Outside View

Outside View
The Exterior View of New Orleans Townhouse

Thursday, April 30, 2015

What's New Orleans Without A Brothel Girl

This is the fifth doll I own by this artist. I bought her in March but she just arrived today. I had no plans to buy another doll but when she reduced the price, I took it as a sign. I'd been admiring her for a while and she was made to be seated; she called out to me like the MARIE LAVEAU Voodoo Queen I'm not sure what her story is as of yet, but I could envision her hanging over the balcony calling out to pedestrians. The cook, maid and hat shop customer are all made by this artist.  I feel the New Orleans dollhouse has a unique spirit about it, the story constantly changes for me. I see it some days as a family home during the 19th century, other times as a historic home turned into a museum with tours given by the descendants of the original family and then as a brothel with girls hanging off the balcony or maybe she is modern and in costume to attract patrons to the museum. This was the story in my mind the day I bought her.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Skillet Fried Chicken and French Toast with Blueberries

Another exquisite purchase from https://www.etsy.com/shop/CuteinMiniature I almost feel like a lottery winner whenever I go to her shop and find something so special not already sold! I love all of her little masterpieces. My decisions are made strictly on two things: #1-Would I like to eat it? and #2-Is it available? While waiting on my "blueberry french toast", I saw "blueberry muffins" in her store and couldn't resist and purchased it earlier. The two seemed like a perfect pair for breakfast. I love meat dishes, especially ones that are "southern style" and remind me of my mother and grandmother's cooking. So my mini dream came true with skillet fried chicken!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Craftsman Style Lamps for The Midtown Bungalow

My lamps finally came that were on back order for the Midtown Bungalow.  They have a nice weight to them from the metal base. I just wish there was a matching ceiling light. Now I can finally finish the house by installing the floor and new wall. I'm just one month away from my mini heaven ...Summer Break! I am not starting any new projects just finishing old ones, like my poor church. I'm planning an exhibition of the dollhouses this summer, so I need to finish up my old houses. 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Sunday, April 12, 2015

I Own Debbie Dixion-Paver Dolls!

OMG!!! When I tell you that a long time dream has come true (I am writing this through tear filled eyes by the way), words can not express the joy I have... its like Christmas x10! I have admired her dolls but never knew where to purchase them, then I finally found her website but they were always sold. I had given up hope of ever owning one beautiful doll of hers. I just love the expressive qualities of their faces, their skin has a warm radiating glow that reminds me of an impressionist painting and the clothing is amazing. Mary Cassatt always comes to mind when I see her mother and children together.

When they arrive they will make wonderful guests in the New Orleans Townhouse! I have decided to build them a permeant home in my bargain "Painted Lady Dollhouse". I had planned to build and sell it but I after I found a picture online of a simpler exterior, realized now what I hated about the kit. I have a few ideas of my own too now that I am inspired by my new dolls. Debbie is a wonderful person and I enjoyed our online chat. I look forward to buying more dolls in the future.
I love the ring on her finger

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Maytag Wringer Washer

This was my purchase this year for the Annual 40% off sale at HobbyBuilders, a Maytag Wringer Washer. The lid opens to reveal the agitator (I think thats what it's called) and the wheels roll. The wringer rotates and comes off. It comes with a an extra pair of wheels in the box. My great grandmother had one and I just thought it was so cute.

 I just liked the way the light fell in the unfinished dining room, so I added it to the post just because it seemed a little jealous:)