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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Monday, May 12, 2014

Miniature Monday: Making Miniature Scrolls, a Tutorial and Download

I recently participated in an exchange where I made 30 scrolls.  Making multiples of anything feels crazy, but I had fun making them.  I thought I'd share the process with you, and give you the file that I made so that you can print your own scrolls.  This is the finished product:

I searched the Internet for images that would look good in 1/12th scale for the scrolls.  I then re-sized each image.  Since you need paper to roll on both sides of the scroll, the images are in the center of the printout.  The downloadable file should print on a sheet of paper that is letter size:  8 1/2" wide by 11" tall.

Download File:  Miniature Scrolls PDF

If you are having a problem downloading the file, email me and I will send it to you.

I printed the sheet onto natural vellum paper, but you can use any type of paper you want.  This is specifically what I used (I have a few different sizes.)  This paper has no problem going through my printer, and I'm able to tea stain it without tearing it.

If you use regular paper, instead of using a tea stain, consider aging it with an ink pad.  Tim Holtz makes a nice variety of ink pads perfect for aging.  You can click HERE to see them.

After Printing the scrolls, tea stain the page so that the scrolls will look aged.
Put the page aside to dry thoroughly

Once dry, you can cut the individual strips that will become your scrolls.

I used these great beads I got from a craft store near me, and skewers I purchased at the dollar store.  You will need 4 beads and 2 short dowels for each scroll.
I cut the skewer so that it is about the same size as the scroll image.  If you cannot find skewers, you can use a toothpick or a small dowel.

Put tacky glue on the edge of the paper.  I used Aleene's Tacky Glue.
Put the skewer on the glue, allow it to dry a bit while you hold it down.
You can place lines of glue every 3/4" (not an exact science, so don't worry.)  You do not need a lot of glue.

Since you want to give the illusion of an actual scroll, put your last line of glue along the edge of the image.

You will then repeat the same process on the other side of your scroll.

Make sure both sides are completely dry before you move on to the next step.

It's time to add your beads to the ends of the scrolls to fancy them up.

Any size beads are fine as long as they look good to you.  If you can find beads that fit over your dowels, great!  Mine didn't fit so I used tacky glue and a drop of crazy glue to keep the beads on the end of the scroll.
Glue the beads to the four points of the dowels and you are DONE!

I can't tell you how much I enjoy your blogs and learning from all of you.

I hope you enjoy this tutorial.

I actually recorded the process and will try to upload the video. That will be my first video.  I asked my 11 year old to help me since he has experience with you tube videos (so funny.)

I used my scraps to make closed scrolls out of decorative toothpicks, tiny stones, and embroidery thread to tie them closed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Miniature Monday: Rain Gear

I hope you are enjoying May so far!

The rain gear is from Sylvia Rountree of the Doll's Cobbler.  She is an IGMA fellow and you can find her website HERE.  The coat, boots and hat are so well made, I had to buy the set!

My little model is hand sculpted by Bonnie Justice.  Her Ebay store is Mini_dolls and can be found HERE. Her blog is

Her dolls are adorable and well priced.  They have also held up well to the tiny fingers visiting my house who insist on holding my little dolls.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Miniature Monday: Doll in her Trunk

In the mid 90's I often attended the International Guild of Miniature Artisans' ( annual show in New York City.  Since it was so convenient for me, just a quick subway ride, I signed up for many workshops.

This little beauty was created at one of those workshops.  We made the trunk out of leather with a paper lining. We dressed and wigged the doll, made the clothes and accessories. The tiny doll is only 1 1/2 inches tall. It was a lot of fun.  I wish my record keeping was a little better back then because I can't remember the artist who taught the workshop.  

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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.

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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.

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.
Giveaway #4 - The Pie Winner is Geneviève!


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

Congratulations to all the winners!


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.


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!