Thursday, July 22, 2010

Holiday Swap Items from Leo Furtado!

Katerina'sHoliday Swap Items from Leo Furtado

I participated in Katerina's Holiday Swap and was the lucky recipient of this fabulous, sumptious summer feast from Leo Furtado in Brazil! I was literally blown away by the details of the beautiful fruits, lovely translucent bottles of 'spirits', the ice bucket, mouth-watering, refreshing and lovely mixed drinks in various containers with accents of sliced fruit, rims of salt and foam!
And just look at these beautiful gelatin's, the grapes, the flowers! I could not believe my great fortune! I will have to create a special habitat for this wonderful treasure!

If you look closely in the overhead shot, there is a sweet little violet on the table! And underneath, more treasures of kegs, tulips, a crate of drinks and more goodies. And included in this veritable feast for the eyes and the palette, are enough jars of mayo, honey, jams and bottles for Joanna to have some in her house! Thank you, Leo!

And if that wasn't enough, the wonderful Kat Hazelton of Kat the Hat fame, featured my little witch's cottage on her blog today! So, it's been a wonderful day for me! Thank you to Kat for showing my little witch's house!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Busy Summer and Gifts from Mercedes!

Busy Summer and Gifts from Mercedes!

Every summer is the same. I think I will have more time with Joanna not in school and the routine a bit more relaxed for mini's and other things. But as you see above, summer is hay season on our small farm. I am in the John Deere farthest away square baling while DH is on the John Deere nearest raking. And this week, I am working daily during our annual Carolina Shop Hop at the quilt shop. So I have hardly had time to even check in with everyone or update my blog and just got my holiday swap items in the mail to Alicia for Cockerina's holiday swap today.

But, Joanna and I recently received some fabulous shabby chic swap items from Mercedes (while she patiently waits for me to get around to reciprocating!). Mercedes, thank you and our items are almost ready to send your way. I am having to protect the candy we bought for Liberty from my oldest two, Maggie and Ben!
This little doll and pillows may have to go in my long-awaited log cabin.
Part of these will go in Joanna's house and part in my garden center.

Probably the most special was this little coffee table with sewing goodies Mercedes made especially for me! I was near tears at opening it! Now I've got to get back in the mini groove to get Mercedes' things in the mail to her!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Blog Giveaway Winner on Our 25th Anniversary!

Blog Giveaway Winner on Our 25th Anniversary!

Thank you all for entering my blog giveaway and for my new followers. I hope you will drop by often (when I have time to post and to visit everyone around!) and see what I am up to!
Above you see us on our wedding day, June 22, 1985 and now at the surprise party our children and my in-law's threw us Saturday evening! My children had cleaned the house to a sparkle and invited about 70 of our closest friends! It was wonderful. All Jerry had been told was to take me out of town for the day and we went to the North Carolina mountains including Hendersonville and Brevard. We came home to a wonderful party! So I would like to thank them!
The names were put in the bowl for my giveaway and Joanna picked the winner:
Congratulations to my friend, Katie from Katie's Clay Corner! She and I have been blogging about our mini's for about three years now and I have been the recipient of some items from her that will go in Joanna's nursery when I ever get her house finished! Katie, I will e-mail you for your address! Hope you can use these items in your mini project! Congratulations!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Monday, June 7, 2010

Finally! My Blog Giveaway

Finally! My Blog Giveaway!

Some of you who visit me here often know that I have been the recipient of many blog giveaway's lately and meanwhile, I have been working toward mine and I felt it had to be worthwhile. I meant to have it at 200 followers and then 250 and now I am one away from 275 so here it finally is! I hope you like it and someone is able to give it a good home. It is one of my little chaise's in an allover blue foliage cotton print on white, a circular white wire table, one of my blue mophead hydrangea arrangements, a basket of our South Carolina peaches I made from poly clay, two little books and a blue toile pillow.

I so appreciate all of you who follow me and drop by to leave a comment and see what I am up to. Though I can't yet make mini's my full-time vocation, it is my avocation and I enjoy the friendships and awe-inspiring projects you all do. Thank you for the e-mails, phone calls, kind and encouraging comments here, Flickr and Facebook and thank you for accepting me and my little amateur efforst in your life! And to my new followers, I apologize for not welcoming you officially yet but I intend to soon.

Meanwhile, to be eligible to win my little giveaway, just be a follower and leave a comment on this post. I will have Joanna pick the winning name the week of our wedding anniversary, June 22, 2010. And thank you again for your friendship!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Baby Dolls and The Graduate

Baby Dolls and The Graduate

I ordered the Belly Button Babies mold set from Cynthia Howe and after much assistance via e-mail from Cynthia and Terri Davis, mini doll maker extraordinaire, I finally managed to put one together and to dress it! You can put this little thing in your hand and have plenty of room left over! And before even learning how to best assemble them, I ordered the yawning set. I will pour them soon! It only took me about five attempts to create a bodice and sleeves. This is not the best photo but I've been working on various projects all day in my basement and just took the pix in my living room with overhead light.

This tiny baby will go in Joanna's nursery and it is lying on one of the items I will be giving away which I will hopefully post next week in my long-overdue Blog Giveaway!

I also was most fortunate on my recent very odd winning streak of blog giveaways to win this little darling clothespin doll from Carol of Wee Treasures! Isn't she the sweetest little thing you have ever seen? think I will !name her Adelaide. She had to go out on my front porch to pose in front of the peonies. I love her!
And I also had to post this pix of my son, Ben at his Baccalaureate ceremony with his sisters, Maggie and Joanna. He surprised us by being named an Honors Graduate (the ability and intelligence are certainly there--he just sometimes doesn't give it his all scholastically!). He will go to Clemson University in the fall studying agriculture education (if he doesn't change his mind!) Graduation was Friday night and Jerry's birthday (49 and holding) was Saturday--I took him to see Robin Hood which was very good--and then Memorial Day was yesterday and we joined friends for a hamburger cookout.
My children, Maggie, 20 (almost), Ben, 18 and Joanna, 10, almost 11!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Kit Review and More Blog Giveaway Goodies

KKit Reviews and More Blog Giveaways

Was it Sybil Shepherd that was on the hair color commercials in the late 80's saying, "Don't hate me because I'm beautiful?" Well, don't hate me because I seem to be on a roll of winning blog giveaway's lately even as I am way late in hosting my own--I promise I am making items just now for it between work, three children, etc., etc.

Above is a bunny in a basket kit I bought from Kitz ! Miniatures. You can find it under Furry Friends kits in the online catalog. It was easy to put together and I will use it in Joanna's nursery. So cute!
Next is a clock kit I purchased from Cynthia Howe's website, a Victorian style clock. Those tiny pieces are very delicate and you need to remove them from the laser cut sheet with an Xacto knife and use tweezers. A tiny piece did break off and I had to carefully glue it back in place. I painted the pendulum and the tiny delicate trim with gold metallic acrylic paint and the clock wooden parts with yellow ochre paint and then antiqued it with antiquing gel. I also sprayed several coats of varnish in hopes that it will help it not to break until I can install it in my long-awaited log cabin one day on the mantel.
Along with Monika's, Puno's Minis, beautiful lamp pictured below which she offered as a blog giveaway she sent this little piggie in a gift box! He will probably also have to reside in Joanna's nursery. And she loved the lamp so much that she has already laid claim to it as well. So, again, don't hate me for winning giveaways! LOL! They go to my child!
Deanna at De-Lightful Minis, also held a giveaway of this beautiful leather suitcase and here it sits beside one of my little sofa's. Perhaps my mini family is planning a weekend getaway and getting ready to pack! Of course, Joanna loved this as well so I suppose it will end up in her house! And last but not least, is the beautiful lamp from Monika! Thank you both for such wonderful treasures.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Goodies from The Whitaker's

Goodies in the Mail from The Whitaker's

I was thrilled to receive not only a wonderful book, The Visual Guide to Alice in Wonderland which I won on The Whitaker's Blog by naming her new doll, Gertrude or Gertie for short, but also a spooky stack of spell books, potion and a skull, eyeball plants and a wonderful striped black and purple witchy hat! All of these items, except for the full sized book, went straight in to the witch's cottage! Joanna seized the book as she and I went to see Alice in 3-D during her spring break and we both loved it.

I really want to crate the Mad Hatter's wonderful hat and will be searching for just the right silk to do it soon when I've fulfilled other obligations including some custom orders, my blog giveaway items and a swap. This is a pix of the Mad Hatter inside this wonderful book. Thank you to The Whitakers for such a wonderful giveaway! Joanna and I both appreciate it!
Speaking of Alice in Wonderland, I also recently sought and received gracious permission from Anna Hardaman to post a pix of one of her beautiful dolls, her rendering of the White Queen. Anna is an extremely talented miniature doll artisan and I so admire her beautiful work. As a mostly lurking member of the MSAT doll list on Yahoo Groups, I get to drool over their magnificent creations. You can see more of Anna's amazing dolls here. As you can see, The White Queen is quite ethereal and beautiful.

Friday, May 7, 2010

In My Other Creative Life

In My Other Creative Life

I am a quilter. I work part-time at a local quilt shop and I teach classes. Recently, a friend, Jo Willa, unearthed a crazy quilt with the date 1889 and the initials L.T. on it. She doesn't know who made it but perhaps it was a sister of her great-grandmother's, Lyda Turpin, who would hae been 13 in 1889 or maybe it was made for her. It is quite a treasure of hand embroidery, velvet and some silk. There were two rat holes which are pictured below which I covered with more velvet and hand embroidery. Though this is my miniatures blog, I had to share this while I have it in my possession. In the photos below, I did the bullion roses and the embroidery around that patch and made a little oval velvet patch and embroidered it to cover a smaller hole. I am not a quilt restorer but hopefully, this will suffice through the remainder of this beauty's life.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Yellow Chaise with Trim

I took Karin (Orr Lake Musings) advice and added trim to my little yellow chaise and like it much better. And with the little pillow, I think it's cute. I have so many other fabrics I'd like to use to make some of these and must get back to the sofa's also. And I thought I would share pix of a local field of irises on the back road Joanna and I take every morning on the way to her school. They are beautiful!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Awards and Goodies

Awards and Goodies from Merry Jingle and Anna

I'd like to thank Sonya from Cannella e Melongrano for these two awards and her kind comments in giving them to me! I will have to pass them on and fulfill their requirements after work today!

These are beads I won in a giveaway from Mini Anna Lee (will give the link later--blogger has not been cooperative this morning). And she made the cutest little pipe cleaner bear that will go in Joanna's nursery. Now I need to learn all the things I can do with these wonderful beads!

And also Joanna's and my goodies from Ira of Merry Jingle arrived and what a wonderful bounty. We had swapped some items and I never expected such a bounty. Precious things for Joanna's nursery and also some wonderful things that I love for my log cabin. The ewer will be perfect and so will the elk! I love him. She also sent the fabric and trim pictured above!

Well, off to work with me--I will post links later when I can! Thank you to Anna, Ira and Sonya!
I love the delicate butterfly and the tarts are wonderful, Ira!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Award For Friends!

I'd like to pass the Premio award from Karin at Mini Ramblings and Musings to

Carol at Wee Cute Treasures. She is such a sunny, sweet person and I am enjoying her progress on Honey Bee Cottage. She makes the sweetest little dolls that remind me of the clothespin dolls our Appalachian mountain dwellers used to make but her's are so much more colorul, detailed and sweet. I'd so love to visit her in Ireland!

And to Norma at Make Mine Mini, such a wonderful new friend in Australia who has actually called me twice to chat! I was so amazed to get a phone call from a friend around the world! And Norma is posting so many wonderful tips on printing to wood and fabric just now on her blog. I'd love to go see Norma one day, too!

Deb at Loyalist Cottage. Deb has become another friend I enjoy 'dropping in on'. Her posts are filled with mini news and her lovely things she cherishes in her home. And so many of her posts are filled with humor and make me smile and laugh every time!

Catherine from Kilmouski & Me. I often dream that I stumble upon a quaint little shop filled with affordable miniatures, a treasure trove of delights and now I am dreaming of finding Catherine's beautiful metal teapots and creations, shelf upon shelf of them for the asking! They are exquisite.

And thank you, Karin, another new blogging friend for passing this award on to me!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Thank you, Karin!!!

An Award from Karin!

Thank you, Karin at Mini Ramblings and Musings gave me this award and I so appreciate it and I promise I will share it tomorrow when my headache is past! LOL! Karin has been so kind to offer me advice and friendship lately and I appreciate it so much. My husband teases me that my blogging friends are my 'imaginary friends'! He is just teasing me but he doesn't realize how much I appreciate the wonderful friendships I have made through blogging. I'd just love to visit you all in your 'exotic', faraway locales! Especially those of you in Australia, Canada, France and Brazil, for example!

Karin is also hosting a giveaway (something I am far behind in doing but I am working on some items so stay tuned soon!)