Items for sale

If interested in any items please send an email to me at theforesthearth@gmail.com

 

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Here are a few rare items that I have currently for sale (note text).  Please take a look and if interested, send me a message and I will send additional info and/or photos.  Price includes shipping.  This lovely early 19th century doll’s hand whittled rope bed with period quilt and linens is delightful.  $450

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The english chest of drawers is a wonderful scale for displaying with dolls.  It has considerable age and is heavy for it’s demure size.  Inside it comes with some doll sized silverware marked “Austria” as well as a miniature deck of cards (full) also marked Austria.  $295

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Reproduction side table made in England is essential to any Georgian doll display.  $65.

The fanback windsor chair is artist made, dating to about the 1970’s.  Very finely carved and incredibly perfect scaled for a doll of about 14″ tall.  The chair itself is about 9 inches.   SOLD

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Original Peter Ompir miniature painting.  $250

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Antique 19th century English blanket chest sample- with wonderful patina!  Still has the key!  No contents, but a perfect place to keep your doll’s special things.   $550

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Table (above and below) and set of 4 chairs (below) – made for a french fashion doll and a wonderful scale.  One chair has a well replaced trim.  Table is oval and will come with a gorgeous antique lace handkerchief (below) that serves as a tablecloth.  $1250  Talk to me about additional items.

Welsh hutch for doll is a fabulous place to display doll dishes.  I note a repair to one leg.  SOLD.

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A true salesman sample chair perfectly scaled and approximately 9 inches in height.  Satin brocade fabric with tufted back and wooden legs.   $150

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Group of 10 tiny metal Colonial and British soldiers.  $55

Antique tiny dollhouse sized chair with “rattan” seating.  Repaired back.  SOLD

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Doll’s antique wooden cupboard- comes bare and waiting for you to fill it up with goodies.  SOLD

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Artist made Georgian rocking horse- 1/12 scale for dollhouse.  Horse is detached from rocker – will be shipped separate to avoid damage.  SOLD

If there is an item that you are interested in please let me know.

Thank you!

 

Queen Anne Doll ~ For Sale

Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them.  -David Hume

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From the Old Pretenders is this most lovely Queen Anne wooden type doll with exceptional smooth carving and black enamel eyes and circa 1750 textiles.  Such amazing attention to detail went into the making of this doll.   I purchased this doll from their private collection and it has been a prized part of my collection.  She has the sweetest smug and while she has enjoyed her stay with me I am making her available to someone else in order to make room for next season.  She would make a lovely addition to any fine collection or as a standout piece among the decor of an 18th century period style Georgian home.

The 1750 pale aqua with silver gilt thread taffeta silk is from a court dress.   The silver stomacher fabric and exquisite lace that adorns her sleeves and cap is also circa 1750!  And she has an outstanding four (yes 4!) layers of petticoats, a custom made mask for the ball and the sweetest little shoes!  The stitching on this doll is amazing- and the gown falls perfectly like a bell as it should.  She also has a custom wooden doll stand that they made for her which will be included.

From their site:  “The Old Pretenders studio offers collectors the finest quality reproductions of English wooden dolls in the 17th and 18th century manner. Each one of a kind creation is handcrafted individually using traditional techniques and an eye for authenticity in every detail. Our dolls feature custom made enamel eyes, appropriately fashioned wigs and meticulously researched costumes. As often as possible: 17th and 18th century antique textiles, trim work and lace are used in order to recreate a doll that looks and feels every bit as authentic as an original example.”

You can read more about her and see additional good quality photos of her at their blog site:

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I have not seen any new dolls on their site since 2016, so I do not know if they still make dolls or not.  This doll is about 14 inches tall.  I know that I will regret selling her because she is the perfect doll to represent the 18th century!  Contact me for more information. Shipping and insurance is included.

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More items to come…

Summer is almost here….

Even though we had our hearth lit this 6th of June due to a chilly rain spell, the forest tells me that summer will be making her arrival very shortly.

As I begin preparing new scenes for the coming winter, select dolls and items are currently available for sale.

Please stay tuned for future postings or inquire within.

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Family & Guinevere Higgs

Our family is like the branches of a tree.  We may grow in different directions, but our roots remain as one.

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When families gather and share favorite memories, a good time is had by all.

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Kitchens are made for families to gather.

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Remember to hug those you love!

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Bess reminds us that it’s in the kitchen, where the warmth of shared memories, laughter, and life, create a recipe that spans the generations.

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The secret ingredient is always love!

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There is no foundation, no secure ground upon which we may stand, that does not hold the roots of our family.

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Family isn’t always blood.  It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs.

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The ones who accept you for who you are.

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We may not have it all together but together we have it all.

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The most important time is family time.”

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And time spent with family is worth every second.”

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Forever, for always and no matter what!

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Collect things you love, that are authentic to you, and your house becomes your story. But your family is your legacy!

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Come, let us have some tea and continue to talk about happy things!

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Meet Guinevere!  The newest member of the Higgs Family.

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A family is a circle of strength and of love.  With every birth and union it grows.

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Family like sheep flock together!

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Love your family.  Spend time.  Be Kind. Tomorrow is not promised and today is short.

Many hands make light work.

 

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Jasper warms himself by the hearth on this quiet evening waiting for his beloved Hannah.

He is quite ready for bed!

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The fire is crackling and the bed looks so inviting.

 Suddenly Jasper hears someone approaching the room.

It’s Hannah at last!  But she has brought Mary with her.  What is the matter?

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Hannah paces the room in her whites.  She has been invited to dine with the Higgs, but she is not sure what to wear.  She doesn’t own any fine clothes like her friends.

Mary assures her that she will look lovely no matter what she wears.  Everybody loves Hannah just as she is.  Jasper agrees!

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Now Charlotte has joined them.

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Charlotte agrees that Mr. and Mrs. Higgs will be happy to see Hannah, but naturally she should get dressed first!   And it would be a good idea to add a quilted petticoat.

The ride to the Higgs homestead will be quite chilly.

She doesn’t want her sweet friend to catch a cold!

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Jasper inspects Hannah’s quilted petticoat.  Yes, that one will keep you warm enough.

Not as warm as the one on your bed.  You can always stay home with me.

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Hannah promises Jasper she won’t be out too late and agrees that the evening calls for another much warmer petticoat!  And a silk gown!  O dear.  What will she do?

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Jasper would prefer it if they all went to bed instead.  Problem solved.

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That lawn dress under the petticoat is too delicate for a cold winter’s eve.  Let’s look in that large trunk over there. I’m sure we’ll find you something fitting for a Higgs party.

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Jasper is happy that he doesn’t have to go anywhere.

But he wouldn’t mind it if Hannah were to bring him home some leftover meat pie.

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Hannah rummages through the trunk.  Plenty of pockets and stockings and scarves.

But just an old plain dress of tabby.

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There is her bum roll and her favorite slippers.

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She recently finished darning her warmest stockings.

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Hannah wonders if a shawl might dress up the tabby dress.

Tabitha joins the ladies and sizes up the outfit.

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Not bad.  But Tabitha thinks Hannah should wear a silk gown.

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But Hannah doesn’t own any silk gowns.  What will she do?

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Mary suggests that she borrow one of cousin Izzy’s gowns.  Izzy lives just down the path and has several silk gowns.  Izzy also loves Hannah.

Mary is certain Izzy will loan Hannah a silk gown so that she can dine in style with the Higgs!

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And Mary knows just the gown!  Just the other day Izzy mentioned it was a wee too snug.  Since Hannah is a little smaller than Izzy, maybe it will fit Hannah!

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Be back in a jiffy! Mary is off to go fetch it from her.

Friends are a blessing!

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Mary returns with a most lovely gown of plum silk.

The others agree that the color is stunning and will look perfect on Hannah!

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Charlotte inspects the gown carefully.  It is a fine frock!

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Hannah worries that it may be a little too long.

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Charlotte points to the sewing box.  There are four of us. Together we can make short work of hemming the gown!

We’ll just gently tack it up and then take it back down again tomorrow.

And Izzy won’t mind because Izzy will never know!

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Tabitha warns her not to get it dirty!

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Mary reaches for her pin ball and shears.  Time to get busy!

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Hannah is so happy to be able to wear a silk gown to the Higgs!  Mary is delighted that she could help her friend.  Tabitha thinks they had better hurry up!

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Jasper still thinks it is time for bed!

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“Good Boy”

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I can do things you cannot.  You can do things I cannot.

But together we can do great things!

-Mother Teresa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little Higgs has a big idea!

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And what do we have here?

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Someone little has made a little mess.

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We have stumbled into a battlefield!

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Led by the little baby Higgs!

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Time to tidy up!

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Yet a nap would be so much better!

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sigh…but I must finish my chores.

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I feel like I’m always doing chores!

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Oh- and I must finish so I have time to read my letters!

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How can there be so much laundry?

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Little Higgs is finally asleep!  I don’t want to wake him!

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And the fire is so relaxing.

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But so many toys!

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Oh well.  The battle will still be there when he wakes up.

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Because a nap is in order!

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Yes maybe just a short nap for me!

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If you have no time to rest.  It’s exactly the right time!

-Mark Twain

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I should finish my chores.

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But I will rest and be thankful that I have a home to clean!

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Yes- sometimes the biggest ideas comes from the littlest places.

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“Flump!”

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“ahhhh”

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“ZZZZZZZZZZZ………”

There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest.  Use both and overlook neither!”

-Alan Cohen

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Yawn…There now I am refreshed!

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And ready to be back on my feet again!

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Little Higgs is still resting!

How beautiful it is to do nothing and then rest afterward!”

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I suppose the chores can wait a little longer.

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And now time to read my letters with a cup of tea!

Night is the wonderful opportunity to take rest, to forgive, to smile, to get ready for all the battles that you have to fight tomorrow! “

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

“Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius!”

I draw much of my inspiration from places like Colonial Williamsburg, Old Sturbridge Village and many other historic gems that are nestled among New England and along the eastern coast.   There is nothing like being among these little time capsules and the lush gardens and natural settings in which they remain.  Each season has its own influence over me and rather than hope for winter’s passing I cherish its splendor!  The forest is at rest and the hearth is warming to the soul.   Take a moment and enjoy it!

Kindness is like snow.  It beautifies everything it covers.”

-Kahlil Gibran

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Adopt the pace of nature:  her secret is patience.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

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And now we enjoy a winter’s eve.

A small house may be grande in happiness if it is filled with love, family and friends.

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And a happy home includes a dog….or a few.

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Bess Higgs is wearing her new silk outfit inspired by the Baker’s Chocolate Girl of Dorchester.

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The Chocolate Girl, Jean-Étienne Liotard circa 1743-44.   Pastel on parchment.

In a letter dated 13 February 1751 from August III of Poland to his friend Pierre-Jean Mariette:

I have bought a pastel picture about three feet high by the celebrated Liotard. It shows a young German chamber-maid in profile, carrying a tray with a glass of water and a cup of chocolate. The picture is almost devoid of shadows, with a pale background, the light being furnished by two windows reflected in the glass. It is painted in half-tones with imperceptible graduations of light and with a perfect modelling…and although it is a European picture it could appeal to the Chinese who, as you know, are sworn enemies of shadows. With regard to the perfection of the work, it is a Holbein in pastel.”

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The others agree that it is very lovely indeed!

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Couture caraco and skirt by “Queen Anne Pandora Dolls & Clothes” by Raine von Hohen.

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Openings on the sides of the skirts allow for easy access to her “pockets”.

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A pinball and scissors on her chatelaine.

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Everyone is impressed.

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But Mr. Higgs just wants to eat.   As does the Borzoi.

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Isabeau’s hand sewn saque back gown was also created by Raine.

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She’ll have to show it to you another night, dinner is being served.

And it will surely grow cold quickly from the draft of the windows which still lack curtains!

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The dogs keep warm as they wait for happy accidents to hit the floor.

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Bess brings in the chickens on this cold winter night.

No creature should suffer being left in the cold.

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She is intent to spend the rest of the evening eating warm pudding with her best friend Estelle as they sit by a warm hearth!

 

 

 

Enjoy the little things…

Do what you do with love!

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Some days you just have to create your own sunshine.

I always loved dolls as a child but was pressured to give them up sooner than I wanted.  Maybe that is why now as an adult I choose to enjoy them still. Nevertheless, while it seems like I’m ‘playing’ with dolls I’m simply enjoying little works of art.  Fusing several interests into a hobby, such as my love for history, photography, decorating, fashion, antiques, and collecting hand carved wooden dolls or apprentice furniture pieces, I have found that creating these scenes is very therapeutic to my soul.  I do it simply because I enjoy it.

My taste in dolls has gravitated back in time over the years to the 17th and 18th centuries.  Even though I grew up in the 1970’s, it actually makes sense.

The one doll that I cherished most from my childhood was my Sindy doll made by Marx in 1978.  When I woke up on that Christmas morning I was hoping for a new Barbie doll.  Instead my mother (er…Santa) had discovered Sindy and for a moment I was very disappointed until I realized that she could be posed in virtually any way that a person could be.  And who could resist that brown calico prairie dress!

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And she had a house!  A “Scenesetter” is what it was called.  The girl that lived next to me had the most beautiful doll house with tiny furniture, but it was always so awkward trying to play house without knocking everything over in the process.  The Scenesetter was a delight!  It was simple by design, pieces of laminated cardboard that created four rooms in which a young girl and her friends could all play with together.  And the furniture was fabulous!

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Tiny silverware that fit in the buffet and the fancy candlesticks on the table.

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Best of all – I was the only one of my friends who had a Sindy doll!

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I still remember the stereo with a radio that really worked!

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And the lamp that lit up at her bedside!

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So it sort of makes sense that I love these tiny things and making room scenes.

But why don’t I use Sindy?  Why 18th century?

Well, I also had an uncle who collected trains and liked to make mangers out of wood.  He used to organize an annual doll and miniature show and my cousin and I would get to go and help out.  I look back on those memories with great fondness and think of him often when I am creating these “rooms”.  I was able to see and appreciate a lot of wonderful antique dolls and doll houses as well as artist made miniatures during those years.  When I got older and made a decent living, I was able to go to shows and continue to enjoy seeing and studying all sorts of wonderful things from the past.

But it wasn’t until a few years ago that I really got the bug for Queen Anne type dolls and period miniatures.  I began traveling to places like Brussels, Amsterdam, and London for work and distracted myself from my homesickness by visiting the museums.

It was at the V&A that I met Lord and Lady Clapham and all of their finery!

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And of course Queen Mary’s Dollhouse!

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I was hooked!

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Dollhouses are fascinating things!  Learn about their history and miraculous healing power  by reading here or enjoy the New York Times Bestseller: “The Miniaturist” by Jessie Burton (found on Amazon).

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Some day I hope to create a doll house cabinet.

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The 16th Century Dollhouse

But what does one do when one doesn’t live in London or have vast wealth to afford buying a real 18th century dollhouse or Queen Anne doll?

You improvise of course!

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Luckily I have a closet, or rather nook, in my home office that I really didn’t use very much.

My husband had made shelves for me to display my dolls and other tiny things.

But like a curio cabinet full of dolls in stiff metal stands, it just didn’t seem fun enough.

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So I went to the local hobby store and bought balsa, basswood, and a hobby saw.  And then I searched on Ebay for dollhouse trims and windows.  I use “playscale” sized windows and “plank” sized dollhouse wood flooring.

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I used to collect Schoenhut dolls and while I just loved how they can be posed just as my beloved Sindy, they are rather large even though most of the dolls I have now are the same height at 14 and 16 inches.  Schoenhuts are chunkier wooden art dolls from the Edwardian period.

The dolls I collect now are mostly made by doll artist Kathy Patterson.

A 1:12 dollhouse scale won’t work.

Apprentice pieces and salesman samples are a great scale for them and I emulate everything else to be about a scale in which one inch is equivalent to about 3 feet.

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I didn’t want the walls to be permanent or limit myself in variety so I used foam poster board trimmed to sized and glued the basswood and balsa to it.  It’s easy and relaxing to create these.  I paint them using period colors in chalk style paint.  I make the “glass” windowpanes using clear plastic and paint them with “triple thick” to give them a wavy look.  I still need to make curtains but like any hobby this is something I do over time.

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Each “room” has a fireplace or “hearth” in the center and four sections that can be interchanged.  Each shelf is about 50″  wide and almost 20″  tall.  You can be as perfectionistic as you want to be.  I personally am not that picky.

In fact, I like that some of the scale of my little treasures is not quite perfect.  Just as the dolls bodies are not perfectly scaled, neither is their house!  But it works for my purposes.

I fill the rooms to the brim with all my tiny treasures.  And because Kathy’s dolls are jointed at the hips and knees, they can sit.  The upper arms are cloth so they too can bend. They are not quite as poseable as Sindy or a Schoenhut doll, but their faces are amusing and  their fashions are to die for!  Every tiny stitch is hand sewn and antique textiles and laces are imported from Europe to create lovely fashions.

If you are a textile lover like me, what better way to enjoy them but by giving new life to remnants by turning them into petite couture!

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Before “walls”

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After “walls”.

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This doll is an Old Pretender.

Even though space is limited, because the walls can be reconfigured-

there is no limit to the possibilities!

Enjoy!