Build We Must!

We started building at the end of 2000. My sister decided that we should revisit our childhood dollhouses and "upgrade" them.

Then we started to read dollhouse magazines and realized the large world of dollhouses. We sent for catalogs, went to shows, and found local shops. We were amazed and delighted. We decided to build 1:12 scale houses. My sister bought a dollhouse at Target, we put it together, decided it was too small, bought another and bashed the two! We called the house The Original Rowbottom Manse. With this success, I designed, and we built a "mansion" -- Sunnybrook Farm (see original blog for both).

All our houses have families living in them and a story is built around their personalities and lifestyles. This story is an integral part of the building process, and is included in the blog.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Two years later ...

Corona Ashley

Two years and no dollhouse building. I became very involved with a number of real-world things that took up all my time.

Well, the real-world is under control and I am making some time for the little people again. I decided not to continue blogging in the original Iris March Creations but to start a new blog for anything done (for older or new houses) from now on. I was getting very concerned with the original blog because very often, it did some very strange things. So rather than take a chance messing it up, I will only add a notice about the new blog, and then started anew. I am still working on the finishing touches on the main page.

Needless to say, Montclaire House is exactly as it was in December, 2013. I am re-acquainting myself with what is yet to be done: exterior, lights, and landscaping -- I guess that will take awhile!

I have started an Ashley. I always liked the original which took on a very different look when my sister decided we should give it a full 2nd floor and rooms in an attic.
The multi-bashed previous Ashley known as Badger's Hollow
This new Ashley will have a similar look, except as a Colonial. I am bashing it to double its length and giving it a 16 inch depth. Also, I decided not to use the original wood, but to recut using 1/4 inch plywood. This is more stable.

The house is owned by Abigail and Samuel Spencer. They are already known from Abigail's Teashop and Bakery. Their home is at 22 Larkspur Lane (which is also the "name" of the dollhouse).

Hopefully, it won't be two years before my next post! The blog is still in test mode and I can't insert images into my posts using the "Image" icon. I will put the images in Picassa Web Albums and use code found there to insert images in this blog. It is a bit of a pain, but so far, the only solution.


  1. Signed up to follow and eager to see what you're up to next! :D

    1. Nice to hear from you. Although I have not been active, I have been following my favorite Blogs.

  2. Hi Iris! It's great to see you will be continuing with blogging about your wonderful houses! You have been missed! I want to follow you on this new blog, but I am not on google plus (and don't want to be!) I will look around for the follow this blog button... did I overlook it or have they made it invisible? I know, I am showing my age here.... Still learning the ropes! I look forward to seeing more of your new builds!

    1. BlogSpot only offered me the "Google+ Followers" option-- I don't understand this idea of theirs. Did you try the "Google+..." option, maybe it will work anyway? I will send you an email when I post -- no problem! I still read your blogs--your creativity just keeps going!