Dollhouses in the Media
Dollhouse on the Martha Stewart Show? That’s right, but not just any dollhouse, it’s a Greenleaf Dollhouse! Our friends over at Custom Dolls, Houses & Miniatures, better known as CDHM.org and the Storybook Cottage Dollhouse Kit will be on the Martha Stewart Show this Tuesday, November 11th.
Well How did that happen? It all sits squarely on the shoulders of Marlene Buffington of CDHM.org, also know around the Greenleaf Miniature Community as chikzilla. Marlene is on a mission to bring little things into the big time and her most recent promotional push is the upcoming appearance on Martha Stewart Living Television.
The segment of show focuses on miniature food artist Betsy Niederer who will be demonstrating how to create a mini turkey to hostess Martha Stewart. Betsy is absolutely amazing and I would suggest that everyone visit her gallery at CDHM, but do so on a full stomach because you’re guaranteed to get hungry looking at all her delicious food items.
Marlene had put months into making this happen, and when it all began to finally come together, she extended an invitation to her long time sponsor, Greenleaf Dollhouses, to join in the excitement. Of course, we graciously accepted and donated 220 Storybook Cottage Dollhouse Kits to be given away as gifts to Martha Stewart’s audience members.
Of course, there was a need for a painted model for the show so, in steps miniature superstar, Tracy Topps. Time was of the essence and Tracy is always up for a challenge, so she stayed up all night making a Storybook Cottage for Martha that she shipped out FedEx the next day. Tracy also completed the furniture and it all looked fantastic on the set. Tracy also has a gallery at CDHM and if you can’t find what you’re looking for, I would suggest contacting her… she is a true artist.
A big thanks to our friends at CDHM for including us in this great opportunity. The CDHM web site is filled with miniaturists of all genres happily chatting, teaching and attending tutorials, writing blogs, filling galleries, and participating in many, many other features all designed to promote mini artists and the hobby of miniatures. It’s some what like a Mall of Miniatures with each artists having their own store. It’s the first place to start looking for unique goodies for your miniature collecting hobby. I highly recommend you stop by Custom Dolls, Houses & Miniatures and have a look for yourself.
It goes without saying that we want to thank the entire production crew on the Martha Stewart Living Show for showcasing miniatures and Greenleaf Dollhouses to her viewing audience. Of course, a big thanks to Martha for having us and taking a picture with my sister Lisa, Marlene and Alice (I’ll post a copy as soon as I get one). Be sure to set your Tivo’s to see the Storybook Dollhouse on Martha Stewart.
A big thanks out to Josi Bates for helping us out with her great little beach house! We fell in love with this house when we came across it at the Greenleaf Dollhouse Gallery… the gears started turning on what a great ad it would make. We contacted Josi and she was nice enough to agree to help out. We love it when we can use the gallery in this manner; it’s a real source of inspiration around here. There are so many great works of art and it’s amazing to see what people can accomplish with our houses. We are always looking for our next great ad, so be sure to post your pictures at the Greenleaf Dollhouse Forum.
The Pierce Dollhouse made a guest appearance this week on the Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Apparently, little is left of mankind in the Terminator ridden future, but fear not, miniature collecting survives! The episode Dungeons & Dragons bounces between the current day and would be future where the metal machines rule the day. While a future Derek Reese is taken to the basement of a Terminator stronghold, we see a dusty and dirty looking Pierce Doll House off in the corner of the hallway. It was a very short scene, but I can swear that Reese had a look of hope on his face when the dollhouse caught his eye! Catch the this hot new series on FOX Mondays.
I know that real estate is a touchy subject, but there is no concerns over interest rates when it comes to Greenleaf Dollhouses. For under $150, the Brookwood dollhouse remains an affordable project that will bring you decades of enjoyment! The plans to bash your kit into the house pictured in this ad were published in our Doll Houses to Dream Houses, Book II which is still available at Hobby Builders Supply. The Dollhouses to Dream Houses series of books has been discontinued, so be sure to grad a copy while you still can!
Doll house pictures from the Greenleaf Doll House Gallery provide a great source of inspiration, not only to other miniaturist, but also to the folks here at Greenleaf. We spend countless hours browsing through your photo’s, and are often amazed at what we find. For our October ad campaign, we came across Holly Moore’s Haunted Dollhouse in the Greenleaf Gallery, which we used as a cornerstone in our Halloween promotion (The ad is pictured below). We were happy to be able to showcase her work on the inside cover of the big three mini magazines as well as our web site. Thanks again Holly!
Once again, Greenleaf has gone to the gallery and found another great house for our March Ad campaign! We don’t want to spoil the surprise, but the miniature project we’ve used in this ad was just to cute to pass up. This dollhouse will be on the inside covers of Miniature Collector, Dollhouse Miniatures and American Miniaturist magazines early this February! A big thanks out to this talented miniaturist for sharing their work with all of us!
Remember, the Greenleaf Gallery is open to all, so be sure to post your doll house pictures! You never know, it might just make you famous!
The January edition of Miniature Collector Magazine featured a wonderful cover story that involved the Aster Cottage doll house kit. Pat Strahan of Tulsa, Oklahoma did an amazing job of book ending two Aster Cottages side by side into what she calls the “Log Cottage”. It’s really a fantastic article that is worth a read, with plenty of pictures of an amazing kit bash. A big thanks to our friends at Scott Publishing for providing us with this photo of the cover and, of course, a big shout out to Pat for showing us the true potential of this darling little kit.
Did you catch our December ads on the inside covers of Miniature Collector, Dollhouse Miniatures and American Miniaturist magazines? We’ve gotten a lot of comments on it so we decided to post a copy. This ad is the start of house specific campaign that will continue into the spring. You will find detailed information about a particular house with an eye catching picture in this series of ads. Our March advertisement will feature a house that caught our eye in the Greenleaf Gallery of Dollhouses. This will be the second house that has been chosen from the gallery since October, so you be sure to share you photo’s with us… it just might make you famous!
Tracys Topps, miniature artist and owner of Minis on the Edge Custom Dollhouses, has another magazine cover to add to her collection! Miniaturas Magazine will have a cover article and multi-page spread featuring her amazing work with paper clay in their November 2007 issue. Though the article is in Spanish, it translates into one great story with some fantastic pictures!
The larger picture on the first page is a custom built Pierce Doll House Kit and the smaller is a custom built Buttercup Doll House Kit. You will also notice pictures of the Orchid Dollhouse and the Coventry Cottage Doll house are included in the article. All of these projects bring Greenleaf Dollhouses to the next level and we are proud that Tracy has choosen our kits to work with!
Besides selling miniatures, Tracy provides a custom kit building service where she will customizes your dollhouse kit to order. If you are looking for a unique, one of a kind heirloom, I would suggest contacting Tracy with your specifications for a quote.Tracy is also the Host and Community Administrator of the Greenleaf Dollhouse Forum, so she has some great pictures of her work posted in her Custom Dollhouse Gallery!
After the predominate appearance of Greenleaf Dollhouses in the first two Santa Clause movies, we were very excited when Walt Disney Pictures contacted us again to participate in the latest installment, Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, which was released to DVD this week. In this scene, a bashed version of the Beacon Hill Doll House Kit sits partially assembled. Admittedly, we had a tiny presence compared to the prior two movies, but Greenleaf is proud to have been considered by the prop master for all three movies. Visit the Greenleaf Dollhouse forum for more pictures of our dollhouses in the Santa Clause movie.
Did you catch Mondays episode of the Young and the Restless? If so, maybe you caught Phyllis and Jana working on a Greenleaf Shadybrook Doll House. Even in prison, Phyllis knows the value of a good dollhouse kit! This is a project that she is working on for her daughter Summer, so we might see that cute little house in upcoming episodes! If you want more info on the Shadybrook Dollhouse Kit, visit the the Greenleaf Dollhouses Company Store.