Monday, March 13, 2017

Snow day=play day at Brown's Mercantile

Several months ago I purchased a cousin's miniature collection. Little by little I've  I been finding homes for some of them.
There were several items that I knew would be perfect for Brown's Mercantile so I took some time to play with an old favorite. Jack and Rose own the mercantile.. Their daughters Mary and Lizzie can always find a place to play. It's Mary's job to watch over little Lizzie but she loves her little sister and enjoys taking care of her.

Jack, Rose, and Mary are vintage dolls given to me by one of hubby's favorite aunt's. Somehow they are just right for the store. Jack and Rose got new aprons today. They are blue rather than a traditional white because they had a couple of bolts of blue that never sold. 

 I made many of the mercantile's fixtures and stock. The top two rifles, wooden scoops, the blue match holder, and the barrel the checker board is on came from my cousin.
 Looks like Rose is filling an order. Canned goods and a few potatoes - must be for the blacksmith. He's one of the few bachelors in town.

 Outside one end of the store is a bench. Mr. Taylor is stopping to get his chicken feed this afternoon. I wonder who's been fishing?
The other end of the store has a few advertisements. A general store is a lot like an antique shop. Both are good homes for random miniatures and sometimes hold the exact item you need to finish a project.

Monday, February 6, 2017

My newest miniature

Our first grandson arrived last week. Mama and baby are doing well.
 I've been blessed to be able to spend the first week with our daughter, son-in-law, and little Maverick.
 Grammy has enjoyed lots of baby snuggles!

One thing I really enjoyed was being able to decorate Maverick's nursery. We live three and a half hours away but I will leave a little part of me here when I go back home tomorrow. Soon I will get back to actual dollhouse miniatures but right now I am enjoying this time with my perfect little grandson.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Mini making with the smallest Little

 Our granddaughters spent a few days with us. The younger one was fascinated by the toy store book box and wanted to make something. So while the older Little went on an adventure with Papa, the younger Little and I made a tiny dollhouse. We started with the medium sized paper mache house from Hobby Lobby. I cut the back off and made the doorway a bit taller and she painted with her colors of choice. She chose all of her sister's favorite colors.
 She drew bricks on the chimney and decorated the roof.

 Then she decided that it was a winter house and we needed snow for the roof. A bit of batting solved that problem. A little golden Cherub ornament adds interest over the doorway - both inside and out.
 I had two vintage 3/4 scale pieces that were slightly damaged. I dressed the bed with the fabric she chose. She painted the interior with pink, purple, and green paints in a freestyle way. She chose leopard print fabric for the carpet. We had so much fun! I had everything on hand so there was no cost to do this project but the memories we made are priceless. <3 p="">

Wednesday, December 21, 2016


 This is the project I told you I'd been thinking about. I turned this Christmas book box into a toy store. Well, the facade of a toy store anyway.
 The cover - I added the store name as a book title on the spine of the book but forgot to get pics of that. I need to take pictures tomorrow when the glue is dry anyway. I couldn't wait that long to share photos tonight.
 My little girl's winter outerwear came from a variety of sources. Her coat was cut down from the suit coat a Victorian gentleman came in. Her boots came with the owner of Then Again Antiques. I cut them down and dressed them up a bit to look more like little girl snow boots. Her hat and scarf started life as one of my socks. I knew I'd find a use for that cute sock with a hole in the heel.
 You can't tell from the photos but the window display is lit up. Inside there's a fireplace and a shelf with dolls and a teddy bear. You can see Santa's boots in the fireplace as he comes down the chimney.
I will try to get better pictures tomorrow. It feels so good to have had some mini time!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

I'm still here

Hi all. I'm sorry that life got in the way of mini projects and blogging. I have a Christmas mini project percolating in my mind so I hope to have something worth blogging about soon. Thanks to those who checked to see if I was OK. :-)