Saturday, April 23, 2016

You can't buy happiness....

...but you can buy books, and that's kind of the same thing!!

This is something I once saw on a poster and thought to myself "no truer words have ever been spoken!" I have no idea who actually said this but he or she was obviously a very intelligent person!

I love books of all kinds - but when they're books about miniatures, well, how much better can it get??? I just received a new one I ordered a couple of weeks ago and thought that I would share some of the others I own - my favourites.

I'll leave the newest to last and start with my very favourite one: The Big Book of a Miniature House by Lea Frisoni.

Originally published in French, this book was re-released in English late in 2014 or early 2015 and I bought it as soon as I could get my hands on it. In my opinion, this is the most stunningly beautiful and well-written miniature book I have seen to date. Not only does she provide detailed plans and instructions for constructing this incredible house, but she includes all the finishing details as well as instructions for building some of the main pieces of furniture and wonderful French accessories as well, such as flowers, mirrors, folding screens, etc.

I love all of the details and know that I will use each and every one of them in one project or another at some time in my "mini" future. Right now I am particularly fixated on the design of the front door of this building. I know exactly where I want to use it eventually. Remember my list? - Well, it's actually written on elastic bands - makes it so much easier to expand!!!

Tomorrow I'll talk about the two Brian Nickolls books I own and love. In the meantime, anyone out there have some favourite mini books they'd like to tell us about?? I'm always open to buying more happiness....I mean books...well- same thing!!! TTFN!!


  1. Hello Marilyn,
    It is a wonderful book full of great ideas! I can't wait to see the ideas it inspires.
    Big hug

    1. Right now it's got me looking through thousands of French Country/shabby chic pictures and dreaming of my own French country chateau. Yet another project to add to my list!!!! Too many choices - not nearly enough time!! Do you have any favourite sources of inspiration, Giac? For many people, you're one their sources so it would be interesting to know what inspires you. - Marilyn D.

  2. Hi Marilyn! I would consider this to be the classic "MUST-HAVES" when it comes to miniature books! A great investment with scads of ideas and inspiration. It does exactly as you have said- it sets you DREAMING! :)


    1. It certainly does Elizabeth. That's my problem!!! Too much dreaming, not enough doing!! I swear - I will translate some of these dreams to reality - I really will - at some point! - Marilyn

    2. By the way Elizabeth - your blog sets me dreaming as well! The house on Dolphin Street is phenomenal!