I have been dabbling on a side project and finally finished it, so pardon the leap to another place with this posting. I promise to return to the Orchid Hill tour but was bursting to share my fun. I am also posting this on a second blog – Food in Miniature.
I decided earlier this year to start the second blog dedicated just to foods due to my mini food collection. I had noticed that several miniature food blogs that I have followed in the past have fallen to the wayside and I miss them. So I decided I would take up the torch and continue the enthusiasm for miniature food art. You maybe a fan of Instagram and the like but I want more than a photo and hashtag trail. I like more information and enjoy the story, details, etc.. I am old fashioned and have always like the journey instead of jumping to the end result photo.
I haven’t added much to the food blog yet as you can see. I had to figure out a writing style to present things – not just a picture of a great food item. So I decided I needed a stage – hence the current project for displaying them. Things are always simple and quick in your mind but so much more involved in actual time, add to that fact, I work S-L-O-W. It does work out for the best for me that way because over time I get the layered details to create the allusion of realism.
Collecting foods are fun but the REAL fun is putting them in a setting that creates a story – another layer of enjoyment of them. Hence the current project to compliment the art of realism that can be found in the miniature world of foods.
Another objective was to point out that you do not have to have a large dollhouse – a small setting can be very versatile and it is amazing how much detail you can put into it.
I wanted a kitchen and a dining area with both areas well visible but separate. So sometimes both can be set up or just the one area depending on the occasion.
So enough introduction…….
Fine dining doesn’t have to be elaborate. How about a beet salad with a vingerette dressing drizzled over it followed by soup and bread? Sounds perfect to me!
The colors in the salad complimented the red wine in the glasses and seems made for each other. The salad plates are by Orsolya Skulteti of Orsis Minis. I got them this spring at the Chicago International show but she also has an Esty site but not possible to make it to the show. The soup tureen is by Jane Graber. Her redwork always adds a warm touch. The pumpkin autumn tray was made by MoonBijoux , an Italian food artist on Esty.
I was going to have the room unoccupied but a Jeanne Rullie’s doll fit so well as the proud hostess that she had to stay. She seems glancing at everything for the final check before the guest arrive. Her hand fit the knob of the chair and added a life like gesture that I hadn’t planned on but was perfect for the moment.
The table and chairs are by R.L. Carlisle. His work has stood the test of time and still look fantastic years later. They were made in the mid 70’s.
The corner hutch was a painted Bespaq hutch piece that seemed dated but liked the size and shape. So I removed the doors and revamped it to fit my era. I am aiming for a 40-50’s setting.
I was loosely aiming for the 40-50’s era so I thought a print of The Gleaners was a must. The food bowl is by a UK artist from 25+ years ago and still holds it colors well. The urn by Vince Stapleton seemed a good choice for the time frame. Of choice the 40s and 50s were big into doilies – so naturally I used them freely ( I don’t need much excuse – I love them anytime!). The clock is by Ron Chase. I never have a hard time finding a spot for one of his. I had made the National Geography magazines for another project a few years ago and made plenty so added that and the reading glasses to set on the stack.
Time to skip down to the kitchen…
I had to have an old style refrigerator. I got brave and drilled a hole to add a light! It was worth the effort! Not entirely sure if they were lite back then but I am pretending so. I stocked a few items inside and even found an ice tray in my pile of metal minis.
My display in the kitchen is not in line with the upstairs dining as you can see but I was in the “cooking ” mood so allow me a little artistic license today!
The roast is out of the oven and rolls are about ready. I got the meat fork this summer at a miniature shop during a trip. A vintage piece from the past. It added such detail along with the crochet potholder to the scene.
The apple strudel prep board is by Betsy Niederer. It could be sitting by itself under a dome since it creates a stand alone setting but I put it to use in my kitchen today. I am imagining the smell of cinnamon in the kitchen mingling with the roast and fresh rolls. The meal is coming together. The cherries and peaches are by Jan Patrie. I am not sure what the cook had intended but I loved the color – so why not!
I had intended to build a kitchen sink cabinet but dreaded the hinging of doors so rethought that idea. My placement of one in the mock up is borrowed from another kitchen. The large porcelain sink was a better fit for the time (and no hinging needed!). I will probably add a skirt to it later.
I laser etched the door window to add some interest and not the standard look.
Stocking the pantry was fun. I am not sure the brands and packaging are totally accurate but I enjoyed the arranging. The unfinished cabinet is by M & R miniatures. I painted it and added worn spots and shelf liners to give it the feel of well used kitchen storage.
In playing around with things, another Jeanne Rullie’s doll invited himself into the scene. It made a perfect shot with the porch light on and the door halfway open – he looked so ready to step into the kitchen.
A view of the kitchen….
Now so you can see the humble start of my kitchen and dining room box…..
It has come quite a way from my bare beginnings but I have a feeling it will be hosting many a fine meal in the future.
Whether you linger in the dining room or in the kitchen, the food is ready. It is time for a great meal and good company!
You’re invited for supper!