Wednesday, April 9, 2014

It's Showtime: Chicago International This Weekend

I will be at Table 105 in the Orange Ballroom--with lots of new and exciting artisan minis from around the world!  Do stop by if you are attending the show.

Exclusive Preview Show & Sale
Friday, April 11 - 10 am - 5 pm 
Saturday, April 12 -  9am - 10am 
Admission:  $25.00
Includes Early Buying Privileges and 3 Day Admission
Preview is sold out - call for cancellations

Show Hours
Saturday, April 12, 2013 ~ 10am - 5pm
Sunday, April 13, 2013 ~ 11am - 4pm  
Daily Admission:  Adults $8, Children Under 12 - $4

8535 W. Higgins Rd
Chicago, IL  60631 
Telephone:  800-228-9290 or 773-693-4444 

Come visit! 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

My Secret Christmas House

Lest you think I have given up miniatures -- other than writing about them -- I thought I would show you a few photos of my almost-finished Robin Betterley Secret Christmas House.  I realize Christmas was 3 months ago but I didn't have much time to work on this during the winter.

First, a few disclaimers.  I am not a kit person.  Nor am I skilled at making anything smaller than 1:12 scale.  But this project is so adorable that I knew I had to try it--urged on by my friend Kris, who can make anything!

I found the instructions to be absolutely crystal clear and there were plenty of photos, which helped me immensely.  So kudos to Robin and Shawn--I suspect this is the reason why their kits are so very popular.

So here is the house closed.

And here it is with the "secret" rooms open.

Here's a close up so you can see the adorable wallpaper that comes with the kit.

And here's the other side--I just love the Library!

I've finished making the table upon which the house is intended to sit....but early on, when I was not keeping every single scrap of wood and paper, I lost two of the front steps.  So I can't put the house on the table until (hopefully) they send me replacements.

Now I have to tackle the furniture kits so I can furnish this delightful little house!  It will feature prominently in my holiday decorations next year!

Monday, March 17, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Interview with Michael Walton

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

If you have a moment, listen to this wonderful interview with Irish miniature furniture maker Michael Walton -- it ran today on WBEZ, Chicago's public radio station.

The reporter, Linda Paul, just happened by Michael's shop and wandered in.

Here's the link:

Photo by Linda Paul

Michael will be teaching two furniture finishing classes at the Chicago International.  You can sign up here:

I feel so lucky that Michael lives nearby and is a good friend!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Enduring Appeal of Miniatures

Do you remember that about a year ago I asked you what drew you to miniatures and what keeps you coming back for more?

The story I wrote from your responses has just been published in the April issue of Miniature Collector.

Many thanks to all who responded!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

March 2014 Miniature Collector

The highly anticipated March issue of Miniature Collector is out--with the Chicago International dealer list and dealer ads.  Time to get out your highlighter and mark who you're going to see!

My ad is on page 66.  I can't wait for the show--I will have lots of new and exciting minis on my table.  Once again I expect to be right next to Martha McLean -- so look for us!

And I have a story in this issue called Hello Dollies about an amazing doll collection!  Do take a look.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Michael Walton's Drum Table

Many years ago when I was in New York on business,  I sneaked out between meetings to Les Edelman's Tiny Dollhouse Shop up on the Upper East Side (314 East 78th Street near Second Avenue in case you want to visit).  This is his website, which I don't love:  This was early in my miniature life.

Anyway, the shop has glass cases all around the room but my eye unerringly landed on the most exquisite (and out of my price range) piece--Michael's drum table.  I was absolutely in awe.

Yesterday I went down to Michael's workshop and picked up my very own.  At last!

I'm going to show you in progress photos first.  It just so happens that Michael had another commission so he made two at once.

Here they are in their raw state.

One of the legs with its inlay.

The two tops before polishing.

After French polishing.  Look at that inlay!  All done by hand!

The other table has a leather top.

The two tables together.

Close ups of my finished table!

Every other drawer opens.

And here is the table in the Library of my big are getting a preview of the Big Makeover!

I don't dare put anything on top of it (yet).  Nor do I know what I would put there.  Any ideas?

Thank you, Michael!!!!!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Pink House Delivered

Santa delivered the Pink House to its new owners on December 26th after a bit of a struggle to get it in his car.  In the end the only way it would fit was by removing the back seat and putting it roof down.

Nonetheless, it made it to the little girls for whom it was made.

What absolutely made us all laugh out loud is the fact that we planned which pieces of furniture would go in each of the rooms, only to have the girls put it where they wanted to go.  So the attic room that we left unpainted and completely empty....turned into a bedroom.

Santa heard one girl say to the other:  "The kitchen is looking pretty good now, don't you think?"

Then after spending two days playing with the house --only stopping for meals--they took all the furniture out and started over.

Thank heaven for little girls!