Thursday, September 6, 2012

Life in miniature

When I was a preteen, I became interested in miniatures and really wanted a minitaure antique general store. It must have been all those hours watching "Little House on the Prairie" :)

I was the luckiest girl in the world when I received the building for Christmas along with the basics - storefront counter, post office and shelves all created by my Dad. We were fortunate to have a few miniature stores in the area and my mom, sister and I would go shopping to buy more little treasures for the store. Sometimes my mom would help me make things - the bolts of fabric, little letters and packages. And sometimes I would have things in mind that I wanted like the wagon wheels that I couldn't find. So my wonderful Dad would create them, including the cane propped in front of the counter like something out of "Miracle on 34th Street". 

Before we knew it the General Store was pretty much done except for little tweaks.
Next up... my very own dollhouse! Another dream come true! The details are endless - a matching little doghouse to hide the transformer to light the house with appropriate light fixtures in each room. Hardwood floors throughout. "Antiques" in the attic along with a handmade ladder and a little tool box complete with tools that my Dad whittled by hand. Grouted ceramic tile floor in the bathroom. Crocheted matching bedroom linens created by my Mom. The list goes on and on.
 Some things never change - I would still love to live in a kitchen like this:
Once we had an adult cat jump in to this kitchen and had his entire body inside. When I screamed and he jumped out only one blue willow cannister was tipped over!
When my house was just about done, my Dad built my Mom a dollhouse:

 Over the years, there were barns, log cabins and other houses.

The final miniature creation by my Dad and Mom was the ultimate masterpiece:
My maternal grandfather & great-grandfather were florists that owned their own flower shop.
For my grandfather's 80th birthday, my parents surprised him with a recreation of his flower shop, Crawford Floral Co.
Everything but the metal items were handmade by my Mom and Dad.

 My Mom quilled the flowers, made the dried flower arrangements and wreaths.
My Dad made the flower cooler, counter, crates and shelves all by hand without any patterns, but memories of the shop.

My Dad is a man's man. An auto mechanic by trade, an avid fisherman, and handyman extraordinaire. With huge biceps, the strongest man I know.
But when he worked on the miniatures, he had a patience and steadiness of hand that you just wouldn't believe.
He had a severe brain aneurysm in his mid-40's and the steadiness of hand was a casualty, so he moved on to larger wood working instead .
But all of his creations stand as testament to his incredible workmanship. Many packed safely away to be shared with future generations.

Blessings to you as we have been so blessed by your talents!
And Blessings to all of you for letting me share :)


cambric cotton said...

What a wonderful father, and what wonderful pieces he and your mother have made. These are real works of art, something to be treasured forever.

Kim said...

Wow, true family heirlooms. Beautiful work. I always wanted a doll house like that as a child.

Ann said...

Simply Stunning! What talent your parents have for creating all these gorgeous pieces. ~Ann

Penelope's Beehive said...

Oh my goodness...what delightful treasures and cherished memories! Thank you most kindly for sharing.

Primitive Stars said...

Hello Patti, that is so amazing, your Dad is so so talented. Love all the building he built, wonderful,what treasures to share for years to come.Happy Bday to your Dad. Blessings Francine.

primitivebettys said...

So beautify! <3. Happy Birthday to your dear Dad!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

What a wonderful post, Patti! The houses and buildings your dad made and your mom helped furnish are just wonderful treasures! Beautiful birthday tribute to your dad. Happy birthday to him!

Karen said...

How wonderful that your parents shared your love of miniatures and helped you create some wonderful scenes and doll houses. The memories you share with them are priceless.

Farm Girl said...

Oh that is so priceless, what a wonderful Mom and Dad!! That is such beautiful doll houses and that store.
Happy Birthday to you Dad!
Thanks for sharing those wonderful treasures.

Deb said...

Happy birthday to your father. His houses are amazing. I love miniatures so I'm so happy to see that you posted these.

Karen said...

Holy smokes that's just amazing - what a gift in so many ways that you all enjoyed and so will those in the future. Talent runs through your family. Thanks for sharing :)

Shirlee said...

What a beautiful post & what gorgeous crafted pieces! Your father is an amazing man. I wish him a very happy birthday!

Cottonwood Lane Primitives said...

What a treasure and a labor of love by both of your parents. Happy birthday to your dad. I guess you couldn't help but be creative when you have two such talented parents! ~Roberta

Judy said...

What lovely heirlooms...especially created by your parents. Great show of love in your post. Happy birthday to your Dad.

Judy heartland stitcher

Judy said...

What lovely heirlooms...especially created by your parents. Great show of love in your post. Happy birthday to your Dad.

Judy heartland stitcher

pj said...

Patti, such treasures to have forever. Love the house for you and your mom! How sweet and such talent! I see where you get yours. Beautiful...thanks for sharing a part of you and your family! That floral shop must have been such a tear jerker for your grandparents. pam in iowa

Beth Twist said...

SO COOL! I got chill bumps reading your story. Thanks for sharing with us! Treasures, indeed.

dixiesamplar said...

Wow, what a wonderful are so very lucky to have such lovely works of art from both of your parents!