything. The Town, Inception, Clash of the Titans, and of course, The Usual Suspects.

Since then, I have found a doll tutorial on the doll artist Patricia Rose’s website, and hopefully I will someday be 1/25th as good as she is. Look at her Robin Hood doll on the page. It’s made out of Sculpey, and even has real chest hair.

But I do like my Pete doll. He’s sort of too big, but I made him some clothes, and he will have a special place in the dollhouse.