Tuesday, April 10, 2012

not exactly wallpaper

                            New ideas from new mini blogs!
 Yay! My challenge would be to make a scene without PDR or rement. Witness the above. I was trying to think of a wallpaper that would take me outside my comfort zone but mostly I don't like wallpaper at all. I used these 2 squares of glass tiles to  make a modern kitchen. That was wild for me! 

The goods: oh PDR sink, minimodernista table and chairs, rement Milk bottle, Delph espresso machine, mighty world dishes and cafe pot, glass tile floor and wall. 

If you want me I am at http://Leftcoastmini.blogspot.com/ 

xoxo CM

Friday, April 6, 2012

Thank you Carmel doll shop for the Easter card, I have always relied on your exquisite taste!

Update: Here are the flowers I sent my Assistant for Easter, held by the Assistant's husband. (The one who drove the SUV to pick up the Tynietoy House.) They were at his family;s Farm and his little nephew said about the flower arrangement "It looks like a Dog not a bunny!"
I checked the 1 800 web page I bought it from and it was advertised as "and we even put bunny ears on our popular carnation dog arrangement". You just CANNOT fool those farm boys!
I guess bunny ears on dogs IS de riguer this year.

                                   Hope you had a Happy Easter and Holidays!


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Springing about! And more Tynietoy for the Garden

Every Spring I arrange these hand carved daffodil people in my window with flowers. They are made by Rjabnnik on etsy,
and on flickr here.  http://www.flickr.com/photos/rjabinnik/4326871164/

My Little Assistant is especially enamored with them. Bulbs seem so
magical anyway!

     Thinking of Spring and gardens,  Tynietoy Garden pieces are very hard to find. And valuable...

Rare garden accessories made by Tynietoy
from Ann Meehan http://www.meehanantiqueminiatures.com/

 I have the two benches but finding the other pieces is like finding a needle in a haystack! Or as Ann says about rare Tynietoy pieces, "Like finding hen's teeth!"

          Tynietoy Townhouse with garden from a past Skinner auction catalog

            Tynietoy Arch!  Want!   from past Ron Rhoads auction catalog

Benches, lawn mower and planters, rare!  from past Ron Rhoads Auction catalog.

And I am frustrated because I am bi coastal. I am on the West coast and my Tynietoy House is on the East Coast. To see more go to "Antique & Collectible Dollhouses and their Furnishings", by Dian Zillner & Patty Cooper. pages 157-161, Schiffer Publishing 1998.

 I used to think it was hard herding my collection around one house, now I am spread 3,000 miles apart. My plan is to keep the Tynietoy on the East Coast and the Christian Hacker on the West Coast and everything else in in the Attic. But then I miss my MH1. It is the easiest Modern house to use and it is 1:12.

And then you know I have two blogs. This one and Leftcoastmini for my modern design play. Eek. And My budget has been  torn between the antiques dealers and modern designers too. 

Time for some streamlining.  What? How? I don't know. If I can't play in my Tynietoy right now, you know where I'm headed? The real garden. It is Spring. Cheers CM