Sunday, November 22, 2009

Holiday of thanks

Thanksgiving is the holiday of peace, the celebration of work and the simple life... a true folk-festival that speaks the poetry of the turn of the seasons, the beauty of seedtime and harvest, the ripe product of the year - and the deep, deep connection of all these things with God.
~Ray Stannard Baker

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Lexington 's "Southern Lights" Exhibit

My miniature NAME club - " The Bluegrass Miniature Society" of Lexington, Kentucky
will be part of the upcoming " Southern Lights" event held during the holiday
season at the Kentucky Horse Park

( click below and you will go the site for more information)

This year I am taking my "Bluette" building. I won this beautiful building/dollhouse in a raffle during the NAME Virginia Region Houseparty Day several years ago. When I saw this building, I gasped and when I was told Bluette really made this building I just stood there in awe. I have always known , I could never sit in a class for more than 2 days and build such. I get the squiggles. But this was my opportunity to win such, a few people know how many tickets I bought- yes, I bought alot! I ohhhhh so wanted this building. The story to winning it is great, at first I did not win it. Another lady stepped up with the winning ticket - but after checking- she did not have the right number on her ticket. A mad look at my tickets and YES, it was MINE!!!! I danced, I know I did.

Bluette's signature is on the backside and dated 08/01.
I thought for almost a year- what am I going to turn this elegant building into?

After moving to Kentucky , while watching a documentary about the Kentucky Derby, I knew the building was to become an elegant Kentucky Derby Hat Shoppe. It may take me forever to furnish the inside and find all the elegant hats/furnishing and style of Kentucky but I have begun.

I purchased two hats at this year's NAME convention in Indianapolis. The hat shown in the picture was made by Lori Potts. The Bespaq furniture was just purchased a few weeks ago at the Columbus Miniature Society show from the estate of Frank Lerner. I had wanted these furniture pieces and in fact ,if you refer back to several blogs - you will see two blue chairs in a restaurant in France that I found and loved. To my delight, at this miniature show, I found them - in pink but they are exactly what I wanted.

I have no name yet for the shoppe , nor do I know exactly how I will place the furniture /accessories but that is part of the fun of being a collector/a miniaturist. The building as shown will be on display - hopefully, next year at this time, it will return to the exhibit with many more hats, a few more pieces of furniture and will begin to show the elegance of shopping for a derby hat!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Game Time

The season of college basketball has officially begun--
my husband has been coaching basketball for 41 years....
I have always been and will remain his NO #1 fan...

Miniature table top designers?

Yesterday, while searching for "candelabras", my search took me to this new website
NAPS ON THE PORCH.. a "tabletop" designers dream. I had no idea so many people enjoyed designing tabletops for every occasion under the sun . A true delightful website..inspiration- meaning- I am I only have 4 tables in my home-- where are my boxes of vintage dishes? WHERE MY BOXES of miniature dishes.. what little table tops one could design-- I new challenge/contest for a miniature show/exhibit I do believe..

As I read the blog, I saw pictures of jewelry- sterling silver-off to that site I went . The jewelry is designed by Lisa Leonard. Jewelry for ever occasion your heart leads you to ( you must be a romantic). My favorite 2 pieces shown above... my heart loves both

Two unique sites.. go visit them..

Monday, November 16, 2009

The perfect place to read...

and what am I reading - a huge stack of Architectural Digest magazines...
looking for the perfect area rug(s)...for 2 rooms - looking for inspiration
looking for pictures of rooms/gardens in France
looking for country homes anywhere
looking for a new twist for the month of January and February
looking for a place to go in March/April - other than Florida
looking for new ways to use vintage..
and then I will open a new book about 5 painters from the state of Indiana called the
Hoosier Group" as I never knew there were 5 famous painters from Indiana..

go for a visit- an inspiration for miniaturists

Sunday, November 15, 2009


I found Bliss ABC furniture online for sale!!!!!!!!!!

Will it become mine?

Thursday, November 12, 2009

The darling Colleen Moore

I am on this vintage mission about miniatures and dollhouses for several reasons but to my surprise the other day in rereading old issues of Architectural Digest, I found a picture of Colleen Moore the famous actress whose dollhouse I have seen many times as it is in the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. I had never seen a picture of her in her own home, I wanted to share it with you and a bit of history about a lady whose dollhouse will be cherished forever.

Colleen Moore

Silent film star Colleen Moore was always fascinated by dolls and doll houses. She owned several elaborate doll houses as a child, but later in life her father, Charles Morrison, suggested that she should pursue her passion for miniatures and doll houses by creating the "doll house" of her dreams. Her position as one of the most popular actresses in Hollywood gave her the resources to produce a miniature home of fantastic proportions. Beginning in 1928, Moore enlisted the help of many talented professionals to help her realize her vision.

Creating the Fairy Castle

Horace Jackson, an architect and set designer who worked for First National Studios, created the floor plan and layout of the castle with the basic idea that "the architecture must have no sense of reality. We must invent a structure that is everybody's conception of an enchanted castle."

Moore also enlisted the help of art director and interior designer Harold Grieve. Grieve had designed the interiors for Moore's actual mansion, so he was a natural to create the interiors of her fantasy castle.

By 1935 more than 700 individuals had lent their expertise—including surgical instrument lighting specialists, Beverly Hills jewelers and Chinese jade craftsmen. The price tag for this 8'7" x 8'2" x 7'7" foot palace, containing more than 2,000 miniatures, was nearly $500,000.

All the hard work and expense of creating the Fairy Castle becomes even more impressive when one realizes that the entire structure can be broken down into 200 individual pieces. All of the rooms are modular units that can be packed into the drawers of specially designed shipping crates.

On Tour

In 1935 Colleen Moore's child-like fascination with her Fairy Castle was transformed by the Great Depression into a passion for helping children. She organized a national tour of the Fairy Castle to raise money for children's charities. The tour stopped in most major cities of the United States and was often exhibited in the toy departments of prominent department stores such as Macy's in New York City, The Fair in Chicago and May Co. in Los Angeles. A brochure from The Fair in Chicago promotes it: "A museum in itself—it awaits you—starting November 15th in our Eighth Floor Toyland. You will want to see it again and again." The tour was a huge success and raised more than $650,000 between 1935 and 1939.

Coming "Home" to the Museum

In 1949 Major Lenox Lohr, director of the Museum of Science and Industry, convinced Colleen Moore to have the Fairy Castle make one final journey. She described their encounter as follows: "When I was seated next to Major Lohr at a dinner recently in the directors' coach at the Chicago Railroad fair, he mentioned the doll house while we were having soup, and by the time dessert was served, he had the doll house!"
Today the "doll house" has been renamed the "Fairy Castle" and has its permanent home at the Museum of Science and Industry. The Fairy Castle is displayed behind glass, and the light, temperature and humidity in its environment are carefully controlled to ensure that the artifacts will be preserved for generations to come. Millions of guests have enjoyed their visit to the castle since it first arrived at the Museum, and it remains a timeless reminder of the imagination, ingenuity and craftsmanship of cultures and artisans all over the world.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Thank you

For all our stable, courageous veterans, and for those who still serve, I say a thousand times and a thousand more - thank you.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Things ypur children should do before they grow up or leave home...

Make sure your children have
gone on an automobile trip with you to see the changing fall colors of the trees.

I love this new twist of pumpkins for this time of year .

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Welcome November

I have decided to take on November with a new attitude.. take old November decorating ideas and give them a new twist. Create new looks in 2 scales- real scale and mini scale.... and I have a zillion pumpkins!