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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Recent Acquisitions

I went to an estate sale this week and came across a few interesting finds.

 There was a great vintage model of a cabin.  I didn't purchase this, but enjoyed looking at the craftsmanship and the materials that they used.

I did however purchase the red "Radio Flyer" wagon, the grandfather clock and the cast iron scale.  The wood clock and scale were recent Ebay finds.

The cast iron grandfather clock is from Kilgore and has a working pendulum.  It dates from the 1920's-1930's.  The wooden clock and scale are both Strombecker pieces. The wood clock is painted black and has the face painted on in gold, while the bathroom scale is painted blue and has the face pressed into it.  These date from the 1930's -1940's.  I am still doing some research on the cast iron scale.  
( Any help would be appreciated! )

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Kage House

I have been looking for a house for my Kage collection for a long time.  This particular collection of furniture has been patiently waiting in a box.  Part of the challenge is that this furniture is 3/4" = 1'-0" and there are not a lot of houses built to that scale.  I found a couple of new pieces of furniture on Ebay the other day so I decided to take it all out and see what I had.  A few of these pieces are from my Great Grandmother's house and probably what got me interested in architecture, interiors and miniatures.

I divided the furniture into logical rooms: kitchen, living room, library, dining room & bath.  I have enough furniture for 4 bedrooms and a few pieces that I could use in halls or a music room. ( yikes! 12 rooms!)

 I decided to do a sketch and see just how big a house might need to be to accommodate this collection.  At first I was thinking a smaller house that I could hang on the wall.  I laid out the furniture and figured out how large to make rooms and how far apart to place the windows so that I could still place furniture in between.  I came up with a 3 story layout with a central hall.  I dont think I will have room for stairs because it is only 8" deep.

( You can see my Kage collection by clicking here )

I did a little research and found some Art Deco inspired doors and windows that would be appropriate for the time period on Pinterest, and drew a few in AutoCAD. 
Let me know which ones you like!

Here is what I have come up so far.  Probably a little more traditional that I was first imagining, but I want the "house" to be a back drop for the furniture collection.  My next step will be to take the CAD files to the laser shop and cut some out.   I will keep you posted.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Arcade Cast Iron Dining Table

I recently added this dining room table and 6 chairs to my Arcade Cast Iron furniture collection.  It came with 6 chairs and has the original red paint.  Now I need to find the dining room cabinet and buffet to complete the set.

The Arcade Company manufactured cast iron toys in Freeport, Ill., USA, Arcade Toys  boasted that "They look real."   Made from 1925 to 1936,  Arcade furnishings are well designed in a larger than usual scale, 1:16 and marked on the bottom or back with the manufacturer's name raised in the cast iron and the item number.

 The chairs are embossed with a "725" on the back and the table is marked "721"

The rest of my arcade collection can be found by clicking here

I posted about a book the Arcade company put out here

Sunday, January 4, 2015

San Antonio Trip

My family and I rang in the new year in San Antonio Texas with family this year.


There were some great miniature models at the Alamo, one of San Antonio's most famous landmarks and the symbol and site of the beginning of independence from Mexico.

My apologies in advance for the quality of the photos.  The models were both inside plexiglass cases the lighting wasn't the best.  The mission was built around 1744, but by the early 1800's it had become a military outpost.

This first scale model showed the extent of the fort and the condition of the chapel ( lower right) around 1the time of the famous battle in 1836.

This scale  model showed the famous battle in which 200 men, women and children barricaded themselves in the mission and held their ground for 13 days until finally being overtake by 5,000 Mexican soldiers.

I was able to stop by a miniature store MyDoll House, Inc.  One of the last miniature shops in the area.   I met Tillie and the Saturday volunteer Linda.  They were both very friendly and the shop was fantastic and bursting at the seams with almost anything miniature that you could think of.  I found some great miniature wall paper.  
I would recommend stopping if you are ever in that part of the country.  
They have a facebook page:
and a website:

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Father/Son Lego Night

I had a fun night with my son and our Lego kits that we got for Christmas.

I received Big Ben and he got The Brandenburg Gate

I have to admit, the number of piece looked a little overwhelming at first, but the directions were very clear and concise and had pictures !

The instructor books also gave a brief history of the building so it turned into an educational experience also.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Village 2014

Here are a few shots of this years village layout.  The village will be featured in the December e-magazine issue of Dolls' Houses Past & Present. 

 This last photo is of our christmas tree this year.  
I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Glass Bead Christmas Tree

This is a re-post!

My mother in law gave me a kit that she had purchased nearly a decade ago.  It was a Christmas Tree made from 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!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Christmas Village 2014

It's that time of year again.  As you can see, we have hauled the village in for assembly.

 My son was the urban planner this year and took the lead on the layout of the city. 

 The kids both get in on the final topping of snow.  

To see pictures of last years layout, click here  HERE

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Recent Acquisitions

I was able to pick up a few unique items at an a estate sale last week.

I found a couple of miniature vases, a copper pitcher, a wooden milk bottle, a Buffalo Ranch plate, a plastic cup, a miniature bar of soap and a metal Coca Cola tray.

My interpretation of the label on the miniature white vase is"made in Czechoslovakia" but I will let you be the judge.

 I could make out JAPAN on the bottom of the orange vase.  I'm not sure if the other markings are intentional.

Here is an enlarged show of the Coca Cola tray.  It appears to be brass.

I was surprised to find this miniature Buffalo Ranch Plate from my home state of Oklahoma.  I looked up the Buffalo Ranch online and it is located in Afton Oklahoma on the famous Route 66, not far from here.  I think the plate might find a home in my Cozy Cabin project.  

Lastly I thought I would share this.  My brother-in-law and his wife saw this box of vintage miniatures at a garage sale the other day and picked it up for me.  She said that she was sure I could find a good use for it.  

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Recent Acquisitions

I have picked up a few treasures recently at local estate sales and the flea market.

A brass stand with toothpick swords, a wing back chair, a wooden table and chair, a cast iron dog and a couple of ceramic thimbles.

I figured the swords would look great in my Victorian house.  
This vintage piece is marked Spain.

This wooden table and chair has some great hand painted apples and is signed "Houser"
It looks like it is from Germany.

I figured that the cast iron dog could stand watch over my Arcade Cast Iron collection.
The container of tiny people might end up as toy accessories in one of my houses.
The ceramic thimbles will most likely end up somewhere as an accessory.

This chair was actually in a bin of free toys at a flea market.  It is plastic and marked Spider Man on the bottom.  It has a place for batteries, but I cant figure out what it does?it is about 1" scale and I figured I could either paint it or  re-upholster it? 

Food for Thought -
I came across this old vacuum at a local antique mall.  It is marked Germany and I was interested until I saw the price. ($65.00)  I will think about it.