Wednesday, February 29, 2012

 NEW BABY ROOM BOX  click on picture for details.

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My neighbor Adrianne is learning the How To's  of miniatures this winter.  Every week we work on an ongoing project or items that will go into a project. 
She is a very talented young lady with a big heart.  She hasn't kept anything for herself yet.  Everything she has made she has given to someone special to her.  She has ideas for things she would like to make and she has someone in mind for the recipient.

This week we worked on a room box for a special teacher that will be having a baby soon.  Her colors are green and yellow and giraffes are the decorating theme.

The box itself is a shoe box type picture holder that was painted green and then crackle paint applied on top.  On top of the crackle was applied yellow paint.  It crackled with green showing thru.  The flooring is a bamboo table mat cut to size.  The wallpaper is material glued and coated with Modge Podge.  The chair and rocker were from my stash, we painted them white and covered cushions with the same materiel as the wall  The bed is from a play set that she played with when she was a little girl.. Printies are the boxes and baby bottles are from the Dollar Tree in the baby favor department.  The African violets and fern on the shelf we made from florist tape.  The tiny giraffes are made from earrings from the 80's.  I know her teacher will be surprised.  It will be a lovely gift, and she did a wonderful job on it.

Mentoring someone with the knowledge you know benefits both of you.  It gives me a sense of pride when I see the finished project and keeps my mind active with new ideas coming thru it.  The knowledge she is gaining can be   used not only in a minature world but also in the real big world.We exchange a lot of conversation and I look forward to her visits very much.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

School Days click on picture for larger detail.

This is a one room school house.  My Father went to a one room school house until he went to high school.  There were 8 grades in one school.  Of course they had to walk or ride their horse to get there.  Melscheimer  School was and is the name of the school and it still stands today not far from my own home.  Portrayed are some of the toys they might have played with.   The pot bellied stove is a salt shaker with a flexible straw for the stove pipe.  The pictures of  George and Abe are from an online site and I put them into frames and used Modge podge dabbled over to appear as painted oils.  The globe was a pencil sharpener
The wishing well was a yogurt cup covered with Spackle and then stones I borrowed from my drive way.  The tree in the back ground are all hand punched leaves and glued on.  The greenery on the ground is railroad greens and coffee grounds. I have never had an issue with bugs with coffee grounds.

The dolls were all made by me out of hand poured porcelain.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Fall Harvest room box  click on picture to get details.  This project appeared in the October 2008 issue of American Miniaturist.

Fall is my favorite time of year.  I love the smells, leaves, and the beautiful colors of that time of year.  I am a fall.  This room box is one I taught to a mini group I used to have.  We made everything from scratch, including the building.  The fish pond has gold fish  swimming in resin.  The wagon has metal wheels and it is filled with pumpkins and Indian corn.  The produce stand is filled with the fall harvest.
The scarecrow is running the store while the owner is asleep behind the wagon.  There are about 1000 fall leaves that have been punched out of real preserved leaves.  They are on the ground and on the tree.
The tree is made out of the white wire  trees available about Easter time.  It has been painted and antiqued with various colors of brown and beige to simulate bark.

Each of my room boxes are the same size.  They stack on top of each other and make a china cabinet type cupboard.  The lids are glass and the side posts have slots so I can have glass or mirrors or a solid wall in each slot.  The size is about 18 x 24 inches.  This makes it easier to remove the glass so it can be photographed or put  on display in a museum or library .

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Dave the Potter -- part 2  click for details on picture

I posted  3 pictures earlier and it did not allow me enough room to write about the room box.  When I went to the library one day a book fell off the shelf and hit me on the head.  The Book was Carolina Clay- The life and legend of the slave potter -Dave, by Leonard Todd

This was the inspiration for the room box, a great way to display the pottery I had made.  I made the dolls, pottery all wood items.  The bee hive oven to fire the pottery was made from a large Styrofoam ball that I carved bricks into.  The first one got ate by the dog. 

Dave was a potter in the Carolina's  during the Civil War.  He was famous for his pots that were large enough for 4 people to get into.
About 100 of his pots are known to exist today.  It was not allowed for slaves to read or write, but Dave defied all odds and wrote his name, date and poetry and Bible verses on his.  What was also remarkable was he only had 1 leg.  His pots have been at the Smithsonian Museum and a recent auction of  one of his pots brought a price tag of 100,000.

The face jugs  according to African American History are said to have been made to put prayers and wishes into for a tombstone for the deceased loved ones.  They were made ugly to keep the devil and evil spirits away long enough for their loved ones to go to heaven.  This was made in dedication to Dave.   If you can find the book, I highly recommend it.  Life is more than Coincidences!  The author found out more than he ever dreamed about his own family history.  It started out as an assignment for a newspaper, and turned into so much more.

This room box was finished last January and I took it intoour local library for their showcase for Black History month.  As a result of this display they purchased the book Carolina Clay  for the library.

Dave the Potter Room box.  click on pictures to enlarge detail.
This is the room box I made from the pottery I told you I made in an earlier post at Philadelphia Miniaturia, taught by Graig Roberts.

Bakery Room box.  click on pictures for more detail

This is a 2 sided room box.  One is the baker man doing his thing.  The other side is all the baked goods in the store of the bakery.  This was l lot of fun to make.  I try to inject humor into each box that I do.  If you notice there is a mouse in the house, the dough bowl is running over, the box of raisins have spilled, the milk pail has fell over, flour is all over the place, the puppy is hiding under the table.  This really is my kitchen each time I bake.  I am not a Martha Stewart type baker.  Things happen!  Of course she has people to clean up after her. 
 Most of the food is Fimo clay baked in the oven.  I have a couple of salt dough creations from the early 70's.  I kept them just for nostalgia reasons.  That is all we had to work with then.  The salt did work its way out, but I dipped them in Modge Podge and it stopped the leaching out.
  Bread dough creations were also an early version of the clay creations. It was basically soft white bread with a dab of glue kneaded into a soft clay and food color or paint added . I did have bugs with that, but it was lovely to work with and did stay in the position you created it.  Fimo is still the best and will last forever after baking.  I have never had problems with raw Fimo eating its way into plastic, though they say it will.  I store into zip lock baggies in a box.  Never had a problem.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Tuscan Room Box 2011Philadelphia Miniaturia
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This is a room box I created at the Philadelphia Miniaturia Show 2011.  M.R. Daniels taught the class and she has experience in set design.  The top picture is what the class  taught as far as techniques.  She taught how they do set design very fast and cheaply but get a great look.  The other pictures are how I furnished it.  This is electrified.  The brick oven lights up for a fire, and a socket on the wall is for a light which I have not found yet.  A class well worth taking.  Check out the flooring.  Cardboard egg cartons!  Looks and feels just like tile flooring when it is done.  The first picture taken in the fall has warm lights and the other 2 pictures were taken winter light.  Nothing was done to interior but the color came out different.  A great class in which I learned a lot of new techniques.  I am glad I stayed the extra day for the class.

Click to get details of picture.   Finished Tuscan Roon box 

Tea Time  Seattle Convention 2010  click for details

This is a project taught at Seattle NAME Convention 2010

The theme was anything British.  It is all hand made from

Fimo clay into the beautiful food you see.    They are so real

looking you want to sample them, and they probably take

more time than the real thing.   The calorie count is 0 and you

can keep them on the shelf forever.  No preservatives!
French Pastry class Philadelphia Miniaturia 2011

This is a class I took in Philadelphia 2011.  It was taught by Carl Bronson.

1/12 scale.  It was an 8 hour class.  He is a great teacher, and very patient.

All items were made from Fimo clay.  He make what looks hard into very easy.

I always go away with new techniques  and a  better understanding of how it 

all fits together.   I always walk away with the thought, Why did't I think of that!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Young Reunion 1910
This is the inspiration picture for my latest project in progress.
These are my relatives at a reunion. My Grandmother is the 5th on the right, holding her first child.

I love to make dolls and fimo food.  This will be a project that will use both.  Most of the men are civil war vets.  The dresses will be lots of fun.  The tables at our reunions were always everyone bring a dish, then they passed each dish down.  Each family brought their own table service and silverware.  I will use the odds and ends I have collected over the years.  Not everything matches.  1910 was when jello was introduced.  I have quite a few of those made up. The rest of the food will be what the farming communities would have in 1910.  I don't see picnic baskets anywhere in this picture, but at the Reunion Convention 2009, I got more than a few picnic baskets I plan to put in empty corners.
If you click on the picture, in the far left corner you will see an old car. I found one just like it at a garage sale that was a copper planter.  I think the scale will be just about right.  Usually the colors were green or burgundy.  I have some of the food items finished and have to start on the dolls.  I am aiming for a similar look, but am not planning on making the faces identical.  I made a huge wash tub of watermelons in water and ice.  The watermelons are made of nutmegs painted to color of watermelons. Nutmegs are just the right size and shape of a melon in scale. The ice cubes are made of the clear bakeit crystles.
1950's Soda Shoppe
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This is a room box of my 1950's memorys of the drive in hot spots when I was a kid.  You could drive in and a roller skated young lady would take your order or you could go in and sit and listen to juke box music for a dime.  We had the Hamburg Inn with sawdust on the floor.  This helped the guys slide better down the long counter with your food.  The real show man would slide your food down the counter and run and slide on the sawdust to see if he would arrive before your food would.  Probably not in the sanitary code with the health dept these days.

Then there was Jacks Kwick Shake, a local hangout much like above.  Family owned and great food.  Every one knew each other.  I remember when the first McDonalds opened in town.  15cents for a hamburg, fries or milkshake.  It was not long before our drive ins were out of business.

I purchased the records, soda bottles and juke boxes from a cake decorating store.  They have great novelty items.  the school penents are from online advertising.  The dolls I made,I especially like the poodle skirt.  I had one just like it.  The stools are made of door stoppers, the rubber topped things that used to stop the door from hitting the walls.  They cant be seen in the picture but behind the counter are ice cream in tubs that can be hand dipped. The ice cream dishes on the back wall are clear thumb tacks.  Silver thumb tacks are the milkshake containers.  Also there are burgers on a  grill.  Milk shake machines are of unpainted metal.  The rugs I found at a garage sale.  They were awards for a bowling league, sew on patches. The checked paper is wallpaper which I applied Modge Podge on.
The booths are dollar store furniture as well as the tables.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

St. Patricks Day Jello  Mold How to  double click  pictures to enlarge details.
Supplies you will need:
Candy mold -plastic
cooking spray
small metal cup for on stove
window clings- dollar store mine are green for shamrocks
Beads or toothpicks in the shape of shamrocks
Button or tray for jellos to set on
White puffy paint.

I did this article in American Miniaturist last year.  It is a quick and easy way to do jello.

Spray a small amount of cooking spray into plastic candy mold of your choice.  On the stove in a metal pan at very low heat add the window clings, one is enough to do one jello.  Watch very closely and stir constantly, until melted.  Pour into jello mold.  At this time add beads or shamrocks into jello and allow to set.  When cured it will take on the same consistency as it had before, but it will be molded like jello.  It will jiggle and feel like jello. Glue onto tray or a button.  Use white puffy paint and apply dots of whipped cream around the jello and into the center.  Keep away from pets and kids.  Also a good idea is to not put in direct sunlight or near a heat source.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Cow Room Box
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The home I live in is the farm my Grandfather built and established is 1865. I grew up learning to live and care for animals of all kinds.  One of my favorites was the black and white milk cow.
This room box is dedicated to that and once matched my real kitchen back in the 80's.

There are over 200 items in this box that are cow related.  Most of the items I made myself.  The bed has milk bottles on pencils.  The pictures are mostly cut out of books and poster adds.  The rocking cow I cut out of cardboard  put onto rockers.  The doll on the bed was made by me and I made the udders out of Fimo.  I did this before it became popular at Halloween.  Also at the time cow collecting was quite popular.

This is a favorite room box where children are.  A local library used it for a prize.  How many cow items are there?  It was fun to put together.   I usually do my room boxes with the same strategy.   Do research , make and acquire items then stay up all night and assemble and glue into the room box.  I can't stop once I start.  I put on a big pot of coffee and away I go.  Then I step away from it a couple of days and go back and see if it still meets my satisfaction.

Hope you enjoy this room  as much as I do!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Double click onto picture to get detail.   Beauty Salon

This was a fun room box I created from  scraps in my recycle box.  My daughter was going to Beauty School at the time so I had lots of  books laying around for inspiration.  The dryers are made from the gum ball machines plastic bubbles, painted with pink paint and them a marbleized glitter nail polish. The bottom swivel on the chairs are also the other half of the plastic bubble. The chairs are foam core covered with material.  I then coated them with Modge Podge gloss to give the look of leather.  Pipe from an airplane store was used for the legs and a bead on the bottom.

The sinks are made of Fimo.  Lite brite pegs are the bottles on the shelf and I cut out little labels from the Cosmo books we had, as well as the pictures on the wall of hairstyles.  The dryers are unpainted metal as well as the scissors.  The curler tray is made from assorted size lids.  The curlers are coffee stir straws in assorted colors.

I thought the wallpaper was unique, Gibson girls hairstyles.  Worked out great for a hair salon.  All the dolls are made by me.  I think that's Burt Reynolds in front.  I used wall paper on the floor for linoleum and then covered with gloss ModgePodge. .

The hair manniquins are doll heads I poured and painted.  After wigging them I set them on a spindle cut to size and used a flat bowl for the base.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

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Inspiration: Where does it come from?

Every day we look at things not really seeing the full potential.  As a miniaturist I look at things not as they are but what they could be.  Anything big I am putting it into 1/12 scale.  Anything that is being thrown away, I am recycling in into something small.  After I took digital camera classes, I started looking at everything as a picture subject.  I started seeing the real beauty of things that I never noticed before.

I love making miniature dolls.  The lovely ladies shown above I had to photograph because they just made me laugh.  I got permission of course.  They are bigger than life size, at an entrance into a resale store.  But they inspired me, just by looking at them.
What a lark it would be to make them in small scale.

Magazines are always and inspiration.  Decorating books, furniture making books.  Some of the diagraphs for furniture can be schrunk down to 1/12 scale.

Some times I get into a rut. It seems I always do the same things and never leave the box, so to speak.  This past year I was browsing at the library for something new.  Biographies are always inspiring to me.  A book fell off the shelf and hit me on the head.
Eureka moment!  But thats for another days blog, along with the picture of what I created from that painful hit on the head.

Today I went to Amish Country looking for sunshine and inspiration.  Lots of ideas, but the best treasure I found was a little
glass bell dome  that cost .99 cents.  A store had fairy garden supplies and they had these on the tables in a garden. Adorable!
It does not take much to make me Happy!

Friday, February 17, 2012

This is how I felt at my first NAME Convention.

I almost did not go because I did not have anyone to go along.  It was in  Indiana, about 6 hours from where I live.  OK I decided to step outside my comfort zone, and go there myself.    No one told me 3:00 was the check in at the Hotel when I registered 6 months in advance.  I got up at 4AM and off I went.  The  adrenaline was souring me onto Indiana.  Arrived about 11:00.    No room ready until 3:00  My car somehow found the greatest shopping strips area in the world.  Michael's, Hobby Lobby, party stores and Joanne Fabrics.When I went back to the hotel the rooms still not ready. BUTT! a very understanding young man at the counter said He would make me an offer I couldn't refuse.  He would upgrade my room to a suite since I was staying all week at no extra cost!

The room had 2 king size beds, in a separate little room.  I had a dining room, sitting room, microwave, sink, refrigerator and 3 TVs, one is the bath, bedroom and sitting room.  I had a desk, computer table and office space, a couch, lounge chair and coffee table. The bath had not only a marble shower, but a Jacuzzi. I could have lived in this room forever.  I went to the store to stock my refrigerator with breakfast and  lunch things so I could save money for other items, like miniatures at the show.

It seems rather odd now, but every class I wanted to take I got,  Pretty  great stuff when you consider over 500 people signed up to come to the Convention.  I met people from all over the world, and enjoyed talking and sharing with them ideas  and learning about their clubs activities .

I made a set of 3 Stooges Dolls to donate for the raffle to help with Name  expenses.   The person who won them was so elated. A couple of months later I found out why.  I received an E mail from
Moe Howard's daughter Thanking me for the dolls.  She has a small museum in her home and was giving them a place of honor there.  The person who won them was friends with Moe's daughter.!  It is a small world isn't it!

I also won a couple prizes, the food was great, and met some wonderful people. I was never alone unless I wanted to be. I went with a carful, but came home with a packed car.  It was a great vacation!

Halloween Treat Table  Double Click to enlarge and get details.

This was a project I did for  my first ever N.A.M.E. Convention Indianna, 2009.  The class was by Carl Bronson.  We learned to make everything from scratch on the table, including the table itself.
Most of the items were from Fimo.  It was a two day class.  It was fantastic, and Carl is the best teacher.  Do take a class from him if you are able.

Now what is N.A.M.E.?  It is a National Association of Miniature
Enthusiasts.  It is international and anyone can join for a small membership fee.  It entitles you to get the quarterly magazine and see what other clubs and individuals are doing to promote miniatures.  You can join onto  an online web to connect with others for ideas and the latest happenings.  Swaps of miniatures with others, Go to the yearly conventions for up to a week in various locations each year.  This year it is in Charlotte North Carolina.  At the conventions don't expect to rest.  There are all kinds of classes to choose from taught by experts in that field.
Garage sales, swaps, dinners, a great miniature show, plus the greatest creative  people in all the world to share ideas with and see the displays and raffles.

During the year there is also State Days and other events you can choose to attend.  A now yearly event, Name Day in October when every one is making the same item all over the same day has become quite popular.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

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Christmas Cookie baking tables
This past Christmas I made these tables because I love to bake cookies and am not supposed to eat them anymore.

The tables are 1/12 scale which I crackle painted and used a creme color for the top coat.  There are fimo peanut butter, chocolate chips with poppy seeds for the chips.  roll outs , crescent cookies.  I used small buttons and dipped them into glue and then  no hole beads, and glitter.  A punch is the gingerbread man cookies.  I used a tinfoil pan for the cookie sheets and cookie spatulas.  Paint in smalls bowls are icing in colors.  Printies off the Internet are the flour sack, sugar sack, and cookbook and raisins.  The cookie cutters are buttons found at a craft store. The cookie cooler is plastic canvas spray painted silver on beads to stilt it up.  Glitter is used for the sugar and cornstarch for the flour.

This was a very fun project to make and it went very fast.  it was just as much fun to arrange the cookies on the platters as it is for the real ones.  I shared this project with a neighbor girl who in turn gave it to her Aunt.  We had cookies left over and put them into oval stick pin cases for small gifts to give to special people.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Halloween Garden and Fairy Garden  Double click on each picture for full detail.

Two pictures of a fun thing to do with your miniature collection.  Every year at NAME convention they have a garage sale.  Everyone brings in things they don't want and they are sold by the piece or in large lot bags.  I go for the large lot bags.  Some of things just are not scale but can be used in things like these.   My daughter, grandson, and myself  had a good  time looking thru my stash and selecting plants for our fairy gardens.  We selected small tin feeder tubs from Tractor Supply, put a layer of charcoal and gravel on the bottom, next planting soil.  The plants are small, mostly ground covers found at a garden supply  that specializes in small plants for gardens.    Water once a week and they take care of themselves.  Oops I forgot the fairy's take care of them for you.!
If these are to large for you liking, make a small garden in a canning jar, or a decorative apothecary jar, or a dome on top of a plate and a few pieces of garden furniture and a plant.

Winter is a perfect time for make a  miniature green house.  So many wonderful boxes and lanterns with all glass sides out there now.   They can be adapted into a miniature greenhouse. 

I am mentoring my neighbor Adrianne, who is in junior high this winter.  She wants to learn all about miniatures and how to make them.  We are making some beautiful plants and green houses
which I will share on another day.   Happy Gardening!


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

GENERAL STORE.  Double click to enlarge the picture for details.

My Great, Great, Great, Grandfather was the first settler in Pike Township.  He was a farmer, but in his house he also had a general store.  Always had a fascination with all the goods in an old store.  Lehmillers General store was like that in the town I grew up in.  I made the furniture from a Scientific kit form the 1970's.  They were great kits.  The floor is tongue depressers.  Most of the items were from collecting for years.  This is one of my favorite room boxes. 

I taught a group of boys and girls 8-10 year olds how to make a general store out of cigar boxes and recycled materials.  They really enjoyed it.  After 25 years I met one of the boys I had in class and he still had his and told me what a great learning experience he had doing that.  Oh, and he also enjoyed the cookies I baked every week, and the cakes I baked for their birthdays.  We always had great attendance.!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Attic Room Box Hide-A-way  Double click onto picture to enlarge and see details.

When I was a kid the favorite place to be on a rainy day was in the attic.  We had one of those disapearing staircases in the hallway.  It came down like a door and then the steps slid down to the floor.This room box is a replica of our attic.It has   Studs with newspaper inbetween, I used coffee stir sticks  for the flooring and also the lathes that show .  It has a jumble of holidays represented as well as numerous generations of clothing and artifacts.   It was a place we could be a kid, and when we were done, close the door.  The only time we were not allowed was Christmas because thats were the packages were hid.   Each article has a meaning to me, but it could be a good way to use and store some of those items you dont have aplace  for right now.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

St. Patricks Day Surprise.  Click on picture to enlarge and see the details.
I made this room box last year for an article in American Miniaturist Magazine.  My friend Bill Daugherty is Irish and his family looks forward to St Patricks day as much as Christmas.  After finishing the article for the magazine I gave Bill the room box for his family to enjoy.

I put the entire scene into a small crate. The floor is hand painted cobblestone. Striped green scrapbook paper is the wallpaper. The picture on the back wall is his family crest which I reduced to size.  On the table are Irish soda bread, Stew, beer green jello with shamrocks inside.  A pot of gold (gold paper cut out with paper punch) sits at the end of the rainbow, protected by a leprechaun which is a Christmas ornament repainted.  A shilali  (cane) sits behind the elf. and they are hard to see but there are tiny snakes everywhere.  St Pat was patron saint of snakes?  The chair is a dollar store find which I painted green.  My Cricut machine cut out the clothes from a paper doll software program.  The mug shot is of my friend  Bill which I reduced down to size. The shoes are plastic baby shower trinkets which I painted black with buckles.

I enjoyed doing this room box for the magazine article,  learned a lot about St. Patricks Day, and enjoyed the reaction of Bill when he received his room box.  He is just as ornry as his picture looks!.  

Saturday, February 11, 2012

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Philadelphia Miniaturia Show 2009.  Craig Roberts in the picture with his Hairy Potter studio room box.  He taught a week of how to make miniature pottery on a miniature potters wheel, as well as this room box.  I took the class because my efforts on a large wheel were like a Comedy Central Show.   My greatest desire was to learn to make Ugly Jugs or face jugs.  The above pictures were what I ended up with at the end of the week.    I  highly recommend this class.   Go online and google Philadelphia Miniaturia.  The classes and dealers will be posted .  Not only do you have great classes to choose from but you meet some of the nicest people from all over the world.  The show is probably the nicest show next to Chicago in April.  Lots of vendors and variety.  It was a great week of vacation.

  Never put off going to a show or Name convention because you have no one to go with.  My area does not have a miniature club.  There fore unless you want to miss out, go alone.   Miniature people are some of the friendliest people.  They take you right under their wing, you won't have a lonely moment.

Fall Harvest Baking table and Feloney

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This is from an article that appeared in American Miniaturist Magazine  October ,2009.  The dog is my daughter's American Bulldog,  Feloney.  She is a constant companion in my miniature workshop and makes sure the floor is nice and clean.

The project is a fall baking table. Everything was made by me.  Fimo Vegetables, eggs in resin in bowl, pumpkin pie in progress on the table and one baked in the back.  Printies online are a real time and money saver.  I used cornstarch for flour and white glitter for the sugar. The carpet is a sample from a catalog of upholstery.  Complete instructions and pictures are in the Oct 2009 issue.

I signed up to teach this class at Adult Evening classes for two different school districts.  I had to fill out the forms, get a security check, the thought of pay never crossed my mind.  All I wanted was $10.00 for my supplies.  It was going to take 6 weeks, 2 hours a week, learning to make all of the above items from scratch.  The brochure came out and the class was $89.00!! I called the person taking care of this and said, No Way!  no one will pay that much for this class and that I did not want that much.  She said they had to pay me $17.00 and hour, school rules.  Well no one did sign up!

Next I offered to teach this class to the Museum in town who has a Coffee and Craft time once a month.  $20.00. all proceeds go to the Museum.   Because of winter and being dark after 5:00 no one signed up.

Next I decided to put all the kits together myself and sell them on E-Bay.  But before I did that
I watched the movie about the little boy who started the playing it forward fad.  After praying about it  I decided to give one to the first person that came to my mind each day.  I gave away 20 tables just as you see above,  the mix of people was quite varied.  Some  were special to me and I knew them.  Some were complete strangers, who were quite shocked!  Needless to say, my closet got empty but my heart was quite full!

New beginnings, Why not!!!

Doll Shop  Double click to enlarge picture

As I sit here staring out at the snow from my window, this is the 3rd weekend in a row, an idea comes into my head.  Why not start a blog!  Maybe its the little feet dancing on my head from my daughters pet bird, or just the simple fact that I love miniatures and really like to share thoughts and ideas with others.  So why not!!!  This is the first posting on the first day of my Miniature Blog! Bear with me until I get on a roll, I'm not as talented with technology as I am with miniatures.

  This picture is of a room box that I made when I did shows. It has over 100 miniature dolls collected from gum ball machines, Disney-kins from when I was a kid, poly pockets etc.  The kiln was made from packing foam and aluminum foil.  There is real porcelain slip all over the floor.  I made the doll in an image of me.  I always wore purple and I am a bare foot person.  My mother had a snauzer dog that loved to eat toilet paper.  I found the dog miniature doing the same thing.  My show name was and is A Small Hearts Desire.  I like to make my miniatures myself if possible.  Found objects are always good for the imagination and I hope to share some of those in the future.

  I am a self taught doll maker.  I loved the dolls but they were to expensive to purchase.  After a lot of trial and error I knew why.  A lot of work goes into making of a doll!  The first challenge is the porcelain.  It is messy, has a memory, and very fragile.  If you mess up when pouring and fix it, when its fired the mess up comes back.

My favorite part is the research on the costuming.  I find a lot of great fabrics at resale shops.  It takes a light weight material to drape well.  Small prints are hard to find anymore.  Neck ties are a great source too.  A local resale got a bunch of salesmen sample books for drapery and upholstry material.  Ureaka in paradise!  One page is enough to do 2 dresses.  I bought them all at 50 cents each.  As a creative person I prefer to do my own thing, so to speak.  A special order to someone elses specifications is a stumper to me.  Its not my idea of fun

As I work on the dolls they tend to speak to me as to who they want to be.  What  I intended them to be at the start is not who they end up as..