Tuesday, February 13, 2018

East German 1950s Grocery Store

Continuing my fascination with the antique and vintage shops...here is a piece from the 1950s.  I believe this was made by Linus Dahnert in East Germany in the mid 1950s.

I have dressed it with items from my own collection, though a lot of the food packages came with the shop.  I bought it from a dealer in Germany and had it shipped here to California a couple of years ago.  I love the design!  The display cabinets are wrapped in plastic sheeting that fits in groves in the top and bottom of the cases.  The shelves in the side units and back are glass.  The working wooden scale came with the shop, though I am not sure if it is original to the piece.  The store is about 35" long x 13" deep x 12" high. (about: 89cm x 33cm x 31cm)  For scale reference, the dolls are 8" tall.

Along the back wall and on top of one side is my collection of the Libby's metal cans.  Originally mail in premiums.   The can in the back is a money bank that is shaped as a mail box.

The red wooden jar holder was a separate purchase but it seemed to fit here.  The seltzer bottles are souvenirs I brought back from a trip to Buenos Aires.  I found some of them at a flea market and the others at a small antique store.  The coca cola tub is a re-purposed Christmas ornament.

The built in holes for the glass jars are my favorite element of this room box.  I have added the little "oven" as a bakery on the back shelf.  Keeping with my love for Japanese Re-ment toys...the little muffin pan and icing bag are Re-ment.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Doll Leaves Doris

Several years ago I bought a large Ball Jointed Doll from the Doll Leaves Company.  It is their Doris model (though I have named her Maggie).  I have a few clothes for her but not very many.
Last Fall I went to a BJD event for Volks and bought her a new Kimono.  The quality is magnificent on this piece...made from antique kimonos.  Here are some shots of her stroll through my garden...

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Celebrating 26 years!

Marv and I were married 26 years ago today.  What a wonderful journey we have had so far!  I love you sweetie!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Vinyl/ABS Plastic Ball Jointed Dolls

I have a number of big resin doll BJDs but I have been working on my display shelves in my doll room (doesn't every house have a doll room?) and they are too short to display the larger dolls so I have been populating the displays with some smaller BJDs and I thought I would share them.  I posted them on the Den of Angels forum for off topic dolls so some of you may have already seen these.

The Cat is "Freya" by Hujoo. in white ABS plastic.  I painted her face using pastels and acrylic paint.  After each layer I did a quick spray of a matte workable fixative (Krylon).

  Her dress is for Blythe, if I remember correctly.

The Kitchen set I have had since I was about 10 years old.  Its made by AMSCO and was designed to be Barbie scale.  I love it.  My dad recently cleaned it up and fixed all the wiring so it lights up again (it uses C batteries).  I have the burner under the coffee pot turned on in the photo and you can kinda see it glowing.

Below is a Jun Planning Ai vinyl doll.   This specific doll/outfit is the Matricaria one. 

She is posed in a vintage German grocery shop that works very well with all my Re-ment foods.  I LOVE Re-ment.  I am totally hooked on them.  I use to buy them at a wonderful store in China Town that sold all Japanese items.  But now that I no longer live near there, I mainly get them on ebay.

Friday, August 11, 2017

New wig for my French Fashion Doll

Recently I got together with some of my doll friends who collect antique French Fashion Dolls.  One of my friends taught us how to make 18th century wigs for the dolls....as if the dolls were attending a costume party.  I had a wonderful time and have been continuing to work on the wig.  Here are some pics of my first attempt.

My doll is a Bru...early moon face...with wooden arms/hands and leather body from the late 1860s.

The wig is made from Tibetan Lamb.  

(Ignore the mess on my desk!)  I am still having trouble with the wig being a bit too frizzy.

I am also working on a dress for her.  Here she is trying out the fabric, feathers, handmade beaded flowers and a miniature ship that seems to have found a new home!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Porto's Bakery

I love Portos!  I was excited to learn that my favorite Cuban bakery has recently opened a location closer to me.  When I lived in LA and worked in Burbank, I would often have lunch at their Burbank location.  Also a great place to order from for parties!  The location below is their Buena Park location....not super close to me, but far better than driving all the way to LA!  My hubby and I checked it out last Sunday and I snapped some pics:


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

OC County Fair

Marv and I spent Sunday evening at the Orange County Fair.  We like this fair a great deal.  I use to enter the LA County Fair when we lived in Tarzana and always looked forward to going each year. But the OC Fair turned out to be a much more doable fair and has all the great things I love about really big fairs but is in a smaller footprint.  I also think the home arts are better at the OC Fair and I particularly love their visual arts section.

I took some photos of the cakes in the culinary arts section for your enjoyment...my favorite is the wedding cake that looks like a geode....amazing.   And I also love the cake featuring characters from Miyazaki's films.