Sunday, August 30, 2009

Three Rooms, Apart

Perhaps you have done this too -- create a scene (s) as an excuse to try out some new acquisitions. I am guilty of this today. These three rooms -- a tea salon, powder room, and playroom -- really don't totally relate, but I wanted to test out a lot of things. I bought two of the traditional, Deco-like couches for about a dollar on UK eBay, and felt compelled to use one here since stylistically it is not a typical choice for me. The same goes for the large rug and the tea set items.

In the powder room (and on the deck), I was able to use some things from the Mighty World Town Life Cafe set, which I *finally* got a hold of online, through a toy store in Connecticut. I also purchased some Re-ment from PlayscaleMinis to try out a few different pieces from the "Girls in the City" office sets.

Upstairs, I decided to use a 1/16 scale vintage Jean of West Germany playroom set, which goes with the bubbly wallpaper.

Credits: Tea salon: Deco couch, rug, picture above sweets, and side chair are eBay finds; sweets table, white coffee service table and lamp are AG Minis; round table is vintage Petite Princess; pictures above couch are Calico Critters; purse is Re-ment; jacket is from one of my Euro Minis dolls; accessories are Re-ment, Mighty World, and Bozart. Powder Room: Sink is DHE; rug is from The House that Jacq Built; mirror is AG Minis; side table and makeup shelf is Mighty World; small vanity is Re-ment; accessories are Re-ment, AG Minis, Petite Princess, and Lolly's. Playroom and Deck: Shelf, dresser (really a wardrobe on its side), and rocking horse are vintage Jean of West Germany; table is vintage Lundby; chair is Reac; corner table is Re-ment; light is AG Minis; cafe table and chairs on deck are Mighty World; accessories are Re-ment, Pain d'epices, and eBay.

Re-ment: I've written about the Re-ment in these scenes with the exception of the following:Tea Salon: The small cakes on the tiered tray are from Elegant Sweets, #5 "Delicious Artisan Cakes," and are good for 1:12. The tiered tray, tea pot and cup on small table, brown and white cake cup along the back of the long table, the white platters, and the butterfly plates are from the Princess Tea Party set, #8 "The Princess' Favorite," and are all good for 1:12. The chocolate treat in the glass vase, the chocolate top hat cake, the strawberry dome and the white dome on the small table are from the Special Cakes for Me, # 4 "Patisserie Collection," and are good as large, fancy treats in 1:12. The gold purse is from Girls in the City, #4 "Hot Date After Work," and is good as large bag in 1:12. Powder Room: The white mirror and brush, gold and blue perfume bottle with a cross, white scalloped box on bottom shelf, and pink puff in box are from the secret set of Cosmetic, #1 "Princess," and are all good for 1:12. The two square eyeshadow boxes and the lipstick are from Cosmetic, #5 "Actress," and work for 1:12. The blue Tiffany box and purple watch on sink are from Girls in the City, # 4 "Hot Date After Work." The watch is good for 1:12, but the box is too large as a watch box but can be re-purposed. The pink cosmetics bag and hair rollers are from Girls in the City, #5 "Overseas Retreat," and are good for 1:12. Playroom: The yellow school bus is from American Kitchen, #9 "Family Christmas," and is good for 1:12. The red water toy and pink pencil sharpener are from Primary School Stationery, # 8 and # 9, respectively, and are good for 1:12.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Janine Antoni Wears a Dollhouse

Now this I had not seen before. I spied a picture in an ad in Artforum for Janine Antoni's upcoming show at Luhring Augustine:

In case you are intrigued too, this is a metaphor for mothering, according to the artist, where the mother "wears" the house like a skirt, as a way of bearing the family drama. You can read more in the gallery's press release. I have always been a fan of her tactile works made of chocolate and soap, and her body performance pieces too. Now I am a bigger fan! Very clever! Too bad the show is on the west coast.

Photo is from the Luhring Augustine website.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Kids Rule

I felt like using figures today in a scene, and have really been wanting to use the Bodo Hennig kitchen I received in a swap with Oese. I also wanted to use the great mini Sibi handmade by Oese, although I need mini furniture -- for now, it is a very upscale barn!

Kids tend to take over, and that's what's happened here in this home, full of activity. I wonder if kids know how lucky they are...???!

Credits: All figures, wooden sculpture, green pillows, and dollhouse counter are Bozart; dog is from a game called Lucky Puppy Math; refrigerator, stove, sink and cabinet are Bodo Hennig; chop block is an eBay find; couch, small tripod stools and table, and funky purple flower vase are AG Minis; couch coverlet is from Lolly's; side table is Lil' Bratz; dishwasher is Theo Klein; kitchen table is vintage German; chairs are Reac; vase in fireplace is vintage Fiestaware; mini Sibi is by Oese; other house is a vintage eBay find; blocks are from DRAP; R2D2 is from my kids' Star Wars Lego set; skateboard is from Tech Decks; round "rug" is a coaster; dartboard is from Pain d'epices. Accessories are vintage Topper Toys (Penny Brite), Bozart, Lolly's, Pain d'epices, Manor House Miniatures, Re-ment, and from my kids' collections!

Re-ment: I have written about all the Re-ment in this scene with the exception of the loaf of bread on the chop block. It is from the Re-ment Bakery set #7 and is a bit large, but good for 1:12.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Not-So-Green Thumb

I'm pretty under the radar about my mini life at work, but I have shared my hobby with a few close colleagues. One of them passed along a glass box to me, initially thinking my daughter would have some fun with it. But, I saw some potential and confided to her that I would likely try to work with it as some sort of greenhouse.

I did go through with this scene, but realized that the box is a bit too shallow (warranting 1:16 or smaller furniture) and challenging to photograph. I gave it a try, though, and even took it outside in between rain storms--it has been endless rain on the east coast--and got bitten alive by some hungry mosquitoes.

Overall, not a great experience, but I put some Saturday afternoon time into it, so here it goes. I'm crabby today.

Credits: Plant box is a console by Paris Renfroe; plants are aquarium plants from a rummage sale; "birdbath" is Bozart; bench and radio are from the Mighty World "Hanging Out" set; white table is vintage Jean of West Germany; Asian shelf and watering can table is Re-ment; watering can, shears, small hoe, and sunflowers are from Pain d'epices; gardening caddy is vintage TOMY; sailboats from DRAP. Accessories (including potted plants and vases) are: Re-ment; Pain d'epices; Bozart; Michael's; Manor House Miniatures.

Re-ment: The Asian shelving unit and watering can table are from the Megahouse My Room set #5, and is better sized for 1:16 or 1:18. The green potted plant to the right of the console is from the My Cats set, #7 "Fujita's Potty Cat." It is fine for 1:12, but the rest of the set is huge, better for 1:6. The white pig vase is from the Oriental Season "Summer" set and is good for 1:12 as a household object. The cigarette holders (masquerading as vases) are from the Megahouse My Room set #2 and are a bit small for 1:12; better for 1:16, but usable.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Off Limits

This is an "off limits" space -- it is where one can go to bathe and I wanted to do a bath scene, since I got the "bath tub," which is actually a condiment dish, for .25 at the Crate & Barrel outlet near me. It worked pretty well, I think, but I had to figure out how to situate it with the Villa Sibi bath partition.

This title is also apropos because some little hands were playing with the bath tablets and also messed with other things while I was out earlier. So, if there are elements that look a bit different, it was influenced by a 9 year old girl's (secret) taste. :)

Credits: Sink and vintage mirror are separate UK eBay finds; pouf and metal side table are AG Minis; toilet and green towel are IKEA; toilet paper holder is vintage Lundby; Asian light fixture, towel basket, bath tablets, makeup, shoes, and perfume are Re-ment; bath platform with partition is from the Villa Sibi; "bath" is a condiment dish from Crate & Barrel outlet; towel rolls near bath are Lundby; "towels" by sink are tissues rolled up; vases and tea set are MAR Toys; plants are Lolly's and from a rummage sale.

Re-ment: I've written about the Re-ment in this scene with the exception of the bath tablets and box. They are from a secret set of the Cosmetics "Actress" set, #5, and it is good for 1:12 as a large bath item.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Old Memories Anew

My grandmother was awesome. She was my buddy growing up. I would often come for sleepovers to her apartment in Brooklyn, NY, where she lived with her sister, my great Aunt. We ate in front of the TV, sat around the table drinking tea, and they gave me all sorts of snacks. It was all about fun hanging out time with the ladies, and there are days when I really want to go to Grandma's house. Like today.

This reminds me of their apartment. Kind of cluttered, but usually pretty tidy. I recall my grandmother washing PAPER plates for reuse (she was hip even then!). She was a young woman during the Great Depression, and often said nothing was wasted. One of my favorite things to do with her was look through all of her costume jewelry, which she methodically arranged and stored between tissue paper in drawers. Some of it was opulent, some understated, always interesting, and I always saw something new.

Speaking of new, I have not yet gotten around to showing off my new Bodo Hennig kitchen from Oese, delivered last weekend in our first swap! It is a beauty and I hope to use it soon, once I clear out the dollhouse clutter around my house. Sweet Oese also put in an amazing extra -- my very own mini Sibi!!! It is fabulous. Now I just need furniture...

Credits: Oven and dish rack and its contents are vintage Topper Toys; floor lamp, side table lamp, retro metal couch, pouf, TV table, and rug are AG Minis; wooden side table is Concord Miniatures; vintage pink couch, lucite chairs, and chop block are eBay finds; sink and TV unit are vintage German; toaster and bread is Re-ment; plant is vintage TOMY; table is Wolverine; accessories are Re-ment, Bozart, MAR toys, DRAP, and Pain d'epices.

Re-ment: I have written about the Re-ment in this scene, with the exception of the red chair next to the mini Sibi and the green TV tray and milk glass. The chair is from the American Kitchen set #5, "School Lunch," and it works for 1:12, if not a little on the small side. The tray and glass are from the Primary School Stationery set # 5 and # 8, respectively. Both work for 1:12.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Birth of a Re-ment Wiki

I have been tracking Re-ment in my blog, noting if pieces are good for 1:12 and wishing for a quick and easy resource to know what sets to buy. I wrote about creating a community database and got some great feedback from folks in the mini community. Studioseven recommended a wiki, and she's spot on, I think.

So, I have created a wiki! It is and it is definitely in its infancy. I just started adding some of my items from past postings and would love others to give their own contributions. I eventually would like to add a page of resource links and I am sure other things will evolve.

Check it out, let me know what you think. I started a basic visual format, but that might change. I was trying to keep things simple and within my (limited) realm of technical skills.

On a somewhat related note, I just got in the mail some awesome modern wallpaper from the UK. I am stockpiling some for the Citadel, which I am in the process of restoring. I want some for my real house!