Monday, February 20, 2017

Miniature Monday: En Provence

En Provence was the very first workshop that I attended with my favorite instructor Bluette Meloney.  It is a small project with an 8x10 frame.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Miniature Monday: Beach Hut

Today I'm sharing my 1/12th scale Beach Hut.  The original instructions for the structure were in the Miniature Collector Magazine.  This version is slightly modified.  The base was configured in such a way that I was able to create the illusion of a beach with paint, craft sand and resin.

Since this was a club project, everyone pitched in to teach a different mini.  We also had a gift exchange and I made 30 of those outdoor showers for everyone in the club.

The palm trees were surprisingly easy to make and I think they look amazing!

I had this beach bum in my collection.  He really knows how to soak in the sun! The small boogie boards were created by my young son who wanted to contribute.  I purchased and made way too many things for this project, and the fish cart didn't make it in because it was too big.  I love the details the artist put into it though and wanted to share it with you guys.

The back wall is actually removable as one unit.  I made it with mat board, wood strips and thin sheet metal.  

Please do let me know if you have any questions!! Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Miniature Monday: Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys

Over the summer I was lucky enough to visit the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys.  You can find their website HERE.

Set in a beautiful historic cottage, the Museum contained treasures I'd only seen in miniature magazines.  Staff was friendly and super helpful.  After spending hours touring the museum, I managed to spend another hour in their gift shop.  If you're ever in Denver, you should definitely make time for a visit.

My biggest surprise was being able to see "Somewhere in Time" created by  Bill Lankford in 1989.  I cannot tell you how often I admired the photos in Nutshell News that featured it and I could hardly contain my excitement to see it in person.  Here are a few pictures:

Another favorite by artisans Noel and Pat Thomas from 1978:

There are dollhouses and room boxes of all styles and sizes.  The museum is also super kid friendly.  Treasures are tucked safely behind glass, and there was an actual working Nintendo game console from the 1990's that kept my 13 year old son busy when he was done with the exhibits.

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Miniature Monday: Artist's Supplies in 1/12th Scale

I made these 1/12th scale artist accessories a while back:

I went through a phase where I made so many easels and various artist's supplies; I was obsessed!  I still have my notes and measurements.  If you are interested in a tutorial for any of these items, please do let me know.

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Miniature Monday: Pugs!

Hi Everyone.  These adorable pugs are by the Artist Karl Blindheim (Bjarnesonn's).  They are 1/12th scale and came as a set with the bed.  The puppies do come apart if you wanted to use them separately, but they are so adorable nestled together.  Karl's work is amazing!

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Miniature Monday: A Dresser

Happy Monday everyone!  This dresser is in my collection.  I fell in love as soon as I saw it.  The details are really beautiful.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Miniature Monday: Baby Love

I purchased these adorable twin newborns on eBay.  They are so tiny and nicely made. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!  They are currently on display through June, along with 20 others dolls from my collection, at St. Margaret's House, a Senior Citizen center in Manhattan.

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Miniature Monday: Dollhouse Workbench

My actual workstations are a whole lot messier, so I do enjoy this tidy one.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Miniature Monday: Whatta Doll Studios - Original Sculptures

Many of the talented artists I feature do not have blogs or websites.  I get to see them at shows and happily purchase their work.   I'm especially excited when it's someone new to meet and get to know.  I hope, if you're interested in any of their work, you reach out and let them know.  Perhaps we will inspire some to post their art themselves!

These lovelies are one of a kind originals by Karen Robertson of Whatta Doll Studio.  I'll list her contact information below.  I fell in love with her character dolls and would like to share a few with you today.

The Bishop:  I love the wrinkles in his face and hands.

The Tavern Wench: I really appreciate how thick and sturdy she looks. I enjoy a doll who does not have dainty hands and feet!
The Washer Woman and her accessories

The Aunt Churning Butter.

I call this one Fancy Shopper because she's going into my Jewelry store:


Karen Robertson, Sculptor
Whatta Doll Studio
phone: 585-329-9999

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Monday, March 7, 2016

Miniature Monday: Delicious Foods by Sharon Harbison

These lovely creations are from Sharon Harbison Miniature Food in Union Beach, NJ.  You can contact her at 732-739-1932,  Great details, amazing prices.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Miniature Monday: Fairy Habitat Under New Ownership

I made a lovely fairy habitat in a Bill Lankford class.  You can see his finished structure by clicking HERE.  As you can see, his version is amazing, and mine did look like that when I left the class.

Bill's workshops are wonderful and I finished the entire structure in class.  When I brought it home, one of our cats, Max, appropriated it as her own (even after I moved it higher up!)

Yes, most of the flowers and vines are gone - she didn't like them and tore them off. The balcony handrail is also gone.

Yes, she's a sassy kitty, but we love her.

I have not furnished my fairy habitat, for fear of what the new owner, Max the cat, may think (and do) to the new additions.

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