Friday, October 30, 2015

You knew it was going to happen

Ruh roh!

       "This is not acceptable behavior!" said Grand Papa's sister.

The other guests were wondering what was going to happen.

 Grand Papa was frog marched out of the library by the women. 
"It's tea parties for you where we can keep an eye on you" they said. They were NOT pleased.

                                   She thought it was funny.

(the chauffeur filed a work mans' comp suit against Grand Papa. Oh wait this is Victorian times. There were no workers' rights yet. The lower class servants were slaves who could be dismissed at a whim with no reference, and starve to death) 

 Look for the union label...  

I had to get this up because I am headed to the Bay Area tomorrow to visit my Little Assistant.  Cheers CM

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Porcelain dolls with wrinkles...(The Visitor)

Grand Papa has a sister. She is very serious, very pious and industrious, She does not always approve of him. BUT she has a lovely green dress.

In Victorian times, when women could not expose their ankles, some refused to say "table leg", and some went as far as to crochet covers for piano and table and chair legs.
I grew up during the "Summer of Love", myself...

Grand Papa's Sister has great pantaloons though she'd be horrified if she knew I was showing you. No one but her personal maid saw them.
Well, we will see what  happens when she shows
up at the Christian Hacker house for a
Cheers CM

Monday, October 26, 2015

Its getting dicey

The new billards table was impressive. Everyone was happy, and  
 you could hear the billard balls clicking merrily on the felt until Grand Papa started losing.

                           Grand Mama had to come in again.

 "This is your LAST CHANCE she instructed him" showing him the Backgammon table she found. "I don't imagine you can do too much damage with dice."


Nobody wanted to play him so the Chauffeur was drafted as he was in Grand Papa's employ.

This little table was made by HELLO DOLLY miniatures in
                                Taiwan. Maybe in the 1960's?

Cheers CM

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Trouble in the Christian Hacker...

Antique Billards Table...

Suddenly the bird started fluttering in it's cage in the Salon of the Christian Hacker house.

Uncle  ?  (forgot what name I'd given him, will have to go to previous posts to find out) leapt up upsetting the card table.."how can there be 5 Aces he roared!"

Grand Papa jumped up to defend himself.

"My dear brother," Grand Mama arrived to explain, "House rules are my husband cheats, were't you made aware of that?" She shot her son in law a look. "Didn't you explain Cheswick?"

 So Grand Mama found this antique pool set. Notice the cue stick rack. The numbered balls and the triangle.

         It even has little net pockets that really catch the balls.

Play begins.

          Uncle mutters under his breath, but peace is restored. (I guess he will just be "Uncle".)

                                         Cheers, CM

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Ta Dah!

My chandelier in one of Susan of
dollhouses. Love that wallpaper! Oh the trunk and Schneegas furniture too.Cheers CM

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Chandelier for the Christian Hacker Salon

       The red chandelier is finished for the Christian Hacker Salon.

  Note how I finally mounted the family portraits on the walls.
            They are all of dolls from other doll houses. The black haired Parian doll in the front left is unusual as she is smiling. Even thought it looks like she spilled tea on her skirt...

The ornate bathing screen is relatively new to us and made the journey to New Mexico intact.

And of course there is tea even though it is setting on a Tynietoy table that really belongs in Pennsylvania... I like the faux marble top. It technically isn't old enough for this style house.

But the Christian Hacker made it to New Mexico! So here are a few pictures of my Casita. These are the main Gates to my friend's house.

                             Fountain in the front courtyard 

                                         My little gate.

    My screen door design symbolizes the clouds and the rain.

                       The fountain in my yard by my veranda

More of New Mexico to follow in later posts.
Vaya con Dios, CM

Friday, October 2, 2015

Uh oh...



Don't even ask me where I cut those red beads from... let's just say I am probably headed there anyway... 

Oh my little assistant would like these beads.They come in the same little shake containers baking candies do. Oh this can NEVER be around the boys... I could use my Little Assistant's little fingers though.

OK helpful hints.
1. Some glass beads do NOT have the hole. Stop trying.
2. If you drop them they bounce off your plate or tray so if you re doing this in bed you will get up tomorrow with random embedded beads on you.

Getting there, now to locate a large metal circle, like a key ring?
OMG need to go to Walmart and buy hoop earrings!

Look what I found in a drawer...


                                     GRRRR! Too thick.
Actually found one lost earring... too thick. This is the point of miniatures where you just start tearing the house apart. Tomorrow Ace Hardware opens at 10 am. I can make it till then...

Keeping it level is very important so hanging it will be interesting.

Went to a bead store today. Remember I am in New Mexico USA.
Oh my!  But found chain and a whole lot of beautiful native jewelry...
                             Update: Final version Cheers C