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I found these wonderfully detailed little waiters atop cheese spreaders at our local Kohl's, but found them, and more, online at the website shown in the photo. I think the one with the rose in his mouth will work great in a Mexican or Spanish restaurant.

When I found teapots atop spoons at WalMart, my husband suggested dropping them in boiling water for a minute to soften the glue. I did, and the teapots came off readily. I will probably try that with one of these fellows. Better do it quickly, though; wouldn't wannna hurt them.


These little findings makes excellent tarts in full size; fancy desserts in quarter scale. I had the opportunity to order them when they were mentioned on a twelfth scale list, but cannot find in my files who I ordered them from.

I plan to make quite a few cakes when I complete my bakery in a cd case, thanks to the wonderful plans of Laura in Tucson.


This little shadowbox is about one and a half inches deep. I found it among the spring items at JoAnn's. Its label said it was perfect for painting and embellishment, but I could see it used as is, too. Not sure yet what I will put in it, but it will work for something in small scale, or might be used to hold one of my smallest dolls.


These little cans are just waiting for outdoor scenes. I have really neat quarter scale items from The Quarter Connection's Online Convention that I plan to use with them. One of these was to be a gift for my sister, who had a real green thumb. I wish I had gotten it finished before she passed away.


I found this jukebox picture frame at Kohl's. I can just see it with a 50's setting of some kind.

The thick foam holding the glass and photo just pulls out with those finger holes. I can make the setting on a separate base and just slide it right in and add a back.


This little Valentine's candy box will become the home of some quarter-scale furniture that I made in a club workshop. Using tiny red checks and red, ecru and green accents, it is an ideal candidate for display here, rather than sitting in a box waiting for a house.

I'm wondering about using that same plastic as a cover, or replacing it with plain. I guess it depends on whether the setting inside is one where its occupant offers more than just chocolates to her guests, huh.


This little rose painted cupboard has an exaggerated keystone effect in the picture, even though it does come to a point in front, but I wanted to show the roses on the top. I got it at a bargain price because one of the knobs is missing. However, that's no problem for someone who has every size and shape of bead in the world, wooden and otherwise, is it?

This will eventually become a quarter scale setting, perhaps with a roses theme.


As soon as I saw this, I could see it being used in the doorway to a balcony in a quarter scale vacation setting. In one-inch scale, it could be used to make grass skirts.

Of course, all those little beads can definitely be used in other ways, too.


I found this little scouring pad holder at a Pic'n'Save store (before they became Big Lots.)

I plan to plant a small garden inside it one of these days, including tomato plants, of course. Or maybe I'll do a mini canning table scene, with tomatoes in all stages of preparation for sauce, etc. No doubt that scouring pad could be used in all kinds of ways, too - including, wow, a real-size scouring pad!

Not bad for $1.49.


And long after I found that tomato, quarter scalers began finding and using scrubby holders everywhere. Absolutely wonderful what these really talented people have done.

I've also had this one for quite a while. This little ceramic scrub pad holder will be perfect for a small scale scene. I can see it as a baby bathing scene, or as a landscaped pond with little ducks, perhaps, or ....

I plan to use this cat scrubby holder from Kohls as a setting to showcase as many of my 30 cat themed quarter scale books as I can reasonably fit in, along with my quarter scale cats and their toys, etc.

By the way, all my original WANNA BOOK? Book Covers are available in quarter scale. If interested, you can see all the themes currently available here.


I made this trunk from an extremely difficult kit in a workshop; one of my first quarter scale efforts. Enlarged like this, it shows all my excruciatingly bad craftsmanship. I may go back and touch it up a bit, using my magnifying light so I can see better what I'm doing. Mabe I'll use it in a dark corner somewhere. Then again, I may just stick it in a drawer again and forget about it! This is another good example of how photos seem to emphasize mistakes we don't notice so much with the naked eye.


This el-cheapo tiny plastic chest had little candies in it, I think. It does have possibilities in a bedroom or stored in an attic.

Obviously, those hinges have to go and it does need to be tidied up some. I will begin by cutting the lid from the chest and giving it a haircut - shaving off the mold lines. I'll probably spray it with white paint as a primer, then paint it to resemble wood with leather and metal trims. Won't be much lost except time if it doesn't work out.


Here are two more charms. They need their loops cut away and a paint job. Maybe I'll display the briefcase with the trunks! The airplane I'm not sure about; maybe a toy?

I don't know what this little gidget is; my husband gave me a handful of them. It has possibilities as a window or a shadow box; perhaps it could hold rolled-up towels and toiletries in a bathroom?


This little house was in the scratch-and-dent section at Ross, without a door and one side of the molding gone from the roof peak. But, doesn't it have possibilities for quarter scale rooms?

Stripwood could cover the edges where the door hinges were. I doubt I could find a matching piece of molding, so the piece on the right roof peak could be removed and new molding added.

The resin windows are placed at the wrong height for an actual room (they actually straddle two floors) and would have to be removed. I would use them for another purpose; perhaps a grandchildren project. If I used windows, I would either make my own or use Grandt Line windows, probably.

Why that little apple sign is on there I don't know; it doesn't seem to go with the rest of the house. But then the door is missing; maybe it had apples painted on it.

There is just enough room at the back for a trellised rosebush or a vine or a flower bed. Perhaps a fake bay window or a balcony could be attached on the second floor level. Of course, if it resided on a shelf I wouldn't have to do anything to the back.

Here's the other resin window and a resin bike. Now that bike also looks like it could be in a Children's Project....


I saw quarter scale possibilities with these trims that I picked up from a funky back room in a place called The Bonanza Store. They were all tumbled among other trims, dusty, too. I washed them and folded them for storage.

The one at top left can be cut into various elements. I see the ruffly edge part as a bed skirt, curtains, even a woman's or child's dress. The center part can be trim on upholstered furniture. Even the plain part on either side can become something, although it's hard to tell from this photo. The nautical ones are obvious, of course. The whitest laces are cotton; always useful because they glue and holds their draped shape so well.

MARY ENGELBREIT Box and Ornaments

I used two of these sturdy cardboard elephant boxes for jungle scenes with my daughter's two children. See Grandchildren Projects: The Elephant Boxes.

The ME box, however, I am not sure about yet. I bought it, thinking of using it with my grandchildren, but since I have yet to make an ME setting of any kind, maybe I will use it for myself.

The little red sofa is a Christmas ornament, but looks as if it belongs in this box.

On the other hand, this little chair with the cherries matches the stripe in the box design! It can't be used with the sofa, unfortunately, because the sofa is smaller scale than the chair.

Decisions, decisions.

I was thrilled when I found this set of little ME chairs among the Christmas ornaments (not sure of the scale; probably somewhere between half-inch and three-quarter scale). Some will probably wind up in granddaughters' projects, but I can't be the only miniaturist in the world who hasn't done at least one ME setting!


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