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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.

Discover Your Favorite Dollhouse Miniatures Forum

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Kindle your enthusiasm and share knowledge by joining an online forum. With forums, you can comfortably be at home (in those favorite pajamas) and simply relax while you sip your coffee, browse, comment, and share related experiences…or you can just lurk – read and quietly take it all in. Whether you are new to dollhouses and miniatures or have years of experience, there is a lot to gain in the forum and blog dialogs.

You can discover many wonderful miniatures forums, but we’ve come across a new one that is very exciting. Check out MECA – Miniature Enthusiasts, Craftsmen & Artisans; if you haven’t visited the site you’re missing out!

Artist, Pamela J.

Artist, Pamela J

MECA is currently holding an exciting Holiday Contest titled, “Re-create your Fondest Christmas/Holiday Memory in Miniature.” Real Good Toys is pleased that the big prize is our very own Classic Bungalow Dollhouse! We hope you will check out the contest rules and jump right in, enjoy building your memory and WIN!

MECA’s administrator Pamela J is welcoming and witty and she has a passion for dollhouses and miniatures that practically jumps off the screen. Her medium is polymer clay and her specialty is miniature culinary delights. Pamela is a true artist and we applaud her talent.

"ButcherBlock" Miniature Art by Pamela J.

"ButcherBlock" Miniature Art by Pamela J

Good luck with your fabulous contest entries and thank you to Pamela J for being such a positive force in the Miniatures Industry.

Wishing you all “Dollhouse Magic” ! 

PS: Please comment and let us know what your favorite forums are… we would love to hear from you and explore new dollhouse forums!

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.

 

Do not miss this amazing dollhouse video!

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

I was delighted to find this wonderful YouTube video on my facebook page today. It features the Great American Dollhouse Museum and showcases a brilliant collection of historical, contemporary and fantasy miniatures and dollhouses. Of course it was wonderful to see so many beautiful Real Good Toys dollhouses were on display. It’s truly AMAZING!

Have a good day.  Chris

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URiEy4ineSc

Young Children, Dollhouses and Miniatures

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Being in the dollhouse business, it should not surprise anyone that when our grandson was barely 2 years old we brought home an Adirondack Cabin, a sturdy set of log furniture and a family of wooden dollhouse dolls.  He had gotten over the “put everything in your mouth” stage quite a while ago, but I didn’t expect him to be old enough to take a keen interest in miniatures… boy, was I wrong!  He jumped right in and immediately began to engage in his first “independent” play.

 

Now, whenever he visits, dolls are fed crunchy cereal and put to bed… they go “in & out” the front door and “up & down” the stairs… they get into lots of trouble and regularly have “time-outs” while he counts to ten (often missing a few numbers). Miniature farm animals are allowed to meander inside the dollhouse whenever they want to and sometimes have sleepovers in the living room.

 

The dollhouse is always the first toy he goes to after saying “hello”and watching him role play and stretch his imagination is especially rewarding.  I know every child is different and that our dollhouses are mostly recommended for adult collectors… however, so far so good, he hasn’t broken a shingle or porch post.  But, I still keep an eye on him while he’s playing with small objects… just because I should.

 

Have a good day. ~ Chris

 

RGT Dollhouse spotted on TV

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

REAL GOOD TOYS VT Farmhouse Jr.    I’ve been catching up on the TV series “Brothers and Sisters” lately and was delighted to find one of our dollhouses being used on the set!  I’m up to Season 2/Disk 2 and the little girl, Paige, has a blue Finished Vermont Farmhouse Jr. (#00092-B) in her bedroom.

    I hope she really gets to play with it sometimes! ~Chris

Wonderful Doll House News Feature

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Rick Maccione of DOLL HOUSES BY MINIATURE MANSIONS was recently interviewed, filmed and featured on CNN – CT television. It’s a terrific story and showcases Rick’s beautifully finished doll house models. When you click on the link below go to “Search All Videos” in the bottom left hand corner, choose “Better CT” and then go to “Woodbury Resident Builds Custom Dollhouses”. You’ll want to see this more than once! http://www.wfsb.com/video/index.html

Congratulations Rick – your talent is inspiring!      Thank you. – Chris

Dollhouse Color Choices Made EASY !!!

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

I have no talent for putting colors together. When I look at those tiny little paint chips I just can’t imagine how one color will look next to another in a finished dollhouse. BUT then I discovered the Sherwin William’s web site with a COLOR VISUALIZER where you can experiment with different house exteriors, paint color and trim color right on the screen – kind of like a grown up coloring book, and it’s SO EASY! Just click on an exterior house style most similar to your dollhouse project… then sit back and have FUN!

Enjoy and have a good day! – Chris