Monday, September 28, 2009

Creative Chaos

Don't we all want the work + play combo? I know I do. I guess when I think of that concept, I envision a thirtysomething-type deal, where these cool dudes work in an ad firm and play basketball during meetings. I forget if they brought their pets to work, but that would just about complete the vision.

This is one of the most chaotic scenes I have created -- there's lots of stuff in here, perhaps because I decided to create different work/play spaces: the eating space with coffee and treats; three workstations: Hello Kitty table; tulip table; and low coffee table with couch as chair; and the middle for endless play!

If anyone has a job like this, more power to you!! :)

Endnote: I bought a new lens for my camera, so I am happy camper!

Credits: White couches, striped lamp, and Hello Kitty desk by Bozart; glass coffee table by Ryan's Room; orange chair and white tulip table are vintage Bodo Hennig; office chair, black lounger and ottoman, and tulip chairs are Reac; two mini dollhouse scenes/figures on floor are vintage Galoob Toys; "rugs" are origami paper; cow rug, books, and some of the pencils are by Oese; Hello Kitty desk lamp and box next to desk are Sanrio; wood block table and blond coffee table are Paris Renfroe; orange side table is AG Minis; artwork is a postcard from France; lots of accessories by Re-ment, tech decks, our local toy store, Mighty World, and Pain d'epices.

Re-ment: I have written about the Re-ment in the scene with a few exceptions. The green paint set is from My Favorite Stationery, #2, and is good for 1:12. The pencil sharpener, yellow pencil box, notebook on white table, and ruler and pen in pencil cup on Hello Kitty table are all from My Favorite Stationery, #10, and are all good fr 1:12. The detail on these sets isamazing, and I wish I had more of them! The strawberry clock on the white table is from Merry Strawberry, #9, and is good for 1:12. The white laptop is from the Room set, #2, and is good for 1:12.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Shared Space

Full disclosure: photos taken with my cell phone. Apologies in advance for the poor quality.My camera broke and I am still working out the solution, but couldn't keep away. :)

My brother and I are three years apart and our bedrooms were usually in close proximity while growing up. The older siblings tended to get the larger rooms, or shared a very large attic space. When we moved into a brownstone in New York City, we shared the top floor, and our rooms were separated by a bathroom. The room setup in the Kaleidoscope House inspired me to think back to those years.

His room was usually pretty tidy, but he had a weakness for bringing food upstairs. To this day, we make fun of him for his love of Pop Tarts and fruit (eaten together), and peanut butter. He is a big snacker, and at 6'5" had all sorts of excuses to keep his body fed on an hourly basis.

Me, on the other hand...I loved to sit and play with office supplies. I had lots of knickknacks and wrote letters all the time. My room was usually messy, but I couldn't bring myself to mess up the scene!

Speaking of's been great to do a few swaps with Oese and now Tarkus! Oese made some wonderful books and pencils and also sent a lucite box and other mini treats. Tarkus and I swapped Re-ment and she threw in a few of her handmade pillows! Lovely!

Credits: Yellow beds, bathroom set, and toy chest (actually a refrigerator) are vintage Fisher Price; red chair is vintage Fairline; red and white dresser is vintage Jean of West Germany; plant is from Lolly's; egg table, fish bowl, peanut butter, Pop Tarts, pink clock, rocking horse on top shelf, "Happy" lunch box, brother's side table, bathroom back splash, and sewing items on toy chest are Re-ment; Easter Island head is from Barnes & Noble; speaker is vintage TOMY; bowling pins are Japanese toy erasers; red striped bed cover and green bath mat are IKEA; purple flower bed cover, flowers and silver box on top shelf, pouf, magazine holder, and lamps are AG Minis; pink vanity and pink cup are Sanrio; violet desk and matching lamp and bathroom mirror are vintage eBay finds; bedside table is vintage German; bird pillow is by Tarkus; accessories are AG Minis, TOMY, Pain d'epices, Re-ment, KidRobot, and my kids!

Re-ment: I have written about the Re-ment in this scene with a few exceptions. The stamp set is from Girls in the City, #3 "Accounting Essentials," and is good for 1:12. The sewing items are from the Primary School Stationery set, #10, and is good for 1:12. The Pop Tart is from Fun Meals, #7, "Morning Grab 'n Go," and is a bit large for 1:12, but works. The rocking horse is from Princess Tea Party, #5 "A Rocking Horse Cutlery Tree," and is good as a toy in 1:12. The "Happy" lunch box is from American Kitchen, #5 "Fun at the Cafeteria," and is too large as a lunch box in 1:12, but can be re-purposed as a small suitcase.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Less than Picture Perfect - A Small Call for Help!

The weekend was going great until...I dropped and broke our very nice Nikon D40 camera!! I set up a new scene in the Kaleidoscope House using three rooms (read= time+ effort) and ran to get the camera off a top shelf (so the kids don't paw it) and boom! It came crashing down (lens first) out of its bag and onto our computer desk and then made a resounding thump on our wood floor. The automatic focus seems very broken and it now makes a horrible-you-just-mangled-me-inside noise. It still takes pictures (when switched to manual), but they are not in focus at all.

The camera is my friend, my buddy, my essential item to document and share my hobby, so I am royally upset at myself for doing something so stupid. I am working to get it repaired, but will likely be without a camera (and blog material) for a couple of weeks.

The light at the end of the tunnel emerges, however, through the vision and patience of my dear hubby, who said, "You know, with the kids and all, we should have a smaller, less expensive camera anyway, and who wants to lug that thing around on bike rides or other such activity?" Smart fellow.

SO...does anyone in this talented community have recommendations on a good, not-so-pricey ($200 or so) digital camera that works really well for you and your mini scenes? My priorities for a new camera would be the ability to focus on those (very) small details and have it produce photos well in natural light. I'd really appreciate any words of wisdom as I continue to research the options to remedy my klutzy move! Thanks!

UPDATE, 10/2/09 - I brought my camera to a camera shop and they let me know I had only broken the lens, not the camera. So, I decided to purchase a used lens for under $100. Problem solved (for now)!

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

I like Your BoConcept

A BoConcept store opened near me, and while tempting to sink some dough into the fine modern furnishings, I decided to part only with a free mini catalogue!

I cannot really say why they did it (other than what seems to be a company play on the very large), but I am not questioning the cute freebie, which is better suited for 1:6, by the way. :)

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Animal Eyes

I was looking at this scene through animal eyes. I wanted to use as much animal-related pieces I could dig out of my collection. It was quite a challenge, and of course not all of it fits the bill. But, there is some cow, leopard, zebra, canine, feline, chicken, and egg (!), so perhaps I succeeded a little.

I've been down with a virus this week, and finally got myself some antibiotics for an ear infection, so I am feeling more human and less like a sick...beast. :)

Credits: Cowhide daybed from Paris Renfroe; orange side table is Bodo Hennig; Nelson couch by Reac; coffee table is Ryan's Room; cat picture, furry TV cabinet, rug, and orange trim side table (with phone) are AG Minis; TV is Lundby; dog is from Lucky Puppy Math game; striped lamp and Easter Island head base are Bozart; high cafe table and chairs from Battat; coffee pot, potted grass, chicken phone, and egg tables from Re-ment; Hello Kitty clock is Sanrio; zebra couch is Creative Playthings; antique marble head behind couch is my husband's; Easter Island head is from a desktop set from Barnes & Noble; accessories are AG Minis, Re-ment, Mighty World, and from Paris.

Re-ment: I have written about the Re-ment in this scene with the exception of the egg tables and chicken phone. Both are from Beans, Egg, and Strawberry #8, and are good for 1:12. The set comes with tiny, tiny stools that are way too small for 1:12, but they could be re-purposed for a table decoration or candle.