Dress Shop “Open”

Do you say The Dress Shop OR Le Robe Magasin?

Although I reside in America, I thought having the Shop name in French would better suit the overall look of the room box.  So…. with that being said, my research began to discover the perfect blend of French words to use as the Shop name.

Many to choose from:

Women Dress Shop, Ladies Haberdashery, Seamstress, Boutique, and others, none of which when translated into French, seemed OOO LA LA enough! Then I came up with LE ROBE MAGASIN. Oddly enough, Le Robe Magasin means The (LE) Dress (ROBE) Shop (MAGASIN) PERFECT!

Come In, take a look, LE ROBE MAGASIN is OPEN (see the sign on the door)!

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For additional details, see the link below to the listing:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/506437986/french-dollhouse-room-box-miniature?ref=shop_home_active_1

  • Note I will likely struggle with the French language when I finally do make my first trip!

A Dress Shop

Several posts ago, I wrote about offering room boxes in the Tiny Dwelling shop,  today, I provide you a sneak peek into the future offering of A Dress Shop…

Not certain why I chose to create a dress shop?  Perhaps, I imagine this tiny dress shop to be nestled somewhere in England or France, just waiting for me to discover it, but then again, I also love flower shops, ice cream parlors, antique shops, toy stores and more! Certainly seems I have plenty of other ideas for future room boxes!

The Dress Shop or Le Robe Magasin, in French, is nearly complete, once complete, further details will be obtainable through its listing at https://www.etsy.com/shop/TinyDwelling.

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DOLLSHOUSE World Feature

A few posts ago, I wrote about being contacted about being featured in an upcoming issue of  Dollhouse World, a miniature magazine based in the UK, today I share with you the feature.

A special thank you to Maria Fitzgerald and Deb Weissler for this amazing opportunity of Tiny Dwelling, I am most appreciative, THANK YOU…

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* Note the wording under the magazine title, UK’S BEST SELLING MINIATURE MAGAZINE!

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I also thought I would share with you the first miniature magazine advertisement for Tiny Dwelling. Yes, an advertisement!!! Oh my, I must get working on a more creative looking advertisement, compared to the others, Tiny Dwelling looks a bit ho-hum!

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Did I mention how much FUN I’m having with miniatures! Thank you everyone for your continued support of Tiny Dwelling…

OH, one more thing… Soon, I will be sharing more exciting news, so STAY TUNED!!!

Chandelier Shipping

Today, I was presented with a tiny challenge, shipping a Miniature Chandelier for a customer.

People have shared stories with me and the huge disappoint they encounter once their lighting has arrived from other various sources, tangled wires, broken bulbs, and all together missing pieces.

A thought came to mind, “how do all those lovely French Chandeliers arrive safely to their next home?” Crating! It seems I have accomplished the same shipping approach only in miniature form!

I would love to see the surprise on the customers face when they open their package to discover their miniature chandelier crated!

Drum Roll Please

It seems Tiny Dwelling has caught the eye of a miniature magazine located in the U.K.

I am pleased to announce an upcoming editorial feature in the March 2017 issue of Dollshouse World, Meet the Maker section.

I will be receiving a copy of the magazine in the coming days, once received, I will be certain to share the feature with readers. Hummm… maybe I should have offered to personally pick up the copy in person, OH WHAT FUN that would be!!!

Thank you Maria and everyone involved with the feature at Dollshouse World, I am most appreciative to have Tiny Dwelling featured within the magazine!!!

If you would like to learn more about Dollshouse World, take a peek at the link below:

http://www.dollshouseworld.com

Happy 2017!

Happy 2017 everyone!

I must admit 2016 provided many memorable moments within the world of miniatures, I participated in my first miniature show in Chicago, Illinois. I met many veteran miniaturists with in the industry, Tiny Dwelling had features in two miniature magazines here in the United States, Tiny Dwelling received many amazing reviews from customers in the United States and in twelve other countries and so much more…

I will admit the reason for beginning this blog in the first place, was to chronicle the construction of the French Chateau, the Chateau continues to be a work in progress, I do plan to dedicate more time for its completion in 2017… ( and more blogging!)

I would like to thank everyone for their amazing support of Tiny Dwelling in 2016, I look forward to offering new miniature designs in 2017…

S T A Y   T U N E D !!!

Kris Kringles Elf

In the short time I have been involved in the world of miniatures, I have come to realize most miniature lovers decorate their tiny dwelling(s) for the holidays. Miniature houses are so amazingly FUN on their own, adding holiday miniatures takes the experience to a whole new level!

With the Autumn/Thanksgiving season coming to an end, it now seems appropriate to offer a few Winter/Christmas miniatures within the Tiny Dwelling shop. Below are a few images of items created in the Tiny Dwelling color palette. If you would like to see more, take a peek in the shop or simply do a tiny bit of “window shopping”!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/TinyDwelling

 

If the French Chateau were finished, I must admit… I would have to place a few of these miniatures around the Chateau.  I previously mentioned, I placed personal parameters on myself, not to have food, animals, people or holidays within the Chateau, well…..

I might add, many people I have met thus far in the world of miniatures warned me this would happen!!!

 

 

 

 

 

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From the onset of my adventure into the world of miniatures, I placed parameters on myself. I promised I would not get carried away with having to many miniatures…I certainly do not want to end up like some of the people I have met who own miniature shops, and they have SO MUCH stuff, they truly have no idea what they really have…

The parameters were…no food, people, pets or holidays. WELL… I already broke one of those parameters, while at the miniature shows in Chicago this past April, I did purchase some amazing vegetables for the kitchen (there are a few photos in a previous post).

I can pretty much guarantee I will not have people…however, a doll is another story!!!

As for the holiday parameter, I have only placed a small spray of “mistletoe” over the front door… Perhaps when the Chateau is complete, I can see myself placing a few Christmas related miniatures throughout the Chateau, after all, the decorations make the rooms more lifelike, right!!!

I mentioned possibly having a doll in the Chateau, WELL…… this is why….

I happened across the most wonderful blog yesterday, http://echtepoppenliefde.blogspot.nl

I’m not sure of its origin, what I am sure of, the person is creating the MOST WONDERFUL dolls and I just had to share some of the images with you… Such beautiful soft muted colors, similar to those offered by Tiny Dwelling, would one of these dolls look amazing sitting in a chair or on a bed inside the Chataeu!!! Unsure if these wonderful dolls can be created in 1:12 scale, I will begin the translation process of the website and see just how small the dolls can be made…

I hope you like the images as much as I do… WELL… I LOVED the images!!!

*update: I am pleased to acknowledge, the maker of these wonderful dolls is Dutch artisian, Nelleke Hoffland. Ms. Hoffland was so very gacious in granting me permission to include images of her creations and links to her blog, as detailed above.

Stairs, Balusters, Railing & more…

I am getting a bit closer to having the first floor staircase compete, the staircase is completely handmade, using basswood for the treads (steps), paperboard for the stringers (thats what the threads/steps sit on, paperboard for the risers (back of the step), florist wire for the balusters, (spindles) paperboard for the railing and I decided to carve down a newel post, although I’m not sure if I like it 100% or not…Might be a bit to plump at the base? What do you think?

The staircase is in a VERY ROUGH state at this time, I promise you will see a remarkable difference with its progression…

Remember in the last post the Hear Thee Hear Ye comment!!! Well I DO NOT WANT TO reconstruct this staircase!!!

OH, and in the previous door post, I said the exterior front door was being reconstructed, the exterior of the door is finished, minus the hardware, HOWEVER…that doesn’t mean the interior of the door is complete, as you can clearly see in the image below!!!

 

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Looks like the builder left a bit of a mess for someone to clean up! OH thats ME!