Sunday, January 31, 2010

Two Huge Events!!

Two Huge Events Here: A Name Change and Snow!

When I began blogging several years ago, I started with a quilting blog, jumped in and joined several groups and rings. A few years later, my focus changed more toward miniatures so I started my mini blog but what to name it? I really don't know what posessed me to name it Mini Leaps and Bounds but that's what I plunged in with and I hardly found anyone else out there blogging about mini's at the time (I'm sure you were there but I didn't find you!)

Over the years, I had come to dislike the name Mini Leaps and Bounds and wanted to change but was warned that I would lose everything and start over. Evidently they've changed that--I hope. So, when I opened my little mini-focused shop on Etsy, Peach Blossom Hill, I decided to change my name to that here on Blogger as well so if you need to change anything, I hope you will take a minute to do that.

Also, big for us here in the south and in the shadows and foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, we got a good snow over this weekend--enough to get out and sled and play a while yesterday. Normally the mountains knock it off of us.

So, welcome to Peach Blossom Hill and I hope you will bear with me as this little name change takes place!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

New Mini Items

New Mini Items for my Etsy Shop

I promise I will get around to checking in with everyone soon. I feel like I am running just to catch up and trying to get things made for my Etsy shop. Otherwise, it will be Hi Ho, Hi Ho, Off to Work I Go full-time and who wants that? I like my little part-time gig although it's not making us rich.

Anyhoo, here is another little hydrangea I've made as well as my first official piece of furniture made with my new Microlux saw! It is a primitve country cupboard (emphasis on primitive). I had fun going through my kitchen items to show it filled with various goodies. To give credit, some of the canned goods are by the late Mary Escher; the dough board is by Sir Thom Thumb, the crock by Jane Graber,the bean pot by Sam Dunlap, the fan on top by Warwick Miniatures and the polymer clay tomatoes in the wooden barrel by me!
I painted the seascape over the mantle, made the poly clay goose, the hydrangea and the poly clay peaches in the basket on the table. The upholstered chair and coffee table are by Lee's Line and the 'rattan' chair is by Take A Seat.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

New Laptop! Back in Business!

A New Laptop and a New Toy!

Before Christmas, my laptop with all of my pix and documents in it died. I thought it was the battery and after the holidays, I used part of my Christmas $$ to buy one. It was still dead. So, I was mourning, sitting on the ash heap, rending my clothes and gnashing my teeth as I couldn't afford a new one. I also took over DH's laptop to check my e-mails. He finally got tired of my pity party and bought me a new one! So I AM BACK!!!!!

Also, for my birthday, January 7th, my in-law's bought me a Micro Mini saw. They and DH felt sorry for me as the little table below I made one day with a hand saw, an X-acto blade, a mess of stain and a worn piece of sandpaper. It only took me all day to make one slightly dilapidated, crooked little 'Primitive' table.

And we discovered that there is a Woodcraft store in Greenville, near where DH works so I can buy 1/8" pieces of domestic and exotic woods without paying shipping and seeing the grain for myself. Now if I can master the little saw, I can make mini furniture which is top on my to-do list just now.

I did manage to put together a music room box for my sister in law who plays piano and harp. This was her Christmas gift from us and I wrapped each item separately for her to open. I made the peach roses and the window treatments. Everything else was purchased.
Lastly, this is one of the hydrangea's I just sold on Etsy in my little shop. It is on its way to Spain! I have a lightbox where I set up little scenes to showcase my wares. I also made the goose on the mantle. I have several more geese and a coral hydrangea in the works I hope to have ready soon. It feels so good to be back. I'd also like to welcome Troy Bettridge, to the world of miniagture blogging. I'm sure others have heard from him also and would like to visit his blog and welcome him and start following as I intend to do. I thank him for spurring me to post my first entry with my new laptop. I will visit you all as soon as I can. I work today but will try to check in tonight.