Creating an Heirloom

Many people who build Real Good Toys dollhouse kits don’t necessarily think about who may own the house generations down the road, but you all should and it should start with the assembly!  Creating an heirloom isn’t hard but it does take some thought, maybe a scrapbook, a camera and some notes. 

People often ask us where a house originated or what the history is, so can you imagine the surprise of your great, great grandchildren when they find your dollhouse with a scrapbook of all the things you’ve done to it over the years?  They would be thrilled.  Many times people don’t think about how a dollhouse evolves or what certain things might mean to the people who built it.  Dollhouses do evolve over the years and certain things have deep meaning.  It’s important to keep track of it all for future generations.

Some of the things you can do to create an heirloom is take pictures during the assembly, keep track of all the people who might help you with the project or people who make items for your dollhouse, make sure to put dates on everything, jot down notes so they know what was happening at that time, keep track of all the furniture you make or purchase and you can even put in the sales receipts so you know exactly how much you’ve invested in your dollhouse dream.  You might want to keep samples of the wallpaper you’ve used, the special flooring you bought, fabric swatches for the curtains you made or the paint colors you’ve chosen. 

The more information you can record in your scrapbook, the more valuable it becomes to the people who will eventually inherit it.  You can’t put a price tag on something like this because the history makes it truly priceless.

Have fun and mini wishes,


2 Responses to “Creating an Heirloom”

  1. Cheryl Says:

    I never realized how important it is to keep a visual diary until I lost my entire dollhouse collection during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. All I have left from twenty years of collecting is one photograph of my Hawthorne Dollhouse by RGT.

    Almost five years have passed since the storm. I finally have the courage to start building a new house.

    I am half finished the shell of a Princess Anne kit. I also have a Foxhall kit with two extensions sitting in my guest room. I hope to start the Foxhall in the fall. This time I am going to keep a photo journal of my projects…and keep it high and dry 🙂

  2. Gary Says:

    I was replying to Richard, who was sending a Victoria’s Farmhouse I had helped him with to a grand daughter when he commented “I’ll send pictures”. I remembered this posting and said:
    “I look forward to your pictures.
    By the way, any pictures you took as you were building the house that get put into an envelope and taped under the foundation turn into a huge treasure down the road when generations to come discover that link to the past. It’s all part of the “heirloom” that you’ve made. I have a colleague who puts an extra shelf under the foundation for pictures, a story of the build, and info like the marked-up original instructions and paint formulas.”

    Richard replied: “Thanks for the documentation idea. We have lots of pictures and will try to use that idea the best we can, and will keep it in mind for future projects”