Archive for May, 2010

Dollhouse Merchant Spotlight: Mirabella Miniatures, Fairfield, CT

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Lois welcomes you to Mirabella Miniatures

Lois of Mirabella Miniatures says, “There is magic in my miniature shop.” She has seen, first-hand, how miniatures can affect all the senses. She tells us you can see, touch, hear and even taste the magic from the moment you enter her shop.  She’s seen it in eyes filled with wonder when a child spots one of her cottages or dollhouses for the first time.  She’s touched it after she’s assured her customer that almost anything in real life can be found in miniature…and then puts her finger on exactly what they want.  She’s heard it when a little boy and his Dad exclaim over one of her garages or motorcycle or pet shops, or fishing cottages, only to realize they have a comfortable place in the land of miniatures too. And she has even tasted the magic in the form of a stray, salty tear hastily wiped away as one of her adult collectors’ shares how miniatures got them through a round of chemotherapy or radiation because they were able to lose themselves in the miniature world. Yes, miniatures are magic. (more…)

Lincoln Springfield Home Dollhouse Kit Customized with Addition

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Paul & Dianne Trautt of Saint Charles, IL customized our Lincoln Springfield Home dollhouse kit to include the rear addition of the actual house.  They did such an amazing job with all the details I couldn’t wait to share this story with all of you.

Customized Lincoln Springfield Home dollhouse kit by Paul & Dianne Trautt

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Dollhouse Donation brings good things to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Larry Fleming from Arizona needed a little help from his friends at Real Good Toys in early April.  He was building the Painted Lady dollhouse for a very special auction.  He realized, at some point, that he painted the interior window frames the wrong color and it just wouldn’t do.  He needed to order some more frames so he could correct his color scheme.  Time was of the utmost importance because there was a deadline for the auction donations to be submitted.

We got Larry the parts he needed in plenty of time for him to correct and finish the Painted Lady dollhouse.  This beauty was donated to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital for their Spring Auction, which is one of their biggest fundraisers.

The Painted Lady dollhouse by Larry FlemingThe Painted Lady dollhouse by Larry Fleming

Larry wished he had enough time to electrify the house but didn’t want to risk missing the deadline for submission.  They were able to purchase the wallpaper, textured ceiling paper and miscellaneous dollhouse building supplies from a couple of stores in the Phoenix area that have a very nice selection of miniatures and supplies.

Larry used Dutch Boy paint: Willy Willow for the housebody, Duncan’s Delight for the dark trim, Nectar Fizzle on the orange accents, Satin Brilliant White on the white accents and Kilz paint Golden Corn for the yellow accents.

Larry you did an amazing job and I’m sure the Phoenix Children’s Hospital was very grateful for your kind generosity!  Thank you so much for sharing with all of us!

Mini wishes – Jennifer