Efficiency Kitchen: Apartment stove/sink/reefer....I lived with such a device 45 years ago in my very first 'apartment'! Not a bad thing. Compact and useful for a single person. . . The only bothersome thing was that the two burner electric stovetop was within 6 inches of the dishpan sized sink. . . and no oven. . . many years later, my mom bought a similar unit from Sears for an efficiency apart she was building over the garage. It had an oven. About the size of a small bread box. . . Fascinating units to find in mini, I doubt there is one.
Also, anyone remember the small 'Hoover' Spin Washer/Dryer that was about the size of a dustbin and plugged the water into the kitchen faucet? Dumped into kitchen sink drain and tended to march around the room after one while spinning. The spin was just a glorified wringer. . . I think the washer part would only do one sheet at a time.
Judie - Daytona Beach, FL
The Hoover Sping Washer/Dryer was just a rectangle box on wheels (ours was Harvest Gold in color). First you put your clothes in one side, filled it up with water from a hose connected to the kitchen sink, added soap and let it agitate. Then you drained it, and put the wet clothes over into the little spin basket section to spin out. Then you refilled the washer side and put your clothes back into it, to agitate for the rinsing. Then that side had to be drained again, and everything put back into the basket to be spun again.
Paulette in IN
"Borrowers" scene:I've bought 2 movies on the Borrowers (Little people who live in walls and under floors in houses, and they "borrow" whatever they can find to use - they are about dollhouse size and actually use dollhouse furniture if they're lucky enough to live in a home that has a dollhouse) .....it occurs to me that this is the perfect project for the grandchildren! - Because it's so imaginative and doesn't require special intricate work. Household items become mini goods.
Paulette in IN
The Borrowers: Joan Steiner's Look-Alikes books. ...they are worth a look, if not for anything else, just to see the ingenuity of this artist. They are actually children's books, and all of the scenes are made up of found objects. (for example, in one scene, she's used a disposable razor as a vacuum cleaner) While most of us might consider using "parts" of a household object (with much sanding, scraping, and painting), Ms. Steiner just puts the whole thing in there, and the results are really delightful. She does use miniatures in her scenes as well, but not very many, mostly she uses just things you might find around the house. I think she is the ultimate "Borrower"!
Deena in Miami
The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe - A pair of old high top ladies' boots or shoes. I think it will need to be in 1/2" scale, to get a lot of children in it. I'm going to mount the shoe on a piece of plywood, which will become the yard - and cut windows and door in the shoe and put frames around - and I'll have to have a roof with a chimney pipe.
Paulette in IN
Right now, my local True Value hardware store is selling Stanley Cup keychains. The Red Wings have a sales catalog, so I got on the mailing list. The catalog provided me with team photos and other photos I could use. Here are items I was able to make or buy: The catalog had pictures of post cards. I scanned the post cards and resized them. Then I saved the scan and cut and pasted it several times into my word program. This gave me a page full of postcards to use. I made a makeshift post card holder out of plastic, but you could probably do something better.
I traced a large Red Wing logo onto shrink plastic and baked it. I then set it inside a plastic report cover end piece and had an art object.
I had bought a roll of Red Wings gift wrap. I took a photo of it, scanned it, and then printed a bunch to roll into mini gift wrap. I rolled the paper over a toothpick and when done, pulled the toothpick out.
A picture of the original Red Wings arena was cut out of the catalog and glued onto a Formica sample from Home Depot. It made an impressive poster.
A large honey container became my TV. I painted it glossy black and then inserted a photo (I had taken pictures of my tv when the Championship parade was on.) I inserted the photo into the hollow of the container. There was enough edge to glue on 4 black beads for knobs.
Carolyn in MI
Psychic's Shop: I've got a crystal ball, mini tarot cards, an incense burner.
Needlework Shop Names:
Needlework Shop Name:: "Just Needlin' and my Quilt shop "Under the Covers". I think I found the names in astitchery magazine or something.
Needlework Shop Name: How bout "We're in Stitches" or "The Stitch Witch" (with logo),The Knotty Shop," (would work for thread knots).
Lynette in WNC
Needlework Shop Name: "Needleworks", with the letter l being a picture of a real needle that is threaded and having the thread draping over the rest of the word.
Gale S Kerkoski
Needlework Shop Name: "STITCH WITCH" and have little mini "stitch witches" hanging all over the place.
DrBob...Delray Beach, FL.
Naming a Shop: The Needle's Eye. Their logo was a needle with a long thread under the name. Or check shop names listed in any needlework magazine. I named mine Tiny Stitches. Rhonda.
Ruth, Grass Valley, CA
Toyshop Names: Toys for Tots.
Ruth Morey, Corpus Christi on Padre Island
Mini scenes as gifts: I had the brainwave that I could use the left-over gift bag room from my elder's party in January and make a classroom scene from printables. My daughters identified the important elements of the classroom and then we set out to find them on the web. I think we found everything from just 4 sites, Jim's printables at http://www.printmini.com, Eileen's printables at http://members.home.net/eileenmorgan/printables.html, http://miniatures.About.com and a site I only just found with a huge range of stuff, Boop Mini Printables at http://www.geocities.com/boopmini40/
I used a table from the dollar store and painted it the right colours, backed a clock face of Jim's with a button of the right shape and colour, made a flag from a fabric cutout and a fancy toothpick, mitred a window frame from balsa, made coloured pencils from 1/2" nails with the heads cut off and painted, and everything else was paper. ...found a printable stone floor that looked pretty realistic behind the window frame! Boop Mini's had the critical snack food containers and bookcases, somewhere else had the ubiquitous tissue box, to which we added a real bit of tissue, Jim's TV, computer and dictionary (exactly the right one!) were perfect. We also found manila files and envelopes, graph paper, tiny word puzzles, books (including a Dr Seuss with inside pages), 12" and 36" rulers, a file box, maps and posters. Paper sample books rescued a while back from the garbage provided construction paper and even a blue rug. Finally, my daughters painted and drew miniature artwork for the classroom walls.
Use for odds and ends: Another use for a lot of those things we don't have a place for yet would be a theatre prop room - maybe the back done in shelving for small props (dishes, lamps, books, etc) and wardrobe racks. Odds and ends of furniture on one side. Maybe a small change room (or curtained off area) in one corner...and a makeup table and mirror...and...and...
Maureen in St. Albert AB Cda
Prop room: Painted sets propped against the wall, old playbills around the makeup mirror, freestanding spot lights...
Maureen in St. Albert AB Cda
Pirate's Bar: A plank across wooden crates or barrels is perfectly fine for this period and milieu! Bars didn't become really fancy until the Victorian era (you should see some of the ones here in Prescott--woo-wee!).
Gashlycrum Tinies: This is why I suggested a series of vignettes--Desmond,thrown out of a sleigh? Maud, swept out to sea? Victor, squashed under a train.
Detective's Apartment: I love the idea of a detective's apartment! Tell us more please! Is it going to be a modern type setting or more of the 'Sam Spade' era? I can just visualize that bottle of booze in the partially open bottom drawer. An ashtray overflowing with cigarette butts. A shoulder holster with gun hanging over the chair back. A fedora and trench coat on the halltree and, of course, a beautiful blond sitting in the client chair with tissue in hand and a big picture hat! :-) What fun!!!!
I loved Marjon's ideas for the detective convention. How about some feet sticking out from behind sofas and under beds! Look out Laurie Sisson..a whole new use for your 'The Foot'!lol (Laurie sells weighted feet in many sizes and styles perfect for making your dh people stands without help.)
Alice Zinn- Pt. St. Lucie FL
Detective's Convention: you didn't mention what period detectives you were thinking of, which would make a difference -- Sherlock Holmes, Lord Peter Wimsey? Sam Spade? Nathan Heller? I've always thought Marcia Muller's Sharon McCone and Sue Grafton's Kinsey Milhone ought to run into each other on a case since they both work in California. Or in a medieval house you could have Brother Cadfael, Sister Frevisse, Feste the Jester, etc. Or a Roman villa with Gordianus and Falco...so many detectives to choose among!
Boarding House: How about a young couple with a baby? The room crisscrossed with clotheslines, the harried mother trying to iron while the baby is trying to climb out of the crib, and poor Dad searching the want ads for a job. The traveling salesmen is a great idea, too. How about a pulp fiction writer hammering away on his old typewriter?
Boarding House: A boarding house sounds so incredibly ambitious! The first thing that came to my mind is a young lady that as come from a small town to work in an office while she dreams of getting married. Don't know why that struck me but I could just visualize her sitting on the edge of her bed looking at bridal magazines while some photographs of her family and the farm are on the desk. Her country clothes could be draped over a chair or hanging in the closet while some shopping bags or boxes would spill out her new city work clothes. Another guest could be a recent immigrant. Books or records on learning to speak the English language, a passport, travel posters of home on the wall.
Boarding House: Don't forget the neighborhood snoop / gossip who doesn't have a life of her own so spends her time on the telephone with binoculars in hand (behind the drapes), still in her own bathrobe with clock reading 12:45. There should be a soap opera scene on the t.v. set which has an old wire coat hanger for an antenna (remember that?). Since her time is pretty well taken up with other peoples lives, her sink is running over with dishes. The trash can, however, never overflows because she makes frequent trips there to see what So-and-so threw out. The uncleared table from breakfast will quite obviously be set for one. I can say that this snoop MUST be a woman without being a sexist pig. If it were a man, snoop gossip would more likely be presumed to be some sort of perverted voyeur which would NOT be an amusing miniature subject
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