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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Petite Princess Dining Room

I came across this Petite Princess Dining Room on EBay the other day and picked it up for a great price.  I have a few pieces of this plastic furniture made by Ideal.


To see the rest of my Petite Princess collection, click HERE

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Kage House Exterior Windows

I have finally finished making the window trim for the exterior of the Kage house.  I snapped a few photos.  






To learn more about my Kage collection and the house that I am building for it, click HERE

Friday, June 2, 2017

Wardrobe Break

I came across this wardrobe at a local antique mall the other day.  The round posts on the front reminded me of the Sonia Messer furniture that I have been collecting.


I decided to take a break from making window trim and paint the columns on the wardrobe to match the Sonia Messer Pieces.


The wardrobe has a brown stain, so I went over it with a little mahogany stain to try and make it look a little closer.


Here the wardrobe is pictured with a few other pieces.


To see my other Sonia Messer pieces, click the Sonia Messer Label below.


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Window Trim

I found these plaster window sills and heads at a sale not too long ago for a dollar, so I couldn't pass them up.  I figured that I could probably use them somewhere.


I still had a some mold making supplies from a Sonia Messer Repair project a while back.
To see it, click HERE


The first step was to make a mold of the existing pieces.  The kit comes with a two part putty that you knead together.  (it sets up pretty quickly)


Once the mold material set up, I mixed a two part resin and poured it in.  As you can see, it starts out clear.

As the resin begins to set up, it changes to a white color, literally before your eyes.


This is the window sill right out of the mold.  It has a few pieces that need to be trimmed off and it need to be sanded.


This image shows the new resign pieces on top and the original plaster pieces below.  They are not quite as crisp as the originals, but they will do.


This is a picture of one of the trim pieces above the existing windows in the Kage House.  I am still shocked that it is almost a perfect fit.  The Kage house has 22 windows so I better get busy!

To see the Kage House click HERE
To see my Kage Housecollection click HERE
To see how I made the windows for the Kage House click HERE and HERE



Egyptian Pieces

I came across some Egyptian themed furniture at a local antique mall.




The pieces are:

A statue of a seated Hathor Egyptian Mother Goddess with head dress
A golden throne with a hieroglyphics
A statue of a seated lion 
Royal Egyptian Black Cat with a golden necklace
A black Anubis jackal statue





I posed the pieces with an antique camera for fun.

Now I need to find some hieroglyphic wallpaper or stickers?

Thursday, May 18, 2017

TOOTSIETOY

I came across some wood letters at Michaels the other day that were on sale.  
I decided I could add another name to the logo wall in the miniature studio

You will notice that the letter "O" is a different color.  Thus begins my story.  

The "O" that came with the letters was not a circle it kind of looked more like a flat tire and I didn't really like it.  I looked all over the metro area for some perfect 3-1/2" tall perfectly round circles.  There was no such thing.  I finally found some on Etsy.  They were relatively inexpensive so I ordered them.  They are made from mdf, but I figured that wouldn't matter since I was going to paint them anyway.  They arrived and were about twice as thick as the wood letters that I had.  So I went back to Michael's to purchase another set of wood letters to stack.  I figured that I could stack the letter so that they would be the same thickness as the new "O"s.  Of course they were all out of most of the letters that I needed.  so I bought some different ones and chopped them up to make do.  For example, I had to make the back of the "T"s our of "E"s by cutting off the bottom two 'crossbars' and adding a piece to the top.  The seams don't really matter because it will be on the back of the letter.


Here is a the actual Tootsietoy logo on the bottom of a table.  I have tried to make the logos somewhat relate to the original designs.


I decided to paint the Tootsietoy logo metallic silver since the furniture is that color under the paint.  Here are a couple of photos of the logos on the wall in the studio.


To see my Tootsietoy collection click HERE

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Recent Acquisitions

I came across these two small boxes of miniatures at an estate sale this week.  They were marked down to $5 each.  I knew the cast iron tea cart was worth more than the asking price and I was intrigued by the German hand painted minis in the other box.



The cast iron tea cart is by Kilgore from the 1920's - 1930's, and I liked the vintage Christmas tree.  There is always room for accessories.  
To see my Kilgore collection click HERE


I did a little research and found out more about this set of furniture.  It is a set of Dora Kuhn Miniature Furniture.  They are marked made in Germany on the bottom.  There is a great blog post about the maker of this furniture - click HERE


Dora Kuhn and her husband made these sets in different scales. This appears to be part of mini set made in the 1940's, shortly after WWII.  The bed is only about 2" long.  Many of these sets were purchased by military servicemen and brought home as souvenirs.  I may have to make a little room box to display this set in.


I also recently won this Tynietoy floor lamp in an auction on Ebay.  It stands about 4" tall.


The parchment shade is hand painted and still has its original brass brads. The brads and the parchment have a great patina.  The shade has a few tears and repairs.  


The lamp is marked with the Tynietoy logo on the bottom


To see the rest of my Tynietoy collection, click HERE





Thursday, April 27, 2017

Recent Acquisitions

I stumbled across these 1:12" pieces at a local antique mall.  There were several shelves of vintage miniatures.  (and it took a lot of will power) I selected a few pieces to use in my victorian house that I have on the drawing boards.


I purchased this vintage gold and red velvet wallpaper a while back at a local miniature show garage sale.  I decided to dig out some of the other items that I have been saving for the victorian house to see how they looked together.  I need to find some big ferns?



I also found a bag of these plaster bracketed window sills and arched window head trim pieces.  I figured I could probably use them on something and purchased them and brought them home.

When I got home, and to my surprise, I noticed that they fit perfectly on the laser cut windows that I made for my Kage house!

The problem is that there were only 10 sets and the Kage house has way more than 10 windows, so I may try to find some more or try to make a mold and create some more!


To see my Kage collection click HERE
 Or click on the Kage Tag over on the right



This piece reminds me of my Tynietoy collection because of the hand painted designs and  it will probably end up with that collection.  The interior of the cabinet is painted a bright blue and has a 'porcelain' sculpture of some birds. 

To see my Tynietoy Collection click HERE


I also found a couple of miniature dollhouses also.  They both have roofs that are hinged and the yellow one on the left  has a front that opens up.



I also found another Willit's Take-A-Seat chair to add to my collection.  This one is called Art Nouveau and is based on a chair design from around 1900.

To see my other Take-A-Seat chairs click HERE

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Sketchbook House

I came across one of my old sketchbooks while doing some spring cleaning.  When my daughter was around 5 or 6 years old, I decided that I would like to build a dollhouse with her. Not just any house, but something incredible.  Something that would be fun and educational at the same time. 

We sat down and discussed what rooms would be fun to design and have in a miniature house.  Here is our initial list of rooms in no particular order:

Entry Hall, Kitchen, Ballroom, Library, Girl's Bedroom, Boy's Bedroom, Master Bedroom, Craft Room, Tree House, Swimming Pool, Ice Rink, Computer Room, Trophy Room, Play Room, Bowling Alley, Observatory, Balcony, Fish Tanks with Dolphins, Living Room, Dining Room, Music Room w/Stage, Bathroom, Spa, Reading Room, Green House,Pet Room, Laundry Room, Chapel, Theater Room, Game Room.


The house evolved in sketches over the next few years while we worked on a smaller "starter" house.  This rear elevation shows the entrance hall, with a grand stair case up to the ballroom.  We decided the ballroom would have a glass floor and a glass ceiling and balconies.  It also shows the swimming pool (shaded area) in the basement and the tree house.   Keep in mind she loved to watch Beauty and the Beast and we had visited the Biltmore Estate. We were also inspired by Colleen Moore's Dollhouse.  Click HERE to see Carolyn's house that we were working on during this time.  






I toyed with the idea of making the Entry Hall a time machine of sorts, decorated with different motifs of time including seasons and steam punk clock gears.  The ceiling of the entry hall was the glass dance floor above, it could be embellished with zodiac signs and the glass dome above could be decorated with constellations and a beautiful chandelier.
We discussed themes that we could use for different rooms. These included:  Ballet, Outer Space, Egypt, Insects, Flowers, Disney, Animals, Nursery Rhymes, Victorian, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Craftsman, Contemporary, 1950's, Modern, Gothic, Medieval, Arts & Crafts, 1960's. & Oceanic.  (this was part of the education part)

Here is a later version of the different floor plans.  Level one (ground level) consisted of a formal garden entry into the great hall.  The great hall would have two giant staircases and an opening in the floor to the swimming pool below with an art glass railing.  There was a two story library to the left and an elevator and a secret passage behind the book shelves.  To the right of the entry hall was the formal dining room, a back stair case, the kitchen and a green house.



This is a sketch of the second floor.  The center section is the glass dance floor, to the left is the second floor of the library and either a guest bedroom and bathroom or this area would become a 2 story living room.  There is a bridge from the library to the tree house at this level.  To the right of the entry hall was the stage/music room and then the master bedroom and bathroom.  The tiny inset sketch above shows how the ceiling might be low above the front door and serve as the stair landing where the two stair cases joined in the middle.  It also shows the railing at the hole in the middle of the floor open to the pool below.


This is the third floor plan.  This level consisted of the glass dome over the ballroom in the middle with small flat roof sections at each corner.  The left wing had the boy's and girl's bedroom with another bridge to the treehouse.  We didn't decide if the elevator would go to this level or not.  The opposite wing had a nursery, the maid's bedroom and a craft room.   It also had a continuation of the back staircase to the observatory.  The sketch at top right  and dashed lines show the idea of a mansard roof.

The basement level had a large swimming pool in the center.  This would have doors over a section that would be partially outside.  This stems from a hotel stay with an indoor/outdoor pool that she loved.  The left wing had a game room which had a ticket booth entrance to the theater and bowling alley.  The secret passage also came out at this level and we discussed having a secret area under the tree for a treasure room!  The other wing had a jacuzzi, the back stairs, and a complete spa/exercise room.  The rear of the house also had an informal Monet inspired garden with a large tree for the tree house.
Another idea was a grotto in the pool area that became a cave.




Here are some sketches of the tree house.  I guess I should explain that the tree house played a big part in my kiddo's lives.  I would make up stories each night at bedtime about a little boy and girl who had a talking cat and a tree house.


This was a sketch of the front elevation at top, a roof plan in the middle with a crooked elevation of the ball room and dome and some ideas for windows below.  This kind of shows how the wings could be divided into 3 sections in case we had to transport it.

This sketch showed the left wing, including the two story library and bridges to the tree house. The top sketch also shows the bowling alley, movie theater, and ticket booth in the basement.  The sketch below shows how a 2 story living room might work next to the two story library.  It was important to have rolling ladder in the library and a window seat for reading.  

My daughter and I also became members of the Tulsa Miniature club during this time. 


Here is an old picture of one of the club projects back in 2006.  You can see some other pictures of this project by clicking HERE

While the Sketchbook house is not built, it was fun coming up with the concepts and ideas with my daughter.  Maybe it will materialize someday!