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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Maison de Monet a Giverny

I have picked up a few items here and there at estate sale.

I found these round wood pieces and knew that they would look great as a medallion on a ceiling supporting a light fixture.  The metal napkin rings looked like crates or cages to me and I found the wicker chair at another sale.  My daughter had the opportunity to travel to France and brought me back the fold out mini version of Monet's house in Giverny France.

She took hundreds of pictures, but I thought I would share a few.

Here is a shot of the real house while on her tour.  They had room boxes for sale in the gift shop.  She took some picture of those for me.

Room Box for sale

Room Box for sale

Monet's Dining Room

Monet's Dining Room in miniature

Monet's kitchen

Monet's kitchen in miniature

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Toy Store Room Box

I came across this room box at an estate sale this week:

 It is housed in a nice wooden box and has a framed glass door that closes over it.  The scene is shown above - a small boy looking into a toy store window.

Here is the view inside one end.

The view looking the other way shows a cash register and a small white mouse 

The room is jam packed with all kinds of items, some store bought and some handmade.  I suspect it must be from the late 1980's or early 1990's?

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Recent Acqusitions

I have spent a few more of my lunch breaks at garage and estate sales

I have acquired a few new items recently. The antique style bike is actually a Christmas ornament.  I came across the picture at an estate sale.  The back is hammered copper and the artwork itself is made from small pieces of wire or straw?  The small pot of flowers is all made from paper (even the pot)  The rocking horse is heavy metal that has been painted a few times.  The group of ceramic puppies are labeled Japan on the bottom and the House of Miniatures kit was a recent eBay purchase.

I also came across this antique silk embroidered piece at an estate sale.  I cut off the tattered ribbon around the edges.  It will make a great rug somewhere.

I figured I could keep these puppies in the laundry room for now.
The laundry room is part of my Arcade Cast Iron collection.  Click HERE to see the rest.

I have placed the flower pot temporarily in the Garbe house.
The rest of the Garbe house can be seen by clicking HERE

Monday, April 11, 2016

Louis Sullivan Terracotta at the St Louis City Museum

I had the opportunity to travel to St Louis Missouri this past weekend and once again, visit the City Museum. The museum is housed in an multi-story building that was formerly a shoe factory and is partially a collection of architectural artifacts and salvaged items and has become a receptacle for pieces of all shapes and sizes.

Artists have taken the salvaged items and artfully  arranged them around the museum.

One thing that these photos do not capture is the scale of some of these pieces.

The people on this piece are full scale.

There were a few of these angelic women.

In the background you can see a mix of Sullivan and Art Deco.  Louis Sullivan is known as one of the founders of the modern architectural movement and there are several of his pieces that have been rescued and are on display.

This is the "key" to a large collection of Sullivan objects salvaged from the Chicago Stock Exchange building which was demolished in 1972.

Above is a piece of the stair balustrade                            and a bronze newel post 

I found this picture online that shows the pieces in context before the building was demolished.

Here some more pieces salvaged from the exterior of the building.

This round medallion is from another Sullivan project

To see more of the museum on a previous visit click HERE

Monday, March 28, 2016

Real Tiny Food

A friend of mine sent me this link the other day, so I thought I would share.


There is another one where they make real donuts


If you google "Tasemade Tiny" you will find many more!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Happy Easter

I hope everyone has a great Easter.  My daughter and I had made these mini Easter baskets at miniature club several Easters ago!  The chocolate bunny and eggs were polymer clay.  I remember the best part was eating the chocolate and saving the foil!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Cotopaxi Questival

Here is my daughter and her friends doing the Cotopaxi Questival in Las Vegas Nevada.
They are at the Double Negative, one of the larges art projects in the world.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Colleen Moore's Fairy Castle

While doing some research on another project, I came across this time lapse video of Colleen Moore's Dollhouse being re-constructed after a restoration project.

The house resides at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

I have not seen the house in person yet, but it is on my bucket list.  I do have a few books about it in my collection.

This is booklet was published in 1935 

This hard cover book is from the late 70's - early 1980's and features colored pictures and blue prints of the house

This book was published in 1997 and has great photos of each room, some details of some of the furniture and also a section on Colleen Moore.

The museum's web site is HERE

To see some of the other books in my collection, click HERE

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Train Show

 There was a model train show in town this weekend so my son and I decided to check it out.  The show featured operating model railroads, train dealers, collectors, hands-on exhibits, demonstrations, workshops, and much more


Some of the painted backdrop scenery looked very realistic


My son liked this field of sheep because he is currently raising a lamb with the local FFA chapter.

This train scene had a working carousel and ferris wheel.


Here is my son 

There were a lot of vendors selling items.  
I was intrigued by some of the lighting and power posts.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Star Wars, Fisher-Price, & Tomy.. Oh My

I dug out my box of "Star Wars Furniture"  today.  During the late 1970's and early 1980's, these were my favorite toys.   I was a big Star Wars fan growing up and when I discovered that these furniture sets were the same scale as my Star Wars action figures, I had a blast.  I saved money from my paper route each month to purchase room sets from our local Montgomery Ward store.  I used pieces of wood as a base (from my old toy-box), and built many houses/space ships from my Legos, then furnished it.  It slid around just fine on our shag carpet floor.  You can read more about my toy-box HERE

Here we see Han Solo and Luke Skywalker relaxing in the living room.  The "smoke glass" tables and sectional sofa were pretty stylish for the day.  I used the black piece of rubber as a console table after rescuing it from my dad's mechanic shop.  

Here we find Luke being served by a Death Star Droid.  The stove, sink, fridge and table set are by Fisher-Price, the oven/microwave was by Tomy.  The cast iron high-chair is a Durham piece.  The plant was some plastic leaves that I glued into a toothpaste lid.  I really liked the antique style table mixed with the modern chairs.

The music room had a grand piano and a high-tech looking stereo with some big speakers for effect.  I had several "rugs" like the brown one shown here.  My grandmother would get clothing catalogs in the mail with fabric swatches glued-in.  She would save them for me and I would use them as rugs.

This Jawa character is in the green Fisher-Price bathroom set.

Luke is getting ready to take a snooze in this Tomy canopy bedroom set.  
I used the old brass drawer knobs as night stands.

Here is a vintage print ad for the Tomy furniture and house from the early 1980's
It was roughly 3/4"=1'-0" scale.  Both the Tomy furniture and the Fisher-Price furniture are made from plastic.  

Here is a vintage print ad from an early 1980's Montgomery Ward Christmas advertising the the house, furniture sets and people.  The house sold for $39.99, the furniture sold for $29.99 and the people sold for $7.99.