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

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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 !!!

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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!

 

Front Door Fix

It seems I have be negligent towards the French Chateau build, while operating the Tiny Dwelling Etsy shop, so….. I set aside a bit of time to work on the Chateau.

Well….. instead of starting on another interior room, I decided the front door was not to scale with the rest of the exterior facade, so….a tiny bit of demolition was need to remove the old (shorter) door to make room for the more appropriate sized door…
I’m much happier now, with the overall front facade with the new door size…

Looking at the before door, notice the size of the door in comparison to the windows… TO SMALL!!! I’m not sure why I didn’t notice this when I originally constructed the door to begin with!!! I was probably so excited about the whole house, that I overlooked it!!!
Hear Thee or Hear Ye: Do it right the first time, so you’re not redoing it later!!!

Door hardware pending…

*Excuse the light exposure, I HAVE NOT repainted the HOUSE!

Also, notice I added a touch of Autumn to the front steps, even thou the house isn’t finished, I can still decorate the steps!!!

 

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The Thorne Miniature Rooms

As you may know, this past April, Tiny Dwelling participated in The Miniature Show in Chicago (see post titled: Chicago Miniature Show 2016). During the show I had hoped to visit the Chicago Institute of Art to see the Thorne Rooms…

The “window of opportunity” didn’t present itself for a visit to see the Thorne Rooms, it did however present its self this past week, as my family and I returned to Chicago.

A little history: (Pieces and parts taken from varies online articles)

Narcissa Niblack Thorne (May 2, 1882 – June 25, 1966) was born in Vincennes, Indiana, in 1882; her parents moved to Chicago when she was a child. She was educated partially at home and partially in public school. At age 19, she married on May 29, 1901 to James Ward Thorne, an heir to the Montgomery Ward department store fortune. They had two sons, named Ward and Niblack.

As a child, Narcissa loved dollhouses, she had family members whom traveled the world and often  returned with “trinkets” perhaps they were dollhouse miniatures, as gifts to Narcissi. She then began purchasing miniatures as she traveled the world to add to her growing collection.

Unsure at what point in her life, Mrs. James Ward Thorne, decided to begin designing an constructing miniature rooms, she befriended very talented artisans to help her create the miniature rooms she envisioned. The first known work was exhibited in 1932.

It is believed that one hundred Thorne rooms are known to exist. The Art Institute of Chicago holds 68 rooms, 20 are held by the Phoenix Art Museum, 9 by the Knoxville Museum of Art with the remaining two located at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, and the Kaye Miniature Museum in Los Angeles. In addition to these rooms, the Museum of Miniature Houses located in  Carmel, Indiana showcases one Thorne room.

If you want to learn more about Mrs. James Ward Thorne, Google the name and or Thorne Miniature Rooms, to learn more.

NOW….. back to my visit to the Thorne Rooms in Chicago.

Visitors are greeted by two not so miniature lions!

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Each of the photos below were taken within the exhibit, many through the glass enclosures that housed the individual rooms, or artifacts.

A very brief history of the Thorne Gallery.

An original sketch on display.

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Below is an overview of several master skilled miniature artisans who were commissioned by and worked alongside Mrs. Thorne in creating some of the miniature rooms.

CLAUS O. BRANDELL

Claus O. Brandell an immigrant from Sweden, settled in Cincinnati, Ohio before partnering with Mrs. Thorne. Mr Brandell designed and made many of his own tools used to create his miniature works of art. Happy to learn Mr. Brandell resided in my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio and was of Swedish descent, I too, have Swedish roots…

Could we be related?  Perhaps Mr. Brandell is the person responsible for my becoming interested in miniatures!

LEE MESINGER

Lee Meisinger was a young lady whom Mrs. Thorne established a relationship through the Art Institute of Chicago to create miniature petit point needlepoint pieces for her miniature rooms. The precision of the below petit point needlepoint is 30 stitches per inch, which later Mrs. Thorne also requested 40 stitches per inch for more delicate silk projects.

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ALFONS WEBER

Alfons Weber from Germany, was another master carver commissioned by Mrs. Thorne to create miniature hand carved molds to be used to cast miniature gesso moldings for several miniature rooms.

KUPJACK

Another master artisan commissioned by Mrs. Thorne was Kupjack, I seemed to have lost my information on this individual. I remember Mr. Kupjack to be a master miniature furniture maker. Google Kupjack miniatures.

Due to the complexity of the individual rooms, capturing the entire room was not an easy task for me or the camera I had (iPhone). Each room was behind a glass enclosure, therefore casting a glare when attempting to photograph.  I did manage to capture two of my personal favorites.

You can see more detailed Thorne Room images via Goggle images.

This image: French Salon, note the various petit point pieces… My favorite room.

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This image: Window within the English Bed Chamber Room… I really love how the light filters into the setting.

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To those individual(s) responsible for the various positioning of lights within each of the Thorne Rooms, I will call you the master lighting artisans, these individuals truly bring these rooms to life.

This image: Portrait created of Mrs. Thorne in 1915.

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This image: Mrs. Thorne viewing one of her miniature rooms. I wonder how many people have viewed this vary room since this photo was taken…

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I enjoyed my visit to view the Thorne Rooms and if you are ever in Chicago, I would recommend visiting the Chicago Art Institute. With a $25 entry ticket, you will see firsthand the invaluable master level works of multiple miniature artisans.

Email Reply

I received a lovely email today from Mrs. Rik Pierce of Frogmorton.com

I have been reflecting on my experience at the Chicago Miniature show and with that, I decided to send the Pierces an email. I wanted to let them know how very happy I was to have met them and what an inspiration they were to me, as a newcomer in the world of miniatures. I also shared with them the Tiny Dwelling blog, so they could read and see first hand, how I enjoyed meeting them at the show.  Not really expecting a reply, today in my “inbox” I had an email from Mrs. Pierce!

It seems they too, were happy to have met me at the show!

Here are a few of her excerpts from the email:

Hello Rebecca!

You are a breath of fresh air to the miniature world! Where do you get all your stamina to do soooo much?! Your story was delightful and I really enjoyed reading your account of the Chicago show and viewing your many photos. We were pleased to talk with you, and you are welcome to visit us in our home if you are ever in the Vancouver WA area.

You are a very interesting young lady and I’m sure your enthusiasm will take you far in whatever avenue you pursue. We wish you well and hope to see more of your beautiful work in the future.

Fondly,

Marcia Pierce
Frogmorton Studios
http://www.frogmorton.com

 

If you’re reading this Marcia, thank you for your lovely reply, I so appreciate your kind words!

Mr. Pierce, perhaps my sharing of our meeting, just might be the little extra encouragement to help you continue to make progress with his healing.