Part 2 – The Journey of a Dollhouse to a Sugarhouse

When I left you at the end of Part 1, we were heading across town to a complete stranger’s home to see some dollhouse furniture.

If you are just joining us – you can read part one here.

This story is about how a series of events in our lives were leading us somewhere before we even knew it.

And when you look back, you realize that… it all started with a dollhouse.


So, I should explain that the town we were in is a railroad town that is no longer in its heyday and has some tough neighborhoods.  I was admittedly uncomfortable, but I was in so far and we really felt like we were on an adventure.  We followed the directions and we couldn’t believe where we ended up.  Tucked in the hillside was the prettiest and most private cul-de-sac you ever did see.  We peered through the tress to see the most enchanting house nestled among them.

And when I saw the old Range Rover parked out front, I knew we had found some cool people.


To her word, the mom and her husband came right out with bags of dollhouse furniture.

Peanut and I got out to greet them and Sunshine stayed in the car.  We had the bags on the ground and were going through them.  Later, Sunshine told me that the husband was telling the wife over our heads to just let us take them all and the wife was arguing “No!”  I wish I had known that before I negotiated a price for the whole lot!


They were the coolest people and we ended up staying a bit and having a whole bunch of conversations.  We found out that the wife ran an Etsy shop and they were selling everything to move to Oregon to build a log cabin and be near their other children and newly born grandchild.

All the while, the husband kept asking, “You sure you don’t want the dollhouse?”

I kept insisting we were fine and that we already had one.  He kept coming back with, “It’s a fixer upper.  You guys seem crafty.  It would be a great project.”

I said “no thank you,” several times.

And then, I had one thought.  I went over to Sunshine who was still in the car.  Peanut had pretty much already taken possession of my dollhouse and it was already set up in her room.  I kept assuming Sunshine was too old and wouldn’t be interested.  But, I thought I would check my hunch.

When I asked her if she might like a dollhouse also, her face lit up and she shook her head yes.



The problem was, I really hadn’t looked at the dollhouse when we had been at the yard sale.  All I could remember was that it was in pretty tough shape.  I felt bad asking them to see it again because I really didn’t know if I would buy it.

They were gone for a bit and it was quite nerve wracking watching them try to carry it up their stone path.  I definitely had not remembered how big it was.  At this time, I knew the husband was the one to negotiate with.  As he had said, it was a “fixer upper,” but it sure was pretty.

“What is your best price?” I asked

“Thirty dollars.” He responded

I opened the back of the car and they loaded it right in.



As he put it in, he asked, “Is this your kind of dream home?”

I answered, “No, I am more of a farmhouse kind of girl.”

“Really,” he said,” because we have a farmhouse with 70 acres for sale.”

And then I asked, because doesn’t everyone, “Does it have maple trees?”

And that is where I will end today, but to be continued!

But, I will leave you with the picture of us as we drove away with our dollhouse.  Sadly, the only one I have before we started priming it.


Thanks for reading!

To read part 3, click here…


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20 thoughts on “Part 2 – The Journey of a Dollhouse to a Sugarhouse”


  1. I am out on the porch on vacation and giggled with delight that part 2 was in my email!

    I always enjoy your posts …. Really I do ….. Still something about these posts, about the dollhouse, the people, the moments are magical. I think you have a book in the making. Maybe a children’s book, or a short story for families, ….. Or maybe one of those pieces for Country Living.

    Love … Love … Love ….

  2. I have been waiting for part 2 and now I have to wait more! Such an exciting story….looking forward to hearing more!

  3. I have taken quite a long break from blogging, but I am so excited to come over and read this story today…can’t wait to find out if you guys are buying that farmhouse on 70 acres. 🙂

  4. So…are you moving? To 70 acres of maple trees? To make your wonderful syrup? You are a stinker Laura Putnam! 😉 after seeing your dollhouse primed i am considering painting mine. Can’t wait to see what you do with it.

  5. I am so excited to keep reading this story, please please pretty please rush the next part!!! 🙂 Also now I want a doll house! Love the picture of happy the three of you look, with the doll house!

  6. I am lovin’ this story! I have two dollhouses – mine from childhood and my cousin’s. Both were handmade by my Uncle John. He handpainted each brick on one of them. This is inspiring me to clean them up and display them! And maybe start collecting vintage doll furniture. And, of course, I want a farmhouse now! I call my style “modern vintage farmhouse”!

  7. I love serialized stories – especially when they involve A FARMHOUSE WITH MAPLE TREES!!!!!!! LOVE it!!!!!! We’re looking at a farmhouse with Maple trees, too!! 🙂

  8. I love the continuation of the story and your journey…..especially because I know how it ends.

    Well….at least where it’s taken you now. 🙂

    Happy Memorial Day to you friend!

  9. I have been waiting for Part 2 and am LOVING this story about your journey! Looking forward to Part 3 :o)))

  10. Great stories; looking forward to Part 3 – don’t keep us waiting too long! As for dollhouses, never had one as a child because our home and bedroom shared with a sister was too small. I think they are enchanting. I’ve seen one made into a table with a glass table top. Another way to enjoy in the future with the playing is over.

  11. Today, I went to the beach with my kids.
    I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She placed the
    shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear.
    She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is
    totally off topic but I had to tell someone!

  12. I’ve only just discovered your blog via Indtagram. I’m so excited to read the next chapter. Have a wonderful holiday.


  13. Okay Laura, you gave us a “Cliff-hanger” but I took a clue from Karianne’s comments and I am beginning to think this story will involve a move! Unless of course, I am totally off base. Cant wait to read Part 2.