Monday, March 21, 2011

Stop Me If You've Contained This One Before



This past week, I found two new items that I can repurpose for my miniature scenes. The first I stumbled upon at the SFMOMA Museum Store. Right now they have an exhibition called How Wine Became Modern and the store carries a decent array of modern designed wine accessories. Lucky for me, they had the Normann Copenhagen wine cork stoppers ($30). When I saw them on display, I turned each of them upside down and liked how they resembled oversized vases.

The second find was at The Container Store. They have these polypropylene storage trays in the office supplies section that are intended to hold rubber bands, paperclips and the like ($4). Of course, I think this item makes a better bathtub than accessory tray. The imagined tub just beckons for more than one person to hop in the water. The accessory tray comes in two colors: the translucent white you see here and a smoke color that I think I'll go back and collect as well.

The images above are quick snaps of me experimenting with the newfound pieces in miniature scenes. You can see another scene that I haven't completed in the background but what's going on there actually looks like it belongs with this setup in the fore. You'll probably be seeing the cork stoppers as vases and side tables here often...

The Goods: Bathtub is The Container Store; Vases are Normann Copenhagen; All accessories are Re-Ment, Susan Lenart Kazmer, Anthropologie and common hobby store finds.

21 comments:

  1. that's a great idea! I didn't think I'd like a modern dollhouse but your quickly changing my mind about that.

    Marisa :)

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  2. Very cool! I'm gonna head over to the Container Store and look for that "tub." I love those corks, too.

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  3. Hello Marisa!
    Well, thank you very much. I take that as a cool compliment. You can't see me but my cheeks are blushed appropriately so. Ha ha!
    :)

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  4. Thanks Shelly,
    At $4, that tub is a steal, man! I do hope it works well for you. Best!

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  5. Hey Oese!
    Thank you much, mini friend. I find your work beautiful too.

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  6. Very cool, I'd like to have that tub in real life! I also really like the little terrarium you have hanging over the tub. :)

    - Grace

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  7. Wow... another brilliant demonstration of repurposing 1:1 items!

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  8. Watch out Marisa... it can become consuming! Love the Tub, CM

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  9. Hey Grace,
    I wanted the terrarium from Anthropologie pictured as art here but decided not to spend $1500...I made the little double potted planter out of jewelry pieces, jute string and dried stems. I am horrible at making things but was proud of myself for going through with this one. Ha ha!

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  10. Thanks Amazing Minis!
    I don't have your skills, man, so I have to repurpose alot--Chuckles! BTW, always watching your etsy store...

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  11. Ha ha!
    I get a kick out of you CM!

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  12. I'd like to take a dip, please ;) Oh, and can I be CEO of your mini terrarium biz??? LOVE it!

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  13. Thanks Call Small,
    Of course you can be CEO---we're the same person, remember? Ha ha!

    Ahh...Good times.

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  14. omg i love the bathtub idea, and to think, just 4 dollars. I checked online, and they still have them. I will have to put a loo in my modern mini apartment soon,
    trish hillery
    Loganberrylane.blogspot.com

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  15. Thanks Trish!
    Definitely share pics of how you use the tub.

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  16. Thanks Otterine!
    I am very interested in seeing what you do with the Greenleaf Spring Fling Contest this year. I'll never enter the contest but that kit may have some modern potential...hmm. Smiles!

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  17. As a "Nordmann" (Norwegian for Norwegian :-))I really like those wine cork stopper vases! And the picture of the terrarium looked so real I thought it was infact hanging there! You have been very prolific while I was away, it has been a pleasure catching up!

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  18. Oh my goodness! Hey Pubdoll!
    I actually had a MIA (Missing In Action) note a few days ago for you. I didn't know you were away. Will you be posting on your blog soon? Hope so.
    And...Thanks. I wanted that real terrarium--had even circled it in the catalog while I was perusing but saw the price and said "Egad!".

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  19. Thanks for missing me :-) I haven't been away, just away from blogland.
    Both worklife and privatlife has been far too busy to blog. But I posted a few days ago about one of the miniature reasons I was busy. At least for me it was pretty exciting :-)

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