Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas in a vintage way!

 I found the most interesting vintage pictures at this website:

and there was this information about dollhouses!

December 1900. Christmas tree in the home of Wilbur and Orville Wright at 7 Hawthorn Street in Dayton, Ohio, three years before their famous flight. 4x5 dry-plate glass negative by the Wright Brothers.Their brothers, Reuchlin and Lorin had children -- one was an inventor of toys -- hence the dolls and miniatures.What great presents--the doll tea and dishes set, roller skates and some very detailed doll furniture, the train--a classic Christmas!

January 1901. Dayton, Ohio. "Bertha Wright, age five, niece of the Wright brothers, daughter of Lorin Wright," with some of her many Christmas presents. Dry-plate glass negative by the Wright Brothers.

Monday, December 20, 2010


Last year, the 70th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz inspired Harrods department store. It was hard to misunderstand the theme: For the building's exterior, the company commissioned a design team to craft a 12-foot version of the Wicked Witch of the West's legs that looked as though they were peeking out from under the building. The ruby slippers were composed of 46,000 crystals, 500 pounds of glitter and 200 fiber-optic lights. The windows carried out the theme, depicting a variety of scenes from the famous film.
Photo: Iain Murray

Friday, December 17, 2010


And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow,
stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more."
Dr. Seuss (How the Grinch Stole Christmas!)

Saturday, November 27, 2010

For two friends in Virginia

When I saw this picture on the Country Living magazine website, I immediately thought of two of my most favorite people - Joey and Kevin... if I can recreate it in miniature- I am going to make this just for you, this is the perfect 2010 holiday tree for you- A YEAR TO REMEMBER!

Friday, November 26, 2010

My holiday ornaments - the search for....


My entire main Christmas tree is covered with Christopher Radko ornaments.
I search all year round for the perfect ornaments which have a special meaning to our family.
I givce ornaments all year long as gifts to my dearest of friends and family.
My son gets an ornament every year- now at the age of 27 - his own tree has quite the collection- a Caesar, a bar b que grill, Sigma Chi Fraternity, Cigar, White House, Wren House from College of William and Mary, basketball shoe, Deck of Cards, just to name a few- all beautiful glass -hand painted ornaments some are Radko, but all have the Radko look ..
My two nieces have received ornaments from me all the time  I hope these are special ways of remembering  them of something in their lives. I often think of what their trees will look like in their own homes.

I give ornaments for weddings, ornaments for birthdays, ornaments for graduations, ornaments for just about every occasion one could think fact I leave a tree up all year round- the ornaments just change with the time of year.

SO this is the Radko ornament I am looking for .... Alice's Tree..... where are you?

Sunday, November 14, 2010

In my spare time

Due to my husband's health issues, I have spent a lot of time taking care of our flock of Southdown Babydoll Sheep, a rare English "Miniature" breed of sheep. Little time has been spent on "miniatures" of the other kind.
It is very possible come spring time- 16 new lambs could be born. This is Rosie- at her first "show" she was not only the breed's champion ewe lamb but the overall grandchampion for the breed in the ewe division.
She will give birth to her first baby in spring of 2011. I love this picture and still can remember
how it felt to hold and cuddle her.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Medical Issues

For over a week Babette and her family have been dealing with some major medical issues.

A surgery is scheduled ... friends and family members thanks for your thoughts and prayers

... she hopes to be back soon.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A Children's Song of the 1880's

"Come said the wind to
the leaves one day,
Come o're the meadows
and we will play.
Put on your dresses
scarlet and gold,
For summer is gone
and the days grow cold."

-  A Children's Song of the 1880's

Sunday, October 3, 2010

NAME Day in Kentucky

The National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts celebrated Oct 2 as our NAME DAY. Members all across the United States and internationally got together to put together a special "Hutch". The members of my club, Bluegrass Miniature Society invited members of the Louisville Miniature Club to come be with us. The pictures tell the story of what a fun day it was and hutches were actually finished!

Thursday, September 30, 2010


Fall is beginning to arrive- we are in the midst of pumpkin season, breeding sheep, setting out mums, setting up displays around the house announcing that summer has left. Days and nights are cooler - the taste of beef stew, chili and pumpkin bread sounds appealing. My studio is showing signs of witches and santas.
Next weekend, a blessing of the sheep will happen at a local winery which purchased 4 of our sheep( a ewe and 3 lambs). I am working on wonderful sheep miniature gifts to give to those in attendance to remember this event.
This Saturday is also the celebration of NAME Day- were members of NAME will get together and build a very special hutch. My local club will be joined by guests from the Louisville club for a fun day of friendship.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Museum of Miniature Dollhouses and other Collectables Show

Just a few pictures from last weekend's show and sale in Indianapolis, Indiana.
I won a first and two second place ribbons in their show.
I taught a class - broom from the Fantasia movie.
I had a wonderful time with my NAME A-3 region team members 
Shopping and admiring wonderful exhibits!

Thanks to the Museum of Miniature Dollhouses and other Collectibles of Carmel, Indiana.