Saturday, June 25, 2016

Crooked House

There was a crooked man and he walked a crooked mile,
He found a crooked sixpence upon a crooked stile.
He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse.
And they all lived together in a little crooked house.

This crooked dollhouse certainly shows we MINI folks are only limited by our imaginations! Find something to spark your imagination today! We have everything you need to take your creativity to the moon and back!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Silly Saturday

Happy Silly Saturday MINI Friends! Hmmm, could we title this "Working on MINIS?" However you use MINIS as your inspiration today, stop by and do a 'little' shopping. It is the FINAL day for FREE Shipping. Check it out! ~judy 

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Dollhouse Fashion!

Happy Silly Saturday MINI Friends! Um, I know I bring you stories about dollhouses being seen in everyday life, but, ah, this is to an entirely different level! Any fashionistas out there who want to WEAR their dollhouse?

And, don't forget you receive a FREE gift with all orders this weekend! Check it out.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Freebie Friday!

It is Freebie Friday!
Receive this quality 1" scale dollhouse miniature set of canisters
with your order this weekend! 
No code needed!
All orders received June 10-12 
will include this MINI gift!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Summer Reading!

With the school year coming to a close, start your children's Summer Reading List with the beloved book, The Doll's House by Rumor Godden, illustrated by the wonderful Tasha Tudor (who herself had a remarkable dollhouse!). It was my mum introducing me to this delightful story that started my passion and fantasy with miniatures. Literature and miniatures go hand in hand. So many of us create miniatures inspired by literature. There are many wonderful children's and young adult's examples of books with the theme of dollhouses. The list is endless: The Borrower's, The Doll People, Secrets In the Attic......etc. Light the passion in a young one this summer!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Small Stories: At Home in a Dollhouse

I sat down last evening after a long day, ready to watch the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup finals (Go Pens!). I paged through my local paper during pregame gab. I was PLEASANTLY surprised to read an unexpected article about DOLLHOUSES! I did not know anything about this exhibit. The National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., lets visitors time travel in this tiny world through the new exhibit “Small Stories: At Home in a Dollhouse.” It features 12 dollhouses from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England, that contain amazing pint-size furnishings. But the curators, or those people who put together the exhibit, also wanted visitors to know the characters.Very interesting. I encourage you to take a few minutes to read the article and also view the photos from the museum.

It has been a busy week for all with end of the school year, graduations, gardens etc. Show me a 'little' love during this busy month and stop by the site to do some shopping please! Enjoy the story......

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Rainy Day!

Only people enjoying this rainy day today are DUCKS and MINI shoppers!

Friday, June 3, 2016

New MINI News!

New MINI News went out today! Fairies, Outdoor Furniture, Garden Accessories and More! Everything to decorate all of your miniature projects for the Summer Season!

Read Here:  MINI NEWS!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

On Location

This story seems right out of a Hollywood Movie.....cue the music, pan the cameras (not sure if that is really a term, but it sounds good!), ready, set, action......
In 1936 Joe Pelkofer, owner of Hollywood Cabinet Company, came up with a project to keep his employees busy during slow times. Not simply employees, Master Craftsmen cabinet makers.  He had them building a detailed recreation of Hollywood landmarks in miniature titled On Location.  The detail is described in an LA Times article in 1986.  Oh how I would have loved to witness this creation which seems to have been built with passion and respect; not to mention hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Here are a few excerpts from the LA article which can be read in it's entirety here: A Little Magic Returns: Miniatures Re-Create Hollywood of the 1940s

In Pelkofer's own words regarding the display:

"I met a lot of stars because of it," Pellkofer said of his display. "But I didn't build the damned thing to see a movie star. I built it just because I felt like it. And because Hollywood is Hollywood. It's magic. You could pick any other city and who would care? But Hollywood in the '40s was still a live city. It was really alive. That's why we built Hollywood. Hollywood was known all over the world. It still is."

This description truly intrigues me:

"We even had a man sitting down at the ocean (in Malibu) with a stopwatch timing the waves, so that in the miniature they would be just right, not too fast, or too slow," Pellkofer explained. "There are about a dozen hand-carved rolls of wood with steel rods through them that turn to show the waves rolling. That was tricky."

Here is the part that sounds as though this was a movie in the making all on its own.  According to an auction catalog from 2010 (on where I took the photos from to share with you), 'Pellkofer's Series of Miniatures toured the country from the East Coast to the West Coast to help raise funds for charitable organizations and at one time they were stolen from a location in Oregon and then found in a police station in South Carolina. After many years of being stored in a barn in La Habra the Miniatures went on display for the public to view in a Hollywood location in the 1980's. The Miniature Movie Studio is a very detailed composite of Hollywood's Movie Studios of the late 1930's and early 1940's. Due to storage, the age and the history of the Miniature there is restoration work that does need to be done to make the Studio Come Back to Life, once again. {L 70" x W 50" x H 15"}'

This is one of those miniature stories that has me curious on so many levels.  Simply reading the LA Times article and finding the listing on the auction site, I now want to know who bought it, did any of you see it, what scale is it considered (the article states it is a scaled model), where is it, oh so many questions!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Dare Day!

Today is National Dare Day! Most likely originated in Dare County, England, this is the day for challenges! I 'Double Dog Dare You' to find some irresistible Dollhouse Miniatures on! Corny post for the day, but a girl has to market any way she can! (and why the tasty treat photo to use today.....well another thing to tempt you to visit! ;)