Sunday, May 20, 2018

Vintage Gottschalk Dollhouse update

I made some progress on restoring my 1920-30s Gottschalk. The left is how I received it.

After sealing what I discovered was lead paint with shellac I gave it a wash of new paint to freshen it ups a bit. Then I distressed the paint and rubbed on some brown pastel here and there so it didn't look too new.
I also had to repair the roof framing on the top left. The entire frame was unattached from the house!
I did a lot of research online to try and guess what the colors it may have originally been. I have not seen his house as of yet so my guess is it is pretty rare. I added the window framing and found some vintage flowers that were used back then to fill the holes in the "planter boxes".

I mixed my own acrylic paint and added a wash over the more damaged areas of the roof and then sprayed it with polyurethane clear satin. The age still shows through.

I wanted to lighten up the doors so I painted them and trimmed them out with white. After sanding the doors a bit I could see where the original white framing was.

I took the curtains out because they were disintegrating and not salvageable. They were glued onto the white panes with so much glue I had to take out the panes as well to scrape them off using my knife. Come to find out the panes are made from cardboard not plastic as I had thought. I gave them a wash of white paint and will reinstall after I resolve the wallpaper inside.

I couldn't help myself and started ripping up the disgusting blue carpet inside. I was very excited to see the original floor was there but sad that they were not salvageable.
The good new is I can now replicate it on my computer and print out a new floor.

Then I went upstairs to see what was under the carpet. Thankfully whoever installed it left the paper backing on the carpet when installing it so I was able to use warm water with palmolive and scrap it up. I had to use my fingernail under the rubber glove anything else took the floor print up.

So HAPPY about this! I will be able to have the original floor here. Only a few nicks.

The wallpaper will be next. I have already seen clues to what the original was.
Tiny piece of red paper under there!

This process has been very rewarding and I look forward to bringing this beauty closer to what a true Gottschalk would have been. There may be a few things I will alter to make this my own, but I still want to respect the time period. I do hope one day I will find another like this model out there.
Until next time, thanks for stopping by. :)

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Vintage Gottschalk Dollhouse

Hello all! I have purchased my first vintage house. It was made in the 1930s. 1:12 scale. It will take time to restore but I am excited to get started. As you may know from earlier posts I made a replica of a vintage house but this one is the real deal.
I will be repairing/renovating it but also respecting its vintage beauty.

I think it may have been based on this smaller scale German house from 1930 but made in 1:12.
This house is very small, but the similarities are amazing. UPDATE May 5 - I have discovered my dollhouse is a Gottschalk but have not found a replica just yet.

There is something magical about adding a worn beauty to your collection and nurturing it. Each crack, water stain, and loose nail tells a story. If you take the time to listen the little house will tell you what it needs. :)

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Easter Bunny sighting

Little Elizabeth thought the Easter Bunny would be a bit chilly while delivering his eggs in the early morning.
So she left him some warm tea and sweet treats. Secretly hoping to see him for herself, she took her time making sure the display of cookies was perfect. When she heard a rustling in the garden she quickly hid behind the post to have a peek.
He was much taller than she had imagined but his white coat just as fluffy.

His nose twitched and ears turned as he hopped onto the porch to enjoy his warm tea and a delicious cookie.
She could barely breathe as she stayed hidden behind him in the corner of the porch. With a twinkle in his eye and a few hops he was once again in the garden and on his way.

She watched as he left and gathered the sky blue egg that he tucked away in the flower bed.
Elizabeth thought the Easter Bunny was not aware of her spying eye. But you can be sure he is only seen when he wishes to be seen. Perhaps this magical sighting was a little present for her thoughtfulness and generosity.

Beautiful doll made by Iris Bodenbender. Easter bunny made by me! (Bunny has bendable arms, legs torso, and ears. Head turns. Sculpted, furred and dressed))

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Miniature elf doors for dollhouse

I finished all the doors in the fantasy build! The main entry door is so fun! All of the doors were extremely meticulous and made from scratch. Wood, paper and wire. A necklace charm is on the door window.

Here is a link to my other blog to show how I did the hinge. For these wood doors I also carved away a notch for the hinge to sit in.

Miniature animals

I have been making mini animals. A few are still available on eBay. The foxes, rabbit, and raccoons.
Go to my store and “see all” to see what is still available.

Cover of American Miniaturist

Very flattered that the publisher ask that the foyer from my Ophelia dollhouse be on the cover of the March issue of America Miniaturist!

Sometimes it is tricky for me to separate myself as editor and also as a miniature artist. My number one goal is to support other artists through this publication, so sharing my own work as a feature can feel a bit awkward. But because March is my birthday month this is a wonderful present.

I have chosen American Miniaturist as a platform to feature my Ophelia dollhouse tour over the next few months.
The first time I was ever featured many, many years ago, before being editor, was in AM as a contributor. So this publication has remained close to my heart.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Elf miniature kitchen

Because my elf tree house kitchen is so small I have to make all of the pieces myself so they will fit.

I was really nervous about the cooking wood stove, but am very happy with how it turned out!
Mat board, paper and glue, and then a jewelry embalmment, paint, and pins.
For the oven rack I used wire and Super Glue.
Here are some photos to show how I did it.

The sink and the hutch was made from wood. The hutch legs are obviously stair spindles.

The metal washing tub was made from paper, thread, and wire. Then I painted it.

I still want to add two nature themed paintings to the hutch door insets. Lots more to do! Thanks for stopping by.:)