Monday, March 18, 2019

Purchases from the "little" show in Denver


Luckily, I was able to attend the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys "little" dollhouse show while on vacation in Denver. Unfortunately I didn't receive a show catalogue, so I can't find the names of all the artisans that I bought from.

Here are my purchases: 


The christening dress is by Bobbie Johnson (Etsy shop: BobbieJMinis).

Plus this roombox - I was so thrilled to find this (and it was still small enough that it could fit in my handbag on the plane:


I am thinking about making shelves on the white wall, and then putting my little 1/144 dioramas there. They'd be protected and I could look at them quite happily.

And all this fabric for $2.00.  



The flowerbox found a perfect spot in front of my bakery door. 



More flowers from the same artisan (I wish her name had been on the receipt because I'm so happy with these):


And then I bought these little puffy stickers from one person and stuck them on a cookie tray I bought from David's Dollhouse.



The potholder from David's Dollhouse unexpectedly matched my  backsplash tiles in my little coffee/tea cafe, so that was exciting:


Have a great week!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day!


Happy Valentine's Day!

We made the roses and the box of chocolates in my Big Apple Miniaturists meeting this past weekend. The roses are from an Artistic Florals kit and the heart-shaped box of chocolates is a Dragonfly International kit  (CB201) which came with the fimo chocolates pre-prepared. 





Watch out little kitty, those glasses might fall over.  The glasses are from a NAME online group swap.


It's the morning after and they are making banana pancakes in their pajamas! 
They've got some wild hair! I need to find a brush for them.

I made the pajama pants from a tutorial in  the Dolls' House Magazine.  I still miss that magazine. They had a couple similarly styled in the top and bottom as the picture for the tutorial (although they were not cooking food).


 (The making pancakes is from Artistique on Etsy. The spice rack, soap dispenser and little pasta bag is from Alma de Jonge from www.handmademiniaturesbyalma.com. The kitchen is from Elf Miniatures. The green tea pot is from TYA Kitchen.  The tulips in the can are from Artistic Florals. I made the mint and parsley plant from a tutorial in the Dolls House Magazine.)

Here's another picture of the roses in their greenery:


Happy Valentine's Day!


Monday, February 11, 2019

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year!

I volunteer at my son's public school library periodically - I like to help the children find books to read. 
One of the head moms who volunteers asked me to make a Chinese New Year exhibit, because they liked the Polar Express train exhibit I made.



I took out a book from the library to learn about the Chinese New Year traditions. Fun!

I found a picture of cherry blossoms on the internet to put in the background because the Chinese New Year celebrates the coming of spring, signified by cherry blossoms.

Here's close-up of the final feast table. I made the dumplings with the sauce, the oranges, the whole fish, and the rice (too large - I'm not patient enough). And I made the flowers.


The dumplings in the bamboo containers are from Thailand. 

The wonton soup and egg rolls are Carolyn's Miniature Creations here.


 Here is some of the text to explain the pyramid of oranges and the use of red:
"Houses are filled with flowers and fruit.
Families display pyramids of oranges and apples.
The Chinese believe red and orange are colors of joy.
You will see the colors of joy everywhere at the Chinese New Year Festival."


And here is the text explaining the whole fish: 
"The Chinese like to feature whole steamed fish on the menu of their New Year’s feasts. Said to signify togetherness, abundance and long life, it’s a dish with symbolism that is as important as taste. Indeed, you’re supposed to leave the bones, head and tail intact, a way to help ensure that the new year will be a winner from beginning to end." I also read that you should leave some leftovers to symbolize a surplus in the year ahead.



I made the noodle dish (with green onions) from polymer clay. Long noodles symbolize longevity.


I made a little window in the room because at midnight the windows are opened to allow good luck to enter the house.


I made a little dress out of red cloth because people like to wear new clothes on the first day of the year.




Here's the Polar Bear Express train exhibit made from a shoe box, oatmeal container, and the little square box minis often ship in :). Our school librarian added some more to it, so it looked even more official. 



Here's the exhibit in progress, before I finished making all the food for the feast. The Chinese characters on the scrolls carry messages of Good Health, Luck, Long Life, Prosperity and Happiness. The broom is because the house is cleaned before the new year as a way of saying good-bye to the old year and preparing for the new year.




I was in the library today to pick up a book and I watched third-graders stop and gather around to look at the exhibit. It made me so happy. 

Happy Chinese New Year!


Friday, February 1, 2019

Poinsetta - with Wishes for Good Cheer


At my last mini club meeting, we made a poinsetta.  

I'm getting better at making flowers, and our fellow club member/teacher from Artistic Florals, makes such great kits for us to put together that the flowers always look great when you're finished. 


Here's a close-up!



Have a great weekend and hope you're keeping warm!


Wednesday, January 23, 2019

A Decorated Christmas Cart post-Christmas

My Christmas cart is filled, but I haven't glued anything in yet :)  And even though it's past Christmas, I thought I'd share it with you. 


I think I will wait until next year to glue or use tacky wax.

One of my favorite ebay purchases was this little Christmas caroler. (Because, even though I have boxes of Christmas minis, I still looked on eBay).



Here's  the decorating of the cart in process:



On the middle shelf is a paper snowman and tree scene that I made at my Big Apple Miniaturists Club in a class taught by Ginger Landon Siegel..

I also painted that Santa plate and made the tree decorations. 

Here's an earlier version of the ArtofMini deer in forest scene - before I added snow. There was enough snow left over from the true2scale gingerbread kit that I used that to add snow to this kit. I used white fabric paint to streak the trees.


And then in the Big Apple Miniaturists club meeting in January, we made this little matchbox soldier out of the head of a toothpick, sitting in pill capsule. 


Have a great week!


Saturday, January 12, 2019

Gingerbread and Kaffee anyone?


I've spent this week working on this True2Scale micro gingerbread cafe kit (available at https://true2scale.com/).

I bought the kit right before Christmas (as well as the Christmas hutch fundraiser piece for the 6 miniaturists who lost their homes in the Paradise fire -- a project for next December).  And then I realized I had bought the kit before in June 2017. So I thought I really should make this kit (before I buy a third one)!

Here it is in progress:


The kit is really quite clever. 

And then there's even furniture for the interior.


There's even a little snow village on top of the fireplace:


I think the trees came out really well too: 



Happy weekend! Hope you're keeping warm!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

The Day After New Year's



And that's why I said "not too many more" mini animals because I purchased this fellow a few days ago. He is so cute and I love when dogs want their belly rubbed. Alice Zinn made him.  (And I bought the boots several years ago from SereneDolls on Etsy.) I bought the flowers at an IGMA show.

Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year 2019!


Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and mini-filled New Year!




I cut out the New Year's Eve cards from the Paper Source catalogue.  It's a good source for mini cutouts. 

And this picture is also to serve as a reminder to me that I have a lot of animals (and I should try not to buy too many more 😂). 

Happy New Year!