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  1. Hello! My name is Erin Zavala, I am 44 years old, and I have loved miniatures since I was about 6 years old, maybe younger. There’s just something so magical and captivating about anything small. I currently live in Washington DC, where my husband is stationed as an active duty military member. Originally from Los Angeles, I was incredibly lucky and blessed to be able to shop at stores like Dollhouse Lady Miniatures in Arcadia, Mott’s Miniature Museum in Anaheim, Angel’s Attic in Santa Monica, Larrianne’s Small Wonders (then in Camarillo), and later, at the Carole & Barry Kaye Museum of Miniatures gift shop (both locations). When I was in Kindergarten my friend Amanda had the most amazing dollhouse - her Mom was an interior designer and had kitbashed a beautiful Farmhouse for her. It really was beautiful and filled with so many mini treasures I just wanted to sit and look at it and rearrange the pieces over and over again. This obsession with my friend’s dollhouse led to my Grandparents getting me a Holly Hobbie Homespun Honey & Spice dollhouse, and completely furnishing it from top to bottom. It was my most treasured possession. At around age 8 (in the early 1980’s) I started a nearly lifelong subscription to Nutshell News and Miniatures Showcase (which didn’t last very long, unfortunately). I started seriously saving my money for the exquisite (and often very, very expensive) miniatures I saw in NN and at the Museum and shops. I could only afford small, accessory pieces from artists like Ron Benson, Todd Kreuger, Betsy Niederer, The Doll’s Cobbler, Harry Smith, Mosaic Press, Barbara Raheb, Pete Aquisto and Victor Franco, amongst others, but the accessories … these teeny tiny daily items rendered so perfectly, so artistically simply took (and still takes) my breath away. I started trying my hand at realistic renderings of furniture and accessories when I was older, with kits, kit-bashed and my own designs from scratch. My dollhouse held a continuous rotation of every kind of miniature I could populate it with, and into my teens and twenties I continued to hunt down treasures and make things for it. Unfortunately, I couldn’t take it with me when I got married. My husband was and still is Active Duty in the Navy, and we move around too much for me to pack up the house and all of it’s tiny pieces every 2-4 years (if anyone else here is either in the military or a military spouse they will understand why military movers would absolutely destroy it, and most likely a lot of my collection would be “lost” forever), so I left it at my parents with their blessing. Well … one day my Papa went to move it, and he dropped it. It splintered into pieces beyond repair, and that was that. Thank goodness I had, over the years, brought all of my miniature furniture and accessories to “live” with us. Cataloged, wrapped up safely and stored in numbered bins, they had waited to reunite with their home, and now it was gone. I have looked for my childhood dollhouse for the last decade +. I have had yet to see one come up at auction, on eBay or Etsy or on the mini-boards; but just yesterday, through kismet, a wonderful lady found an old post of mine on here and told me she had found a kit, still in box, in her Grandmother’s attic. This part is hers to tell, but she has agreed to sell it to me!! I haven’t felt elation like this since we entered the pandemic years, and I am so insanely happy I feel as if I could split in two!!! Since this has already become an encyclopedia of giant proportions I’ll just say that today, in 2021, I collect fine artisan, up and coming artisan, eBay, Etsy, handmade, homemade (by me) and factory made pieces almost exclusively through the internet. My latest purchase was a beautiful Marcia Backstrom doll, dressed by Marcia and absolutely perfect down to the feathers in her hat. I love how kind, sharing, compassionate, empathetic, creative and passionate the miniature world is … it’s always been this safe, creative and quiet place to be when I’m feeling crazy in the world. If you’ve read this far, thank you so much! I tend to go on and on about miniatures, and I’ve never had anyone to really talk to about them! I have lurked here for forever, and was a member of the Tiny Talk and Small Talk miniature forums when our phone lines still plugged us into the internet!!! I’m attached a photo of my minis I made in my early teens (hence Mr. Pink Bear getting deconstructed and given a strong tea bath; he needed a little makeover, hahahaha). Also attached is a picture of me in the 1980’s as a child with my Holly Hobbie house. Much ❤️, everyone, and happy mini-ing!!!!
  2. Just found an assembled Hollie Hobbie ( Holly Hobby) Millie August dollhouse from the '70's I believe...was wondering if there's a way to find out the value? Can't see to find a lot of info online...
  3. ToyPianista


    From the album: Holly Hobbie Collectors Cabinet

    © The Mosiac Dollhouse by ToyPianista

  4. From the album: Holly Hobbie Collectors Cabinet

    © The Mosaic Dollhouse by ToyPianista

  5. ToyPianista

    Tower Side

    From the album: Holly Hobbie Collectors Cabinet

    © The Mosaic Dollhouse by ToyPianista

  6. rackey

    Dolls with Dolls

    From the album: Country House - Renovated

    I live in Middlesex, NJ, which was once the home of Knickerbocker Toy Company, and in the mid 1970's I purchased a 16 inch Amy doll at a local carnival. Shortly after that, I won Holly on a game wheel at another carnival, and I purchased Heather in the toy section of a department store. In time, I purchased the 5 inch versions of the three dolls, and when my father built my 1979 Country House by Model Homes, I sent the small dolls to live in the house. - Now that the house has been remodeled, I purchased both the large and small Carrie dolls on e-Bay, and now little Carrie also lives in the house. Amy, Heather, and Carrie are friends of Holly, but in the house they are all sisters. Amy is wearing green; Heather, beige; Holly, blue; and Carrie, red. The tags on all the dolls say Knickerbocker Toy Company, Middlesex, NJ.
  7. From the album: Mosie's Room

    I bought my little dolls to Mo's house so they could give their expert opinion on her room box. As you can see, it most definitely meets their approval. These two wasted no time making themselves at home. Carrie is resting while Heather is checking out the curtain.
  8. From the album: Country House - Renovated

    The family is getting ready for a snack, but Heather sprained her ankle, so Grandma fixed her a tray so she doesn't have to go downstairs. Amy decided to join her, so she won't have to snack alone. The book on the bed is The Playboy Interviews with John & Yoko, and Amy is going to read portions of it to Heather. That should cheer her up. Thanks to Grandma and Grandpa's albums, the girls are real Beatles fans.
  9. rackey

    Amy Ironing

    From the album: Country House - Renovated

    This is a more updated picture of the kitchen. I moved the ironing board out from behind the staircase to make room for the bread bin, which was moved to accommodate the cabinet next to the stove.
  10. rackey

    Holly w. Socks

    From the album: Country House - Renovated

    Here is another picture of Holly and her cat. It got cold outside, so they came inside to play.
  11. From the album: Country House - Renovated

    The original Holly Hobbie was a cat lover, and my Holly is true to her namesake. So when she asked for this stuffed animal, Grandpa bought it for her. Now if the cat were real, I would have to buy it a miniature litter box, but now I am off the hook. Holly named her cat Socks because it looks like the cat Chelsea Clinton had in the White House when her father was president. The family must be Democrats because both Fala and Socks were named after pets owned by Democratic first families. In any event, Holly and her cat are inseparable.
  12. From the album: Country House - Renovated

    Holly is entertaining her cousin Annie who came to visit. Annie is resting after a long train ride. The tray on Annie's lap was also made by Terri to match the green furniture pieces.
  13. rackey

    Carrie w. Mickey

    From the album: Country House - Renovated

    When I first started searching for a miniature Carrie doll, I wasn't sure if she existed, as I only saw Holly Hobbie and her friends Amy and Heather in the 5 inch version. This is the only Carrie doll I had seen in this size. She is 4 1/2 inches tall, and I found her on eBay. She needed a little cleaning up after I got her, but her two-tone face and "spaghetti" stain on her dress are only noticeable in certain pictures. Even so, her newly-found sisters and grandparents adore her, and Carrie is very happy with her family. Here she is seen snatching Mickey Mouse out of Amy and Heather's bedroom. - Carrie gets away with a lot. The girls' bedrooms are separated by a hallway which has a Peter Rabbit theme.
  14. From the album: Country House - Renovated

    Holly and Carrie are playing in their bedroom.
  15. From the album: Country House - Renovated

    As the oldest girl, Amy likes to set a good example for her sisters by showing initiative and taking responsibility. Grandma realizes that and lets her help with the laundry every now and then. Amy should really teach Carrie to put away toys after she is done playing with them. If you look to the right, you will see that Carrie left Mickey Mouse lying on the dining room floor. Carrie wants Amy to iron her skirt next.
  16. rackey

    Group Picture 2

    From the album: Country House - Renovated

    Here is another picture of the girls. They hope you will check in on them often, as their grandparents keep making upgrades and changes to the house.
  17. rackey

    Group Picture 1

    From the album: Country House - Renovated

    Meet the little house occupants. Sitting on the porch rail is Amy, who is 11. Heather, the tomboy, is standing on the rail, and she is 10. Holly is resting by the steps after pushing Carrie in the wagon. Holly is almost 8, and little Carrie just turned 6. Carrie really likes that Mickey Mouse. The girls' parents are actors who are constantly on road tours, as that is how they can make the most money to eventually send their children to college. So the girls are living in this house with their grandparents. If you follow their story, I think you will agree it is a wonderful arrangement.
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