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Tiny Buildings 2008-08-27 14:59:00
Oh. Oh. Oh. This is the TinyBuilding I am most proud of [excuse the bad grammar]! So much detail. This TinyBuilding is made from the business cards from a landmark vegetarian restaurant in Zurich. I've written about it in some earlier posts which accompanied much simpler and smaller Hiltl buildings.Because their business cards are s-o-o-o-o nice, I am drawn to them …


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Tiny Buildings 2008-08-27 13:56:00
In honor of their union and their wedding this summer, my daughter and her husband created a Family Crest. They included various symbols of each of their histories and interests, combining them to represent their collective lives. Then, they used the crest as a connector throughout the communications and decorations for the wedding. They printed golden crests on Save-the-Date postcards, party …


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Tiny Buildings 2008-07-15 13:27:00
It has been an embarrassingly long time since I have put up any new TinyBuildings. Sorry. But, I have an excuse: I was busy making 85 TinyBuildings for gifts to guests at my daughter's wedding. They turned out great!But, I have few excuses now, and will try hard to continue the collection this summer.Thanks for all your kind comments on the …


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Tiny Buildings 2008-01-23 14:07:00
Yet another of the oldest TinyBuildings: the "blue" post office. Poor, pitiful thing is mildewed and rather unlovely. It is also a 'bastardized' TinyBuilding in that it is made from two packaging materials.The sides are from the cardboard cover of machine-dispensed stamps. The top is from one of the Atlanta blue-printing companies: AAA Blueprinting. Probably an extra business card included in …


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Tiny Buildings 2008-01-23 13:47:00
This is another of James' vintage TinyBuildings. It must be over thirty years old. Looks pretty good, still...a little threadbare, but, so do you....I think this tower is made from leftover architectural model-building board. The pink-ish color may have been meant to be brick or stucco. i don't know if James was testing a design for a client's house or just …


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Tiny Buildings 2008-01-21 14:25:00
This is a second version of Hearth. The earlier one was much more simplistic; and this one catches the essence of the restaurant more richly than the 'beginner' version [I think it's the chimney that does it...]. I'm particularly proud of the way the flame image from the card continue across the roof and canopy. Oh, Joy!Hearth is on the north …


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Tiny Buildings 2007-12-18 22:06:00
The third 'chapel' happens to be an attempt to replicate the actual building, in a vineyard, where the reception was held. It is a beautiful old stone farm building, with a loft space for parties and weddings and such.This invitation was handmade by the couple, with loads of patience, creativity, and joy, it seems. They used small strips of colorful illustrations …


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Tiny Buildings 2007-12-18 21:50:00
This is one of the *gift* chapels for family friends. This invitation is so beautiful-with yummy colors, patterns and textures. I wanted to use the embossed portion as the roof, so the main building turned out sorta large. I added the tiny, tiny outrigger building to soften the scale of the larger 'airplane hanger'; and to add a little tension into …


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Tiny Buildings 2007-12-18 14:48:00
This year, a new sub-tradition of the Christmas tinybuildings came into being. My son and his wife asked me to make tinychapels from the wedding invitations of a couple of their friends-as surprise gifts.They turned out so nice, and it was such a good idea that I backtracked and made them a wedding 'complex' from their invitation. [I should have thought …


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Tiny Buildings 2007-07-21 21:06:00
A-H-H-H-H! Bluehill at Stone Barns!!!! I cannot recommend this place heartily enough. It is just above New York City, along the Hudson River, just outside Tarrytown. Totally worth the drive out of the city. Some years back, Dan Barber, the chef at Bluehill Restaurant in the city cut a deal with David Rockefeller to turn his family estate into a working …


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Tiny Buildings 2007-07-21 20:51:00
Blowfish is [I guess it still "is"- I haven't been there in years...] a brash, 'happenin'' sushi place in San Francisco. Its decor is intended to be as*dangerous* as its name implies. I vaguely remember it as dark, with hot spots of lights, noisy maybe...but the noise may have been all visual...The sushi was yummy. I don't know why we haven't …


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Tiny Buildings 2007-07-03 23:04:00
Star Provisions is the sister to Bacchanalia. They share space in the same old factory-type building in a newly 'up-and-coming' area of Atlanta.This is an example of a tinybuilding where, to make the style of building I was after, I used a foreign material in addition to the shop's business card. The roof is made from a corrugated cardboard heat-sleeve from …


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Tiny Buildings 2007-07-03 22:50:00
If I remember correctly, this is one of my early tinybuildings. At least, I hope so, because it is rather boring. It does have some degree of dignity about it- mainly due to the design of the business card- but, it's a little too elemental.....Bacchanalia is a very respected and successful 'upper class' restaurant now located in Atlanta's West Village area. …


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Tiny Buildings 2007-06-26 12:19:00
Hmmmmm. This was one of my earliest tinybuildings; and the cardstock, being coated, was very hard to work with. At least those are the excuses I'm using for such crude workmanship. But, it has some redeeming qualities: it's shiny, looks a little bit like the *real* restaurant, has some cute awnings, and the 'patisserie CAFE'' is nicely composed. Citizen Cake is …


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Tiny Buildings 2007-06-26 11:55:00
Well, this must be the tinybuilding from the wrong-side-of-the-tracks. It is completely unadorned, with no advertising, no detail, almost no color...but, lots of personality and charm. I have no idea when James made this one.. Early in the history of tinybuildings I would certainly guess--maybe 1977?In any case it is very endearing. So humble, with low expectations, but a jaunty little …


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Tiny Buildings 2007-06-23 12:33:00
Prosecco. One of Italy's best inventions. This tinybuilding is made from the hangtag off a bottle of prosecco, a sparkling wine similar to champagne...but, Italian. Frankly, I can't remember the name of the Prosecco...starts with an *M*...Monetto, I think. Yummy.I think Jane introduced us all to prosecco many years ago...and we all drink it now, especially for special celebrations, meals and …


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Tiny Buildings 2007-06-23 12:21:00
Fritti is a pizza restaurant in one of the 'hippest' neighborhoods in Atlanta. [Showing my demographics, huh?] They have yummy fancified pizzas- my favorite is one with roasted lemon slices and arugula. Very refreshing. Fritti sits a few doors down from a more upscale sister restaurant- Sotto Sotto.This restaurant didn't exist when my kids were still living in ATL, but we …


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Tiny Buildings 2007-06-19 15:09:00
Talk about old memories! Anyone who was in Atlanta in the early Seventies remembers this restaurant and dinner theatre in Downtown Atlanta, in one of John Portman's developments. It was groundbreaking-ly sophisticated for Atlanta; an *import* from Scandinavia-one of Portman's sources of inspiration, apparently. The decor and furnishings were knock-offs of the likes of Aalto and the food was accompanied by …


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Tiny Buildings 2007-06-19 14:51:00
Kodak. Who were they? What did they make? A blast-from-the-past, I must say. This tinybuilding is from long before digital cameras. This is from the days of rolls [literally] of film being wound over the sprockets of your Nikon or Leica. At least, you hoped they wound over the sprockets. Many a great shot was lost because it didn't quite happen.This …


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Tiny Buildings 2007-06-19 14:29:00
Mas [French farmhouse] is a restaurant in the West Village with wonderful ambiance. It has been designed to portray its namesake with admirable restraint. No kitsch. No hype. Small space beautifully used. Has just enough dark wood, reminiscent of barn beams, to make the point; but doesn't hit you over the head with 'rustic'. A New York interpretation of a farmhouse- …


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