|Artwork by Holly Hobbie|
Anyway, I still have all of the miniature furniture and accessories that I collected and made but they're stashed away in boxes in the closet. I also have a dollhouse kit partially assembled in a big box in the garage but it's not completed enough to bother taking pictures of. I did take the small stuff out a few years ago and took photos of a few things. I'm not sure why I never thought to blog about them before but here they are just for the fun of it. Bear in mind that I acquired or made these things way too long ago to be able to list sources for any of the items or the materials used to make them.
When I first started my collection, my idea was to stick with Early American/Colonial period furnishings. I did accumulate quite a few nice things that fit that period but eventually decided to just collect anything that I fancied and have fun with my hobby rather than limiting myself to one historical period. My inspiration in the beginning was Greenfield Village near Detroit, Michigan. I lived in the area and that was one of my favorite places to visit. I thought it would be great fun to try and recreate one of my favorite houses there. Even though I never completed a house, I still enjoyed the collecting and creating of all kinds of tiny objects.
Some of the items in the photo below are among the first things I acquired. They definitely fit into the Colonial era. All items were purchased except for the flour sack, which I made.
Here are two views of more kitchen items, also Colonial inspired and all purchased items:
Below is the dresser for the bedroom. The drawer is open to show some of the extra linens that I made for the bed. As you can see, I've added a few non-colonial objects to the display. I couldn't resist the pretty Victorian sewing machine and I made the lamp out of beads and findings. Who knew that making stuff out of beads would later come back into my life?
I even tried my hand at making a couple of pieces of furniture: