Monday, April 14, 2014

Miniature Monday: Treasure from the Shed

I don't know who made this, but I love it!
























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Monday, April 7, 2014

Miniature Monday: Babies and Wicker



The moses basket was hand woven by my friend and wicker expert Marilyn Crockett.  Marilyn often teaches at the shows she attends.  The afghan was made by Gladys.

Both babies are made by Alicia Singleton, AllieBeanDolls.  I love her babies and won't even tell you how many I have, but it's a LOT!  The details are amazing, and their little chubby arms and legs move. Check her out:



The wicker stroller is by Peggy Taylor, Peggy's Miniature Wicker.  I usually find her at the Lehigh Valley Miniature Show.


































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Monday, March 31, 2014

Miniature Monday: Crochet Animals for the Nursery

My very talented friend Gladys creates the most amazing stuffed animals with her crochet needle and thread. We have two sales at our miniature club every year.  This is the only place Gladys sells her wonderful creations.  The two monkeys have tiny pacifiers in their mouths.  The purple elephant is less than an inch wide.  She also makes shawls, baby blankets and clothes.  Every piece more amazing than the next.  She tried to give me miniature knitting pointers, but one shawl later, I decided that I like buying them made MUCH better.


Confession time; I bought all of these at this month's sale!

If you'd like to incorporate sales at your miniature club, here are a few rules that we follow and have worked for us:
1)The sale is held during the same months every year so that vendors and buyers can prepare.  We have ours in November and March.
2) During the remainder of the year, we respect club time for having fun and making miniature projects.
3) We ask the vendors to set up prior to the meeting and cover their sale items.  We then begin our meeting, giving everyone time to come in and get settled.  About an hour later, we announce the sale is open and all the goodies get uncovered.  That gives all members a fair chance at all the great sale items.
4) Everyone brings labels with their names on them.  I've often forgotten my labels and used blue tape with my initials.  You can put your label on anything you want to purchase, then settle up with the vendor at any time during the meeting.  This gives members the opportunity to browse, see what was purchased and enjoy the meeting without feeling rushed.
5)  When we had limited space in our meeting room, we gave each member who wanted to sell a set amount of table space.  Now that we have a large meeting room, our members can bring as much as they want to sell.
6) We ask that the items for sale be miniature related.

Thanks for stopping by!

Ketsia

Monday, March 17, 2014

Miniature Monday: Christmas Ornaments from December 2013

Today, I'm sharing my two favorite Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments from this past Christmas season.

The first brought back memories of my 17 year old when he was a baby.  We purchased a full sized Little Tikes Cozy Coupe for him at a yard sale for $2.  He used it, my nephews and nieces used it, and my youngest who is now 11 used it.  We passed it on to our next door neighbor's little girl and it went to a new home last year at the yard sale.  Talk about a great return on my investment.  The miniature version of the coupe is the perfect 1/12th scale.



The second is a pink kitchenette.  It's the perfect scale as a toy kitchenette in the dollhouse.  The doors open and the stove can light.  I had one of these when I was a child.  My Mother had ordered it from the Spiegel's catalog (I'm so old!) complete with pots and pans.  I loved that little kitchenette.


I hope that you guys remembered to check the ornaments this past holiday seasons for special purchases of your own.

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Miniature Monday: Purchases from Karen Aird's Show




Loretta Kasza created this lovely lady.  Her dress and face are beautiful.  I also love the nice work on her fingers, the porcelain is so clean.
 
Bespaq - I also purchased 2 matching chairs and coffee table.  This set is so incredibly dainty in person.
 
I've been trying to limit my purchases to actual projects I will use the item in, but have to admit I couldn't resist this set.

I purchased a few of these to use as fillers in my antique shop.
Thanks for looking!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Miniature Monday: Karen Aird's 4th Annual Miniature Show

On Sunday the ladies and I took the 1 hour trip to Warren, New Jersey for Karen Aird's 4th Annual Holiday Show (Click Here for her Website). Here are some general highlights:

I wanted to buy........ALL of them.

This picture cannot do the paintings or needlepoint rugs justice!


The bookshelf is full of the most amazing handcrafted books.  The artist, Marilyn Crockette, told me the rugs take her months to complete.  I can believe that since my bath mat kit took me a million years (still not done.....)


 



 

This show was the perfect size for me. One large ballroom and the outside hall.   I am easily distracted by conversation and really love to chat with the vendors, especially ones I've never met and those who handcraft their items. I also have to look at absolutely everything on each table.  I got caught up at a vendor selling back issues of magazines  and waging a marketing campaign the likes of which I've never seen.  They host a new online community for miniaturists Smallisimo (click here for their website).  I was very excited to meet their team and look forward to browsing their site.  I'm ridiculous about my miniature magazine collection.  They are arranged on one huge wall in my home office and I have an excel workbook to keep track of which ones I have and which I'm missing.  I refer to them all the time for how-to's and inspiration.

This show was amazing, Karen did a great job.  Back when I made porcelain dolls and was a vendor myself, Karen and I always had our tables next to or near each other.   I was thrilled when she mentioned she would be starting her own show in our area!  At yesterday's show, Karen provided a buffet of snacks, coffee, tea and water available all day to the vendors and shoppers.  She even had her young helpers walking around handing out fresh baked goodies to keep your shopping energy up!  That was such a great idea, I didn't even break for lunch.  I bought a lot of good stuff!  Close up photos of my favorite items in upcoming posts.

Thanks for stopping by!
 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Friday, September 6, 2013

Giveaway Winners Announced - 100 Subscriber Celebration!

Let me start by saying how much I have enjoyed these four weeks of giveaways.  My absolute favorite part has been all of the amazing new miniature blogs that I now have to read.  I am really enjoying your blogs.  Thank you so much for participating, and for sharing your love of miniatures with me.

Giveaway #1 - Hookah Winner is Arantza Martin!

Arantza MartínAugust 29, 2013 at 6:33 AM
Me encanta!! me gustaría participar en el sorteo. Te anuncio en mi blog. Un abrazo, Arantza.
http://miniaturasarantza.blogspot.com




 
 
 
 
  
Giveaway #2 - The Baby Winner is Ascension!
 
Me encantaria probar suerte.
Enhorabuena por tus seguidores.
Subo el aviso a mi blog.
besitos ascension
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Giveaway #3 - The Witch and Wizard Miniatures Winner is Rosella!
 
Thank you very much for another giveaway ; ))
I'd like to participate in it and I put your link on my blog.
Kisses
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Giveaway #4 - The Pie Winner is Geneviève!

 

This pie is perfect for the end of summer. It is beautiful.
Geneviève








Congratulations to all the winners!

Ketsia
 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Miniature Giveaway #4 CLOSED - 100 Subscribers Celebration

I have over 100 subscribers! I'm excited to have you and so appreciative of the time you choose to spend reading my itty bitty adventures.

To celebrate, I'm having 4 giveaways - one per week during August. This is giveaway #4 - the last one!

Of course we are ending the celebration with pie:


For this giveaway, the winner will get the pie and slice. To participate in the drawing, please follow my blog and leave a comment on this post. 

The drawing for all giveaways will happen on Friday, September 6th!  Good luck everyone and thank you so much for stopping by.

Ketsia
 

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Miniature Giveaway #3 CLOSED - 100 Subscribers Celebration

I have over 100 subscribers! I'm excited to have you and so appreciative of the time you choose to spend reading my itty bitty adventures.

To celebrate, I'm having 4 giveaways - one per week during August. This is giveaway #3.

I love witch, wizard, Halloween stuff!  When I'm working on a project, I usually make more than I need.  This week's giveaway features items you can use in your spooky scene. 

 



I put the toothpick in the photo for an idea of scale (1/12th)
 
There are 2 leather books, a few stacks of papers, a crystal ball, a scroll, a few rolled and flat maps, assorted potion bottles, a skull, a mixing bowl, a magic wand, candles, and a bunch of other stuff.  My youngest son and I spent one afternoon making what seemed like a million candles from polymer clay.  It was a great project for a little person to feel included, and he did an amazing job!
 
For this giveaway, the lucky winner will get everything in the picture (except the floor). To participate in the drawing, please follow my blog and leave a comment on this post. At the end of the month, I will have a drawing for each post/giveaway and announce the winners!

Thank you so much!

Ketsia

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Miniature Giveaway #2 CLOSED - 100 Subscribers Celebration

I have over 100 subscribers! I'm excited to have you and so appreciative of the time you choose to spend reading my itty bitty adventures.

To celebrate, I'm having 4 giveaways - one per week during August.  This is giveaway #2.   This adorable baby girl was purchased on ebay.  I cannot remember the artist, I've had the baby in my collection for a while.  The crib is not part of the giveaway, I'm including it in the picture to show you she's to scale (1/12th).



I love when babies stretch then curl up into a little ball.  The artist did a wonderful job capturing that precious moment.  The baby is sculpted from polymer clay, and she's got a little bit of baby hair on the top of her head.

For this giveaway, the lucky winner will get the doll and her pink blanket.  To participate in the drawing, please follow my blog and leave a comment on this post. At the end of the month, I will have a drawing for each post/giveaway and announce the winners!

Thank you so much!

Ketsia

Monday, August 12, 2013

Miniature Monday: Lehigh Valley Miniature Show

These treasures are from Feather Your Nest. Their ebay store is Feather-Your-Nest-Miniatures and can be found HERE 
For the cowboy in my saloon. 
 
 
These three lovely girls were from an estate sale table. 
 
I love this furniture from my friends at Jessica's Miniatures.  I love catching up with Nick. Their prices are so reasonable and they always have new miniatures on their table.  Their website, jessicasminiatures.com can be found HERE
 
 
If I show you guys any more, you'll know just how much I LOVE to shop so that's it for now!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Miniature Giveaway #1 CLOSED - 100 Subscribers Celebration

I have over 100 subscribers!  I'm excited to have you and so appreciative of the time you choose to spend reading my itty bitty adventures.

To celebrate, I'm going to have 4 giveaways - one giveaway per week during August.  My first giveaway is this hookah that I made during my obsession with hookahs earlier this year.  If you'd like to read the original post, you can click HERE.

 
To participate in the drawing, please follow my blog and leave a comment on this post.  At the end of the month, I will have a drawing for each post/giveaway and announce the winners!

Thank you so much!

Ketsia



Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Miniature Monday: More treasures from the Lehigh Valley Miniature Show

Handcrafted by Joyce Slimmons.  Aren't these pieces lovely?  Everything is 1/12th scale.  She had all of these pieces and several more artfully arranged on 3 acrylic floors inside a birdcage.  The entire birdcage with it's stand was sold together with the miniatures.  I am so happy to have purchased her work, I love it!
 

 

 Thank you for looking!


Monday, July 29, 2013

Miniature Monday: Lehigh Valley Miniature Show

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer!

Last weekend, my girlfriends and I attended the Lehigh Valley Miniature Show.  The show is hosted by the Lehigh Valley Small on Scale Miniatures Club. You can click HERE  for their website.   We make the 2 hour trek from Brooklyn to Pennsylvania every year and really enjoy the show.  It's a small show, which is perfect for me since I take forever to look at each table.  I always manage to find incredible miniatures from talented artists.  I'll be sharing some of my goodies over the next few posts. 

I spent a fair amount of time at Arlene Finkelstein's table (Artistic Florals.)  She's an inspirational miniaturist who loves to teach others her beautiful techniques.   While I love flower making, I LOVE flower buying even more.  Remembering how hard I worked on the lemon tree she taught me, when I saw this orange tree on her table, I bought it immediately.


 
These two arrangements caught my eye and I had to have them for my kitchen roombox.

 The two tiny pots on the right are 1/2" scale sunflowers.

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