Friday, August 26, 2016

Free Libraries!

This Small House Tribute has a special place in my heart. My mother was an elementary school teacher and a lover of all things books! I have a degree in Literature and I hold a seat on our localLibrary Board. Two of my sister-in-laws have careers related to Libraries. That all being divulged on a personal level......
I recently had the pleasure of visiting Baltimore. My husband and I took an afternoon to stroll around the Little Italy neighborhood (found a great pizza place, thought we found a great bakery, but alas the girls behind the counter were too busy chatting to welcome us, so we left :( ).Tucked in front of a random building was a delightful house on a pole. I thought maybe a bird house until I looked closer. It was a Free Library filled with Children's books!
In 2009 Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin, built a model of a one room schoolhouse. It was a tribute to his mother; she was a teacher who loved to read. He filled it with books and put it on a post in his front yard. His neighbors and friends loved it. He built several more and gave them away. Each one had a sign that said FREE BOOKS. The movement has spread. The houses are simple to complex. Just another example of how our passion for miniature houses spreads to other walks of life! To read about these delightful 'houses' visit:
Happy Friday. Please visit the site today to do a 'little' shopping! ~judy

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Emmy Award Goes To.....

The TV Emmy Awards coming up next month. We all root for our favorite shows to win. I think there should be an award for 'Best Dollhouse Featured In A TV Show'! Hands down my winner would definitely go to Phoebe's creation in the Friends episode Monica inherits a dollhouse that as a child, she was never allowed to touch. Uptight Monica is unnerved with Phoebe's way she plays with the elegant dollhouse.
You can find several clips on YouTube of this episode that shows both Monica's and Phoebe's Dollhouse. They are fun to watch!
So, which type of dollhouse lover are you? Phoebe? or Monica? Me- I side with Phoebe-I appreciate perfection, but I admire whimsy! I loved Phoebe saying, "Come, dinosaur, we're not welcome at the house of no imagination."
Stop by the site today to shop for 'perfect' MINIS and 'whimsical' MINIS!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

End of Summer

Just a bit of this and that: It is MID August! School has started for some and soon for others (I got the cutest picture last night of my great niece starting first grade); the garden is abundant with tomatoes but has that bedraggled end of the season brown look; I wish I could say there is a little chill at night-but, with temperatures in the 90's every day that doesn't look like it is happening anytime soon; Pumpkin everything is showing up everywhere; and last but not least, these last few weeks of summer always seem to be the time we are forced to concentrate on so much more than our MINIS!
For me, it is the time for the annual Trade Show this coming weekend. A time for MINI retailers to see what the industry has new for our customers and to get wonderful hand crafted MINIS to tempt you with! This show pumps excitement into heading into the holiday season. I have my list of the things you asked me to search for, all of my own crafted products are ready to set up and I am ready to see friends and 'chat' MINIS!
Take a deep breath MINI friends; try to slow down and enjoy the final lazy days of summer! Take some time to concentrate on your MINIS.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Set Design

Todd Rosenthal's inspiration for this remarkable stage design, for the theater production of August: Osage County, was a dollhouse! If you think about it (if you are familiar with the story), a dollhouse setting is ideal for the disjointed, often surreal story of the dysfunctional family.
Yet another way our MINI world has influenced other genres of art! (yea, yea, I know my posts are all over the place, but I like to keep you interested!) ;) Don't forget FREE SHIPPING this weekend on your Dollhouse Miniature Orders! ~judy

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Sweet Savings

Today is one of the sweetest days of the year!

We are celebrating with 
SWEET Savings!
Chocolate is sweet,
and so good to eat!
I like to eat it when I need 
a good treat!

In brownies and cookies
and milkshakes to sip,
nothing can beat it 
but maybe.....

 National Milk Chocolate Day 
with a sweet deal...

Free Shipping* 
on your MINI orders
July 28-31!

See Site for Details:

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Creativity at is best!

This is a re-post from awhile ago. With so many of you joining me lately, I thought it was worth repeating. Seriously, what is more wonderful than creativity, MINIS and fun!
Please show your appreciation for my entertaining you with my stories by visiting my Online Dollhouse and Miniature Store. It is difficult to rise above in this crazy world of retail; and I truly appreciate when you choose my site to order your beloved MINIS! (Applause is appreciated too!) If you share this post please mention my store-it will not show to your MINI friends if you simply share the video this time.
Enjoy the 'little' film! ~judy

Friday, July 22, 2016

Nybelwyck Hall

MINI friends add to your MINI Bucket List! Yonkers, NY here I come! I can't believe this is the first time I am reading about this stunning dollhouse! Nybelwyck Hall created by dollhouse enthusiast Mark O’Banks and gifted to the Hudson River Museum in 2006,is unique for both design and for the glimpse it gives of a dollhouse family—the Van Nybelwycks. Just to tantalize you into going and reading about this phenom of a dollhouse-the name Van Nybelwyck Hall is Dutch-sounding, like other Hudson Valley names, but it was invented by O’Banks when he consulted a oujia board!
Before you head over to my website to shop (see how gracefully I slid a commercial into this post?!), take a few minutes to get your MINI juices flowing and check out the story and photos: