I think it's pretty safe to say that around about the holiday countdown (which begins earlier and earlier every year) we all want to shrivel up and crawl back into our childhoods when things were simple and, let's face it, holidays were all about us. I admit, this feeling isn't exclusive for the holiday hour for me. I want to be a kid again nearly every day of the year. Nothing declares that more than my dollhouse fixation. Now you may ask: "a dollhouse? Seriously? How's that have anything to do with a halloween, haunt and horror blog?" To that I say:
Wow, you really haven't been paying attention.
I think it was for my 10th birthday that I was updated from a small, recycled two story country house (found and refurbished with a astro-turf front porch by my grandfather) to a massive Addams Family-esque Victorian mansion. My dad and grandfather built it for me and it was fabulous. Every little girls dream. Problem was, it was so big and fabulous that we didn't have room for it at my house so it stayed at my grandparents on their fabulous white 50's kitsch coffee table where it still resides today. The small white astro-turfed nod to my W.Va heritage remained in my bedroom for some years after, serving as a halfway house for my first pet mouse Kit, who would escape from his cage on a regular basis to Goldilocks his way in, only to be discovered chilling in the upstairs half of the dollhouse not too long after.
In the ridiculous amount of time that has passed since, the disgruntled little girl in me still plots and hordes furniture for it, cause one day, ONE day, it'll finally make its way into my possession where it will become the most fabulously creepy haunted mansion you'll ever see.
The abandoned dollhouse in question.
This week, in its countdown to Xmas, Twisted Treasuries starts off "Four Weeks of Weirdness" holiday celebration by hitting up the miniature corners of etsy to furnish 10 year olds dollhouse dream.
Every good dollhouse needs a canopy bed in at least one room. After seeing this one (and then the price tag) I'm super inspired to make my own.
For the Addams enthusiast especially, how perfect would this piece be hung on the living room wall?
Shrunken heads, witch and wizard photos, monster magazines... My dollhouse would benefit from one of everything from Matt Chappells etsy, but the grandfather clock is at the top of my list. I can't believe I don't have one yet for the foyer and this one has so much character.
This might be a really simple item. Candleabras are an easy find in the miniature world, and while I wouldn't say no to some basic ones, I think there's something really understated and original to the candles by darksquirrel. Especially the big melting heaps like this one.
and a more subtle and sustained pillar display like this
I would have never planned a nursery for my dollhouse, but then I saw this. I can envision it sitting on top of a shabby, crackling, muted-pink dresser with a black shrouded, Rosemary's Baby cradle in the room next to it. Consider me inspired!
All the miniature fuzzies at malinik kind of blow my mind. I can imagine the host of magnifying glasses employed to help make all those miniature birds and such-- the turkey and chinese crested are crazy! But if I'm going to deck out the mansion in the best mini macabre I can, I'm going to need a murder of crows. I like that viscera is included.
Hmm. What to get from kivaford... EVERY haunted house needs a mad scientists lab. Or at least a cozy corner of the study to get your experiment on. A Hammer-esque, Creeping Flesh Victorian father is a must for me and my miniature household and these may be a tad bigger than dollhouse scale, but they're still beautiful. I have some test tubes and racks, but beakers? I'm sadly lacking. Decisions, decisions... I guess it would be better to get the starter set first.
Then we'll invest in the heavy duty brilliance of these pieces later.
Lauren George's etsy store is another one I'd need to clean out to build on that dark little study. Home of the Jack the Ripper Evidence I posted back in an August TT, the oddities section of the shop is just divinely chocked full of cool macabre: maps and medical charts, apothecary sets, "witchy books". There's all sorts of little detail items available. Even some that have nothing to do with my house, I kind of want, like the miniature "Mood" shopping experience. Seriously, if you're miniaturely inclined, take a look around. This store is amazing!
Will it surprise you when I say that a man-eating plant is a must-have? It's not exactly an African Strangler, but of course the mistress of the house would fondly call it "Cleopatra".
And finally, we come to the fairy tale world of Pixie Dust Miniatures. Some of the things sold in the shop are a bit cutesy for me, but not only does this chick have mad skills, she's another one with great finishing touch pieces. I love her fungi, pumpkins (the well-adjusted ankle-biter in me is in love with the cinderella pumpkin), candles (which are very darksquirrel-esque... which came first I wonder?) and teeny creepy crawlies. I've always loved snails and slugs and would've probably been one of those weird kids that kept them as pets if I could. I'd set hers up in mini aquariums, with all the dead leaves and plants they could gnosh.
I'd probably pick up the poison apple pie set as well. Just for kicks.