Saturday, September 14, 2013

So Now It's 'Autumn Cleaning'

"Aprils have never meant much to me, autumns seem that season of beginning, spring". Truman Capote

I always felt like autumn was the beginning of a new year anyway. 

So the spring cleaning I started in the spring has somehow morphed into autumn cleaning.  Well, nearly autumn.  But when I started writing about my doll house and the spring cleaning of it, I left off with the children's bedroom.  So I continue here with the master bedroom.

While it is the master, children have obviously invaded it.  
I changed the paper in this room and it  has sadly faded.  So I suppose another papering is in order.  This bed is from the same person as the other in the children's bedroom.

The little girl with the doll is by the late Marsha Backstrom. She made wonderful dolls and she is missed.  

Here's a better photo of that bed, the Backstrom doll and a secretary by Beth Berman. The filled sewing stand is made by Susan Harmon.

This desk and chair are made-over Bespaq pieces by Jill Diane.  The roses are by Sandra Wall Rubin.  The stationary box is by Terre Fernandez.  Can't remember now who made the lamp, anyone? The gold compact is by Don Henry and I got it from SP Miniatures
More dolls by Gudrun Kolenda.  Puppy by Kerri Pajutee.  Rug from eBay.

Little girl painting her toes.

This amazing little crocheted doll came in a snake skin suitcase with an entire wardrobe of tiny crocheted clothes.  That's my engagement ring, which I have grown out of.  So it might as well work as a prop. The ensemble is by Helen Davies

The little suitcase with more dolls and a crocheted bear is by Dianne Yunni.  I got that incredible cradle on eBay and the baby is by Sally Brennan, who seems to no longer have a website.

These rosaries are truly 1:12 scale, have all the beads and pile up just like the real thing.  

Here's a better shot of some of the accessories.  The gouache is by Allan Waters after a painting by Mary Cassat.

The doll in chair with her bunny are all made by Jill Diane.

More detail of the Dianne Yunni things, painting by Josephine Meyer

Lamp is by NiGlow, figurine is by Chris Okubo, Book is by Jane Bernier.

Hopefully I will get to the rest of the house before winter.  Where I don't decorate for Christmas anyway. 


  1. It is so nice to see a post from you.

    Everything looks fantastic! As far as who made your lamp (with the green glass shade) It was made by Scott Hughes. I just bought a new lamp from him. It is the last post on my blog.

    Your dolls are WONDERFUL!

    1. Thanks, Catherine. And thanks for the heads up on the lamp. I thought it was Scott's but wasn't sure.
      Hopefully, I will get to the other rooms quicker.

  2. It is amazing how intricate and detailed these pieces are. My sister had an old metal dollhouse with plastic furniture when we were kids in the 50's. Wow, your items bring this to a whole new and beautiful level. I really enjoyed seeing this. Definitely for the serious collector. Thanks for sharing! XO

    1. Thanks, MrFilthyRotten. (what a name!). Yes, dollhouses have indeed changed. We are very serious.

  3. What a collection! My favorite is the crochet doll set.

    1. Isn't that doll something? I am amazed how anyone can do that.

  4. Hello Patricia,
    you have such amazing pieces in your collection. All are real works of art.
    big hug,

    1. Thanks, Giac. Yes, they are works of art, thank you for noticing!
      And hugs back at ya!

  5. Hi Patricia! Catherine beat me to the punch, it IS a Scott Hughes lamp. I have a 4 arm chandelier that has the same shade as the one that you are displaying but I wanted to check to be sure before I passed on the makers name. I bought mine at a Seattle Show over a decade ago and have only just now decided to use it. He does Fabulous work! Your entire bedroom scene is filled with incredible pieces that all add up to a playful, and yet elegant display.


  6. Hi Patricia, Just found your blog, it is great!! The tin laundry tub is from the 80's made by a company called The Tin Shed. I believe they were in Arizona or Colorado. They made lots of neat stuff.