It's taken me a few days longer than I expected to get this post up! First I was having trouble uploading photos to the blog, and as soon as I got that straightened out, I had to emergency house-sit for relatives in the hospital (thankfully, everyone is okay now!)
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Mom loves dressing dolls with character. She likes her dolls faces to be craggy and saggy and full of emotion. She based this doll a little off memories of her grandmother.
I love the juxtaposition of the grandmother's face with the very sweet pink and blue clothing. Did you notice that the flowered trim on her robes is the same fabric (in a different colorway) as I used on the mouse chair?
Mom had very specific ideas about the type of 'breakfast' this grandmother was going to have. Originally she had even more pill bottles on the table... There's a little book of matches next to the cigarette carton. The clear glass at the back has a set of dentures.
ver a year ago, then forgot to follow up. Oops!
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
This was going to be a Halloween post, but with everything going on then, I forgot to post it.
I really went to town aging this chair. I like to create a sort of history for things as I age them, so that every stain, tear, or worn spot has a reason for being there. I make up things like "someone read newspapers in this chair, and got the arms covered in black ink"or "a leaky attic roof dripped on this section." Making up little stories helps keep the wear and tear logical.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
I didn't buy much at Philadelphia, and most of what I got was supply stuff. But I did find a great painting at Henny Staring-Egberts table. I bought it thinking it might go over the large enterance to the dining room (on the left), but the height of the opening meant that the painting ended up too close to the ceiling. But it worked out well over the smaller door which leads from the main hall to the parlor.
Sorry this post is so short!
Friday, November 16, 2012
It's been an embarrassingly long time since I did a thorough clean of my dollhouse. I've done a bit of spot cleaning on the most delicate pieces- I've kept the silver semi-polished, oiled a few of the artisan pieces, but overall it was looking really dusty. The floors were the worst- they looked like they hadn't been cleaned in a hundred years...
But not any more! I finished up yesterday, and it's amazing what a difference it made. I want to rearrange a few of the rooms, but just getting the dust out, the wood oiled, and the silver shining made an enormous difference.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
It's been a while since the last time I showed any of Mom's dolls. She's been too busy to make any recently. But I just found a bunch of photos of dolls she made last spring which I never shared.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
A lot has happened since the last time I posted.
During Hurricane Sandy, we lost the entire top of one of the oldest trees in our yard. It also took out our power for about a week, and our phone/Internet was down even longer. Being out of power wouldn't have been so bad (we'd stocked up before the storm) but...
we were also supposed to have a table at Philadelphia Miniaturia! We were really afraid that we would have to cancel due flooding. Fortunately, the house stayed dry, and we were able to go after all! We left the house in trusted hands, and headed for the luxury of a hotel with electricity.
Unfortunately, I didn't bring my camera, so I don't have any photos of the show, but I'll post photos of the things we bought in another post.
Adele Bloch-Bauer) Somehow it ended up looking more steampunk but that just gives me an excuse to try again!
My first post on the beaded bags is here, and the tutorial is here.