"What is that piece of crap?" he asked in horror.
"Its a vintage Calico Critter house! It even says 'Calico Critters' above the door, isn't this such a great find?" I replied holding it up (a window fell off as I did this).
"Um... its broken and filthy and where is the bottom? What are you gong to do with it and where do you plan to keep that thing?" He shook his head, obviously not as excited as I was.
"I'm going to fix it. I like a good challenge," I told him as I lugged it into my studio.
And after much work, I did fix it! I flipped this broken Calico Critter house and I'm pretty impressed with myself. After doing a little research, I discovered that its called the Charming Country Home, originally manufactured in 1985 by EPOCH.
<---- This is how my little house looked when it went on the market, pre-children and Goodwill Outlet Center.
When I found this little gem, the base, doors, fences, railings, and staircase where long gone. Here's what I started with:
Calico Critter haul from Goodwill was a brick colored ladder (from this vintage House) that just happens to fit perfectly where the stairs belong. When I found the bag of furniture, I actually thought, "What the heck will I do with this random ladder?" Not only is the ladder also made by EPOCH for Calico Critters, it coordinates with the color of the roof.
Because the staircase railing was also missing, I had to construct a new one. I found a very nice caramel colored plastic railing (possibly from a Playmobil set) and carefully sawed it in half with the X-Acto knife. With a little super glue - and a lot of patience - the stairwell has a well fitted new railing matching the style of the house.
Finally, I painted tiny stones on the walkway for a charming cottage feel.
Cute, right? It seemed very forest-y.
To inhabit the house, I have a gray Calico Critter bunny, also vintage. He is wearing plaid pants with red suspenders and yellow buttons.
Here is the finished product!
...and here's the house with some of my handmade furniture sets in. I love it :)ETSY shop. If you are interested in giving it a new home, check it out.