Bobbye Gorrell – Miniaturist of the Month

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Bobbye Gorrell

Meet Bobbye Gorrell, our Real Good Toys Miniaturist of the Month. She hails from Beavercreek, OH which is near Dayton. Bobbye hasreal Good Toys Miniaturist of the Month been building dollhouses and miniature displays since 1980, with at least 30 dollhouses Bobbye Gorrell, Miniaturist of the Monthand 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 A FrameBobbye Gorrell Miniaturist of the Month

 

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.

 

Bobbye's dollhouse replicaI 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.
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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. 

Would you like to be our next Miniaturist of the Month?  Just email your information to [email protected] 

I want to let your talents shine!! sunshine

 

 

Miniaturist of the Month – Sabrina Turner

Monday, January 11th, 2016

“If you can’t have it in REAL life, you might as well have it in MINI.” That’s the motto of our Miniaturist of the Month, Sabrina Turner.  Sabrina is originally from Charlottesville, VA and now lives in Waldorf, MD, where she works as a paralegal with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C. When she’s not busy with her miniatures, you might find Sabrina riding her motorcycle or studying for her Master’s Degree in Legal Studies.  Amid all of these interesting things, Sabrina also is the proud mother of 2 sons and 4 grandsons.

RGT 3200 Series shell

Le Reve Estate, a custom RGT 3200 Series Shell

Sabrina built her first dollhouse in 1995, but she didn’t have the opportunity to build a Real Good Toys dollhouse until 2003.  She received a 3200 Series Shell Dollhouse Kit for Christmas. Fast forward twelve years and look what she’s done with this shell kit!  Sabrina calls this dollhouse “Le Reve Estate” and the mansion measures just shy of 7 feet long.  It has three extensions and a garage.  She considers it one of her prized possessions, and as most miniaturists, she is still decorating the interior.  Sabrina5Sabrina6Sabrina7

RGT Foxhall Manor

Sabrina’s Foxhall Manor with conservatory and custom garage

RGT Thornhill

Sabrina’s Thornhill

 

 

 

 

 

Sabrina supplied us with many wonderful interior shots of her “mini mansions”, so I chose just a few to share. Her interior work is just as spectacular as her exterior work! Over the years, Sabrina has collected many miniatures in her travels and she says Le Reve Estate has a significant place in her home, regally sitting on its own custom built table with wheels. You’ll notice a couple of snazzy looking vehicles in her pictures, such as the miniature versions of a Lexus LS400 and a Range Rover Sport.  Sabrina has also built the Foxhall Manor and the Thornhill.  Next up is the Newport with two extensions and on her wish list is the Queen Anne. The Windsor, Victoria’s Farmhouse, Alison Jr. and Victorian Cottage Jr. are some other dollhouses she has built. She is an expert on Real Good Toys dollhouses!

 

RGt General Store

Sabrina’s Gucci store

Presently she is working on a General Store and has turned it into a Gucci store.  All of these beautiful creations make up her Real Good Toys Millionaire’s Row. Sabrina is hoping to add more shops to her “mini millionaire neighborhood” and says that each of her dollhouses has been, and will be, built in honor of her four sisters and herself. As Sabrina says, “What better way to own the most prestigious mansions without having to worry about mortgages, electric bills, association dues, etc…!”

I am a TRUE RGT fan!!

All we can say is “WOW”.  Thank you so much for sharing your exquisite work Sabrina.  Keep it up. We can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve!!

Would you like to be our next Miniaturist of the Month?  Email me at [email protected] for all the details!

Miniaturist of the Month – Dena Buehring

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015
Dean and her French Bakery

Dena and her French Bakery

Say hello to Dena Buehring, Real Good Toys Miniaturist of the Month.  Dena lives in Tucson, AZ and works as an Administrative Assistant for a CPA firm.  Dena says it seems like miniatures have always been part of her life.  In the early 1990’s, she built her first big dollhouse and Dena now has five dollhouses, two wall houses and several room boxes in her collection.

RR-29 Barn

Waiting for Bobby to get home from school

As with most people that work with dollhouses and miniatures, Dena finds it relaxing. She says she is always on the lookout for miniatures for her dollhouses and she has even planned trips around miniature shows, so she can find the next best thing for her projects.  In the past, Dena has built dollhouses for friends that were physically incapable of building the dollhouse themselves, and has taught dollhouse building classes while working part-time for The Doll House, then in Tucson. She also has built a dollhouse along with her grandson and she built him a Real Good Toys RR29 Ruff ‘n Rustic All American Barn for his last birthday.

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Dena’s Scottish House

Dena’s work load is heaviest in tax season, so she usually works on her miniatures in the summer, beginning right after April 15th. In the winter months, after Thanksgiving, Dena moves from her miniatures to genealogical research.  She loves to trace her ancestry and compile as much information as she can.  Another love of hers is reading.  She said she reads all the time. Dena is a Real Good Toys Facebook fan and we have seen some amazing work from her on our page.  The most recent is one of the Build Along projects that she finally was able to finish.  She calls it her French House.  It is actually a French Bakery and Dena is going to experiment with making Fimo bread and pastries to fill the bakery next summer.  We can’t wait to see what she does with the interior finishing of her bakery.

Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean

Miniaturist of the Month craft project

A Pirate’s Life for Me!

On a trip to Glasgow, Scotland, Dena purchased the dollhouse she calls her Scottish House.  She was able to bring home the dollhouse kit and some special miniatures packed right in her suitcase. Dena is one of those miniaturists that needs to be doing something crafty all the time and is always thinking about what she can make in miniature.  She likes to do unusual, fun projects like her Pirates of the Caribbean miniature scene.  This diorama was created in an old phone box. Dena says, “I find I miss being creative if I don’t have something to work on – sometimes I just like to do furniture kits or make books or little boxes for kits. I have a MINI problem.”

Dena's Favorite Dollhouse

Dena’s Favorite Dollhouse

Miniaturist of the Month

Interior of Dena’s favorite house

The large green dollhouse was Dena’s first dollhouse. She built the dollhouse in the early 1990’s and although it has some similarities to an early Real Good Toys dollhouse, Dena is unsure of the manufacturer. She purchased it from The Doll House before she started working there. Dena has made several of the miniatures from scratch and has spent years working on this dollhouse. She has had fun adding her personal touches to the dollhouse and still adds to it when she finds something special. She says this is her favorite dollhouse because it turned out so beautiful. Dena says, ” I would like to live there and sit on the porch swing in the summertime.”

Thanks for sharing with us Dena. We admire your attention to detail and your ability to tackle any type of miniature project. We can’t wait to see more!

Would you like to be our next Miniaturist of the Month?  It’s really easy!! Just email your information and pictures to [email protected]

I can’t wait to let your talents shine!sunshine

 

Judi Enins – Miniaturist of the Month

Friday, October 16th, 2015
Real Good Toys Classic Bungalow

Judi and Cesar with the Holiday Bungalow.

Welcome our newest Real Good Toys Miniaturist of the Month – Judi Enins of Bensenville, IL, a suburb 20 miles west of Chicago. Judi confides that she has been married to her high school sweetheart and best friend for 45 years.  She and her husband have two daughters and two grandchildren, with another grandchild on the way in December.  Judi’s only baby left at home now is Cesar, her 12 year old West Highland Terrier.

Real Good Toys Contemporary Ranch

Interior of Contemporary Ranch

Real Good Toys Contemporary Ranch

Judi’s Contemporary Ranch

After retiring two years ago from the insurance industry, Judi has, once again, found the hobby of dollhouses and miniatures.  30 years ago Judi built three dollhouses with her husband when their daughters were young.  She said she and her husband really got into miniatures during that time.  Her husband would build them and she would decorate them.  As the girls grew, the dollhouses were stored away.  Judi pulled them out for her granddaughter to play with while she was visiting.  She admits that she had forgotten just how much she enjoyed them, so she decided to build one for herself. Since most dollhouses have a Victorian look to them, she wanted something a little bit different. Judi chose the Real Good Toys Contemporary Ranch. She fell in love with the modern design.  Because her granddaughter’s room is not that large at home, Judi keeps the dollhouse at her house, which just delights Grandma!

Judi’s next project was the Real Good Toys Classic Bungalow.  She decorated the dollhouse in a Holiday theme, Christmas dinner at Grandma and Grandpa’s house! Such a happy little dollhouse. Oh my, she is giving me some gift ideas! Judi did a little customizing on the Classic Bungalow.  With the help of her husband, Judi installed two craftsman style skylight windows in the attic ceiling to break up the broad expanse of the ceiling. Those windows really open up the attic rooms.

Judi's Holiday Bungalow

Judi’s Holiday Bungalow

Real Good Toys Classic Bungalow

Christmas at Grandma & Grandpa’s

Judi is loving retirement and is keeping very busy. She swims every day, and has learned to knit.  She is involved in her church choir and of course, Judi has become a true dollhouse enthusiast. She thinks her next dollhouse will be the Real Good Toys New Orleans dollhouse. Judi says,

“It’s a great hobby and I totally understand how a person could get hooked on building these little works of art. It’s a way to use all of the skills at your disposal (your imagination, design, artistry, etc…) My finished dollhouses have pride of place in my family room so I can look at them all the time – but if I keep making dollhouses at this rate, there will be no room for either my husband or me to sit in the family room anymore. Thanks for manufacturing such good quality, top of the line, easy to build dollhouse kits”.  

 

Thank you for sharing with us Judi.  Your enthusiasm is contagious and we hope you continue your rediscovery of dollhouses.

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

I want to let your talents shine!sunshine

Miniaturist of the Month – Renee Orvis

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015
Renee and her Collectibles Cabinet and Mulberry Lane

Renee and her Collectibles Cabinet and Mulberry Lane

Renee's Display Case

Renee’s Display Case

Real Good Toys welcomes Renee Orvis, our very first home town Miniaturist of the Month! Renee grew up right here in Barre. She is married with two children, an 18 year old daughter in college and an 8 year old son.  She attended Johnson State College for one year and eventually finished her degree in fine art at the Community College of Vermont.  Renee also worked for Joann Fabrics for a few years where she developed an interest in sewing, crafts and needlework. She has worked for 26 years at Vermont Mutual Insurance Group in the Finance Department.

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Beautiful Foyer

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Custom painted fireplace

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Great country kitchen

Renee is relatively new to miniatures, but has jumped in with both feet.  She became interested in dollhouses and miniatures when she was young.  Renee recalls receiving a large Colonial Style dollhouse for Christmas one year. The house was passed on, but she kept some of the furniture thinking she might eventually get into dollhouses. It wasn’t until about a year and a half ago that she bought her first kit. Her first build was the Real Good Toys Build Along Collectibles Cabinet.  That was all it took.  Renee was hooked!  Her next kit was the Lilliput Mulberry Lane. Renee really loves art history, especially the Georgian, Regency and Victorian periods.  She wanted to make the interior of her Mulberry Lane as authentic to these periods as her budget would allow.  She said, “I finally decided that I can’t have an exact replica house with all the details exactly as they would have been… so I decided to look at it more as an impressionist painter would and focus on the subtleties, giving the suggestion of a Georgian kitchen or a Regency drawing room.  A little color here and a little detail there, and not worry so much about making it exactly correct.”

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Look at those paintings!

What’s next for this miniaturist?  She would like to create miniatures on her own and not from kits.  Renee would like to try her hand at polymer clay food, and has already tried painting and framing her own pieces. She says, “As a new miniaturist, I am very excited about the many facets and options to explore!”

Renee, your enthusiasm to try new things is contagious, and we thank you for letting us have a look into your projects. We can’t wait to see what’s next for you!

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 want to let your talents shine!sunshine

Miniaturist of the Month-Leah Sexton

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015
Leah's Collectible Cabinet

Leah’s Collectible Cabinet  Facebook Build Along Project

 

RGT's 2014 Facebook Build-Along Project, Collectibles Cabinet

Leah’s Collectibles Cabinet

Interior of Leah's Collectibles Cabinet

Interior of Leah’s Collectibles Cabinet

Meet our Miniaturist of the Month-Leah Sexton.  Leah has been making miniatures for 20 years and she started with the Real Good Toys Simplicity Dollhouse. She has made many projects over the years and has donated most all of them to raffles, fundraisers and toy drives. Her current projects are the Real Good Toys Collectible Cabinet, Hobby Builders Supply Creating Contest and a room box in 1/3 scale.  1/3 scale is for dolls 18-24 inches. Real Good Toys is just about ready to unveil our 18 inch dollhouse.  Hold on to your hats 1/3 scale lovers.  Leah has enjoyed the 2014 Collectibles Cabinet Facebook Build Along project so much so that she would really like another one.  I think lots of folks would like to see that one come back. That project made a very handy, and cute, craft supply storage for me. She is also working on the current Build Along project, The Crafter’s Cottage.  The popular Build Along projects on our Facebook page, Real Good Toys Dollhouses, allow participants to individualize and design their own dream project while sharing creativity and enthusiasm with a whole group of like-minded people.

Leah's Paint Ready Victorian

Leah’s Paint Ready Victorian

Leah's Holiday New Orleans Dollhouse

Leah’s Holiday New Orleans Dollhouse

Even though Leah doesn’t keep many of her projects for herself, she confides that the Christmas themed New Orleans Dollhouse with an addition was the hardest dollhouse to part with, even though it went for a good cause. No wonder she was sad to see it go…it’s spectacular! Leah also did an amazing job on a dollhouse kit that is no longer in production here at Real Good Toys, The Paint Ready Victorian.  Her color choices and painting scheme are true Victorian.  Our Attic Tower Contest didn’t stump Leah. I love what she did with that small space.  Leah really likes the challenge of contests and Build Alongs. She also has participated in several Hobby Builders Supply Creating Contests.

Leah's Attic Tower Contest entry

Leah’s Attic Contest entry

 

Leah's Wall House

Leah’s Wall House Facebook Build Along Project

Leah’s best advice to any miniaturist is to take your time. Leah says, “For instance, when glue needs to set or paint needs to dry, move to something else in the assembly process so your project doesn’t look rushed”. When Leah is not crafting, she loves hiking the trails around her home in Gladstone, MI, which is in the Upper Peninsula.  In bad weather she loves to curl up with a good mystery book.  She tells me that in order to fund her mini-fun, she teaches at a small local college. Leah says, “I am having fun in different scales making tiny and not so tiny accessories. The challenge of a new kit is always incentive to begin another project”.

Thanks for sharing your work with us Leah. 

We applaud your generosity with your miniatures.

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].

We want to let your talents SHINE!! sunshine

Miniaturist of the Month – Lawanda Swearengin

Thursday, June 11th, 2015
Barn interiors

Barn interiors

Lawanda's All American Barns

Lawanda’s All American Barns

Real Good Toys welcomes our June Miniaturist of the Month – Lawanda Swearengin of Bloomfield, MO. Lawanda is retired from the United States Air Force after 20 years of service.  Kudos are due, as we all appreciate and recognize her service and sacrifice.  After retiring from the USAF, she went to college on the GI bill and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Central Missouri State.  Lawanda and her husband, who also is a Veteran of the USAF, have been married for over 32 years. They have 5 children and enjoy 6 grandchildren.  After retiring from the USAF, Lawanda worked for the State of Missouri for 15 years and just retired last year. As her husband is still working, Lawanda says she now devotes all of her time to making dollhouses. She built her first dollhouse just after retiring from the USAF. As is the case with many miniaturists, their miniature projects get put aside as real life gets in the way.  Lawanda says, “They (miniatures) went on the back burner to raise my kids.” When I asked Lawanda if she had other hobbies, she said she has had other hobbies in the past, but until she retired from working for the State of Missouri, her “hobby” was helping other Veterans fight the VA battle to get their benefits.

Lawanda's chicken coop

Lawanda’s chicken coop

Lawanda's Contemporary Ranch

Lawanda’s Contemporary Ranch

 

Contemporary Ranch interior

Contemporary Ranch interior

Contemporary Ranch with pool and hot tub!

Contemporary Ranch with pool and hot tub

Lawanda has always enjoyed the assembling of dollhouses over accessorizing, until she built the Real Good Toys Contemporary Ranch.  She has added so much and has plans to continue. She wants to add a pool house and a garage and tells me that she made the chicken coop totally from scrap wood.  She has made other pieces of furniture and accessories for her 11 dollhouses.  She laughingly calls herself an addict. Lawanda has also built the Real Good Toys Ruff ‘n Rustic All American Barn and the Ruff ‘n Rustic All American Big Barn.  Her dream Real Good Toys dollhouse to build is the Foxhall Manor.  She says, “Might be awhile for that one.” When I offered the Miniaturist of the Month feature to Lawanda, she humbly told me, “I appreciate that you feel I am worthy in some way. Makes me feel good about doing what I love.” Feeling good about what you love doing…that’s what it is all about really. To coin a phrase of a previous M.O.M., “Enjoy the hobby.  Being an expert is not required.”

Thanks for letting us get to know you and for sharing your projects Lawanda!

Who will be our next Miniaturist of the Month?  Just email your information to me at [email protected]

I want to let your talents shine!

sunshine

Miniaturist of the Month – Donald Jenny

Monday, February 16th, 2015
Donald Jenny of Bothell, Washington

Donald Jenny of Bothell, Washington

Real Good Toys is happy to welcome our February Miniaturist of the Month – Donald Jenny. Donald hails from Bothell, Washington, where he is an accomplished freelance artist, designing book covers and illustrating children’s books. When he is not doing that, he builds custom dollhouses. Donald grew up in a family of artists. His father worked for an architectural firm, building scale models as a side job. Donald’s father also built model ships as his hobby. Donald’s mother was once an opera singer. She dabbled in painting while raising her family. His older brother loved to draw race cars. That love ultimately led to building race cars as an occupation. Donald’s younger brother, who once fancied himself a folk singer, is now the proprietor of a business that builds and sells custom electric guitars internationally. It is quite obvious Donald acquired his love of the arts from his family, being creative in drawing, painting and sculpture.  He holds degrees in fine art and computer animation.  Although Donald holds down a daytime office job, he continues his freelance business and custom dollhouse building.

One of Donald's gift houses

One of Donald’s gift houses

In the 1970’s, Donald began building gift houses out of cardboard and other materials.  His intention was to use these houses as a substitute for gift wrapping.  These whimsical creations were quite popular with their recipients.  He didn’t begin building wooden dollhouses until 2000. Donald attended a miniature trade show and was hooked! Beginning with kits, he quickly started customizing dollhouses adding his own special touches. He created, from photos and memory, a miniature version of a Painted Lady dollhouse. He donated his masterpiece to a little girl in foster care.  He tells us the only thing she wanted for Christmas was a dollhouse and it was perfect for her.  If time permits, Donald builds 2-3 dollhouses a year, donating them to various local charities.

Alice before Wonderland Dollhouse

Alice before Wonderland Dollhouse

Donald’s most expensive build so far is his Alice before Wonderland dollhouse, filled with custom made figures and miniatures from the Alice in Wonderland fairy tale. This dollhouse originally was the Real Good Toys #2007 Woodland, with the addition of the 602 Montclair porch.  He tells us, “I have spent nearly 6 years on this project and it still isn’t complete and I doubt it will ever be. This is my baby”!!

Donald's 2014 RGT Facebook Build Along

Donald’s 2014 RGT Facebook Build Along

Donald is one of Real Good Toys most active Facebook fans, always jumping right into our annual Real Good Toys Dollhouses Facebook Build-Along.  He never ceases to amaze us with his creativity and vision. He can take a basic kit and transform it, making it into something truly astonishing. Our Facebook Build-Along projects allow participants to individualize and design their own dream project while sharing creativity and enthusiasm with a whole group of like-minded people.  And that’s just what Donald loves about it.  His Build-Along last year started out to be library and ended up as a brothel. He has already ordered our 2015 Build-Along project, The Crafter’s Cottage, and is anxiously awaiting delivery. Donald says, “I have bought many kits from Real Good Toys because the quality out shines other competitors”.

Donald is looking forward to retirement in a couple of years.  Then he will devote his time to building dollhouses and working on his other love, gardening. Thanks to Donald for sharing his love of dollhouses and miniatures with us.  His enjoyment of the hobby and his creativity inspires all of us.  You can see more of Donald’s work, and much more, at www.donaldworld.com.

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

I want to let your talents SHINE!!sunshine

Miniaturist of the Month – Carole Risteen

Friday, November 28th, 2014
Carole Risteen- Miniaturist of the Month

Carole Risteen- Miniaturist of the Month

Carole just loves cats!

Carole just loves cats!

Real Good Toys‘ Miniaturist of the Month is Carole Risteen of Deltona, FL. Carole is someone every miniaturist wants to know.  For starters, she has been involved with dollhouses and miniatures for over 35 years. Over time, Carole has worked in three different miniature shops, and has built over 300 dollhouses. When Carole was working for Through the Keyhole in Texas, she taught classes and built dollhouses as a Santa’s helper.  She said, “Our double garage never had a car in it, but often had half a dozen or more houses under construction”. Carole has participated in four years of IGMA Guild School classes.  What is IGMA? IGMA stands for International Guild of Miniature Artisans and was founded to promote fine miniatures as an art form.  This organization holds a series of intensive training classes every year at their campus in Castine, Maine.  Carole said she has made many wonderful friends over the years. She considers this hobby her obsession.  She tells us, “There has always been some new technique or skill to learn and many old skills to share with others”. Carole confides, “It has never failed me – lifting me up in sad times and allowing me to help others along the way”.

Carole started in miniatures by making House of Miniature furniture kits. She was a buyer for a retail department store in Tucson, AZ and building the furniture kits was her way to relax.  Carole says she bought her first dollhouse in 1979 from The Doll House, Inc. in Scottsdale, AZ. Over the last 12 years, she has been able to share her love of dollhouses and miniatures with her special needs students through Morning Star School fundraisers. She hopes to continue building dollhouses for Morning Star School fundraisers, with the help of her students and her grandchildren.

Carole's Bossy Bungalow

Carole’s Bossy Bungalow

Carole and Susan with the house  they built!

Carole and Susan with the house they built!

 

Carol is an active fan of Real Good Toys Dollhouses on Facebook.  She has participated in our Build Along projects and was recently chosen as one of our finalists in our “What’s in Your Attic Contest”. She continually fascinates us with her ability to transform and customize our dollhouses in a way that makes them one of a kind.  One project she has shared with us throughout the building process is her Real Good Toys Classic Bungalow.  Carole nicknamed this dollhouse “Bossy”.  She was re-creating a dollhouse she grew up in and throughout the building process the dollhouse seemed to tell her which direction she should take with the customization. She customized the dollhouse with an extra floor and many other special touches.  Her abilities are remarkable and her work is exquisite. Now can you see why every miniaturist would love to know Carole? Not only does she love dollhouses and miniatures, she gets immense joy from sharing that love. Carole says, “…my addiction is complete and part of my retirement is minis, supplies and kits I have stock piled”.

 

Thank you, Carole, for letting us have a glimpse into your mini world and allowing us to get to know a little bit about you.

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]lgoodtoys.com. 

I’m looking forward to letting YOUR talents shine!!sunshine 

 

Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart – In the Spotlight

Monday, August 26th, 2013
Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart, Cheektowaga, NY

Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart, Cheektowaga, NY

Nestled in Western New York, just 10 minutes from Downtown Buffalo and 30 minutes from Niagara Falls, you’ll find Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart, the “Biggest Hobby Store in the U.S.A.!” With thousands of square feet of store to explore, Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart has a rich history filled with family traditions. While building traditions in their Cheektowaga, NY store, they celebrate families. They focus on products that you and your family can grow with…not out of.

The 1949 red Cabbose at Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart

The 1949 Red Cabbose at Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart

John Kavulich, Sr., the founder of Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart, began in the hobby business in 1945. After becoming more and more successful, expansion was the natural next step. In 1954, Mr. Kavulich started the wholesale distribution of hobbies and crafts with Niagara Hobby Distributors. From there, came the present day Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart. The store boasts four interactive working train layouts and carries HO, N-Gauge, Lionel, MTH and LGB trains. For the train history buffs, Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart has a fully restored 1949 Red Caboose in their parking lot. Just perfect for pictures! For the younger train lovers, they can have their picture taken in front of a 10 foot “Thomas the Train” engine. Speaking of interactive, families love their 150 foot six lane slot car track. They even have a 32 foot aluminum Pinewood Derby Test Track!

The Dollhouse Department at Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart

The Dollhouse Department at Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart

Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart is a full line hobby and craft store filled with everything you’d ever need for your hobby. They carry RC cars, planes and boats, artists paints and supplies, Breyer horses, slot cars, kites, Estes Rockets, military die cast and of course, dollhouses and miniatures. They have the largest dollhouse and accessory selection in Western New York, with an impressive inventory of Real Good Toys dollhouses. Miniaturists have many choices when it comes to dollhouse furnishings, paints, adhesives, electrical components and trims. The store has a dazzling display of over 10 dollhouse models, with some of them being fully furnished and electrified. Their staff is knowledgeable and dedicated to helping you find exactly what you need. If they don’t carry it, they will special order it for you.

Miniatures at Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart

Miniatures at Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart

The Real Good Toys Bostonian fully furnished and electrified.

The Real Good Toys Bostonian fully furnished and electrified.

Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart truly has something for everyone and every age. They host free Children’s Craft Workshops for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Easter. Santa, his elves and reindeer visit every weekend during the Holiday Season. The store offers free gifts for every child and free photographs with Santa. No worries if you forgot your camera. They will take the picture and it can be retrieved from their website Photo Gallery.

If all of this doesn’t convince you that you just have to visit, take a look at their Virtual Tour of the store on their website, www.niagarahobby.com. It’s just like walking through the door yourself. If you find yourself traveling through Western New York, be sure you take some time to visit this amazing store.

The store is located at 3366 Union Road (At Walden Avenue, Exit 52E off of I-90), Buffalo, NY 14225. Store hours are Monday-Saturday 10 am to 8 pm and Sunday 12 pm to 5 pm. You can reach them by phone at 716-681-1666. You can also check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

“Begin something today that you, your family and friends can enjoy for a lifetime at the store that combines quality, value, service, brands from around the globe, lots of fun and so much more. Bringing moms and dads, brothers and sisters, and family and friends together for generations.”