Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The Sea Captain's House by Robin Carey

The Sea Captain's house was built from the Skil-Craft Victorian Manor with Coach House kit which is now out of production. As with all of Robin Carey's works, I really love the stonework!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Chalet Gutierrez: 19th Century French Dollhouse

This impressive doll's house has an incredible fa├žade of long windows with balconies on the second floor, double staircase on the front and an elaborate entrance with carved columns. Named "Chalet Gutierrez," the house originally came from Toulouse, France. The two windows on each side, with finely painted curtains and trim work, were painted using the special technique of Trompe l'oeil which makes the art-work look three-dimensional. The interior is divided into six rooms with painted walls: the two upstairs rooms have cut out archways. The roof is gray with painted fish scale shingles. Carved and highly decorative windows walk adorns the top. The house measures 55'' in height, 43 1/2'' in width and 22 1/4'' in depth. It was sold for a winning bid of $6000 on eBay last month.

Brandy: Sheltie by Mary Holstad

If you are a dog-lover, you would fall in love with Brandy, the Shetland Sheepdog by Mary Holstad. She is hand-sewn from white and tan mohair, and has soulful glass bead eyes. She sold for a winning bid of $955 on eBay last month.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

My Reshma

My Reshma: as sensuous and soft as the silk that is her namesake. She picked bangles, necklaces, anklets, earrings and tiara that complement her peach and cream complexion. Her hands, arms and feet are adorned with traditional henna designs. Her bronze curls are arranged in an artfully braided chignon.

Reshma's ensemble was inspired by the peacock-feather that graces the mask she holds. She is dressed in antique gold Indian lehenga-choli: hand-embellished in gold and turquoise paint.