Two of the buildings are incense burners, and the third is a Christmas ornament. They’re not particularly old or valuable, which makes them very easy to find and collect.
I see cabins like these at thrift stores all the time, but I was able to resist the temptation to own one until last fall. In a weak moment, I gave in and bought one. And then another. And before I knew it, I had three.
Of course, three of anything is a collection and all but begs to be displayed together, preferably under glass. The closest thing I had to a glass museum case was this tabletop greenhouse.
The greenhouse’s frame had been stained a delightful (and by “delightful” I mean “hideous”) orange color when I bought it years ago. A few months back, I finally decided to paint it white. Unfortunately midway through the painting process I realized that I couldn’t get at the inside of the frame where it pressed up against the glass (and by “glass” I mean “clear plastic”). So now the greenhouse is white on the outside and orange on the inside. Sigh.