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I thought I’d make an announcement. I’m guest blogging at Dollhouse Minis. I was invited by Smehreen or Sumaiya Mehreen, a talented artist, to guest blog along with some of her friends like Linda Cummings. I claim no expertise on the subject other than having created one dollhouse, but Sumaiya assures me the blog is meant for dollhouse lovers…so I’ve started posting 🙂

Sumaiya lives in Texas US. I’ll let her website do the telling for me:

“Sumaiya Mehreen made her debut as an international artist at age eleven, when she represented Bangladesh at the Mitsubishi Impression-Gallery Festival of Asian Children’s Art. Sumaiya is mostly known for her mixed media illustrations. She is also a prominent artist of Henna: a form of traditional body art. The artist currently resides in USA, working on her Graduate Studies in Art & Technology at The University of Texas at Dallas. She teaches Exploration of the Arts at her university, and has conducted several workshops and art exhibitions in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in Texas, USA. The art of Sumaiya Mehreen reflects the influence of her Asian heritage and the high spirits of her tropical homeland: Bangladesh.”

She draws illustrations, paintings, applies henna, traditional body-art and translates fairy tales; some of those can be viewed at sliced.

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To view more of her work, visit her flickr account

She started making dollhouses in 2006 and some of her earliest works can be viewed at smehreen-dollhouse.

She says, “I was on eBay looking for a dollhouse when I was blown away by the variety and intricacies of dollhouse miniatures. I couldn’t believe eBay had a section dedicated to dollhouse miniatures! The assembled dollhouses were too expensive for me, so I made my first dollhouse from a kit. I made my first doll in 2007 :)”

On her dolls, she says, “I actually started making dolls by following the patricia rose tutorials. I have been thinking of starting a blog about
my dolls for a while, but somehow I never got around to it. I use the same method as the tutorials: create wire armature, sculpt using
polymer clay, bake in the oven, paint faces, dress them and finally add the hair.”

She also has another blog, in which she tells us the nuts and bolts of building a Garfield dollhouse; more specifically her dollhouses with lots and lots of pictures to add to the fun. Do visit The Garfield blog.

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On her Mini Food blog, she showcases the works of other artists like Stephanie Kilgast and Donna.

Sumaiya can be contacted at Phone: (214) 597 – 1173 E-mail: smehreen@gmail.com

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Sumaiya makes wonderful dolls – that look so ethnic and chic!

Her doll Parvati was inspired by Aishwarya Rai’s potryal of Parvati in Devdas.

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I love reading the accounts of how she makes her dolls. Her chandra is also another beautiful doll inspired by Chandramuki in Devdas.

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Do visit Flickr to check out more of her dolls.

Her dollhouses are also marvellous! At smehreen-dollhouse, you can check out more such lovely dollhouses!

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And since we are talking so much about Sumaiya. I can’t resist posting this pictute of hers, in which she has tweaked it to look like as if she is standing inside her dollhouse 🙂

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Children’s books illustrator Jenny B Harris’s site and her blog All sorts showcase fantastic stuff for the young at heart. I have been a big fan of her blog for quite sometime but this is the first time I have checked out her site! She is as big a fan of red and red gingham as me!

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What to do when your young nieces and nephews are at home and out to destroy all the furniture in the house as they play go-cart and horse-riding?

Well, at Jenny B Harris’s you can get over-enthusiastic little kids to create a gingerbread house or dress up Zoe. Zoe, Jenny’s original creation, has lots of cute outfits – replete with bows, skirts, multi-coloured shirts, blouses, overalls, hats and flowers.

There is also a Dress Zoe Christmas edition – in which you can dress Zoe in Halloween and Christmasy outfits. I love the little extra touches like the little bird, the candy stick, the gifts, the David’s star and the Christmas ornaments. So cute!

dress-joeThe site also has a dress Bunny-up game and decorate Bunny’s room activity. You can move around the furniture and play virtual dollhouse. Actually my nephew is just an excuse, I love this site so much myself and can’t resist decking out the gingerbread house with candies and sweets. Feels so much like I have wandered into the world of Hansel & Gretel.

Kids can also build a robot at the site. And for a real nice, but still cheap present. Print out her free fun pictures to colour, staple it and bind it with gift-wrapping paper!

Have lots of fun!

(Pictures courtesy Jenny B Harris)

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Indian dolls

kumari1I have always been disappointed when I check out kids stores and see the scarcity of Indian dolls. The Indian barbie dolls I feel are just Indianized American dolls. The local dolls that you can get at the exhibitions and fairs are nice but not glamorous.

Indian kids stores; even the best ones in Chennai are so anglicized. There is nothing that can teach our children anything at all about our culture or traditions. The children’s books stores are much better as they are stocked with Jakata tales, Panchatantra stories and other tales from the Ramayana or Mahabarata along with Goosebumps and Chicken soup for teens series.

It is so difficult for me to find gifts for my nieces and nephews. The thing is I am not for the cartoons I see on Pogo or Cartoon network. The drawings and caricatures are so ugly – Powerpuff girls, Power Rangers, Dextor’s laboratory, etc. The toys which are sold based on these TV idols are also so ugh! Ugly! When I was a kid, the cartoons we saw on TV like Tintin & Snowy, Phantom, Asterix & Obelix, and animated fairytales were much better drawn. The only cartoons currently aired which are well-drawn and well-illustrated seems to be Barbie Mariposa, Noddy and Winne the Pooh.urvashi1

There are also not many jigsaw puzzles to choose from or games like mah-jong at stores. Traditional board games like Adupuliattam and Dayam are impossible to get.

So I was quite delighted when I came across Smehreen’s dollhouse. She makes dolls and dollhouses. In fact I was inspired by her to create a dollhouse for my little friend’s birthday last November. Her posts on other dollhouses and the intricacies involved in creating such perfect little pieces of art make interesting reading.

On her blogroll, you will also find other fantastic blogs for the dollhouse enthusiast.

Looking at these pictures makes me wish I was earning in dollars not rupees. I would love to buy her entire collection! (Photos courtesy smehreen-dollhouse )

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