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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Recent Acquisitions




I have picked up a few things here and there over the past few months.  Including this curious ceramic dog.



I came across these miniature boxes at an estate sale for a few bucks each.
The one in front is silver (and needs to be polished!)  It also has glass beads in the top


Below is a photo with each of the boxes open.
The silver one has some sort of white enamel inside and the one with decorative scrolls is lined with red velvet.


 I came across these small ceramic pieces at another estate sale


I purchases these tobacco felt rugs on Ebay.  To read more about my tobacco felt rugs, click HERE 


I was able to find a couple of more resin "Take a seat" chair by Willit's.
This first one is called the Slipper Chair and is a reproduction of a chair from 1880.
It has tiny gold tassels and brass casters on the front feet.  The description with the chair says: Wide enough for a Victorian lady's dress with its ample layers of petticoats, the well-cushioned Slipper Chair often found it place in the boudoir.


The second Willit's chair is called the George Washington Presidential Chair circa 1790.  The description for this chair reads:  In 1790 George Washington purchases this dignified, revolving desk chair, originally known as the "Uncom[mo] Ch[ai]r" from Thomas Burling, a New York cabinetmaker.  The seat turns on a central spindle over bone rollers, one set it to the top of each leg. This miniature reproduction actually turns also.


To see the rest of my Take a Seat collection click HERE 
There are some more HERE too!

Work is continuing on the Cozy Cabin.   I have painted all of the 'in-between" places with a mixture of medium and dark grays.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Cozy Cabin Progress

I had a little time this evening to step back and look at my cabin progress. 
(and play a little!)


I painted the rocks on the bedroom fireplace last night and wanted to see how it looked with the furniture.  This is the color scheme I settled on after a few days of playing around with paint.

 I have had this bed for many years.  I selected it for the cabin because I liked how it matched the floors and the headboard design reminded me of an old wagon wheel.  The only thing I didn't like about it was the floral fabric that it came with - but that is an easy fix.

I have been holding on to this fabric.  I liked it's quilt like look.  The only think I am not  too fond of is the giant hearts - Again an easy fix in my mind.


After some creative cutting and gluing.  This is where I ended up tonight.  I might do something more creative later on and turn down the quilt to show some linens or maybe a simple bed skirt or a throw pillow?


Then I had to try it out in the room to see how things were going to look with the color of the new rocks and the furniture and accessories I had slated for this room.


 I tried a couple of furniture arrangements.  I think I like the one below





Saturday, September 3, 2016

Tulsa Vintage Show

My wife and ventured out to the fair grounds today to the Tulsa Vintage Show.  There were over 250 booths with all kinds of antiques and vintage collectible items.

 I was impressed by these miniature books  at one booth.  
I had never seen so many in one place before.

I came across this antique dollhosue labeled Shoenhut 1915. 

It had some furniture and accessories inside.  It was a little out of my price range, 
but fun to look at.


Then I came across this booth with all kinds of miniatures and dollhouse furniture.


I dug through the bins and found a couple of pieces that I knew I didn't have.

I ended up picking up the Renwall ironing board to put with my tin litho house and a Strombecker walnut magazine table.

To see my other Strombecker collections click on the links below:





You can see the Strombecker marking under the tabletop.

Here is a picture of the ironing board. It looks great in the house.
 To see the rest of my plastic furniture click here

The ironing board has folding legs.


Then we came home and I started experimenting with paint for the stonework on the cabin.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Cozy Cabin Stonework - The End Is In Sight

I finished putting the stone around the cabin today


Here is an shot of the entire length of the cabin.


This is where I left off yesterday and picked up today, near the fireplace in the bedroom (to the left)



These are the blocks that the Paper Clay product comes in.

This shows the back porch off the living room.

Here is a shot of the fireplace in the bedroom.

Here is the fireplace in the living room.

This next week I am going to experiment with different color combinations of paint for the rocks and grout.




Tuesday, August 30, 2016

A Few "New" Things & A Little More Progress

I was able to get a few more rocks glued on the cabin bedroom fireplace this week.
The area under the fireplace holds the power strip for the lights.   I am going to stack some chopped firewood on the flat area next to the fireplace.

Here is a view of the inside of the fireplace


I found these vintage rugs at an estate sale last week. I think they are wool.  Most items at the sale were from the 1950's -1960's so I assume these were too - Maybe from Mexico?


 I came across this set of brass miniatures at a flea market 

 I found these small "gold" frames at another estate sale.  
I thought they might look good in my Victorian house.


I have had this display case for a few years.  It was housing some extra Tootsie miniatures that I have.  I decided to keep some of the accessories in it until I decide which house to use them in!





Saturday, August 27, 2016

Rock On

I finished installing the rocks on the front porch and started putting them around the base of the cabin.  The purpose is two-fold:  To hide the base and to raise the cabin up a little and it looks cool!


I had built a 1" tall frame when I built the cabin.  The kit originally came with a sheet of wood paneling for a base, but I needed something more substantial.  I have also run much of the electrical wires in the base.  I re-posted some sketches from an older post showing how I altered the kit.



I have since added a small bathroom to the up stairs bedroom.
Click HERE for that post.



 The next project is the fireplace on the other side of the cabin.  This room was originally supposed to be the kitchen, but I am using it for the master bedroom.


This room is smaller so the I am going to make the fireplace smaller too.
I love the knots in the pine floor.


Here is an old sketch from a previous post showing my plans for the light fixture.  I have decided not to run the rocks up past the mantel in the bedroom.



This was the original fireplace template that I cut from cardboard, but it still feels too big for the space.  I will try some others until I get the right scale.