This originally appeared on Blogger on Nov 23, 2012
"Look at me! Look at me! Look at me Now! It's fun to have fun but you have to know how"
Just like the Cat in the Hat has his own FUN-IN-A-BOX, which in case you may have forgotten houses Thing1 and Thing2. They, of course, represent pure, unadulterated, carefree mayhem, my idea of that would be something miniature. (Because this is a blog about miniatures and if you love them then you KNOW).
I have had for years a small plain wooden box that measures 8 X 10, 4 inches deep purchased at a miniature shop. I moved it around a thousand times from pile to pile until I found a drawing by Anton Pieck and transcribed that into the box using Creative Paperclay, some wood and a print of a garden. It has a recessed window, ceiling beams and 'leaded' glass windows with one open showing a garden scene.
"And this mess is so big and so deep and so tall..."
So it sat around for quite some time longer because I was unclear what to do with it. I moved it around again and again from pile to pile. Finally I took it out to play and realized what a great piece it turned out to be because it can be anything. I went to my stash of collected things and arranged several settings you can see here.
FUN NUMBER ONE
Doll by Carole McBride, bunny by Kerri Pajutee, blocks by Terre Fernandez, flowers by Barb Plevan, plate by Rosey Duck, painting by Linda McBreen.
More rooting around in the stash and I got this FUN NUMBER TWO
Chair by Bernhard Originals, Pug by Gudrun Kolenda, Rug by Classic Carpets, Birdcage by Ursual Dyrbye-Skovsted, Plants by Kyoki , Plates by Dominique Levy, Stag head and horse pull toy by Linda Master.
So pull all that apart, dig through boxes and bins and yet another lovely little vignette, FUN NUMBER THREE
Chair by Betty Valentine, Book case by Ernie Levy, Mandolin by Ken Manning, Vintage bird cage, Bowl by Debby McKnight, Cat by Liz McInnis, Painting by Linda McBreen, Saki Set by Ligia, Celadon Bowl by Joan Westphal.
I am truly impressed with the versatility of a small wooden box. Who knew? Really, more of these would be even more fun. Maybe a class one day? I have a frame for it too and just need to slap that on and there's an enchanting little piece to show off a collection. Let me know what you think.