Monday, September 20, 2010

A birthday surprise.

Last week I had a birthday. The big 3-2! Yikes. The day after my birthday, I came home from work to find a very old jar of Vaseline on my steps. Yes. Vaseline. Weird, huh? I was pretty creeped out, to tell you the truth (I thought it might have something to do with my having to call the police a few nights before because someone was pounding on my door at 1am. That is a whole different story, and an unsolved one, too). Anyway, after spending a few minutes being creeped out looking at this weird jar of Vaseline on my steps, I walked onto my enclosed back porch to find this:

Now I knew something strange was happening. I turned around to find my mom and little sister hiding in a neighbor's yard and watching me (they'd watched me inspect the Vaseline this whole time!...I'll get to the significance of the Vaseline at the end of this post). Anyway, this, my friends, is the same dollhouse I simply ADORED when I was very young- maybe three or four years old. Not the exact one, but a duplicate. I spent countless hours playing with dollhouse. My mom found it on Ebay and surprised me with it for my birthday. I had not seen this in practically 30 years. Let me tell you, the memories came flooding back.

This kitchen floor was practically the same one my grandma had when I was growing up. I still remember thinking that as I played with it as a child:


I just love the little quilt on the bed!

Look at this perfectly 1970s living room!:

Now here is where we get to the Vaseline. When I was little, don't ask me why, I spent hours rubbing Vaseline on the roof of this dollhouse. I remember doing it...I think I maybe wanted the roof to look wet like it was raining on the shingles.

I can't believe I'm admitting that, but it's true! When I touched the roof it felt exactly the same- it was a flood of Vaseline memories coming back to me. Strange, I know.
And here is my little sister Sage having fun playing with it. I can't believe I was younger than she is when I played with it!:

The sad thing is that my new house is pretty much the same size as this dollhouse, so now I have to find a place to put it, hahah... I love it, though. It was something I never ever expected to see again in this lifetime. Thank you, Mom!

40 comments:

  1. LOVE it!!! Yay! Surprise was a success! But don't you think the VINTAAGE jar of Vaseline deserves a picture in this thread?

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  2. Mom, I really wasn't going to stage a whole photo shoot for a gross old jar of Vaseline.

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  3. It's a cool jar. Vintage. Glass.

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  4. You should do a close-up of the neat fridge and the tiny dish strainer on the dishwasher. Just sayin'.

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  5. OMG this story ROCKS!!
    Happy Birthday surprise
    Amy

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  6. that is such a great birthday gift! and what an adorable house!

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  7. Awesome idea about making it look like rain! Kids are so ingenious...

    My daughter wanted it to snow so she took a new thing of baby powder and dumped it all over her dollhouse! :-)

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  8. That's such a sweet and thoughtful gift! I've never seen a dollhouse like that in person. It is absolutely gorgeous!

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  9. Awesome surprise. Happy Birthday. A girl never forgets her dollhouse. Hugs~ Kim

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  10. Happy belated Birthday :)
    At least the dollhouse was a good surprise ;)

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  11. This is awesome =D I love doll houses. My mom made one out of scratch when I was younger. It was all wood and a popsicle roof, the outside of the house was painted green. We made our own furniture. I miss that house, makes me want to build another one <3 great post.

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  12. That is such a perfect surprise! What a wonderful and thoughtful gift... happy belated birthday!

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  13. So sweet. Those are the best kind of presents!

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  14. That sounds like such a great thing to get all these years later.

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  15. that is so awesome! love the details.
    I always loved doll houses too. I have one that was never put together because my parents divorced. I'm determined to build it one day.

    and...Happy belated birthday!

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  16. What a wonderful story and gift! I'm going to be 32 this month too (eek!) and my childhood dollhouse was furnished with some of the exact same furniture. Just this past weekend, my folks dug out my old dollhouse, which my dad had made for me in his wood shop, for my 3-year-old daughter to play with during our visit. All of the old furniture and dolls were still there, including the fridge, canopy bed, table and chairs, and kitchen countertops with dishwasher and oven that you have in yours.

    Just as an aside, check out the corners of the quilt you have on the bed... mine has tiny holes in it so it can be used as a decorative top to the canopy. :)

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  17. This is so sweet!! Hope you had a wonderful birthday.. :)

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  18. If Toys Could Talk! What a great clue you've given Amy about the canopy top! Maybe this is meant for the top or we've just got to find one now. How cool that you and Amy are the same exact age and had the same dollhouse/furniture. I'd love to see pictures of your little girl playing with your handmade dollhouse. How sweet for her to have it when visiting her grandparents!

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  19. Amy this is the SCARIEST coincidence of all. I had a Kissy doll when I was about 5 or 6 and I hated the short curly bangs. SO I TOOK VASELINE OR VICKS TO SMOOTH THEM BACK. Very similar to putting it on a doll house roof eh?? I did this many times to keep the bangs from falling down again. Of course Grandma Mona went beserk when she finally realized what I did, but I thought it looked nice.
    Just called Vickie with this story - she told me to post it here.
    Lisa

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  20. Vickie, here's a quick shot of my daughter playing with my childhood dollhouse: http://iftoyscouldtalk.blogspot.com/2010/09/remind-me-again-why-we-decided-to.html .

    There's even an embedded link in the post to another post I did about the dollhouse on my other blog. :)

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  21. If Toys Could Talk- soooooo cute!!!!! .

    P.S. You and my mom had better not end up best friends! hahahh ..just kidding. ;)

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  22. Hehehe! Don't worry, I won't steal her! ;)

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  23. WONDERFUL STORY. What a great idea and great gift. Wonderful blog, but does need more pics -- of vaseline of course, and closeups of EVERYTHING. I'm sure you can find time to take a few hundred more, right?

    Do you need some vintage dolls to inhabit your new home? Give your mom a wish list and we will go on the hunt! Liz / glitterspray

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  24. I agree Liz/Glitterspray! The furniture is so darn cute and detailed, especially the kitchen appliances. You must see!

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  25. I had this exact dollhouse too- a Tomy :) You need the fancy 70's bathroom set with the globe light bulbs around the mirror :) I don't remember putting vaseline on mine though ♥ I think I would be a little creeped out to find vaseline on my steps when I got home too :)

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  26. Wow that is so special! I LOVE when things like that come together for a really outstanding moment in time. Happy birthday! And also, you have a really great mom!

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  27. what brad of dollhouse is this? I mean who made this dollhouse what company? Did it have a namebrand?

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  28. Perfection! What a wondrous gift!
    ;^)
    (Happy Birthday!!!)
    ;^)

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  29. What a wonderful suprise Amy....bet your birthday was super ! Xx

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  30. what an amazing surprise! sounds like you have a great family :) oooh and happy birthday!!

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  31. How sweet of your mom and sis!! I've never seen a dollhouse like that and it looks so amazing, absolutely love the quilt :) Happy Belated Birthday!

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  32. I was just saying yesterday that I want my old doll houses back!!! :D

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  33. Happy Belated Birthday!!

    How thoughtful of your mom and sister. That dollhouse is amazing. Love all the cool retro furniture. Hope you had a wonderful day.

    When I was a teenager my father gave away my beloved dollhouse to a friend's daughter thinking I would not mind since I was too old for it. I still have not quite forgiven him. lol!

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  34. I'm going to be 42 in Feb (DOUBLE EEEEK!!) and i have ALL THAT SAME FURNITURE!!!!! The kitchen, the bedroom, the living room!! My parents just brought it to me a few weeks back and my daughter is LOVING it!! How funny about the vaseline!!

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  35. I had the same one as well... after a long night of playing, I left it on the floor next to the side of the bed instead of putting it back on the dresser. Middle of the night I woke up and stepped right on it- my foot going through the plastic roof of the living room.

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  36. I had the very same doll house. Good times.

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  37. I had the same dollhouse back in the 1980s. It was truly beautiful and i loved it. I never thought i'd see it again. This has brought back wonderful memories being a little girl.

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  38. One time a man came to our door at 11 at night saying his wife kicked him out and he had no place to go. I was pretty scared. He eventually disappeared. This kinda stuff scares me.

    -Zane of ontario honey

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