Monday, August 13, 2012

Traveling with Mini Jazzi-She's on her way!

Hi everybody!

I like to sneak things in on my page from time to time. You may have noticed this picture as you scrolled down on the right.
I have been chosen to participate in this. What is this you say? Just click on her picture to the lower right of this blog and it will take you to the explanation of my part in her travels.

What fun!

No luggage required!

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Superior workmanship

Sunday July 29th, I went to the National Convention of the National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts show. It was the 40th anniversity of the organization. Unfortunately, by the time I decided I would be able to attend the week long celebration it was sold out! So we just went to the public day that Sunday.

Two years ago I bought three of my grandaughters a dollhouse on their birthdays. Those are the three I took with me to the show along with one of my daughters who enjoys viewing miniatures rather than making them.

It was held in a hotel that was a very beautiful combination of provencial and modern updates. A room set up as an exhibition hall was across from the sales room. My girls oooo and ahhhh their way through both. Their first surprise was a free gift at the door. From there is was giggles and pointing for hours.

I met so many great people and some whose work I had heard of previously. I came away with more than a few goodies. (pictures soon to come)

 After shopping, I decided to whip out my camera and take some great pictures of my girls next to some of the booths and exhibits. Uh, no go. My battery light was on indicating a dying battery, so I was only able to take pictures of this one fabulous roombox.

If I had to capture one thing, this is certianly the one. The International Guild of Miniature Artisans (IGMA) artist was so friendly and took a lot of time to explain the details.  Something he also shared was that along with him and his wife, he has two daughters who are also miniaturists.

Please view this lovely work done by Ron Gill and April Gill of Wildwood Dollhouse and Miniatures:

I wish the picture could do justice to this fine piece of work. The shelving is glass...tell you what...why don't you just scoot over to their site to see and read more about it.

You may see more of their work at:

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Stuck on the right thing

I am a person who likes to work on several different projects at a time. This means I don't always have the same set of tools and products in front of me from project to project.

 One product that changes according to the project is glue. There are so many out there it can be mind boggling. Currently, I have six plastic shoeboxes filled with various types of glue from glue sticks to wood glue.

There would be times when one glue would work well on a material, but when I tried to glue that same material to something else the glue wouldn't work at all.

Some time ago in my frustration I found this website. It has been so helpful and I hope it will be for you too. :-)

Monday, August 6, 2012

Riding in style

I know, I know you have not heard from me in a few weeks except for the note a couple of days ago. Now here I am posting two posts in one day.

It stopped raining so I quickly got these shots. I hope you enjoy this post and the one before it.

Recently, I saw this in a thrift shop. Oh, I thought, this looks just right for one of my doll families. With a little paint it will look very realistic or maybe no paint. It even makes sounds!

Just right for hauling,  yet kind of cute!

Relaxing and enjoing the view through the sunroof

A few of my grands who happened to be with me shouted OOOO a Dora car! "Dora?", I said.
"This is by Mattel!"
Well, closer inspection and the grandchildren's wisdom along the Dora themed colors revealed that was just what it was. And yes Mattel makes Dora products.

Yep, Dora alright! (please don't ask me why that tape is there. I don't know lol)

Looking under the bush

Last Sunday I packed my daughter and three of my grandaughters in the car. We went to Charlotte North Carolina to the National Convention of National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts' (NAME) public day. More about that later.

I was also looking for a package of bushes that are sold at Joann's craft store. I read about them in one of my yahoo groups. I called Joanne's craft store in Charlotte. Bingo! They had them.I had just the right place for them in my dollstory town.  So, I made two trips in one.

Here are pictures showing why I wanted them:

I already had a  flat mini sized map.

There are also places to put stones and flowers

This shows some of the assorted bush types which happen to match the ones on the map. Notice the ferns.

The bushes come in a pack of nine. They are a slightly larger  than a golf ball.
 These bushes glued on with a few stones and flowers will make the "park" three dimensional. Just right for a relaxing dolly walk.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Rain, rain...please call before you come

Hey everybody!

I have three ways to make it rain.

1). Wash my car
2.) Water my garden
3.) Plan to work on minis outside

Today, I did numbers two and three. Wow, look at it pour! lol I will be back in a little while with another post after I do some indoor stuff.