Oh my! My mother gave me more family heirlooms for my birthday earlier this month – this is an amazing dollhouse porcelain dinnerware set that belonged to my grandmother. She was born in 1916, so I’m estimating this set to be from the 1920’s. The packaging is original and there are enough plates for twelve guests, but unfortunately the guests have to eat with their hands as I don’t currently have any cutlery.
Just a little rugged around the corners, but all the pieces are there.
The blue stripes are hand painted, but the flowers look like decals. I’m not sure if the decals were originally of varying quality, or if my grandmother has played with these so much that some of the flowers are barely there anymore.
I have a non-existent ceramic vocabulary especially in English, but just look at these plates! There’s a swirly pattern on the plates, not too visible in all of them, some also have some extra grainy bits under the glaze. The overall quality varies quite a lot, but I don’t mind – it only reminds of the people who made these dishes.
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before, but I was a huge dollhouse enthusiast when I was in my early teens. I did like my little dollhouse when I was smaller, but the historically accurate 1:12 dollhouses ended up being a real hit later. My mother and I even traveled to London just so we could buy a dollhouse kit for me to build. For some reason the right moment to build the house never came (the biggest reason probably being that it needed to turn out perfect, which makes beginning extremely difficult), so it’s still in my parents’ basement waiting for me to have enough room to build and keep it. I’ll probably be a granny when that time comes, but c’est la vie. One day I’ll have my little hat shop and a charming milliner spinster living above it. The milliner will have spectacular dinner parties for all her intellectual friends and everyone will have utensils to eat with.
After a long weekend away at my parents’ I’ve been busy stitching some tiny books. These little notebooks have been a bit of a hit in my shop after Karen shared in her blog what she’s done with them. Now I’ve made a big new lot of them, so I suppose I’ll be fine for a moment. And if it should happen that these fly out the door in record time, I wouldn’t mind making more!
Tens of little white books have found a new home and ended up as jotters for little children, as books in which parents have written their child’s first words and sentences, as quote books for brides-to-be, and as artists’ books. I love it when my customers share how they’ve used my books, and I get a glimpse of how my books get to play a role in bringing people closer together. Sappy me…
The covers are made of heavy weight watercolour paper so you can paint and customize them according to your liking, or just leave them as is – the texture of the paper alone is attractive.
The books measure 7,8×10,6×0,8cm / 3.1″x4.2″x0.3″ and they can be found for sale here.
An old box of Prince Chocolate by Fazer now makes a temporary home for these books. I had an unruly pile of notebooks trying to make a dive off the desk, so I grabbed the nearby wooden box without much thought only to find out the books fit there perfectly. Now I have a miniature bookshelf full of pretty books. I’d exchange some for chocolate, though.
Red is a foreign colour – I seem to barely use it at all. Still, I can’t claim this to be a colourful piece (this one really was!), but it’s an unusual piece in any case. In addition to the rareness of the reds, this collage came together in a suspiciously easy manner, with every element falling into place without the usual dance of rearranging everything a hundred times before committing to one layout.
I wish more people looked at each other the way this young woman looks at her photographer.
I had my hopes set on creating something really tiny this week, but I ended up making something the size of two matchboxes, which isn’t all that tiny to me. But I can’t always control how things turn out, and these materials were screaming my name. This piece fits my palm at 7,9×5,7x1cm / 3.1″x2.2″x0.4″. It stays upright standing on its own, but there’s a plaited linen hanger on the back as well.
(vintage photo, vintage book cover and pages, ceramic beads, thread, paper, board, linen thread, glue)