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Friday, June 8, 2018

Tynietoy Repairs

I have acquired a few TynieToy pieces that need a little work. 

I acquired this Tynietoy shield back chair a while back.  Note a small piece of of the back is missing.  I cut a replacement piece, glued it in place.

After letting the glue dry, I sanded it and stained it to match.  Matching the stain was not an easy task.  I ended up using a few different layers and colors, and even some markers to try and get a close match.

Another Tynietoy project that has been on the shelf was the corner of this dressing table.  When I bought it, it was missing a piece of the corner.  I sanded some wood to the correct thickness and glued it in place.  Then sanded it to be in alignment with rest of the top.

The paint touch-up, it close but not quite there yet.  It looks better than it did when I started.

This Tynietoy lamp project has been on the back burner also. I purchased the lamp knowing that the shade was damaged.  It had been repaired many years ago using some old fabric tape.  

After removing the tape, the old brittle hand-painted cardboard shade was in pieces.

I attached the pieces to some thin acid free vellum using some acid free glue

I was mostly happy with the piece, but the white vellum really stood out.

I came across some metallic, gold color acid free scrap book paper and decided to line the shad with that.

 One of the things that I really enjoy about this lamp are the original old metal brads with lots of patina.

It mostly looks pretty great now and probably a lot more like it did when it was new.
The Tynietoy company manufactured dollhouse miniatures from 1920 - 1942.  They enlisted students from the Rhode Island School of Design to hand paint each piece.

To see some more of my Tynietoy collection click HERE or the label below.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Be sure to check out an article that I wrote in the latest issue of Dollhouse Miniatures

The article features pieces from my Halls Lifetime Toys Collection.
To see my post on the collection, click

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Recent Acquisitions

I came across these items at an estate sale for a few dollars each.

The chest of drawers is Sonia Messer from the 1940's-50's.  The magazine rack is walnut and has the gold Strombecker stamp on the underside.  The andirons are unmarked but look an awful lot like the ones that were sold with TynieToy.  The two platters are pewter. All of the pieces are 1" scale.

The platters are both marked on the bottom

The dresser is marked MADE IN COLUMBIA on the bottom.  

To see the rest of my Sonia Messer Imports collection, click the Sonia Messer label at the bottom

To see my other Strombecker collections click on the links below:

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Tulsa Miniature Club Project

Our local miniature club meets monthly and we started a new project this month.  
We meet at a local library and started the project there. 

Here is my project up to this point

This scene was the inspiration for the project.

Here was another project from the group

We used some textured cardboard for our bricks - it was actually the kind that a contractor puts down on the floor when doing remodeling.  One of the club members had a bunch left over.  First we painted the cardboard -I chose gray, most everyone else chose red.

I had an extra window that I decided to incorporate into mine.  
I stained all of the wood using a combination of wood stain pen and gel stain.

 The next step after the paint dried was drawing lines for the brick.  
I decided on 1/2" X 5/8" 

 Here is a stack of bricks ready to glue! I will be honest, this took a while.

 The two wall are made of foam board.  Make sure to draw on some guide lines.

 I did a soldier course along the top. and under the window.  All of the bricks are not the same size - it gives it a little more character.

 I drew guidelines of where the wood would be and infilled that area with bricks

 Here is a close-up.  Let the bricks over-hang the edges, then when the glue has dried, cut off the extra material.

 I used lightweight drywall spackling compound with a little bit of paint for some color to grout the bricks.

 It seemed to spread around nicely with a clay tool I had in my tool box.

 Here are the two walls complete

 Next, I glued on the wood and glued some wood on the floor.

 Here is the project up to this point.  My homework is complete until next month!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Recent Acquisitions

I picked up a few items at estate sales recently. A soft metal brightly colored bird cage ( A Christmas ornament) a cast iron ladder, a couple of small plates - one is metal with inlaid brass and copper while the other is china and marked Noritake on the back.

I also picked up some spoons for 25 cents each.  I recently read on a miniature blog that you can cut the decorative tops off and use them as accessories in miniature scenes.  Although I am having a little bit of an internal struggle about destroying the spoons. I am not sure if there is something I can do with the spoon?  A couple of them appear to be silver ( or at least silver plated)

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Recent Acquisitions & Magazine News!

I have come across a few interesting finds at estate sales.

The Victorian Chair, gum ball machine and resin bench are all 1" scale items.
I had never seen a gum ball machine with the words on the the dome before.
I also came across a Japanese plate with a stand, a wooden Coca-Cola crate and my second Tupperware bowl.

The 4 chairs are 3/4" scale and are marked "Williamsberg KIRK STIEFF PEWTER" on the bottom of each seat. See below:

In other news, an article that I wrote about my Kage brand miniature collection was published this month in dollhouse miniatures!

Monday, April 2, 2018

Recent Acquisitions

I came across this 3/4" scale wood miniature  set of living room furniture this weekend at a small antique store in a nearby town. I really enjoy the Art Deco stenciled graphics and geometric shapes of the furniture.

After doing a little research, I discovered that this is a complete set of living room furniture by the Jaymar company company and sold for $1.89 in 1933.  The line was called "Happy Hour Dollhouse Furniture"

I came across this medal garden bench and and homemade plant stand at a local antique mall.  The bench is marked Raine on the bottom.  

I also came across a whole cache of vintage miniatures at an estate sale.  There were two giant plastic bags of this stuff for just $3! 

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Frank Lloyd Wright's Allen House

We were recently able to tour a Frank Lloyd Wright gem in Wichita, Kansas.  The house was commissioned in 1915 for the Allen family and was completed in 1918.  The house is built in his Wright's signature "Prarie Style" and is considered one of his finest examples of that style.

The house has undergone restoration to bring it back to it's 1918 appearance and it is listed on the National Register.  The house stands in stark contrast to it's Victorian style neighbors that were built around the same time.

The exterior features textured brick in tones of yellow, orange and brown.  The house is accented with stone from Carthage Missouri and cast concrete pieces like the round planters.  It was stated on the tour that shells were ground up in the concrete to help it match the color of the stone.

The house has several conveniences of that era.  A few are shown in the photo above.  The dark box under the eve was part of an alarm system.  The bars on the kitchen windows were actually to protect and cool food and keep and keep it safe from animals.  The small door near the planter allowed the delivery man to deliver ice right into the ice-box in the kitchen.  The house also had an attached (and heated) garage which now serves as the museum gift shop. Inside the house had a central vacuum system and wall hung toilets. 

This is the front door to the home.  Note that the top piece of the wood has been shaved down over the years.  The tour guide indicated that this was due to the house settling.

Notice how the mortar was positioned.  Wright wanted to emphasize the horizontal lines of the house so the horizontal joints are recessed to create shadow lines, while the vertical joints are flush with the face of the brick.

I included this photo to point out how Wright "hid" the rain gutters by recessing them in tile roof.  The rain water was collected in cisterns and used to fill the reflection pool.  The gutters are not visible from the street.

There is a small pool house on the site and here is the view from behind.  This small basement room was used to store the landscaping tools on the site.

I came across some floor plans on Pinterest.  

The basement was not occupied space and housed the boiler room and laundry.

The large living room has a fireplace and inglenook at one end (above)and some built in shelves (below) The couch is one of two original Wright couches in existence.  The fireplace screen was acquired by the Allen family in Paris in the 1920's-1930's.  The ceiling has built in lighting behind wooden carved screens with paper shades.  

One of the 30 pieces of original Wright designed furniture is this floor lamp in the living room.  Notice the built in wooden screen to hide the radiators along the wall.

One of the public spaces upstairs was Mr Allen's study.  This room also contained a built-in cabinet with metal lined drawers to store some of Mrs. Allen's art.  Many of the rooms have shelf space up high to display art and knick knacks. We were told that Wright thought that art should be displayed and rotated around a couple of times a year.  The portrait above the fire place is Mr Henry Allen who was the U.S. Senator of Kansas from 1919-1923.

This is the original dining table and chairs that Wright designed for the home.  It can expand to seat more. Note the built-in cabinets and lights which flank each side of the room.

The dining room ceiling is lit from behind this recessed art glass 

This is the butler pantry which separate the dining room and the kitchen.  Note the recessed copper sink.

The kitchen is actually pretty modern looking for something that is over 100 years old.

Wright designed this bench and table for the staff in the kitchen.  

The master bedroom (above) has it's original furniture and a portrait of Mrs Allen.  Note the built in closets to the left and the art glass transoms above.  Central heat and air conditioning was not added to the house until later.