Thursday, December 30, 2010

Best of 2010   See if this leads you to my flickr set.

You KNOW I'm still learning.

Well... all the news shows are doing the Best of 2010 so why not here too?
Oh oh, they are also doing the worst of. Think I'll just skip that. (Ruh roh, a couple are too grainy and now I don't know how to delete them from the set! It is hard to tell who's who from the thumbnails.)

What am I doing up this early? Someone down the canyon's car alarm went off. I am going to pretend it is a nurse going into work, a great and dilligent humanist, rather than a car burglery (is there spell check on blogging?)

Goodbye 2010
and, Here's to the Best of New Years! C

Sunday, December 26, 2010

I need a new house

This is by Magis, the Metoo kids, Villa Julia. It is 47 x 53 x 63 inches wide. It comes with stickers to decorate too. Click here to see more

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Oh no Mrs. Santa is missing!

Santa is resting up for the big night, but where is Mrs. Santa? My little assistant (my 4 yr old Granddaughter) was over yesterday playing with them in the Victorian house. She LOVES them. But what happened to Mrs. Santa? I have searched high and low and she is no where to be found. I should have frisked the little assistant before I drove her home. I am not kidding, there isn't time to order a new doll. What if Santa doesn't wake up in time for Christmas Eve. Will there be no Christmas this year? Ha! If I told my litle assistant that she'd burst into tears! I better go look some more! C

Credits: Minimodernista bed and lights, strombecker side table, Gerlach brass vase, notecard rug, Andy Allan chair, antique crocheted afgan.MH1 by Wes Christiansen

Update: So I told my elder assistant and in between talking to and texting her fiance and talking about brides maid dresses ad nauseum, she pointed out maybe I should look harder.

The bed is lumpy. I pull back the covers, It's Mrs. Santa!
Whoa someone's grumpy! Get the coffee on!
Minutes later... Oh Santa!
"Your mochachino latte is ready!" Whew! That was close.

Mrs Santa has a PDR kitchen, she can have anything right, so only the best for her. Expresso machine by delph miniatures, French door refrigerator contemporary, unknown manufacturer, silver coffee maker, blender and microwave by mighty world, refrigerator drawing by my little assistant, milk, rement?
Later that day:

She's baaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!  She said to me "Nana, why are these things so wobbly?"
I must say doll houses are good babysitters. We are having a staff party today! My elder assistant wants you to notice the BLING!

Um credits: DDR German sidetable, cheap Santa, Bozart people, Minimodernista bed, contemporary Christmas tree, Michaels plastic wreath placed on top of a beautiful vintage strombecker lamp. etc.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

My New Year Fantasy: Photo project

So here is my ultimate dream scene. It was provoked by a post by Shopping sherpa, Anna-Marie.
I would take bloggers who know one specific house.

1 Lundy
1 triang
1 Atriam House
1 K house
1 Oceanview
1Villa Sibi
1 Seablik
1 Lolly's Citadel

and plug them in with a mini blogger.   Anina, Nicola  of Puppenlochen (sp?), CallSmall, ModernMC, Shopping Sherpa, Pubdoll, Amy, Susan, MiniDork, Rebecca, Oese (glass house?) Me,(MH1) ModernMC, Petite Noveau (Emerson) etc. and do a photo
Oh by holiday, style whatever, hard core design, effusive light and see how each artist interprets the idea in a house they own and are familiar with.

If it were done quarterly it could draw in the mini bloggers who are busy with young children, and new bloggers with a small collection and inspire those of us with time to burn. It would be a uniting mini blogger event! What do you think?

Update: From your emails. Ha ha Oese! No one can understand me in English either!!
Anna Marie: Like a Tour de force of photographs from mini modern bloggers.
Something reflecting this school of thought which is happening right now. I like your idea of a calendar.

Maybe a virtual home tour for charity. I don't know any ideas?? C

Saturday, December 18, 2010

"What do you MEAN you won't fit?"

Old Santa in a new style house.

And I'm the tax man

"You say you want a Revolution..."  what was that legislation you just passed?
Photo from 1/21/10 I use it whenever politics makes me crazy. OK there's a reason it's called "Leftcoast Mini". Ok?
I hope I don't have to stage a mini demonstration to repeal DADT.

credits: minimodernuistas ribbon lamp, Bozart lamp and day bed, childs rubber block from Costco for the side table, dish towel rug, reac chairs, Tomy rubber plant and tv, Beatles CD cover and a filter for the wall.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Post modern Gingerbread houses, MH Matso, we love you Wes Christensen!

So of course I wanted to make a gingerbread house with my little assistant this year. Have you seen the post modern ones? Too cute.
Pubdolls post today made me want to post this.
I thought about using wafer cookies and after searching the market saw these crackers. Matso crackers were the straightest. (eek, rather like stonehenge... where are the Flintstones?)

Well. I did want to add chocolate steps, fireplace and support but... Doh!   or dough? or doe?
Merry Christmas Wes.We love you!

And this one from thisnext!
Check this one out!!!
 and OMG look at these!  YUM! CM

Oh deer! They just keep getting better and better. Check out this ball clock and the Noguchi table and
Eames chair. I think marzipan is the answer! C

Friday, December 10, 2010

PRD Carpet tiles

I finally had time to play with my Paris Renfroe Design carpet tiles. I love them. They have adhesive under them to attach permanently but I like to keep them easy to move. I better go to his website to see what is new

And thank you Paris for letting me write s designer profile of you for Doll Houses Past and Present ezine.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

looking to give a dollhouse for Christmas?

If you know me well, you know I have a 1958 Aljo canned ham style trailer. It currently resides in Taos with a friend. I can't imagine WHY my neighbors don't like it parked in my driveway???
 The funny thing is when I first posted it on flickr, they banned it. Apparently in some languages "dollhouse" has taken on the meaning of, um,  house of prostitution... on WHEELS? no less??? 

So you might think I would want this clever trailer model from the people at Greenleaf. You can find it here: ASC&p=10
But I don't. Or

This clever hippie bus from the same source.

Oese had a good post about little trailers. I will have to go back and find it to put a link here.
 I have already done my hippie scene on

because I am a design fan, friends of mine also send me articles, such as this opinion piece by Allison Arieff from the New York Times: Thanks L who emailed it to me this morning which started this whole train of thought.

and I just want to be perfectly clear to Santa, I'm the one who wants the set of antique knife boxes by Tynietoy.
Have I been good....? depends who you ask. Just easing into the Christmas mood. C

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The tree arrives in the Puppenstube

(Is it Puppenstube or Puppenstuben or Puppenhaus to refer to the doll house?) The family gathers around the Christmas tree mother set up in the living room.
Mother is happy with her work.

Grandpa tells the children Santa will be coming.
Grandma takes the children into the kitchen to bake cookies.
 Brother jumps up when he smell the cookies! Granpa and Father laugh. The children are so impatient.
The little sister wants to put the next batch of Christmas tree cookies in the oven to bake and Grandma and Mother laugh and tell her she is not old enough yet. They reassure her she is old enough to taste them when they are cool.

Midcentury German dollhouse, Caco and Ari dolls. I love these children, they capture the feel of a toddler. DDR furniture.
My daughter tells me every morning my little assistant races out of bed to the livingroom to see if the tree is up yet. My daughter hopes to get hers up this weekend. Meanwhile we have the little trees going up.
Update: Thank you Rebecca for the clear explanation. See comments below. C