Thursday, September 25, 2014

It's Thurber Thursday!! #1

I like the idea of "Throwback Thursday" but I never remember to find an old picture for it. 


However, taking pictures of the same thing every Thursday... that I could probably do.


So, this is Thurber.


I have no idea where Thurber came from. But I'm told that's just how cats are: they just show up when it pleases them.


The name "Thurber" came to mind as I was looking at him.




And the thought that being photographed on Thursdays wasn't a bad fate for a weird little resin cat who showed up out of nowhere.



So, welcome to Thurber Thursdays.


Do YOU have a weekly "thing"? "Throwback Thursday"? "Why'd I Get Out of Bed" Wednesday? Do tell! If love hearing about things like that!

More Thurber next Thursday. Have a great day!

- Wendy

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Too Busy for Minis? - NEVER!

It must sound strange to say "I've been too busy to play with miniatures" since I work in a dollhouse store.


But playing with miniatures professionally is not the same as playing with them for fun.


 Not that I mind. Professional mini playing is pretty awesome too.So I really can't complain.


Working on customers houses is pretty rewarding, and a lot of fun. I learn something with every house.


Hopefully, though, I'll soon be able to snag a minute to play with my own toys.


There's a doll show this Friday and Saturday. I'll be representing Norm's Dollhouse there. It'll be weird being at a doll show with no dolls. Sometimes, I do miss Miranda.

Not that I would've had time to play with her right now, either.

Anyway, I hope your Autumn is wonderful and off to a great start. And I wish you time to play with minis. Wish me some too, okay?

- Wendy

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Two Tiny Bears

I crochet. I used to, anyway. I haven't crocheted anything in a long time.

Then a friend introduced me to a super cool book full of neat patterns, and asked if I could try the teddy bear pattern since she just couldn't get it to work.



No problem.

Though it did take me a while to get used to crocheting so small.

And I did make a few changes, but I'm like that with all my crocheting, in any size. 


The larger one is done in size 10 crochet thread, which is what the pattern called for. I can't say it was easy, but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.

The smaller is crocheted from three strands of embroidery floss. 



There might have been a bunch of swearing involved in the creation of this little bear. But now I'm hooked. I want to do more tiny crochet.

More toys for toys.

Of course, these two aren't real yet, because they haven't been loved. But they're intended as gifts for a little dollhouse girl named Anna, and I imagine they'll be real in no time. Since she is. Having been made real by the grown up young lady who owns her.

Hmm... this living toys of toys thing is sort of complicated. I will have to explore this further.

But next, I'm going to attempt to crochet the baby doll next to the bear in that top picture. Wish me luck!

What are YOU working on? What's the tiniest thing you've ever made/built/crafted? 

- Wendy

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Secret Life of the Toys of Toys

I have a fascination with the idea of toys playing with toys. My dollhouses generally have some kind of toys for the toys in them.


In fact, I have a whole toy shop in 1:12 scale.


So if MY toys come to life (and I kind of secretly think that maybe they do) do the toys of toys come to life when THEY aren't looking?

Hmm. 

- Wendy

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Inside the Dollhouse...


Part of what drew me to miniatures in the first place was photographing them.



I wanted to leave people feeling like they've been IN the dollhouses I photograph.



I lost sight of that when I was photographing he dolls. It was more like following someone around and documenting their adventures than photographing places, or scenes. Like paparazzi, only in miniature.

So, back to photographing miniatures, like I originally wanted to.

Wish me luck.

- Wendy

Monday, September 15, 2014

It's Always Midnight Somewhere...

I am a serial blogger, I think.

I've started more blogs than anyone else I know. And probably shut down more too. But I can't seem to stay away from blogging. With the exit of the dolls, I thought I was done with blogging, but then these books showed up.



My friend, Kathleen, loaned them to me. I am so glad she did. Somehow, I made it through my childhood without reading them. I am so grateful to have found them now.

I had become kind of jaded about miniatures, dollhouses, dolls and all of it. But there's a wonder and a magic in these books that suddenly brought it all back.

And now... I'm blogging again. About miniatures.

Pictures of miniatures. Updates about projects. This blog will take over where I wanted all of the previous blogs to go, but they never quite did.

Hopefully.

I think there's magic to be found here in these miniatures somewhere. Will you help me look for it, please?

- Wendy