Wednesday, May 21, 2014

My Kind of Town III, Artist Highlight and Bedroom Update!

I am sorry I have been absent for so long. Real Life is trying to be the boss of me! Nothing bad...just busy. :-) Things are still a little hectic around here. Because I have so much to share and so little time right now, there are going to be three segments to this post.  So grab a cup of coffee or whatever your poison and enjoy!

This is the view from the plane about to land at home. Chicago was fun!  I was happy from the show and happy to be getting home! I was so worn out!
I thought I would show you an update on the "Chess-taurant" along with more purchases from Chicago. I bought the chairs from the Heidi Ott dealer. I love the way my Heidi Ott doll fits in it. The two soda taps, napkin holder and milkshake maker were all bought there.

These chairs are Heidi Ott chairs. See how perfectly my Heidi Ott doll looks sitting on one? I wish I had bought more than eight!

These are for my Chess-taurant too. They were bought from various dealers from both shows.

More on that soon!

An Heidi Ott hat that fits my doll perfectly


Please visit this Etsy store to see the absolutely gorgeous mini quilts. All are handmade! I was so sure I took pictures of them.
Tracy and her hubby were so friendly. It was great meeting them! I know you hear this all of the time, but believe me, these pictures don't do her work justice!

I could not leave out this artist. Her dolls are even more realistic then they look in pictures. Elle is such a lovely lady. It was a real pleasure meeting and laughing with her and her better half! Her website is currently under construction. Please keep trying. She makes custom dolls of people you love! What a great gift for a loved one! Her email is

There was a working TV in one of the roomboxes! (I think it may have been a phone and DVD player like I saw in a blog once :-)  I can't find the picture of it (maybe I didn't take one lol) At any rate it was amazing! I know someone who might have pictures. I will share if I get them.

There is a lady whose work always makes me reflect. For me, miniature scenes are a lot about how they make me feel. Mood is a large part of the scene because everything must be known about it without any words. I use words like mystery and secrets when I describe her works. They are the kind that make you stare and make up stories about who just left and more importantly...who is coming back!

I must say this also. Elizabeth at Studio E is more than an artist. Her warmth as a person comes through her encouraging, sincere comments and humor. Her presence, on my blog, or her own shows her to be a miniaturist you want to be around and always glad she is there. Somehow she seems to see the best in every blogger and their work! Even when she gives loving advice.

When I highlight an Artist, I like to say how they have affected me. I wanted to make nice window dressings, but they would never come out right.  After Elizabeth gave her tutorial on using the pretty pleater,  I have been having fun making all sorts of curtains (I have three sizes of pleaters)! The two curtains below were made using her tutorial. I was even able  to use synthetic fabrics!

Please stop by her blog and make up your own stories with her mood stimulating rooms.

  Here are a few things I have been up to lately...

Looking for a few accent colors to break up the matchy matchy. Probably some pillows, wall accent or the dust ruffle etc. I still need to adjust those hanging lamps, Arrrg!

This was originally either a napkin or placemat. I really like it. Wish there had been two of them. 
That wall area behind Nyla's head needs something. I am just not sure what. Thought about shelving, hooks with bathrobes hanging from them, a mirror or a bookcase. I don't know. hmmm  I even tried moving the "love" poster to that spot. No go.

  Also to come is the door frame that I forgot. I changed the mirror that came with the vanity. It was  Art Deco and didn't fit well. I am really excited about the chairs! The color is just right and they fit well with the vanity

The red on the back is really from the rug behind it.

You know, I really like this guy. He is just so hard to pose!

I like to make my family part of the process. My daughter and her daughter thought this magnet should go in here. So in it went!
If I had two placemats/napkins I would have been able to make the draperies longer. I wanted them to match the bed so I had to make the short version. I got a lot of glue on them so I will be doing something about that too. I was just too tired to take it apart and fix it. (These were made using the Studio E tutorial)

The table was cream. I painted it black and gold to match the decor.
 Hope you enjoyed it all!

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  1. Hi Grandmommy! It is fantastic to read that you've had a great time on the show, it must be fabulous to meet such kind people!!
    Highlighting Elizabeth's blog and person is super, because she deserves it. She makes the most wonderful miniatures and she is so generous in sharing her tutorials :D! And her superb, I fully agree with you :D!
    Your miniature scenes look wonderful, love that Art Deco Mirror and vanity!
    Hugs, Ilona

    1. Hi Ilona!
      Thanks so much! I hope to meet many more of my blogger friends at future miniature shows.
      Elizabeth is such a lovely person!

  2. Hello Grandmommy,
    I am so happy you had a good trip. your purchases are beautiful! They will be perfect in the Chess-taurant. The Bedroom is gorgeous. It is so elegant and rich. The colors you chose are fantastic. Even if there is a bit of glue on the curtain it is still very well done.
    As for Elizabeth, I cannot say all I think about her because we'd be here all day, so I'll keep it simple: I just love her!
    Big hug,

    1. Giac,
      Thank you! Wouldn't it be great if all of the bloggers got together at a some kind of miniature blogathon or something? LOL
      Things would be very different without her around.

  3. Hello from Spain: I see that Chicago was wonderful. Great purchases. I really like your curtains. Great room in red. Elizabeth is lovely. Keep in touch

  4. Hi Marta my friend!
    Thank you! Will you be going to the show in Spain? I wish I could. Lets send Elizabeth lots of hugs! :-)

  5. Oh my goodness you have been busy and I agree with you Elilzabeth is a great person, I wanted to make a bathroom in my little Baxter cottage but its way too small *guess they'll have to use the outhouse* I love your purchases I didnt know you had a heidi ott doll. and I want to see more of your resturant it looks so fun!

    Marisa :)

    1. HI there Marisa!
      Thanks! My house is big but most of the rooms aren't as big as I thought. It was so much fun shopping! So many choices! I would have shopped more if I had not kept meeting such cool dealers and customers and stopping to talk. LOL I will probably work more on the Chess-taurant this weekend.

  6. You got a lot of fantastic items at the show. I have never been to a show so I love to read about them and see what people bought :) I love the chairs. Your bedroom is gorgeous so elegant. Yes Elizabeth is a wonderful lady and very talented.
    Hugs Maria

    1. Hey Maria!
      Thank You!
      Guess what! I bought my ticket at 1am and boarded a plane at 7am the same day! Last minute decision! I really didn't want to go alone. There were so many friends there LOL Glad I went! I promise to share every time I go to a show just for you :-D

  7. You have been busy! You really do have some great items. I am so loving the curtains too.

    1. Hey Brini!
      Thanks lady! I will be busy for a couple more weeks then I plan to jump head first into minis! LOL Check out Elizabeth's tutorials she makes things so easy!

  8. I love posts like this! Really enjoyed seeing your goodies and what you've been working on. That room is swanky!

  9. Hey Muff Muff!
    Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it. There are so many people doing such great things I love to show them off! Swanky! I like that! :-D

  10. Hey Grandmommy! What a surprise to be HERE and reading about ME!!? I have been away from blogland for awhile and have been busy trying to catch up but now Here I Am; and I am overwhelmed by all of your praise! Thank you, all very much! :D
    It really makes me happy that your curtains turned out so well Grandmommy, and I am Delighted to hear that you are now Fearlessly Making More.... YOU GO GIRL! :D
    I am full of admiration of your split second decision to hop a plane to Chicago to attend The Show. WOW! And look at all the fun you had; and now all the fun that you are sharing.
    Your bed, your chairs and your dolls are Great and like Giac has said, I am looking forward to seeing more of your very clever "Chesstaurant".
    big hugs and lots of kisses :D


  11. Elizabeth my friend,
    It was a pleasure. I am always delighted when I see your name because I know you will be saying something warm, kind and usually funny! I come online to have fun.
    It is people like you and Giac as well as my other followers who encourage me and makes me get off my duff and finish.

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    1. Hi there OSr Group!
      Glad you like it! Please tell me what you liked about it so I can make sure I do it again and again! :-D


It is fun hearing from all of you!