Wednesday, December 22, 2010

MERRY CHRISTMAS

I swore that I would never do this to one of my pets-and I promise you that this was only on his head for about 5 minutes- but when I saw these antlers I just couldn't resist- I mean....they match his fur, don't you think??!! Anyhow, Miko and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!!!! The last picture shows just what Miko thought of the entire antler picture taking experience :) Hope your Christmas is magical and filled with laughter and love-and no one forcing you to wear antlers on your head ♥


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Merry Christmas

I am almost finished with all of my Christmas projects- how are you doing?  I can't remember a year I have been so far behind- I think planning a bit earlier next year would be a very good idea.  I have my tree up and my house has been cleaned.  Most all of the presents are wrapped and I only have one more trip for the post office (I'm guessing those packages will be late).  Here's our tree this year, and a picture of some awesome ornaments sent to me from Nikki at Witch And Wizard Miniatures.  I love that little owl so much!!


I also decorated the flower shop and bakery dollhouse-here's a picture of the front window in the flower shop.  The santa and reindeer in the front window are Hallmark ornaments- I think they are the perfect size for a Christmas window display.

This was the only miniature work I have done all month long.  I sure do miss it.  I can't wait to get back to work on the candy house in the New Year.  Hope you have a good week and that your lists are almost finished too.  Merry Christmas to my blogging friends :)

Friday, December 10, 2010

Checking In :)

It's been awhile since my last blog post!  I've been a busy gal--I decided the only way I had any hope of catching up this year and getting things done was to just concentrate on my Christmas list for awhile.  My ornaments are almost all painted.  Here's a picture of some of them- I'll finally be able to start mailing next week.


I also make ornaments for my Mom and my siblings with pictures of my nieces and nephews on them.  Here is one- I've blurred the face a bit since this is my niece and I did not ask permission to use her face on the internet.  I have 6 nieces and nephews- so I paint 12 of these :)  I love painting these ornaments so much- something about their little faces on the ornament just makes me smile.

I've  been working on some homemade gifts for family and friends- I can't really show any of them because I don't want to spoil the surprise, but my hands have been flying!!!  I've been buying a few gifts on etsy this year too because I won't have enough time for everything I want to do.   Every single shop has been great service, great product and prompt shipping.  I can't show you my purchases just in case people I am gifting to are reading the blog- but if you are looking for wonderful, unique handcrafted gifts don't forget to visit Etsy- there are some terrific shops there!!

I'll leave you with some pictures of some of the snow we have recieved lately.  It covers the garden, so that makes me happy.  The flowers have a nice cozy blanket for the winter now.  Miko the Pomeranian LOVES the snow.  He would stay out there all day if I let him, but I make him come inside after a little bit so his tiny feet don't freeze.  I thought he would hate the snow and I would have to drag him outside to go to the bathroom all winter- but he sure fooled me!  He dives into the banks with his little snout and comes out just covered.  What a crazy dog!  Hope you are all enjoying the holiday season and if you are in the winter season where you live I hope you are staying warm and cozy :)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Candy House

Well, I 'm right in the middle of Christmas ornament painting at my house.  Every year I paint and mail about 45-50 Christmas ornaments- usually I have them finished by now but I am really running behind this year!  Since I won't be doing much besides painting for awhile I thought I would treat myself and work just a little bit more on the candy house last weekend.  I started putting down a wood floor in the living room and my hubby helped me put a beam divider up between the living room and the kitchen.  The divider is also for added strength for the second floor so the floor won't sag in the middle on the second level.  I  bashed a Michael's hutch for some shelving in the bathroom.  I still have to paint it and add some towels and bathroom goodies

I also started thinking about a fireplace in the living room.  So far it's just a chipboard prototype. I think Amélie likes it.  I'll be missing in action for awhile now while I furiously paint for Christmas.  Have a great week!!!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

I have some great things to share today.  I participated in a Christmas ornament swap run by Cindy at http://thimbleprimsstudio.blogspot.com/  I sent 3 ornaments, so I received 3 back.  I'm so glad I did this swap-check out the great ornaments that were sent to me!  This first one is made by Cindy-isn't it beautiful?
This next ornament was made by Madalynne Bergin of Pineapple Primitives- I think he's so cute!
The third ornament was made by Wendy of Wendy Groskopf Creations.  This doll is stuffed with something that smells heavenly!  She's very cute too!
But-that's not all!  Cindy also sent me the most darling doll and teddy bear as a little gift.  Thank you so much Cindy- I love them both and Amelie has already claimed the teddy bear for her playroom.  A big thank you to the ladies that made my ornaments also.  I love them!


I also received an order from Nikki from http://nikkinikkinikki72.blogspot.com  Nikki made these gorgeous real life scale candle ornaments for your christmas tree.  When she posted them in her blog I knew I wanted them- I can't believe I was lucky enough to buy them!  I love them so much, I can hardly wait to decorate for the holidays.
Nikki also sent me some extra gifts- thank you so much Nikki.  I am in love with everything you sent- you are so sweet as well as talented :) !!!  I am over the moon about the owl ornament!!




  We had some snow here in Minnesota today.  Just a dusting so far for us up north.  This was Miko's first real snow and he had such a fun time playing in it- so funny to watch!
Here is Miko looking longingly out to the  snow- he had just been outside for 20 minutes but wanted to go back out again.
Here's what Henry cat thinks about the snow.  I'm leaning towards her thoughts :)  Hope you are all having a good weekend :)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A New Friend, A Finished Page and The Candy House

I feel a bit like the white rabbit.  I'm late, I'm late!  I have a little list of things to blog about but (thankfully) work has been busy and blogging keeps getting pushed aside.  Lets do some catch up today :)  I've been working on Amélie's Candy House off and on.  I found a tile pattern on the internet perfect for the bathroom so I have been making tiles and gluing them into the bathroom.  I still need to grout, but I like the way it looks so far.  I have the one piece of wallpaper just setting up against the wall to see if I like it- what do you think?  I think it helps the white and blue fixtures blend in better?  I think I need to sand and whitewash the toilet seat- I think the brown throws everything off.



Amélie also had a great surprise!  She has a new friend- made by the same doll creator that gave Amélie life!  Please welcome Susan- made by the fabulously talented Patricia at http://papillonbleuuk.blogspot.com  I commented on a giveaway Patricia was doing on her facebook page and I was the lucky winner!  I think Patricia's dolls are the sweetest and I'm so grateful to adopt a second girl :)  Thank you Patricia!!!  Look at the cute little chalkboard Susan brought with her and the sweets in the cupboard!  ( I found that cupboard at the Salvation Army for $1.50!  What a great find- of course I'm going to bash it a bit eventually )  Susan, Amélie and Biscuit the dog have been playing all week- don't you think they should help me out and grout that bathroom floor??


I also finally finished the first week of the "Art, Heart and Healing" course I am taking from Tam at http://willowing.ning.com .  I really struggled with this first lesson- it's not my normal way of working and for some reason this did not come easy to me- but I'm so glad that I kept at it- I'm proud of myself for finishing week one and now I can move on to week two.  This is a fabulous class- Tam has been very generous in offering it free of charge- huge thanks to her.  If you are interested in taking this class there is a link in my sidebar there that will take you to the site.  What do you think of my finished piece?  I think I like it better now- even though I would usually say it's too washed out for me.  Isn't that funny?  The thing about it that I resisted I ended up liking in the end?

Before I leave you to go work on some more projects I'm including this picture of Miko the dog and Poopie the cat taking a nap together- they are trying to edge me off the couch I think!  Hope you have a great day!!  Back to work I go :)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

I'm very behind on posting!  I just have not had the desire to blog lately.  I've been concentrating on getting more exercise and eating right, and it seems like I let other things slide a bit when I have a mission.  I have been working on the candy house in little spurts and I have a bit more to share.  I decided to make a wicker bed for Amélie to sleep in.  It's not completely finished, I have to add some more of the trim- but I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out.  I made a mattress using tips from Casey at http://caseymini.blogspot.com --Thank you Casey!!  Here's a picture with the mattress showing:

I'm going to make sheets, a comforter and some pillows next.  I did get the bottom sheet done- but that's it because I switched to a different project which I'll show you at the end of this post.  Here's a picture with the bottom sheet on the mattress:

I also re-furbished a little wardrobe I already had to match the room- I plan to hang a few dresses in here eventually.







That's all the work I've accomplished right now.  I still need to finish trim in this room and paint that little cradle.  I want to paint those cute little dutch shoes my sweet friend Dani sent to me so they will remind me of her even more.  I'd really like them to have a dutch boy on one shoe and a dutch girl on the other-but I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to paint them that small :)  The sweet little oak leaf rug in this room was sent to me from Glenda at http://peppercornminis.blogspot.com- I think it looks so perfect in here and I've been saving it for a special place.  Thank you again Glenda- I really love it!

Now, for the other project keeping me busy.  I joined the free class given by Tam at http://willowing.ning.com/ titled "Art, Heart and Healing".  Tam is a fabulous teacher and I really enjoy the class- but I'm behind and still on week one- I just do not like how my first piece is turning out.  I did not have the exact supplies and I thought I would just use what I have since it's hard to find the supplies here in my rural city.  I'm not sure if I'm going to buy the correct color crayons, or if I'm just going to keep playing with what I have to see if I can end up with something I like.  I did notice as I was working on this that Tam is far braver with just adding, adding, adding to her work than I am.  I have a  fear of everything getting worse, and perhaps that is what is holding me back.  This is far from finished- there are more steps after the face and hair is added, but I'm so disappointed in what I have so far that I can't seem to get past it!  Isn't that stupid??!    Anyhow, I have more to post- hopefully I'll be back later this week and I'll get back to my blogging habit. 
Oh yeah.........before I leave......I have to post a picture of my helper in the craft room.  He's claimed this chair as his own- he gets irritated if Randy comes in the room to see me and kicks him out of his chair :)  Have a great day!!!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

More new Minis!!

I have more new minis to share- I have such talented friends!  First, Maia from http://maiastwinkleminiatures.blogspot.com sent me the sweetest card and a couple minis.  I adore this little mushroom book- it's so sweet- and look at the perfect tiny pencil and note pad!   There is even a tiny magnet on the back of the notepad for hanging! The mushroom book has readable pages and wonderful little mushroom illustrations.  Maia's minis are always so delicate and perfect.  Thank you so much Maia- they really made me smile and I'm so glad to call you my friend.  Here is Maia's wonderful etsy shop:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/maiastwinklemin





I also have some things from Katie at http://katiesclaycorner.blogspot.com .  I have to laugh at this one.  First, because Katie recognized her sign yesterday and I was hoping she wouldn't notice it until today :)  Doesn't it look fantastic under my wonderful painting from another great friend- Zlatica from http://pupaart.blogspot.com ??!!!  When Katie made these little wooden signs I REALLY wanted the one that said "perhaps a cupcake would help?"  I LOVE cupcakes, and I thought that sign would be perfect for my bakery dollhouse- another project still in progress :)  Well, when Katie opened her etsy store I rushed over to look for that sign, but it wasn't there!  I ordered a fabulous Halloween sign instead and one of her cute birdhouses.  I came home from work a couple days later to an envelope from Katie and I thought- wow, that was fast!  Katie had sent me the cupcake sign I wanted so badly before I had even ordered from her store!!!  I almost cried I was so happy- and the reason she sent it to me is because of the day I ate 2 cupcakes in one day!  I guess good things come from being naughty sometimes, right?  There were some more fabulous signs with the cupcake sign- and even more goodies when my order from her store came- thank you so much Katie- I love everything!!  Katie even sent me an owl stamp that she thought I would love- and I do love it so much!  I think your shop is going to do well Katie because your minis are fabulous- I'll be a return customer :)  Here is Katie's etsy store if you'd like to have a look:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/Katiesclaycorner


I think I might have to put a poster of cupcakes here instead of the bread now :)





I also ordered a couple of pillows from Julia at  http://bearcabinminiatures.blogspot.com .  I have some of Julia's work already- an owl tapestry and an owl pillow that I simply adore.  When I saw her Halloween pillows on her blog I knew I had to have one for decorating for fall each year.  I also snapped up a cute little house pillow for the candy house.  They are so adorable and well made!  Julia sent me some extra goodies- some Halloween items, a wonderful leaf jug and fabulous labels, map and scroll.  I think that I am going to have to give in and start planning and saving for a witches house after the candy house is finished- there are just too many wonderful minis out there in that theme and it keeps calling to me!  My favorite extra goodie is the bolt of string!  I love it so much- I can't decide if I want to use it in the design room of the flower shop or if I want to use it somewhere in the candy house.  Thank you so much Julia!!!  I'll be back to see you again too :)  Here is Julia's fab etsy store if you'd like to visit her:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/Bearcabinminiatures




I have been trying to spend some time outdoors the last couple of days before it turns really cold and the snow flies. Last night after I finished putting some more things from the garden away for the season I snapped a few pictures. Here is the view outside my kitchen window. These are the neighbor's cows- I sure do love when they are in this pasture and I can hear them mooing out there while I do the dishes. Miko the dog is not as fond of them and growls and growls at them when we are outside.

Here is a couple shots of my poor neglected garden as I hastily try to ready it for a winter's nap.

Last, the chickens don't mind the cold yet and are usually out in their yard until dark.  Aren't they beautiful?