The Dollhouse Project


After visiting The Museum of Miniature Houses in Carmel, Indiana, Rooster became convinced our granddaughters needed a dollhouse. He went online and found the perfect one. It took a couple of weeks before it arrived on our front porch. The picture on the outside of the box made it look like the toy assembly would be simple. Rooster thThe lack of directions on the inside of the box made constructing the dollhouse project a difficult endeavor. 

Where are the instructions for the dollhouse project?

The lack of instructions made Rooster frustrated. He couldn’t figure out how all those random pieces in the box fit together to form anything resembling a dollhouse. He pondered the situation calmly for several minutes, reminding me of many Christmas mornings when toy construction became a problem. We spent many anxious hours trying to put together the presents we bought before the kids jumped out of bed.

Rooster spent time studying the picture outside the box until he felt confident he could accomplish the job. Who knew it would take an engineering degree to put together a plastic dollhouse. I am thankful the project didn’t require power tools, but I wish it would have come with directions.

The actual construction of the dollhouse project

It looked like a challenge, but someone had to do it. Two little girls anxiously waited for the assembly of the pretty pink house. There was no way around it.  The only way to proceed without instructions was to use old-fashioned trial and error. I never thought I’d see the day when a man complained about not being able to read detailed instructions.

Finishing the dollhouse project

Once he got a few of the plastic pieces together, Rooster had the system figured out. The girls proved to be a great help. They caught on pretty fast about how the pieces fit together to form rooms. Within a couple of hours, the dollhouse was built. No one was hurt in the construction process, and there were no smashed fingers or trips to the emergency room.

The tiny house came with all the furnishings and two dolls. The permanent address for the completed house is the top of an old cedar chest we keep in the room where we watch television. I keep quilts and extra blankets there. I think they will have hours of fun arranging and rearranging the furniture in the tiny rooms.

Now, it’s time for me to do my part of the construction job. I have to clean up and find a place to put the things we kept on the old cedar chest. I need to rearrange things inside my cluttered, tiny house.

Who is Molly Shea?

Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh.  To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.

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I am the author of Saving the Hen House. I didn't know when I started it would turn into a series. I love to ride motorcycles, the blues, my family, and going on adventures. This old hen rocks.

6 thoughts on “The Dollhouse Project

  1. I was so drawn to this post from the beginning. Seems like quite the project! Most people would struggle even with instructions.
    I’m sure the little angels were overjoyed! 💕

  2. There should have at least been instructions to ignore. But I’m glad Rooster and the team got the house together, even if then it was time for your part. The house looks pretty and without doubt will be enjoyed.

  3. Awww. How sweet. I love it when grandpa’s take such good care of their grandies. And we can relate to the assembly challenges! My husband assembled a multi-level batman cave for our grandson. It was a riot. 🙂 Lovely post, Molly.

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