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This is a blog about my passion: dollhouses and miniatures. This particular blog was started to follow my miniature dream: to create a Victorian Mansion. But work on my Mansion is slow. Very slow. Sloth slow. Ice Age glacier movement slow. Why? Because I am easily distracted by other personal miniature projects (I have 50+ roomboxes and 15 dollhouses in various stages of incompletion) and because I work for a miniature shop and am often up to my elbows in miniature projects that aren't mine! So, I thought, some artists work in a particular medium (woods, watercolors, clay, oils, etc.), I work in progress . . . .

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Home stretch!

This was the final week before I take my miniatures to put on display at the FROGS Holiday Open House party. A lot of roomboxes got tiny details added or had items tweaked this past week:

The Knitty Kitty finally got its shop sign:
Blue bar up on top has no signage
Sign in place!

Thank goodness for scrapbooking stickers! Here are interior pics of the shop for anyone interested:
Looking down into the roombox
My yarn cabinet: I stuffed the space behind the yarn with filler tissue paper so I didn't have to buy as many yarn skeins
Bottom shelf is still empty in case I find a really cute knitting thing I can't live without!
My favorite: a stitched pillow from my friend Beverly and a sleeping kitty on a knitted blanket
Is it bad that I want to shrink myself down and sit in this rocker for hours? LOL

The Gamble (Las Vegas Casino roombox) got a real wooden counter for under the slot machines instead of the Christmas Box I had been using for the last decade or so...
Red gift box I had been using as a cabinet under slot machines
Got a wooden block and painted it black to look more realistic
My Vegas Casino is still missing an Elvis impersonator groom to go with my bride, but it gives me something to continue to shop for in the future...
Whole room before I swapped out the red box. Minsky Burlesque sign lights up but you can't tell that in the photo.

My husband and I have been collecting chips from the various casinos for years - I put them in the top of the roombox and enclosed them in plexiglass.

Finally took the time to hang my daughter's pictures on The Modern Museum walls.  My eldest daughter had created a wax creation in preschool 10 years ago -- it was already hung up before.  But my middle daughter created some modern art pieces a year or two ago by accident at a friend's birthday party (Followers of my store Happily Ever After remember that as I posted it at the time on Facebook).  Those pieces needed to be hung up in the museum:
Whole museum: eldest daughter's art in the center of back wall and middle daughter's art on either side of it on back wall
Glass pieces were arranged on floor and I hung my middle daughter's art on back wall

Pottery pieces on ebony block of wood with my eldest daughter's preschool work on the wall and her nail polish art piece on the floor in the center
Wood carvings on shelves and an art work up top by Jeannine Merrill Schrader
The 2010 kitchen got more accessories:
Overall 2010 Kitchen

Love the Twinkies -- remember the "scare" at the end of 2012 when we all thought they were gone for good?

Just got back from grocery store and picking up Starbucks and some McD's for lunch. Wonder what crock  pot meal she's gonna make for dinner!
Dog has nicer eating area than most humans: Cezanne art on the wall and silver dog dish holder!
The tile work backsplash is a sealed paper by World Market - for less than a dollar it was a great addition to my stove!  And it's kept so pretty and clean cuz most of the cooking is done in the microwave on the counter next to the stove.

So it was pointed out to me that I offered extra credit credit for guessing why the 1929 kitchen is 1929 and not a nice round number like 1930 or 1925, but I never post a pic of the kitchen on the blog!  Technically I could have done 1930 -- the detail that makes it 1929 was still around (and more abundant) in 1930.  But 1929 makes this kitchen still in the 20s and the roaring 20s were a great time -- if you ignore all the health issues (Polio, anyone?), segregation/Jim Crow laws, the Great Dust Bowl, Prohibition/rise of organized crime, and the impending economic doom that is heading towards the country.  But let's ignore all that and romanticize the past!  Here's a pic of the 1929 kitchen...the history lesson will be in the next blog post!
1929 Kitchen, blissfully unaware of all that bad 1920s stuff


  1. Amazing!
    So everything is creeping out of the basement for some daylight?
    You could have your own museum with your wonderful work!!

    1. Thanks Audra! But, yeah, only half of my stuff crept out for the exhibit...but the other half will come out next year as they asked me to return in 2017!

  2. Hi, Lori - You have been busy! All your room boxes look great. I like all the cat details in the Knitty Kitty shop (like that name as well.) The Gamble's new slot machine counter does make a difference! Good choice. The Modern Museum looks like the real thing! Your exhibitions are so well arranged with a wonderful variety of art. Your daughters must be proud to have their art work displayed so prominently. I love the color scheme in the 2010 kitchen - and the evidence of daily life is so well thought out and displayed. (Those pop containers between the refrigerator and the wall are so realistic!) And I'm definitely looking forward to learning more about the 1929 kitchen. I enjoyed seeing these fun projects. Well done!