Thursday, September 29, 2011

Monaco Royale Vanessa....

Monaco Royale Vanessa from the W club arrived a few days ago, but haven't de-boxed her until today. This doll is exquisite, the draping and bead and sequin detailing is amazing on the gown, especially with the kick panel to the side. Her jewelry, I am envious for the first time of a doll who has more elegant jewelry than I! She also comes with interchangeable hands to hold the 'Bloody Mary' cocktail! Totally well worth the money. I try to keep my dolly budget under control, so with the W club dolls I do not always buy them...but this Vanessa reminds me a bit of the royal photographer Cecil Beaton from the early 50's & 60's who photographed the Queen and Princess Ann, and Princess Margaret in thos stylish, eau de soie evening gowns, with over the top heavy chic buns and high hair do's. Her look here is timeless and classic, and chic...
Plus- this doll poses quite well seated, which surprised me given the dress is supposed to be form fitting. The shoes are a little loose, but they work..I love the gold with this salmon color, very glitzy, very glamorous.
Enjoy the photos!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tonner Harry Potter is in the house!

Ok, I gave in and ordered the new 12 inch Harry Potter by Robert Tonner when they had their sale with free shipping this past Friday -- I could not resist. The new smaller scales of the Harry Potter line is amazing, Dumbledore is about 16 inches high. I hope to add Hermoine and Ron as well as their house robes too. Harry is so adorable, they have really added so much detail in his shoes, socks, wand, and clothing! He has an extra hand that is interchangeable if you do not wish him to have his wand hand displayed. I spent some time making some little magical blank books, and have not yet finished their embellishment on the covers, more are coming with a Bespaq round table that will be filled to the brim with crystal ball, dragon eggs, potion bottles, spooky books, etc and all the Potter accessories of Hogwarts. Tonner has nailed this one! What a great little doll- and just in time for Halloween!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

More photos of Daria....

More photos of Daria again....I finally upacked this gown from Dressmaker Details I had purchased thru the W club's lottery when it came up for bid. It is gorgeous, I love the delicate beading and netting onit, but the shoes are SOO sucky. Clearly made for the Silkstone Barbie foot, not my extravagant Fashion Royalty divas.
Before I go into too much more- yes, that's a photo of Daria dolls aren't politically yes, I made the cigarette with excessive just looks like an old Cecil Beaton photo since that dress harkens back to that time.
Shoes were from Sylvia, a miniature artist under the name of the Dolls' Cobbler. Originally, she started out making doll shoes for dolls, such as antique Kestners, fashion dolls, etc. but then went smaller to dollhouse scale. Her booth at a miniature show is one of my favorite places and I cannot go past it without purchasing tiny shoes....I am a shoe fanatic in real life, and have boxes of Colin Stuart, Stuart Weitzmans, Peter Fox in my closet though I do not wear them often....miniature shoes are even more addicting because they do not take up room in MY closet but in the dollhouse closet.
I have been so busy this week that these are great photos for on the fly, Daria is gearing up to compete on the Flicker group International Fashion Royalty Jetset Diva as a jetset diva. Some of the prizes are so cool, I am hoping my photos can make the cut, and it is always fun to challenge yourself. This gown really compliments my Bespaq wingchair I designed, I am trying to think up a set for a more better photo since the lighting is so poor in the One Sixth Scale dollhouse, some of these photos are so grainy. Enjoy!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Some photos of Daria Zarr...

Since receiving Daria some months ago- she was one of the W club dolls, I have not had much time to photograph her. Here at the One Sixth Scale dollhouse I have been somewhat going thru a few disasters, natural and unexpected, such as Hurricanes- we are still going thru the tropical storm depression 'Lee' and now Katia looks like she may hit as well. I have been ill since Thursday, and unable to go full throttle like I usually do each day, which is frustrating to my nature, since I am basically a work aholic.
My purpose in posting photos of Daria in my premiere design Red Dragon wingchair, designed by me & manufactured in conjunction with Pit Ginsburg's help of  Bespaq International Corporation was twofold....the world lost Pit on September 4th. Pit Ginsburg was one of the most forward thinking people in the industry of dollhouse miniatures, and he will be missed. I worked with both he & his nephew who now runs the company, Shawn Flading, on the design and manufacture of my wingchairs- of which Red Dragon was the first. Most of the work was in choosing the proper chair to manufacture in 1:6 scale, as well as fabric suppliers and unique finishes. I have to say, without Pit's input and advice, the line of the six wingchairs would never have come about. Daria epitomizes the elegance of the line, and simplicity of East meets West that I was going for. I will take more updated photos of the other five chairs for the blog as I feel better, since I am supposed to be on bedrest.
More of my Flicker photos. As everyone knows, most of the furniture in the One Sixth Scale Dollhouse is the large scale Bespaq, manufactured in the 1990's, and no longer manufactured. As I gaze on the dollhouse, I remember my great friend and most of all, my mentor in the miniature world, and mourn his loss.