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.

Scottish House 2

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

 

Miniaturist of the Month – Mary Gavila

Friday, October 31st, 2014
Mary's Real Good Toys Newport Dollhouse

Mary’s Real Good Toys Newport Dollhouse

 

The Living Room in Mary's Newport

The Living Room in Mary’s Newport

The interior of Mary's Newport

The interior of Mary’s Newport

Real Good Toys is pleased to announce that Mary Gavila is our November Miniaturist of the Month! Mary and her husband live in Ocala,FL. She has two children and two grandchildren. Back in 1981, Mary built her first dollhouse for her daughter, Amy. Due to unfortunate circumstances, the dollhouse was given to someone else, so Amy never got to play with it.  Amy now has a daughter, Avery, age 9, and Mary decided to build the Real Good Toys Newport dollhouse for Avery. It took Mary a year and 8 months to complete the Newport, but she did some customizing. Of course she did…that’s what miniaturists do! Mary added more bathrooms and an attic ladder so the top floor can be accessed from the main house. She also made all the bedding in the dollhouse. Mary says, “I love the way it came out and am very proud of the finished product”. She also miniaturized family photographs for the dollhouse and put one of them on the miniature TV screen. Mary wanted it to look like the dollhouse people were watching a family video.  You can tell creativity and imagination just took over! Avery is one lucky little girl!

The Kitchen in Mary's Newport

The Kitchen in Mary’s Newport

Mary Gavila & Family

Mary Gavila & Family

When Mary is not working on her miniatures, she enjoys crocheting, making paper flowers and basket weaving.  She says, “I love a challenge, so the more difficult and time consuming the project, the better I like it”. Mary also loves genealogy and has created a family tree with over 18,000 members. This project took her 5 years. The culmination of this lengthy project was Mary applying for dual citizenship and becoming an Italian citizen.  She tells us all four of her grandparents were born in Italy. Her children were also able to become Italian citizens, which Mary says, “…opens a whole new realm of opportunities for their futures”.

Mary and her husband are now empty nesters with her son getting married and leaving home. She says she is a bit embarrassed to say that she replaced her son with a Havanese puppy named Ricky Ricardo, which she absolutely loves.  Ricky was recently certified as a Good  Canine Citizen, which makes him eligible to visit hospitals and nursing homes. Mary hopes to do more advanced training with him in the future.

I’m sure you all will agree that Mary is one busy lady.  I love that she has so many varied interests, in addition to her exquisite dollhouse work. No wonder she is so proud. If you would like to see more pictures of Mary’s Newport, check our Facebook page, Real Good Toys Dollhouses. Isn’t it about time for another dollhouse project Mary?

Mary, thank you for sharing and letting us get to know you and your work!

Who would 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’m looking forward to letting YOUR talents shine!!sunshine

Real Good Toys What’s In Your Attic? Contest

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Real Good Toys is excited to announce our new contest, What’s In Your Attic?, featuring the completely finished, 1 inch scale Attic Tower Top.  So come one, come all and pull out those extra minis you have sitting around…in your craft room, closet or tote, and wipe the dust off (or not!).  Put those minis to good use in the Real Good Toys’ What’s In Your Attic? contest.

The rules are simple – buy at least (1) Attic Tower Top, which is completely finished inside and out, and furnish this small room with things you may find in your attic.  It could be neat as a pin or dirty as a pig sty, it’s an attic after all.  Use your imagination because there is no right or wrong.  Simply show us what’s in your mini attic for a chance to win a $100, $75 or $50 gift certificate from Real Good Toys. 

Contest entries are due by November 9th, 2014.  You have up to nine weeks to create a spectacular miniature attic.  Send three (3) photos of your project to [email protected]  We will post the photos on our Facebook page, Real Good Toys Dollhouses, and ask our favorite fans to vote on your project.  Our Facebook friends will determine the top five finalists and the J-TEAM will pick the top three winners.

  • First Place:        $100 RGT Gift Certificate

  • Second Place:   $75 RGT Gift Certificate

  • Third Place:      $50 RGT Gift Certificate

So what are you waiting for, order your Attic Tower Top today, and get in on this simple yet fun contest.  What do you have to lose?  Shipping is free and there are a limited number of Finished Attic Tower Tops available…45 to be exact.  This makes your odds of winning even greater.  Show us What’s In Your Attic? TODAY!

Mini wishes – Jennifer

Real Good Toys 1st Annual Fall Foliage Dollhouse Factory Warehouse Clearance Sale

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Real Good Toys
1st Annual Fall Foliage
Dollhouse Factory Warehouse Clearance Sale!

Save the Date:

Saturday & Sunday – October 1st & 2nd, 2011
9AM – 4PM
Come early for the best selection!

Visit beautiful Vermont and take advantage of our GIANT clearance cleanout!
Drive up or down, save on shipping and get terrific deals on: dollhouse components, moldings, building parts, windows, doors, spindles, porch posts…dollhouse kit closeouts, seconds, overstocks, damaged goods, returns, prototypes, antiques (from our archives) and sample products from other companies.

This fun event will include refreshments, door prizes and grab bag surprises!
Meet Jodi, Jen & Gary!  Sue & Rose will greet you at our Factory Store with special discounts of
20-50% OFF EVERYTHING including our stock of AZTEC furniture and Melissa & Doug!

We welcome you to get the first peek at our newest designs,
tour our factory and enjoy the lovely autumn leaves.
Visit other local New England attractions
(don’t miss Rock of Ages and Ben & Jerry’s),
but be sure to make reservations for accommodations early – it’s a popular time of the year!

Hope to see you there!
Mini wishes,
Jennifer