Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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
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
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: http://www.tinydollhouseny.com/. 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.
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 house....you 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
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.
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Monday, December 23, 2013
Lest you think I've been sitting around resting on my laurels since I finished my kitchen, I wanted to show you a few photos of what I've been working on for the last two months.
It's a labor of love: a dollhouse for the 7 and 9 year old nieces of a friend. It is to be their Christmas present.
We started with a Real Good Toys Lancaster kit because the girls live in a similar farmhouse-style house in RL.
We have turned our sunny family room into a temporary workshop because the light is best there.
When I made my first house at Think Small, all the little girls wanted pink houses so that's what we decided on. Isn't that a girly shade? I didn't like the shutters or the door that came with the kit so I substituted different ones. I used a product called The Detailer to color the shingles a weathered grey and very much liked the result.
We eliminated the steps to the third floor so that we had space for a bathroom. Michael cobbled together the railing around the stairway opening from bits and bobs he had around the workshop. Ironically, that baluster was originally part of my French house! Both bedrooms have fairy wallpaper--another favorite of the TS little girls. In the the third floor nursery we used Susan Bembridge's "The Months," which was a nursery paper produced by David Walker & Co in 1893, with illustrations from Kate Greenaway’s "Almanac." Kate Greenaway (1846 –1901) was an enormously popular writer and illustrator of children’s books.
We ordered (some) basic furniture for every room except one on the top left. I thought best to leave one room a blank slate for the girls to decorate. Our friend plans to surprise the girls with the house and then help them fill it up, but we are leaving lots of room for them to add to the decor.
Here's hoping this house makes the girls life-long miniaturists!
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Do you know about Jacquie Lawson's website? http://www.jacquielawson.com/.
It's my source for all kinds of electronic cards and a great favorite of mine all year round. But I especially love her fabulous animated Advent calendars.
She's done an Alpine village and London in the past, but this year's calendar is and will always be my all-time favorite: an Edwardian (read: Downtown) house! I feel like I have a dollhouse on my computer. Every day I click on a different ornament in the Gardens, which leads me somewhere in the house or the Pavilion. In the Library there is a book for each day where there is information about that day's element. Some days there's an activity to do: so far I have made snowflakes, wreaths, and cross-stitch--all of which then appear somewhere in the house.
Here's a blurb from the site about how it came about:
"One of the most attractive jobs of 2013 was to dream up a magnificent mansion as the imaginary location for our new Edwardian Advent Calendar. This enviable task fell to one of our most experienced and talented artists, Sally Lisney. The job required Sally not only to design the principal views of the house and gardens, but also to come up with ideas for twenty-five daily animations, as well as the beautiful settings required for each: the kitchen, pantry, nursery and so on – not to mention a magnificent orangery which Sally created from scratch to show off a huge Christmas tree. Many visits ensued to fabulous old houses as far apart as Saltash in Cornwall and Blenheim in Oxfordshire. After a few were rejected for being too old or too young, too austere or too florid, Sally chose Kingston Lacy in Dorset as her model for the main facade. As Sally says, "Kingston Lacy has long been one of my favourites. The front and rear views are based upon this beautiful house, and the entrance drive, lake and bridge are inspired by Chatsworth and Lyme Park."
This is her initial rendering.
There's no way to show you what it looks like animated because the whole thing is done in Flash, but I urge you to go to the site and download it even though Advent is nearly over.
You won't be sorry!