January 5, 2015

A Winter Scene


I can't believe I haven't shown you all these village scenes before! My mother has been collecting Department 56 miniatures for over 20 years. I think she started because I was so obsessed with all things dollhouse.

And she has this giant old antique cabinet that she displays a village scene in every year. It's so much work to set a scene up that when we do a certain creation, we leave it up for a couple of years before switching to another one. Her cabinet has two giant shelves, so we can do a scene on both levels. Not sure why I didn't back up to take a full shot of both shelves of the cabinet.....

I took these with my phone at my mom's place; I'm really determined to try and learn how to use my camera phone a little better, so I apologize for the lack of clarity. This scene here is from a collection called New England Village, which is my favorite. She also has Christmas in the City, which is our 2nd favorite collection, and the North Pole, with a few odd pieces of Dickens thrown in. I just found out that there's a DOWNTON ABBEY series beginning, but I think we'll have to restrain ourselves, because my mom's collection far exceeds anything we can possibly manage.

It really is like dollhouse-ing for grownups! And when the houses are lit up at night...so pretty. I have a sideboard/cabinet thingy now that I got at IKEA, and I'm thinking that next year, it might be time for some of the village collection to come live at our house and I can make a display up on top of my cabinet. And then I can have loads of fun moving the little pieces around. And around.

One year we made a skating pond for this village, by burying a small mirror in the 'snow' (pulled apart cotton with white glitter sprinkled on top). SO MUCH FUN.

8 comments:

  1. I love Christmas villages, especially Dept. 56! What a wonderful treasure you have in your mom's collection.

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    1. they really are just magical. there's a nursery that sells the whole lot of them, and we go during the holiday time to see all the scenes that have been created, it's really spectacular!

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  2. Oh, beautiful! I would love a Christmas village, but I have nowhere to display one, without having to find homes for a lot of other stuff. I love your mom's and yours!

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    1. the space aspect of it all is somewhat daunting - storing the houses takes some major space, which is why i've always just left it to my mother to deal with. But i think I could maybe take 5 houses or something to make a little mini scene. Maybe I can take on more if I ever CLEAN MY GARAGE. #2015project #everyyearproject

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  3. You know, I've found that I spend way more time "working" with my daughter's dollhouse than she does "playing" with it. All that tiny stuff! I love it! I can totally see how people get sucked into miniatures. This display could keep me entertained for a while, for sure!

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    1. Oh man, I've been wanting to totally revamp our ('our'!) dollhouse for a couple years now, but that's going to entail many hours on ebay and/or dollhouse sites scouting out the pieces I want and I just haven't made that happen yet! But I will. I really don't like playing dollhouse all that much, never did - I just like setting everything up and moving things around!!

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  4. Your mother has an awesome collection! Oh please do take a big picture one day of the complete shelves? I adore dollhouses and even more lighted dollhouses! I would have started a Christmas village already if it wasn't for the lack of space in my tiny apartment. I'll admire vicariously other people's village as consolation.

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    1. I will go back and take a full view shot of the entire armoire with both shelves on view! It's impressive. Also impressive...the amount of space all her stuff takes up - I would have nowhere to store 1/200th of what she has at my place!

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