Earlier this year I was asked by Porch.com & Wayfair to construct and decorate the interior of a dollhouse and donate it to a charity of our choice. The project, called Give A Home, involved 5 bloggers creating a dream dollhouse home which in my mind was a dream project brief! I had a friend of mine plan and build the house itself then my team and I, led by our illustrator and designer Krista, set about creating tiny accessories for our family of bunnies that would come to live there. We used our 12 x 12″ washi sheets as wallpapers, printed tiny pieces of wall art, made rugs using butchers twine and duvets out of felt, we made little jars of grains and carrots for the kitchen shelves and a little picket fence to go around the outside. You can see the home in all it’s glory here.
Last week I had the pleasure of taking the finished home to our chosen charity. Ronald McDonald House does great work here in Portland with families of those children who are needing treatment in hospital. Many families travel far from home and spend several weeks or months to get treatment for their seriously ill or injured children – a long time to be away or to divide a family. And, for children facing a serious medical crisis, nothing seems scarier than not having mom and dad close by for love and support. Ronald McDonald House is that “home-away-from-home” for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost. To donate our handmade dollhouse to their family room was such an honor and an experience I will never forget. I hope you feel inspired by my story to make something, however small, for someone who needs a little cheer in their lives. Enjoy! ~ Lia