As a child I was really into miniatures. My grandfather built me a saltbox style dollhouse when I was seven. My grandmother and I used to pore over a magazine from the 50’s that had photos of a Miniature Fairy Castle. (I know!) I made miniature pillows, blankets and comforters for my miniature beds. I did my best to find and hang miniature wall paper and install miniature flooring. Grandma made me miniature curtains.
I also made dioramas with my cousin Kris. We would make double and triple-decker homes and townhouses using shoe boxes, modeling clay and construction paper. This continued until into our early teens. We were always a little concerned with staircases to get from one level to another. Our dioramas weren’t Barbie sized either. We did our best to keep the scale to the traditional size: 1″ = 1′
The magic was all there…. but the true magic lay in the Fairy Castle in Grandma’s black and white magazine. I’d forgotten about that magazine until a few days ago. I did a quick internet search and what did I find? The Fairy Castle. It’s a permanent exhibit at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. No kidding. It’s still pretty magical, too.
Apparently I’m still fascinated with miniatures in my weird way. I have a Faerie Garden, inspired by Burgh Baby. I am the proud owner of a Faerie Door. And I still love to look at miniatures. And I can do it online.
Here are some other crazy little things I’ve found: