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The 1:6 scale dollhouse blog...

I have loved dolls and dollhouses and miniatures, all my life. 1:6 scale is an exciting scale and challenge since there is so little out there in the way of this 'playscale' to make our dioramas and scenes look 'real'. Since I love a challenge, my 1:6 scale world has become one of my most favorite to work in, though from time to time I do showcase my 1:12 scale miniature collection here as well.

I hope you enjoy my endeavors into 1:6 scale and will follow my blog and the projects I work on with my fashion dolls in my collection. Please follow us & enjoy the pictures- tell your friends as well!


Sunday, November 23, 2014

A Victorian Thanksgiving- photostory

Since I posted the video yesterday, I will post the photostory I did using those photos. I will get to the modern video on those Thanksgiving photos soon. Click on the photos to enlarge them if you have trouble reading the subtitles in the photos. 

I am still working on the photos of upcoming dioramas, and have some items on order for my surprise Christmas diorama. That is really coming along while I wait for a door component. 
Hopefully I will have the modern Thanksgiving diorama tweaked and ready to go up soon, have a Happy Sunday!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

A Victorian Thanksgiving video....

I am beginning to attempt to do videos with my photos, it is ok for a first try, but I will have to crop the photos and get the subtitles to be more visible. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

It's beginning to look alot like Christmas....

at LaBelle's boutique! I decided to go with splashes of red this year when I saw the red gown we received at convention. My immediate thought was this would be the focus of the stage in LaBelle's- with very dramatic packages around it, the Blood Dracula chairs, and different colors of shoes then- Christmas sweaters in the windows with trees. The Christmas sweaters are ornaments at Michael's craft store. Right now they are 50% off and I purchased about three. I have the other boutique window to do so the third sweater will be for that one. I hope to buy more to fill the armoire in LaBelle's with the armoire door open, and do a display in there. Worked on this window in between building a very important prop for another Christmas diorama that I hope will really pop. Might need more trips to Michael's, lol!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Making a list and checking it twice....

The month of November is winding down too, too quickly to Thanksgiving. I had promised myself before going to GLOSS Convention at the end of October that I would come back and start working on my holiday diorama list. 

There were alot of dioramas that I did not get to create last year because my heart just wasn't in it. I had originally planned to redo the Christmas pageant with the dolls re-enacting the Nativity. I have wanted to do it this year, but in the scope of a church. This creates a ton of problems as new temporary diorama walls are needed, and so on.

So I cut down my want/wish list to do and so far, here are a few that are accomplished-
Victorian Thanksgiving scene
Victorian Christmas scene
Modern Thanksgiving scene
All of the above are done! Here is a sneak of the Victorian Christmas scene-

One of the great things about creating temporary walls that can be re-used is the scope of what you can do with them. This was originally the set to display Haunted Beauty Mistress of the Manor- yet it made a great Victorian parlor and dining room for my Victorian themed /era dolls. 
One inspiration for me this year is Jatman doll stories I love how she has her newest sneak video of the doll story she is working on unveiled one week, then the following week the actual story is up. It made me re-think the frenetic pictures I have been taking and to work on a more organized schedule, that way, the scenes are perfect.  So in my list I have a new list of dioramas to be worked on, not necessarily in this order-

Christmas decorating-
The dollhouse
faux boutique
The Patissierie

outdoor forest scenes with snow

Big projects-
Santa's library/study
Santa's workshop with his elves
The Christmas Pageant
Church diorama with Nativity

*New Year's eve ball

The Ingalls family having Christmas

Right now this is a rough list, I am not sure if I will be able to finish all of these dioramas. Today I will be taking down the haunted hallway diorama to work on the Christmas workshop and figure out what I need for the series of photos in the way of accessories. I also hope to make some headway on getting the holiday decorating done on the Labelle's and the dollhouse out of the way. The Patissierie is going to take more time as the shelves need to be filled with foods and breads and Christmas cakes and cookies. 

I may be a little off the grid for the next week or two, but will be posting the Thanksgiving photos here on the blog around the holiday and keep everyone posted with my progress sneak peeks. You can always check my flicker albums as well!~Lisa

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sneak peeks at my diorama progress...

I have thank goodness- finally finished the Victorian and Modern Thanksgiving diorama photos. I have set myself a heavy diorama photo schedule, and it is hard to keep to it. There are a couple of in depth dioramas I want to do for Christmas and it is hard to keep to that original plan because 'real' life always gets in the way. 

Here are some of the Victorian, using the haunted hallway diorama set for the dining room. 

Unfortunately, I had planned on creating the Thanksgiving foods but all I was able to manage were two turkeys and two pies. :( So on both dioramas I had to use Rement to create an illusion of abundance of foods. I think the Haunted hallway was quite useful with the dark greys and woods, which the Victorians were famous for, and even Mrs. Danvers aka Mistress of the Manor looks like the perfect gothic Victorian housekeeper in attendance with the butler to make sure everything runs smoothly.
More of these photos are on flicker now, I will be doing a special Victorian Thanksgiving blogpost later nearer to the holiday.
Modern photos-

These photos are of the dolls at Maison de la Royale having their Thanksgiving meal. Uncle Giles cannot resist feeding Watcher at the table. His sister, Victoire, Agne's mother, is also here and has brought her young nieces Buffy and Peggy, as well as another niece, Poppy for the small dinner. 

Hope you enjoy the sneaks and all of these photos are up in my Flicker, click on the slideshow at the top of the blog post!More photos to come closer to Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Something to think about....

This post is a little off the beaten path, but has to do with something I am still dealing with.  On the one hand, I adore doll collecting, prop collecting and my dollhouses and dioramas. I could not exist if I did not create. On the other hand, it boarders on hoarding- we are always on the lookout and share deals, where to get these neat props, etc to add to our scenes.

Last year this time my mother had a stroke and was in the hospital, went through surgery, then went into a coma, and eventually passed away on life support. Her death was a huge loss to me, and the rest of my family because of her vitality and she was full of life. She was also the reason I began collecting miniatures and dolls, for she loved them as much as I. I remember her being so proud when she would come to shows and always ask, 'do I get a deal?' lol. 

Mom loved tiny dolls, and also porcelain dolls as well as Barbie. Mom was also not a de-boxer. She liked to keep her dolls in the boxes and look and enjoy them about the room. She also loved 'rescuing' tiny dolls or dolls at yard sales, doll shows, and the like. Mom wasn't a doll specific collector- if she liked it- she bought it. She collected alot of Ashton-Drake dolls, and Franklin Mint and often ordered from them.  When she passed, she had about 30 boxed Barbies and a lovely Princess Diana in the box with the chenille suit, as well as matching boxed outfits. 

Which brings me to my main point of this long winded post-- what do you do with a loved one's collection? I have often thought of this and made plans in that direction as my own family will be mystified- my collection has not only fashion dolls- but vintage, as well as rare and hard to find furniture pieces, designed by me but by other well known artists. 

Regretfully, most of what I have left to go through in my mother's collection are a basketful of dolls such as these-

But what about the lovely Princess Diana doll, and all of those Barbies you ask?
THIS was the point I am attempting to make. My father, bless him, was attempting to clean out the dolls. Part of it was my own fault and procrastination for not taking the dolls sooner- it was very hard to go through her collection because of the finality of it- Mom isn't here, an irrational part of me could say she was still here if her dolls were there. Stupid yes. My dad, decided to let one of her 'close' friends take the dolls and insisted he helped her. He had no idea the worth of her collection, which wasn't much or a great deal- the monetary value is never the part you treasure, right? Now this so called close friend was the wife of one of his friends they had vacationed with, etc and I had grown up with their kids. She and Mom used to go to yard sales, flea markets, and pick up Barbies and this lady would fix them up, make home made clothing, and sometimes give mom a doll she had remade over. (I know because I found a box of them when going thru her Christmas decorations- I happened to notice the yard sale barbies she had given mom she did not take- just the Barbies of any value as well as the Diana doll.)Yes, she loaded up her car and took home the loot. To this day she has never contacted me and I doubt she ever will. She took nothing that was not deboxed unless she knew what it was- such as an Elizabeth Taylor Barbie in the purple gown I had given Mom for her birthday, that was gone as well. Don't trust that when friends who know the doll world will not look after their own interests first, and then your family last. Am I still angry- yes, it was mostly at myself and the natural greed of people. It is a subject I am still touchy on a year later and I cannot bear to be around the person whom I speak of.I would never want my friends to go through an experience like this which Is why I decided to write this post today. 

This is my very point- and the lesson learned- prepare a list of your dolls and the retail value you purchased them at,and the date. Keep a list. Make it easy for your family. Deboxed dolls- take a picture of them if you redress, etc. Keep it in a ringbinder with the name of the doll. Time consuming but you can always copy the pics from the doll website and have them printed on your computer on photo paper. Don't rely on your family being able to discern Silkstone Barbie from Fashionista Barbie or a Fashion Royalty doll from a playline doll. 

The above dolls I do not think she knew the worth of, and they probably are not worth very much. When I again visited my dad he did not realize that the dolls were something I had given Mom- he seemed to think this woman had given mom a great deal of them. One of the things that was so wonderful in this box of dolls were the only hearts dolls- the toddlers I deboxed today, and a small Raggedy Ann Kelly in the bottom of the basket! Mom collected Raggedy Ann and ANdys, and she had the complete boxed set that was also taken by the 'friend'. Finding this tiny little Raggedy Ann Kelly really did my heart good. It was almost like she was here saying- see, I saved one for you.

Stewing on this issue, I sat down and spoke to my husband, and showed him my notebook, with its list, and also a trusted friend's name  who could help him sell/move my collection if something happened. I can only imagine a so-called 'friend' coming in and seeing the Fashion Royalty dolls and my Sybarite, bjd's, and thinking they had hit the jackpot.Most families do not understand the net worth of the dolls and sometimes- they do not even care. My example with my mother's collection is a small example and not one of monetary amount of any consequence. Imagine someone of this caliber coming into a valuable collection and that family may need the funds for expenses, etc. after the fact. The whole thing makes me shudder. 

I know this is a very sad and depressing subject- I get depressed thinking I wouldn't be here to play with the dolls!!! lol...but it is a serious one on the spectrum I have experienced and I hope to do some good to the fellow collectors who I know read this blog and maybe take something away from my bad experience. I only regret it took me almost a year to write it down here. 
All for now~Lisa

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Scooby-Doo and the Gang!

One of the great things about doll and action figure collecting is we can make our favorite superheroes, cartoon characters, come to life. And Mattel helps us every now and then, and hits it on the mark.

After coming home from the Fashion Royalty convention, I had a doll, yes, a Poppy- specifically, Starlight Poppy- who I knew would be the PERFECT Daphne I had been looking for. I had always wanted to get the Mattel scooby-doo gang, so when I came home I immediately won a Shaggy with no shoes, and a lot including two Scoobys, various accessories, and a fully dressed Velma and a somewhat played with Daphne. All I wanted was her outfit. This one was not the first Daphne but the one with the pink trenchcoat.

Fred is going to be my Color Infusion Ace McFLY and I will probably have to make his outfit. The Mattel Fred doesn't do it for me, and the cartoon Fred had really puffy hair. Here are some pics of the gang so far.

Since Daphne's outfit is a little loud, I need to find that green scarf she wears, as well as some pink tights. The little pink glasses came in the lot today. Shaggy wears some earth sandals from a Ken outfit. I was really lucky to get all of these dolls, the two scoobys(the other one is an older version and not as nice as the one I took pics of) and their flashlights, cell phones and scooby snacks for less than $29 on ebay. More pics up later!