Oh Mini Modernista, How I Love Thee…



I mentioned in my last entry that Mini Modernista will have a photo gallery available. As promised, Doris posted photos of the various modern miniatures she has created. [See her gallery on Flick]

If you’re interested in purchasing any of the pieces, or to get a pricing list, or just get information about her work, you can email Doris at minimodernistas@verizon.net.

Now that I have done my PSA, I can return to salivating at these photos…and figuring out what pieces to get in my next order. Ach, payday needs to arrive faster!!


Screw My Bills — These Babies Must Be Mine!!!




Despite the status of the nation’s economy (and how it’s hitting me hard budget-wise), the minute I see something fantastic online, I will do whatever is necessary to purchase it.

Unfortunately, I already sold my soul for a couple slices of tiramisu and my organs (and future firstborns) already belong to someone else. Think that’s right — then again, I completely lost track.

But Modern MC [bless her soul and her fan-spankin-tastic blog] posted a recent entry about a new modern miniature venture by Doris Nathanson.

Apparently, Ms. Nathanson’s venture (called Mini-Modernistas) is producing some awesome modern miniature pieces. And when I mean awesome, it’s due to two reasons:


  1. The designs are amazing. I mean, shoot, one of the sofas looks straight outta the Design Within Reach catalog. 
  2. The prices for the pieces: REASONABLE.

That’s right my friends. Modern miniatures at reasonable prices.  Meaning someone can get these and just…I dunno, maybe give up Starbucks for a month. Totally doable (then again, I don’t really drink coffee so maybe that’s a bad example…)



Case in point, take the Tootsie Roll sofa pictured here. Honestly thought it was gonna cost AT LEAST around $100 for the construction, labor and materials. Nope. According to Modern MC’s blog, the price Doris is offering for it is $38. Shoot, that’s way cheaper than the pair of good summer sandals at your local DSW.

Another one is the Case Study Bed [pictured above] — this baby’s priced at $34. I mean look at it — this kind of work for that price! Hells yeah this girl is gonna buy it.

Which I did. Modern MC provided the Mini Modernista’s email so as of June 24th, am just waiting for Doris to get back to me about the shipping cost of both these items. Am so freaking excited to receive these — thinking of putting these in Trent and George’s place since it’s right up their alley.

By doing that though, it leaves me with a new dilemma — what to do with the newly ‘displaced’ pieces?

::Insert wheels turning here. but creaking loudly due to lack of oil in gears::

The following is yes, indeed, a pimping out message:

If you’re interested in ordering (or seeing more pics of Doris’s work), you can email her at minimodernistas@verizon.net. If you’re in the SoCal area, you can see her work at the Southern CA Tom Bishop Show in July and at the San Jose Good Sam Showcase of Miniatures in October. Also, she’s planning to have pictures posted this Sunday so stayed tuned.

Special thanks also goes to Modern MC and her blog: telling you, she’s the magnet for all these artisans coming out and providing miniature modern goodies for us crazy fanatics! [thank you, thank you, thank you if you’re reading this!!!]

Yes, it’s pretty shameful, but in my world, the bills can freaking wait.


Hurrah! It’s Done!!

After the previous posting, I took advantage of a few weekends where I wasn’t too busy and forced myself to finish the townhouse.

Two weekends later, I am very proud to present to you my newest property – the Johnson-Valentine’s new residence.

Mind you, it’s still in its final stages. For example, because I made the wallpaper myself (one of the downsides of trying to have a modern miniature collection — the mainstream manufacturers are mostly producing period pieces *sigh*), some of the edges didn’t evenly meet up with the ceiling. So will have to cover these mistakes with trim.

Also, this project is perhaps the priciest I’ve done so far. For example, the Campbells and the Tremaine residences (<– I need to post this house’s pictures), I used paper flooring and just ordinary strips of wood as trim. For the townhouse, I used for the first time actual wood flooring and 1:12 scale trim. They were definitely a PAIN IN THE ASS to work with (still sweeping up sawdust on my floors). But the price was worth it.

I posted the remaining photos at my Photobucket account — you can check them at this gallery.

But suffice to say, Trent and George were ecstatic when they saw me moving in their furniture. Hopefully you’ll be pretty pleased with it as well. Like the kids. 😛

George: So what do you two think? You like your new house?

Ethan and Emily: YES!!!

Trent: Good! Dad and I like the new place too. And now we’ll be near everyone we know, like your babysitter and Auntie Alicia and Uncle Marcus!

Emily: YAY! Are Auntie and Uncle coming over?

George: Not today, but maybe later. Right now, we need to unpack our stuff and get settled ok? Unless there’s something you two have in mind…?

Ethan: [quietly approaches Trent] Dad, now that we have a bigger place, can we get a dog?


Time to Bring Out the Hard Hat…

Finally, some time to post an entry!

Was hoping to post something during the week, but things have been hectic both inside and outside of the office. Luckily, the minute Friday rolled around, I made it a point to come to work extra early….just so I can leave early to kick start the weekend. I mean, seriously, I’m only getting paid for about 8 hrs of work. Hence, the minute my shift’s up, I’m out the door.

I mentioned in one of the entries how Trent and George are residing in a townhouse. Was worried I’d have to jerry-rig (sic) a bookcase to make that happen. But I came across Earth and Tree in New Hampshire and they sell some very cute (and reasonably priced) dollhouses. The best part was that they carry what they call “wall houses” — basically a dollhouse that you can install directly into a wall. It was from this line I ended up purchasing the Hampton kit as the townhouse.

To be honest, I actually bought and received the kit a little over a month ago. Poor package was collecting dust next to my china cabinet until today. Knew I wasn’t going to finish it today…but figured I should at least get the structure set up.

Instructions were pretty straightforward — all the pieces were cut perfectly so it was a matter of sliding them into slots, then nailing the pieces together. But as you can see in the photos, I haven’t hammered the nails into place. Instead, just used masking tape to hold everything together as a “dry build”. Probably a good thing, since I had to take the whole thing apart a few times to sand/scrape the parts to fit perfectly. Then reassemble and take it apart once more in order to drill holes for the electrical outlets (that’s right, I’m going to attempt to have working lights in the townhouse).

After the place was hammered and glued together, I finally let George and Trent (and the kids) take a look at the place. Judging from the photo, the two seemed pretty pleased with how it’s turning out.



Usually George isn’t into the whole home thing (his firm’s still all abuzz about Obama’s proclamation about appointing LGBT candidates to Senate-confirmed positions, along with other things). But if the topic will involve Emily and Ethan, he’ll get involved. Apparently caught him showing the twins where their new room will be.

I couldn’t find where Trent disappeared to — till I saw him poring over my stack of home interior magazines for wallpaper/wall color.  Since the kids are still young, the ‘rents figured they can share a room and explore having seperate quarters later.

Of course, like any parents inspecting a new home, there’s always a risk for danger. Poor Trent and George. I heard shortly after this event, they left the kids with Alicia and Marcus and went out for stiff drinks with the Eochains…