Tuesday, August 20, 2013

MINIATURE SOURCES TAKE MINI FORMS

This is my most favorite mini, my Grandson  with glasses from Mr. Potato Head play set.  He just loves pilfering through Grandma's miniature stash, and creating miniature items.    He has started to find things and keeps them for Grandma because we might be able to  use them.

 
This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Aztek  Miniatures Wholesale show in Aurora, Ohio.  Over  100 vendors attended  with all the latest in what is available in the miniatures world.  It is  overwhelming  what is  out there.  It took over 4 hours just getting  one round in, another 3 hours retracing and trying to remember where  the items I wanted to buy were.  Many bargains were to be found, and  one of a kind treasures.  There are so many talented and creative artists.   The food buffet was endless  and included in the cost of the ticket, which was free!  It does not get any better than this.  Aztek had a truckload sale that I cleaned up on, prices way below wholesale, just discontinued items. Who does not love a bargain!
 
Another wonderful source of miniatures  and ideas in my life is the local Library.  This past week our library had a book sale.  This particular library gets rid of books that do not have a circulation in that year.  It  was sad to see so many wonderful books for the taking at .50 cents and  l.00.  What made me happy was having the opportunity to purchase them.
I purchased 4 wonderful miniature instruction books, original price 29.99 and 5  Costume books from different eras.  These are perfect as reference books when dressing dolls.  There were a few food and cookie books, for pictures to look at while making Fimo clay food.  A couple Food Encyclopedias with detailed pictures of Fruits  and Vegetables, Fish and other Meats, Country decorating books to assemble furniture in mini.  One such book had detailed line drawings for the furniture, and they were 1/12" scale drawings!  A price guide of antique post cards with all the pictures in color, Halloween idea books, poster books in color, just the right size to cut out and put in a frame for miniature making.  A general store price guide with signs, crates and labels.  Books like this are not only valuable for ideas when making a store, but give you pictures and labels for your containers that you can  make.  For 50 cents on these books, I do not feel guilty cutting them up.  The best one of all was Victorian Valentine cards, and you guessed it, the cards are to scale or could be made to scale.
 
I also found a self published book that someone got rid of about Mourning in the Victorian Era.  Very interesting and a part of History. Did not make it back on Sunday for the bag sale , all the books you can stuff into a bag for $3.00. 
 
A new show on cable TV called Flea Market Flip had an idea using books that was pretty clever and could be used in mini decorating as well.  A shelf with doors was used.  Old books were cut back about 2-3 inches on the spine so all they had was the title  and part of the pages showing where it was bound.  They glued them all on the door.  When finished it looked like a library shelf full of books.   Behind the doors was a secret shelf for hiding things.  They made it into a liquor cabinet.  I'm all for recycling and reusing things for another purpose, old books will never be the same again.
 
My favorite Victoria  magazine publishes many books with just beautiful pictures in them and I purchased a couple of those.
Shabby Chic ideas galore, just waiting to transfer over into miniature rooms.  On one page was a wall full of decorated plates, just the right size to cut out and glue on a mini plate.
 
These week ends do not come around very often, but prompted me to taking the long way home, thru country roads and little towns. I like the unexpected surprise of a shop or stand along the road,  homemade  ice cream stands,  hitting a few garage sales along the way, fruit and vegetables farm fresh.  Most of all  enjoying taking my time, because  when I return home, all the things that  should have done will still be there, and then the guilt  sets in, only for a short while.  My philosophy is  like Scarlett O'Hara, Tomorrow is another day, but I like Rhett Butler's philosophy of life better  " I don't give a D---! 
 
 Life is too short, live it to the fullest!  Tomorrow is another day, if you exit before that time someone will finally clean it up!
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

MINI DECTECTIVES NEEDED !!!

THIS MINI PICTURE BY TERESA LAYMAN HAS BEEN STOLEN


 
RECENTLY A FELLOW MINIATURIST AND DEALER TERESA LAYMAN HAD THIS PICTURE STOLEN FROM HER TABLE AT THE GUILD SHOW IN NEW YORK.   WHEN I READ ABOUT IT  I IMMEDIATELY FELT HER PAIN.  IN MY  DEALER DAYS  ITEMS CAME UP MISSING AND I KNEW WHO TOOK THEM, BUT THEY ARE PEOPLE WITHOUT A CONSCIOUS.   THE DRIVE TO HAVE SOMETHING OVERSHADOWS  THE BRAIN THINKING PROCESSES AND  THEY JUSTIFY THAT IT IS OK.  NEVER, NEVER, IS IT OK.
 
GRANTED  THIS PICTURE IS SMALL 1"  X 2.5" IN A FRAME.    84CT SILK GAUZE PETIT POINT.  IT ALSO COST $700.00.  HAVE YOU EVER DID PETIT POINT THAT SMALL.  THINK ABOUT ALL THE TIME SHE PUT INTO THAT LITTLE ITEM.  A PART OF YOU ALSO GOES INTO EACH PIECE , WHAT YOUR THINKING ABOUT AT THE TIME, WHAT IS GOING ON IN YOUR LIFE AT THAT  MOMENT.  THE ONLY REWARD AT THE END IS THE FINISHED PIECE , THE ADMIRATION OF FELLOW MINIATURISTS, AND IF POSSIBLE SOMEONE TO COME ALONG AND PURCHASE YOUR TIME AND TALENT.  TO HAVE SOMEONE COME ALONG AND STEAL SOMETHING IS REALLY A VIOLATION OF TRUST IN OUR FELLOW MINIATURISTS.  IT MAKES US NOT KNOW WHO WE CAN TRUST.
 
I PRAY AND TRULY HOPE THAT THE PERSON WHO DID THIS WILL LOOK INTO THEIR HEART AND SEE THE DAMAGE THEY HAVE DONE, NOT ONLY TO THE MAKER OF THIS, BUT TO THE FAITH IN MANKIND IN GENERAL.
 
WHAT CAN WE DO AS MINIATURISTS?  DO NOT PURCHASE THIS IF YOU SEE IT BEING SOLD ONLINE OR AT A SHOW OR SALE UNLESS IT IS TERESA LAYMAN HERSELF. 
 
HUMAN BEINGS DO NOT COME WITH INSTRUCTIONS ON BEHAVIOR, THEY HAVE TO BE TAUGHT.  SOME PEOPLE JUST LOOSE THEIR WAY OR WERE NEVER TAUGHT TO BEGIN WITH.  REACHING OUT IN LOVE IS SOMETIMES ALL WE CAN DO,   PRAY ABOUT IT, AND LET GOD DO THE REST.   THIS IS A SMALL ITEM, BUT IT IS A BIG DEAL, ALSO THE PRICE TAG  MAKES IT A FELONY OFFENSE AS WELL. 
 

Friday, August 2, 2013

Blurb anyone?

Just an update on my chickens.  They are a hoot.  The duck is in constant state of sitting on the chickens eggs.  I don't have the heart to tell her  they will never be a clone of her.  This appears to be her mission in life, and the chickens abide by her rules to lay the eggs and go about their business, while she rolls them into the nest. and sits, and sits, and sits, until they blow up from the summer heat.

I did not publish any pictures from the following books because of copyright infringements.  To see pictures go onto the Web site or Pinterest and go to their name.  Pictures will come up of their creations.

In the last blog I told you about a site called Blurb.  You can create and publish your own book.
Here are the websites and the books published by Cynthia Lauren Speren.  She is a Cottage style and food miniaturist.  www.cynthiascottagedesign.blogspot.com   There you  will see  3 books she has available.

Mini-ologies   a new seasonal miniature magazine

Cottage Style Kitchens by Cynthia Lauren Speren

Cooking and Baking in Miniature Cottage Kitchens  by Cynthia Lauren Speren

These books are just beautiful with wonderful colorful pictures and recipes on how to make items in the mini kitchen.   Click on detail of each book and it will take you to the Blurb Website.  Very easy order by credit card or pay pal.  You can preview a few pages of each book on the website.  If you like cottage country and shabby chic these are for you.

The next website to go to and see her book is wwwpetitplat.fr     Stephanie Kilgast is a miniature food artist and her book is called Party Food.  Each is detailed on how to make.  You will look at this over and over.  It is also easy to order and comes in just about a week.

The next book on Blurb is by Kim  Saulter a food artist.  Google her name and her blog will come up.  Her book is called  Miniature Kitchen Loves and Sweet Inspirations in 1/12 scale.  This one has a book or online book available.  I chose the online book which is lovely, but I still prefer the paper style hold in your hand book.

After looking at the Blurb site and seeing these lovely ladies books, I am also inspired to work on a book of How-To's.  It will take a while because good pictures and interesting settings also need to be made.  I think this new tecnology will be a great boon to Miniaturists.  Inspiration can come in many ways.  All of the above  books and magazines have really created a desire in me to do something more.

Hope you enjoy researching  these sites and looking at these lovely designs by Talented Miniaturist's.