Late Night Martini

Draping a scarf was a start, but I wanted something more realistic looking, so I studied how to make little curtains…with no sewing! Things get trimmed out. I learn: shelf liner is your friend. I’m realizing better the role of the props, so I go on a tear for more props. Here are shout outs to some of the wonderful people who supplied important props at this point:

Martini set courtesy of Dawn Anderson at OneSithSense on Etsy.

Green plants courtesy of Erika at ArtAndMinisByErika on Etsy.

Hanging Lamps courtesy of Marilynne at Mystic-Designs on Ebay.

The Twig Plant courtesy of Thomas Matthew at LeftyCreationz on Etsy.

All four do wonderful, amazing work!

(In the interest of full disclosure, I have no connection to anyone I list on my blog. I list people here because I love their products, want to make it easy for others to find their web sites, and just generally want to encourage this kind of grass roots market place. I am in AWE at the talent that is out there!).

This set up I would consider my first minor diorama.

Here’s the story….

Maybe she’s stress out that her sister is a world-class super villain. Probably not. Not really, actually. She’s just relaxing after dinner following a long day at work, enjoying a Martini and listening to Bert Kaempfert’s Orchestra playing on the Hi-fi (thanks Spitfire!). She’s thinking about giving her girlfriend a call tomorrow….


(For a Full Fun Effect, start the video then view the images!)

I give you Late Night Martini….please enjoy!



I tried to get one step more sophisticated and carved a window in the foam board. Having read diorama instructions around the internet (like here, here), I got outside the box and found some jewelry as props (the tiki heads).

Meanwhile I acquired the lamp from the 50th Anniversary Jonathan Adler Pink Label set:


I loved the shape of the lamp, but found the pink color totally garish. I found a blog where a person had painted it black. I purchased it with the intention to do just that.

I then found a colorful, inexpensive scarf to serve as makeshift drapes. The scarf too was very garish in its color, and, strangely, matched perfectly the pink lamp. So I didn’t paint the lamp black but instead decided to set it all up as is.

The whole thing is over the top colorful. I find, looking at the result, that it actually works! The color that is. There is too much texture and it needs to be balanced out by some flat surfaces. Another lesson also learned: trim things out.

The other important item to mention is the Gold Acryluxe Chair by Maryann Roy that I had acquired from the TinyFrockShop.  This amazing little piece will appear throughout my photo shoots too.

Now that her sister has left for an exotic South Sea Island to try once again to conquer the world,  she kicks off her shoes (wonderful shoes supplied by Zieben and the great people over at Nouveau Toys) and relaxes on the couch, and wonders if, maybe this time, her Sister will be successful. Or maybe she is just thinking about what to have for dinner?

Please enjoy: Curtains


Sister Chairs

She’s a decent girl, works as a secretary in an office (remember, it’s 1958!). She saved her money for her beautiful new Lattice dress and matching bag. Wouldn’t you know, her sister is a world-class super villain, Viper, who teams up with Dr. Evil to fight James Bond.  But even super-villains need to come home now and again to catch up with family and friends…

After studying the work of the great people who’ve influenced me, I stocked up on more carpet fragments, tile pieces, and various other props. Many  of the props are one-of-a-kind (OOAK). I thought OOAK was a company the first time I saw it on Ebay! LOL! These items are made by wonderful people who sell their wares on Etsy and Ebay. The internet making capitalism real again.

In the meantime, I made my second major furniture purchase, a matching pair of OOAK vintage chairs inspired by none other than the glorious Maryann Roy:

This Monogram loves her Fireside set!

The chairs were crafted by Kathleen Hancock who has an Etsy store UniversalBuildingSet. Kathleen did an INCREDIBLE job on the chairs. They are light-weight but solid as a rock, and fit the figures 100% perfectly. Like Proper, you will find them randomly gracing the photo-shoots. An upcoming project will be designed to feature them, so stay tuned in for that. Here are some of the WIPs Kathleen sent as the chairs were being assembled:


Kathleen WIP 7 Kathleen WIP 10


So with my new chairs in hand, the Lattice outfit, and my various props, I took the experimenting up one more notch. I learned one important lesson in all this: angles don’t photograph well; keep everything straight lines.  I got what I consider the iconic photo for the Mid Century Phicen blog (1st image in the set).  With all that said, please enjoy:

Sister Chairs