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Thanks Teresa, I got it on Brit Box, streamed, but also you can find some of the episodes on youtube. But I don't think you're ever too old to enjoy a dolls' house. Glad you enjoyed the post.
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Thanks, Annette. Beware, a fascination with tiny things can become addictive. *g* I'm glad you enjoyed the post.
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Oh how sad, Binnie Syril — but how nice that you have some other of your grandfather's creations. They sound wonderful. I also love the sound of your story where the hero makes her a dolls' house. If you can, you must read the Rumer Godden dolls' house stories. I think you'll love them. I also had a dolls house in one of my stories — a Christmas novella called The Virtuous Widow. And I love the sound of the Baltimore Museum of Art wall of tiny windows. I would love to see it. Next time I visit . . . Adding my wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who celebrates it.
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Thanks, Mary — I got the idea from a book, so I can't claim it as original. But they were fun to make. And part of the enjoyment for me is making things from stuff that you'd otherwise throw away.
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Thanks, Jeanne, I will consider buying the actual book, but I'm going to need to have a huge cull of all my books soon, so at the moment I'm only allowing myself e-books.
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No worries, Patricia — I did start by mentioning Christins'a "Tiny Things" blog. I think you'll enjoy The Great Big Tiny Design Challenge, and I'm glad you enjoyed the blog.
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Thanks, Kareni — Making little fiddly things, like miniatures and jewellery helps feed my creativity in writing, I think. I will often get an idea for the current story while concentrating on making some tiny object.
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Thank you, Jeanne — I'd completely forgotten The Rackety-Packety House but I do, vaguely, remember it. I will try to hunt it down again. I still have the dolls' house I was given and a couple of the many boxes still unpacked contain the things to go in it. But they're not on display. I love that all yours are out on display for you to enjoy. Just checked and the Racketty Packetty House is free on kindle. https://smile.amazon.com/Racketty-Packetty-House-Frances-Hodgson-Burnett-ebook/dp/B00847RNK6/
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Mary Thank you for that link — it looks wonderful. Some years ago, I did plan to visit Chicago for a few days, but I had to fly home for a family emergency instead, so only saw the airport.
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Mary, that was me as well. Never had one, but making my own from whatever was to hand gave me hours of creative and imaginative fun. I lined my shoeboxes with wrapping paper, and made paintings from pictures from magazine. But making furniture was the toughest challenge. Several of my friends have bought dolls' houses for their kids, but once t was all set up, they lost interest. I think because there is more of a creative challenge in making stuff. And for my little visitor, we had to set up the dolls' house every time, as when she left I packed it all away.
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Thanks, Robin, I am so envious about all the wonderful dolls houses on display in the US and UK, and also the number and variety of miniature supply shops you have. Though the web has opened up a lot of opportunities. I'm so pleased you read and loved the Rumer Godden books too. I just reread Miss Happiness and Miss Flower recently and enjoyed it all over again. I bought it on kindle as the actual books are still in boxes, and now they have instructions for constructing the little Japanese house in the back.
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Patricia, I think you'd enjoy watching The Great Big Tiny Design Challenge. The challenge each week was to create a particular room — a bedroom, a bathroom, or whatever, and in a particular period — Tudor, Regency, etc. I watched it on Brit Box, and was very strict about watching only one episode per day.
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Christina, it was needs must for me. Back then we didn't have nearly as many places to see and buy miniatures — I think there was one shop in Melbourne, and it was on the other side of the city. I look at what is available now, and all the gorgeous items on the web — let alone the really helpful and instructive videos — and it's all so tempting. And your tiny collectibles are gorgeous. But as I said, I enjoy making stuff, and don't care if it's a bit slapdash or wonky. And the fun back then was in my little friend deciding each time what went where and what the dolls would be doing. And what the dolls house needed next. I remember I used a little Twinings tea packet for the frame of the dolls' house doll's house, and the innards I made with Fimo. It was fun, even thought the bath was a bit lopsided. Now, having watched that TV show I am fending off the desire to go back to making dolls' house stuff again.
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Pamela, that was me too, growing up. Animals first — we had a dog,, a cat, a cockatoo, and various others from time to time. I was forever brining home new pets. But if it was raining, I enjoyed making stuff. But it was about the making — I don't think I even had a doll, just Teddy and Snoodle (a lambswool rabbit).
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Mary Jo, I visited a dolls house museum when I was in London last (a long time ago), and loved it, but there are many more displays around these days. And the quality of hobby-makers' creations is stunning.
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Anne here. A few weeks ago, Christina blogged about Tiny Things, which I also enjoy. Recently I've been watching one of those "reality" TV shows where people compete to be the best at something — you know, like those cooking shows. In general I don't like that kind of show — putting people under time stress to make stuff and every week someone is a loser until finally only one "winner" is left. But despite my misgivings, I watched this one because it was all about miniatures and dolls' houses. It was a UK show called The Great Big Tiny... Continue reading
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Alice, how could I have left Georgette Heyer off the list! I adore her humour. It's quite rare to find authors who are exactly on your humour wavelength, but she is on mine. Or vice versa. Thanks for the reminder.
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Thanks, Jeanne — I'm relieved that the word was new to so many people as well. I did wonder when I was writing the blog, whether I'd get a load of comments saying, "Doesn't everyone know about pareidolia?. Where have you been that you didn't know it?" LOL
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Thanks, Vicki — I think you need to use the word a few times in different contexts before it comes easily. I'm still having to think — but Mary's comment on the Greek bases of the word help. I admit, I do enjoy the odd rabbit hole.
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Lovely blog, Mary Jo. When I was a little girl and my mother, siblings and I went to join my father in Scotland, we went to the UK by ship — nearly a month from Australia — and my mother had a wonderfully relaxing time, after having packed up the house (scrubbed it from ceilings to floorboards) moved, and managed 3 teenagers (one doing her final year at high school) and a small child. She really needed that break, I'm sure. We sailed into Southampton and caught a train to Scotland.
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Thanks, Teresa, glad you enjoyed the new-to-us word. And I miss my lovely bears in the fence. No bears or other creatures in the fence at the new house. ;)
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Thanks, Binnie Syril, glad you enjoyed it. Yes, I've heard of sculptors "seeing" the figure buried in the stone or wood — not sure if that is pareidolia, though. My guess is both the sculpting and the imagining os a story is pure imagination.
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Thanks Katja — yes he does sound like a very interesting person, with a unique way of perceiving and portraying the world. Thanks for the link. Fascinating.
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Thanks, Mary — I'm not sure what definition you're using, but when I looked it up it was on the OED, which said "Origin: A borrowing from German. Etymon: German Pareidolien. Etymology: Originally, as plural noun " But after your comment I looked further and found the bases of the word are Greek. My guess is that the word was "created" by German psychologists from Greek parts, but the whole word entered the world in German as a German word. That's my guess anyway. Thanks for that hint — I enjoyed looking deeper. Thanks. Sounds like the car that was following you was quite a scary looking one.
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Annette, I didn't realize it either, but was delighted when I found there was a word for it. I agree that cars don't have faces as they used to — those big metal grills were teeth, weren't they? I'm not so sure about things changing when I look again — I used to see those bears in the fence every time I stepped into my back garden in the old house. Apologies in advance for any nightmares that arise from the creepy painting.
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