Bobbye Gorrell – Miniaturist of the Month
Meet Bobbye Gorrell, our Real Good Toys Miniaturist of the Month. She hails from Beavercreek, OH which is near Dayton. Bobbye has been building dollhouses and miniature displays since 1980, with at least 30 dollhouses and miniature scenes under her belt. Bobbye is very good at taking an unlikely container and turning it into an intriguing miniature scene. She took an old cuckoo clock apart and made it a little miniature cottage. Bobbye also took an old silverware chest and turned it into a beautiful outdoor wedding display.
Bobbye built two Imagination Houses for her granddaughters and a Lilliput Kiwi Cottage that she says, “…everyone who sees it loves it. ” She also had a custom one of a kind A-Frame dollhouse built for her, and at present, she is working on a Front Opening Country Victorian. Bobbye really enjoys building Real Good Toys dollhouse kits.
I had a lovely conversation with Bobbye and she gave me the lowdown on how the dollhouse replica of her real home came about. At a miniature show in Dayton, Bobbye met a man from Old World Craftsmen Dollhouses in Oconomowoc, WI. He was also a cabinet maker and used his leftover materials to make dollhouses. So when Bobbye and her family moved into their new home, she contacted this fellow to build a replica of her new home. She sent off the blueprints for him to work from and after two years, the dollhouse was ready. To take it a step further, Bobbye sent pictures of her real furniture to a fellow from Mayberry Miniatures in Parma OH, who made replicas of her furniture for her dollhouse. Then came wiring, finishing and landscaping. To say that this project has been a labor of love is a bit of an understatement. I believe it may be the dream of every miniaturist to have an exact likeness, or replica, of a structure near and dear to their heart.
Bobbye gets building help from her husband. He helps her put the dollhouses together and then lets her put the finishing touches on the dollhouse, such as paint, wallpaper and decorating. He also helps her out with shingling.
Bobbye has recently retired from her job, which she described as a one person accounting department for an engineering firm. Now that Bobbye is not working full time, she would like to refurbish old dollhouses and donate them to local charities. She also likes to travel with her husband, seeing the country and going to miniature shows. When she is not working with miniatures, Bobbye enjoys playing bridge with her friends. She also sews and creates counted cross-stitch furnishings for dollhouses.
Thanks so much for sharing your dollhouses and miniature scenes with us Bobbye. We love your unique pieces and how they came about.
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