My Little Corner of the Net

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Recent Acquistions and Updates

I came across an estate sale with some miniatures today.  I purchased a few House of miniatures kits, some bricks, some food, a wire basket, a wall shelf and a stack of old magazines.

The food looks great!  sliced ham with pineapple, raw oysters on the half shell, green salad in wooden bowls, and sliced carrots with butter

I finished restoring the table and chairs that I had purchased a while back.  When I figure out which house to use them in, I may put some fabric on the flocked seats.

I took a few photos of the food on the table

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Recent Acquisitions

Happy New Year!

I have picked up a few items here and there since my last "Recent Acquisitions" post

I came across this dining room set at an estate sale.  
I cannot find it in any of my miniature books.  I think it may be homemade?  
The chair seats are flocked with a dark blue material and need a little TLC.

I have already cut and bent the wood to fix them the missing pieces.  
Now I need to get get the stain just right.

I bent the wood by soaking it in water and holding it in place with rubber bands around a paint can that had the radius I needed.

I came across these items at estate sales too.  
The 3 small vases were at one, the porcelain birdhouse at another (It is marked Lenox on the bottom), and the fireplace and Chippendale Breakfront x-acto kit were at another.  
I did an inventory of the kit and it is missing a few pieces, but I am up for the challenge!

This red velvet Victorian parlor furniture was at another estate sale. These pieces helped decorate the little Christmas tree in my studio.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Glass Bead Christmas Tree

This is a re-post from a few years ago.

My mother in law gave me a glass bead Christmas tree kit that she had purchased nearly a decade ago.  It was a Christmas Tree made from wire and glass beads. The kit had a few ornaments and a wood base and a glass dome and hundreds of miles of wire and glass beads. The branches took a very long time to try and get into place and attach to a wire armature.   I added a few items including a string of working lights.  I hid the battery pack in the giant red present.  The lights are by Lemax and I was disappointed that they are not very bright.  I used a some antique ribbon that I found in an old building nearly 25 years ago in Nevada.  I believe it dates from the 1920's.  

Here are all the items under the glass dome.  I hope that you all have a very Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas Nativities

My mother-in-law has been collecting nativity sets since the 1960's.  Her collection includes sets from all over the world.  Some have great sentimental value while others have great stories to go along with them. This year she has them on display all over her house.  I thought I would share some of them with you.
This set is from Mexico

This is a set that was sold by AVON

This set has a Native American Theme

This set is carved from volcanic ash from the Mt St Helen eruption in 1980

This set was purchased on a trip to Germany

This set is made from blown glass

This is a wall hanging by Willow Tree

This is a large Jim Shore piece

This is a Jim Shore nativity Set

This nativity is made from a laser cutter 

This beautiful hand painted nativity came from Russia and stands about a foot tall 

This nesting doll nativity set also came from Russia

This small hinged nativity stands only a couple of inches tall

This set is actually ceramic but the glaze looks like pewter

This nativity is one of my favorites.  Each piece is about a 12" tall

This set is from Mexico

She made this nativity in a ceramics class

This is one of her first sets from the 1960's

This set was purchased on QVC

These metal figures stand over 1 foot tall

This is a large ceramic tile that has been engraved and sits on a easel 

This large ceramic nativity stands over a foot tall and was a gift from her daughter

This acrylic nativity stands about a foot tall

This piece is a handmade music box from a friend

This snowman themed nativity has a matching table runner and matching place mats

This nativity is very small and came from Russia

This small bell is carved from Myrtle wood which only grows the northwest United States

This nativity came from Peru

The paper mache set had a great story and the pieces stand almost a foot tall and it dates from the late 1970's.  The set was a display at a drug store.  Her husband was in a horrible automobile accident and each time she want to the pharmacy, she would admire the set.  After Christmas, she went in to pick up a prescription and saw that the set was gone.  The pharmacist gave her the prescription and a large box.  He said, "I noticed you admiring this set.  Merry Christmas"

This is actually a large snow globe

My daughter brought this nativity back from a mission trip to Tonga.
It is made from coconuts, palm tree parts and sea shells.

This nativity is actually a glass block filled with Christmas lights.