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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.

Monday, April 28, 2014

NYC Weekend

I had the pleasure of spending a few days in New York City this last week.
My wife is a high school choir director and her choir was invited back for another performance at Carnegie Hall.  I literally took 100's of pictures and have posted a few here from the trip.

I have read about miniatures and dollhouses from FAO Schwarz and even have a few in my collection.  FAO Schwarz is the oldest toy store in the U.S. founded in 1862. It is near Carnegie Hall, so I stopped by to see what it was like.



There is a great old drawing in the Carnegie Hall Museum of a cross section through the building.  I am a sucker for great architectural drawings.


Here is a picture of my best friend and wife after rehearsal inside the iconic Isacc Sterm Auditorium where they performed.


Our tour group did a walking tour of lower Manhattan.  We started here at this bronze model which shows the colony back when it was a Dutch settlement called New Amsterdam 

Here is a close up to see some of the detail.




Our walking tour also included St Paul's chapel at Trinity Church founded in 1697.  This is the pew used by George Washington who worshipped there. 


There is also a banner inside from the people of our home state of Oklahoma.  A gift of hope after the 9/11 tragedy.






We also went to the observation deck on top of Rockefeller Center.  On the way up, we stopped by this great architectural model which stood nearly 8 feet tall.



This trip was also special because my daughter Carolyn and co-blogger was part of the choir this year!

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.