Saturday, November 7, 2015

Featured in Holiday Gift Guide and FREE SHIPPING this weekend!!!

My Efficient 1:12 scale Bookshelf was selected to be part of Shapeways 2015 Holiday Gift Guide! It's featured in Miniatures section of the Gift Guide here:

Shapeways is also offering Free Shipping on any order. Whether you're shopping for unique gifts for your friends and family, or want to get some 3D prints shipped before the holiday season, right now is the perfect time to save. Just use code FREESHIPNOV at checkout and the shipping is FREE. Order by Sunday night!

Get Free Shipping on all orders through November 8.

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Expires November 8, 2015 at 11:59PM PDT.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Battery operated lamps were at CVS

I found these miniature architecture lamps at CVS - "House to Home Smart Book Light". I dissuaded mini2b from buying a similar one at the Good Sam Showcase of Miniatures, only for her to find out these flew off the shelves. She went to 3 CVS stores and they were sold out, but a manager said they might sell them again during the holidays since they were so popular. So sorry mini2b!!!

They come in a variety of colors. They are about 4" tall. The yellow lamp is in a 1:12 scale setting. The green is in a 1:24 scale room. They are a little too small for 1:12 and too big for 1:24, but they only cost 2 for $5, so I'm trying to find a way to make them work.

The neck and the middle joint flex but the base does not. Pictured is the range of motion you can get out of them. If you happen to see these for sale at CVS again, please let me know. :)

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Today Only: 16% off all metal products!!

Shapeways is having a flash sale! Today September 16, you'll save 16% on all of their Metals with promo code FLASH16. There are 24 metals to choose from, so try one of your own designs in a new material, stock up, or shop the Shapeways marketplace.

Hurry, this sale ends tonight at midnight Pacific Time, so don’t miss your chance to save.

Many of my decor items are available in metal, if there are any products not listed in metal that you would like to purchase in metal let me know and I'll update the listing.

Happy Sale Shopping!
My store: shops/ modernminihouses

The fine print: FLASH16 promo code is valid once per customer and is applicable for 16% off 3D prints in Platinum, Gold, Silver, Brass, Bronze, Steel, and Precious Plated Metals, with a maximum savings of $250. Discount applies only to 3D printed products, not shipping or other services, and cannot be combined with any other offers. Excludes Aluminum and Interlocking Metal pilot materials. No cash value. Expires Sept 16th, 2015 at 11:59pm PDT.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

I'm on the cover of The Dolls' House Magazine!!

I love surprises! I knew I was going to be in the September 2015 issue of The Dolls' House Magazine, but I didn't realize I'd be on the cover (insert happy dance)! My copy from the UK got a little bent out of shape but here are pics of the magazine. I'm featured on the cover, table of contents and in a 5 page article. This issue also features great work by Cynthia from ggsdolls, Anna-Maria from The Shopping Sherpa, and Cindy from Snowfern Clover. The September issue has some great tutorials for food, herbs and a mid-century modern dresser by Natalie Clegg that I want to try to make.

Thank you Katie and The Dolls' House Magazine, I'm flattered to be featured with so many other incredible miniaturists in your magazine. I had a great time styling my Antrim dollhouse for this interview and feature. I'll post more details soon.

You can order a copy of the magazine here. The Dolls' House Magazine is also on Facebook.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Miniatures in the Garden Section?

I'm used to searching for things that can be turned into miniatures whenever I go shopping, but I didn't expect to find almost 1:12 scale outdoor furniture in the Garden Section of OSH (Orchard Supply Hardware)! How cute are these tables, chairs and loungers? The succulent planters and furniture were $29.99 each. The furniture are intended to be for garden use as they have long metal legs that stake into the soil to hold them in place. The stakes could easily be cut off if you wanted to use them with a dollhouse. In the picture with my fingers you can see one metal stake leg had already snapped off (I didn't break it! I swear, it was like that when I found it).

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Dreams Happened without me

I completely missed going to Dreams Happen this year (my kids were thrilled I didn't torture them again by dragging them to the mall to look at roped off playhouses they can't play with). Below are more details from the event with my favorite houses. You can see my coverage of previous years of this event here.

Since 1993, Stanford Shopping Center has co-sponsored and produced the biennial Dreams Happen event benefiting Rebuilding Together Peninsula—a non-profit organization dedicated to rehabilitating the homes and community facilities of neighbors in need from Sunnyvale to Daly City. Playhouses have sold for amounts ranging from $13,000 to $101,000. Bidding typically begins at $5,000.

Backyard Beta Box

Arcanum Architecture

Peninsula Custom Homes

Lunar Explorer One

The Hayes Group

South Bay Construction

Galactic Guardian S3-15

Square Three Design Studios LLP

Pete Moffat Construction

Tours en l'Air

Gehry Partners, LLP

Level 10 Construction

Sponsored by Facebook

You can see more details and photos of all 12 playhouses here:

Monday, July 6, 2015

The Bird House #‎HBSCreatinContest2015‬

I'm one of the 16 bloggers participating in HBS Miniatures' Blogger Project for the 22nd annual Creatin' Contest. Denise's City Cottage Kit is the limited edition kit for the contest this year. I actually bought two kits for my idea for the contest before I was contacted to join the project. I thought I might need three for my idea, so I jumped at the chnace to join the project, blog my progress and not enter my free kit into the contest.
After I dry fit the kit I realized, wow this is way bigger than I imagined. I must have glossed over the dimensions (20”W x 11 3/4”H x 20 1/4”D) when I thought I needed three to make my house inspired by Alberto Rubio's Bird Houses. Three of the houses joined together is going to be too monsterous, so now I'm trying to reasses my original plan. I may try to take my first two houses and create my original idea, and use the free kit to come up with something else. Back to the drawing board.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Build your mini dream house with Arckit

Forget LEGO, the ARCKIT is an amazing system of architectural pieces to design any house you can imagine. They offer 4 kits in 1:48 scale ranging from $70-$400 US. They are available worldwide with free shipping, and Barnes & Noble in the US just started stocking them in-store this month. I have a sneaky suspicion Santa will be bringing one of these for my "kids". Now, if only they came in 1:12, a girl can always dream.

Check out all of the kits at

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Anyone have a REAC Eames Management side chair to sell/trade with Paris?

(I'm alive! More posts and explanation soon.)

Paris of PRD Miniatures is looking to sell or trade to acquire the REAC Eames Management side chair. If you have one you are willing to part with, you can contact Paris here:

Monday, May 11, 2015

What are you working on?

I love to see what other people are working on. Here is a dollhouse Melissa has been working on that she built from scratch. The size is 3/4 scale, she wanted to utilize all of the vintage plastic dollhouse items she has been collecting.

Here is some information from Melissa on her dollhouse:

The kitchen stools are made from door pulls. The island she built from scratch. The dining room table she made. End tables, fireplace, fire pit, plants and pictures she made (pictures are taken from good quality art books or magazines). Melissa also built the credenza by the front door.

The carpets are made from plastic placemats (you can sometimes get them on sale at TJ Maxx or even at Walmart). The living room floor is made from the cheapest (and easiest to cut) peel and stick tiles you can get at any hardware store). She decided on the wood floor (dollhouse store) but used double sided tape to put down. She has had a difficult time with the store bought floors... as they always seem to warp on her, but so far, so good.

Melissa is working on the second floor which will have the master bedroom and bath and possibly a deck on top too.

Melissa sent me these photos last September, so she's probably close to finished by now. I'm eons behind in posts, but I'm trying to spend more time catching up. More to come on Chicago International, HBS contest and my newest furniture designs. I'm also working on a video tutorial and updating the where to buy dollhouses page. Sadly several of the houses listed are no longer available, but I do have more new miniaturists to add to the where to buy mini pages.