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A Visit to My Dollhouses
Dollhouses became a hobby of mine in the late 1970s. I am particularly fond of miniature shops and stores. Here is a sampling of my collection:
The first dollhouse I built from a kit became a turn of the century grocery store.
A barn that once housed collectible figurines was purchased during the closing sale of Gus's Drug Store. It was a perfect fit for an antique barn.
The next store I made from a kit and it became a miniature version of the knitting store I once dreamed of opening in Colorado.
Upstairs is the shop owner's apartment. The granny square afghan on the couch and the heart rug were crocheted by friends. A museum quality Native American rug hangs on the back wall. Authentic family photos sit on the piano. The little standing sewing kit was also purchased at Mayfest 2005.
The dollhouse shell was purchased unfinished in Fredericksburg and immediately suggested a Southwestern Store. This particular dollhouse has recently undergone a renovation.
Many fine, quality miniatures are contained in this store. Authentic Native American pottery was obtained during trips to Colorado. Two bronze cast statues are given prominent display in the art rooms upstairs. An ironwood coyote and bear, kachinas, sterling silver squash blossom necklaces, Mexican dolls, woven rugs, and genuine mineral samples can be found in this well-stocked shop.