KatieJane talked today about Christmas gifts and Christmas memories of a dollhouse - which led to her current love of miniatures today. I got Christmas presents one year...and one year only...I don't know what got into my mother that year but I just adored finding presents in the living room, under a tiny porcelain tree. We always celebrated Chanukah and got lovely gifts from Aunts and Grandma, but to me it wasn't about the presents - Christmas to me was all about the magic. Anyway, that one year was enough - I remember it like it was yesterday and treasure that memory.
But, because we lived in an apartment, we never had room for a dollhouse. My brother and I shared a bedroom until I was 14 or 15 so there was no room in there. By the time I got my own room, I wasn't into having a dollhouse anymore (how embarrassing at 15!) but secretly I still loved miniatures. So, when I got out into the world on my own, I started making miniature furniture and had a huge dollhouse that DH got me for our first anniversary.
But what I really love is room boxes, which are simple boxes with a glass front, and you do one room setting in that box. The one below if my favorite - I did electricity in it (which ain't easy, let me tell you!) and there is a special space to show an "outside"scene. So, in the spirit of Christmas I wanted to share the pictures of my little minature, easily controllable world.
The door behind that lady leads to an outdoor scene of an ocean. So, in my imagination, she's coming in from outside to her fancy living room.
Nice fire in the fireplace, making the place all warm and cozy eh?
The mantle place with it's tiny little sconces.
And tea waiting in front of the sofa.
Since I finished these pictures, I've added a pug dog and a servant carrying a baby. I can't tell you how much fun I have putting these rooms together ! Not that I have room for too many of these either...I might just have to sell them off, but that's OK too. It's the creating that's the fun part. My next project is going to be a library, sort of an English professor type, who's also interested in archaeology. I have a full size (miniature) sarcophagus which will be standing up in the room, and a tiny little leather wing chair which was just so cute I couldn't resist it.
I have so many projects waiting for me to work on, there could never be a time when I am bored. I like keeping these things in the wings.