Thursday, 21 December 2017

Another Mini Shopping spree! Wheee!

So the reason I have been so quiet on the mini front until recently is I went through a particularly busy time at work. One of my colleagues took a month off to run the New York Marathon (no it didn't take him a month to run it.. hehe.. He just decided to combine a vacation around it.) which translated into 12 hour days, 6 days a week for me... I'm tired just thinking about it. Yawn. Anywhoo.. what it also did was give me a bit of funny money through all the overtime and of course I spent it on minis... I really should have spent it on new clothes or something more practical.. but who cares about those things! :D

Most everything has shown up in the mail, so now I'm going to have a little "show and tell". Fair warning - lots and lots of photos follow.

First up my most recent acquisition a tiny model ship by Artisan John "Bud" Gillick. He sadly is no longer with us but his boats show up from time to time. I will surely treasure mine.

It's so teeny tiny with teeny tiny pieces I'm almost scared to handle it lest I break it into a million teeny pieces.

I also purchased this artisan telescope from a vendor on ebay that obviously frequents estate sales or auctions. No marks or signature so the maker is lost to posterity. :(

Both of these items will make great additions to The Ship Captain's house - if I ever get to it. 

I made this little table the boat is sitting on from a vintage kit by Jan's Mini Magic. I picked up three of her kits in a lot a while back. Very cute! I turned the table around to show the wicker because I haven't put the handles on yet.. 😳 I seem to have a fear of putting mini handles on things. I've built several kits now and haven't yet got around to putting the handles on any of them... One day.

I got this lovely wooden duck decoy by Studio B Miniatures in a lot Auction on Ebay. Love this duckie!

The table he's sitting on also came in a lot. It has no makers mark so I'm not sure if it's Artisan made, from a kit or store bought. It is wonderful quality though and a bit different to what I usually see which I like. It's also the most delightful colour.

These two glazed earthenware pots also came in a lot. Again no makers mark, so I have no idea who made them. They are really lovely though. I wish I knew who made them.

These two little bowls and the darling wooden spoon along with the tomatoes in a bowl below came with a Kitchen sink unit I'll show you further down the post. The blue trim around the smaller bowl is particularly sweet. :)

The tomatoes in a bowl (I think they are tomatoes?) are adorable.

I've tried to capture the bowl but photos don't do it justice it is a gorgeous pearlescent purple graduating to gold around the rim. There is one loose tomato so you can stage them to have one that rolled out of the bowl. :D

I got this Heidi Ott suitcase at my local miniature store. It was going cheap so in my bag it went. :)

When I got home and opened it up, it had a top hat and a cane inside! The hat is an awful plastic number but I might be able to rescue it by covering it with a fabulous fabric yet to be sourced. 

The cane on the other hand. Is kind of cute. And free is always cute!

This cute little pair of vintage chairs came in the same lot the table I've been using to display my smalls on did. they are just as high quality, though a different but equally lovely colour.

I am just in love with this sink unit that was listed as by artisan June White. I don't know anything about her and haven't been able to find any information on the internet. I would love to know if anyone knows anything about her and if she is even still with us.

The bowls and tomatoes above came with it as did the little enamelware pot under the sink. It looks like it may have had a lid at some point, but it is long lost.

It has drain holes in the double Belfast sink but no hardware. I would like to add some but I'm not sure I should mess with the piece. The sink is actually some type of white porous earthenware and very delicate. It's amazing it has survived

The taps are fabulously detailed. I feel like I could actually turn them on. :)

I had a bit of a play and put some of my limited kitchen style mini's to work. This sink has advised me I need to start purchasing more and better quality kitchenware. :D

Staying in the kitchen I picked up these two stoves a while ago. They are not strictly dollhouse miniatures but will do in a pinch. The grey one is a DCMT Crescent Cooker (I've mentioned this one before) is the perfect height and petite enough to fit into the smallest kitchen space. It's in pretty rough shape but I will be painting it with white enamel and making it some interior shelves. I think it will be super cute when its done. If you want some eye candy, check this model out in Kim Saulters Flickr account

The next one is a Vintage Hubley toy Eagle stove. Yes, it's in very rough shape too, but as with the other one it's going to get a make over. :)

The scale is a little off, the burners are too low.. but I maybe able to work with that by building a low platform for it to stand on.

In my travels I also came across this absolutely beautiful vintage artisan crafted copper stove. I fell in love and I'm still in love. I let out a little squeal everytime I get it out. lol

It has the most wonderful patina. I just love it! It is signed and dated 1977. Great year. :D I can't quite make out the signature though. H. ??? somebody.

All the doors open and the burners have little holes in them to pop them out. Of course there are more realistic stoves out there, but you can't beat the love that has been put into making this. It really is a stunning piece of metalwork.

Looks like the Tenant is getting ready to make pancakes! :D 

Moving into the bathroom I picked up this Bodo Hennig  bathtub with a bath caddy included along with the taps.

Bodo Hennig are on the larger side of 1:12 and sometimes as large as 1:10 so that means, this tub actually can fit a 6 inch doll comfortably!

Also included in the lot was the Classic Bodo Hennig Victorian water heater with taps and shower. I'm not sure I'm ever going to do a build that would call for this kind of water heater but the price was right and it's always good to have options. :D

The doors at the bottom, which I can only assume are for coal/wood storage and an oven, open.

Look the tub even has a plug on a chain. :)

I picked up this pair of Sonia Messer chairs for a good price when no one else bought them. They languished on eBay for months. I think it might have been because Sonia's name was spelled incorrectly in the listing. It pays to try alternate spellings if you are looking for something special.

They are in really beautiful condition but the scale is way off. When I sit a doll in them they look like they are sitting in a child's chair. The legs are too short. I've added this Sonia Messer half round table into the photos to show the height difference.. Hmm.. something doesn't seem right. I had high hopes for these chairs. They were going in the Ship Captain's house. Now I'm not sure I can use them. I'll have to see when the time comes. Maybe if they are strategically placed it won't be that noticeable.

An Australian vendor on eBay often has vintage NOS. I picked up these Classics Swan leg end tables with marble tops along with the matching coffee table. 

The marble top on the coffee table is a bit large for scale. But once styled up I don't think it will be that noticeable. 

The detail on the legs is fantastic though. 

The same vendor also had this Classics Spindle bed.. LOVE!! 

But it has this hideous blue bedspread.. Oww.. Oww.. it hurts my eyes and my sensibilities. :D It's hard to see the beauty of the piece through the ugly.

It's actually glued to the side rails of the bed.. how the heck am I going to get that off?? I"m scared to microwave it because that thing is so synthetic it'll probably melt.. Plus what will that do to the lovely dark wood finish?

Well I can't look at that anymore, I need to do a quick mock up with fabric scraps and tape and a few strategically placed minis, to make me feel better :D

Ta Da!

Don't look too closely, the fabric is just wrapped around the bed over the other bedding and taped together on the underside. So much better than looking at that shiny blue plastic that was masquerading as fabric! :D

I shoved a box and the Heide Ott suitcase under the bed to make sure it didn't all fall down while I was taking photos.

I added the Classics side tables as bedsides as I already had them out and they are the same colour  and are a good place to display a couple of minis to distract the eye from the hastily assembled bedding :)

Nothing too special on the table. Just a milk jug with cheap paper flowers a shell and an opening book from one of those picture frame mini scene kits you see on eBay all the time. It's actually quite cute and has illustrations on the interior pages. It's convincing enough for photo's at least. On the other table is a lamp that came in a mini auction lot, it looks like it's been home made from jewelry findings. It's quite sweet. And some perfume bottles I made a long time ago from beads.

The spindles on the bed are incredibly detailed and the wood seems to be good quality because the turnings are very smooth. I love this bed! So happy I bought it.

And in what will be the ugliest photo but the absolute best deal of the day. I got all these Realife kits for $10usd. I kid you not! The postage was more than 10 times that but still that's  9 room kits for about $7usd a piece! I never run into these kinds of deals so I'm pretty happy. One of the kitchen kits is missing some pieces which I knew up front but some of these are even still in the plastic wrap. Amazing.. *does happy dance*

I'll post about my growing mini animal collection in another installment. 😤


  1. Wow you really got a bunch of stuff. That's awesome.

    I'm in love with that water heater. It reminds me of Steampunk and looks so cool. But that bed... Oh the turnings are gorgeous.

    You might be able to cut the fabric off with some sharp nail scissors and then pull the rest off the side rails piece by piece. But in a pinch the tucking trick you've used works well and your little bedroom looks so comfortable and pretty.

    1. Thanks Sheila, I may have broke the mini budget for a while. :) You know you are right. That water heater is kind of steam punky.. I might need a steampunk build now.. lol
      I think I will try to cut away as much as I can on the bed and then maybe use a hairdryer as Shannon suggested. I really don't want to ruin the stain though. I do love this beds woodwork so hopefully it works out. Thanks for the suggestion. :)

  2. Oh I'm squealing and shrieking along with you! So much awesome stuff there, and the way you've got it styled is making me even more excited to see your projects unfold! It must have been an exhausting month, but you've made every minute of it count! Nice haul! :o)

    1. Mini squeals are the best aren't they! :D
      Yes it was exhausting and I'm just now rolling into another round through mid January. I'm even working 12 hours on Christmas day! Bah humbug!.. At least I will have a week or so at home before our annual ski trip to Utah on February 1st! So I might get some mini-ing in during that week or so. I really wish I could win the lottery so I could quit work and mini full time. lol... This working caper is really cramping my style!

  3. You have had some fun Sam! Some great minis there. And I think the bed looks good with it’s new covering. You could try putting it in a cool normal oven or using a hairdryer to get the old bedding off. And as for the low chairs, they may be fireside or nursing chairs, which were generally low. Anyway, just a thought!

    1. I sure did Shannon. The Hairdryer is a good idea, I think I will try that in an inconspicuous area and see how it goes. Fireside chairs! Thanks for the info.. I'm glad to know they were meant to be short. Incidently, I saw a pair of these chairs in that very expensive house of Broel for sale at the moment. They didn't look out of scale in there, so I have hope for them yet. :)

  4. Impresionantes miniaturas , si hay que elegir sería muy difícil .Feliz día:-)

  5. Hello Sam,
    Now that is what I call a shopping spree. you have a wonderful eye for miniatures and the pieces you chose are lovely. I can't wait to see the ones you plan on updating when they are finished.
    Big hug

    1. Thank you Giac. :) Yes, I do know how to spend money.. lol. I'm so in love with my purchases though and I just pick up an overtime shift or two to cover the costs. :)

  6. WOW! You got some wonderful pieces. The copper stove, the turned bed....amazing!

    1. Those two are definitely my favourites in this haul. :D