Saturday, May 31, 2014

Welcome Summer

Although it's not officially summer yet, as of yesterday it's summer break for the kids.  Since we have been having such beautiful weather I decided to do a scene with a bright summery feel.

The oil painting is from Nu Fine Art on Etsy.  I just love the colors and the texture. The sideboard, yellow poufs, nelson styled clock, rug and Fornasetti styled plates are all from The Shopping Sherpa, the vases are Jonathan Adler for Barbie, the sofa, coffee table and larger pillows are Kaleidoscope house, the gerber daisy pillow and hanging light are by me, the Chaise is Reac, the silver lamp is from Minimum World and the side table is from Modern Mini Houses..

Happy Summer!

Thursday, May 22, 2014


Attention all modern and mid-century modern miniaturists and anyone who likes beautiful well made miniatures:

Patie at Minisx2 is having a 20% off sale!

Get it while it lasts!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Undersized Urbanite Winners!

You'll never guess who won the Undersized Urbanite contest in the experienced division...That's right, yours truly!  I'm so excited!

The runner up was the awesome Lyssa of Can't Have it Big, Make it Mini!

You can see the details of her build here. She didn't miss a single detail!

The runner up in the Newbie Category (has not done a dollhouse before) is:

Elizabeth at Wishcraft Studio

And the winner in the Newbie Category is:

 Annejuli at The Road to Beacon Hill!

Congrats to all of the winners!

All of the entries were great!

And a HUGE Thank You to Christina O at Little Victorian for hosting the contest!It was loads of fun and fun do do something a little different!

Monday, May 12, 2014


I'm having a sale at my Etsy shop right now.  Just enter code SPRING20 at check out for 20% off!

Here are a few things I have listed:

Friday, May 9, 2014

Cruising Ebay

The other day I saw that  Megan from Modern Mini Houses posted that the Citadel from Lolly's was up for auction on Ebay again, so I decided to take a look to see what other modern dollhouses might be up for auction.  

Here is what I found.

 A geodesic dome model.  This would make a really cool modern dollhouse.
An unfinished raised ranch.  However as far as I can tell, it's really just a model.   I don't see any way to open it to arrange furniture or decorate.

The rare Rundquist Summer House.  I'm in love with this one!  The thing that concerns me about this kit is that many of the pieces are made of foam core and would probably have to be remade with wood for durability and stability plus the steep $500 price tag. If it were cheaper, I'd buy it!

An unfinshed assembled adobe house.  This could also be made into a very cool modern house. I love the flat roof and simple lines.

This tiny 1/4" scale modern house kit.

This nifty sun room.

By the way the Citadel went for a measly $150, someone got a real steal! I do feel bad for the seller who had to sell it though.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Undersized Urbanite: The Groovy 70'sPad is Done with One Day to Spare!

I didn't think I would actually get the 70's pad finished in time...but I did it and a day to spare!  Whew!

 The roofing is corrugated aluminum with an one a inch aluminum channel to finish it off at the top.

The original A-frame kit originally had the whole center part of the back open, but I added some dividers and windows to give it a more modern feel.  I used 1/4 thick plexiglass for the windows because it's the same thickness as the plywood used for the walls.

 The kitchen wallpaper has little forks, spoons and knives in the center of all the dots.  The kitchen unit is not a permanent fixture.  I made it removable because I intend to use this house for other scenes.  I made the wallpaper from an image I found on Google images.  There is a corded wall phone at the far end of the kitchen.  The doors are non opening, but I love the colors. 

I think the fireplace is my favorite thing in this house. 

The awesome wall clock is from Mitchymoo Miniatures...AKA Pepper.  The stereo is vintage and if you wind it up, the turn table spins.

 I stayed with a round theme for the loving room.  I made the sofa and triple arc lamp.The coffee table is a canister that came with a watch in it (I think).

 The front porch has an outdoor light.  I hid the battery that lights up most of the lights in the house in the wood bin.  The chair is also vintage.  The sliding glass door opens.

The spiral staircase is made with a wooden dowel as the main support.  I cut the stair treads from black plexi and used aluminum tubing between the steps.  I oped not to put on a hand rail because I just like the clean look.


The bathroom fixtures are vintage German.  I gave them a fresh coat of paint because they were pretty well used. I added a shower head and hose to the faucet. I added tile behind the tub.  We wouldn't want the groovy wallpaper to fall off because of the water would we?

The bedding is Michael Miller quilting fabric.  The bed is custom fit to the angled wall.  There is a built in table by the wall with a lava lamp and a telephone. The lamp is battery operated from Minimum World, the picture frame is vintage Petite Princess and the T.V. is a key chain that lights up from CB2

You can barely see the lava lamp to the right.  It is from AG Minis.  There are some vases and an owl on the shelf atop the room divider.  The throw pillow is Kaleidoscope house.  Most of the other accessories are various craft store finds.

There you have it, the groovy 70's pad.