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Friday, October 26, 2018

Copper Shop Light fixture

Our club project this month was a light fixture for our room boxes.  


This is my first light fixture and I debated on whether or not to electrify it.  
I decided not to. But I did add a second tier and went a little more elaborate than the rest of the group.


 The main structure for the fixture is cloth covered floral wire.  I twisted it together and also used hot glue and some paint.


I found all kinds of jewelry fittings mainly from Hobby Lobby.  The candle stick portion are actually silver colored beads that I painted the same cream color as my ceiling.  The piece on top is a small grommet.

I ended up topping the candle stick with a bronze colored grommet and a small plastic button to help hold the lamp shades up a bit off of the candle portion.



The lamp shades are also copper/bronze colored metal beads from the craft store.
I had extra chain left over from the window shade so a glued some of that on there too!





Thursday, October 25, 2018

Recent Acquisitions

I have picked up a few items at local estate sales.  I asked the lady at this particular sale if they had any antique dollhouse furniture or miniatures and she said "no"  
This bed was advertised as a 'stand'


I came across this Chinese canopy bed, an Asian ornament, a couple of small copper boxes and a miniature Websters Dictionary.

The bed may be homemade? - it is made from oak, stained dark and if you look closely, you can see gold accent paint.  It kind of reminds me of the accent paint on TynieToy.  I don't think that it is.


The copper boxes have kind of an alligator type texture.  I think they will end up in my Copper Shop room box ( our club project this year)

This Webster's Dictionary is 800 pages and has 18,000 words (according to the cover)

at another recent sale, I came across this miniature Bible

It is leather bound and came in this wood holder


The inside cover shows it is not that old (1998) and printed in Peru.

I have been collecting Asian items for a few years now and the new canopy bed works nice with the collection. I haven't decided if I want to do a room box, a bedroom, or perhaps an Asian shop? 

Monday, October 22, 2018

Recent Acquisitions

I came across some miniatures at a couple of recent estate sales.
The rocking horse is a "soft-metal" piece.  I'm not sure what it even is (perhaps a Christmas ornament).  At another sale, I came across this collection of pictures and vases- ceramic, glass and pewter.  The two center pieces are hand blown glass and the tiny yellow one is the smallest that I have ever come across.  The yellow glass measures about 1/8" wide X 1/4" tall.

This gives an idea of scale

The tiny yellow glass pitcher might work well with my TootsieToy collection?

The pewter piece might look good with my TynieToy collection ?



Friday, October 19, 2018

Woolarock Museum Display

On a recent road trip to the Woolarock museum, I took some photos of a miniature Navajo adobe house on display there.

They also have on display, a doll collection they acquired back in the 1960's - there is a photo of a newspaper article in the last photo.










Woolarock is the vacation home of oil tycoon Frank Phillips.  
To see a post I wrote about his home, click HERE

To see a post I wrote about his lodge at Woolarock, click HERE

Friday, October 12, 2018

Estate Sale Finds

I like to go to estate sales during my lunch breaks.  This week there were two dollhouses for sale.  Both of them already had "SOLD" signs on them, but it was still fun to look.   I snapped some pictures if you want to look also.








This house also had some larger scale doll furniture for sale in the garage.  I didn't purchase any, but it was fun to browse.

The second estate sale had this giant house for sale:







I didn't leave empty handed.  
I picked up a few nice books and a couple of bags of accessories.




Thursday, October 11, 2018

Miniature Club Project

This month in miniature club we started making a light fixture for our room boxes.
I can neither confirm or deny that I had a chick fil a chocolate milk shake, but the cup did come in handy.

Stay tuned :)


Thursday, October 4, 2018

Recent Acquisitions

I came across a great collection of antique dollhouse furniture at an estate sale.  There is kind of a mix of brands, different scales of Strombecker and Kage.  I think the bed on the right might be homemade?

The most exciting part of the find was a zip-lock bag full of tobacco felt rugs from the 1920's-1930's.  It was priced at $3.00!

To see my Strombecker collections click the following links:



My 3/4" Strombecker collection can be seen here:



3/4" Strombecker collection 


My Kage collection can be seen by clicking HERE

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Dollhouse Miniatures Article

Be sure to check out the November/December issue of Dollhouse Miniatures.
It features an article that I wrote about the history of TynieToy and has some photos of my collection set in Christmas scenes.