Mittwoch, 22. Dezember 2010

Merry Christmas...

to all my dear Mini-blogger-friends!!!


I wish you wonderful & peaceful days with your family and friends!! And maybe some cute angels will come and bring you some minis for your collections? The vintage postcard was send in 1928 but the picture is still lovely...

Sonntag, 12. Dezember 2010

Christmas time is coming...

The Lundby parents are busy to prepare everything for christmas:

Mrs Lundby is wrapping the presents - here you can see her with a pull-along ducky for baby.

Mr. Lundby is going to write some christmas cards, but he´s still thinking about the right text.

Look at all the wrapping paper she bought :)

But who is peeking around the corner?! Naughty little Sabrina! Fortunately she can´t see anything and Mrs Lundby just pretends as if she does not see her...

Credits: The parcels and bags are from the Lundby advent calendar (2007), paper and cards are printies from TreeFeathers - Thanks I love them! The little pull-allong ducky and the nutcracker are tiny wooden toys i once bought at a Ore Montain advent market... Scissor unknown and so is the flowerpot - the rest is Lundby as usual.

I hope you all had a wonderful 3. Advent?! And please don´t miss the mini treasures wiki advent calendar! It´s as lovely as last year!!

Yours Nicola

Freitag, 10. Dezember 2010

I love Mertens Kunst - Mertens Art

First of all i want to say thank you for all your sweet words you wrote! It´s so good to know you think of me and understand why i had to make a break!!


I´ll try to move on with my little toy blog here... but all Lundby houses are covered with a heavy layer of dust, so i come back with another theme - Mertens art wooden toys:


If you were born in the 60s or 70s, you´ll probably know them. Mertens Kunst is a german company which is specialized on wooden toys and decorations like wall plaques, coat racks, jumping jacks and puzzles... The Designer is Ute Mertens and she works together with Alfred Mertens (unfortunately I don´t know how these two people belong together - a couple, father and daughter?! If you know something more, please let me know). Mertens Kunst is so characteristic for my childhood and nursery - I couldn´t imagine it without Mertens sweeties!

And every time i went to a fleamarket i always found somthing "Mertens" :) so i hoarded a lot of these lovely things in my tiny house over the years. Recently i decided to sell some of these treasures and one thing leads to another! I took pictures, opened a Dawanda Shop (it´s like etsy) for vintage things and also founded a new flickr group.

Now i can collect them virtual, have more space for Lundby stuff and Käthe Kruse and earn some money, too... I´m smart -or not?! ;D
I hope you all have a wonderful advent season and i´m wishing you a peaceful & happy time!
Hugs, yours Nicola

Montag, 25. Oktober 2010

Maria, Rosi and Tonda the bear...

were my Sister Andrea´s beloved Childhood toys she kept carefully for all the years...

Now they live at my house because we lost Andrea forever at the end of July...

Andrea at the age of 2 years Christmas eve 1965 with Maria. I think she was her first doll.

I´m still so very sad, sometimes kind of speechless and i guess it´ll take me some more time to handle this. So i´m not in the mood to write little Lundby stories I just try to get back to something normal.

I´ll be back and this toy blog will move on - promised! ...but not at the moment.

*Nicola

Dienstag, 6. Juli 2010

I like it...

if I find vintage treasures! And I like it much more if they include things I didn´t expect! Recently I found a vintage "Constanze" special edition, from 1966 at our local charity shop. Inside a lot of craft ideas like knitting and crochting and at the children´s corner I found... a Lundby Gothenburg:


Look she´s got this special Lundby sofa in her hands Oese/Petra likes so much:

There was also this cute ad with a dolls Kitchen:

I guess the doll is a Schildkröt/Turtle mark doll?! You find some more pictures here at my Püppilottchen blog (it´s newly in english, too) and at my flickr.

As you sure noticed I was a bit lazy here with posting and commenting, because of the great summer weather and some more other reasons, like costum orders, crafting for my onlineshop and family... Next week the summer holidays are beginning here in North-Rhine-Westfalia and so I´m going to make a little summer break. I will be back at the end of august.

I´m wishing you a wonderful summer and a good time!

*Nicola

Samstag, 19. Juni 2010

He loves cars and James Bond!

Hans-Hermann had a very busy time at his new job at the hospital, so it took a while until he finished to decorate his apartment.

But now everything is after his fancy and so he invited his best Friend Franz and Christine, to get to know each other and also to celebrate his new home with a good glas of wine.

Meanwhile Hans-Hermann and Franz talk shop about the latest James Bond car in Hans-Hermann´s collection...

Christine trys to get Piff of the bed. She is a bit irritated by the new Hunderwasser picture Hans-Hermann just hung over his bed - she really feels like someone is watching her!

Later everything is perfect - they talk about this and that (Cars, cars, James Bond and the latest movie...) and Christine begins to feel a bit more comfy despite of all the cars and Bond Posters surrounding her. The dogs feel the relaxed admoshere and...

look what the naughty boys are doing - rolling on Hans-Hermann new white carpet! (In german we call this kind of carpet "Flokati", but I didn´t find the word in my dict)

Hans-Hermann´s cool James Bond cars are Micro Machines i recently found on our fleamarket. Front row from the left to the right: Bentley Mark IV, From Russia with Love (1963), Aston Martin DB 5 "Most famous", Goldfinger (1964) & Fireball (1965), Lotus Esprit, The Spy who loved me (1977). Back row: I didn´t find any information about the red car but the blue one is a BMW Z3 Bond drove in Golden eye (1995).

The most furniture are Lundby, except the fireplace and TV (Lisa) and the sideboard (unknown). The "Flokati" is a piece of fake fur made by me. The new green Hundertwasser picture was a vintage tag for presents and it shows a detail of "Columbus rainy day in India" #687 A, painted in 1971.

Have a nice weekend, Nicola

Freitag, 11. Juni 2010

Käthe Kruse doll´s house dolls

When I started to work as a Fashion Designer for the dolls, at the well known Toys Company Käthe Kruse in 2003 & 2004, one of my first jobs was to dress up little Friedebald, you can see at the left of this picture. (*Argh* I though I would break my fingers, but after all I really like his little outfit!)



He was the second one of a series of doll´s house dolls Käthe Kruse makes exclusively as a present, for the club members of the Käthe Kruse Club: "The Käthe Kruse Family".

These both are small Thumbelinas/Däumlinchen - The one at the left is a tiny Linchen with a blue dress. And look at the cute little strawberry bag! It was a present from Schneewalski who I met at the 1:12 in Soest.

The most of them are replicas of special doll types in a smaller size (They are from 11,5 to 13 cm small). Except the young man in the sailor suit. He shows Max Kruse the youngest son of the seven children of Käthe Kruse & Max Kruse senior.

This is a tiny "Rumpumpel Baby", one of the dolls I would like in the original size, too :) Each of them came in the typical red Käthe Kruse box with a small blanket and a certificate!

If I´m really thruthful I didn´t like these dollies at first... poor little things! I didn´t like the BIG hands and the porcelain heads, because they are so very, very wrong for Käthe Kruse dolls! But after a while I began to like them :) They are nice to decorate because of the flexible bodies and they are very cute as a doll for a doll. How do you like them?

Have a nice weekend, Nicola

Käthe Kruse Puppenhauspuppen werden von der Firma Käthe Kruse exclusiv für die Mitglieder der Käthe Kruse Familie herausgegeben. Bisher erschienen: Ilsebill 2002/2003, Friedebald 2004/2005, Finerle 2005/2006, Max 2006/2007, Kathl 2007/2008, Linchen 2008/2009, Baby Rosalie 2009/2010 - to be continued!

Freitag, 4. Juni 2010

The Lundby swimmingpool - Das Lundby Schwimmbecken

When I was small I dreamend of a small Lundby Village with all Lundby things I always saw in the shop window of our local toyshop...

I dreamend that my dolls would have a swimming pool (like my best friend Friederike had in her real garden)...

Do you wanna jump into the cool water?! I would like to, but the pool is even to small for one of my feet ;D

It´s just a little childhood dream come true... (by the way, the pool came with the 1975 Gothenburg and was one of the things I watched so often at eb** and I couldn´t afford normaly)

I´m wishing you a sunny summer - maybe with a pool in your (Lundby) garden :) *Nicola

P. S.: One good advice: Never fill water in your vintage Lundby pool like I did! I don´t know if it never was made for filling water in it or if it became leak through the years?! Anyway after the photo shooting there was water everywhere and I had to dry it in the sun. Now it is dry again, but also has some water markings on it :( ... I thought it was a toy *argh*!!!

Dienstag, 1. Juni 2010

Tiny & cute things from the fair:

Sabrina & Sabine are very happy with all the toys I brought from the 1:12... I adore the tiny-tiny The Very Hungry Caterpillar /"Die kleine Raupe Nimmersatt" book (it was my favorite book when I was small). It´s made like the really book - you can read every page!


The guy on the right isn´t Mr Lundby in cooler clothes - I found him on the fair too and he will live in the 1975 Lundby Gothenburg...


Petra and I planned to swap at the fair and she brought a bag full of treasures with her... aaaand I forgot mine at home! But I had to take Carry and Petra chose some of the furniture I once displayed at Furniture and Antiques. Thanks to the Internet it was no problem :)


Carry is a lovely old Caco doll and I first fell in love with her when I saw her at Petra´s blog! When I was small I always used my Mum´s old Caco dolls as dolls for the Käthe Kruse dolls, because to my mind they look like small K. Kruse dolls!


Perfect - isn´t it?! And because I don´t have a dollshouse in Carry´s size she now lives with all my Käthe Kruse dolls in my dolls showcase.

*Nicola

The Käthe Kruse Thumbelinas are both from 1977 - She´s called Margit & his name is Guido. The rocking chair is from Monchichi also from the 70s. The wooden bed is from my childhood. My parents once brought it along for me when they went for a hike without Andrea & me. The baby is from my childhood too and I think it´s ARI.

Sonntag, 30. Mai 2010

1:12 Soest

Yesterday Petra/Oese and me met at the 1:12 fair at Soest...



For me it was the first time I visited a miniature fair and I was absolutely overwhelmed by all the impressions!



There wasn´t nothing you couldn´t get in a small version and I was very glad I´m so focused on Lundby and things in 1:16 or 1:18 scale, because otherwise I could have bought much more than I did... *phew*


So I watched Petra while she decided what stylish chair or daybed she would like to buy at www.hetbehoudenhuis.nl...


was fascinated by all the things some people make, like fimo food or mini porcelain dolls and learned a lot about the miniworld in 1:12, I never could imagine before!

I bought some tiny things which will go for my Lundby houses too I´ll show you in another post...

If you like and take a look at the list of sellers here at the 1:12 page you´ll find some delightful stores and items!

AND it was also great to meet Petra in real life! We knew each other a bit from several phonecalls and had a lot of fun on our first little blogger-meeting!!

Yours, Nicola

Donnerstag, 27. Mai 2010

Tornados... Earthquake...?!

Very recently I was a "Glückspilz" (lucky mushroom) again ;D
This old Lundby Gothenburg/Göteborg (and the furniture) were on eb** and the seller lived in the same town as me...


So I made a bit and thought: "If I get it for 1.00 €uro I´ll take it..." And the lucky winner was: ME! :) I´ll take the extension as a basement hobby room for the Lundby´s new neighbours. Maybe someone has some garage doors for me?

I don´t know exactly what to do with the "Tornado-House" but it offers some nice opportunities. I always thought it must be fun to renovate an old Lundby house and to decorate it like I want - maybe with some new crazy 70s wallpaper?! I could make the upper storey in one because the wall got lost anyway... So many ideas - we will see...

*Nicola

Sonntag, 23. Mai 2010

The Lundby Gothenburg/Göteborg shape in real life

Today I made a cycline tour here at Minden and the surrounding and had my Lundby-glases on :)

I found a lot of Gothenburg-shaped houses during the trip I never noticed before...

I guess they were all build during the 50s and 60s and...



some of them were renovated and modernized since then


I like this one the best because of the small glass bricks and the original look!

Wishing you a nice Whit weekend, yours Nicola

Samstag, 15. Mai 2010

Lundby Göteborg/Gothenburg, 1970 - Part 3.

Third and last part of the Lundgren´s Gothenburg house tour:

Meanwhile Greta did the dishes Konrad layed the table for the afternoon tea at the lovely empire dinigroom...

At this part of the house you can see that someone played with it before. The stylish staircase with the wooden banister was fixed with silicone and the varnish of the doors & frames of the house looks a bit used, too.

Greta: "Honey, why did you forget the cups, we can´t have tea without cups..."

Konrad:"Oh, sorry... (Thinks: Women! You can do what you want something is always wrong...)

The entrance...


and the bathroom - which is nearly the same as in the Gothenburg of the Lundby´s, but with blue tiles and made in one piece. The toilet is hidden behind the wardrobe-piece.

The hallway piece has a little light at the top of the mirror, but Greta & Konrad still need a mirror and light for the bathroom. They also want some paintings for the diningroom and they would like some carpets for both rooms, too.

Credits: All furniture are Lundby (as usual ;D). The lamps and the mirror at the dinigroom are Lundby, too. The little pinguins are from my granny´s treasure chest. The tea service (without cups and plates - poor Konrad!) is from my mum´s doll´s house. The cake is from "fimozauber" and is made from the same recipe like this cake here :). The owl is one of the first tiny gifts they had in the "kinder surprice eggs" in the 7os and was a fleamarket find. The small coathangers are Bodo Hennig. They came with my "new" Gothenburg from 1975 and were perfect for the hallway piece.
Have a nice weekend, yours Nicola