Sunday, December 29, 2013




Christmas has come and gone.  I am just now getting in the mood for Christmas.  Every year it seems to be this way.  Maybe  the stress of it all or avoidance altogether.  I usually have my house tore up around the holidays and when they are all done, I start getting excited about Christmas that is over already.  I plan for the next year what I want to do, and the story repeats itself every year.
I had planned on doing a how to on mini chocolate mice, attach the above box with it.  Shown are the real size mice that my Grandson and I did today.  If you are not familiar with these, you take a Maraschino Cherry with the stems on them and dip into chocolate.  The tail is the stem, while still wet attach a Hershey kiss for the head.  Then use Almond slivers cut to size for the ears, gluing in place with melted chocolate.  The tiny candy eyes I get at the candy supply store.  Drop into a paper candy cup and you have a great gift or filler for a cookie tray.    When I first made these no one would eat them.  They took them home for all to see.  Mini mice could be made out of beads or Fimo, thread for a tail and tiny black beads for the eyes.  Rice paper cut for the ears.  This would be a cute mini project.
My cookie list went unattended, although I purchased all the items to make tons of cookies for gifts.  I got tapped to assist in the Corporate Christmas party and the cookies went to the back burner which never turned on so to speak.  I will probably start baking those and people will think they are left over from Christmas.  May be I will start baking them in April when everyone has broken their New Years resolution.
Another artist I found while searching the Internet is Joe Fig.
Do an image search and see his fantastic artist studios in Miniature.  He likes to make models of the artists in their studio with their style paintings in each.  A great artist that keeps our hobby in the news.   This is a great website of vintage pictures of men, women, boys and girls in separate categories.  Some are in black and white with just one object in color.  I love this site.  Instant relatives.  Mark it in your favorites, you will want to return to it.
AIM magazine, a free on line publication, has the 12 makes of Christmas on line.  The web link would not print here for me.  Google- Artists in Miniature, 12 makes of Christmas.  You will have 12 stockings come up with a number.  Click on the stocking and a new How to project will come up for each day.  Also there is an index of back copies of the online magazine. 
Google-Connie Sauve Americana in Miniature and see her wonderful red pick up truck full of farm produce and her wonderful dolls  My daughter got me such a pick up truck in miniature for Christmas, along with a set of cats and ducks.  It is just like Connie's red truck but mine is green.  I also got a Gooseberry Patch cookbook with the same green pick up truck on the cover filled with Farm Fresh Produce and flowers.  Looks like an idea waiting to happen.
I have stopped making New Years Resolutions a long time ago, so as when I break them or don't carry them thru, I am never disappointed in myself.  However I do give blessings on myself and I will for you as well.  I wish you the most Prosperous New Year, Health, Wealth and good Fortune.  May you have new creative ideas come into your thoughts that you have never had before, and the desire to fulfill them and share with others.  May you have Peace, Joy, Love,  for yourself and all you come into contact with.  I hope MINI exciting things happen in your life this year! 

Saturday, December 14, 2013


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The above pictures are from a gift.  I was fascinated by the bag the gift came in.  Not saying I did not enjoy the gift, just saying the bag was over the top.  Each picture came in two sizes all over the bag.  I cut out each size and put them on the scanner to share with you.  However, static cling did not come in to the picture until I shut the lid  .But  straight or not you can enjoy the detail on these tiny signs for a shop, box, bag or restaurant or coffee shop, bakery, or snowman scene.  I thought they were just colorful and old time looking.
We certainly are in the middle of winter here in Ohio.  The roads were treacherous today and it certainly is a winter wonderland.    Perfect time to get caught up on things and start baking a few cookies.  I am working on a cookie tutorial with tiny buttons to be posted soon.  Look for it.
My place of Employment decided to do some community service today at a local Food Bank.  14 of us  mastered the weather to give 2 hours of our time to help pack food  boxes for the needy.  Quite an operation and so much food being used for a good cause instead of  heading for the dumpster.
It was the first time I ever saw a 50 pound Turkey!  It truly was a sight to see over 100 volunteers working together in unison, not complaining, working double time to get the job done.  This is probably something I will do many times again.  This kind of service has a trickle down effect but it starts with you.  Without donating those 2 hours today countless people would not have food  to eat and other items just to live.  If there is an opportunity in your area to do something like this I urge you to donate some time.  You will not regret it.

Sunday, December 8, 2013


 Rudy  is now dressed as Santa Claus.  You remember last month I blogged and showed him dressed up as a scarecrow.  Well he has transformed himself into Rudy Claus. 

He still has strange eyes and I put a pair of glasses on him. 

I decorated the tree with all items coming from the Dollar Tree.  Berry springs, acorn ornaments, red birds and tiny white lights.  It looks better in person. 
Now the Holidays are starting to occupy every one's time and mine is no exception.    Baking cookies, decorating for the Company Christmas party, shopping and helping my Daughter get her house fixed up
Why I thought taking Fiddle lessons at this time would be a good idea, I do not know.
That's the facts though.  I don't know how to read music and neither did the 11 others that walked into the class.  At the end of the evening 10 of those people were playing Mary Had a Little Lamb and one of us was faking it.  Wow, some people are just fast learners!!!  This is something I have always wanted to do and being a stubborn old cuss I will do this!  It comes with a CD to practice with.  The first night I discovered my CD player has a mind of its own and kept going back to play the tuning part.  I got that down pat.  I downloaded onto my computer, the sound will not go up loud enough to hear over the fiddle.  The teacher said you don't need to know how to read music to play, and the guy on the CD said the same thing.  First thing they wanted to know was what the notes were on the page!
Then they proceed to tell us to play them without telling us what they were.    I feel like the kid left behind on this one.  The guy I rented the violin from forgot to tell me I needed rosin for the bow and also did not give me the fine tuners on the end of the strings, he told me it self tunes and the teacher laughed on that one.  He also told me some violins don't want to be fiddles!  I guess he saw me coming since I called before hand and said I wanted to rent a fiddle.  Who knew they were the same!
I discovered the CD will play on my car stereo, but I find it hard to drive and play Fiddle at the same time.  Of course my life got busy as I said, and  being exhausted at the end of the day I find it hard to practice.  So, I  dream about playing a lot, and it doesn't sound to bad.  I  may be the only person kicked out of the LEARN TO PLAY THE FIDDLE IN 5 EASY LESSONS. TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE, I SIGNED UP FOR ALL 10 EASY SESSIONS.!!
I hope there is not a concert night, I may have to get the flu for that one.!

Randy Hage storefront art in miniature scale

Another fantastic Miniaturist keeping the Hobby alive.  This is Randy Hage, I found this on Pinterest.  He has a love for the disappearing store fronts in New York City.  His hobby is taking pictures of them and recreating them in miniature.  Looks like 1/12" scale.  If you google his name all kinds of articles will come up about his creations.  Also go to art you can see his creations.

  I think this would make a great way to display miniatures without taking up a lot of room.  Create a bakery, windows in the front will hold a lot of baked items.  Antiques, same display windows will hold a lot of items.  Hanging on the wall would be out of the way.

Perhaps you had a favorite store front growing up you could recreate.

When my daughter and I went to Chicago International a few years ago, in the Art Museum they have a fantastic assortment of books and postcards.  I was fascinated with a postcard of an old time corset shop.  The windows were filled with model dummies with corsets and other finery.  The sales clerk(he was good and I appreciated his help, otherwise I would never have found this fantastic book) saw my fascination and said here is a book I think you might be interested in.

The name of the book is called Store Front, The Disappearing face of New York, by James T. and Karla L Murray   329 pages of storefronts in Manhattan, The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.     Ginko Press  2010 ISBN 978-1-58423-407-4    7 1/2"  x  8 1/2" in size.  This book has pictures of the store fronts and the history  behind each one.  I am not from a big city fan, but this book is just fantastic.  I love history and the stores could be made in miniature.  Any one that is from the area would love to have this book.  I look at it over and over again.

This would be a dream job! 

Sunday, December 1, 2013


Theresa Layman, a fellow miniaturist has been honored by the United States Postage Service by choosing her Mini Gingerbread cottages for a postage stamp design for Christmas.  She has 4 miniature designs featured on the stamps.    You will remember Theresa from a blog I did around August  of the mini Sampler that was stole from her table and mysteriously returned  to her in the mail.  What an honor for her.  It has turned out to be a good year after all.  I do not know the full story of how she was chosen or what the criteria would be for submitting but I'm sure if  you  Googled  enough it would come up. 
Another good piece of news is the Christmas - Winter issue of Mini-ologie is out now and can be ordered from their web site.  I love this new mini magazine.  Published by some very talented and creative artisans is the website to catch a glimpse.  This publication is not by subscription yet but only by the issue.