Wednesday, October 20, 2010

144 scale Princess Castle

This is a 144 scale Princess Castle I completed several weeks ago. It is from a workshop I took with Joanne Trainor at the NAME Convention in Seattle July 2010. Wonderful workshop and so complete. All the furniture you see came with the kit. The only thing I had to add were the tiny accessories (perfume bottles, flower vases etc). We put together the structure in Seattle, and Joanne didn't have the furniture for the castle at the time of the workshop so she gave us a choice of getting the furniture completed or in kit form. I chose the kit form. I was hesitant about working with such tiny furniture, but Joanne made it so easy---I had all the furniture done in less than 2 hours. The accessories took another day to dream up and complete. All in all, one of the MOST satisfying and COMPLETE kits I've ever had the pleasure of working with. Bravo Joanne! I love the castle, but in the end I gave it to my mini friend MaryJo Douglass and her happiness made mines complete. Enjoy....

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Quarter Scale Chocolate Shop

This is a quarter scale chocolate shop I completed today (10/20/2010). The kit is from Janet Smith of Desert Minis. I was scared of doing FIMO food, but Janet's kit had everything needed to make cake, brownies, pies, and cookies. Janet is one of the most organized person I know, so order from her with confidence. She will help you get over your fear of Fimo. The original kit had one bakery display case, but since it was called the chocolate workshop, I made the two shelf units from scratch---one to display truffles and chocolates and the other to display the cakes and cookies I learned from taking Janet's workshop. Enjoy!
The sign on top says "Chocolate makes life bearable."

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Quarter Scale Miss Ivys

This is Miss Ivys from Bruce and Judy Steinke (BJMinis). Fell in love with it the first time I saw it. Wonderful kit to put together. The shingles, wallpaper, and exterior paper are all laser cut---no need to size. Kit puts together within 1-2 days easy. I followed the theme of Miss Ivy giving piano lessons to the neighborhood kids around turn of the century. I imagined Miss Ivy as young, pretty, and eligible, but picky and star-crossed, similar to Edith Wharton's protagonist in the House of Mirth. Come take a tour of Miss Ivy's.

Miss Ivy likes to sit on her porch and watch the neighborhood children play after dinner.

Miss Ivy loves flowers. There is a book of butterflies and wildlife opened on the table.
Right side of house.
Left side of house
Miss Ivy and the boy at the piano are from Suzane Herget. Beautiful dolls. Miss Ivy has bloomers and black high heels (didn't have chance to take pics).
It's 3:00 pm and the little boy's mind is elsewhere. A plate of cookies and tea is waiting when the lesson is finished, but he's struggling to finish the hour.
The doily on the piano and console is also from Suzane Herget and just wonderful.

This is Miss Ivy's bedroom. A picture of her lost love is on the nightstand.
On the 3rd floor Miss Ivy goes to quilt, sew, knit, and petit point.

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Quarter Scale Dinner at Grandma's

This is a quarter scale roombox from Quarter Connect to celebrate NAME Day October 2, 2010. The roombox and frame came from Luci Hanson (Cascade Miniatures), dining set and sideboard from Karen Cary, and hutch designed by Debbie Young (Young at Heart Miniatures). Only 100 kits were available. I am so happy I was able to get a kit. Wonderful project, very easy to put together. I also participated in the tote exchange where you make 11 items and get 10 items in return. Several of the exchange items appear in the roombox. I made all the other accessories myself.

I painted the hutch barn red to bring attention to it since all the furniture are a bland golden oak stain. Dinner & salad plates are on the top shelf, canned foods in vintage labels on the 2nd shelf, essentials (flour, tea, coffee, salt, pepper ) napkin caddy on the 3rd shelf. Hard to see, but there is a laser cut cutting board beside the napkin caddy. The "grater" is from an earring finding.

The place settings were from an exchange---wonderful! Dinner (rolls, turkey w/carrot & tomato bed, and salad) is set.
The rug is from a jacquard ribbon.

The sideboard has a plate of fruits (grapes, oranges, apples), brownies, and chocolate pie with whipped cream and cherries on top.