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My Special Project to Build Wonderful Memories

Monday, January 12, 2015

I have been wanting to share a special project that I finally finished the week before Christmas. I had some "play" furniture (table/4 chairs, refrigerator, crib, buffet, high chair) that my dad built for me as a Christmas present in 1960, when I was 3 years old. It was just built out of scraps and left over paint. I LOVED playing "house." Since Hannah is turning three at the end of January, I wanted to fix it up and pass it on to her. This furniture has made 9 moves, including 1 from Texas to North Carolina and 1 from North Carolina to Louisiana. So, it's been through a lot! Here's the "before" picture after we set it out in our garage to repaint. I had a lot of repairs to make to it also.

I wanted to color it with "fun" colors for Hannah and Lydia, so I used the crayon colors of blue, red, yellow, and green. The theme is dogs because Hannah loves to play "puppy dog." She has always been fascinated with dogs. Her first word was "ruff" when she would see our little dog.

We only had one huge problem. Where were we going to put the furniture since we have downsized. My husband had a brilliant idea. He asked his brother-in-law to built a playhouse for her. We have plenty of room in our fenced in back yard.

Here are pictures of the playhouse.

My husband insisted that it look like a real little house, with a welcome flag and mat.

Here's the inside of the little house. Since these pictures, I have put up "dog" curtains.

This is the living room area with a bean bag chair.

Some of the play food and dishes were the ones that I played with 54 years ago!! Most of the food is what my daughter played with 30 years ago!!

It was a surprise for all of them. Angela kept wondering where I was going to put all of the play furniture. She knew I was repainting it, but I wouldn't let her see it. I just told her that if I had to move out my sofa that I would--that it was more important to make memories with the girls. We invited them the Saturday before Christmas. They knew we wanted to show them something, but they thought we had had someone put together a nice wooden swing set. They were shocked and so happy when they saw it.

We have already had SO much fun playing in their playhouse. It will be fun to see how long the little girls (and boys if we have any) of future family generations will play with this furniture.

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    2254 days ago
    Super incredible job. I know any little kid would love that house and the things you have filled it with. Some day, send pictures of Hannah playing around it or in it.

    Next she'll want to use it for a bedroom, and why not. You'll be making puppy dog comforters, too. Sweet!

    You'll make lots of memories and so will she. Excellent! emoticon
    2254 days ago
    Such amazing creativity and talent, and what a precious gift! I can only imagine the hours of fun and play and all the wonderful times to come!
    2281 days ago
    Ronda-- I have just discovered this fantastic "blog"-- and I am truly bowled over by what you have done!! I have such a sentimental heart, and seeing this almost brings me to tears... You have given a priceless gift to your family. Oh what memories of the past, and oh what memories for the future--- This treasured gift is sure to be a dream come true for your grandchildren! Bless your dear heart, Ronda!
    2289 days ago
    What a beautiful job you all did.
    That is so emoticon I love it.
    2305 days ago
    Wow - that is absolutely adorable!! I am sure it is going to be a source of more joy and wonderful memories for your family with the lovely touches you have added to the play set!! emoticon
    2310 days ago
    How wonderful!! Thank you so much for sharing!! emoticon
    2311 days ago
  • PATSYG350
    This is totally awesome. It is beautiful thanks for sharing
    2311 days ago
  • RHOOK20047
    So happy to see the finished product. You should be so proud of your efforts. It is beautiful. I am sure that is the best present that Hannah will ever get, and I know she knows her Grandma loves her very much..
    2312 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14651201
    I can just picture the tea times, feeding their dolls, and spending hours giggling!
    2312 days ago
  • GENRE009
    Oh Ronda, this is so wonderful! It makes me wish I was a kid agin, or that I had a grand daughter to do this for, how great! eva
    2312 days ago
    That is so wonderful. I remember as a girl playing house. We did not have a play house, but we had the wide open outdoors and a porch we could play on.. We had a sink, stove and refrigerator. We not only played house but, we also played restaurant.
    Those were wonderful days. The girls will be blessed.
    2312 days ago
    Ronda, what a wonderful blessing to pass on to your dear grand children!! I know Angela was [pleasantly surprised~

    It looks great and I especially love the play house theme!
    2312 days ago
  • MBPP50
    Oh, Ronda, I am at a loss for words. So very wonderful. I'm glad you shared the results of your amazing project with us. emoticon
    2312 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14387431
    HOW BEAUTIFUL..... WHAT a wonderful thing you two have created for your family and so many wonderful memories to pass along for each generation! Such treasures, so many pictures to share and love to go around! HOW WONDERFUL!

    2312 days ago
    That's so nice. I love it all. What we do for our grands. A grandmother love. We just love to spoil them. AWESOME job.
    2312 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15121954
    Oh Rhonda, how so very very precious of you to pass these treasured items onto your grandchildren. I would love to have been a fly on the wall and heard what was said. I can just imagine the squeals of delight.
    Leave it to you to do something so awesome.
    2312 days ago
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