Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Give away!

Just make a comment on this blog and I will add your name for a drawing of this great Mighty World market umbrella. It doesn't matter if you have participated in my other blog give away at http://Myrealitty.blogspot.com/ or we have done a trade. This is a  very cute market umbrella. It would be good to catch the last rays of sun before winter. Or if you are upside down down under, isn't summer on it's way??? It is a little more hunter green than this photo.

What it looks like in use: on the roof terrace of the MH1. I will hold the drawing on Sept. 15th. Good luck CM

Friday, August 27, 2010

Brown and tan

the choice

Chair by Peter Tucker. Ooo La La!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Looking for Art in all the wrong places

This is grafitti from my little town.It is painted on a utility box by the sandwich store and Peet's Coffee.Graffiti as art. Urban expression.

Oh NO! Colette went outside and found the MH1 had been tagged.

What are the tags? What does it say? I can't make it out? Sorry Wes...

"DORK?   OES?  CS?  " Just part of the Urban landscape I guess...well it is My realitty... C

Saturday, August 21, 2010

I thought I was jaded

I just discovered Mighty World Toys. Call Small showed me how to order them and they are such fun. So realistic.I needed plates and  love the little croissants!

But this little cappuccino
maker is what drew me to the set.

Friday, August 20, 2010

The Quest for Mini Art

Where does one obtain Art worthy of Modern scenes? (see post below: "Acrylic table" for blank canvas)At the Gallery.
 This is a difficult house to play with because the designers were seemingly overwhelmed with the glory of plastic. It is so scuptural that it's arrangements are limited even though it was planned to be limitless. I think it is interesting to have this design flaw. The design of the house  is greater than the design of it's inhabitants, in fact dwarfing them. It is telling that the only multi color used in manufacturing furnishings for this house  is in the art pieces for the walls. They mimiced Picasso and other contemporary artists and were realistic though miniature. This showed a respect for that aesthetic though the people were nondescript.(I will discuss how the characters were stereotyped, boys with baseball mitts, and girls with dish towels when I come to it on MyRealitty some time next spring). 
At it's conception it was groundbreaking.I think it was a good 30 years before the Kleidescope house.  For further posts on it go to http://Myrealitty.blogspot.com/  Imagingation House, CM

Update: what I think I am trying to express is about the transition of focus from doll to house. Dolls used to be the
focus with individual and detailed  features. Great attention was put on dressing them. Hair style is one of the reliable means of dating a doll because they were so accurate whether a wig or carefully braided porcelain..(The Thorne rooms are different as they were not  made as a child's toy.) Here you can clearly see the change in balance of importance from doll to house at this stage of dollhouse development.

I would love watch how children play wih the current MOMA model to see if it is fun.  Has anyone observed this yet? C

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Acrylic table

When Shale and I went to TAP Plastics in San Francisco we found many inexpensive little items, like 35 cents!
Shale though this would make a great "floating shelf". I made it a little console behind the couch in the family room . Notice the art books by Amatheria.Perfect for a glass of wine, a little "Mad Men".But what is this?
A blank wall??? I see the light switch on the wall (Delph miniatures) Red couch and chair with ottoman ( minimodernistas) Buddah (Texas tiny) Navajo rug (ebay). elegant fireplace (Wes Christensen)
but something is needed.
Where would be a good little art gallery to go shopping for one of a kind  ( even 19 of a kind)  exquiste art??? Hmmmmmm....perhaps you would like to join me?  CM

Monday, August 16, 2010

"Soonful, spoonful, spoonful"

So we lived in the South Pacific islands when I was a child and my parents had one of those carvings of an oversized spoon and fork on the dining room wall.. These were drawer pulls I wasn't using so a friend cut the backs off for my diningroom in the MH1 kitchen.
This is a photo by http://bp.2blogspot.com/ for fun. I think it's art with a capital A.Mine is decor with a small d. but fun for me, C

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Oese got there first!!!!! Again!

OK! Oese sent me this pic of hers.Folks this is the candle snuffer I "discovered" in the post below. CM

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Today I lost my Ikea virginity

Yes I have owned Ikea shelving and definitely teen room items and my assistant is a big proponent of the children's room but I had never actually been there till today. My first mistake was not wearing a scarf wrapped around my neck European style. Everyone else seemed to know the dress code. Then the second  thing that happened is I felt a need to remodel my kitchen, even though it didn't need it.

Then I entered container land and started losing my mind. Suddenly I felt that my whole house needed reorganizing.These are candle snuffers who looked like they had potential to me for modern mini lighting.About this time an unbidden tune came into my head. I realized I was humming" I have no strings to tie me down..." from Pinnochio. That was when I zipped my purse shut.
"Why?" you might ask was I there. I got a call to arms from Minidork that MAYBE, just maybe the little lights powered by watch batteries might be in the summer sale bin.
Believe me I looked Megan. The cute salespeople who looked about eight years old told me they were definitely gone. Then the boy joked, "You just missed them".. and when he saw the look on my face he quickly added stuttering, "just kidding... it's an Ikea joke..."
I think this is like the famous ghost orchid no one can find in the rain forrests. He said, "We had them... try at Christmas"... sure along with the fountain of youth!
I did see these child size plastic goblets, too cute!And Santa was there too. So it wasn't a total loss But I have to say I now feel I have dual citizenship with Sweden too. Sorry Megan! 
One of the quirky thing about this Emmeryville Ikea is that their lunch room has been written up in food magazines. The food is delicious and interesting but the surprise is the room has one of the best views of the Bay Bridge and the City. It is located right on the edge of the East Bay so the unobstructed view is priceless. Busiiness people go there for inexpensive lunches. (I do suggest you go during nap hours though.)  C.

Friday, August 13, 2010

What is that poster on the frige? Kitchen update

Wish I could go to "Minitura, Where the miniature world meets" I received this notice of the event held Sat. Oct 2nd and Sunday the 3rd. in Birmingham, England.
from Elf miniatures or Delph miniatures. If you are already planning your October, (I am, I think my halloween costume this year will be being a Brinca Dada doll woman, except Nobody I see would get it...)
Please take photos for us. Or Chicago for that matter. Any one going to the Chicago show? Thanks CM

Credits: floor vintage DDR, Kitchen PRD, espresso machine Delf miniatures, contemporary French door refrigerator,Rement starbucks cofeecup, Minimodernistas hanging lamps, artwork My Assistant who isn't very clear that "sharing is caring" as they say in her preschool and will probably say "HEY! That is MINE!".

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

zigzag chair

Photo by Susan Shale from the exhibit at SFMOMA.My version of a zig zag chair made from a cardboard coffee cup holder.Chair love, photo by Susan Halephoto by Susan Hale

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Sometimes people go on trips and bring back presents...

Sometimes these people you love bring you miniatures. For example I now have a Venus de Milo statue in my modern MH1...
I may have to begin a Tuscan Villa project. I am considering knocking her head off to give it that museum look... Hmmmmmmmmmmmm. I mean "Thank you! Sweetheart!". Mommy

(OK we decided it really rocks the Library in the Christian Hacker house. You can see it on my other blog http://Myrealitty.blogspot.com/ which is a more historical look at my dollhouse collection.C)

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Did you SEE this?

It's on German Ebay! Vintage dollhouse furniture.
How good would it look  in the Emerson!   From http://www.ebaydeutschland.com/ item# 250678732724 or search under puppenstube. They ship world wide.Wow. It ends 6 days from today. C

Update: Shale tells me the Emerson is on ebay listed at $314.00. plus shipping.

Update update: Oese you know how I am with measuring... I am glad to be released too! F. aka Lefty
(I still want it...)
Update: it sold for $120.97. If you bought it send a pic. : ) C

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Another DWR Event: in San Francisco

Hooray! It's on the Left Coast!!!

Doris writes:

"I am very happy to announce that Paris Renfroe, MC Modern, Brinca Dada and myself (minimodernistas) have been invited to exhibit our work and collections at the Design Within Reach Studio on Jackson Street in San Francisco. I hope you can attend, as we are all looking forward to meeting those of you who are able to make your way to San Francisco (and "wear flowers in your hair"?). The subject of this event is modern miniatures & houses, and wine and cheese will be served. Paris, Modern MC, Brinca Dada and myself will be talking about our work and answering questions about what we do. Our work will be on display and available to purchase as well.

Here are the details:


Design Within Reach

540 Jackson Street

San Francisco, CA 94111


Thursday, September 16, 2010


5PM - 7PM

Hoping to see you there!

Best Wishes,

Doris Nathanson, Minimodernistas"

Well, I'm going! Can't WAIT to see what's new! See you there

 If you live out of the country do you need me to send my lear jet for you, so you can come?
 Oh, wait,   : (  that's right... I don't have one...CM

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Thank Heavens I don't have to eat my hat!


This is my post from last November, 2009 on my other blog.
I thought of it when I saw Slinkachu's book of photos at SFMOMA when I went last month.
I had sent Oese a tiny man and woman betting she didn't already have these little figues. She introduced me to his work through her blog last year and I said I would "eat my hat" if she had them. (She has everything else)
I am happy to report she did not! Hooray! I don't have to eat my hat!!!!! Welcome back Oese.