Basel Museum Continued–More Photos!

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Highlights from the Basel mini museum’s “Street of Shops.” Detail is amazing! Click pics for larger versions.

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I will have still more pics in the next post!

Basel’s Miniature Museum (Spielzeug Welten Museum)

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For years, I’ve been seeing the ad for the miniature museum in Basel, Switzerland in the Miniature Collector. On my trip to Europe, I was able to stay in Basel for a couple of days (ok, so I planned that!!). Of course I went right to this wonderful museum! It’s amazing! From antiques to a wonderful, wonderful “street of shops” display (on the “special exhibits” floor–I almost missed it!), this museum has something for everyone.

This post features pics mostly of the antiques section, which was the first couple of floors. I’ll do a second post highlighting the street of shops, which was just awesome!

Highly recommend the Spielzueg-Welt Museum if you are anywhere near Basel. Note, there are two Spielzeug museums in Basel. This one is Spielzeug Welten at #1 Steinenvorstadt (the street name), which is on the corner of a lovely shopping and eating district (so there are plenty of places to have lunch). Trams number 8, 11, and 6 stop in Barrfusserplatz, which is about a one-minute walk from the museum. The trams are incredibly easy to ride and navigate.

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Loved these antique toy fire engines.

 

 

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The faces on these dolls are so real.

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A dolls’ tea service depicting the story of Cinderella, 1889.

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The building that houses the museum is lovely itself. This is the main staircase. (There’s an elevator, don’t worry).

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They have a massive collection of antique dollhouses. Here are a few highlights.

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Other unusual scale structures fill the building as well.

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This diorama is a stage of an opera–the figures can be moved around.

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This carriage is beautifully done.

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I loved the doll and her sedan chair.

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Monks enjoying their brewery.

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This room and the one below are cardboard foldaway room boxes.

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My husband posted this on his Facebook page with the caption “What bears really do in the woods.”.

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Loved the detail in this machine shop.

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The full shop.

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Another wood shop.

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There is an entire display cabinet of these beautiful and unusual 1″ scale artisan miniatures.

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Note that the chair can be pushed into the desk and everything shut with the key.

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The top of a mouse hole (field mice, obviously).

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The interior of the mouse hole.

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The whole (hole) thing.

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Very large Swiss dollhouse. I told my husband, “See, there are dollhouses out there bigger than mine!” Note the inlay in the floors.

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The beginning of the “street of shops” with incredible character dolls. The detail and the lifelike dolls make the scene.

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More to come in another post.

Dollhouses in Amsterdam

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On vacation in Amsterdam I discovered that the Rijksmuseum has dollhouses!! A whole room full of them. It’s in the 1600s-1700s galleries, which I think are on the second floor. These are to scale (looks like about 1.5″ to the foot), made by cabinetmakers. Apparently, collecting for dollhouses was a hobby in the 17th century. These ladies would feel right at home with our dollhouse groups now I think.

 
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Moving continued

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The dollhouses are moved! I will display them throughout the house, once we get the rest of the house unpacked and organized (ha!). Then this will become my workroom. I transported all of these in my car (and my husband’s) and nothing got broken! Yay!

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Dollhouse Moving Day

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It’s Dollhouse Moving Day.

Pack all the things away ….

La, la-la-la, la-la-la, la la.

Plastic shoe boxes and smaller boxes from Container Store work wonders to pack furniture and accessories. I’m moving these in my car, a load a time.

This is the easy part. I’ll need a truck for the Big House. Yikes. But it once crossed the Pacific, so I’m hoping it survives a transport of 3 miles.

Moving and Mini Show

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I haven’t posted a lot lately, because I’m getting ready to move! Not far, but that means packing up all my minis and transporting them a few miles. I’m sweating.

Meanwhile, our local mini club had their annual show and sale. I shopped! Found some lovely things as well as practical ones. I highly recommend the Small World Mini Show in Phoenix.

Enjoy some photos I snapped of the exhibits. These are from local miniaturists.

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More Microscale (1/144 scale)

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My love affair with this tiny scale continues. Here are some projects I have done / have been doing.

I’ll start with the “Secret” books by Robin Betterley. (I’ve been doing a lot of her kits lately because she has some very nice microscale kits).

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These “books” which can be used in a 1-inch scale setting, fit nicely into the microscale house by Charlotte Scott. I plan to use this as a bookshelf in a 1-inch scale house.

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Outside, they look like well-worn books.

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Inside is a secret space with a microscale scene.

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These secret books (called Teeny-Weeny Secret books) are fun to make, take an afternoon (most of the time is letting glue and paint dry), and are inexpensive ($5-$14). A great way to learn microscale. Find them at:

http://www.robinbetterley.com/collections/teeny-weeny-secret-books

Next, I finished off the little cafe, also 1/144th scale:

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The bedroom furniture (very, very small…)

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The cafe counter and hutch plus the many teeny cakes.

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Putting it altogether.

The Blue Sky Cafe (http://www.robinbetterley.com/collections/watercolors) is another great introductory kit to microscale. It’s a little more expensive, but you get *everything*–for the cafe: parts for the structure, flooring, wallpaper, fence, landscaping, chimney–you only need paint and glue (and a little time).

The furnishings were probably the hardest–the building itself was fairly easy and painless to make. While the kit for both the cafe and interior says they’re for experienced miniaturists (and I guess I am one), I thought the cafe itself was not too hard. It’s only two rooms without a lot of strange angles or tough-to-fit pieces.

The furnishings I thought were more difficult, only because they are so small. Painting the pieces for the folding chairs and gluing them together was a trick! But not too bad. The interior kit also has everything you see–the furniture plus artwork for it, the bedding, throw for the chair, and all the little cakes cupcakes and accessories for both bedroom and dining area.

However, if you’re going to foray into microscale with the Betterleys’ kits, I recommend doing the cafe or the secret books before you try the “secret” house I just finished (below).

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I enjoyed the heck out of building this kit (Ravenwood: microscale on top, the base is 1″ scale), but I was glad I built the cafe first. This one has many more rooms and more details, more things to mess up! I’ll show more of this house in my next post. (The kit: http://www.robinbetterley.com/collections/secret-houses)

I swear I do not work for them.:-) I’m just a happy customer. I will post about other microscale offerings out there and show other houses I’ve collected or made.

For my next project, I’m going to finish and furnish a Bespaq baby house that I picked up on a discount, doing everything my own self. I’ll let you know how it goes …

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