Saturday, June 25, 2011

Music Video Saturday -- Sleepthief: 'Laberinthine Heart'

           Starring Katherine Leigh Scott as Josette DuPres Collins

I remember as a kid being scared (pardon my French) maird-less watching the ghost of Josette Collins coming out of her portrait at 0:13-0:26 LOL!

And I would curl up and die if I ever got my hands on one of those music boxes which is prominently featured in the video and which were reportedly (and briefly) marketed once upon a time to diehard DS fans.  BTW they're remaking Dark Shadows with Johnny Depp as vampire Barnabus Collins.  Haven't heard who is taking the role of Josette DuPres Collins --probably one of those slags from The Hills.

New Breakfront Cabinet

While trolling the miniature websites last week I happened upon this mahogany breakfront cabinet from Town Square which was on sale for the exorbitant price of $9.99!  So naturally I had to snap it up.

All the drawers and doors are working.  DORK ALERT!  I lost one of the door pulls last night.  It fell to the floor and no amount of crawling around could locate it.  It either rolled under the piano or disappeared into the duct work, I'm afraid.  Oh well  I'm pretty sure I can replace it with something similar. 

Even sans knob, I'm rather happy with my purchase.  Usually you 'get what you pay for' and all the other cabinets I have my eye on are at least ten times the price of this little beauty.  (One assumes the more expensive pieces will come with their hardware intact, but you know what happens when you make assumptions).

Oh, and I can't wait to fill it with miniature books and bric-a-brac.

I think it will look lovely in the library of Merriman Park, don't you think?

Friday, June 10, 2011


The transformer I bought ages ago (and that was on back-order) finally appeared on my doorstep today.  I have been die, die, dying to see the chandelier and sconces (which I also purchased quite some time past) lit up so of course I immediately opened the package and endeavored to put everything together so I could at long last turn on the lights!

As I've mentioned before, I'm not real good at electrical stuff, and there were no instructions provided, but with a little tinkering I managed to get everything working --and didn't even electrocute myself either.
  The Entrance Hall with electrified crystal chandelier and wall sconces.

Even though the lights are standard-issue Houseworks fixures, I think they're very pretty.  After I bought them, I've found others that are made by free-lance miniaturists that are comparable in price, but are not mass-produced.  Still, I think these will be fine in one of the bedrooms, perhaps?

I have always been a bit of a 'chandelier queen' --even as a young boy.   Back in my childhood, my family used to attend the Minnesota State Fair every summer.  My dad has this thing about finding the perfect parking spot and so we would have to leave our house at five o'clock in the morning so we could drive onto the Fairgrounds when they opened at six.  The excitement was palpable, but my excitement was not from the impending visit to the cow barns or even the fair Midway with all its ticky-tacky glamor of carnival rides and side-shows; no, my State Fair Highlight was getting to drive past the Creative Lighting Studio on Snelling Avenue on the way to the fair! 

The sun would only be just breaking at that early hour and Creative Lighting was awe-inspiring with its hundreds of breathtaking crystal chandeliers hanging here and there at different heights, and all of them lit up with lurid glory in the large display window.  My idea of heaven!

I remember thinking back then that "when I grow up, I'm going to have chandeliers in every room in the house."

And I do.