Monday, January 30, 2012

Navy Pier Snow Sculpture

On the way home from a meeting at Michael's Museum, I stopped to watch these artists make snow sculptures.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Today, while at Michael's Museum, I had occasion to chat with Donna and Dennis visiting from the Wonderlab in Bloomington, IN. She is a volunteer and he is in the Exhibit Department. They often come to Chicago and decided to spend some time at CCM even though their children and grand-children were back in Indiana. They were all "rave reviews" about the many exhibits at CCM and asked a few questions about MM. They promised to return with their family next time. I asked if I couldn't mention them on the CCM blog.

Friday, January 20, 2012

1932 Duesenberg

A miniature functioning replica 1932 Duesenberg by Louis Chenot. It actually works!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Match Stick Vessels

79-year-old Phil Warren from the UK spent 62 years to build an incredible fleet of 432 ships. All vessels are built entirely of matchsticks and boxes of wooden matches. The collection includes nearly 370 American and 60 British ships.

He began creating his first boat in 1948, when he was only 17. He uses a razor blade, tweezers and sandpaper to carve the pieces and boxes, then sticks them together with balsa wood glue. In total more than 650,000 used matchsticks to create an amazing collection of 1:300 scale models. Even 1,200 aircraft made ​​even more realistic appearance to dress the decks of aircraft carriers

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

After a hard day's work ...

Busy day at Chicago Children's Museum and Michael's Museum. Arrived by 8:00 to work with Mark, Preparator, on resetting some of the collection cabinets. Straightened my desk and sorted some collection items. Met with Louise over lunch. Talked with Katie about some upcoming projects. Sat with Michelle as we signed the papers which officially turned my collections over to CCM (actually done in December, 2011.) Passed this information kiosk on the way back to my car, took a photo, and sent it to my e-mail. You can take one of these free pictures too when you visit MM@CCM@Navy Pier!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Tiny Treasure Books

The Miniature, Small, Little, Tiny Treasure Books at Michael's Museum may not be as talented as those at TYPE Bookstore but come visit Chicago Children's Museum anyway after watching this video.

CLICK here to view video.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


Michael's Museum is Majorly Minuscule and Magnificently Magical: Come Visit!

Monday, January 2, 2012

"Artifacts" at Chicago Children's Museum

Today saw the installation of "Artifacts" at Chicago Children's Museum in Michael's Museum's Changing Collections Cabinet. Friends and Guest Collectors Jake Bloom and Jan Yourist gathered miniature, diminutive, little, small, and tiny items from around their collection filled home and created a magical, mysterious, evocative exhibit that will be on loan through February 23, 2012. Come visit and experience for yourself!

Read Jan's Blog about the experience:

Visit Chicago Children's Museum's site:

 Jan & Jake unpacking.

Jan discussing the installation with Jake.

Jake discussing the installation with Jan.

Jake and Jan installing on the seven shelves of the Changing Collections Cabinet.

Jake photographing the installation.

 Jan and Jake photographing the installation.

The installation before closing and securing the cabinet.

Jan and Jake

 Michael, Jan, and Jake.

 Michael, Jake, and Jan.

Jan, Jake, and Michael.