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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Off on a Tangent...

I am taking a 24 hour vacation from minis... I am in the thinking phase of how I am going to do the screens.  Piercing or painting or whatever else comes to mind.

Meanwhile, I did this.  It is made of some of the Super Duo two holed beads that I bought last week.  I am pleased with how it turned out.  I got the "recipe" from You Tube.  A Russian tutorial, but easy to follow.

 While I am thinking, I am also looking at some of my favorite sources...

This magazine is probably one of my favorite magazines, ever.  It was published in November of 1975.  That was before miniatures were in my brain. I think that I found it in a thrift shop in the early 80s, after the mini bug got to me.

If you do run across this particular issue of Architectural Digest, grab it!  It has some of the best ideas in it of all time.

Does the front cover tell you anything?  An exotic East Indian room(in Santa Barbara).  The whole house was exotic. Even the yard that opened on the beach had tents and umbrellas with mattresses and cushions.

Inside the magazine, there was a 6 page article by Flora Gill Jacobs on antique dollhouses.  That was my original reason for paying a quarter for it.  I was pretty new to minis, but I knew who Flora Gill Jacobs was.

Back then, Architectural Digest was a great magazine with all kinds of articles on different subjects.  Not just celebrity homes, like it is now.  Its ok, but not the same.



This one had a huge article on the restoration of Marie Antoinette's bedroom at Versailles.  At the time, I remember wishing that I could do that in miniature....Sure I could....Not...

Anyway, the photos of it are wonderful to look at and dream. 

I always wondered if the fence around the bed was to keep others out of keep the queen in... At that time, royalty received guests whilst in bed.  See all of the little benches at the foot of the fence?  I guess that's how they came up with "an audience with the Queen"...

This last article is the one that should inspire anyone doing screens and fancy work...

And before you ask...I am NOT going to do a cut glass ceiling and cut glass walls.  This was an article on the Iranian embassy in Washington DC, at the time. I wonder if this room still exists?

Talk about having and audience...Look at all of the little poufs to sit on in the photo to the right.

OK.  I am inspired, but not crazy.  I am going back to work with wood and other sensible materials now... Maybe I will read a bit more for inspiration before I go.

See you tomorrow.

5 comments:

Lucille said...

It's a lovely book, Casey! Enjoy your mini vacation from minis! You certainly do deserve a break!

KathieB said...

You have me thinking. Superglue fogs acetate. So, what if one were to tape the surface and cut out bits, like a one-time stencil, and then expose the bare parts to the superglue fumes. Might it look like etched glass when the tape is peeled away?

Caseymini said...

Go for it Kathie! I am off on another tangent! G

AM said...

Hey Casey, thnx for the interior decorating eye candy. The Marie A. room looks so amazing, I also wish I could make something like that but I fear I would end up with something looking like a room from Liberace's house ;p Enjoy your 24 hour miniature free vacation. Hug AM

Daydreamer said...

Wow! Great magazine! Are you Sure you're not going to do an etched glass house??? LOL! Please... never say never! Thanks for sharing that magazine!