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I want a small world...

I've been perusing dollhouses this morning - we went to Jamestown on Saturday to help with the Children's Day, and on Sunday, we stopped by Williamsburg Pottery, where I found some very nicely priced doll house furniture, reminding me that I already have a small dollhouse, and I want to furnish it.

(Holy run-on sentence, Batman.  Breathe, Laura, breathe.)

I have a doll house that I picked up from a thrift store for cheap, but I dream of having a really nice one. One like this. This is my favourite design, and it has a decent number of rooms.

*cough* Hint hint Christmas.  *or just a gift certificate to Hobby Builder's Supply, y'know?  Love you, honey!

Bob knows I love miniatures (not to mention, you've all seen my creche), and a few years ago, he made me a gorgeous room box sitting room, with furniture that I just adore (and promptly started adding accessories to). I'm a sucker for little tiny things.

I don't need a new dollhouse right now - if I add the room box to the dollhouse as a sort of addition, I have enough to make a house with a dining room and sitting room. I have dolls - Bob bought me the darling silk-dressed ladies from the Victorian Trading Company, and I have a couple I bought in England. However, I have been buying a couple of bits and pieces the house is missing (like sinks, a bathtub, and a bed) this morning, so I picked up a maid and a cook (as all good victorian houses should have, right? Well, turn of the century, at least). I'm still looking for a male doll I like (that isn't ridiculously pricey - there are some expensive dolls out there!), but I'm not in a hurry.

Why the interest in dollhouses? My great-aunt Peg had a really beautiful real Victorian dollhouse that I used to play with when I was a child (it went to some cousin or other), and I've been hooked ever since. I'm helpless in the face of miniature food. I don't know what it is, but... ooh! Shiny! Tiny!

I'll post some pictures, either tonight or tomorrow, of some of the things I have. The doll house is packed up to go to the farm, but I can take pictures of the individual pieces. Some day, you'll get to see it in all its glory.


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Sep. 14th, 2009 01:46 pm (UTC)
I, too, love dollhouses. Or rather, minature furnishings. I have been taken with the little one-room diorama's I've seen lately in the Internet dollhouse communities... one made me think of you - the owner had taken a vintage purse, one of the hard-sided ones with an interesting shape, and had cut out a large window on one side, created a sitting room inside, and then closed the purse and mounted it on the wall. I thought that would be such a fun way to decorate a space - a set of little dioramas of differing 'containers'. It'd make it a tad easier for display.
Sep. 14th, 2009 02:30 pm (UTC)
Heh. Dad would REALLY, REALLY like for me to remove the one he made me from his house. I have no where to put it at the moment, so he's storage.

He's also insanely anal retentive. Mine is an old farmhouse with a wrap-around porch. He laid each plank of hardwood floor by hand. Each doorway has molding. Each window has molding and a sill. In fact, when the clerk at the miniature supply store told him they don't make windows that open and close - he went home and made little double-hung windows - that open and close. His biggest regret is that the whole wiring for electricity trend developed just after he made mine. And he'd have done it a little differently had he know.

I have it about 1/2 wall-papered. (Some day I might even tell the story about gluing the spider to my finger in the process). And 20% furnished. But some of that furnishing is the set of tiny grocery bags Mom made. And a whole bunch of tiny food made from flour-based clay. She had a whole book at one point. Tiny pies, baskets of berries. The peaches were adorable. Oh, and little musk melons. They were ribbed and textured. One was cut in half, and had a gloss finish over the cut side to make it look wet. If I can find the book, I'll get you the info. ;-)

Dad also made his mother a replica of the house she grew up in from old photos. ;-) If you ever come visit this way, we'll take you shopping at Pinocchio's and you and Dad can trade design sketches.

(Me - I still want the tiny delft tile stove and set of itty bitty copper cooking pots I saw last time I went shopping there.)
Sep. 14th, 2009 02:49 pm (UTC)
Sep. 14th, 2009 02:49 pm (UTC)
Have I got a blog for you: http://theminifoodblog.blogspot.com/

The mini food blog - it is delightful. Right now I'm a dollhouses voyeur, but I dream big dreams of little houses.
My honey took me to Chicago to see the Thorne rooms a few years ago and they were such an inspiration.
Sep. 14th, 2009 03:03 pm (UTC)
Tiny dollhouse food always makes me think of The Tale of Two Bad Mice. Hunca Munca!
Sep. 14th, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
That is _exactly_ the comment I was scrolling down to make! Yay Beatrix!
Sep. 14th, 2009 07:22 pm (UTC)
So sad for those bad mice that it was all made of plaster.

I think I may have started sewing because of "The Tailor of Gloucester."
Sep. 14th, 2009 03:04 pm (UTC)
I've been contemplating making tiny food for years, but I either didn't have the space to experiment, or didn't have the money for fimo. And when I had both available for a few weeks, I'd be the queen of forgetting to pick up some fimo to have on-hand! Gah!
Sep. 14th, 2009 03:33 pm (UTC)
I think we've talked before about how much I love doll house miniatures and tiny things, there are actually some English companies out there who make exact 1/12 replicas of the sterling silver pieces in the 17th century doll house books I showed you (they are around 50 pounds a piece which is ack! expensive, but hey who needs jewelry for a birthday when you can get a set of tiny cups?)
Sep. 14th, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
You could easily make miniature food with sugar paste or marzipan. Sugar paste would be extremely cheap, as sugar is very inexpensive. If you wanted to keep insects away, you could spray it with whatever they sell for those paint-yourself Christmas ornaments. Plus, then they would be shiny.

Not that you seem to need more hobbies any more than I do.
Sep. 14th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
I never got into dollhouses for the dolls or tiny things that go in them, but for the miniature architecture. I was obsessed with making tiny houses for about 3 or 4 years in my early teens. I think my mom still has a few... We worked from kits and from scratch. It was SO MUCH FUN! I miss it! Maybe this winter when things die down on SCA front, I can get some balsa wood, Elmer's glue and break out the X-acto knife again... :)
Sep. 14th, 2009 04:59 pm (UTC)
There's another hobby to put on my "some-day" list!

I've always wanted a miniature of the house "back home" that my GGGrandparents built in 1871 (my brother lives there now). When I was little, my dad drew a scale plan of our little 1950 house and put it under the glass on the coffee table for me. Later, I had a metal one-story doll house that was, regrettably, given to my younger cousins (and probably promptly destroyed).

Several years ago, a lady I worked with did miniatures. She had one Christmas scene that was in a wreath.
Sep. 14th, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
Squee!!! I too have ambitions for a super awesome dollhouse. I've been addicted to making mini food since my friend's mom turned me on to Angie Scarr's miniatures:

Boy does that lady make my head hurt...in a good way.
Sep. 14th, 2009 06:37 pm (UTC)
My great grandfather started a Christmas tradition in our family that we call The Parade - it started out as a "parade" of miniature people, critters and assorted accessories, and grew over the years. It wasn't a dollhouse exactly, but there were a variety of little vignettes, like a circus scene, a boardwalk scene, etc. My grandparents expanded on it a lot - my grandfather built a row of shops filled with miniature items. There was a grocery store, a furniture store, a clock shop and so on. Eventually it took up my grandparents' entire basement room and took three days to set it all up. My grandmother's too old to do it now (she's 91) but I took a bunch of pictures a few years ago. My sister and I started our own when we were children, which my mother still puts up, but it's nowhere near as big. I even have a very small one here every year, but I really don't have space for anything more than a mantel parade. I still like to look for cool things to add to it, though, and to give to my family. Miniatures are so much fun!
Sep. 15th, 2009 12:56 am (UTC)
Oooh! OOh, ooh, ooh! Little tiny things---YESSSS!!!!!

(Um, ahem--sorry, I really, really, REALLY love miniatures. Got excited there for a minute.)
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