Saturday, April 26, 2014

The General Store Tour

A few years back I created a miniature General Store. The building is complete, but now it needs to be filled with turn-of-the century mercantile goods.

THE NEIGHBORHOOD GENERAL STORE
Lets take a summer excursion to Coney Island N.Y.! Only $1.75!!
The circus is in town, but also "beware pickpockets and loose women"
"Come on in! There is something for everyone!"
A bird's-eye-view from the open glass ceiling 
Not much merchandise for a busy mercantile!
We need to get to work on that!
yet another top view
A seed display for springtime planting 
A vintage Hershey chocolate display 
The hardware department
Created as a tribute to my husband, "Handy Andy"









My Victorian Dollhouse Home Tour

Today I thought I would share my Victorian dollhouse.

This is the only large size dollhouse that I own.

Close to twenty years old, the house will most likely need a decorative overhaul eventually because much of it was done before I really knew about creating miniatures with archival techniques and materials in order to stand the test of time.

Enjoy the house tour!


DOWNSTAIRS

LIBRARY
two-toned hand-stained wood floor
THE LIBRARY
a collection of "world-traveler" miniatures
THE KTCHEN
hoosier cabinet created from matt board and scrap wood
 using plans from a Joanne Swanson tutorial in Nutshell News.
THE KTCHEN
contact paper flooring
THE MAID
the doll was created from a Marcia Backstrom kit
PARLOR
a Chrysnbon piano kit
PARLOR
furniture created with a Realistic furniture kit
LADY OF THE HOUSE
she is from a Dawn Adams kit and wears brown silk
DINING ROOM
decorated for a wedding

UPSTAIRS

NURSERY
the bed, nightstands and armoire are repainted vintage dollhouse
furniture from when I was little
NURSERY
angel ceiling - hand painted clouds with angel stickers
NURSERY
My favorite room in the house!
BATHROOM
Chrysnbon bath kit
BATHROOM
RL vinyl tile "marble" wainscot
BATHROOM
MASTER BEDROOM
green Chrysnbon lamp from my childhood
MASTER BEDROOM
bed is made of just styrofoam and fabric
DRESSING ROOM
a collection of ladies minis from online swaps
DRESSING ROOM
scrap vinyl RL wallpaper wainscot
ATTIC STORAGE
the red chairs were christmas ornaments found at Marshalls

EXTERIOR

HOUSE FRONT
the Arthur with side extensions added
TERRACE
stone patio made with paper egg cartons
FRONT DOOR PORCH







Monday, April 21, 2014

My Mini Dolls of the Past

I thought I would share some of my hand sculpted 1/12 scale miniature dolls from the past. I haven't sculpted a doll in years. Looking at these photos, it makes me want to try sculpting again. Never really happy with how they came out, I have a need to keep trying until I'm happy with the results.

All the following dolls are now in private collections.













Enjoy!