Monday, November 30, 2009

On the Second Day of Christmas

Hacienda Nativity
Originally uploaded by More2view

In the Casa Hacienda,

Los Ninos were excited by the Nativity

from La Tienda.

Well, in review, November was the first month of my blog.

Uh, 58 entries. Must have had a thing or two on my mind for a while...

We shall see what December brings.... besides Happy Holidays!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Friday, November 27, 2009

Hi Wendy, All the gang says feel better!

We're thinking of you!
Red, this poor little girl came without a face? What to do!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

We are thankful Obama is our President

Obama's house
Originally uploaded by More2view
Happy Thanksgiving to the Obama Family!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Thanksgiving Hotel 09 012
Originally uploaded by More2view
Hooray! A bathtub just her size!

Colette Checks in to The Hay Adams Hotel

The White House is behind me, I'll try a better shot tomorrow.

Hmmm, My invitation from The President and First Lady hasn't arrived yet...

Thanksgiving Hotel 09 010
Originally uploaded by More2view

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Colette looks at the "Villa Sibi" she is giving her daughter for Christmas

Colette got a package in the mail. It is the "Villa Sibi" she ordered for her daughter.
She is sooooooooooooooooo excited. It is so perfect!
Where will she hide it? She really wants to play with it herself!

It isn't clear to me why this picture is no longer here, click on it to go to flickr and I'll work on it. C

Thanks Oese!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

My Assistant prepares to open the package


Little boxes!!! Big smiles.

Uh Oh...

I got a slip in the mail late Saturday saying I have a package to pick up at the Post Office from Hong Kong...

I have NEVER had those Designer chairs before... Could it be? Is it Christmas?

I thought it was Thanksgiving...

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Thanksgiving Dinner by dollhouse kitchen

Pass your plate! The first time I saw this I thought it was my size. (Which is getting bigger every day with all the trimming of Thanksgiving arriving in my house, my friends' houses and my daughter's house).

I am leaving to spend next week with my East Coast daughter in Washington D.C. The Grecons may have to go with me...

I don't think the Grecons will be visiting her Law School, though. I can just hear her,

MOTHER! What are you DOING? Well, at least they should see the White House.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Just for Fun

Little Go Peek

It's all in the eye of the beholder...

My little granddaughter came over to my house. She is very good and gentle with my doll house collection. Mind you, one of this child's first words was "house" and she'd point.

I opened the door for her to my Christian Hacker dollhouse and let her remove a sturdy, little, round hall table to play with. Then I closed and latched the door.

"The sheep" she said. At first I didn't hear her. "I want the ba ba black sheep", she looked at me.

"Charlotte," I replied confused. "There are no sheep in there. This is a house... not a barn". I thought I'd solved it.

"I want to see the baa baa black sheep", she practically wept....

So I unlatched the front and we looked in the house,

My, my. Sure enough there WAS a sheep in there! But she didn't get to hold it because it is made of glass and is an English antique and that was ok with her because she saw the sheep.

Wow I just learned of a new flickr group!

TG 017
Originally uploaded by More2view
My friend Oese told me about a new (to me) Flickr group called "behind the plastic". It has pictures showing what goes on behind miniature scenes! I added my Thanksgiving photo I shot using a family heirloom as the backdrop. Thanks Oese!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Setting the table

Originally uploaded by More2view

The table is a symbol of the home. A symbol of sharing. Sitting together and breaking bread, or cornbread, or turkey, or gravy, or cranberries or pumpkin pie.....

Saturday, November 14, 2009


Originally uploaded by More2view

This scene is placed in front of an antique painting by my relative. It is of the old family home in Ohio in the 1800's.

Thanksgiving: my favorite holiday

My favorite American custom is Thanksgiving. We take the time to be grateful for the harvests of our life. It is also a time we acknowledge the hardships we have had to overcome to survive and the need to share what we have with others to help them survive too.

Well... drag out the Colonial dollhouse.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Vintage Eagle Company Dollhouse

Roof of Dollhouse. It has wheels and spins around. It is VERY fun to play with! Six sides.

Central courtyard.
I think that is a Dol toi fireplace.

Diningroom, and Livingroom

Dol toi table, Spot on sideboard and red chair, Bozart pictures, Mini modernista triple pendant lamp over diningroom table, Marx brown side chairs. Lundby rug.

Spot on livingroom furniture, antique GDR floor lamp, Barton fireplace (?), Mini Modernistas white hanging lamp, Bozart red vase, circular soft block side table donated by my baby granddaughter.
Grecon dolls.

Spinning dollhouse Bedroom, Kitchen, and Bath

Update: I tried another version of the kitchen with Tomy Smallhouse kitchen set.

Update update: Call Small tells me the chair and table set are Fisher Price. Thanks!

Dol toi bed, coverlet, side table and mirrored dresser. Bozart chair, bed pillow and vase. German hanging lamp from Holger Heinrich.

Brimtoy sink and cupboard. Barton kettle and pans.

I love the litho of the shag bathroom rug. Bath tub is currently an upside down refrigerator...

Spinning dollhouse side view

Octagonal dollhouse
Originally uploaded by More2view
This interesting vintage dollhouse is by the Eagle Company of Canada. It has wheels and spins around.

Antique Korbi chair from Curley Creek Antiques

used furniture store

used furniture store
Originally uploaded by More2view

I love the idea of extra furniture piled up and displayed as a used furniture store.
update: I just discovered "St. Vincent de Small" by Charlene Mirabella, on the Shopping Sherpa's blog. Love it! Someday I'll know how to link to it to make it easier to see from here!

update, update: I realized, after going back an looking at older posts from Rebecca's Collection blog that her blog is where I first saw this idea. July, 2, 2009 "The Swanns visit Tim's Second Hand Shop".

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Dear fellow bloggers, I am stressed.

I have been reading blogs for years: Coco and Kelley, Design Sponge, Fleurisita, things I've made, Soule Mama, Green bean baby, Shopping Sherpa, Stitchado, All sorts, grosgrain, Pioneer Woman, and all my favorite dollhouse blogs, (room by room, etc. Just check my blog list from every list and go outward.)

I wanted comments, but I got porn!

I want to leave comments, (witness that I left 2 comments on Susan's minihouse blog, before I even figured out she had an element to approve comments!)

How did you do it? I'd love to know. Please help me learn.

My wonderful children used to help me but one has a 3 yr. old and works in the Richmond School District in California. The other is in Law school in Washington, DC and said, "I love you but I have ten minutes".

Please contact me through FLICKR, at More2view. It must be easy to do this ... Your blogs do so much. I'd love to know how you learned. AND your blogs look so great! Thanks,

xoxo, C

"Honestly, Colette!" her neighbor swore...

"I just told Mr. Blue-green, to get rid of it!"

Colette thought, this is ALL I need.

Then she remembered her gallery was shipping a delivery of old American furniture, modern light fixtures and Mexican textiles to Germany....

Homage to Sue's mini homes blog.

Because the miniaturist blog world is a small one after all... xoxo My Realitty

"Happy Birthday, Babe!" said Jim, "What?"

The kids came home from school

"O M G !" said Colette's son! " What

is THAT thing?"

Her daughter yelled, "MOM!"

"Do you think she'll like it? "Jim asked the guys.

"Who wouldn't" said Jeremy admiringly.

The guys carried the female art form from Mr. Blue-green's house and set it up in Jim and Colette's livingroom.

"Thanks" said Jim to his neighbor, "I was wondering what to get Colette for her birthday! It's a litttle pricey... but what the heck!"

They heard footsteps...

It's all in the eye of the beholder....

"Whoa, You gotta lot of art in here!"
said Jeremy to Jim one day.
"Yeah,"he replied..."My girlfriend
collects it."
Which gave Mr. Blue-green, their neighbor, an idea......

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Abuela at the loom

Antique dollhouse loom
Originally uploaded by More2view

Carlotta is helping her Abuela and learning to weave.

Mexican Doll House

Mexican Doll House
Originally uploaded by Monicamo
This beautiful green dollhouse is supposed to be a copy of a house that once stood in Puebla.

Click on it to read the whole history.

Uploaded by Monicamo Nov. 2007

Hacienda dollhouse

I used a tile saw to cut Mexican Talavera tile for the Cocina.

Pots and pans from a collector on ebay.

Mexican silver set probably from the '20s or '30s.
I see it every once in awhile.

Hacienda dollhouse
Originally uploaded by More2view

This beautiful and unique Hacienda Dollhouse was made by Rodolfo Acosta. He is an artist from Texas and you can see his work at CDHM, a website for artists who work in miniature.

Adios! Vaya Con Dios

My realitty.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Thank you Mini Modern


I have seen the light!

materials used: plastic atheletic shoe box, Marx plastic chair and lamp, headboard marble knick knack laid sideways, pillow ebay craftsman, bed white cardboard box, Buddah from Texas Tiny.

Minimalism is to collecting what socialism is to capitalism. Hey just charge more and use less!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Zaza the Crazy Cat Lady on Flickr by Snailbooty

Click on the link below to enter the world of Snailbooty. He's famous in the doll hacking world.

Check out the 50's tin litho art on the wall!

Zaza the Crazy Cat Lady on Flickr - Photo Sharing! Try this one!

Anyone you know?

Love that tin dollhouse. Marx? Cohen? Nice!

Notice the copious amounts of hair!

Here kitty, kitty, kitty...

Update from pinchofpepper our Tool Guru

Due to many questions about what a dremmel actually is, pinchofpepper sent these photos of her table saw and dremmel. As you can see the table saw is small. No wonder I almost lose a finger trying to use the one in my garage... and Santa I've been good (that's a lie) and I don't have a dremmel...

"Really Susan, they aren't pets" by Slinkachu

This creation of Slinkachu's just knocks me out! This is exactly how I felt about bees when I was little.

I love the juxtaposition of size.

I love how the bee looks like it was just hit. Wow.

Major whimsey goin down here.

From the sublime to the ridiculous.

Which is what going from Christian Hacker's work to contemporary doll hackers might be.

Ever taken a Barbie head off a doll and put it on Ken's body? Come on admit it. Well you wanted to...right?

If so you're gonna LOVE these guys. Talk about creativity! Talk about evocative! Talk about social comment. What better way than using dolls and dollhouses which are distilled representatives of our culture at large. Enough talking... Look at this creation by Tomo.Moko.

1860'S Christian Hacker dollhouse

Yay! More Christian Hackers!!!!!!

Click on this picture to read about it's history. It is part of a fabulous collection, Dolls4marybeth
Originally uploaded by dolls4marybeth

Christian Hacker´s House

1900 House made in Nuremberg. Click on it to see more dollhouses.

This picture was originally downloaded by Momicamo.

Christian Hacker´s House
Originally uploaded by Monicamo

Wow! How beautiful is this?

"Let me show you a Christian Hacker I sold", said the real estate agent,

and she cheerfully entered "Christian Hacker" into her computer.

Antique dollhouse remodel
Originally uploaded by More2view

"Whoa, where is it? I'm getting rock bands and religious screeds?" The poor, aging, not very computer savy real estate agent was frustrated. Which brings me to my next subject.... a sense of humor

Christian Hacker bedroom

Christian Hacker bedroom
Originally uploaded by More2view


Maybe here.

No the lady of the house is sitting down to pen a letter in support of the creation of the Red Cross in 1863.

Which brings me to my next topic...
antique American doll furniture, unknown maker

Vintage German table lamp

vintage German mother doll

The Parlor

Originally uploaded by More2view

Nope, none here.

Though do notice the original flooring and wallpaper. I especially love the trim these old houses had bordering the walls.
livingroom set by Carl P. Stirn Co.

Horsman elderly lady doll,

mourning gown made by A.J. Rowan CDHM

The Dining room

Dining room
Originally uploaded by More2view

No computer here either.

Just very old furniture and German soft metal sconces. This room in between the kitchen and parlor housed a beautifully crafted staircase. I removed it to fit in this dining set. Notice the little sideboard.
antique American diningroom furniture manufacturer unknown

vintage German hall table

antique bottles on sideboard

German soft metal sconces

The Kitchen

No computer here.

Original Christian Hacker stove Chimney unit, unknown wooden table, unknown rustic bench, little german antique pitcher, old bisque maid and butler dolls, Horsman butler and Blond Governess doll from China.

Originally uploaded by More2view