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Friday, August 29, 2014

New Strombecker Nightstand

I found this 1" scale walnut Strombecker nightstand on ebay the other day.  I did not have of these in my collection yet
 I Believe this is only pieces I have that has the logo stamped on the back instead of the front.

To see the rest of my 1" Walnut Strombecker collection click HERE.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Model Cars

My son and I got to spend a little time at a local car show/fundraiser for out local high school this afternoon.

He has taken an interest in building model cars and we took a couple of pictures by some cars that he was currently working on.

His current project is a 1930's model Ford is similar to the red one we saw at the car show and he had already completed this one ( below) which was nearly exactly like the yellow one we saw today at the car show.

Miniatures come in all shapes and sizes !

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Utah Summer Road Trip

On our summer road trip this year, I was once again reminded of the importance of architectural models and miniatures.  Not only are they beautiful, but they also help others understand the size, shape, scale, and proportions that are sometimes hard to see in drawings and photographs.

This first model is located inside the South Visitor's Center at Temple Square in Salt Lake City Utah.  It is a cut-away scale model of the famous Salt Lake Temple.  The actual Temple can be seen behind the model through large windows.  This model of the Mormon Temple is built at 1:32 scale.

I came across the photo below on the website of the architecture firm that was commissioned to build the model.  It shows the size of the model.

This photo below shows how the some of the floor levels relate to each other and how the model builder chose to represent the "structure" of the building and it's solid stone construction.  It took the members of the church 40 years to build the temple and it was completed in 1893.  The model was completed in 2010 and took 5 months to complete.

A touch screen video display near the model explains the purpose of each of the rooms.  The model contains miniature versions of the hand painted wall murals inside and symbolic details carved into the exterior of the temple, as well as miniature reproductions of all of the light fixtures.

These close ups show some of the detail in each of the rooms.  The top two floors contain an assembly room and contains a balcony.  In the basement is a large baptismal font that rests on the back of 12 oxen representing the 12 Tribes of Israel.

Part of our journey took us to a small town in Southern Utah called Parowan.  Some of my ancestors help build this  community.  This small model was at a museum there and represents how the city was started with large walls around it.  It was also amazing to meet someone at the museum who knew my Great Grandparents and steered me to a photograph of my grandfather at a WWII display at the museum.

This next model below was at the North Visitor Center at Temple Square in Salt Lake City Utah.  It is a scale model of the city of Jerusalem around the time of Jesus Christ it covers 14 square feet and boasts over 4,000 buildings and structures.

It is an interactive model and and as you walk around and read about each building, you can press a button and a small light will highlight that part of the model.

The large structure on the hill is the Temple 

We came across this last model in the Church History Museum at Temple Square in Salt Lake City.  It is a model of Salt Lake City early in its history.  Salt Lake City is known for it's ease of directions and laid out on grid of streets with a North and South axis and naming system.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Take A Seat

I have added a few more chairs to my Take A Seat Collection
The chairs are manufactured by a company called Willitts and are made from resin with metal accents.  They appear to be about 1" scale.

 This chair is called Longhorn and is based on a 1930's design.  
I thought it would look great in my cabin project.

This chair is called San Demas and is based on a 1992 design 
- its kind of King Tut meets cruise ship?

This wing chair is called Mrs Vanderbilt's Chair and is based on chairs in her bedroom at the Biltmore Estate.  The original chair dates from 1897.

This Art Nouveau chair is called Linear Elegance and the design dates from 1902

This chair is called the Ribbon Chair and is based on a 1965 design

This shiny red chair is called Racing Red and is based on a 1991 design

This chair is simply called Patio and dates from a 1990 design

This last chair is called Full Circle and is based on a 2000 design.

To see the rest of my Willitt' s Take A Seat collection click HERE

Baseball Cards

Sometimes the workbench has to take on other duties.  
This week, it was sorting baseball cards!

I brought my son to an estate sale with me and we walked out a with giant load of baseball /Football cards!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Simple Gifts

This summer has not left me with much time for miniatures.  I received an email not too long ago from a local resident who had discovered my blog.  She had a collection of architectural items that she had purchased in hopes of building a dollhouse, but had since decided to purchase a pre-finished one instead.  I promised to do something great with the gift.  Here are some of the highlights. - Thanks Nancy!

 On another topic - I thought I would show this house that I picked up on Craigslist a while back.  It is a Dylan Dollhouse by Brinca dada.  I was kind of surprised to find one of these for sale in Tulsa Oklahoma!  Right now it is home to a few of my modern chairs from my Willitts collection.

See my Willitts chair collection click HERE

In effort to make some more progress on the studio, I have unpacked a few more boxes.  Mainly accessories - pots, pans, dishes and vases.  I laid some out here in front of the Crescent Moon Cottage to try and figure out where and what to display.  

 The Crescent Moon Cottage is currently home to my Tynietoy Collection.

 I also have been contemplating dividing up the attic into rooms.  I think I can fit 3 rooms comfortably- a bathroom, a game room and a bedroom. I found some scrapbook paper that will work for the bathroom floor.

I picked up the cardboard bookcase at an estate sale a while back.  I did some research and found out it was an old candy box from Germany.  I was shocked to see a few of them for sale for several hundred dollars apiece!  ( I paid $2)

The old beer steins actually came with this house when I won it at auction several years ago.  I have been trying to find a good way to display them in the house somewhere. A game room or "man cave" may be just the place?

To see more photos of the Crescent Moon Cottage click HERE

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Recent Acquisitions

I have picked up a few new items at estate sales and online.  The Tynietoy buffet was an ebay find and came with all the smaller accessories shown.  The Arcade cast iron secretary was also an ebay purchase.  The two tubs were at a local estate sale - one is brass one is cast-iron.  And the framed art was from a yard sale - it is actually a piece a stone that is cut and framed.  I think I will use the brass tub in my cabin project.

 Here is a view of the Arcade cast iron secretary in context.  I picked up the ladder back chair that goes with it a while back.  The secretary has the original paint but the chair has been re-painted.  

The rest of my Arcade Cast Iron collection can be seen HERE

Here is a view of the Tynietoy buffet in the dining room.

The rest of my Tynietoy collection can be seen HERE

Friday, May 30, 2014

Recent Acquistions

I picked up a few miniature accessories at an estate sale this week.  A mini Victrola, a tiny wooden carved elephant, a brass tea pot with a removable lid, a ceramic picture, a glass pitcher and 4 striped glasses and a chubby little ceramic boy with a movable head!

I am normally not one to put people in my houses or scenes, but this little guy caught my eye.  On another note, I did go back and pick up that house a few weeks ago.  I am currently working with an electrician to make sure the electric system is safe.  More to come on that project. 

(Please disregard the messy studio - Its been a busy few weeks !)

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Estate Sale Dollhouse

I came across this dollhouse at an estate sale this week.  I did not purchase it, but I may go back later in the week and see if it is still there.  This company typically marks down prices by 25% each day to move the inventory out.

I liked the straightforward clean lines, and the attention that someone had paid to the small details.  The house definitely needs some attention, the floors are a little warped and the plywood is starting to de-laminate in a few spots.  The front face is removable - it is on the floor to the left.

 The windows were in pretty rough shape, but each still had its original curtains.

The kitchen still has a few items left by it former tenants.  It had a great linoleum floor complete with colored borders.  The wainscot was also made from linoleum.

I am guessing the bathroom had been remodeled at some point.  Real tile was used on the floor.

The living room has a great fireplace.

Here is a view of the entry hall and the stairs.

I was fascinated by the shingles.  They were pieces of wood cut so that you could see the grain, and stained all different colors to give the appearance of slate.

Around back there was a switch for the lights and a hidden door into the attic which concealed the transformer and all of the wiring for each room's light fixture.

each set of wires of carefully laid out and labeled.  I am guessing the house is from the 1940's - possibly earlier. If you have any ideas, I would be interested to hear them.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Thonet Bentwood Parlor Set

I came across this antique Thonet Bentwood parlor set this week at an estate sale.  I was surprised at how good the condition was.

From what I can tell, this set dates from the late 1890's and was manufactured in Germany.  

The Settee measures approximately 5.5 inches tall by 4.5 inches wide. The Table measures approximately 2.75" tall x 3.75" long x 2.5" deep. The Chairs measure approximately 4.5 inches tall.

The seats are a piece of wood that is uhplostered and trimmed with gold and red ribbon on the edges and each piece is attached with small nails.

The set came with a small footstool which I have not see with any other sets before.

 There were also these two similar chairs -note one is missing a leg.

The bright red backdrop is also an estate sale find - a giant piece of red velvet for only $1 - I couldn't pass it up and figured it would be something I could use on my Victorian project.