Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Haystacks



Uh oh. I'm back to the restaurant thing. This scene actually started with a trip to the MOMA store. I sometimes browse through the museum's shop after meeting my significant for lunch. During this trip, they had some unusual sponges made out of walnut shells. The woman at the counter raised her brow at how many I was purchasing and asked me if they worked well. I told her "We'll see". So far, I'm quite happy with them, however, I have no idea how well they clean. Chuckles. The Goods: The counter is the walnut shell sponge and a combination of Voila Toys and MGAE; the shelving unit is DHE; the grill is Voila Toys, Streets Ahead Dollhouse and Re-Ment; the tables are Bodo Hennig; the chairs are Reac Japan. All accessories are AG Minis, Re-Ment, Megahouse, Plan Toys, Lundby, Playmobil, Mighty World, and several other run of the mill pieces that came from dollhouse/hobby shops and ebay. The art is a combination of more walnut shell sponges, standard clip and Williams-Sonoma. The figures are Character Options and Underground Toys.

32 comments:

  1. wow, the sponges are so .... exquisite! I love your ideas. Museum-shop should be a great inspiration, I will check ours.
    The restaurant is very inviting.

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  2. Wow! I really like the attention to detail and the texture of the furniture and materials. The table is fabulous - I love the curved legs! Is this inspired by a real-life place you like to visit or does it represent a place you'd like to visit?

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  3. btw, is this the SFMOMA store, or is there a MoMA outpost?

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  4. Thank you, Oese
    Who would have thought a sponge could be so GIVING, ey? ha ha! At least I can use them for chores when the play is done. Smiles.

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  5. Hey Callsmall
    Thanks much. I guess the inspiration came from the sponges which look like bales of hay to me. And I have been wanting to do another retail or restaurant scene so I kind of came up with this modern country/general store restaurant that is owned by some older gentleman named Mr. Haystack. It's supposed to be one of those quaint little bakery/cafe/shoppes where they believe in good old-fashioned customer service and people can get the "darned best" pancake breakfasts and country gourmet baked goods at reasonable prices. Ha ha! And what's extra funny is I made it one of those restaurants where some of the dishes are already on the table--And I have an aversion to places like that! I always think the dishes get dirty from random folks breezing by or from the germtastic hands of the busboy who is usually placing those dishes. And, yes, I know stranger things go on with those dishes behind the scenes when they are not on the table...However, the dishes placed out on the tables makes the place seem more down home, ey? ha ha!
    Oh!--SFMOMA.

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  6. Oh, I like this! Love the neutral colours and the materials, great use of the sponges! And the table and chairs are fantastic! I don't think I've seen those reac chairs before!
    And all the cakes look so delicious! Hmm, I think I must be hungry...!

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  7. Thanks Pubdoll!
    BTW, I'm digging the double pedestal sinks on your blog. I've never seen anyone do that with the Lundby pieces. I'm a fan of wood paneling--in moderation of course. And I really like the new wood paneling out there now. Blah blah blah wood paneling blah blah...

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  8. Thanks Modern MC, I was afraid you had patented double sinks :-)
    The wood panelling was the reason I started to collect those Lundby bathroom pieces :-)

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  9. Absolutely delightful setting.

    Furthering the sponge idea: small loofahs would be great for a miniature "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" tableau. (Shot in black and white, of course.)

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  10. Interesting to hear your train of thought on this scene. I love it when I come across an object and it inspires me to do create a whole scene/story. Those are the times when I finds minis very satisfying. Museum stores are treasure troves, and I love the SFMOMA store. The last time I was @ the museum was over 6 years ago (for the Hesse exhibit) and I was not yet attuned to looking at things through mini eyes!!

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  11. Thank you Propagatrix
    Ha! Yes, small loofahs would set the scene for the IOTBS. Too funny!

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  12. Callsmall, when you say "interesting" do you mean scary and boring? Smiles. Laughs.
    And you speak the truth about when working miniature scenes is quite satisfying.

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  13. I realy love that room,but heres my problem.I live in the US and I can not order it any susgestions toward something smilar avable in the US.

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  14. Hi Anonymous,
    Probably the closest designs would be the Villa Sibi and the M112 Pods by PRD. Actually, if you stacked two M112 Pods on top of each other, it would give you a similar effect as the Ocean Drive. Course you would have to get one of the 40' and one of the 20' versions in 1:12. At least, I think those are the sizes they come in...Hmm. Also you could probably see if any dollhouse makers would build you a similar house at a reasonable cost. Another option is to make a friend in a country that the DHE will ship the Ocean Drive house to and then have that friend ship it to you in the States. Hope this helps. Remember, I'm no expert--just somebody who likes to collect.

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  15. Oh, I love this scene! So much detail - a well stocked cafe with great decor. I can really see this being the centre of a lot of action and interaction between all the characters.
    Btw, do you know when Bodo Hennig made these tables, and what the design is called ? They're terrific, and I hadn't come across them before.

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  16. Thank you Rebecca!
    The Bodo Hennig tables are the Art Nouveau Small Table, item #25206. However, I will gladly send them to you in exchange for your Bodensee dollhouse. That's a fair trade, right? Right? Smiles.

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  17. Did you consider the new lundby stockholm a good dollhouse?

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  18. Hello Anonymous,
    I'm not being cheeky or an ass or anything when I ask: What do you mean by "good"?

    I want to be able to answer you on your conditions of what "good" is.
    Let me know, friend.

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  19. THANKS MARK H.!!!
    It's one of the few scenes that I haven't disassembled after the pictures were taken.

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  20. I can ship to the US. I sell the ocean drive here in Finland.
    www.finnaimo.fi
    nellie.jakko@finnaimo.fi

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  21. Acorngirl/ Mary EldAugust 31, 2009 at 4:01 PM

    I am (as always) enchanted by your creativity. I wish I could shrink for a day and come play in your teeny world!

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  22. Oh My! Thanks Mary, but YOU are the creative one. I wish I could do what you do.

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  23. Hi Mini Modern, just to say I love to visit your blog. I very interested y getting the Brookwood DH, but there is no way to buy it in Spain, do you perhaps know if they sell it in Europe somewhere??
    Sorry to trouble you
    Meli

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  24. Hi Meli,
    Absolutely no trouble at all. Unfortunately I do not know where to get a Brookwood Dollhouse in Europe. Perhaps you can find someone on ebay selling the kit that would be willing to ship to your location OR maybe you have a friend in the States who can send it to you. Sorry that I am not much help here. Anyone else out there know where Meli might be able to obtain a Brookwood while located in Spain??

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  25. Thanks for your reply!!! Hope some someone could be able to give me a clue about the DH in Spain!! btw I have seen the Mediterranean DH in your blog, I have it and is all finished by now!!!
    Thanks again and congratulations for your great blog!!!
    Meli

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  26. I live in Canada and I would live to get some of those dolls. Can you tell me how to find them on-line?

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  27. Check post:
    Tuesday, April 1, 2008
    Many Ask -- Where do you get the figures?

    Good luck!

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  28. where can i buy the clearview ollhouse...how much and can i pay extra for it to come ready made and with furniture

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  29. where can i buy the clearview ollhouse...how much and can i pay extra for it to come ready made and with furniture

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  30. You can buy the Clearview house from MIAIM---see sidebar.

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