Kathleen's beautiful dollhouse was an inspiration. The house itself is
beautiful and her furnishings and accessories are fabulous. For anyone
who is starting out with a new passion for miniatures, her house is
something we all aspire to, but unless you have unlimited financial
resources, it won't happen overnight. Kathleen in fact has been
collecting miniatures for over 25 years now.
I started collecting with one room in mind ~ the heart of the home ~
I'm going to give you some suggestions for resources so that
should you want, you will be able to start collecting too.
I purchased the Bar Harbor rocker, the little wicker table and the
potted geranium from New England Miniatures. The rocker came
without the pillows. I made the seat cushion and the Vintage French
Roses pillow came from Hobby Builders Supply. More about this
Here is a better pic of the little table and potted plant. What I like about
New England Miniatures is that they carry some items I do not see
elsewhere. Their prices are competitive on many items and their service
This dollhouse (still in the construction phase) was purchased from
Hobby Builders Supply. This is a bigger shop than New England
Miniatures. They have a large selection of dollhouses, furniture and
accessories. Like New England Miniatures, they are always adding
to their inventory. The are one of the very few dollhouse suppliers
that offer a catalog through the mail as well as their online catalog.
I have found that when you first start collecting, a physical catalog
that you can leaf through is helpful. It gives you a good overview of
everything that is available.
My Mom purchased this sweet little hutch from Hobby Builders
Supply. It was one of the first miniatures. It's so sweet. All
the drawers and doors open too. Great for mini storage.
Don't overlook ebay. I have purchased some nice minis
from Manor House Miniatures. Great items and good service too.
My friend Cynthia of Cynthia's Cottage Design has inspired me
with her beautiful dollhouse miniature designs. She has an etsy shop
And Maritza Moran's swoon worthy minis. So French and so gorgeous!
Truly museum quality pieces. Here's another one ….
Cynthia, Kim and Maritza have teamed up and created this wonderful
magazine for mini enthusiasts called …
Check it out ~ so much inspiration here!
This is just a sampling of the many, many resources for dollhouse
miniatures. I am continually inspired by talented artists from the United
States and all over the globe. It is such a fun hobby. Once you start,
your family and friends will always be able to find a gift for you for
birthdays, anniversaries and Christmas!
If you have any questions on minis, please let me know and I will
be happy to answer them, or direct you to friends such as Kathleen
who will surely know the answer.
Happy Halloween everyone!
Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley