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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Miniatures at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum

Not too far up the road from my home is the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore Oklahoma.  Will Rogers was a stage and motion picture actor,vaudeville performer, cowboy, humorist, newspaper columnist, world traveler and social commentator.  He was born in 1879 and died in a plane crash in 1935.
I had the opportunity to visit the memorial and was surprised to find quite a few miniatures!  There was an entire room of miniature dioramas depicting the life of Will Rogers and also a display of miniature saddles the Will collected during his world travels.
The Dioramas are mostly made from wood and plaster by artist Jo Mora and were created in the 1940's.

The first scene depicts the birthplace of Will Rogers, in Oologah Oklahoma.  The house was affectionately called the white house of the Verdigris River

Here is a photo of the house today.


Here is a photo of the actual broadcast depicted above

Here is a photo of the great room in the families California home circa1935

The museum also has a life size recreation of Will's study from his California Ranch

The last scene depicts the wrecked plane were Will and his pilot Wiley Post lost thier lives off the coast of Alaska.

 Apologies in advance for the glare

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Sonia Messer Repairs

I had a little time this evening to jump back on some Sonia Messer furniture repairs that I had started a while back.  I have acquired a few more Sonia Messer items and wanted to put them all together.  

Here is the step by step - I had to get the scroll saw out.

I had purchased a piece of mahogany a while back.  Luckily I did it then, because the only place in town that had pieces of mahogany was recently destroyed by a tornado - the hazards of living in Oklahoma!

I carefully removed one of the good feet from the table base to use as a template and traced it onto the large piece.  At first I used a regular black pencil, but once I started cutting and got some saw dust on there, I couldn't see the lines, so I switched to white.

 The book case needed some straight pieces to repair the doors.

I used my Dremel tool to smooth out the edges along the curves.

Once all of the pieces were sanded, I stained them using a combination of a wood stain pen and some Prismacolor markers to match the color of the furniture.

 Waiting for the glue to dry!

 I painted some gold onto the feet of the new pieces to match the existing ones.

click the Sonia Messer label below to see some of my other pieces.

If you liked the project, you might enjoy this Sonia Messer repair I did a while back.  ClickHERE

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Recent Acquistions

I found a few 1:12" items in a local antique mall.  I will find a place for the tete-a-tete bench and sun dial in a garden.  I liked bouncy horse because I had one just like it when I was little.  I figured I can display it in my 1970's house.

To see my 1970's Walmar house click HERE

It houses my 1970's Halls Lifetime Furniture which you can see by clicking HERE

Friday, October 6, 2017

Branson Birdhouses

My mom-in-law recently added some fall touches to a bird house the she made this summer.  She and I share the craft room at our house and this was her first stab at doing "miniatures"

The birdhouse projects were a class that was offered at a resort we spent some time at this summer on vacation in Branson Missouri.

My recently adopted nephews got in on the fun too!

We had fun watching the creativity flow and it was a fun bonding moment for Grandma the boys.  

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Tulsa Miniature Club

This month at miniature club we made flowers from wire and nail polish.  Each month we take turns teaching  and this month, our talented instructor was Lerryn.  She brought several examples of her work to show and inspire us.


Another club member brought in these two great examples

Here was my nights work - not bad for my first attempt - maybe after some practice I could make something presentable?

In other news, a cache of miniatures was donated to the club.  It was divided up into lots and this is the one that I ended up with - 

These were some of my favorite things in the group:  a silver hairbrush, comb and mirror.  a brass wall sconce and a an electrified lamp also in a plastic bag.  The glass decanter has a glass stop and the tiny brass bell even has a ringer!

 The copper plates have this on the back - The only part I can make out is "MADE IN ITALY"