Tiny things are painfully cute. Few people understand, but some things are just so cute they hurt, and for me, those things are tiny. Not just something small, but something that should normally be regular size and has now been made to be tiny.
I have a particular liking for miniature tea sets and doll houses and their accessories. I’m not one to play with dolls, but I do like to set a scene. I haven’t been able to indulge either of these interests for a long while, since my living spaces haven’t really left room for a large dollhouse and shelves of mini tea sets, but they’re there, tucked away in boxes in closets, for that day when I have a spare room to tinker in.
I don’t even drink tea!
I think this obsession started on my first trip to Holland in 1991, but I can’t be sure. I was only 8 so things are a bit fuzzy. They’re so adorable and delicate. My favourites are the actual china/porcelain types, however over the years I’ve found a few other types unique enough to add to the collection.
Part of the rush of collecting is finding them during a trip or in a spot least expected. I realized a few years ago that I could probably find any tea set I could ever imagine on the internet and simply order it… But there is something much less special about something I got from e-bay than from something found in the millionth gift store in Mexico or from a random trip to an antique warehouse on Mothers Day. So I do not indulge in online shopping for things I collect, unless of course finding them online is just as difficult as finding them in real life…
I received my dollhouse from my Opa on my 10th birthday. I know, seems a little old for a dollhouse, but I had a 4 year old cousin and he made us both one at the same time. He knew I loved tiny things. He made the house and all the millwork and appliances within. My Oma made the curtains, lamps, rugs et al. It’s a pretty amazing construction and a lot of work went into it. I think that’s part of why I love it so much – I can feel the hard work that went into it and it makes it more special.
I’ve never been one to play with dolls. I have a few, but basically only as accessories to the house they “live” in and to make use of some of the tiny accessories within.
I am, of course, talking about a tiny toothbrush. What good is a tiny toothbrush with no one to use it? Or a tiny knitting set? These things must be “used” in order to enhance the … I just realized I probably sound really crazy right about now! HA!
This dollhouse basically just gives me somewhere to put all the tiny items I’m going to buy anyways.