Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Spring Fever and Garden Shed Progress

On My Days Off Work This Week, Progress on the Garden Shed

As we've had temps in the high 60's periodically lately in the midst of winter, I got spring fever so resurrected the garden shed I'm making from The Adams kit by Greenleaf. I had painted the interior seafoam green last year and partially completed the wainscoting on the bottom but was able to finish it when I bought the Ultimate Easy Cutter. Saws and I do not mix well and the Easy Cutter makes cutting wood strips and molding a 'snap', pardon the pun. I highly recommend it.

I decided to change the interior color to a sort of pinky/goldy wash and like it better. The wallpaper border strip was actually a set of scrapbook stickers I found on sale at Michael's. And the arrangement of the various elements and pieces I've collected is just a trial run to see how it will all come together when finally finished. I've got to buy more molding to finish it up but son has a follow-up surgeon's apptmt. about his broken clavicle this afternoon and then there is Ash Wednsesday practice and service and I think Ruba and I are singing a duet (?) so got to be there! Probably won't be able to get it today, darnit. But I like the progress so far. I'd love constructive criticisms and suggestions. I sort of ruined the plastic window panes so may have to take them out. Ideas???



Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Thank you, Jean Day!

A Fabby Blog Award from THE Jean Day!

I normally don't post twice in one day but had to share Eneida Rosa's beautiful African fairy doll now on eBay earlier today (see my last post) and I'd like to thank Jean Day for this Fabby Blog Award! I couldn't believe it the other day when I checked my e-mails and there was a comment from Jean. I thought, "THE Jean Day?" I've admired her exquisite, lovely creations for years and as I have resurrected my garden shed project, I will have to visit her website and purchase some lovelies to go in it. You can visit Jean's blog at http://jdayminis.blogspot.com/.

So, I'm supposed to list five addictions and pass it on to five blogs.

1. My husband, Jerry. Not only is he tall, dark and handsome, he is the most loving, patient, caring man in the world and I count my blessings and thank the good Lord daily for him. We have a wonderful family and three children who are blessings.
2. Chocolate. Especially dark chocolate. It gets me through the winter blahs and doldrums--it's also good, I find, in spring, summer and fall.
3. Miniatures. I am 'supposed' to be a quilter and work at a quilt shop surrounded by beautiful fabrics, quilt books and patterns but I have to say that I now actually dream about miniatures and plan projects in my head when I'm not getting to work on them and I spend way too much time on the internet drooling over others' projects and ideas.
4. Moda fabrics--especially anything by Three Sisters.
5. Coffee. My husband brews it every morning and brings me my first cup in bed while we watch the news. I have a second cup then and brew another pot in the afternoon. Coffee. Gotta have it.

I would like to pass the Fabby Blog Award to:

Katie at Katie's Clay Corner
Sumaiya Mehreen at Dollhouse Miniatures
Kim at It's a Miniature Life
Debbie at Tiny Treasures
Kathy at The Garfield Manor by Kathy Calhoun

African Fairy on eBay

Beautiful African Fairy on eBay by Faires and Dreams

I saw this beautiful poly clay fairy completed today on CDHM and now listed on eBay by Eneida Rosa from Spain, fairiesanddreams.com. You can find her here:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=140303415384&ru=http%3A%2F%2Fsearch.ebay.com%3A80%2Fsearch%2Fsearch.dll%3Ffrom%3DR40%26_trksid%3Dm37%26satitle%3D140303415384%26category0%3D%26fvi%3D1. She is quite exquisite as are all of Eneida's creations.

I am working on the garden cottage once again, inspired by the bit of spring we've had here lately with temps in the high 60's and the later sunsets. After all, this is Fat Tuesday so Easter is just around the corner. I've been painting and working on the interior so I'll actually share pix of what I've been doing very soon.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Angel Berrry's Exquisite Works

Yuri Munakata's Beautiful Creations

Yuri Munakata, aka Angel Berry, is a Tokyo miniature artisan, collector and craftswoman who is trying to spread the love of miniatures in Japan and beyond. You can see all of her works on her website, http://www002.upp.so-net.ne.jp/angelberry/dh/english.htm. Her work was shared on a Yahoo Group and I wrote her immediately to ask permission to display them here. I guess, technically, as long as I give the links to the works and don't appear to be trying to take credit for them myself (wish I could!), it will be fine to post here but I like to give a courtesy 'shout-out' for permission where possible. These pix were some of my favorites, a country kitchen and a little scene where the canary gets a visitor! Thank you, Yuri, for giving me permission to post here!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Deb Roberts' C'est Si Bon

C'est Si Bon by Deb Roberts

As I am working the remainder of the week and unable to get anything accomplished in my mini endeavors, I thought I would share Deb Roberts' little Greenleaf Storybook Cottage she turned into a little French Cafe, C'est Si Bon. You can see more of it on her website, http://www.debsminis.com/. Deb is a member of the Greenleaf Building Team and editor in chief of the Greenleaf Gazette. She made the little patio using Creative Paperclay and all the roses by hand. I love the soft lighting in the interior as well. I thank Deb for letting me share this after I saw her posting about it on CDHM.


Sunday, February 15, 2009

Lidi's Fisherman's Cottage

Lidi, a CDHM Artisan, is Making a Fisherman's Cottage

Lidi, one of the many talented artisans who hang out over at CDHM, Custom Dollhouses and Miniatures, is making a fisherman's cottage and graciously gave me permission to post pix of her progress here. She is from New Zealand (somewhere I would love to visit) and has taken two classes by Rik Pierce using Creative Paperclay for stonework, masonry and bricks. The above photo is her landscaping so far and some of her wonderful baskets and netting and the other shows the interior. I absolutely love this and thank Lidi for allowing me to share it here.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Thank You for Following This Blog!

Thank You to All The Followers of This Blog!

I'd like to say thank you and welcome to all of you who are checking in on my attempts at making mini's, collecting and sharing the mini projects I am working on between three children, a part-time job, the occasional run through with the dust rag and vacuum, cooking, etc.! When I started blogging about my love for miniatures and the artisans who create them as well as my own little attempts, I thought I must be one of the few people in the world blogging about mini's. As I began, I found so many others out there and continue to find more throughout the world. I'm glad we can come together through this love for the small and share our joy in creating tiny world! A Big Thank You to All Who Visit Here!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Do These Strawberries Look Fat to You?!

My Attempt at Fruit and Berries

One of my many mini projects is a kitchen room box based on a 40's/50's era kitchen pictured in a back issue of Reminisce magazine. There are berries and apples, a sifter, oil lamp, and dough rolled out ready to make a pie. I have been trying my hand at strawberries, blueberries and green apples lately and am not sure whether the strawberries, especially, are the correct size. Also, I baked some of the blueberries flat on the tile so you can see shiny, flat bottoms turned up (must remember to wear two pairs of reading glasses or one stronger pair when arranging these to photograph! The worse my eyesight gets, the smaller my hobbies!). I would appreciate critiques and suggestions from you who are professional 'foodies'. I am trying but have a long way to go!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Who, Us?? Kerri Pajutee's Lab Puppies

Kerri Pajutee's Lab Puppies Kerri graciously gave me permission to post these pix of her newest little polymer clay mini pups, three lab's who have been painted and furred/flocked. I fell in love with them when she shared them on CDHM and asked if I could share them here. I would love to be able to do this and occasionally try my hand at mini animals. I posted my latest kitty attempt a few posts ago but it certainly fell far short of Kerri's perfection. I'd like to thank her for sharing her talents with us on CDHM and for her encouragement to those of us trying to master sculpting little pets ourselves! You can find Kerri's websit in my list of links and often find her exquisite creations on eBay.


Precious!