Monday, October 13, 2014

Two Artist Highlights and New Mini-eyecandy!

Ok, I am here again.
The Chess-taurant is pretty much completed except for a few structural things. I will not show it until I get those figured out and solved. I also wanted to electrify it, but missed the class with the world famous Carl Sahlberg in Nashville because I had guests from out of town. I spoke with Mr. Sahlberg and it may be next year before he holds another class. I will be there no matter what! More of his work here.

I want to share some really cool stuff with all of you. From some really cool artists! I believe the method from the first artist can be used with miniatures. It is such a cool method. I wish I knew what was in that bowl though.

I was never really into Halloween. For those who are, the second artist's work is perfect for this season!

I don't know either of these artists. I just thought you would get some enjoyment from them. hover over the pictures for commentary.

Here are a few of my purchases from the past few months. Also, there are new items in my Etsy store. There will be more added very soon. Click on the Etsy sign on the right!

P.S. I don't know what that blur is from in some of the pictures...a ghost maybe? Woooo!!
PPS yes. that is a filled funeral urn to the right of the church! More Woooo!

This is the front of a wooden church. I have lots of stuff to go in there already!
 It actually came just like this.
Side view. It needs a nicer roof.

Check out the paint job in there! The interior is already close to finished! Yay!

I had no idea these pieces I recently purchased would look so great here. I originally bought them for a dining room in a house. They will be part of either a church dining hall or where the ministerial staff will sit or maybe even the ministers office. I just hope they will look the right scale when I get everything in there.

Got this from a yard sale. It came with two large cardboard boxes filled with parts and accessories including electrical items, food and even a 1:12 gazebo kit! This box was like this so I don't know if all of the pieces are there.  It looks like they are.  Anyway, since it was partially completed I grabbed it! That ten is not the price. Wish it were. lol

The front. It can go in a lot of different directions! At the next yard sale after I bought this...guess who I ran into! My dolly friend. Glad I found this and got to it first! By the way she has created some awesome mini businesses in her huge mini "town!"
These colors are a bit boring...they will be changed. There it goes again...woooo!

I passed by this several times without noticing it. It was sitting atop an empty clothing rack in a thrift store and looked like part of it.  I had the feeling there was something in the store  waiting for me to buy it. So I kept looking.  It was when I decided to leave that I noticed it and asked the price. The cashier gave me one. The manager said it really was not to be sold. Several people had previously inquired about it, but since she gave me a price they would sell it to me. Can you believe it! It was waiting for me! Just imagine it with jewels around the top and lots of cool carousel rides. The two bases are wood and the middle part is hollow meaning it can probably somehow be electrified. The can is to show the size.

This shelf just jumped out at me while I was in line at a thrift shop. I want to make just one formal scene to appear to have an upstairs and downstairs as if at a concert hall, mansion parlor- something which I could hang on a wall. The gold stays.

I was so excited to get this because the doors open and close...but when I got it home my little construction company owner man didn't fit :-(. I have shorter guys and gals so I am sure someone will.:-)
 Hope you enjoyed it. I promise not to take such a long break between posts next time. :-)

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014


First, thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who left those awesome comments! You have no idea how much that encourages me! Welcome to my new followers! Hugs to my, old, er, loyal followers/supporters! LOL I have been crazy busy these days! But, I just wanted to squeeze in a few pictures of some of the mini-ing I have been able to do. I constantly walk past the Chess-taurant, add/change something then keep moving until I can do a little more later!

 Since the last post, I have added the pictures on the wall, changed the bathroom signs (still king and queen), added wallpaper and chair rail to the back wall, added the cooler with the pot pies I made years ago, changed back to the original smaller counter-then added a new top to it, on the left wall you will see a little "free wifi" sign, changed window frame from gold to brown and on the back wall you will see a keep calm and play chess sign and a few other odds and ends. There are just a few more things left to do. Look for more teeny details when I am finished. I still have a bit of teeny and "big" items to add believe it or not! So far I am pretty happy with the way it is turning out. :-)

When I am finished I will go over all of the little tricks I learned along the way and go more into detail.

Be Back Soon!

I know the picture on the wall is crooked. My arm got tired trying to get them even! I will try again later :-/  Of course the cash register will not remain Barbie pink!


I like these two signs better.
They seem to go with the tone of the Chess-taurant better

I wanted to add the rest of the outdoor scene in the window, but my printer is making everything look red-ish for some reason...sigh

If you look at the picture above you will see this sign next to the "window" (yes, I know I need to trim that wood. I will explain later) The window frame gets another coat or so of paint

This customer went to the restroom...I wonder if it was the King or Queen? hmmm lol (pssst, do you know you left your e-reader on the table?)

I made these pot pies a couple of years ago just to try them out. Those are plastic Barbie cake slices. Sorry you can't see the credit cards we accept...we will take whichever one you have! :-)

That is a US penny sitting atop the chess set that someone is going to be playing with.

The counter stools are missing and getting some touch ups right now. The back wall is going to be filled up and other items added all over

This should be the next to last post on this project. The next post will show the finished product!

                              Remember, click on pictures for a larger view!

Thursday, September 11, 2014


Hi everybody!

WOW! I can't believe I have not posted since July! I totally missed August! Well, I am here now and want to show you a few updates of the Chess-taurant. I plan to do a few things more tomorrow so I will be closer to finished or finished. There will be more details because we know how important details are for a mini scene. There are also wall etc. touch-ups

Sorry, everything looks a bit jumbled. This was just to share something with you in case I don't get to post again within the next few days. Things will be neater once finished.

Don't forget to tap on the pictures to make them bigger!

Front view. The scene from the window on the left is  from photo I took of the outside of the Chicago Art Institute. I still have one more panel to put in and work on the window frame 

Things are still a little out of place. The window frame is actually the mat from a picture frame painted gold. I don't think I will keep it that color. The right wall will have framed pictures.

Right under the posters on the wall will go a cooler. I made the barstools.
The bowl is one half of a party favor rattle. I will go more into detail on the other things in the next post.

Sorry you can't see this very well. These are chips I made from clay

I made the platter of sandwich rolls and the sparkling cider bottles were once bowling pins.

The right wall needed something so I decided to make it comfortable with a fireplace like Panera Bread or Atlanta Bread company restaurants.

This is the women's restroom. It says "Queen" on it and the men's says "Kings."
Sorry you have to turn your head to see it. lol I just couldn't seem to get it right side up!  I will have to take a better one
( I have more projects I have been working on to share with you soon!)
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