I love playing with smaller scales. I'm still deep in storage mode, so I am hesitant to start taking out furnishings and doing setups. So, this was as close as I got tonight.

Time for Tomy

I made some time for my Tomy Sylvanian, which I have not done in a very long time. I had a mini, mini incentive: a Tomy Sylvanian replica doll house for my doll house! It's pretty adorable, and I was able to fit two 1:144 pieces in it.

I have to say that it was a bit easier working in this smaller house than in the K house. There is a straightforward simplicity to the space that makes it very manageable to do a scene! I should come back to it more often!

Credits: Downstairs - Gold drum chair is vintage Petite Princess; wall hanging unit is AG Minis; purse is handmade by Oese; vase is Bozart; shelving units and plant stand are Re-ment; kitchen table is vintage Bodo Hennig; lucite chairs are eBay finds; light is vintage Lundby; plant is Playmobil with a craft store pot; coffee table is vintage German; Upstairs - "rug" is Re-ment; chair is Reac; lamp is Bozart; table is vintage German (Modella?); sideboard is vintage Barton; Eiffel Tower is a laser cut craft from Michael's; mirror came with the house; picture on floor came with my VERO house; mini Sylvanian is a UK eBay find; custom 1:144 furniture is by SDK Miniatures. Accessories are MAR Toys, Bozart, AG Minis, Mighty World, Re-ment, Manor House Miniatures, and Lil' Bratz.

VERO Revealed

I have done a little extra detective work on my new VERO house, and think I have found some original wallpapers under the more recent wood grain papers. They are not in good condition, so I may cover them unless anyone has any bright ideas on some restorative touch-ups for water stains. There are also parts that unfortunately stripped down to the wood wall.

The worst room is the "fresco" room. The overlay of paint and paper is pretty bad, and I could only strip down to the walls themselves with just shreds and glimmers of what was original. What a shame! I am still very pleased to have the house, however. I think I will tackle the front door next.

On a house note, I wanted to share some snaps of two vintage 1/144 houses I just received in the mail. I love the details of the windows and patios!


Yes, it is a little workroom for a Mom's hobby :) Inspiration for this type of scene is always present! I decided to use this room off the main living area in the K House, which I have adopted as the default garage. I am trying to use all the rooms in the house, so now I have officially done this!

I must acknowledge the amazing custom work of Susan Karatjas of SDK Miniatures, as seen in the wonderful 1/144 white modern couch and chair. Her attention to detail is amazing. I also bought a 1/144 room box and shelving unit, but need to put them together (with large amounts of time for tiny, tiny work)! Susan is just one of the many reasons to go to the Philadelphia Miniatura this weekend, and I am going to try to get there.

I found the N scale yellow house on eBay -- it is by Bachmann and is made for railroad scenes. I was looking for a while for a modern structure (I love vintage ones too), and think this looks pretty neat.

Credits: Figures and clear chair are Bozart; N scale house is by Bachmann; 1/144 white couch and chair are by SDK Miniatures; curved couch and dollhouse table are vintage Fairline; tub stool is vintage Lundby; shelving unit is made of two vintage Fisher Price beds; blue wall covering is scrapbook paper from Target; dog is from my daughter's collection; pillows are handmade by Tarkus; green and orange stools are Lil' Bratz; accessories are Re-ment, Elf Miniatures, and Mighty World.

Re-ment: I have written about the Re-ment in the scene with the exception of a few things. The two pink filing boxes are from Beauty Storage #10 "Pretty Placement," and are good for 1:12. The flowered three drawer box is from I Love Kyoto #7 "Candy Treasure Box," and is good for 1:12. The little stool on the bottom shelf is from Dogs Enjoy Life, #8, and is too small for 1:12, but can be re-purposed.

Crowded House

Anyone else feel this way? I don't know about you, but it's like a Russian matreshka nesting doll in here -- our house, dollhouses, dollhouses within the dollhouses. I don't like to mention the state of things, and when my DH says, "You know, it would be great to have our living room back..." I smile and back out of whatever room we happen to be in at that moment.

I got some of these 1/144 scale houses from eBay -- two are from vintage kits -- and the other white was purchased in Barcelona. These are pretty traditional -- wouldn't it be great to find modernist mini houses more easily??? I've seen a few homemade ones that look great (right, Oese?), and Mini Modern has a Fallingwater one that is pretty awesome, but it's definitely not the norm.

On another note, I was quite pleased to receive some assorted AG Minis items from eBay. The bed is pretty cool -- sleek and metal. The coat hooks and magazine holder have come in handy! The new wooden asymmetrical side table is Concord Miniatures, and quite neat. Also, I like my new Tech Decks, found on sale at Target!

Credits: Vintage 1/144 houses from eBay; white 1/144 house from Drap; bed, coat hook, floor lamp, and magazine rack are AG Minis; mini dresser at foot of bed is a vintage eBay find; little toy cat is from the store at the Contemporary Art Museum in Barcelona; little toy light is Re-ment; skateboards are Tech Decks; side table is Concord Miniatures; bedside lamp is vintage German; plant is from a rummage sale; retro chair with yellow cushion is vintage Petite Princess; tables for 1/144 houses are from the Villa Sibi; chair under white house, artwork, and glass coffee table are Bozart; Barcelona Chair is Reac; rug is from The House that Jacq Built; accessories from AG Minis, dollhouse store in Paris, and Re-ment.

Re-ment: The sewing kit on the glass coffee table is from the Primary School Stationary set #10 and is good for 1:12. I bought the travel coffee mug and little toy light a la carte from, so I am not sure which sets they come from -- I'll keep checking. In any case, the coffee mug is too large for 1:12, much better for 1:6, and the light is intended as a mini, so it's sized more for 1:24.

UPDATE, 7/29/09: The travel coffee mug is from the Fun Meals # 7 set, Morning Grab N' Go. Still searching for the toy light.

UPDATE, 8/9/09: The toy light is from the Beauty Storage set, #10, Display Shelf.