Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys "the 'little' show"

So while in Colorado skiing with my family, I was able to attend the Denver "little show."  

First, I went to the NAME table because they usually have some great bargains.  I bought a year of used dollhouse magazines for $5.00 and 3 roundtable kits for $1.00.  They had all these great room boxes, but somehow I didn't think they would fit in my luggage.

Here are some of my other purchases.

Top of my list was this owl by Teresa Dudley purchased from:

And then I went back for a friend:

 Here they are in their new home with the sorcerer, although the owl looks a bit concerned about the very intrigued cat.

I bought this little wooden side table with the green glass top from "Metal Meets Wood" Miniatures.

Here's a cool birdhouse  from Merle Ralston - although I need to find a better place for it:

And I love these 2 plants from Genuine Imitations - the little turtle blends into the wood deck a bit:

I bought some contemporary books as well from Playhouse by Beverly:

And then I bought these cute bears and Santa Claus from Jenny Fortin: 

I was very tempted by some Native American and Southwestern Miniatures by a shop called A Little Something for Everyone - but I didn't have a project in mind for it, so I thought I shouldn't buy anything.  

So that was fun! 

I also went to the Denver Miniature Museum there and really enjoyed seeing all the dollhouses (and did some shopping in the gift shop there too!)

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Funny Children's Books

It is that time of year when the NY International Children's Film Festival is happening in NYC.  

Fun for 2 reasons:  (1) some good films to see with my kids and (2) I make the little film catalog pictures into oversize children's books for my dollhouse!

 Here is this year's selection (with a few from last year):

Thursday, March 10, 2016

An Elevator for 48

For Christmas, I created an elevator for my children's doll house. 

(I am way behind in posts.)  

Given the lack of space in our real house, it had to take up very little space. 

I looked at the Girl Mechanic illustration on how to make a dollhouse elevator, and I even bought weights as recommended, but then it seemed as if the final stopping mechanism was a clothespin.  So I decided to go with my original idea - which was to use a sailing cleet.

(Note Christmas decorations)

The elevator box is made out of matboard and wood.   I put windows in each matboard wall: I made the white one out of coffee stirrer sticks and plastic packaging as the window. I used a tool called the Ultimate Easy Cutter (bought from to make the angled cuts.  I love that tool.  

 I used a gate from Dolls House Emporium as the opening door and then made a little latch.  

  Here are some family members riding in the elevator.

It slides along a wire string that runs along the wood (with holes drilled at either end through which it is tied) (probably hard to see in this picture), and the elevator is attached to that wire by a string loop -  the dollhouse guy is leaning against that  loop in the picture above.  It is pulled up and down by the string in the ceiling which then wraps around the sailing cleet. 

Here it is next to the dollhouse (which still needs a lot of work):

That space there was originally meant for the staircase, but then my children each wanted 2 bedrooms for their respective dollhouse children (it's getting to be a very large family), so they took over the bathroom and the parents' bedroom (poor parents - no bedroom and they seem to have at least 8 children!). So now that space will become the bathroom and the parents' bedroom. 

Unfortunately, my elevator is a bit like a leaning tower of Pisa.  My children like pulling the elevator up and down, even though it is not perfect.  However, my daughter is still concerned about having to take an elevator to get to the bathroom from the third floor, so I may have to build stairs anyway.  (I guess they can be on the other side and cantilever out into the space under the desk that the dollhouse sits next to.)

I am trying to build lots of fun little features into this dollhouse.  I really wanted a laundry chute, but then I would have to drill a large hole right by the stairway landing so we will see.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, March 4, 2016

March Makeover

Here is a little bed my daughter bought in the children's section of the NJ IGMA show (I highly recommend this show for children - my daughter had so much fun shopping in the children-only section).

New Sheep Sheets:

 A new duvet cover:

And one little toddler girl cozily resting under the covers:

Have a great weekend!