Thursday, May 16, 2013

RESALE FIND-TILE FLOOR-CAKE MOLDS, AND PLAYBOY BUNNYS

A HEAVY FOLD OUT CARDBOARD CHECKER BOARD IN GREEN AND CREME BECOMES A TILED FLOOR OF OLD TIME LINOLEUM.    THIS  I FOUND AT A RESALE SHOP ALONG WITH THE CHECKERS FOR  $1.00.  THE BEST PART ARE  THE CHECKERS BELOW

THESE TINY CHECKERS  MEASURE  1" ACROSS AND ARE MICKEY MOUSE .  IF YOU LOOK CLOSE THEY ARE CONCAVE INSIDE SO I CAN PUT FIMO INTO IT FOR A MOLD AND PULL OUT AND DECORATE AS A CAKE.
 
A DUSTING OF CORNSTARCH INSIDE WILL MAKE FOR EASY REMOVAL.  THIS GAME WAS ON TOP OF A  CAN OF POPCORN.  24 CHECKERS AND ONE BOARD.  QUITE A DEAL.  PAM COOKING SPRAY WOULD ALSO WORK AND I COULD MAKE JELLO IN IT TO..  I HAVE BLOGGED ABOUT THE JELLO FROM THE WINDOW CLINGS BEFORE,  LAST YEAR I BELIEVE.  EVERY COLOR AVAILABLE AT THE DOLLAR TREE.
 
NOT TO BE OUTDONE, THESE ARE PLAYBOY COCKTAIL STICKS FROM THE NOW DEFUNCT PLAYBOY CLUB.  SOMEONE HAD BEEN SAVING THEM A LONG TIME.  24 OF THEM IN A PACK FOR 1.00.  I SAW A TOPPER FOR A MINI CAKE OR A CHOCOLATE RABBIT HEAD STUCK INTO A COLORED EASTER EGG.
 
I HAVE BEEN SPRING CLEANING AND DOWNSIZING THIS YEAR AND USUALLY GO TO THE BACK DOOR OF THE RESALE SHOP AND DROP OFF AND THEN GO IN THE FRONT DOOR AND SEE WHATS NEW.  THIS RESALE SHOP IS DONATIONS ONLY AND ALL PROCEEDS GO TO SPADE AND NEUTERING ANIMALS.  I FEEL GOOD ABOUT DONATING  THINGS THERE AND NO GUILT BUYING EITHER.  BOTH GO TO A GOOD CAUSE, AND BECAUSE A LOT OF PEOPLE FEEL THAT WAY TOO, THEY GET A LOT OF GREAT, UNUSUAL  STUFF DONATED TO THEM.  .
 
 
 

Monday, May 13, 2013

Book sale find 1938 Things to make and How to Make Them--Toy book from 1917





A recent find at a book sale published in 1938  full of projects to make for home and play. one of the items inside was this luggage rack, the drawing is just the size to use for 1/12 scale as is from the book.

Picture of the drawing, though not to size





Here is the mint container from Cracker barrel restaurant I mentioned a few blogs ago.  A very unique shape.

 

It speaks Edwardian or Victorian to me.  I will have a How to in the near future on what to make from this, and using the luggage rack pattern above.


I mentioned in a former blog about project Gutenberg and the old out of print books you can download at no cost.    I recently downloaded one from 1917 called Home Made Toys for Girls and Boys  by A Neely Hall.  What  an exciting book filled with toys and items before electronics.  Batteries are used in some, but the majority are Mechanical.  However there are patterns and dimensions for doll houses, stables, and even an apartment house doll house .  Patterns for easy to make furniture are included. Pedal cars and trucks could be miniaturized.  1917 patterns would also make a good reference for Historical purposes in miniature.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Seeing the Possibilities in all Things

A clear shipping support  oval dome shape  6" x 4"that recently came in the mail supporting something, thrown away in the trash can
 
Upon thinking  about it, out of the trash it came.  It looks like a modern sunken bath tub  .I can see it painted marble or perhaps spray paint with textured paint.  On Pinterest right now is a tutorial for making spigots out of earring wires and beads.  For the jets  scrapbook eyelets could be used and a brad for the drain.   The platform around  it is 9" x 6" with a clear box that could be a planter.  Place some towels and candles around the outer edge and you have a bath sauna or retreat.  A bottle of wine and 2 glasses.  Perhaps place a gazebo cover on top.  For very little cash a new idea is born.   Think of the Possibilities of all things before pitching.
 
One of my most followed and watched blogs has been the one of a suitcase out of a mini Altoids case.  In the near future I am doing another similar one to that out of an unusual mint case now being found at The Cracker Barrel Restaurant.   I am making it into a lovely piece of furniture.  Stay tuned for future developments.
 
I subscribe to Mary Englebreit newsletter.  She is a wonderful, colorful, delightful artist.  A recent  letter  said because she is copyrighted they are going to start cracking down on copy cat artists.  Noticing many web sites with printables and items for sale in our mini world that are Mary Englebreit look a likes might be infringing on Copyrights.  I'm just passing this on just in case.  If its for personal use it might be OK, but selling might be stepping on toes.
Disney and Coke are very protective of items that are counterfeit.  I did a show in the 1980's and they were made to pull the Coke items off the tables.
 
If you are a historical buff, on Sunday evenings, PBS stations have a wonderful lineup of Historical based series going on right now.  I enjoy Sunday evenings because of this line up.
The Midwives, based in 1950's England, Mr. Selfridge, based on Victorian times in England and a true story of an American who went to England and started the first Department store, and then The Bletchly Circle, England after the War, women who were decoders during the War , now living normal lives,  getting back into sleuthing to solve  serial murders involving women.  These are interesting  because they show what was acceptable Socially and Morality in these times, but also the design of the clothing and hairstyles and furniture and Architecture.
 
Starting the next season will be the next of the series of Downton Abby which is about in its 6th season, starting in Victorian times now up to the 1920's.  How the generations live and  adapt and change with each passing year.  If you have not seen any of these episodes most of your local libraries carry the other seasons. 
 
After each viewing  I feel it has been a history lesson.  Each Sunday Evening is looked forward to like a vacation in time.  Everything is Tivoed just in case I get interrupted in viewing.   For some unknown reason I desire to have  tea and cakes during this time.   Perhaps its the English accents on all these shows.   I am a coffee drinker  by nature but tea is good .  They always look like they are enjoying tea time.  Such small, simple pleasures!.