My love of anything having to do with dolls and dollhouses started long before I became a serious doll collector. As children, dolls are our playmates, our best friends, and (in the dark of the night) sometimes our protectors. This web page is a place for me to share with other doll lovers of all ages, the dolls I have spent my whole life collecting. Make sure to click the "Older Posts" button at the bottom of the page in order to see the whole collection.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Quarter Scale Miniatures

I've been trying my hand at a quarter scale dollhouse. In quarter scale, something that is a foot long in real life will only be a quarter inch long in the miniature version. Everything is so very tiny that it is hard to make all the little items--or even keep track of them. I lost several perfume bottles while working on the above piece. You drop something that small in the carpet and you will never see it again. I bought the dressing table, then made all the little things to go on top. 

This quarter scale kitchen is still in process. Before I am though it will have all sorts of little items on the shelves. When I finish the whole house, I will post pictures of the final product.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

1/144 Scale Dollhouse Project

 1/144 scale dollhouses are small enough to use as a dollhouse in a 1 inch scale dollhouse. That's pretty tiny! Making a 1/144 scale dollhouse takes just as much, if not more, time than a regular sized dollhouse. Check out the pictures below for more detail.

Notice the tiny dog lying in his bed in the little girl's room. She also has a pair of pink slippers beside her bed. The teddy bear on the bed took forever to sculpt--because it is just so darn tiny!

If you look carefully at the living room picture above, you will see there is a micromini dollhouse inside the mini dollhouse!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Quarter Scale Halloween Illusion Box (Pepper's Ghost Illusion)

I decided to try my hand at something I saw on the internet--a Pepper's Ghost illusion box. This is when you create a scene and then use a reflective surface (like glass or plastic) to project a see-through ghost into the scene. I created a quarter scale miniature Halloween scene and then lit it up so that the ghost would appear inside the box whenever the light comes on. It's a really hard illusion to photograph, so please excuse the blurry pictures. I did the best I could to capture the effect.

First you create a tiny scene inside a box. Leave a peep hole in the front so you can look inside at the miniature room.


This is what the miniature scene looks like when you look in the peep window. No ghost in this picture.


If you look carefully you will see the ghost is materializing in front of the fireplace. The illusion is hard to get on film. It looks so much cooler in real life.

This is how the illusion works. The real ghost is hiding out in a corner. When the light comes on she reflects into the piece of plastic between her and the miniature room. Very cool!

Monday, September 16, 2013

More Home Made Miniatures

Miniature Barbie and Ken in the box.

 Miniature butterfly habitat with tiny butterflies.
"All Tied Up" miniature shadow box of small cowboy and horse.

Miniature Halloween Shelves with Man Eating Plants and Accessories.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Micro Minis

These are two quarter inch scale dollhouse miniatures that I recently made. This scale is difficult to work in because it is so darn small. I've got an entire dollhouse that I'm fixing up in this size and sometimes I wonder what I've gone and gotten myself into. The tiny tea set on a pink shelf is one inch long, if you can believe it. If you look closely, you will see that the tiny birdcage actually has three little birds perched on it. They were a pain to paint I can tell you that. There was a fourth bird, but it fell into the carpet while I was working on it, where it was lost never to be seen again.


Sunday, August 11, 2013

My 1/144 Scale Dollhouse Summer Project

This is my newest project, a 1/144 scale dollhouse miniature.  The miniature rooms must be wallpapered and decorated before putting on the roof. Trying to get those itsy bitsy items glued inside the house is hard enough even without a roof to hinder progress.

This one is still a work in progress. I still have to hang pictures on the walls, add some more furniture and plants, and landscape the yard out in front. I will post pictures of the completed dollhouse when it is finished.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Dollhouse Work in Progress

I've recently begun working on a new dollhouse. As with all the houses I've worked on in the past, I create them one room at a time. Here are a couple pictures of the work in progress. I still have a few improvements to add to the rooms pictured--but you can kind of see where the project is going. When the house is completed, I will post a picture tour of it on this blog.

Dollhouse Miniature Sewing Hutch

The attic of the new dollhouse is a sewing room. This is the sewing hutch that I created for it. The button cards were printables I got off the internet, to which I added pearl beads as buttons. So tiny!

Dollhouse Miniature Puppet Theater with Marionettes

I've been working on a brand new dollhouse lately. I've been adding all kinds of fun little toys to go in the playroom. I bought the miniature dolls  pictured above on Etsy and added strings to make them marionettes. The stage I made from a small wooden crate, to which I added lace and embellishments.

Friday, April 26, 2013