Saturday, October 24, 2009


I have received two awards recently which I haven't acknowledged yet: thank you to Doll Mum for this award:
(This blog is a dream!)

And thank you to Susan of Susan's Mini Homes for the Kreativ Blogger Award:

Both these awards came with rules for passing them on. I'm afraid I'm not very good at following rules! Instead, I am going to combine these with another kind of award I received from Sans many moons ago. Sans passed on a Reader's Award by choosing some readers of her blog, and scanning for them a book she associated with them. This is the one she chose for me:

A scene from Hansel and Gretel, as the infants class in my Erna Meyer school were reading it (it's also on the television in my Bodensee house).

As I love reading - blogs as well as novels and many other things - this is the kind of award that I love. So, for bloggers I am inspired by, and who have supported my blogging, here are some books I love which connect to things I enjoy about your blogs.

For The Shopping Sherpa, whose blog - including her Parade of Houses - inspired me to start blogging - here is a black and white book of plans for a mid-century modern (dismantleable) dolls' house.
Her collection has just been filmed by the Australian ABC TV program Collectors, so it will be on national television soon!

For Pubdoll, whose play on words in both English and Norwegian I love, as well as her sense of style, here is The Shield Ring, by English writer Rosemary Sutcliff. I think Annika Lund, who has the whole 'Little House on the Prairie' series, might also enjoy reading this story about 7 year old Bjorn, who lived at Buthars Mere in what is now the Lake District of England, in the late 11th century.

For Oese of Raum für Raum, I had to put two! Her scenes often have art books and travel books, and I think the dolls who read them, when they are home, would enjoy reading about where I live.
The other book, Through the Dolls' House Door by Jane Gardam, is a story about a dolls' house which has a dolls' house inside it. One of the children who play with it wanted to have a dolls' house in the dolls' house dolls' house too, and another one in that! But the other child said, "No. Stop. We'll get dizzy."

Mini Modern and Call of the Small have both inspired me greatly with the scenes in their Kaleidoscope houses, as well as other modern dolls houses they have. I haven't blogged about my Kaleidoscope house yet, but one day I will ... So for them, here are some genuine vintage Australian advertisements, from Fragments of the Everyday - A Book of Australian Ephemera: a 1938 ad for Grace Bros Department Store furniture, a 1954 ad for Dulux paint for Colourful Homes, and a ca 1965 ad for a Waltons Department Store sale - where the special item is the New American Action Sleeper/Lounge!

Sadly, Mini Modern has stopped blogging for now, but the archive of her two years of posting still has wonderful photos, informative and fun text, and a creative use of pieces from diverse sources. She keeps (jokingly) threatening to steal my Bodensee dolls house - now she's not blogging, I won't know where she is anymore, so I won't be able to keep tabs on her ;^)

Call of the Small is still blogging, and still buying wonderful modern dolls houses - she says her latest purchase, a wonderful 1950s Vero house from German ebay - may be my fault, as she loved my Vero bungalow, also bought from German ebay, so much! Amazing how many of us were watching the auction of the house CallSmall bought! I love it when fellow bloggers buy dolls houses I've also been watching (but not bidding on!!) on ebay, as then I can enjoy them too, as they furnish and photograph them.

Sarah Boirin of Vintage Dolls Houses lives in France and has a great collection of vintage Triang houses, among others. She is very knowledgeable about dolls house furniture, too, and has some wonderful pieces. So for her, here is the Exceptional Cat expressing an opinion on furniture styles, from Advanced French for Exceptional Cats, by Henri de la Barbe.

Nicola at Püppilottchens Spielzeug-blog first blogged about the Käthe Kruse dolls she loves, and now also about her dolls houses, including Lundby and a lovely Albin Schönherr house. She also likes vintage children's books, so I hope she will enjoy the ones I have chosen for other bloggers.
For Nicola, I have chosen a book published this year by Australian writer Cassandra Golds, The Museum of Mary Child. Heloise, the little girl in the book, was not allowed to play, and longed for a doll. One day she finds one under a floorboard, and loves her dearly. Later, she runs away from her home where love and play are not permitted, and finds herself living with a choir of young female orphans, who also make clothes for dolls.

Redrickshaw had a blog, but now posts only on flickr. She creates marvellous scenes and stories with her Grecon dolls and vintage dolls houses, and also loves vintage children's books and Chinese dolls. So for her, here are Miss Happiness and Miss Flower, two Japanese dolls who have a book of their own by Rumer Godden, but here appear in the 1966 edition of Little Plum, illustrated by Jean Primrose. They have put on clogs to come out and admire the snow. They walk up and down along the wall, leaving footprints smaller than a bird's.

Doll Mum has started blogging recently about her dolls and dolls houses, as well as her daughters' dolls. I especially love the stories she tells about how the dolls came in to her life. The dolls and the clothes she and her Nanna made for them bring back many memories of my beloved dolls and the clothes my Nana made for them!
This book was a favourite of mine when I was very young. Galldora is a homemade rag doll who has many adventures when her owner loses her (as she does frequently!).

Also very new bloggers are Florine of My Vintage Dollhouses and Other Treasures, and Louise of Grandmas Attic - Toys and Treasures. I'm enjoying seeing their posts about their vintage American dolls houses (though that's not all they have) - seeing the vintage American furniture in houses occupied by dolls I can appreciate it much more than in guides to dolls house furniture makers!

So here, for Florine and Louise, are Across the Rolling River, a story about Laura Ingalls Wilder's mother. I was excited to realise that my Californian great-grandmother's maternal ancestors were probably travelling through the same states at the same time as this family!
And also Stars of Fortune, a book written and illustrated by English writer Cynthia Harnett, which tells the story of the Washington children of Sulgrave Manor in Northamptonshire, when the future Queen Elizabeth I was imprisoned nearby.

Please feel free to pass on a Reader's Award to your readers!
I read many other blogs too, and appreciate receiving comments from my other followers and readers. I find so much support in this network of bloggers about dolls houses and miniatures, so thank you all, even if I have not named you individually here!


  1. what a lovely idea! I so enjoyed seeing the books you chose for each blogger/reader of your blog, and now am inspired to go and read their blogs too, as well as wanting to read all the books!

  2. Thanks, Rebecca! I appreciate the recognition, and will take the opportunity to say that I greatly enjoy reading your blog -- always thorough, interesting information, and I appreciate your impeccable grammar :) My lovely house is finally on its way from Germany (after a challenging purchase transaction), so I will hopefully post on it soon. I would love to see you post on your Kaleidoscope House some day!!

  3. Wow Rebecca, I'm touched. What a wonderful idea, only you could have it. Thank you so much for including me, and thank you so much for your interestingness you gave to all the people mentioned. I will try to find this book about the dollshouse in a dollshouse in a dolls.... - you do not know, how perfect this is for my thoughts and feelings, just a good intuition of you.
    I enjoy reading what you gave to all the others, thank you for this gifts too.
    Rebecca, I think you are wonderful.

  4. Thank you so much Rebecca! As you know I don't follow award rules either, regardless of how much I appreciate that people like my blog well enough to give them to me! But this is different, I love (and am impressed as well) that you have put so much thought into it and also to read about the books you have given to all of us!
    I have ordered the book at Amazon now, but I already think you are spot on, since I love to learn history and to read historical novels! And I'm sure Annika agrees with me :-) Trond says we already have a map of the Lake District as well, so we will both read the book with the map on our knees.

  5. Many thanks to you Rebecca for honoring me and by new blog, Grandma's Attic- Toys and Treasures, with such a lovely gift of a "book"! I am an avid book collector on many subjects so this "award" was particularily special to me. I will have to find this book and read it now...especially the one about the Washington children! I have enjoyed our new friendship and am in love with the fun of meeting dollhouse collectors from all over the world and being able to share the facination and addiction of our hobby with other like-minded friends. Very sweet of you!

  6. Chuckles, Rebecca! Darn, you've discovered my master plan. Ha ha! Seriously, thank you for such a cool hat tip.

  7. What a lovely award Rebecca, and what a nice way of going about awarding it. I think I'll break the rules too, when I get to responding properly on my blog.

    I adore 'The Shield Ring', and have visited the places in the book (we love the lakes), also 'Miss Happiness and Miss Flower' (and 'Little Plum') and all the 'Little house' books. I haven't come across 'The Adventures of Galldora' which is the one you've dedicated to me, so I've ordered both this and the follow up book from Amazon, and await them with great interest.

    I am interested in your reference to Sulgrave Manor, as my elder daughter visited this on a school trip a few years ago, and it isn't too far from where we live (so another outing to consider).

  8. Rebecca, what a delightful award to receive! Your personality always shines through the comments you leave on my blog and the other blogs that we both the uniqueness of this award you passed out to this group of dollhouse lovers comes as no big surprise. :)
    It is nice to know there are many others who share my fascination with dollhouses... whether antique, vintage, or modern...and that they are willing to share their treasures with the "dollhouse sisterhood" by blogging!

    The books you selected for Louise and me are already on their way to Houston. I love historical novels (second only to British murder mysteries!) so I am looking forward to the one by Cynthia Harnett. Must google Sulgrave Manor before it gets here! I have been a big fan of the Little House books since childhood, but have not read any of the support books written after the success of the TV series. I loved reading about that period in American history as a child, so I am sure I will still enjoy it as a senior.
    Many thanks, Rebecca!

  9. Thank you all for your comments. I'm really touched that several of you are ordering the books - I think I've discovered a great way of giving gifts ;^} Seriously, it's lovely to discover that we share tastes, and sometimes histories, in reading. I hope you enjoy them!