Home again from a weekend of antiquing and a doll show

This past weekend, we antiqued our way around Lake Michigan from Southwest Michigan to Indiana and the west/northwest suburbs of Chicago. It’s amazing how many miniatures you can find in antique shops, many the perfect scale for Barbie. And I also scored some beautiful handkerchiefs and vintage lace. On Sunday, we shopped the Naperville Doll and Teddy Bear show where I found vintage Ken and Skipper sewing patterns (I already had copies of the vintage Barbie patterns I found there), more lace and hankies, and a Silkstone lingerie Barbie #6, never removed from her box. Plus we got to visit one of my favorite customers, stop by the Windy City Dolls shop in Geneva, Illinois, to see Barb, the proprietor, and help my nephew find some furnishings for his new apartment. All in all, a wonderful trip!

Antique shops we visited included: Great Lakes Antique Mall, Coloma, Michigan; The Antique Market, Michigan City, Indiana; Jackson Square Antique Mall, LaGrange, Illinois; Affordable Antiques & More, Naperville, Illinois; Antiques of Winfield, Winfield, Illinois; Antique and Chic, Winfield, Illinois; Oakton Street Antique Center, Arlington Heights, Illinois; Geneva Antique Market at the Berry House Shops, Geneva, Illinois; Antique Market I, St. Charles, Illinois; and Coachman Antique Mall, LaPorte, Indiana.

Here are some pictures of the treasures I found.

Lots of gorgeous lace!
Hankies galore!
Hand painted miniature ceramics: salt shakers to make into lamps, vases, cake salt and pepper shakers, and a clock
A quarter sawn oak library table, a metal rack to store miniatures, and a 3 tier plastic rolling bin.
Silkstone lingerie Barbie #6
Found in the basement at the Coachman Antique Mall in LaPorte, Indiana, on our way home. Could not get it all in one picture! Doll boxes were stacked about 6 deep from floor to ceiling! Tons of furniture, vehicles, and accessories, as well as bins full of Barbie clothes. I honestly don’t know how they got it all in there. If you’re looking for Barbie stuff, this is a must see!

1:6 scale miniature delights

Yesterday, I received a surprise in the mail. One of my friends in France saw my blog post about feves and sent me some for my dioramas! They are so cute! Be sure and notice the Barbie mirror (it even says Barbie on the back) and the adorable little shoes. Thank you, Evelyne!

And in other mini news, I found some adorable brass picture frames on Etsy that are the perfect size for Barbie. I scaled down a Robert Best sketch and printed it on card stock and glued it to the back of the frame. Then I glued a couple brass earring drops on the back for the easel stand (I bent them in half with pliers). It’s a little pricey for me to make in bulk to sell in my shop, so here’s the shop info if you want to order a frame and make your own.

June Wedding for Barbie and friends

Wedding season is upon us, so I figured it was time to pull out my stash of hand embroidered wedding hankies. It’s so hard to see the incredible detail of these hankies in mere photos, but suffice it to say, this dress is covered in gorgeous embroidery. I added a waistband and bow of blue silk tissue taffeta, and a veil of antique net lace. Fair warning: I’ll be posting this dress in my Etsy shop at 8:30pm EST.

Blush Whisper for Barbie, Poppy Parker, and Victoire Roux

I managed to get one more dress from that gorgeous piece of antique lace. This time I layered it over blush silk and fastened the back with tiny Swarovski pearls over metal snaps. I thought we’d try something different with this dress. I’m posting the pictures here on my blog first. Then at 4:30pm EST today, I’ll list the dress in my Etsy shop. So be quick on the draw at 4:30pm, because I think this dress may go quickly!