Monday, August 24, 2015

Meeting the Vintage FAO Schwarz House

  The other thing this blog is for, is to be a place for my pictures of miniatures with no dolls in them.

So, this post is a bunch of pictures of a dollhouse with no dolls.

 Or furniture, for that matter.

Maybe not super exciting, but if you think of these as "before" pictures, then maybe the potential for what this house may become is a little more interesting.

Dunno. But these are my reference pictures of this new house that just wandered into the Wylde Kingdom today.

I picked it up this morning from Norm's Dollhouse.

David told me a nice lady came in Saturday with it, asking if he could find a good home for it.

She was the first and only owner of the house. She's had it since she got it in 1968. But for some reason was unable to keep it any longer.

David said he thought he could probably find it a home and immediately thought of me.

I love it. It's a unique little house, for sure.

I've seen pictures of an original one of these houses and I believe she's repainted and re-done the wallpaper.

Which makes me feel better about considering re-doing the wallpaper again, myself.

It is a neat house, but I really think with just a little bit of work, it could be an AMAZING house.

So these will be my reference pictures while I'm working on it.

Because I am stupid, and got rid of all of my extra miniatures (I don't really want to talk about it, but let's just say, don't EVER give up your world just because someone else promises they can make the real world worthwhile for you. Don't give up your world for anyone or anything. And if I ever find a time machine, I will be going back and telling myself that a couple years ago.) I need EVERYTHING for this house.

I have exactly 2 brass beds that could go in this house, and that's it.

I can't even tell you how depressing that is. But I'm trying to look on the bright side.

This way, I can buy all the furniture for each room that I like, and THEN find the wallpaper to match the furniture.

I think it's a lot easier that way. I guess we'll see.

It might take me a while to get all the furniture, though. (I am one poor miniaturist. Lucky I like Ramen.)

So I have a while to work on it, I guess. I wouldn't TOUCH the floors. I think they're beautiful.

And the electrical is kind of a magic trick (as in I have no idea how that happened, but it's cool), so if I want anything other than the overhead lights it came with, they'll have to be battery lights.

But that's okay. The electrical still WORKS! And that is AWESOME.

So, a little at a time, I guess.

First step might actually be the windows. They're all missing. But I can rebuild them and make them super spiffy.

I am so burned out on this miniatures show, playing with this house (even without furniture or dolls) was a very welcome respite.

So, enough of my babbling. I'll post the last few pictures without commentary.

More to come for this nifty little house! Hopefully sooner than later! :)

- Wendy

P.S. If you happen to know anything about this house or its history, I would love to hear it! All I know is it came from FAO Schwarz in 1968 and it's awesome. Any other information? Let me know in the comments or email me at wendy at normsdollhouse dot com!

Monday, August 17, 2015

The Fall Miniatures Show - Just Three Weeks Away!!!

Midnight in the Dollhouse was created to be the name under which the pixies & dolls of the Wylde Kingdom get to show off and sell the amazing things they make.

And the premier will happen at the Norm's Dollhouse table in the dealers' room at the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys' 35th Annual show and sale next month.

We are all very excited, and it is coming up FAST!  24 days!!! GAH!!!

Countdown here - DMMDT Fall Show Countdown
Everything is super top secret, so I can't show you any of what we're working on....yet.

Which is making us all crazy. Because there will be some things you've seen before.

Like the puppets the pixies have been working so hard on.

 But the rest....

(These aren't the things themselves... the "things" are INSIDE them!!! Though we made the boxes too.)
are secret...

Different pixies have different skills, so there's lots of different kinds of things, but we're really proud of them all.

Hopefully they will be things that other people will like too! (And buy all of so we don't have to bring anything home!)

So, if you're going to be in Colorado the weekend of September 12th - 13th, you should stop by. You might find things you never even knew you needed!

And if not... well, we'll post pictures here after the show is underway, to show you the things we brought to premier.

This show is where we decide if this little business is going any further. We'll know in just over three weeks whether there will still BE a Midnight in the Dollhouse! Wish us luck! 

- Wendy

P. S. We will be updating this blog more as more Midnight things happen. But another good place for updates is our Facebook Page - Midnight in the Dollhouse on Facebook just in case you need more Midnight in the Dollhouse. :)