Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Toys in My Mother's Cottage Dollhouse

As a kindergarten teacher, Mom loves children's toys and picture books. She gets very excited about finding the perfect Christmas and birthday gifts for my young cousins, and can spend hours in a good toy shop, so it's always surprised me how few toys she's added to her miniature cottage.  

The wooden market and animals were purchased from Eileen Godfrey's shop. They all have a great patina The little boy is by the Wren's nest.
 On the bed in the smaller bedroom, she has an antique wooden doll.
This little wooden bed is tucked between the foot of the bed and the fireplace. Mom made the mattress and stained it with tea to make it look older. The jointed wooden doll was made by Eric Horne.
These tiny toys are in the middle of the room. I think the wooden doll is another Eric Horne creation, but it's smaller and has fewer joints than the one above. We don't know who made the other pieces. It's hard to convey how tiny and delicate these miniatures are from photos. 
You can see that the bed has been painted with roses. I think the basket was made from some type of seed pod. I found them at a show years ago,and bought three or four. Two ended up in Lottie's room, but one made it's way over here. It's only about 1/4" wide.


  1. Wonderful nostalgic toys.
    Thank you for sharing.

  2. Hello Eliza,
    Such great treasures! You really have a ownderful collection.
    Big hug,

  3. These toys are very tiny and wonderful.
    Greetings, Faby

  4. Hi Eliza, these miniatures are wonderful treasures, cherish them. Thank you for sharing.
    Hugs, Ilona

  5. Thanks for sharing. I've been looking for inspiration for my dollhouse nursery...I'll now be on the lookout for some similar toys. IndyPoppy

  6. Son unas pequeñas joyas, el niños es precios:)

  7. Beautiful toys!
    I have two little Eric Horne dolls myself, I love 'em, and your picture doesn't really show how ridiculously tiny the doll is in reality (that is no complaint at you, but a compliment to Eric Horne :D ).

    Lovely post!

  8. So sweet. I love vintage and antique toys, particularly in miniature.

  9. I also adore vintage and antique toys. Your mother's toys are somewhat exceptional!