Dollhouse Building Health and Safety – Tips to Remember

Building and decorating dollhouses is a popular hobby and there are many people all over the world who love to create these beautiful and detailed miniature homes. If you are a dollhouse enthusiast, you will delight in spending hours creating highly realistic rooms filled with beautiful wallpaper, carpets, dolls house miniatures and even works of art. It’s a very enjoyable and rewarding hobby, especially when you look over your beautiful and detailed finished work.

However, if you are spending a lot of time working on your dollhouse project, it’s important to consider your health and safety. You might not think of building a dollhouse as an activity that has health and safety risks, but there are some important ones to consider. Here are some of the risks to keep in mind and how you can avoid them:

Eye Strain

When you are building a dollhouse, you will be spending many hours looking very closely at very small details. Perhaps you are adding paint texture to a very tiny chair, or gluing small printed photographs to miniature frames. Whatever it is, the chances are that you will be focusing your eyes on small objects for extended periods of time. This has the potential to cause eye strain if you are not careful, just like reading a book with very small print. Over time, your eyes will become sore and you might even develop a headache.

In order to avoid this, make sure that the area you are working in is very well lit. If you have enough light to see what you are doing, this will reduce the strain on your eyes. Also, it can sometimes help to look through a magnifying glass at the work you are doing. There are some that you can wear on your eye, or others on a movable arm that you can position above your work.

Back Pain

Another potential problem you might encounter when working on your dollhouse project for a long time is back pain. If you are sitting in an uncomfortable chair with your back hunched over the small furniture that you are working on, this will cause discomfort and pain in your spine after a while. If you notice that your back, neck or shoulders become stiff and uncomfortable after working on your doll house, this is a problem that you need to address.

The best thing to do to avoid this is to invest in a comfortable chair. If you are going to spend hours working on your dollhouse hobby, it’s worth getting an ergonomic office chair that provides you with the proper support. Also, make sure that the table or desk you are working on is the appropriate height, so that you don’t have to slouch over to see what you are doing. Your feet should sit flat on the floor and your back should not be bent while you are working.

Paint and Glue Fumes

In the construction of your dollhouse, you will probably use many different paints, glues and varnishes to get the finished look you desire. If you are not careful, the fumes from these products can cause a danger to your health when they are used in small spaces.

In order to avoid breathing in these fumes, make sure that you choose a work area for yourself that is very well ventilated. Keep the windows open and the air circulating, so that the fumes can escape. Also, you might want to consider wearing a face mask when working with particularly noxious paints or varnishes, or even doing that part of the work outside in the open air if possible. Whenever you can, choose paints and glues that are labelled as non-toxic so they will be better for your health.

Who knew that building a dollhouse carried with it so many hazards? These are just a few of the important health and safety considerations that you should keep in mind when you are working on your beloved hobby. These risks can be easily avoided, so that you can enjoy building doll houses in a happy and healthy way for many more years to come.

Melanie Winters is a craft blogger and doll house enthusiast. She has been working on her current doll house project for 3 years and she is always on the lookout for inspiration in the strangest places!

Be Cool with Gelarti Designs this Back to School Season {Giveaway}

Free ProductAllow your child to decorate their school notepads and other such items with Gelarti this back to school season! My daughter absolutely loves blinging up her notepads and other items for school with Gelarti Stickers. Most recently she received a package of fun items from Gelarti that I will share with you today and then allow you to enter for a chance to win your own Gelarti package of goodies.

Tween Loves Gelarti Studio

Once you have your Gelarti products you can open up the package, setup the Gelarti Studio so that you have your work space and paints all in one location rather than what my daughter used to do …. place everything on the table for her to hope that none dumped or got onto things she didn’t want them on.

Gelarti Glitter

Once you have chosen which sticker sheet you wish to add color to, you can place it on the green part of the Gelarti Designer Studio and “lock” it into place so that it’s secure. I tried doing it without placing it correctly and my daughter quickly informed me it’s best if you put the sticker sheet under the little tabs meant to hold it in place or else the sticker sheet will move around while you try to add color to it. Depending upon which Gelarti package you have; you can add glitter colored paint to your sticker sheets or just plain colors. My daughter likes to mix it up on most occasions when she is working with her Gelarti Studio.

Gelarti Studio

I love how the paint looks poofy and the stickers are really durable as she has had these on her wall before with success, but if you use on a notepad they will stick even longer because the wall paint we have isn’t as durable of a surface as having a notepad type smooth surface. If your children have lockers and are allowed to decorate them, Gelarti would be a great way to allow them to show off their artistic, colorful side on their lockers. Windows can be decorated with the Gelarti Stickers as well!

Gelarti Stickers

What my daughter and I love most about this time with the Gelarti products is that they have the small studio type setup that makes it easier for us to do our crafting on the couch or anywhere really, even on a long drive because we no longer have to try to place these on our lap, a table or some hard surface while on a road trip to entertain our minds.  This is a great hands on project to keep your children, mainly your daughters, from wanting to use electronics! Gelarti products assist in allowing your children to explore their naturally curious side with art!

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 Giveaway – Chance to win a Gelarti Prize Package (Valued approx $50)

One person from all entries through the Rafflecopter form below will be randomly selected to win an approximate $50 value prize pack of Gelarti products. Products will vary based on availability at time of giveaway ending.

Giveaway Starts today and ends 12am EST on September 17 2013. Open to USA only. Winner will be announced live on site and emailed directly. Winner shall have 48 hours from announcement post and email to claim prize otherwise another random winner shall be chosen using the random generator through Rafflecopter. ** one entry per person, while you can tweet once per day, all other entries are ONE TIME per PERSON.

Using the Rafflecopter form below is easy; use name/email to log in or Facebook for login. Rafflecopter will not use your email or access for anything other than giving me a way to contact you should you be the randomly chosen winner! Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize or another person will be randomly selected.

If you do win this giveaway, purchase your own Gelarti Stickers or have some on hand, be sure to look at the tips and tricks on Gelarti Stickers website to let your child advance their Gelarti Stickers beyond what they may think of on their own!

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Easily Brighten Up A Dark Room


The most obvious answer to brighten up a dark room is to repaint in a brighter colour. The best idea is to paint it white if it’s especially dark, since painting all the walls in a strong colour might be a little too much. White bounces and redirects the light around the room, often making it feel larger and more spacious. It’s definitely the first step to take if your walls are painted in a dark colour. If you’re unable to paint the walls then the other suggestions should provide alternatives to help in brightening up your room.

Light Sources

If you’re only relying on natural light via small windows or in a room that doesn’t receive much light then your best bet is to add extra lights inside. You could do this either via feature lights against the darkest walls, or aimed at furniture in the room. Otherwise a centre piece light mounted on the ceiling could be a great way of bouncing light in all of the corners. If there’s a fair amount of natural light already then you’ll want to make sure these lights aren’t overpowering, just enough to compliment the natural light.

Bright Drapes/Curtains

If you’re unable to repaint, a great way to brighten the room is by adding light coloured drapes at the windows. There’s no need to go overboard in costs with these, something simple or even home made out of fabric will work wonders.

Area Rugs

It’s fairly easy to overlook the floor when it comes to decorating your home, after all… how many people actively notice the floor oppose to your furniture or walls? You’d be surprised how much even a small rug changes a room. You don’t have to focus on outlandish colours to brighten the room, just choose hues that’ll compliment other colours around it. The only exception to this is if you have a particularly stunning rug that would work well as a centre piece since it’ll draw attention away from other areas of the room.


As well as being a common thing among most homes, mirrors are great in rooms where they’re not necessarily needed too. They’re often used as a decorative element to the room but they can also reflect light into areas that need it, as well as making the room appear more spacious.

Lighter Furniture

When picking furniture, choose lighter coloured woods instead of darker ones. Darker woods can make the room feel heavier, but you can always brighten these up with lighter coloured cushions and accents on the furniture. Though if you really want to brighten a room, instead of a dark wooden chair you could opt for something more modern like a tub chair or wing chair. These chairs come in a variety of different styles and fabrics so you’re bound to find something to fit your tastes and colour themes.

Plants/flowers, plastic/fake/silk flowers as a compromise to looking after them.

If you’re into plants and flowers then it’s an easy decision to use them to brighten a room. While bolder coloured flowers will obviously create a dramatic effect, any plants or flowers will transform the room effectively. Plants have the ability to make a dark cold room feel cheerier and more inviting. If you’re unable to maintain and look after plants then you could always opt for the silk/plastic versions to still reap the benefits of adding greenery to your room.

Ed Sloane is the MD of Home Life Direct and, online furniture retailer based in the UK. Please visit for further information.

And Then He Painted his Bike

During the school year I have a few mornings with just my youngest son because preschool is only four days a week for a couple of hours. Each morning after dropping off my older two kids I ask K-man what he would like to do this morning with me. This particular morning was like every other morning when he gets it in his head that we are going to paint, using his sisters acrylic paint. This is something that is messy when you use it as an adult, never mind when a four year old gets a hold of it.

Acrylic Paint and Preschooler

Then K-man went on to say that he didn’t want to paint inside. K-man wanted to paint outside. By outside he meant paint his bike, after all the color is fading and the dirt is all over it. Basically K-man wanted to paint his bike “new” again. I thought about it, I thought again … and then I decided sure why not. At least he wants to paint his own bike, not something I own and he wants to do it outside.


I said yes. Sure. Why not? It’s his bike and he is creative and this would give us some outdoor time during a beautiful day so let’s do this. I let my son into his sisters room, which stays LOCKED while she is at her Dad’s house, to choose three colors of paint. K-man basically wanted Blue, Red and a green color. The reason is because apparently he wanted his blue and red on bike to be “new” again …

Boy Paints his Bike

I can’t say that his bike looks new again by any means but he was happy to be all independent out there with his pretend tattoos and painting his bicycle.  I just so happened to enjoy watching him be happy and listening to him talk while he painted!



Fun Time with Preschooler

It’s usually pretty easy to entertain my hyper four year old son during the mornings before preschool …

Painting with Preschooler

Being that I am and have always been a crafty sort of person, I have a huge supply of various paints, craft supplies and newspaper for times like today when the four year old requested that I paint with him.

Using Recycled Items for Crafts

I recycle my cardboard, paper and plastics. This comes in handy on days when the kids want to do any form of crafting. Seen in picture above, we were painting a cardboard box that was from our recycle bin and using the newspaper from recycle pile for protection of the dining room table. The paints are courtesy my daughter’s supply. Shhh don’t tell her.

Proud Preschooler

And when that project was all done, K-man moved onto construction paper making legs, as he called them. Taping construction paper into what is really a circle and stuffing them with crumpled up newspaper. Not quite sure what those will be used for, but he is happy so that’s all that counts!

What are some crafty ideas you have that my family can enjoy?


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