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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Recent Acquistions

I have picked up a few things recently at estate sales and antique malls.

The Jolly Roger is a pedal car/boat and is actually a vintage Hallmark Christmas ornament (from 1999) The metal box, ceramic tea pot, and dog are all estate sale finds.  The two metal airplanes on stands that the metal clock are from an antique mall.  I'm not sure what the airplane pieces are? Maybe board game pieces?

At another local estate sale I came across a whole box of Renwall and Plastico furniture from the 40's-60's.  Some are duplicates of pieces that I have.  I will list the rest on 

Back Stage Dressing Room

I was able to install the base board and the a curtain in my retro backstage dressing room this week.
I belong to the Tulsa Miniature Club and we have all been working on individual dressing room projects and each making something to contribute to each member's room.

I also installed some old movie posters on the "outside" of my dressing room.
The chair was on old vintage one that I painted and reupholstered.

To see my other posts on the room click the Tulsa Miniature Club Label

Friday, October 18, 2019

Another New Project - The Farm House

On my morning jog last weekend, I saw this beauty at a garage sale.  I have seen some great variations on this plan recently and figured it would make a great farm house project.

The previous owner didn't get too far.

Our littlest dog Margot thinks it looks pretty great too!

Monday, October 7, 2019

Red Carpet Time - Oscar

The members of Tulsa Miniature Club are each working on a small back stage dressing room vignette.  We are each adding something for everyone.  I was asked to make a trophy or an Oscar.

Here is a behind the scenes messy photo shoot!

Tulsa is fortunate to have a Fab Lab.  A place where you can go use 3D printers and Lasers cutters, etc. for a small fee.

I was surprised that there was already several 3D computer models to choose from online.
I selected one and grouped several together.

The was the 3D printer that I used.

Yes, that says 3 hours and 3 minutes to print 14 Oscars!

Here is a photo of the finished product.  The material is clear, so I had to hold it in the sun to get a picture.

The software added a bunch of supports that I had to cut away.

I hot glued the statues temporarily to a stick so that I could spray paint them.

Here they are all painted.  The paint was Rustoleum Shiny Brass. 

I then cut a dowel into several small pieces and hot glued them to a stick for painting.

Once the paint was dry, I glued the statues onto the base.  I found out that Gorilla Glue worked best.  Super Glue and hot glue didn't stick to the statue very well.

 Here is one of the the statues making an appearance on the red carpet.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Recent Acquistions

I have picked up a few interesting pieces recently.  The tall country cupboard is 1:12 scale, the small console table is half scale and came with the cardboard house below, the silver filigree chair is probably not a scale, and the English timber building actually a ceramic piece and is marked made in England on the bottom.

I rescued this large cast iron stove from a friend at work!  He said he picked it up at  garage sale many years ago.  It has the original box from Montgomery Ward and probably dates from the 1970's.  It is pretty large, maybe 1:6 scale 

The small chair was from one of the old oil mansions here in Tulsa and the salesperson thought it was from the turn of the century.  I would love to find out more info on it?  Please let me know if you know anything.

And Lastly, I put up a shelf in my studio to store the 1930's cardboard house that I recently acquired.  It needs a few repairs and will get added to the list!

Friday, September 20, 2019

Tulsa Park Day

The architecture firm where I work participated in the Tulsa Park Day.  Different companies around town turned parking spots into miniature parks for day.  Here was our contribution.  We built the shade structures from recycled pallets, recycled paint, 2X4's and pool noodles!

Here is the official website: Click HERE
And here is some of the local news coverage - click HERE

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Recent Acquisitions - Cardboard house

I have added this 1936 Built-Rite County Estate to my collection

It needs a little work, I will need to replicate a few window boxes and awnings.

The graphics on the exterior are wonderful.  I am hoping to be able to remove the tape repairs at the base. (any tips would be appreciated)

 The wall inside the kitchen is a large cupboard complete with labels.

The walls on the interior are plain, but the floors are printed.  I like the rug between the two main downstairs rooms.

In other news, I came across a mixed bag of pieces at an estate sale, all plastic except for the wooden piano. 

The refrigerator and sink both still had the original cardboard on the back.  I have not come across this before!  I believe the numbers are the original prices.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Recent Acquisitions - Club Garage Sale

I have not had a lot of time to work on miniatures much lately, but I have picked up a few items here and there.  The Tulsa Miniature Club had a garage sale that we opened up regionally to the Oklahoma City and Arkansas miniature clubs.  I sold a few items, traded a few and of course purchased some. 

Items from the garage sale included the marble topped table (upper left) the pressed metal Singer sewing machine ( upper right) vintage wire shelf units, the silver candle holder with frame, and the stained oak double pedestal table.  I have purchased the Petite Princess end table, lamp and brass planter on Ebay.  I picked up the brass candle holder, and the metal boxes at estate sales.  The Chippendale chairs were on Ebay and are part of the Take-A-Seat Collection.  I found the antique cast iron Kent stove at an antique shop in Utah. 

 The stained oak double pedestal table was in pieces in a zip-lock bag and was a fun mini-project.

 To see the rest of my Willets take-a-seat collection, click HERE  The table has real marble top and is signed and dated on the bottom (1997) The chairs are resin.

The Kent cast iron stove is from the 1920's-1930's.  It has been painted a few times so I will probably strip it and restore the original colors (blue and silver)

I was intrigued by this singer sewing machine.  I have not seen a pressed metal one like it before.  If anyone has any info, I'd love to hear from you.  I plan on putting it in my Tynietoy house in the pink bedroom.

I liked the retro look of the wire shelves and will most likely keep them with my Petite Princess collection. The table, lamp, basket and planter are Petite Princess.  You can read more about Petite Princess Fantasy Furniture in my latest article in Dollhouse Miniatures.

Lastly, I came across this leather Moroccan wallet at an estate sale.  It is similar to the Moroccan book cover that I found not too long ago.  I think that I will use it as a rug with my green bedroom furniture in my Philco Radio House.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019