It was a brilliant gift for a meticulous little girl who loved to set up scenarios and play with dollhouses and things. The little bakery stand isn't anything so special, not that I look at it with adult eyes. In fact, with all the woodworking skills renoing this house and knowing Martin have afforded me I'm quite sure I could make one. The really special part is the "baked goods." Little minature replica bakery items: peach pie, gooseberry pie, chocolate cake with nuts, a cream cake, baguettes, eclairs, cream puffs, cream horns, a three tier wedding cake, croissants, jelly rolls, jam tarts, and the list goes on. More goodies than can in fact fit in the bakery at once. I remember that as a littlel girl I had a very specific way that I thought the store should be arranged, though now those "rules" are a foggy memory.
I pulled Alice Boffin Toft out this weekend to take a closer look because I think I may in fact try to make a replica for Miss P's birthday this year. Everytime we go to Victoria she spends as long as she possibly can inside MiniLand lingering over the endless supply of mini foods, furniture and tchotckes. She usually comes away with one or two little things, but nothing on the scale of Mrs. Alice's bakery. She's also verging on the edge of being too old for something like this, so this might be the last year I could get away with giving her a miniature bakery.
Before you think I'm totally nuts, I don't think I'll get into making all the little foods. No, those I'll get from Mini Land, but the bakery structure itself? That I can do. As I say, compared to renoing a kitchen, should be a breeze. Now I just need to sort out some wood scraps and some striped awning material.