Friday, May 21, 2010

Gifts for Sonya and Printable Books

I love the inspirational photos that Sonya posted of her new project, an American Country House.

I have a few things in my stash that are collecting dust as they wait for me to finish the settings that they will go into (and that's not happening any time soon)! Hopefully Sonya can use some of these items in her house. If not, perhaps they can find another home across the ocean.

Every American country house needs a rocking chair. This kit is from Chrysnbon (open but intact). I was surprised to find out that these detailed, plastic furniture kits aren't sold in every country! They are ubiquitous in the U.S. Does anyone know of website or shop in Europe that sells Chrysnbon?

The hutch and plates were not made by me. The hutch is painted an unusual shade of green. I always intended to paint it a different color. I'm sure that if Sonya chooses to repaint it, she will choose the perfect color for her decorating scheme.

Sitting on the hutch are more things that I didn't make: a 2-tiered plate that matches the fruit plates on the shelves and a brown ceramic platter. An old-fashioned milk can sits in front. At one time, these were used for transporting milk to the processing facility, but now they are often painted with flowers or scenes and used in country decorating.

Sonya asked me about printable books. I quickly put a one together in Photoshop. This is copyright-free.

Click on the image to download a print quality picture.


  1. Thanks for the little printable books! I'm adding a couple to my stash of things I know I'll use sometime. :)

  2. I cannot believe how much generous people, fantastic and altruist there is in the world of the miniatures and in the blog......I would never have think that so many people would be interested to one project of mine...just me that I'm the last arrived both in the blogsphere and in the miniatures. tell you thanks is really little..your gifts are exceptional...very beautiful and pleasant.
    Also the books that you have posted are fantastic...
    I had turned some site of sale mini books but I had not found anything that suited him for my project.
    Thanks of heart I hope you will like the miniatures that I am preparing for you ..they are realized with so much affection and liking.
    A Big Hugs.

  3. Wonderful things you're sending to Sonya, good that we all are sending different things :) And thanks for the books, they are fab :)


  4. Hi Carol,
    I saw that you left a post on my blog. I joined yours too.
    Which Whitledge/Burgess class are you taking this summer? This fall I am taking their largest box which is a kitchen, dining room, living room and sunroom. It will be my third box of theirs.
    They are wonderful and kind teachers. You will just love them. The class is very organized and we keep good pace to get finished. I have never left with a completed box but close to it. They send you a large box of pre-work about a month before. That helps you get ahead and have minor things ready like painting and staining.
    If you have any other questions, please contact me and let me know which class you are taking.
    Mini hugs,

  5. Carol you are very generous, lucky Sonya, the furniture is beautiful!
    here in Europe there are shops that sell "Chrysnbon" I found it in an online catalog store Miniatures New Englad, but have little stuff: 20Chrysnbon% = & = Go & searchsubmit yhst-vwcatalog = 31314608766516 &. = self-giving

    a hug and thanks of books printed, I promptly downloaded already! ha ha!

  6. I'm glad that everyone likes the books.

    Sonya, it is my pleasure. I'm sure that the things I sent will find a happy home.

    Ira, your gifts to Sonya are so sweet and tender.

    Caterina, thank your for posting the link.

  7. Hi Carol,
    The Perfect Vintage was fun to do. I went home with my roombox almost finished as far as we were supposed to go in the class. When I got home, I made the drapes and added the furniture and accessories.
    In your pre-work you will stain all of the beams and trim, paint the wall paper, make the flooring, etc. So you see, you do much of the work before you even get to the class. They give good instructions and you can always e-mail them if you have a question with the prework. In the class, we basically, aged everything with burnt umber and liquin, installed the walls and windows, made the staircase, etc.. It was a lot of work but it was very doable in 3 days. There are always a few students that don't keep up with everyone else and you are able to stay past class to catch up. I encourage you to take the class with them. My feeling is that, yes, it was expensive but so worth it for what I learned and the experience of taking the class. When I see my perfect vintage roombox lit up...I am so proud of what I accomplished.

  8. How fortunate Sonja will be to receive these Americana gifts! You are very generous to share them with her! I also have a Chrysnbon kit for a hall tree she may want too!


  9. Gracias por los libros, los regalos para Sonya, son una maravilla
    besitos ascension

  10. Ti ho conosciuta per caso, ma le tue creazioni mi ha ipnotizzato… e anche se son posso partecipare al tuo giveaway sono felice di averti incontrata
    sei bravissima chissà quanto tempo ci metti per realizzare queste meraviglie hai da svelarmi qualche segreto ;-) ciaooo rosa

  11. Great gifts and love the books, I will download the images to use when our printer finally gets new ink.

  12. Thanks for being so generous sharing the book printables :0) I wish I knew how to use photoshop to do my own books.

    And what a nice gift for Sonya. I like the unusual color of the cabinet. And for Chrysnbon...never heard about it before, it´s not a brand you can find in Denmark...

  13. thank you very much for these beautiful printables...hugs

  14. Thank you for the printables Carol. Love your generosity, fab gifts & I especially love that milk can :).