Monday, July 21, 2014

More Miniature Happenings!

Hello everyone! I think I need to change my blog name to Miniature Happenings, what do you think? (jk) Believe it or not before I got hooked on this miniature stuff I did post a lot about my antique furnishings (real sized) but since minis came into my life I seem to just post about them. So I'm sorry to my followers who don't have any interest in minis.
I have found and done a few things I wanted to share with all of you. First off, I bought one of those little pencil sharpener phonograph's that I think everyone who likes minis has one. I decided to make it a one of a kind and remembered in one of my Victorian Magazines one that was painted just beautifully. So here is how it turned out after the last brush stroke.
(The one in the magazine belongs to Gary Yuschalk and Larkin Mayo.)

And here is where she sits, in the blue farmhouse parlor. Oh but before I show you that photo I have to show you one more thing.

These are the pieces to a bed, and there were two sets in the bag when I found them at the flea market, along with lots of other goodies, but anyway after much thought and cutting and staining I made these pieces into a piece of fretwork for the parlor. But first let me show you the phonograph on the table in the entryway...

and if you look up you will find the fretwork...

Yes, Grandma is still sitting there quilting and wishing she had some more family living in this house besides the the baby out on the veranda! Well Grandma, your wish has been granted and here is the newest family member...

He is thinking about galloping around the newly fenced in yard, with new grass, on his stick horse but has told Grandma that he would sell some apples to any one who comes along first, before playing. Would you like to buy some apples?

Back inside the parlor is this new rug I got at a flea market for $4! Bigger then the one I had there, I moved it up to the bedroom under the cradle and rocking chair.

And no, I still have not replaced the awful looking iron furniture, I have to wait until just the right pieces come along. So anyway, enough of the parlor.
Now moving on to the Library where I have a new chair!

Isn't she a beaut?! I just love the fabric and shape of it. She puts the iron furniture to shame! I bought it at the Miniature Museum in St. Louis, my FAVORITE place, as I did the little boy and this beautiful embroidered baby quilt and blanket.

Moving on to the white English Rowhouse, the children (and the two cousins, in the back row) are sitting out on the front stoop waiting to welcome you with a plate of cookies. Would you like one please?

The adults are sitting in the parlor enjoying some views through the stereopticon and getting ready to play a little game of table croquet. Do you play croquet, table croquet that is?

I just finished the round center table, it was from a kit. The little marble top parlor table I had there was way too small and wouldn't hold everything I wanted it to so it is now in the Library of the Blue Farmhouse.
I also finished the below corner wall shelf too. I thought it turned out really cute. I think Queen Victoria approves of its Rococo Revival style. :)

While the adults sat in the parlor, down on the stoop the children got into a squabble and two of them decided to go upstairs and play Noah's Ark. It must be Sunday! Back in the Victorian Era children's Bible related toys were put away until Sunday and that was the day they got to play with these special toys.

Maybe if the children make up they will be able to visit the Zoo tomorrow and buy a souvenir.
(These pieces are in my real size china cabinet and are doll size but not miniature dollhouse size.  They are all vintage St. Louis Zoo souvenirs. I just bought the peacock teapot and corner stand the other day. I added the teacup and saucer, I thought it went together pretty well for a married piece.)

Well that is it for now, thanks so much for stopping by and have a beautiful week!

I am joining WHAT'S IT WEDNESDAY this week, please come and join in the fun.


  1. Oh Gina. Swoon swoon swoon! I LOVE everything! The chair? Fabulous. The Victrola? Wonderful job. The little kids? Darling.

    Oh yes yes yes. Change the blog name. You have found your niche and you are awesome at it.

    Thank you so much for sharing! Susan

  2. You know I'd support the name change! I love all things miniature and am always so happy to find another miniature lover! Love all your special details. Always a treat to see new posts from you.

  3. Hi Gina, I like the new little boy and yes I would buy an apple from him, I like your new chair and rug too


  4. Everything looks fantastic!! Or you could start a second blog called Miniature Happenings......


  5. Gina, I love your tiny world! So much fabulous detail in every single room, but that phonograph is perfection! It is a real passion and I'd love to see more!

  6. Hello, I am your newest follower - the project and photos look great. I love what you did with the fret work and the victrolla! Keep up the good work. Troy

  7. Gina
    you are having so much fun with your little miniatures and I love seeing all your new treasures of the miniatures
    I guess the player piano I have would be to big for your doll house? its in my etsy shop

  8. Gina,
    I adore the painting on the victrola, great job! What a clever use for the headboard, love that idea, now I have to look for one of those beds :) Blessings to you and yours,
    sugar, spice and whatever's nice

  9. You could have two blogs, one for your hobby and other for anything you want to post about.
    I will never tire of seeing the miniatures. I read somewhere or heard that one magazine years ago used miniatures sometimes in their pictures to design aroom for photographing. Just came to mind and I will have to look that up
    I most definitely need a hobby like this my husband says, that way I can have everything I want for a lot less money and change it up anytime I get the urge.
    Well back for a second look at your pretties.
    Happy Sunday

  10. Your phonograph is stunning, Gina! You've really outdone yourself with that piece. It's fun seeing all of your new minis and projects too. Your enthusiasm rubs off on your readers, me included! xo Jennifer

  11. Hi Gina!

    I love miniatures! And yours are adorable!! The little phonograph you painted is outstanding Gina. I looks just like the one in the magazine, sooo sweet. I have a Victorian dollhouse that's been packed up ever since we downsized to the condo and you are making me want to get it out again and PLAY! It's so fun isn't it? And it's a small hobby. Perfect! I've enjoyed my visit with you so much.

    Blessings, Edie Marie

  12. Oh, Gina. I love what you did with the phonograph! I think it is one of my favorites. And the fret work that you put over the window is gorgeous. I wish I had some of that in real life. What a great hobby and I can tell you have so much fun with all of it..Happy Thursday..Judy

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