Wednesday, October 27, 2010

MIni Club display is over....whew!

First of all I would like to welcome my new followers, I really hope you enjoy!

Well, this past Saturday we had our Mini club display for a local retirement community. As I told you before they let us meet there for free so we do it for them as a Thank-You every other October. This was my first one, & it was pretty fun. It was neat to see what each person would be drawn to & and what kinds of questions they would have. I had planned on taking photos and posting them here, but I had my daughter take photos of each display while I was setting up & helping others set up & all but one of her photos were badly out of focus! So I only have one to share....this one is 1/4" scale and to give you an idea, the base it is sitting on is about 16" x 20". All the displays were really well done, & it is fun to see what projects other do. (You can click on the photo to make it bigger.)

I displayed my 1/4" room box on my previous post, my toy store which is somewhere in my older posts, and I (sort of) finished my State Day project. It is completed, but it is nothing like I want it to be. Originally, I wanted to make this scene a mosaic tiling studio, but did not have time to do what I wanted to do, I decided to make it into a perfume store as a temporary fix. (Since I had committed to have it at the display) I figured it would be quicker to do the perfume bottles. So I spent all week last week making little bottles out of beads. I think they turned out pretty good for my first time, but it took a lot more time than I thought it would!

Here is the outside of my little shop.

This shows the rafters above the store which will eventually have vines running all the way across and down one side of the building. You will notice the blue tack stuff under all the bottles, but actually, everything in the scene is just tacked down because I plan on removing it all & doing my tiling studio.

Here is the inside of the shop

This one is not good lighting, but you can see the "bottles" better.

I also have been recently searching Etsy for items for my spooky hutch, and came across a shop that sells real little bones. I was really surprised to discover that the shop owner lives in the same town as I do. We wrote back & forth a few times and I HAD to invite her to come to the show. Anyone who loves miniatures loves looking at other miniatures, so I knew she would enjoy the display. It was nice to get to meet her and make a new mini friend. My camera would not take the photo of the bones, so if you want to see them, then check out her Etsy shop: She's got some really neat minis there.

Now that the pressure is off, I can play with whichever scene I feel like working on. I am not sure what I want to tackle next... I will have to ponder that for a while!

Take care!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

1/4" Room Finally Finished!

I am finally done with my 1/4" scale room! You have no idea how excited I am to be done with this one! I am happy with how it turned out, although it is in no way perfect, I did learn quite a bit along the way.
I forgot to take the photos with the standard penny in it (for scale,) so I had my son take a quick one with me holding it in my hand so you can see how small it is. You can click on any of the photos to make them larger.....

This box is supposed to be or look like a present, so I covered the outside of the box with some very pale pink paper that is iridescent and had little swirls in it. You can't really tell, but it picks up the pink stripe in the wallpaper inside the room.

This is the front porch area

Here is the inside of the room with all of my furniture (even the stupid crooked chair.. it looked to empty without it), my plant, & a few other things I made to put in for accessories.

Here is a better view of the fireplace wall....

The other wall.....

So, there is one more piece ready for the show next weekend. I do have one more that is supposed to get done, the State Day Project, but I have run into a major snag with that one.... I began gathering all of the bits and pieces I had saved to complete that one, and for the life of me I cannot find the shelving that I had already sanded and painted. All that was left to do was install them. If I cannot find them today, there really is no point in trying to complete that one! I know they are all together in a baggie of some sort, I am just not quite sure WHERE that baggie is. It is times like these that I really wish I had my own space to do my minis in. Then it could be permanently organized & not moved around when the need arises.
Well, That is all for now, Take Care!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

NAME Day Hutch....

On Oct. 2nd, my local miniature club celebrated NAME Day. (National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts). Miniature clubs from all over pre-ordered these hutches in whichever scale they preferred and got together on Saturday to put their hutches together. Our group met at a members lake house and it was a beautiful day. This is my hutch that I completed. I (of course) wanted to do a spooky hutch, so I stained it with black stain, but rubbed most of it off to give it an aged/worn out look. The flash in the photo kind of washes out the color, but i will try to take a better photo when I get to see the sun again. Now I get the fun of filling it up! I am going to do some potion bottles, scrolls, pumpkins, skulls, and any other spooky things I can find.

These are some spooky trinkets I found at my local craft store today in the scrapbooking section. They are actually brads, but I plan on using the skulls as the drawer & cabinet pulls on the bottom. I thought they were perfect! There are a few more stores I have to scout for Halloween decorations next weekend to see if I can find anything else.

That is really all I have for now, I was trying to do some eyeballs tonight, but so far they are not working too well, but practice makes perfect....:)