Monday, December 29, 2014

Goodbye 2014! Only 368 days till next Christmas!

Happy New Year! Welcome 2015!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Mom watched the kids play with their new toys while the turkey cooked

Mom got a new apron and kitchen mitts! (This is the 1950's).
Hope you fared better! 

 "It's true, Christmas can feel like a lot of work, particularly for mothers. But when you look back on all the Christmases in your life, you'll find you've created family traditions and lasting memories. Those memories, good and bad, are really what help to keep a family together over the long haul."
Caroline Kennedy
Time to relax! Good job parents. (and Santa). Cheers CM

Monday, December 22, 2014

Everythings good 2 go at the North pole!

German Kitchen room box with Gottschalk white furniture

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Happy Festival of Lights!

Happy Hanukkah to a my Jewish Friends! 
So I only had birthday cake candles to light when I took this picture and one of my friends commented, "Celebrate,but don't burn the house down!" CM

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Mini takeover

After reading Susan's comments on her blog Susan's Mini Houses
I had to Google Harrod's displays that Mitchymoo mentioned. Way cool. I think this was 2013.
I'll take 3 London Eye Ferris Wheels, please... to go.

You can Google Harrods to see all current and past window displays.

Have you noticed too in the opening montage scenes of the BBC's Sherlock, how they show the city of London in a shift photo making it look miniature? Love it! CM

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The Bletchley Circle

I am a fan of the BBC production "The Bletchley Circle". It tells the story of  the women who worked in this famous WWII code breaking department in England and the lives they faced after the war as they returned to the more restricted roles of housewives and office workers (or not). I was delighted to see this scene of Mother and Daughter playing with a Triang Dollhouse. What a clever touch to make a current drama seem so of it's period. Kudos to their prop person.

Triang Dollhouses made in England by the Lines Brothers are quintessentially English. There is a lot written about them and as they were one of the first mass produced dollhouses many are in existence today. There are many models. To see more go to Flicker: and enter Triang Dollhouse.

I used Doltoi furniture in this one and some Deco looking Strombecker.

I liked the scale of Tootsietoy for this smaller scale even though it is American made.

Their rooms were made of heavy wood and their facades were of metal. Originally they had cardboard roofs with later styles being made of plastic. They came with decals for decoration.
Fellow bloggers Rebecca, The Shopping Sherpa and Beatrice have wonderful ones in their collections.
My cardboard roofed one has the name "Judith" scratched into it so to honor that past child we call it Judith's House.
My favorite inhabitants of these houses are of course The Grecon Dolls,

There is more on Triangs than I can put here but I was so excited to see it in The Bletchley Group scene. (used with absolutely no permission of the BBC, SHHHH, It's very hush, hush...)

Code name: Dollhouse  Lover
UPDATE: today is 12/7/14 and I found this on ebayuk have a look and drool,

Dollhouses Past and Present ezine also has a time line with pictures

Monday, December 1, 2014

Holiday Stress?

What is going on with Mrs Santa????

Update: Well Neen, this is the Caco dollhouse doll version
of  Mrs. Clause

Oh deer what a work load! They say behind every successful 
man there's a woman.

Although I have seen her celebrate New Years after the holiday rush was over.  CM