My Miniature Corner of the Net

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Recent Acquisitions

I have picked up a few things recently at estate sales.  These pictures and picture frames were actually at different sale.  The metal frames with the decorative bows are actually metal pins that could be worn.   The middle frame has a stand and is metal also.

The "portraits" are plastic and have a convex plastic dome over each of the images.  I will have to figure out who the images are.  If anyone has any ideas, please let me know.  Perhaps they are some type of ornaments?

I also came across this unusual rectangular tray with plates and mugs.  Most of the paint is missing, but each used to have a red border.  I have not yet decided it if will take it the rest of the way off, or restore it.  The tray measures about 1 inch by 3 inches.  It is porcelain and not marked.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

1940's Rich Southern Colonial Doll House

I took the opportunity to replace the windows in my other 1940's Rich Colonial Doll House today.  This house is slightly smaller than my other Rich house and porch is much less grand.

I did some research and the closest house I could find was in an advertisement for Christmas 1946. ( see below- top right)

The advertisement states "Two story, 6 room Southern Colonial type dollhouse with stairway.  Finished with black, green and red stenciled design.  Blinds and roof are green, porch floor is red with white columns and roof.  Painted floor with flocked rugs and stenciled linoleum.  Made of Gypsum Hardboard.  29-1/4" long, 21-1/4" high and 16-1/4" deep.  $4.69"

I found a currency converter online and $4.69 is roughly $100 in today's dollars.

 The existing windows were in really rough shape.  Its hard to tell from the photos, but they are cracked, starting to curl and the paint is cracking off them.  They also have years of layers of glue and cellophane tape.

 The photo shows the new replacements from the vinyl sign company

 I began by peeling off the cardboard backing ( shown in blue)

 I then placed the sticker on the sheet of mylar that I had cut to the correct size.

 Once the sticker was in place, I burnished it down with a plastic scraper.

Once the sticker was firmly adhered to the mylar, I peeled of the protective backing.

Voila! a shiny new window.

This detail shows the "linoleum" floors and the blue flocked rugs upstairs and the green flocked rugs down stairs.

The view shows the new windows in place.

 Some of the details I really like about this house is the circular cut-out on each side and the fluted columns on the front porch, along with the great printed graphics.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

1940's Rich Colonial Mansion

I had some time this weekend to work on my 1940 Rich Colonial Mansion.  Some child long ago had some fun with circus stickers that I have been wanting to remove and the cellophane windows were long since gone as well.

The ad below from 1942 shows the house for sale for $15.  The ad photo also shows a lantern hanging on the porch.  The porch is what originally drew me to this house.  I love the large white round columns.

 I was reluctant to use chemicals, but the interior of this house is in pretty rough shape anyway.  I applied the chemical with a rag, let it sit for a few minutes and the old tape and stickers scraped right off.

I ordered a sheet of vinyl stickers to re-create the windows from a local vinyl sign company.  I ordered a couple of extra just in case!

 I applied the stickers to some sheets of clear mylar, then peeled off the backing and cut to a size that would allow for overlap and glue inside the house.

 I glued the new windows in place.  Up next I plan to apply some wallpaper, baseboards and window coverings.
 The porch has a red and white lithograph pattern that looks like tile.

 The floors were painted over at some point, but originally contained flocked rugs painted on the floors. Green on the first floor and light blue on the second floor. The stair banister lithograph is pretty detailed.

I put some black and white scrapbook paper with a checkerboard pattern in the kitchen.  It is a lot cleaner and crisper than the original floor which is also black and white checkerboard.

 The house has great graphics.

The house is currently where I keep my 1" Strombecker Walnut collection.  It can be seen by clicking HERE

My 3/4" Strombecker collection can be seen here:

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Recent Aquisitions

I visited a couple of fruitful estate sales this past week.  At one, I happened upon this display of chairs, all scales and all sizes and styles.  Can you guess which ones I picked?

These are the two I selected.  They are close to 1"=1'-0 scale.  The metallic twisted wire one may be homemade?  I was drawn to this arch back spindle chair too.  It is made of medal and has nice lines.

Last week I came across a few miscelanious minis.  I broken coffee grinder, a toaster, a toilet plunger, a wooden hanger, and a letter holder. 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Bernard Lighthouse & Greenhouse

Joyce Bernard, a distant relative, sent me a few pictures of some of her other projects.
She created this lighthouse from a kit.  She said the light in the top actually works.

 She made the slicker and the hat in the entry from scratch!

This last picture shows the living room decorated for Christmas.  
She used under counter lights to illuminate each room.

Another project to pass the time in Nebraska was this greenhouse kit.

Here is a view of the interior with the roof removed.  Notice each of the plants in different stages of growth.

If you missed the Bernard Victorian House she and her husband created, click HERE

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Bernard Victorian House

I had the pleasure of meeting some distant relatives from Nebraska last weekend.  I was able to show her and her husband my miniature collection and they sent me pictures of a house they have have built.

Jess and Joyce have built this beautiful Victorian house from scratch!

Joyce noted that the needlepoint rug in the entry was from a friend.

The flowers on the coffee table came from Hawaii

The library is located on the third floor

 This photo shows the third floor nursery and covered porch

 One of the items in the collection is this tiny model ship in a case. 
A great idea for a future project.

This view shows the attic which includes the sewing room, a few misc pieces and how the house is wired.  We are hoping to go visit them this summer and see the house in person.  Thanks Joyce and Jess for the great project and the great photos.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

One More Tynietoy Chair

I purchased this Tynietoy Victorian chair towards the end of last year and it just arrived today and after a trip to my old address and back.  Oops!

The Victorian Chair was sold as part of 3 different room groups and it could also be purchased for individually as #229 Victorian Straight for $1.10 

I have posted some scans from the 1927 catalog for reference.  As pointed out on another website - A dollar may appear to be cheap by todays standards, but it 1927, it was also the price of hotel room for the night!

The rest of my Tynietoy Collection can be found by clicking HERE