04 July 2013 9 comments

Livin' Easy

The old Cole Porter jazz standard, "Summertime...and the livin' is easy" was on my mind when I staged this scene. I've been enjoying our Independence Day holiday by the beach. Hopefully, these photos will pass a little of my mood on to you. Have a good one...
23 June 2013 2 comments

CB2 Holiday House May Deserve A 2nd Look

Image source: www.cb2.com
The copy writers over at CB2.com describe their latest offering in the category of archeitectual models, object d'art or as we loving refer to it---doll house in the following manner:

"Open-air urban dwelling is the master plan of artist/architect Ben Holiday. A replica of the original model he blueprinted and built as an architecture student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, multilevel structure takes up residence in natural plywood with asymmetric proportions on façade that create hierarchy top floor to ground level. Fluid floor plan invites outdoor living with louvered entry and slatted sun deck. Open in back to mini-furnish."

This Holiday House was unveiled last fall in time for the holiday season to mixed reviews. Everyone agreed on the beauty of the design, but unlike its predecessor in this category, The Neville House, the execution of the construction was poor with visible glue seepage. When I visited my local store to see the house for myself, I found all the models on display to be plagued with this problem. Flash forward to now, summer is getting underway and there's a sale over at cb2.com with flat-rate shipping at $4.95. For all that's been reported on the quality of the beautifully designed Holiday House at $19.95 (regularly $49.95) it may be just the right price prompting you to add this beautiful design to your collection. With overall dimensions of 5"Wx7.5"Dx9"H, it is quite diminutive but it appears to work with 1:24 scale furnishings. I took the plunge and made the purchase. At the very least it looks beautiful unfurnished gracing above eye-level shelf space in my book case. Tell me, will you be adding this little model to your collections as well?

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31 May 2013 0 comments

Deer John...

Here is a peek at the room I pulled together for Rosa's II Anniversary Contest.

12 April 2013 0 comments

Spotted on Pinterest

I like this photograph because it demonstrates how these scaled 
miniature classics are wonderful sculptural pieces.
07 April 2013 7 comments

The Wait is Over

So sorry to keep you all waiting for the results of the Blog-iversary Give Away that ended March 24. As always I assigned numbers to each commenter in chronological order and then used an online random number generator.  And the winner is...

Number 7...Yarn Miracle. Congratulations! Please use the email tab in the top right of my blog to email me your mailing address details. Thanks to all who participated. It means so much to have you as a part of my "tribe".

09 March 2013 9 comments

Zen Retreat in Miniature

Neville house filled with modern miniatures
a Zen Retreat
You know how each Daily Show with Jon Stewart ends with the your moment of Zen segment? Well, here's my version. Green, organic and serene are all adjectives I'm hoping come to your mind as I take another opportunity to feature those gorgeous African stools I recently purchased. Namaste!

Details: Nothing new here...ReacJapan, Dolls House Emporium, Kaleidoscope House, TheShadeStore.com, PRDminiatures, Minimodernas, and cb2. The crochet blanket was gift from a friend.
02 March 2013 6 comments

Tour: Princess' Playhouse

I continue to play with this Videolicious app to make (extremely) short videos. I apologize for some of the unsteady clips in this my first dollhouse tour.  I've included a brief fact sheet on the playhouse owner. Her name is Princess P.
  • Age: 14
  • Religion: non-denominational Christian w/ heavy Buddhist influences
  • Hometown: Hilton Head, SC (people besides tourist actually do live there)
  • Favorite subject(s): Math, Art
  • Favorite sport: Basketball, she's starting point guard for her school JV team
  • Hobbies, interests and preoccupations: the 80's (because that's when video games were born), model building, 60's POP Art, anime, motorcycles & scooters, surfing & skateboarding, the color green, flavored lip gloss, Drake and Justin Beiber, silly bands, Boathouse smoothies, Settlers of Catan, legos (the architect sets) 
  • Dislikes: intolerance, people with a large carbon footprint, cold weather, brussel sprouts
  • Future Aspirations: move to San Francisco & become an animation expert and video game designer; loose her Southern drawl and speak fluent Japanese by age 18; a green planet and world peace