It's All Relative.....
Life has been extremely busy recently, Dear Readers, between the visit of my Wonderful Mom and a new computer system at work coinciding with the end of the school year rush... leaving no time at All for minis! And because my house is quite small and rather full of dollhouses and partly finished projects, there was a fair amount of "shifting around" of piles of things.... the Castle Great Hall Ceiling had to return to the Castle Hall even though it is Not Yet Done..., The Cloud Palace had to move into the sunny window.... and "temporary homes" had to be found for the partly assembled Gypsy Wagon.... and The Park could not even come out of "Hibernation" until after all the visiting was done. Last weekend was the first time in Ages that I felt I could really dive back into my mini projects. And Perhaps it is because the Solstice had just passed and I realized we were already heading Towards Christmas, I decided to just have a look at all the furnishing kits for The Secret Christmas House.... just to find out how difficult and complicated they would be. Let me tell you, these kits by Robin Betterley are very well made and not too challenging to assemble! I started with the little Girl's Bedroom furnishings. They go in the smaller of the two attic rooms. Above you can see the dresser assembled and ready to paint.
But I quickly ran into a small problem.
My kit came with two dressers
rather than one dresser and two side tables!
This room also has a small chair and a bed.
Here I have begun the mattress part of the bed.
It is a block of wood covered with a layer of felt and a small linen sheet.
Here the corners have been trimmed.
And the Quilt is being added.
All the cloth pieces are printed in beautiful detail on cotton
And the "brass" head and foot for the bed assembled.
And of course, we have to see how they fit inside the attic room....
Even though the Dresser still needs to be painted, they look pretty cute!
And the pillow for the bed too!
Of course, once I was started, there was no stopping!
The chair needed the paint and the printed "cushions" added.
The dresser needed painting....
And the printed decorations glued on.
They look pretty cute so far!
But I had to decide about the bedside tables....
they are really necessary for the decor,
and I didn't want to wait for replacement kits to be sent.
So I decided to "improvise" and make my own!
Alas, they are so much cruder than the kit pieces!
But I have no laser cutter,
and I figured they would be tucked into the room
and hardly anyone would ever notice
how chunky and lopsided the bases are!
Especially once the printed details and all the decorations were added!
Oh, you want to see the decorations too....?
Well, I am only too happy to tell you I had to get out the Glitter!
There is a tiny Tree that stands on one of the bedside tables...
I apologize for the blurry pictures...
it is really hard to get the camera to focus on the tiny pieces!
There are two tiny glitter houses and a church on top of the dresser.....!
There is a lace shawl draped on the chair....
And the other bedside table has a brass candlestick
decorated with Christmas ivy....
And although it is difficult to see,
I dipped the candle top in glitter...
and in the right light it "glows"!
But the best part, Dear Readers, is the Truly Tiny doll!
She is dressed in a pink gown
(made from painted toilet tissue!)
and she sits propped on the pillow of the bed!
Her name is "Clarice",
and I simply cannot promise that
I will Not tell you her stories...!
She is Truly the tiniest doll of my acquaintance!
Just How tiny you ask?
Well, here are the furnishings inside the incomplete Nursery of the Tree House.....
(again, I apologize for the blurry pictures...)
The Tree House is approximately 1:48 or quarter scale.
And just as I was taking the pictures, Salome showed up!
She was Very interested to see so many furnishings
that seem to be just her size!
And almost right on her heels was Anna Maria!
She was wondering What all the noise
in the long silent Nursery was about.....!
(Alas, it was neither the Family come home,
nor the workmen to complete the room....!)
But I am sure you really want to know
whether all those pieces of furniture
can possibly fit into that tiny attic room....?
Yes, they can!
It is a tight fit.... but they do...
even with a little room to spare!
(And I have some ideas about that!)
So you can see, Dear Readers,
How Tiny it is
is Truly all Relative!
And speaking of Relatives,
I had a wonderful visit with my Mother
and Sister and Nieces and
Great-nieces and Great-Nephew.
It was a busy and boisterous and memorable
time together with much coming and going!
And now that the dust is settling....
I have all those Teeny Tiny kits waiting....
And a Truly Tiny Doll....!