Tuesday, June 24, 2008

"If no one hears the dolls talking..."


"...should the book really be in the Fantasy section?" This was the topic debated by the young Lears today. This house believes - you should be careful with your dolls.

Do you remember the Japanese doll house plans in the back of Miss Happiness and Miss Flower? We are wondering if we can manage it. I have always wanted to create a doll house inhabited by the Borrowers - a good foundation of Victorian furniture with borrowed watches, candles, bottlecap pie tins, etc. Even better, would be a home made beneath the floorboards. But it is the Japanese dolls' garden I am thinking of, lit up at night and their little handmade quilts.

6 comments:

dale-harriet said...

I have seen a wonderful thing: a soda pop bottle top, in which red beads are piled (and glued); looks for all the world like a tiny cherry pie! In my next life I mean to do something with miniatures (also quilt and spin...next life). I have teeny faeries living in my house, admittedly in story pages..........oooh, my "verification word" would make a wonderful faery name for my story! It's "Baxotori". How cool is that?

Kay said...

First, a complaint: I NEVER get good verification words like Baxatori.

But if you do ,ake the Japanese dollhouse, send me the particulars and I will make one of the quilts! What fun.

xox Kay

weaverknits said...

Oh! I remember the Borrowers... your post just took me right back to a childhood moment of fascination!

ergo said...

Years ago Games magazine did a cover that looked like a roomful of miniatures, but had a few regular household items. The object was to find the non-minis, e.g. a push pin used as a mini candlestick and a toothpaste cap as a mini lampshade.

Laura said...

Once upon a time this book (and its sequel, "Little Plum") were a source of fascination here too, and we fantasized about those house plans. I'd love to see a version make it past the fantasy stage.

Mary Jane said...

Of course you have this book, Ours arrived too late for the resident children, but the resident mommy read it cover to cover and keeps it near at hand. Now I must find Little Plumb. I like just about any Rumer Godden. Have you seen the amazing Jean Renoir film The River, an autobiographical Godden tale? Super saturated dreamy color in hot and languid India.