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A Charming Christmas Sign

A Charming Christmas Sign

A customer recently requested a chalkboard-style Christmas sign, and I just had to share the end result. It turned out so cute! Hope you enjoy!

My First Dollhouse: Renovating a Vintage Dollhouse

Two weeks ago, I was browsing the Facebook Marketplace and ran across a vintage dollhouse for sale that came with tons of furniture, accessories and a greenhouse. I could tell it would definitely need some work, but I was immediately drawn to it. Despite the fact that I’m working full-time as a miniaturist now, I don’t have a dollhouse of my own!

My First Dollhouse: Renovating a Vintage Dollhouse

At the price she was asking, I just couldn’t resist. So my husband and I drove the 45 minutes to pick it up and painstakingly tried to cram it into our SUV. Yes, it’s that big. It just barely fit in the back with the seats folded up.

My First Dollhouse: Renovating a Vintage Dollhouse

It’s now home and hanging out on an entirely-too-small card table (I have plans to head to IKEA this weekend to pick up a more appropriately sized table), and I’m now faced with the challenge of where to start.

Sorry for the less-than-stellar initial photos. Once I get this on a table where I can move it, I’ll be able to get better lighting and photos.

I started out by trying to identify the maker and model, but that’s presenting a challenge. I’m fairly certain this originated somewhere around the 70s – though I may stand corrected – and I think it’s made by Real Good Toys. Believe it or not, the lady selling it still had all of the parts lists and assembly instructions. According to the parts list, this model appears to be the “Fox Hollow” but I haven’t been able to find a single bit of information about it on the web.

My First Dollhouse: Renovating a Vintage Dollhouse

I definitely intend to rehab and complete the exterior before moving inside. At first glance, the clapboard siding is warped in a number of places, meaning I’ll probably have to remove it all and replace it.

Secondly, all of the windows need to be fixed up and replaced. The good news is the shingles on the roof are all in pretty good shape – only a few little spots to fix up.

Lastly, that porch. I am not a fan of blue, so that’s going to have to go. I would really prefer wood planking, so we’ll see how that shapes up.

So, that’s what I’ve gotten myself into! This is going to be a major learning curve for me, but I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to get the look I’m going for – a modern farmhouse. I’ll continue to share updates about my progress, so wish me luck!

The Cutest Halloween Sofa

I just finished this custom upholstered Halloween sofa for a client, and I couldn’t resist sharing! It turned out so cute! I also still have one available for Halloween upholstered with a darling skull fabric. Hope you enjoy!

Poe’s Writing Desk… A Sneak Peek at New Halloween Miniatures

Poe's Writing Desk... A Sneak Peek at New Halloween Miniatures

Edgar Allan Poe is arguably one of the most influential American writers, best known for his mysterious tales of the macabre. As I’ve started to work on a new collection of miniatures for Halloween, I thought it would be fun to create what I imagined Poe’s writing desk might look like!

Poe's Writing Desk... A Sneak Peek at New Halloween Miniatures

The distressed black wooden desk is accompanied by a leather upholstered chair. On the desktop, you’ll find the beginnings of Poe’s “The Raven,” complete with ink stains from the feather quill pen. There’s also a book, an actual raven, and a candlestick to illuminate his work while he toiled late into the night.

Poe's Writing Desk... A Sneak Peek at New Halloween Miniatures

Inspired by “The Tell-Tale Heart,” I sculpted an anatomical heart and attached it to a display stand.

Poe's Writing Desk... A Sneak Peek at New Halloween Miniatures

And of course, any writer of stories of murder and mayhem could find inspiration in a human skull!

Poe's Writing Desk... A Sneak Peek at New Halloween Miniatures

Poe's Writing Desk... A Sneak Peek at New Halloween Miniatures

Poe's Writing Desk... A Sneak Peek at New Halloween Miniatures

In Poe’s desk drawer, you’ll find two more pages from “The Raven” – the final stanzas, in fact, along with a pipe.

Poe's Writing Desk... A Sneak Peek at New Halloween Miniatures

Under the desk, there are a few discarded pages of prose, and a book open to memorable passages from “The Tell-Tale Heart.”

Poe's Writing Desk... A Sneak Peek at New Halloween Miniatures

Poe's Writing Desk... A Sneak Peek at New Halloween Miniatures

I hope you enjoy this little relic of the past! I’ll be adding this one-of-a-kind collectible to my store soon, so stay tuned.

Poe's Writing Desk... A Sneak Peek at New Halloween Miniatures

In addition to Poe’s writing desk, I found this portrait of the master himself hidden away in a dark corner of an attic! The photo of Mr. Poe is caked in years of dust and cobwebs, and there’s even a tiny handmade spider!

Poe's Writing Desk... A Sneak Peek at New Halloween Miniatures

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