Small Stories: At Home in a Dolls' House

There's a fantastic-looking new exhibition about twelve extraordinary dollhouses, spanning 300 years, from the U.K.'s Museum of Childhood. Entitled Small Stories: At Home in a Dolls' House, the presentation is multi-dimensional and multi-sensory -- not only are there houses, but complementary audio stories about the inhabitants. These stories provide a window on the lives lived in these famous and popular homes from the museum's collection, which date from 1712 to 2001.

Highlights from the exhibition include:

Jennys Home (1960s)

There is also a "Dream House" component of the exhibition, which includes room boxes dreamed up by contemporary designers, inspired by the houses in the show. Here are a few of my favorites:

A Night in the Studio by Ina Hyun K Shin

Room with a View by Nancy Edwards

Wellbeing Bathroom by Roger Arguer

In addition to the houses, audio stories, and designer room boxes, the exhibition website provides access to writings about dollhouses, called "Small Stories." Topics range from conservation, to gender roles, to furniture making. There's also a great blog that gives a behind-the-scenes look at the collection.

You can also access Tweets and online mentions of the show on Storify and see some wonderful pictures on Pinterest.

Pinned from

The book Dolls' Houses from the V&A Museum of Childhood, written by Halina Pasierbska, was produced in conjunction with the show. I've already purchased by copy -- it's available on Barnes & Noble and other retailers in the U.S.

I would love to go see the show in person...maybe by some stroke of luck I'll find myself in London before September 6, 2015!

Please let me know if you have seen it!


The Villa Sibi inspires zen-like moments...I think it's the slatted sliding wall panel along the back of the house and the soft birch color.  So, despite the work environment projected here, perhaps it comes with a certain serenity.

The desk and stool were on my "wish list" for quite some time. They are vintage Brio and came with some wear and tear, but otherwise met my expectations!

The drawer unit is Bodo Hennig, and they are two separate units that are stacked. I had not seen this before, but I liked the pop of color in what is a very practical design.

The wallpaper is from the Paper Source and I love the warmth and pattern.

By the way, there's some beauty in numbers today: 12-13-14!

Credits: Desk, stool, and couch are Brio Mobilia; drawer unit is Bodo Hennig; side table is Re-ment; plant and ladder are TOMY. Accessories are Ray Storey, Paris Renfroe, Bandai, Re-ment, and dollhouse show finds.


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.

Storage Saga

I'm a storage machine. Can't stop. For the past few months (!), I've been working toward a more sane collecting existence. This has extended to my real home as well. We have decluttered and pared down, so I have been reluctant to add new miniatures to my collection. This has meant selling one of my houses (a Brio "Chalet" from 1963) and pushing myself to take stock of everything I have collected since 2008.

I'm probably about 3/4 of the way there. The biggest step was buying a ton of storage boxes from Michaels, which I managed to get on clearance, and filling then systematically. We bought a label maker, and I put it to use!

The next milestone will be arranging to get an old refrigerator and freezer hauled out from the basement. This will free up some needed space for another work table.

All of this is a bit of an excuse why I haven't been posting. The Horrorstor book cover had me occupied until April, and then I jumped into storage mode.

Let's hope I get out...!

Boxed In

I've been exercising some serious willpower and have not bought any new miniatures (and certainly not houses!) in quite some time, primarily motivated by the mess of my collection these days. I bought storage boxes from Michaels and have been boxing up furnishings bit by bit to try to get more organized. I actually went through them pretty quickly, so I will have to get more to continue. Progress is happening, just slowly...

I couldn't help but to arrange a super quick scene in my Bodensee with some boxed pieces.

Within the next few weeks I hope to free up some additional space in our laundry room so that we can move things around and maximize space. There are so many little projects I'd like to get to!

Credits: Couch, lamp, side table, and chairs are vintage German; coffee table is Brio; sculpture is Bozart; rug is minimodernistas. Accessories are Re-ment and assorted dollhouse finds.

ARC Dollhouse

It is always exciting to see new modern dollhouses come to the market. Back in the spring, I was so happy to hear about 3 Star Studio and their new ARC Dollhouse, and subsequent to that, their BUTTERFLY Dollhouse. 3 Star is clearly passionate about modern design and it is great to see them apply their skills to a small scale.

The ARC is a 1:16 scale house that requires simple assembly. Made of plywood and hardwood, the owner has a blank canvas of a house that they can paint or paper. While I was excited about the prospect of decorating my ARC, I knew it would be difficult to choose the decor (so many choices!). So, I let spontaneity be my guide for the most part. I did not have a particular color scheme in mind, but I did have some tubs of sample Valspar paint from Lowes that I bought some months ago because I liked the colors. So this is how butter yellow (nursery), dove grey (bedroom), and forest green teal (exterior) came into play.

The wallpapers in the bedroom and dining area were chosen intentionally for this house. I went to the Paper Source to find papers with a small scale pattern and loved these two. The other wallpapers in silver and creme are trusted designs from my collection, purchased at Kate's Paperie a few years ago.

The flooring on the ground floor is a placemat, and the bedroom upstairs has a delicate pattern from the Paper Source. I used a red patterned scrapbook paper for the nursery floor, but there was a previous iteration that didn't quite work out. I had a circle stencil and used the butter yellow paint to create a circular pattern, but I didn't care for the result. I think I should have done less circles...oh well.

The furniture was a bit trickier...the scale is closest to 1:16, but the curved floor and wall space made it challenging to coordinate pieces together. The bed and light fixture in the nursery are from the walnut furniture set sold by 3 Star Studio, and the rest of the pieces are from my collection. You'll see a mix of vintage Lundby (roof set and coffee table in living room), Strombecker (living room couch and chair and dining chairs), and Fisher Price (dining egg chairs).

I decided not to use the roof embellishments for now. I was thinking that I might use the railing as trim in the front; not sure yet. I like the roof bare for furnishings :)

All in all, this was an entirely fun and enjoyable experience. I also had the pleasure of hearing directly from Krista back in April about the house and what inspires her and her husband Zak at 3 Star Studio.

What was your main inspiration for the ARC Dollhouse?
It was a convergence of two things that led to us making the ARC Dollhouse. # 1 - Having a kid and  #2 - Finding a lovely, little, wooden folding dollhouse at our local used kids-stuff shop for her to play with. 

It literally came to me in a vision. One night, while nursing our little one to sleep, I was keeping my mind occupied by thinking what kind of space I 'wished' she had to play with, and the shapes and layout simply appeared. I saw the interior/exterior space, the arc shapes and curved edges, and I wrote it down. The next day Zak and I started talking about sizes, pieces, lines, shapes, measurements, etc, until we figured it all out. Then we made some test models until we had it right.

How did you approach the design and layout of the house? Can you discuss the choice of materials and the 1:16 scale?
It needed to be very playable for a two year old. The house would need soft, round edges, open and accessible areas and be slightly smaller than a 1:12 scale house. 1:12 houses tend to be big and cumbersome, and not movable for a young players. We decided the modest size of the completed house first, and then found the right scale in miniature to fit that space, which was 3/4 (1:16) scale. Once we saw the size of objects and furniture in that scale, we really liked it and found it is a great scale for little hands. 

The size also lends itself to modest material use, which is an important part of any decision we make, in life and business. We use wonderful, natural hardwoods and plywood from a sustainable family farm in WI. 

What has been the reaction to the house?
We were able to bring the ARC Dollhouse to a craft fair this weekend and show it to miniature fans of all ages. What was most enjoyable was hearing how many people asked how this could be a full-sized space. They immediately wanted to see this space in a life-sized version as they began to play with the small one and imagine themselves inside.  One of the main delights of miniatures is that all ages play with it, young and old love it. Somehow miniatures make it easy to play and enjoy.

What is next for you?
We are so excited to announce our next house - The BUTTERFLY Dollhouse
and the furniture to fit - 

This is a 1:24 (1/2) scale house, and is also very playable for young hands. It's a little more detailed, but still sturdy. And we've made miniature models of each of these - 

We are also currently working on two more dollhouse designs: a cabin and a row house. 
And a little bit about our ideas:
We hope to promote modest, beautiful, graceful, playful, sustainable living for all ages. We love smaller spaces, mid century design, modest living, indoor/outdoor home areas, DIY projects, thoughtful use of resources and - most importantly - intense beauty, cultivating the imagination and great comfort in life! We want meaningful, not excessive, living. We'd love for these ideas to take flight in playtime and family time so that it seamlessly fits into a way to see the world.  In these spaces, we hope that young and old try out all the ideas and colors and patterns and materials they may be hesitant to use in their own 'big' space.  Let's ALL play!  Perhaps this can translate into our 'big' life, too!
Thanks so much to Krista and Zak for sharing their work -- best of luck on future things, and keep those designs coming!

Horrorstör Book Cover

As I hinted in this post, I have been working on a unique and exciting book cover project since the winter. I can finally share it and am thrilled with the results!

Introducing....Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix!

Published by Quirk Books and due out in September 2014, Horrorstör is a murder mystery set in ORSK, an IKEA-like store. I styled and photographed the front and back covers and it was an exciting journey to bring the project to completion. I learned a lot along the way, and am proud of the outcome.

The author, Grady Hendrix, is a writer and former film critic who is one of the founders of the Asian Film Festival. He has written fiction and non-fiction, and Horrorstör is a sharp, spooky ghost tale with a sense of humor.

Intrigued? It gets better.

The book is sized and packaged like a retail catalog, including illustrations of ready-to-assemble furnishings. (I cannot reveal the interior at this point, but the publisher will soon.) The catalog approach was the key inspiration for the cover design, and of course was driven by the story line. I worked with Andie Reid, one of Quirk's very talented designers, and she provided the overall creative direction: the front cover should be a closeup of a showroom-type interior, be well-lit and modern, and employ a blue and yellow accents; the back would be a creepy interior counterpart.

As with my last cover, Dear Girls Above Me by Charlie McDowell, the cover came together after a series of months collaborating with the publisher. While the vision was clear from the beginning, Andie and I both contributed new ideas along the way to produce the best possible results. I tried new techniques and tools with this job -- I bought an external flash and macro lens, which greatly improved the quality of the photographs, and I also utilized Olioboard to help visualize the space and exchange ideas with Andie.

After choosing my trusty Citadel dollhouse as the location, a big part of my job at the beginning was sourcing all the furnishings for the project, which took a number of weeks. The starting concept included a dining scene for the back cover, inspired by actual IKEA products. We gravitated toward these furnishings:

Foto Pendant Lamp

I worked with Patie of Minisx2 on Etsy, and she was wonderful in producing such close matches! We initially incorporated some spooky elements like knives and tipped over chairs:

Unfortunately, none of these pieces were used, since it was decided to do a version of the living room scene on the back instead.

The living room scene was really fun to put together, and the unique shelving unit by Patie nicely tied it all together. It's a great modular piece and so well made. Patie also made the boomerang tables. The Tootsie Roll sofa by minimodernistas was already in my collection and it ended up being a great fit. I chose a few different minimodernistas pillows and the arrow one worked was my way of pointing to the spooky back cover. :)

The frames are from Paris Renfroe, who also provided an arm chair and gorgeous black console, but they got edited out in the process. The plant is AG Minis and the rug is IKEA (of course!). The flooring is Contact paper and worked quite well. I used bright white craft paper for the walls, held up with binder clips. Here is a picture of the work space, which also shows a Lundby hanging fixture, also not used:

For the back cover, I shot the same living room scene, but stripped it of many of the accessories. Andie then did her magic with PhotoShop and transformed it into a mirror image of the front. It's an utterly dark and murky scene, with all new details by Andie on the floor, walls, and inside Patie's shelving unit. So clever!

I hope you enjoyed this cover reveal and I am happy to be finally in a position to share the news. The book is available for pre-order now on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and is also available on KindleNook, and eBooks. Also, the Book Smugglers site  is doing a giveaway -- go enter now!

Kaleidoscope Art

It was fun to pop into the Kaleidoscope House for a quick scene this weekend. It is one of my favorite houses, mainly because of the colorful shadows and light, which can inspire but also challenge interior decorating.

This scene was primarily motivated by the very cool "painting" by Jaime Derringer hanging on the upper level. I've admired Jaime's work for a while, and have one of her (1:1 scale) drawings. Jaime is the founder of the highly influential blog Design Milk, and also creates colorful abstracts and sketches actively.

My "painting" is actually a work entitled From Above it Looks Like a Giant Mess that Jaime posted on her Instagram feed. I immediately loved the color scheme and energy; I printed it out, edged it with some washi tape, and it was good to go!

What's been motivating you lately???

Credits: Couch is minimodernistas; boomerang table is by Patie of minisX2 on Etsy; side table is; chair is by the amazing Pepper of MitchyMoo Miniatures; bookshelf is by Lene of Dragondee; plant is AG Minis; rug is IKEA; lamp is by Maryann Roy. Accessories are Bozart, AG Minis, Re-ment, Jazams, Dragondee, and minimodernistas.

The time it took me: 40 minutes

New Acquisitions: Adrian Cooke and Kitty Puppenmobel

I know, quite a combination of acquisitions here...but I like the unexpected nature of this, and it speaks to my inclinations as a collector.

This soft metal chair set was made by Adrian Cooke of the USA in the late 1800s. I've seen these chairs before in reference books and on other blogs so they caught my interest when they popped up on eBay; my best offer price of $30.99 was accepted. I challenged myself to use the chairs in one of my midcentury houses, which was fun.

The Kitty Puppenmobel pieces came in their original box, very cool. Also bought on eBay, the set, which dates from the early 1960s, was a best offer purchase of $18.99. These pieces were not as difficult to use in one of my houses, but the light blue and yellow colors were a bit of a challenge.

Any new "opposite acquisitions" lately? Do you like to collect like this too?

Credits: Adrian Cooke scene: table by PRD Miniatures; globe lamp by minimodernistas; cabinet is vintage German. Accessories are Dragondee, Re-ment, Michaels, minimodernistas, The Shopping Sherpa, and Lilu Shop on Etsy. Puppenmobel scene: table is Ryan's Room; arc lamp is an eBay find; initial pillows by Dale's Dreams; side table by Patie of minisx2. Accessories are K. Delaney, Ray Storey, and dollhouse show finds.

The time it took me: 45 minutes combined

A New Midcentury Dollhouse

Whee! A new midcentury style dollhouse has made its debut! The 1:16 scale laser cut ARC Dollhouse, designed by Krista Peel of Three Star Studio, is intended to be a simple and sustainable canvas for dollhouse play. I was thrilled when I received an email from Krista announcing the new house, and eagerly await it so that I can share it with you.

It comes flat-packed and looks quite easy to assemble. The house also comes with either baltic birch or walnut furnishings, and there are many possibilities for customization. The house retails for $65 on Etsy, the baltic birch furniture is $35, and the walnut/plexi set is $50.

The house has already created some buzz in the 1:1 design world -- Design Milk wrote about it this week. Hopefully that means that there is more to come!

I intend to share more soon.

Toy Fair 2014

The new Paul Frank line from Tynies
A highlight of my winter is the opportunity to attend NY NOW and the Toy Fair, which occur at the Javits Center in New York City in late January and mid-February, respectively. I've attended both over the past few years, and always have a great time learning and looking at the latest products from toy, gift, and lifestyle manufacturers around the world.

Weather got in the way for me this year, however, and I unfortunately could not make it into the city for the NY NOW show :( I really did try to make it work, but we've been hit by loads and loads of stubborn snow, ice, rain -- you name it -- and there was no way I could go. There is the summer show in August to attend, though!

SO. I was intent on getting to the Toy Fair. As you may know, these events are enormous...hundreds of vendors, aisles and aisles of booths, and crowds of people. I've developed a bit of a system over the years that works pretty well for me.

First, I attend as press, so I am able to strategize on my visit in the press center, with access to the show catalogue and a place to sit and store my coat and extraneous stuff (very important -- you don't want to be carrying lots of stuff around).

Then, I look through the catalogue to determine which vendors I want to see. I know many in advance, but then there are always new ones to discover. The vendors are organized by "Product Zones" (Action Figures, Board Games, Dolls, Youth Electronics, etc) and are grouped according to these categories. The row numbers range from 100 to 6400, and increase by 100 from row to row. That is A LOT to see. To focus my visit, I create a written list of vendors and numbers and then put them in numerical order. Sometimes I make appointments in advance, but this time I did not.

Then, I head on my way and usually spend 4-5 hours total going to my planned booths and others that I see by browsing . This year, I brought my camera, which worked much better than my phone!

Here are the highlights!

Safari Ltd

Safari Ltd makes very high-quality and realistic plastic replicas and it was great to see some new pieces from the Good Luck Minis and TOOB lines.

For a Southwest-inspired interior, perhaps??

I am in love with the American President busts!


I did not make it in to the Playmobil booth last year, but managed to visit it this time around and it was great. The booth is organized by month and displays new products appearing in those given months. One of the showcase pieces was a shopping mall, with a variety of stores and innovative accessories and people. Did you know that three years ago, the company decided to make the bodies more realistic? You can see this especially in the head and feet.

A wedding cake!

Look at the boxed mini Playmobil!

Check out the mini house!

Cool tents and accessories

All in all, some really terrific stuff coming this year.


The Maisto booth was fun. I've used Maisto products in the past -- they are a die-cast toy company that makes extremely high-quality cars, bikes, and other vehicles in a variety of scales, including 1:12. 

They were showing a new line of Harley Davidson and "Sons of Anarchy" 1:12 scale motorcycles. Fabulously detailed. Very cool.


I had to stop in at one of my favorite booths -- the very creative bunch over at AREAWARE. They were showing some new Cubebots: Ninjas! I saw Owner Noel Wiggins, and he commented that they really needed the bots in black and white, and Ninjas seemed the most appropriate nomenclature. I agree! They come in sizes Micro and Small.

Noel also showed me a new product, Blockitecture, which was designed by the student winner of Rochester Institute of Technology's annual design competition. You create constructions by balancing the colorful blocks at challenging, cantilevered angles. Clever!

Lille Huset

Alyson Beaton, the whiz behind the paperboard dollhouses of Lille Huset, was showing for the first time at Toy Fair. It was great to see her there with some new offerings, including a graphically awesome barn and some new furniture and people, part of the new "Brooklyn" set.

I look forward to seeing what's next for her!

Urban Canvas

I popped over to Urban Canvas next, a relatively new company started by interior designer Maria Chee that aims to encourage creative, expressive play with paperboard dollhouses and structures. It was nice to see a few new pieces in her collection, namely a modular set of shops and a bistro.

The walls can be configured and colored according to one's imagination, and then be packed away!


Roominate, started by two female engineers with a Kickstarter campaign, was developed to encourage young girls in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math). The dollhouse sets are modular and wired, so you can build a range of structures that are powered by motion or light.

The product has experienced a great deal of success in a short time, and is continuing to expand its offerings.


Tynies are simply awesome. They are very detailed glass figurines that come in a variety of designs. I use them in my scenes a lot, and luckily my local toy store carries them. The collection just expanded with a new Paul Frank line, as well as some very yummy looking desserts.

Their packaging is changing, for the better I think. Currently, the pieces come in small plastic boxes that can be tricky to open (see above picture); the new packaging is a snap sealed plastic shell that stacks. A definite improvement!

MiWorld by JAKKS Pacific

The last stop of the day was at the JAKKS Pacific room, where I wanted to have a quick look at the MiWorld play sets (see my review here).

I was told that a new set is forthcoming -- cannot say which one, but definitely a high-profile brand. Look forward to that.

Whew! That does it for this year's review. Hope you managed to stick with me through this lengthy post. I'll leave you with a final few pictures from a sweet line of cloth dolls called Pocketopia. The creator, Rita Ross, has put together a lovely collection with personality and care and was showing for the first time at Toy Fair.

Keep creating, people!


The book cover project has been keeping me very busy these past few weeks, so I have not had much time to play around with my collection. It shouldn't surprise you that I have created a monumental mess as a result of this new endeavor since it entails lots of setups and accessories; I have definitely fallen behind in my mini house-keeping. There's furniture all over the place, tiny cups and saucers, books, shoes, rugs, you name it. To be fair, the mess was out of hand before I started the book cover, but now it has reached crisis proportions!

The chaos gives birth to some progress, though. I bought a new macro lens and flash for my Nikon camera and have been enjoying them.

The flooring is made of pieces broken off a placemat!

Do you ever switch up your equipment to produce different effects? I'd love to hear about your experiences.

Credits: Desk is by Patrizia Santi; chair is by Patie of minisx2; light is vintage Lundby; shelving unit is PRD Miniatures; round chair is CB2, spray painted black. Accessories are Re-ment, L.Delaney Miniatures, Ray Storey, Dragondee, Michaels, vintage eBay and dollhouse show finds.

The time it took me: 57 minutes

Midcentury Metal Dollhouse Furniture

I love pieces that involve a bit of research. In the past, I have acquired houses, room boxes, and furnishings that just beg for more information--where were they made? when? by whom? for whom? It is certainly fun to speculate on these questions, but even more fun (and rewarding) when they are answered.

This time around, I find myself with a mystery set of metal midcentury-style furniture, purchased on eBay ($22). I love the lines of the pieces, and did not realize their true character until they arrived to me.

These are incredibly heavy and sturdy. There are seven pieces in all: a tulip-style table and two chairs; a lovely Windsor-style bench; a large coffee table with recessed lattice work; and two side tables. The heftiest piece is the tulip table, which probably weighs about 8-10 oz. The material is the same for all of the pieces, a very dense metal with a matte sheen. Everything looks handmade, with soldered joints and well-constructed lines.

As you can see, the pieces have suffered some scuffs and show marks from adhesive price tags, but otherwise they are in really good shape. I have to believe that they are vintage pieces based on the style and the patina, perhaps from the 1960s?

Has anyone ever seen pieces such as these? I checked in all of my dollhouse reference books and did not see a match.

Any ideas on possible refinishing? I am torn...on the one hand, I love the patina, but on the other, I'd like to even out the surfaces. I guess a matte silver spray paint is an option, and perhaps sanding is as well.

Or...I could just hide the flaws

Please comment to share information or ideas! By the way, thanks for commenting for all these years -- I started this blog in January 2009 and it has been a fun ride!

Accessories are Re-ment, The Shopping Sherpa and Lilu Shop on Etsy.

The time it took me: 10 minutes

Another Book Cover

A quick post to share that I am designing another book cover! It was a great experience for me to do the cover for Charlie McDowell's Dear Girls Above Me last year, and another exciting project from a different publisher has come my way. I cannot share any details yet, but I have been busy doing a lot of test shots and we are getting close to some final material.

Here's a few snippets!

I hope you are intrigued!

This is also an opportunity to acknowledge some terrific miniature artisans whose work is featured in the current iteration of the images: Patie of minisx2, Paris of PRD Miniatures, and Doris of minimodernistas. Thanks to all!

I will share more when I can...stay tuned!

MiWorld Play Sets

It's no secret in the world of modern miniatures that children's toys present a wealth of opportunities for furnishings and accessories. Right after Christmas, Cindy of Snowfern tipped me off to a new line of miniature play sets carried exclusively for the month of December at Wal-Mart called MiWorld. And then The Shopping Sherpa asked me separately if I had seen them as well, since she was intensely curious about the scale and quality.

The sets are modeled on actual retail and food stores, namely Claire's, Sweet Factory, OPI, Dairy Queen, and Sprinkles Cupcakes. The toys are targeted at ages 7+, and consist of simple, plastic constructions that also snap together across sets (vertically or horizontally), so you can create your own retail mecca.

Both images courtesy of MiWorld

In addition to the stores, there are accessory packs that provide extra minis for all the stores, as well as figures.

Images courtesy of MiWorld

From the website, it is difficult to tell the scale of the rooms and pieces, but it seemed they were close to 1:12.

Only one way to find out!

I managed to get to my local Wal-Mart and picked up their last three sets--OPI, Dairy Queen, and Sprinkles. They were $10 each, which did seem quite reasonable at the time, and then even more reasonable once I went online to eBay! The sets are selling for three or four times that amount -- crazy!!!

I had two surprise helpers: my two boys, aged almost 7 and 11. They had grudgingly tagged along with me to buy my "weirdo dollhouse stuff," but then were excited by the Dairy Queen and cupcakes. So, I was able to engage their help in constructing all three sets to report back to you all on the quality and scale.

First: the sets are all closest to 1:12. YAY! I used a Kaleidoscope House figure to illustrate the scale.

Second: there are some very cute accessories across all three sets. Notable mentions: Dairy Queen ice creams and shakes; OPI nail polishes and rounded chair; Sprinkles coffee cups and display case.

Third: the overall quality is quite good for the price, but there were common flaws across the three sets. The wall graphic stickers, while very realistic, were not evenly applied and bubbled in places. The paper flooring was bent around the edges. The small tables in the Dairy Queen and Sprinkles sets did not snap together and hold securely.

On to the pictures -- there are a lot, to help show you all the details.

The OPI nail salon is first!


This chair is definitely usable for modern mini scenes

Very proud of his chair!

Next up: Sprinkles!

Lots of little stickers...

You can see the flooring and table flaws pretty clearly here

And finally, the Dairy Queen.

What do you think?? I can say that I will definitely use some of the accessories and perhaps a piece of furniture or two. I might even go back to Wal-Mart to see if they have anything left, although the shelves were pretty cleaned out.

Anyone else have any sets? Do share!

And HAPPY NEW YEAR, all! Hope this year brings creativity and joy! Thanks for your ongoing encouragement and support of the blog.