Most of these arrived in the post yesterday from The Linen Press in the UK. They're from their extensive and charming line of Victorian paper ephemera, and are destined for Mum's Edwardian roombox. (The exception is the little blue book on the left, which is my first attempt at making a book from the lovely book kits sold by Paper Minis -- although the kit is excellent, I didn't do a very good job and got glue on the cover :( I'm sure I'll get better at it, though!)
This is a 1:12 scale deck of Happy Family cards! (Look, you can see the grotesquely bread-like head of Master Bun the Baker's Son!) David remembered playing this game when he was a lad in the 1950s, so I bought him a 1:1 reproduction Victorian deck a few years ago, and it's become one of the KnitWits' favourite games to play. When I saw this tiny version, I had to have it. It's an authentic reproduction of the Victorian original and the print quality is startling -- these cards are less than half an inch long!
The Linen Press sells a variety of little photo albums either full of preprinted family photos or blank, for you to add your own. I decided to get a blank set, and spent a pleasant half hour yesterday shrinking some scans I have of our family photos to half an inch long :) The photo above shows my mother's grandmother and her five maiden aunts (her mum was the only daughter to marry).
And, lastly, there is this charming little version of the 1897 children's book, Nursery rhymes and fables. Again, you can see how extraordinary the print quality is.
I'm going over to see Mum this afternoon to do some computer stuff with her and visit, and I'll take all my little presents with me!
This blog chronicles the adventures of a group of Canadians building a 1:12 scale medieval or Tudor dolls' house or dolls' castle. We're also working on a William and Mary era dollhouse circa 1700, featuring Jacobean, Carolean and Queen Anne furniture. Dollhouse aficionados, those who enjoy making or sharing doll house miniatures, and people who enjoy sharing crafts with children may enjoy the adventures of this group.
I built the background image of this site using some of the fabulous work from Vintage Retro Grunge. The "Green Man" reproduction medieval tile on the bottom right is by Kate Tiler. The other two, the griffon and the happy little creature (possibly a lion with a bagel?), are both by Pataki Tiles.