Thursday, August 18, 2016

Claudia's Charming Dollhouse


This is the living room of my friend Claudia's cottage.  Claudia is
the author of one of my favorite blogs,  Mockingbird Hill Cottage.
Claudia and I share our great love for dogs, reading, the piano and
dollhouses.

Here is her sweet dollhouse next to her piano with the vintage
keyboard school print above.  Notice that Claudia has repeated
her signature turquoise color in various touches throughout the 
room, especially on the shutters and front door of her Victorian
dollhouse.



Lovely!




Let's go inside through the front door.



The inside is just as charming as it's exterior.  This room has the 
cozy and welcoming cottage charm we all love.



Claudia loves McCoy pottery and has an impressive full size
collection.  She has even managed to find miniature sizes of 
her beloved McCoy patterns.

I love the pretty platter too as well as the miniature books.
Notice a copy of Jane Eyre on the shelf.




This little fireplace with the attached bookshelves was a miniature
that was once readily available, but now seems very hard to find.
Claudia painted it all white and added the eclectic elements to 
really make it uniquely hers.




I love this very vintage wallpaper in the kitchen and that distressed 
shelf over the Aga.



Here you can see the finished kitchen.  Perfectly cozy.




This is a kitchen I could live in :-)




Claudia made this chair.  It was a kit and she covered it in the
most charming fat quarter fabric.  



It's just the perfect spot to sit and knit or crochet ~ if you are
a fairy.  

This is just an introduction to Claudia's miniature curating and
design talents.  I am going to take you on a tour of her 
mid century miniatures in the near future.  She is truly a 
very talented miniaturist and can shift periods and styles
with ease.

If you have never read Claudia's blog (and I would be
surprised if you have not) be prepared to be enchanted by 
her full size cottage, wonderful garden and beautiful
photography.  


Love,
Susan and Bentley




Monday, August 15, 2016

In The Kitchen With Kim Saulter


One of the reasons I started this blog devoted to minis was because I wanted to 
share resources and talented miniaturists with other mini lovers.

Today, I am so pleased to share with you the work of a very talented, and
dear friend, Kim Saulter.  She has the soul of a true artist and everything
she touches becomes magical.  Just take a good look at this kitchen.  It's 
hard to believe that it's all in miniature, but it is!  I could just move right in,
couldn't you?



Charming to the max!



It's just like the kitchen that Romantic Homes Magazine featured on it's cover
several years ago.  Love those windows over the sink and that cute little skirt too!



And this sweet kitchen!



And this table where the pies are being prepared.  I am just in awe of her 
talents.  Now let's look at more of her baking and cooking goodies....



Pancakes with syrup and waffles.



A three layer cake for a birthday party.




And Kim creates dreamy seasonal creations too.  This makes me long for Fall!








Let's not forget about Christmas!  The cute gingerbread house and decorated cookies and
even a mug of hot chocolate topped with marshmallows.  Delightful!




Boxing up the Christmas cookies!




Then Valentine's Day rolls around, and Kim has that holiday covered too.




Be still my heart!



Let's get ready for Easter.  Ducks, bunnies, colored eggs and flowers.  
So cute!




Patriotic holiday treats.



And who doesn't like pie!

Aside from being an extremely talented artist, Kim has a big, warm and 
loving heart.  She always looks on the bright side of life and is a joy to
know.  

Kim is a new grandmother of an adorable baby boy.  She has been 
taking a short break, but will be back to creating more of her magic
very soon.  Kim has an etsy shop and will be filling it up with all
sorts of goodies again.  Keep your eyes open though, because 
her creations sell out fast!


Thank you Kim for letting me share your wonderful creations
and photos.  Your work is so beautiful!

I have a big list of other miniaturists that I will be featuring, so 
stay tuned for great inspiration, tips and resources.  Thanks for
stopping by.

Love,
Susan and Bentley


Sunday, August 14, 2016

Dollhouse Miniature Quilts


Several years ago I made this little mini quilt for a doll bed that was
play scale.  I decided that it would look cute hung on one of the walls
of my miniature nursery.  I wanted to make another one, and my good
friend Judy over at 20 North Ora sent me a package full of wonderful
fabric bits and pieces that will make a really cute mini quilt.




I was so thrilled when I opened the package to find all of these adorable 
bits of fabric.  Such cute patterns and colors that will be perfect for the 
miniature nursery.





I can't wait to show you what I create!

Love,
Susan and Bentley


Monday, June 13, 2016

Some Small Changes


I made a couple of small changes to two mini rooms.  First, I made a little
window seat for the nursery and made two mini pillows as well.  It's a
great spot to sit and day dream, or to read a book to a little one :-)



I also purchase two exterior shutters and painted, then sanded them to
give them a shabby look and add a bit more cottage influence to
the living room.

That's all for today.  Have a wonderful week!

Love,
Susan and Bentley


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

A Mini Reading Room


I created a little mini reading room on another vintage
bookshelf.   It comes complete with a reading chair,
lamp, bookcase and a teacart nearby.  The perfect 
mini spot to read a good book while the grandfather
clock ticks in the background.





The still life painting is from Weston Miniature.



 The tiny porcelain bunny is too.




And the miniature vintage books on the middle and bottom shelves
came from Deborah at her Miniature Bookstore.  I will be stopping
by her shop again soon.

There it is ~ the miniature reading room.  So cozy don't you think?

Love,
Susan and Bentley





Friday, May 27, 2016

A Cozy Dollhouse Kitchen


I recently started work on some more dollhouse minis.  Instead of 
the shabby chic theme I have used in the past, this time I decided
to go with a more traditional and cozy look.  I found a wonderful
miniaturist on etsy who creates charming minis and I want to 
share his work with you.




Matthew of Weston Miniature is the talented artist who created the
Framboise sign, the rustic porcelain rooster and the wine bottle.




Matthew also created the rustic bread boards.  Now I am not only collecting
full size ones for my own kitchen, but these mini ones from Matthew.




The Fortnum and Mason crate is also from Matthew, and he was so kind
to gift me the very cute Life is Sweet sign in the hutch.  Thank you 
Matthew!  I will be showing you more of his work in the future too as
he is helping me add some charm to a little reading room I am curating.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope y'all have a happy and safe
Memorial Day weekend!

Love,
Susan and Bentley 




Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Miniature Nursery Teddy Bear Tea



The miniature nursery has a few new additions.  Now there is a spot for
the teddy bears to have their tea :-)

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley