Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The One that Started It All--Harrison Tudor

I've always loved English Tudor homes, so when I decided to get a dollhouse a few years ago, I researched available kits & fell in love with the Harrison, made by Greenleaf Dollhouses. This house was a commissioned build, constructed by Kim's Miniatures. I was able to select wallpapers, flooring & light fixtures for this beauty.

I wasn't trying to do an authentic period house, since I did opt to have the house electrified. But I thought it would be fun to try and find some miniatures for the house that have a Tudor feel to them. I've had more success finding Tudor miniatures from shops and ebay sellers in the UK. JBM miniatures also has some nice Tudor pieces, although they are in the same price range as Bespaq miniatures.

The house is still not entirely furnished, as I need to focus on finding more accessories for it. Also I need to add some artwork throughout the house. Here are some pieces I have so far that I need to add.
Tomorrow I'll share some of the dolls I've purchased to live in the Harrison!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

My Poor Neglected Blog

What can I say? Life just gets in the way. Now that the holidays and the 2010 blizzard are over, I'm looking ahead to 2011. And I've returned to my little blog that I created last spring. I am going to share & ponder my miniature world & adventures in this blog. And maybe a few other tangents here & there. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Wise March is Almost Gone, Time for Foolish April

Grrrr! I had typed an entire blog & just lost it as I was trying to change my blog background.

Well, I don't feel like typing all of that again. I'm looking forward to my long Easter weekend. I opted to take Friday & Monday of next week off. (Also expecting a rather exciting delivery of one bed & breakfast dollhouse one of those days)

Above is my 5 minute attempt at making a logo for my new Etsy shop. I'm going to be selling some handcrafted creations on there soon. I sure have enjoyed purchasing on Etsy during the past 6-12 months, some really neat things on there.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Welcome Spring!

After the snowiest winter I've ever seen in my 39 years, this past week has been pure weather bliss, sunshine and temps in the 60s & 70s each day. Today is no exception. What better way to welcome spring than enjoying the sunshine outside with my laptop & creating my first blog! It's "Caturday" here at my house, which means happy felines napping away, their bellies still content from lunch, secure knowing their mum is home putting her clothes into those noisy contraptions (I really do need a new washer & dryer).

As the world outside is starting to blossom, I'm more inspired than ever to delve into spring cleaning inside. It's time to throw out, donate & organize. I'm also still hard at work on Miniville, my own little Virginia community, and when I say little, I do mean little. I have my own town in miniature growing in my formal dining & living rooms (well, those rooms were getting no use before). I'm putting the final touches on a pet shop for this little town, the first dollhouse I've constructed on my own. I will post some photos here soon. I also have a magnificent bed & breakfast that will soon be on its way here. Time to get its table set up. This southern-style B&B is the beautiful Victorian Pierce by Greenleaf, created by one very talented gal who has long been blogging here on blogspot. You can see photos of Dixie Manor (name of the B&B) on her site (see my links). I have dollhouses from a few different manufacturers but I'm very fond of the Greenleaf models. My pet shop is actually done from the Haunted House kit, but there's nothing haunted about it, just full of puppy dog supplies, kitty treats, fish habitats & cute birds in their cages.

Speaking of Greenleaf, they welcomed spring by announcing their Spring Fling 2010 kit for sale in their company store. And yes, I already succumbed to the temptation! It's at a great price with free shipping, and although I'm a newbie still at dollhouse construction, there was nothing quite like this kit already in Miniville, so I figure I can put it to good use. :-)