Saturday, June 6, 2009

Our New Mailbox

My dear friend Jane painted this charming mailbox for us. It looks so cute on the front of the shop. Jane and I have been friends since she came to the shop back in '86 for a miniature class I was teaching. Now she and her husband Mel live down the road from us in Brown County. She is a very talented artist as you can see and creates treasures in miniature and life size. You'll be seeing more of her work at the shop in the days ahead. I think these mailboxes would make a wonderful housewarming or Christmas gift. She will custom paint them just for you, but you'll need to order early. Come in and we'll get you in touch with her.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Sarah's Fun Flowers

Daughter Sarah has been punching out these little flowers day and night, lol. They make the cutest little impatients or phlox. They come in a variety of colors and they really are a fun little project. A bag of 200 prepunched petals are only $2. What a deal. Great project for the kiddo's too. When you come in we'll let you give them a try.

The Dollhouses Have Arrived

Pam has managed to find a few darling dollhouses. Pam's daughter Kimmie assembles them, so they are ready to go! They are very well priced for the beginner or young miniaturist. These two are both front opening houses which save you space. Kimmie has two other styles she's working on and they'll be in the window soon. These are not available at any other store in Indiana, but I'm sorry to say that we only have a limited number of these cuties.
I'm a firm believer in prebuilt dollhouses. Many a kit goes home, and when opened, is quickly shoved under the bed because of the overwhelming contents. With a prebuilt house you are ready to get to the fun part of decorating.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

On Display

Wanted to give you a chance to see some of the things that are currently on display at the shop. I plan on changing these around at the end of the month, so try to get in to see these if you can. The majority of these are from my own collection of roomboxes that I've made with just a few exceptions. The purple and green roombox on the bottom right was made by my daughter Hannah, and went to the State Fair through 4-H a couple of years ago. The dolls were made by my friend Pat Angrick, Elegant Dolls by Pat. For Sarah , Hannah and I each she made a beautiful doll. The one on the right daughter Hannah dressed and wigged. The large building on the bottom left was made by Bill Lankford and given as a gift to Pam's dad. Lots of fun things to look at to get some ideas of things you can do yourself. We'll be glad to share the stories and ideas with you. See you soon.

Our First Month

We want to thank you all for helping us to have a very encouraging first month. Lots of friends and family have visited and we've made many new friends.

We want to thank Suzanne's granddaughter Aya for creating this beautiful website for us. You can see her own website at There is a link to the left. Besides being a very talented artist, she does graphic design, website design, photography, and collects vintage clothes. She has some delightful YouTube videos on vintage hair style how-to's. She is a very creative young lady and a joy to work with. So if you need any web design work, she's your gal!

Besides Aya's fabulous website, our only other advertising was a very tacky sign written in glass paint by yours truly. I never claimed to be a sign painter, lol. Since you didn't even know about our website at the time and I can't believe your really liked my sign, so my conclusion is that good old 'word of mouth' has been our saving grace. We appreciate you supporting the reopening of The Homeplace and all the years that you supported us in the past.