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Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

RGT doesn’t sell just dollhouses anymore!  We have all of the basic supplies you need to begin your dollhouse project. (more…)

Miniaturist of the Month – Nancy Gallo

Friday, April 17th, 2015
Nancy Gallo - Real Good Toys Miniaturist of the Month

Nancy Gallo – Real Good Toys Miniaturist of the Month

The love of miniatures and all things small often begins at a very young age.  That is exactly how it happened for Nancy Gallo, our April Miniaturist of the Month. Looking back, Nancy says she has always been interested in the world of miniatures.  As a child she remembers being drawn to all kinds of miniature displays. Every year at Christmas her dad would layout a train set, complete with mini buildings, scenery and people.  She says, “I spent countless hours studying every little detail.  I can close my eyes and still see it!”

Nancy started working at Hobby Lobby, a large craft retailer, once her children were grown.  She loved the Real Good Toys Beachside Bungalow on display and dreamed of living near the ocean in a house just like the Beachside Bungalow. Nancy and her husband eventually relocated to Port Richey, FL and she started working at the Hobby Lobby there.  She was finally able to fulfill her dream of buying a “beach house”. While building this dollhouse, her enchantment with all things mini became her passion.  Nancy says, “Everyone at the store knows if there is a dollhouse question, send the customer to me! If I can’t answer their questions, I send them to the RGT website.”

Nancy's Life Stages Collectibles Cabinet

Nancy’s Life Stages Collectibles Cabinet

Inside of Life Stages house

Inside of Life Stages House

 

Country Church interior

Country Church interior

 

Nancy’s projects tend to be reflective of what is going on in her life at that particular time.  She also has been an enthusiastic participant in the Real Good Toys annual Build Along projects. Nancy calls her Build Along Collectibles Cabinet (the 2014 project) her life stages house, where each floor represents a different stage of life.  She is now working on the Real Good Toys Country Church, which she says is filled with passion for her very sick son. Nancy decided she didn’t like the brown pews, so she is sanding them down and repainting them with the teal.  Nancy veered from the instructions on her Real Good Toys Victoria’s Farmhouse by adding a doorway, after assembly.  She learned how to use power tools and now the sky is the limit when it comes to customizing!

Nancy's Victoria's Farmhouse

Nancy’s Victoria’s Farmhouse

Interior of Victoria's Farmhouse

Interior of Victoria’s Farmhouse

Nancy loves to spend time at the beach collecting shells when she is not miniature-ing. She calls the beach her thinking spot.  She also enjoys gardening and cooking.  Nancy is also saving up so she can do dollhouse builds for women’s shelters. When Nancy was chosen to participate in our Miniaturist of the Month feature, I asked her if she had some words of wisdom for new miniaturists. She said, “My goal here is to inspire others to just enjoy the hobby.  Being an expert is not required. Although it is fun seeing the project completed…enjoy the journey.” 

Thanks for letting us spotlight your talents Nancy.  You put your heart and soul in each project and it shows!

Would you like to be our next Miniaturist of the Month?  It’s really easy.  Just email your information with a few pictures attached to [email protected]

I look forward to letting YOUR talents shine!!sunshine

Fall Foliage Workshop – More lighting with LEDs

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

A0805The 2013 Foliage Sale (Sept 28) was delightful!  We had great weather, good fall color, and lots of friends from near and far: old friends who have become regulars at our get-togethers, and new friends who have just discovered this event.  (more…)

Designing a New Dollhouse

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Bungalow DetailsWhat does it take to design a dollhouse?  I am seeing a lot of energy on the new Facebook page “New Design Suggestions for RGT”, with enthusiasm and great ideas for new dollhouses.  You might find it interesting how one of our new designs, the Bungalow, came around.

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Miniatures: South American Style

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

2010_2 Galapagos Islands 488We discovered a type of folk art very similar to our beloved American minis on a recent trip to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.  “Retablos” are colorful vignettes of festivals and everyday life made from a plaster and mashed potato mixture. Originally dating back to 1532, retablos were first crafted as miniature religious shrines. Over the years they almost disappeared, but regained popularity in the 1940’s when country artisans began to depict scenes such as fiestas, markets, workshops and home life. Today there are countless different styles and sizes. Most retablos are positioned inside brightly painted wooden boxes, but you may find others done in egg shells or even small chewing gum boxes. (Remember “Chiclets”?) Others still are made with as many as five floors, all with different scenes, taking many months of work to complete. All the wonderful retablos we saw were full of activity and vibrant color… it was easy to appreciate the fun and enthusiasm in each and every one!

To see more retablos photos visit us on Facebook.

Dollhouse Tidings

Friday, December 18th, 2009
the RGT Customer Service Team: Gary, Jim, Chris, Jen, Sue, Jodi & Santa

the RGT Customer Service Team: Gary, Jim, Chris, Jen, Sue, Jodi & Santa

Everyone at Real Good Toys takes great pride in crafting the finest quality dollhouses and doll house kits available. Throughout the whole year customer service is a priority and your satisfaction is important to us. We hope your enthusiasm for miniatures is shared by those you love and your dollhouses have brought you, your family and friends many hours of rewarding time. Amid the hustle and bustle of the holidays we want to take a moment to say how grateful we are to all of you who have contributed to our success.

Thank-you and we hope Peace and Joy fill your entire Holiday Season.

 “Building friendships – it happens every day at the help desk. Cheers to all of our building friends this holiday season.” ~ Gary

“Please know that we value our relationships and appreciate your business. Thank you for choosing Real Good Toys dollhouses. Warm Wishes for a joyous season and a bright new year.” ~ Jim

“May your dollhouses sparkle with Christmas magic every day of the year!” ~ Chris

“Wishing all my mini friends the happiest of holidays. May 2010 bring us together again thru our love of all things mini!” ~ Jennifer

“Merry and happy everything to everybody – no exceptions.” ~ Sue

“It has been our sincere pleasure to help each and every one of our customers with their dollhouse projects.  We look forward to making all of your dollhouse dreams come true in the coming year!” ~ Jodi

“HO! HO! HO!” ~ Santa

Get Merry and Win a $50 RGT Gift Certificate!

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009
Santa visits the "Princess Anne" dollhouse.

Santa visits the "Princess Anne" dollhouse.

Real Good Toys is having a raffle! To be entered, just post a picture to our Facebook wall of your dollhouse or room box decorated for the Holidays and you will be entered in a drawing to win a $50 RGT Gift Certificate. All entries must be posted by December 12th, 2009. The winner will be announced on our Facebook page December 14th. Share the holiday spirit & email this news to your friends! It will be fun to see all the mini decorations and doll houses decked out for the season.

Vermont dollhouse donation brings many rewards.

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Our local senior crafters have once again brought joy to a special group of children. The resident girls age 7-9 at the Kurn Hattin Home* in Westminster, VT, previously made a dollhouse out of a cardboard box. They had fun, but wished for the “real” thing.

Mr. & Mrs. McIntyre, of Westview Meadows, heard about the girls’ dream and contacted Real Good Toys to ask if we could help. A dollhouse kit was chosen and delivered to the Westview Meadows Senior Crafters who have built and finished more then 100 dollhouses for charities throughout the state. Having plenty of experience, they got right to work. In just a few weeks they arranged to surprise the girls with the beautiful finished dollhouse.

Finished dollhouse delivery.

Finished dollhouse delivery.

When their stunning Victorian “Painted Lady” was brought through the door, the girls literally jumped for joy and filled the room with shrieks of laughter, as well as some happy tears. Everyone’s heart was full.

 

We wish the children at Kurn Hattin many happy hours of play and once again thank the seniors at Westview Meadows for generously giving their time to a worthy cause.

Doll house dreams come true!

Doll house dreams come true!

If you or your organization would like to do a good deed and donate a Real Good Toys dollhouse to one of your favorite charities please visit your local dollhouse retailer and discuss their donation policy or go to “Dollhouses for a Cause” on our web site.

 

*Since 1894, Kurn Hattin has helped thousands of at-risk children by providing a safe home and a quality education in a caring nurturing environment.

 

Dollhouses on Display at the Vermont Welcome Center

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009
 The Vermont Welcome Center at Guilford VT is on route 91 in southern VT near Brattleboro.  It’s a lovely facility, a post-and-beam barn with displays of Vermont history, activities, and things of interest.  Real Good Toys was invited to display some of our dollhouses there to show Vermont craftsmanship.

Roadtrip!  I packed the van with two tables and four houses (a puzzle all by itself) and headed out with my daughter Charlotte for Guilford.   It was a beautiful late summer day, hardly a cloud in the sky and no traffic heading South.  In a couple of hours, we arrived  and we made connections with the Visitor Center Staff (we had to go into Massachusetts and turn around to get to the Welcome Center from the North-bound lane).  (more…)

The Dollhouse Builders of Westview Meadows, continued

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

John and Margot inspect dollhouse details

I’ve been visiting John and Julio for several weeks, helping them with their wiring and with bits-and-pieces of the dollhouse building and decorating process.  Some of the things we do when I’m there are things I’m good at, some of the things are brand new for me (last night I hooked-up the ‘glowing embers’ circuitry for a fireplace). 

One of the things that really impresses me whenever I visit is how many of the folks that live there drop by for a moment of admiration or a conversation about the progress and process of this dollhouse build.  Each new step in the assembly brings a fresh review of where we are and where we’re going, and there is a background humm of activity and interest that circles around this project.  (more…)