About this blog:

Welcome to my blog about my dollhouse and miniatures hobby. Here, you will find information on items I have made, bought, and sold, as well as some resources on where to find some really cool stuff! Feel free to browse around and follow my blog!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Trying to pare down the miniature stash a bit...

I just listed a lot of dollhouse miniatures that are great for general store or antique store scenes. Check out the link here.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Feature Friday

I just wanted to show you two new things I added to my Etsy shop this evening.

First, a set of red velvet cupcakes, cake, and vintage lace doily. If your 1/12 scale scene is themed around a wedding, party, or bakery, these would be perfect!

Here's the link to Etsy for more information.

Second, I made a twin mattress to go with this bed. I am selling them together and you can outfit them anyway you'd like!

Etsy link here.

As always, if you see something you like, but you want in a different color or style, just convo me and I'll see what I can do! If I can make it happen, I'll put a reserved listing on etsy for you!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Stuff and things...

So, since my last post, I've been busy doing this and that and rather quiet on the minis front. But, within the last week, 4 things have made their way out of my Etsy shop and on their way to folks in Canada, Australia, and here in the States!!! So excited!

One of those items turned into a trade for some beautiful jewelry, which is awesome! I am happy to do trades for items, too, in case anyone is interested. Just convo me on Etsy and we'll work something out. :-)

I am trying to make some new items to add to the shop so it stays full. :) I made a batch of items today, most of which will make it into the shop. Not sure about a couple pieces; I might have another go and see if I can improve on them. We'll see.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

American Girls AG Minis Box

Jazzi had asked about the reversibility of the AG Minis Box decor so I thought I'd do a special post in case anyone else wants to know.

 When you take out all of the pieces of the box, this is what is left. There are magnetic panels on each wall, the ceiling is tape-wired and magnetic, and all of the outlets are in the floor base.

I turned the floor over and noted that it had these wooden boards. As you can see, there are holes in the floor piece for access to the outlets.

I added in the ceiling and there, too, is an outlet available for any fixtures.

This is one side of the wall decor. It's not my favorite; I like the other side better.

But, first, here I want to show you that the box does come with moulding and baseboards, both of which are magnetic. In fact, the wallpaper cards have a magnet inside which allows them to stick effortlessly onto the insides of the box.

The backs of the moulding and baseboards are labeled for easy installation.

I pulled out the wallpaper cards and turned them over. This shows the reversibility of the wallpaper. I am going to go ahead and assume the other boxes in this series have the same functionality, which is nice.

With the moulding/baseboards in...

Some accessories. As mentioned before, the only things that came with this box were the lamps. Everything else are items I have in my collection.

Currently, this box is being displayed in the bathroom linen closet. It's the only place where there's room at the moment. There's no adapter for this kit so I can't light it up at the moment, but my electronics-savvy fiance is going to figure something out for it. :-D

Hope this was helpful!

Valley Dolls and Miniatures

So, my fiance and I decided to take a little day trip over to Northampton, MA last Saturday. I love a good day trip and exploring new places, so any reason to do so is a good one. :)

I found out about this place called Valley Dolls and Miniatures. It doesn't have a website, though contact info can be found here. It's run by a much older gentleman who is very nice. He has a wide array of items from the usual 1:12 scale bits to smaller scales to random toys to a VERY big Breyer horse selection. There were a lot of items there I hadn't seen anywhere else.

Here's a peek into what I picked up. As you can see by the prices, he's pretty reasonable.

This little trivet reminds me of things my parents had when I was growing up - very 70s. :)

This is a kit for a chaise lounge! I can't' wait to put it together and make some cushions for it.

This is an interesting little wall hanging that might look good in the historical society. I think I want to replace the bright shiny green cord with something else, though.

This is a kit for a miniature ecology box. I am an ecologist (marine, actually), but I think I could make something very interesting with this box. :)

And he had a number of these Chinese vases and I think this one would look great in the Glencroft bath or bedroom as both have some Asian influence.

So, there you go! If you are in the Northampton area, I recommend the Northampton Brewery for lunch! They have wonderful food, are vegetarian-friendly and eco-conscious, and, if you like beer, they have an amazing brewed-on-site beer selection. :)

Friday, July 6, 2012

Vermont haul :)

So, I promised a post about my trip to Vermont and what I picked up at the Real Good Toys Summer Clearance Sale in their factory outlet store in Barre, VT. Well, here it is!

One of the bigger things I picked up was this neat room box. The wallpaper, ceiling, and flooring can be removed and are also reversible! And the whole thing is electrified! Unfortunately this one didn't come with a cable, but Jason has some expertise in electronics so he's going to figure out what we need so we don't get the wrong polarity...

Now, the box came with the orange and blue lamps. The baskets, vases and table were purchased separately at the Outlet store. While there, I also picked up some tiny books, doorknobs for the historical society, and some gifts for friends an family (early Christmas shopping FTW!). I can't show pics of the gifts, because I think some of the recipients read my blog. ;)

The shelves below were bought at an antique shop on Route 7 somewhere north of Rutland. I wish I remembered the name of the place because it had some other dollhouse furniture too!

Now you may be wondering who manufactured this awesome little box? Well...

...that "AG" stands for American Girls! One of the women who works at RGT told me that American Girls did a short-lived1/12 scale line, but I guess it never took off? Here's a link about the series, and apparently some electronic pieces were defective. We'll see about this one. There's also some stuff from AG Minis on eBay. Lots of mod stuff, too, if you're interested.

I think these were demo kits that they had in their warehouse. They even threw in the drawer for free!

Here's a close-up of the lamps:

We also stopped at a couple of other places on the way home. One was a great little bookstore called Monroe St. Books, also on Route 7. I picked up three PA Dutch books and two dollhouse books there.

And one more place we stopped was Camelot Village just west of Bennington, VT. OMG. This place is awesome. Both my fiance and I have passed it going to and from NH on our trips to see each other when we lived apart and wanted to stop. But we *finally* visited, even though the shop was only open for about another half hour. We did a quick breeze-through. I found some dollhouse furniture, but we definitely didn't see everything. This place is really big and if you like crafts and antiques it's definitely worth the stop if you find yourself in this area! On the way out the door, I noticed a dollhouse in the window, but they were closing so I didn't go back in. Next time... :)

Here's what I did pick up - table and chair set and a bag of marbles (for etsy stuff):

So...that's it for now. It was a great weekend trip. :) Hopefully more etsy and other updates soon!


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