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CATalog of the Week #21: LE PETIT CHATEAU

It is I, your miniature CATalog Coordinator, painfully aware that the CATalogs of the Week have recently not been weekly. Please pardon my negligence, and know that it has been a very hectic summer for me, and hopefully will settle down after October 10, the day I get married! In the meantime I'll do my best to get my CATalog reviews out on time. Incidentally, because of articles published under my name and to avoid all around confusion, I am not taking my DF's (dear fiancÚ) last name, so my name will remain Jill Lynne Ness. Besides, I sort of like the affiliation with that wondrous sleuth, Eliot Ness!

This time, I am featuring an online CATalog that I discovered a while ago, and I think you will enjoy it as much as I did. It is always rewarding discovering miniature CATalogs which you can view "free" online, and CATalog of the Week #21 is no exception. Our theme this time is handcrafted fabric miniatures. Most of you know that your CATalog Coordinator loves handcrafted miniatures the best, and CATalog of the Week #21 specializes in them. In their words, "We specialize in handcrafted miniatures for the discerning dollhouse collector. We work with all mediums, but fabric is our favorite. Our most popular miniature items are our new Victoria collection which includes miniature sewing cabinets and armoires filled with all the miniature necessities, miniature lace covered boxes full of useful miniature items, French milled miniature soap in gift boxes, and a miniature gift box of La Parfume de Kinard."

And now, with no further ado, I present CATalog of the Week #21, Le Petit Chateau: Miniatures and Dolls.

"Le Petit Chateau," as many of you know, is French for "The Little House." When you find Le Petit Chateau's online CATalog, you will be met by a series of click on buttons in purple, and below that, Picture Gallery 1 and Picture Gallery 2. I recommend going right to the picture galleries so you can get an all-around idea of the kind of miniatures Le Petit Chateau specializes in. Each Picture Gallery presents a series of selected pictures from the different categories Le Petit Chateau has divided their miniatures into. Then, after viewing the pictures, you can click on the links for more details and pricing information. Le Petit Chateau has all price ranges, from toys priced as little as $4, to dressed mannequins at $50, to elaborate dolls such as a sleeping Santa in a chair, priced at $120. I hope that in the future Le Petit Chateau puts more and more pictures in their galleries, for once you glimpse their wonderful products, you'll undoubtedly want to see more.

Le Petit Chateau's web site is located at http://home.earthlink.net/~kinarda/. The owner and handcrafter, Sheila Kinard, is a member of N.A.M.E. (National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts), S.A.M. (Society of American Miniaturists), C.I.M.T.A. (Cottage Industry Miniature Trade Association), and M.I.A.A Miniature Industry Association of America). Many of Le Petit Chateau's products are available in retail shops across the U.S. For ordering information, please contact them by mail at:

Le Petit Chateau 2815 Briarfield San Antonio, TX 78230 U.S.A. Tel. #: (210) 342-8009

or you can email them at kinarda@earthlink.net. CATalog of the Week #21 is a three pawer, meaning "table food--if you can, don't pass it up!"