Once upon a time, The Hubs and I lived in a tiny apartment in a tiny town while I worked on finishing up my BA. We had a great time bopping around town visiting friends for movie nights, hitting up Hobby Lobby with those sweet 40%-off coupons, and enjoying half-price happy hour at Sonic, which was no small feat considering that Sonic’s “happy hour” was from 2-4AM! And…that was it. There wasn’t much else to do in Smalltown, USA! (well, besides homework, that is)
So natch, we decided to start a hobby.
This hobby was so much fun, it turned into an Etsy business that kept us busy for several months! We would have kept the hobby up longer, but after killing ourselves to beat the Christmas rush our desire dwindled and eventually the business died. In fact, our business Hotmail account was dormant for so long that Hotmail actually deleted it! (did you know they could do that? I didn’t)
Anyone remember what the hobby was? I’ve mentioned it before.
It was building dollhouses!
We would buy Real Good Toys dollhouse kits from Hobby Lobby and take them from this:
We even fully decked-out the insides with wallpaper, baseboards, and (sometimes, like in the one pictured below) installed electrical outlets. Our buyers were given the opportunity to completely customize their dollhouse, from the exterior colors to the shingle color to what colors and styles of interior wallpapers they wanted. In fact one buyer went so far as to go their local Hobby Lobby, pick out wallpaper for each room, and message us each paper’s item #. Our houses were literally “any way you want it”!
Guys, if that’s not talent, I don’t know what is! Here are a few of my other favorites from our dollhouse building period:
And since I can’t resist an opportunity to shop, of my favorite things about this hobby was collecting dollhouse furniture for my own personal dollhouse (the big yellow beauty right above).
If you’d like to see even more pictures, these are all from our Tiny Homes By Design Facebook page. (Yes, we have a Facebook page. That makes it legit! LOL)
You’re probably wondering what sparked this walk down memory lane…well, I’m thinking about starting the business back up! I’ve been doing a lot of research recently on the prices of different dollhouse kits and decorating materials, and I really think I could make it work. It is such a great outlet for our creative energy. We can make as few or as many as we like, fitting the building around our busy schedules. It’s not a done deal yet, but I’m sure having fun dreaming about it:) Do you have any shelved hobbies that you’re thinking about picking back up?