I can't help finding miniature things irresistibly cute, and that's probably why I broke down and bought a dollhouse kit. Despite the "You bought a what?" and the subsequent, "How old are you?" inquiries, I couldn't be more delighted. Thankfully I had sense enough to stay away from those ominous Victorian mansions with eight rooms, numerous turrets and who knows how many pieces of gingerbread trim. I settled on a sensibly priced and sized two story cottage called The Buttercup.On the exterior I'm hoping to keep it looking polished and neutral in varying shades of white and creamy ivory, with perhaps a hint of pearlescent paint on the shingles. On the interior I'm envisioning pastel walls in powdery pink and sky blue, hardwood floors and miniature lights (if I can ever decide on how many to buy, where to place them and how to conceal the wiring). I've done a considerable bit of sanding and a little priming, but I still have a long way to go - I'll need to finish the flooring, painting and lighting before I can glue the basic frame of the house together and move onto to preparing the windows, adding trim, and installing the roof and shingles. What did I get myself into? In any case, I can't wait to post more as it starts to take shape!