Monday, November 2, 2015

Dollhouse for Sale

I am trying to sell the Garfield ... for various reasons. I hope she goes to a good home where she will be loved like I loved her.

If you have friends near Dallas, TX, please let them know. This would make a wonderful Christmas gift.

eBay link:

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Working Grandfather Clock

I have been away from mini-making for a long time. I was sick since last November, and had to undergo surgery which kept me home for six weeks this summer. I ended up buying way too many miniatures on eBay -- will share photos when I can.

One of my most favorite finds was the working grandfather clock kit by Arrow Handicraft Corp. The kit was from circa 1975, and the clockwork is still working after 40 years.

The glue and the stain was obviously dry, but the rest of the kit was intact. I had so much fun building the kit!


I love watching the pendulum swing ... so mesmerizing!

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Adventures of Moving a Dollhouse

We moved the dollhouse to our new house, but the base was too big to pass through the doorway of the inner rooms. My previous house had an office with French doors, so I did not need to worry about the size of the dollhouse. But the new house has narrow doorways which are about 32 inches wide I believe.

I had to cut the base of the dollhouse on one side. It felt horrible because I spent so much time creating the perfectly even lawn only months ago. But leaving the dollhouse out in the family living room was not an option either. I had too many close calls from toddler nieces and nephews who have not mastered the concept of playing "gently."

Even after cutting the base, we had to take the door off the hinges so that the dollhouse would pass through into one of the smaller bedrooms which we are using as our office/workroom. 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Dancing in the Courtyard

We moved houses recently. The Garfield arrived safely at the new house, but with its base, it is too wide to pass through the smaller work-room door. Right now it is in the living room, which makes me nervous due to the small nieces and nephews I have visiting sometimes. My three-year old has left it alone so far, and I hope, will continue to do so until I find a safer place for it.

No new photos of the dollhouse to share for now, but I did take photos of my dolls in the courtyard of the Garfield a few months ago, so I thought I'd share them here too. I do love the how the tiles look.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Herringbone Brick Pathway

I settled on a herringbone brick pattern for the pathway that leads to the front stairs. At first I thought I would use sand to create a cemented pathway, but I like this so much better!

Right now the brick is white, but I need to decide on a color eventually. I am leaning more towards gray tones than red. Maybe I should create test strips of paper clay brick and experiment with colors.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Dining Room

Pretty sparse right now. You can see the what-not stand in front of the staircase. Wanted to share the photo.

Beef Stew & Potatoes ~ Naomi O'Farrell

I bought these prep boards by Naomi O'Farrell in 2008. They are very dear to me. I am not sure if Naomi makes these anymore, but I wish I had more of her work in my collection.