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December 21, 1995 | FRANK MANNING
It began with seven tiny shops, and a couple of dozen villagers, all of which fit on a small table. Then, Joanne Marek said, she realized she had to have more. So she began adding pieces, she said, becoming increasingly enchanted with her Dickens Christmas village with its soft yellow lights glowing from the windows of homes and shops, its snow-dusted pine trees, and the children skating in circles on the pond at the edge of town.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2014 | By Bob Pool
Gregory Kelly is a small-scale historian who is out to memorialize big-time Southern California landmarks, one by one. There's the miniature Watts Towers, an elaborate depiction of Newport Beach's Balboa Pavilion and a proportionally correct model of Silver Lake's Music Box Steps - all tucked in Kelly's crowded Tustin hobby shop. Not bad for a man who had never even built a plastic model airplane before deciding at age 20 to open his own shop in a building owned by his father.
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BUSINESS
December 3, 1996 | MARLA DICKERSON, Marla Dickerson covers tourism for The Times
Reopened Nov. 15 in Buena Park after a four-year hiatus, Mott's Miniatures Museum already has run into a sizable problem: minuscule attendance. It seems customers are balking at paying admission to see "The Last Supper" painted on the head of a pin, costumed fleas and other memorable favorites from one of Orange County's quirkiest tourist attractions, according to owner Christopher Mott.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2013 | By David Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
When it comes to Stephen King, I'm partial to the smaller efforts: novellas, short novels, experiments, the quieter, more interior stuff. It's not that I don't like his big books - especially "The Shining," which remains the scariest thing I've ever read, and the 1996 novel "Desperation," an overarching consideration of sin and sacrifice and redemption, set in a Nevada mining town. Still, what makes King resonate for me is the detail work, the way he can get inside the most mundane situation and animate it, revealing in the process something of how we live.
NEWS
April 5, 1990 | THOMAS H. MAUGH II, TIMES SCIENCE WRITER
IBM researchers in San Jose have succeeded in moving single atoms around under a microscope, a major step toward the fabrication of atom-sized transistors, exceptionally small integrated circuits and even molecule-sized mechanical devices.
NEWS
May 11, 1990 | CHARLES HILLINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Japanese have discovered the mini whinny, the little horses that have a way of fascinating almost everyone who has seen them. And what the Japanese like, they buy. There are about 100 of the miniature horses in Japan and the number is growing. A prime source for the Japanese stock is Winners' Circle Miniature Horse Ranch in Petaluma, about 35 miles north of San Francisco.
BUSINESS
March 11, 1999 | From Reuters
Leon Halperin looked stricken as he cut through a crowd of financiers to tell his client the bad news. "The Edsel is missing," he whispered to John Rempel, chief financial officer of Creative Master International Inc., a maker of model cars and other collectibles. The pocket-sized, red-and-white station wagon with real wood paneling, leopard upholstery, seat belts and retractable antenna had obviously struck a chord at the 11th Annual Growth Stock Conference here last week.
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August 1, 1995 | MARGO KAUFMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
I knew I was out of control when I began to daydream about the toaster. It was an old-fashioned, shiny chrome model with inner coils that glowed a vibrant orange when it was plugged in. It was only $39, and it wouldn't take up much counter space since it was barely an inch high. "Isn't this cute?" marveled Sue Garfield, owner of Petite Designs, a cozy dollhouse emporium in West Los Angeles that specializes in handcrafted miniatures. "I can't keep them in stock."
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January 27, 1990 | KEVIN CONNELLY, Connelly is a free-lance writer who lives in Arcadia
The art of dwarfing trees in containers is said to have originated centuries ago in the mist-shrouded mountains of China. Some believe these potted trees of hauntingly beautiful detail and extremely long life played a part in the magical practices of Taoist sages seeking immortality. Others think that this art, which we now know by the Japanese term bonsai, was a purely artistic extension of the landscape painting and calligraphy perfected by the Chinese cultural elite.
BUSINESS
October 17, 1996 | MARLA DICKERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the last four years, one of the Southland's quirkiest tourist attractions has been languishing in a cupboard of Elizabeth Mott's Orange County home. But next month, the pinhead-sized portrait of "The Last Supper," along with hundreds of other diminutive favorites such as costumed fleas and some of the world's tiniest working tools, will once again be on public display when the Mott's Miniatures Museum reopens in Buena Park.
NEWS
April 21, 2013 | By Craig Nakano
Perhaps you recall the must-see-to-believe story of the Designer Dollhouse Showcase , for which top Los Angeles architects and interior decorators revealed the obsessive-compulsive gene that drives them to get every last detail just right , even if the project at hand is just 1:12 scale of reality? Now comes word that at the charity auction where bidding on each designer dollhouse was expected to start at $15,000, "most" of the 10 houses did sell. Officials declined to specify which ones sold, or for how much, treating the auction results like some matter of national security.
NEWS
April 9, 2013 | By David A. Keeps
Malibu Barbie never had it so good. A Paul Smith rug, curtains sewn from Missoni fabric, LED sconces strung with Swarovski crystals, even a Mies van der Rohe Barcelona daybed cluttered with Rodeo Drive shopping bags - all small enough to fit in your pocket. These are but a few of the over-the-top luxuries decorating 10 couture play pads created for the 2013 Designer Dollhouse Showcase. The Los Angeles firm Richard Manion Architecture has constructed scale-model dream houses - Italianate, brownstone, beach house contemporary and other styles - that will be auctioned April 17 to benefit the UCLA Children's Discovery and Innovation Institute , part of Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA.
WORLD
February 11, 2013 | By David Pierson
BEIJING - North Korea tested a nuclear device Tuesday, state media said, defying international pressure to stop such activities and drawing quick condemnation from the White House. State media said North Korea successfully detonated a miniature atomic bomb underground in a test geared toward protecting its safety and sovereignty from the United States. The White House, meanwhile, issued a statement saying "these provocations do not make North Korea more secure. " “Far from achieving its stated goal of becoming a strong and prosperous nation, North Korea has instead increasingly isolated and impoverished its people through its ill-advised pursuit of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery," the White House statement said.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
The tsunami sequence in the new film "The Impossible" is so terrifying in its intensity that you might believe you're watching actual documentary footage of the natural disaster that struck Southeast Asia on Dec. 26, 2004, killing hundreds of thousands. The verisimilitude is the result of more than a year's work of exacting planning - and experimentation - by director Juan Antonio Bayona and his visual- and special-effects supervisors, who used a giant water tank in Spain (the largest in Europe)
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December 28, 2012 | By Lisa Boone
In the spring we followed students in the Woodbury School of Architecture's Design/Build program as they created miniature cabins using components from store-bought sheds. This last semester, another set of students were given 10-by-10-foot sheds from Home Depot and CC&Rs (covenants, conditions and restrictions for building) from professors Jeanine Centuori and Sonny Ward. Teams also were given a theme - performance, music, games, therapy or dining - for each of five cabins, which will be used as part of a therapy program at the Shadow Hills Riding Club.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 2012 | Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Eleanor LaVove, a former fashion editor who co-founded Angels Attic, a museum devoted to antique and contemporary dollhouses, toys and miniatures, died Aug. 24 at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica. She was 94. The cause was ovarian cancer, said her son Timothy. LaVove and longtime friend Jackie McMahan joined forces in 1974 to mount an exhibit of dolls and miniatures as a fundraiser for a school serving autistic children. The show was so popular, it outgrew McMahan's Brentwood backyard and within a few years moved to the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, where 10,000 people viewed the exhibits over two days.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 1999 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From his converted workshop garage, Anthony Tremblay has a terrific view of Los Angeles City Hall--not to mention Iraq's Great Mosque of Samara and the Mayan Pyramid of Quetzalcoatl. He also can see the ornamental windows on New York's Flatiron building, and the weathered limestone of the Great Pyramid of Khafre. No, he's not operating spy satellites.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1997 | DEBORAH BELGUM, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Sprawled across the second floor of a cinder-block building in Hawthorne stand two towns, an oil refinery, a shipping port and a string of mountain ranges. Oh, and lest we forget, a gold mine, logging mill and dairy. Careening past these points is the Great Lakes & Western Railroad, whose pint-size model cars chug along pencil-thin metal tracks.
NATIONAL
September 1, 2012 | By John M. Glionna
Abigail Goldman was wandering the Internet when she came across the model train website that changed her life. She noticed all the miniature figures were engaged in wholesome activities - waving to strangers, helping neighbors. Then she had a dark thought: Maybe those characters could be made to do violent, unspeakable things. They could populate tiny, twisted dioramas of her own design, snow-globe-sized worlds of murder and mayhem. "I said, 'Oh, look at all the little people!
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2012 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
Santa Clarita city officials are hoping residents might forgo the chips and soda next time they buy from a vending machine and opt instead for something a little more edifying: a piece of art. On Thursday at the Art Walk in downtown Newhall, the city debuted its new Art2Go vending machine in an effort to whet the public's appetite for culture. Deposit $10 and the machine dispenses a miniature piece of original art, such as oil paintings, watercolors and tile work. "The idea is to get people to start appreciating art," said Jeff Barber, Santa Clarita's arts and events supervisor.
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