Monday, July 21, 2014

More Miniature Happenings!

Hello everyone! I think I need to change my blog name to Miniature Happenings, what do you think? (jk) Believe it or not before I got hooked on this miniature stuff I did post a lot about my antique furnishings (real sized) but since minis came into my life I seem to just post about them. So I'm sorry to my followers who don't have any interest in minis.
I have found and done a few things I wanted to share with all of you. First off, I bought one of those little pencil sharpener phonograph's that I think everyone who likes minis has one. I decided to make it a one of a kind and remembered in one of my Victorian Magazines one that was painted just beautifully. So here is how it turned out after the last brush stroke.
(The one in the magazine belongs to Gary Yuschalk and Larkin Mayo.)

And here is where she sits, in the blue farmhouse parlor. Oh but before I show you that photo I have to show you one more thing.

These are the pieces to a bed, and there were two sets in the bag when I found them at the flea market, along with lots of other goodies, but anyway after much thought and cutting and staining I made these pieces into a piece of fretwork for the parlor. But first let me show you the phonograph on the table in the entryway...

and if you look up you will find the fretwork...

Yes, Grandma is still sitting there quilting and wishing she had some more family living in this house besides the the baby out on the veranda! Well Grandma, your wish has been granted and here is the newest family member...

He is thinking about galloping around the newly fenced in yard, with new grass, on his stick horse but has told Grandma that he would sell some apples to any one who comes along first, before playing. Would you like to buy some apples?

Back inside the parlor is this new rug I got at a flea market for $4! Bigger then the one I had there, I moved it up to the bedroom under the cradle and rocking chair.

And no, I still have not replaced the awful looking iron furniture, I have to wait until just the right pieces come along. So anyway, enough of the parlor.
Now moving on to the Library where I have a new chair!

Isn't she a beaut?! I just love the fabric and shape of it. She puts the iron furniture to shame! I bought it at the Miniature Museum in St. Louis, my FAVORITE place, as I did the little boy and this beautiful embroidered baby quilt and blanket.

Moving on to the white English Rowhouse, the children (and the two cousins, in the back row) are sitting out on the front stoop waiting to welcome you with a plate of cookies. Would you like one please?

The adults are sitting in the parlor enjoying some views through the stereopticon and getting ready to play a little game of table croquet. Do you play croquet, table croquet that is?

I just finished the round center table, it was from a kit. The little marble top parlor table I had there was way too small and wouldn't hold everything I wanted it to so it is now in the Library of the Blue Farmhouse.
I also finished the below corner wall shelf too. I thought it turned out really cute. I think Queen Victoria approves of its Rococo Revival style. :)

While the adults sat in the parlor, down on the stoop the children got into a squabble and two of them decided to go upstairs and play Noah's Ark. It must be Sunday! Back in the Victorian Era children's Bible related toys were put away until Sunday and that was the day they got to play with these special toys.

Maybe if the children make up they will be able to visit the Zoo tomorrow and buy a souvenir.
(These pieces are in my real size china cabinet and are doll size but not miniature dollhouse size.  They are all vintage St. Louis Zoo souvenirs. I just bought the peacock teapot and corner stand the other day. I added the teacup and saucer, I thought it went together pretty well for a married piece.)

Well that is it for now, thanks so much for stopping by and have a beautiful week!

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Winner and Mini 4th of July

Hello everyone! I WON my first blog giveaway! It was very exciting! Lisa over at Mini Addictions offered the below picnic basket. It came with a loaf of bread, cheese, crackers/cookies, apples, knife, napkins, plates, cups and the cloth. She packed it with such care, just look at that sweet name tag that was around the box.  I decided to have a little fun with it and make a 4th of July picnic scene so I added the ice cream freezer, some fireworks, a birds nest, a sand castle and a sand bucket with seashells that I made. I tied it all together with an antique postcard from my postcard collection.

I'll take the postcard away and give you a glimpse of who rode up on a bike. See the hat and parasol?

I'll add a patriotic little boy postcard to this scene and added a boat, ball , a cake and a tub of ice cold watermelon!

Below is how I decided to leave it for a while. I finally got around to painting the base board brown. Now that I'm looking at it I see I need some grass or something. I'm not going to glue any thing down because I want to be able to change things up for the different seasons and all.

Have you noticed that the baby in the carriage on the front porch is the only person living in this farmhouse? Well not anymore! Because I found a grandma at a flea market the other day for $2.50, and she's home made! She is working on a quilt.

You can't tell it in the picture but she is very tall, I call her a giantess! If she stays seated she'll be okay.
Now that I have you inside the house, I'll show you a few new (old) pieces that I've gotten recently.
Below in the kitchen is the bathtub I got.

And in the Library I added a gun cabinet and it even had all 3 guns with it!

In the boy's bedroom I've added some pirate and horse scrapbook embellishments. And the whale mobile hanging from the ceiling. Remember this is a turn of the century maritime farmhouse. 

In the attic I decided to leave the wallpaper that was there and just add some studs to the gable area. I think I'll add some studs to the back wall over the paper too. Any suggestions?

Okay, I have one last thing to show you. Remember my so called 1/2" scale village? Well I found another one to add to it. This is how it looked when I bought it...

And here is what it looks like after a few minor changes. I added the blind and open sign in the window of the door, another crate of apples and a few things in the display window. I may do more later, it just depends on what comes to me.

Well that is it for today. Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful week!

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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Miniature Happenings

Hello everyone! It's been a while so I thought I had better stop in to say hello and show you some things I have been working on.
I finally got around to making the lattice for the front porch of the blue farmhouse. It was a very tedious job but it is done.

Now I will turn my thoughts to making the little bit of  board that shows into a yard of some sort with some landscaping. I went to Michael's and Hobby Lobby yesterday and found a few clearance bushes that I thought might work for lilac bushes and rose bushes. I will need to make the lilac bushes a little fuller and make some roses to put on the rose bushes. So I'll keep you posted on that.

Some time ago I bought the below hotel at a flea market for $5 and finally got around to restoring it a bit.

So here it is now...

It is 1/2" scale instead of the 1" scale like my other pieces but it was still kind of fun. I added a little color to it, added blue background inside the windows and added the shades. Replaced the tired old flower pot in the window and added another one to the porch. Hung a little lantern from the ceiling and a little cup from the "Loretta's home cooked meals" sign. So, anyway, that's that. :-)
And here it is with the bakery, I kind of have the start of a little village going on here. I have seen other little matching shops but have not purchased them, so now maybe I'll have too, huh?

I've also added a few little fun things to the second floor of my Olde Curiosity Shop...
Can you pick them out? Just kidding! Nothing major, I just added the Gone with the Wind lamp and the dollhouse.

And on this side I added that wonderful little crocheted coverlet on the foot of the bed, isn't it cute? And I added the washbowl and pitcher and the little white wood slat footstool, it goes with one of those outdoor yard chairs, that I don't have, and I can't think of the name of it right now.

And then check out this purchase I made for $5! It's a dacquerotype (sp?) that I really bought for the inside photo but look at the neat cover. Mary had a Little Lamb, how cute is that?

Here is the beautiful picture inside! It is dated 1858.

And here is where she hangs, inside my white dollhouse...

It was with much hesitation that I took her out of the case but I will keep the case and can put her back in there any time I want. :-)
Well my friends, that is it for now. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and have a great day!

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Bookcase Surprises!

I got a little bored with my bookcase and added a few little vignettes to bring it to life a bit.

I added my miniature domed Queen Victoria bust on the middle shelf next to my Victorian furniture books and atop of some lace, a daily handbook and a Queen Victoria book.

Although I don't have a Goldilocks and the Three Bears book in here I still added this miniature bear roombox. Hanging in the back of the box is a Goldilocks and the Three Bears picture and in the little red bed is Goldilocks herself, curls and all, sound asleep.

And of course, what's a bookcase without Mark Twain? Especially if you live in Missouri right? He sits on top of an Adventures of Huckleberry Finn book box.

Would you like to take a peek at some of the books that I have?

The Godey's Lady's Book below is the second oldest book I have, it is dated 1868.  Sorry about the blurry photo.

Here are more old books and another book box, Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Let's take some of these books over to the Library table so you can get closer look. On the table I have a photo album on a stand and a photo box. Below you can see just a tad bit of another photo album on top of my Victorian Scrap book (red).

In the photo above, you can barely see this wall pocket/hanging magazine rack that houses a vintage fan, and a few Gleason's Monthly Companions, dated 1876.

And now for some books. Below is my oldest book dating back to 1856. It belonged to my 3rd Great Grandmother and as you can tell it was definitely used.

And inside is the family record that she wrote. I just love this small glimpse of her penmanship.

A few late 1800's, early 1900's books with pretty covers.

And there's this one that someone replaced the spine with this purple material, it too was used a lot.

It has beautiful color illustrations throughout and the book is dated 1889.

And two of my favorites, Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea. 1908 and 1913.

And in the below cabinet section of the bookcase I keep these books from my childhood. The Family Circus! I just adore them and always have! This is only a very few of what's down there though.

Livy dog wants to show you her favorite's too.

My favorite bookmark that reads 

"A room without books is as a body without a soul."

Before I go I wanted to share real quick what I've done to the blue Farmhouse. I made and added on the porch stairs.
My next projects will be to add lattice below the porch railing and add grass to the yard.

I wallpapered the boy's room...
(still need to hang up the ship picture, so ignore that please)

and I wallpapered the sewing room...

Thank you so much for visiting and have a beautiful week.

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