Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Sugarplum (aka The Soap Shop) Added To The Purge

In my continuing efforts to clean and organize, I listed another item on eBay. The poor little soap shop (made from a Greenleaf Sugarplum kit) has been sitting up on the shelf collecting dust for nearly two years. I just can't seem to find renewed inspiration for it, so I am hoping someone will get it and do something awesome with it!


I added a dormer with a rounded window to the roof, then added two more on either end of the gables. The gables are clad with 1/2" scale hexagonal shingles to give them some nice detail.


I extended the front porch and roof to make way for lots of display, letting the shoppers have a peek at what they can expect inside the shop. The door is made by Alessio and features arched mullions. I really like it!


The foundation and chimney are done in egg carton "stone".


I kept the interior very whitewashed so that the minis would be the star of the show.


I made all of the displays, shelving, baskets and window seats custom for the space, so they are included, too.


The fireplace is by Jim Coates...


As are the frames on the lover level windows.







I eliminated the second floor to give way to vaulted ceilings. A battery powered chandelier would be awesome in here! There's a built in shelf where the second floor would have been for more display space. The ceilings have a patterned textured ceiling paper by Jackson Miniatures.


Theres lots of display space for bottles of hair care products, shampoos, soaps, candles, jars of bath salts and potpourri and anything else you'd find in a soap shop. There's even a window seat where you could put some adorable pillows for sale.



The displays on either end were designed to hold wrapping paper rolls, ribbon spools and gift cards.



I started the bidding again at $.99 because I have no idea what to value something like this at. I'll let the buyer decide, and I will be happy knowing it is going to someone who feels inspired.

Here's the link to the auction:

Sugarplum Soap Shop Dollhouse


I am still going through boxes, repairing and sprucing up unused furniture and miscellaneous minis, so there may be more stuff to purge soon!

Have a great week!

xo xo
Jodi

23 comments:

  1. Hello Jodi,
    How splendid! the white on white is just beautiful and really makes for a very elegant setting. I love the floors and the play with wallpaper pattern is terrific...not to mention the great display pieces. Best of luck with the auction.
    big hug
    Giac

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    1. Thanks Giac! I know it will find exactly the right person to finish the job and make it wonderful!

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  2. I don't know how you can bear to give it up, it's so beautiful! I know it'll bring you a great price.

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    1. I can't say it's an easy decision, but I also have to face that I just won't be able to keep everything. Not if I want to explore more, and I really, really do! I have so many plans and "stuff" for those plans!

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  3. Utterly lovely. Lucky new owner to have all this to lay their dreams on. Well done on letting it go. Just imagine the sheer joy you are passing on. Marilyn

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    1. Thanks Marilyn! There are elements of the project that I really, really love and will incorporate into future projects for sure! It's funny how once you make your mind up to organize and let go, the decisions become perfectly clear and "right". I sincerely hope it makes it to someone who otherwise would not be able to afford to build one from scratch. That would be the happiest ending!

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    2. Absolutely. Not just the cost of such a quality item but most of us wouldn't be able to create anything so lovely as this so a real win, win for someone.

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  4. A house with many possibilities. Someone find inspiration for it, and if we are lucky, they will share their photos.

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    1. Oh Megan that would be wonderful to see the little shop in it's new home with new life! I'll ask the winner if they have a blog, Instagram or Facebook!

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  5. You know Jodi, the neutral interior of this AMAZING shop would have easily made a studio showcase for evolving displays. I know what you mean though about having something sit on the shelf for years and yet no inspiration to want to finish it, nevertheless I am rather sad to see it on auction because you have invested so much detailed work into it, just as you do with ALL of your projects.
    The colors you've chosen for it reminds me of those French Shabby Chic interiors with all of those very pale surfaces; which would be quite versatile for photographing many different items against.
    You shouldn't have any trouble selling this Delightful Shop AT ALL!

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth!
      Had there been more plain wall space it would have made a nice, neutral backdrop, but I hope it lives on to be so much more for someone! I do love a little French shabbiness, so I am happy the feeling I was intending reached you!
      In selling something secondhand, we'll never realize a profit from all of the materials and time we so lovingly invest. But, my hope is that someone who would not otherwise be able to spend so much on materials in a build will be the proud new owner. We send our babies into the world and only hope that they are loved!
      I am compelled so will surely revisit this style again in the future, God willing!

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  6. Such a beautiful piece inside and out. The interior is gorgeous with all those shades of white, but my favourite thing has to be the window trim! So original! Did you make that all up yourself?

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    1. Thanks Kristine! The windows are actually picture frames by Jim Coates. I painted them (they were gold), then sandwiched 1/8" acrylic in between the interior and exterior frames. I just love the detailing on them!

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  7. Es un trabajo excelente. Espero que encuentre un maravilloso lugar en el que pueda ser terminado y admirado.

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    1. ¡Gracias, Isabel! ¡Yo tambien lo espero! Me siento tan culpable dejándolo en ese estante, y espero que encuentre su camino a un hogar donde será amado y jugado.

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  8. I'm sure it will be snapped up. It is beautiful inside out.
    Good thing to have the photos to remember it by.
    Hugs, Drora

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    1. Thank you Drora! I often go back and look at project photos to relive the fun and find inspiration. I am sure I will look gratefully at these from time to time, as well!

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  9. You’ve put a lot of work into it Jodi, so I hope it does go to someone who will be kind to it.

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    1. Me too, Shannon! And the work wasn't really, technically work. :O) It was very challenging at times, but soooo much fun!

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  10. What a beautiful building! You are so talented Jodi and what an eye you have. I wish I live closer.

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    1. That's such a nice thing to say, Alex, and even nicer because I LOVE what you create as well! If you lived closer we could have some epic mini sessions and encourage each other into a lot of mini hijinks!

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  11. I see in your bio you like to explore national parks or something? Just wanted to warn you many people go missing but they dont talk about or warn people for some reason, there are many conspiracies about it. Much love

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    1. Hi There,
      Thanks for reaching out! I am keenly aware of the disappearances and take precautions to keep safe. Unfortunately, there is not much a human can do if the cause for many of these disappearances has their sights set on you, save for praying! The best protection seems to be to never be alone, to tread lightly and show respectfulness while visiting their home. :o)

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