Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Farm Life

I had to share a few pics of my daughter's recent handiwork (activity unprompted by me, I might add):

As my daughter noted, "This was a lot of work!" I can't wait to play around with the items I ordered off Ebay this week (lots of Re-Ment and Kaleidoscope), so I can really appreciate her comment. I have the Villa Sibi as my venue, so I'll get imaginative with the space (at night, after the kids are in bed, lunches made, and after I've worked out). Hmmmm...may take a while.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

My First Re-Ment

I am quickly discovering that Re-Ment products are a must-have when collecting miniatures. I bought my first item on Ebay and it arrived last week.

It's a vanity with perfume, powder, combs, make-up, and a super tiny brush. It is now next to the beds in the Villa Sibi, for lack of a better spot. The perfume bottles might be the cutest part of the set. I took a shot next to a quarter for the full effect.
Of course, I'm obsessed and have proceeded to order additional sets of things, which I will share in a future post. The important thing I am realizing is to watch out for shipping, since often these items are coming from Asia or elsewhere overseas. The set pictured here was $5.99, but had free shipping. Others I ordered are outcosted by shipping, so I'll definitely be more careful before bidding!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Birth of a Blog

I've always felt the call of the small -- miniatures and anything large-scale brought small.  My first dollhouse arrived at five, and others followed.  Houses were then replaced by display cases to organize items and create little tableau. Things were eventually packed in boxes and stored away when I headed to college.

When the Kaleidoscope dollhouse arrived on the scene, I was expecting my first child and dreaming of rationales for purchasing it at $200.  I wish I had! My daughter gravitated to Polly Pockets, which while VERY small, did not hold great appeal.  Plus, they instantly got lost and were the source of anxiety should shoes and handbags be swallowed.

My two sons followed and are suitably obsessed with trains -- small, but just not the same.

Then, this past Christmas, my dear husband purchased a Villa Sibi for me -- what a surprise:

I actually found it on Craigslist for $300, but fretted over being indulgent in purchasing such an item.  I think DH knew it was a shoo-in and it stands now as the best present ever.  I've started to buy furnishings online (the white Kaleidoscope living room set is in the photos above), and also have been keeping track of the amazing array of modernist miniatures out there.  

I've only just begun, and hope to keep up with this blog.  Three kids and a full-time job may prevent frequency of posts, but I'm sure I'll be inspired to say something.