November 29, 2021

#Halloween + Fairfield #Dollhouse Update

 A "little" progress on the half scale Halloween house I started -The Van Buren dollhouse from Greenleaf. (Stock photo from site.)

The frame is together, door and stair walls are papered/built (not shown). Here's the papers I have in so far. Also putting brick on the alcoves on third floor and news print style paper on the slanted walls. I use scrapbook papers mostly as they're heavier and offer good variety.  (Click photos for full size.)

The room on the right will be the sitting room. There'll be a stair wall going to the hole/stairwell above. The bottom brown part is box card painted lightly for a weathered old look. I'll put a rail above it.

The room above the sitting room on the second floor will be a library den. Yeah, I can't seem to get away from making a zillion tiny books. ha! But they look so cool when they're done! The paper (scrapbook paper) is cool as it has a kind of spooky skull and cat print.

At left is the dining area. I'm thinking of a kind of Miss Havisham spooky table. It may hold a compact kitchen/cooking area on the front brick wall. Have to see how it fits. The room above (not done) is a bedroom with gray wallpaper. 

Progress is ongoing.

And.... The Fairfield box (also half scale, 1/24th) has been opened. (Hey, that's a start!) And... oh, so many shingles and sheets. haa! (Run! You can turn back now!!)

Well, it gets to be a looooong winter with no outdoor work to do and not much to do inside, so a dollhouse project seems like a good idea. (Everyone to their corners. Let the fights begin! I am not kidding. haa!)

Here's the foundation floor. Hubby is still cutting out the foundation pieces, so he hasn't given up... yet. (Oh the horror of this already...) A TIP : To get the foundation to line up -and stay lined up - wedges of 1/2" square pieces of wood were glued in against the foundation pieces to act as braces on the underside.)

Well. Took all day as have to glue, let it set, wait... But.... so far, so good. The foundation so far:

One word of caution on these kits - sure laser cutting may prove to be a smoother-finish wood BUT it also is thinner, and cheaper. The Van Buren (laser cut) is 1/16" thick. The Fairfield (an older kit from 1979) is 1/8" wood, but this type of wood also splinters a lot. The VB does have some warping and the FF also is prone to warping but thicker wood is sturdier.  (Photo: VB on top compared to FF.)

Yeah, I know, sooo boring, unless you are building and/or curious about these kits. So fair warning given. Stay tuned for progress updates if we (hopefully) don't give up. 😉

November 25, 2021

Happy (#Miniature) Thanksgiving!

 Happy Thanksgiving to all!

At some point, I'll have to make a half-scale scene to fit in my houses, but for now, here's some 1" scale items. I got these in a food swap a while ago.

November 17, 2021

A Heartfelt #Christmas Promise Blog Tour!

 It's nearly Christmas and what better way to get in the mood than with a Christmas love story,  A Heartfelt Christmas Promise! Welcome back to USA Today Bestselling Author Nancy Naigle!

 About the Book: 

Vanessa Larkin was supposed to be spending Christmas in Paris, France on a business trip she hoped to enjoy as a working vacation. Instead, she’s been assigned to Fraser Hills, North Carolina—home of the Best Fruitcake in the USA—to convert her company’s property into warehouse space and shut down Porter’s, the fruitcake factory. Offering retirement packages and selling locals on new job opportunities may not spread holiday cheer, but Vanessa believes she’s helping secure the town’s future.

Mike Marshall’s family founded Porter’s. For decades, the factory served as the lifeblood of the community until his grandfather sold the business to a Chicago corporation. The sale cost the town its independence—and the Marshalls their family ties. A horse farmer, Mike was never involved with his grandfather’s company, but still felt Fraser Hills lost part of its identity. And as a widower raising a teenage daughter, he’s suffered enough losses in one lifetime. News of the factory’s closing means losing another piece of the town’s legacy.

Far from the skyscrapers and rapid pace of the city, Vanessa finds herself enjoying the easygoing rhythms of rural living. With Mike as her guide, she learns to appreciate the simple pleasures found in shared holiday festivities among friends. Fraser Hills is a town she is growing to love—and Mike is someone she is falling in love with. Now all Vanessa needs is a Christmas miracle to give her newfound friends and home a gift they’ll cherish for many New Years to come.

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 About the Author:
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November 14, 2021

Tiny TV Classics #Miniature #Christmas

 So FUN! This year's Christmas miniature scene is even better thanks to the new working miniature TVs from Tiny TV Classics. The miniature TVs so far come in four styles and eras with Batman, South Park, Back to the Future and Friends.

So cool that technology has made it possible to have a working TV that plays assorted clips from TV shows and you can even change the channel with the tiny remote! This is the Batman TV in my room  (though I also have the Back to the Future model.) 

So, since I decided to have a vintage-flavored Christmas using my miniature vintage dolls, I thought what's better than having them waiting for Santa and watching TV?  You can see a bit of it and even hear some of it in the video below. Isn't that cool???? I got such a kick out of this!

The shelving unit contains assorted Christmas teapots made by my Dutch friend, Kitty.

Yes, it's early but...

Merriest of Christmases to you!

November 13, 2021

Back from the #Dollhouse Show! What'd I get?

(Dragons and centaur statues from WCD Miniatures) (Click photos for full size.)

I'm baaaack! Went to the annual fall dollhouse show in Elk Grove Village, IL, what was the Wee C show, previously run by a NAME club and now run by T&D Miniatures....

Small,  but not a bad show,  at least for me as I had some good finds! The sad thing is it was the end of an era - the club has pretty much disbanded as most of the members are older and many had died, so no more display room or discount table. They had the best (and only) show display so sorely missed that. (Type Wee C Dollhouse Show in search to see previous show pix).

Well, the discount table proceeds used to be donated to charity and I always found some great deals and cool stuff.  The new show apparently had some things out but most of it was gone by Saturday.

The centaur and dragons (above) were a cool find from WCD Miniatures. He always has a great selection of Egyptian  and other unusual statues. I have a Pan statue that's in the front yard of my other Haunted House. The centaur was the only one I saw and I envisioned it in the center of a garden room or a hall and the dragons out in front. They all are about 3" tall. I also bought that aged rug from the entry table.

The cool thing is I won a door prize! I picked a great frame display made by Ron Chase (D-Tales Miniatures.) I'm going to paint it black, turn that bird into what looks like a crow or raven, and put spooky family pictures in it! Second time I won a door prize at this show. I won a 1/2" scale house kit a few years back that I made up for Halloween. See photos here.

I had bought a 1/2" scale kitchen cupboard kit and a radio from Ron at the last show and really admired his clocks, so I was surprised he was at this show, too! So I got a carved clock! (Oh, it probably won't be the last one. ha!) I also have a beautiful carved filigree shelving unit from him in my 1/2" scale dollhouse that I got in last year's Half Scale group swap. (I can't find that post showing it outside the bedroom, but I think it shows in the house video. See miniatures website page. - Found the post and photo here.

The clock is just under 2" tall.

So... what else did I find?

Well... got some cool frames and a cat rug... Witches love black cats, you know. Plus more metal minis to paint like some tiny phones and a bust statue from J and K Minis. I thought it would be fun to make a time-stood-still dingy kitchen with a wall phone on the wall. ha! And well, you'll see what I do with that dagger and saw! heh-heh.... 

Found a few 1/2" scale kits.... I haven't seen these resin couches in eons. Have an idea to make them look old and dirty with stuffing coming out. (See the examples below.) I had a similar set that I used in another project. (Here's the other couch I painted and added trim to for Christmas.) The old-fashioned stove will be perfect for the kitchen, too! I had used this same kit in my Country Victorian Dollhouse kitchen but I shortened the back. The chair is one of two in a set (one is undone.) The small package is a chest kit (with the teeniest brads that I doubt I'll be able to get in the hinges!)

And... ta-dah! Another dollhouse kit! But.... I've admired (and dreaded doing) the 1/2" scale Fairfield. But I always liked the style of this house. Well, this was a price I could NOT pass up! (I would've kicked myself if I didn't buy it!)  So... this will be the main haunted house, I think. (Yes, the other one is still underway and I am wallpapering it now.)

As I mentioned about shabby/old couches... saw these at a table. No vendor was there, but I think it was named Behind the Attic Door (or something similar.) I thought they were well done.

Oh, and I also found this beautiful silk tie at a Goodwill that will be perfect for some curtains or upholstery... The color is a pretty goldish-yellow with a nice print. 

So, I didn't buy a real lot (but it still adds up. ha!) But I was happy with what I found, esp. as I love kits and you don't always find half scale. 

 ** Thanks for stopping by again. Stay tuned for more project updates! ** 

November 12, 2021

Annual Fall #Dollhouse Show!

(Photo: 2019 dollhouse show display)

 I'm off to the annual Dollhouse show held today and tomorrow in Elk Grove Village, IL. 

It used to be called the Wee C show run by the local NAME (National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts) club, and now has been renamed the Chicago Autumn Showcase run by T&D Miniatures. 

Hoping they still have the big club display room and the discount table, which are both fun (and big draws, in my opinion!)  Will take photos of the displays as I always do so be sure to check back for the posts.

Here are the photos from the 2019 show  here at the blog. (There are three posts with photos.) Type in Wee C Dollhouse Show in the search box to see other years back to  gasp - 2012. Maybe even earlier.

November 02, 2021

After #Halloween in #Miniature

Photo: My Halloween store

Well, another year's HALLOWEEN IN MINIATURE event is done and it was a good one!

What? You missed it? You can still follow the Halloween in Miniature posts - start at Day 1. 


* The favorite post: 

Thank you for all the visits overall. But the favorite, with the most visits, was my miniature Halloween Store. See Day 3.

* Giveaway winners:

Nadine wins an ebook copy of In Miniature Style: Halloween

Veronica R. wins the mini spellbook! 

Emailing you both.

Thanks to all the entries!

What's Next?

More miniatures posts are coming up here, so stay tuned. Halloween is NOT over! I'm still working on the mini Haunted House. Maybe, just maybe, I'll make some progress to show you soon! ha! But I will be taking my home display down. I'm in a mood for putting up a bunch of mini Christmas trees! haa!

 * You can still get In Miniature Style: Halloween ebook!

* See photos and all links at the website.