Friday, July 30, 2010

Insanity Chairs, Part 2

Remember these?

I ended up selling the pink one (my personal favorite) at the recent miniature show and have decided to offer the other two for sale on my Etsy shop.

Both started off as rather ordinary, cast-off dollhouse chairs which I shabbied and re-upholstered and embellished.  Very whimsical.

They looked quite nice around Alice's table.  I am going to make her something else.

You can take a closer look at the blue and the gold chairs here:


Thursday, July 29, 2010

Bonbons anyone?

Available now in my etsy shop

I actually had quite a few more to offer but Kate and another customer got to the store before the paint had time to dry on the sign.... lol  

Not to worry.  I'll have some more ready in a day or two.

As you can see, I have been busy making candy so, at the moment, I am able to do some custom orders for anyone who wants something in particular.  Just e-mail me.

In the meanwhile, I have a lovely plate of tea cookies with pale pink icing and silver sprinkles.

Or some Halloween treats.  October will be here before we know it!



Wednesday, July 28, 2010


Just a quick note to say that I am back from the weekend show and sale and finally (somewhat) recovered. 

For some reason, I find these events incredibly stressful, though I am not sure why.  My darling son does all the driving, hauling, packing and unpacking of the car and much of the big set up (tables and such).  He fetches refreshment and takes pictures and never once complains about how tedious and boring I am sure it is for him.  Most teenagers would not be so agreeable....he is a real gem, this one!

Attendance was better than last year which helped sales.  Recieved many, many wonderful compliments on the Alice Project.  Though it only garnered a second place ribbon, it was featured in the Entertainement section of the local morning newspaper.  Debie's White Rabbit was a major hit with browsers and I could have sold him a dozen times over. Yay Debie! :-)

I still have some of the candies and a few "Insanity Chairs" which I will be offering for sale on my Etsy shop tomorrow, Thursday.  Not sure what time but I'll post a blog message when I do. I've been spending the last two days (plus today) tending to everything I neglected while working on things for the show but I'll be back to mini's by the weekend.


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Life is like a box of chocolates.....

Alice was complaining that there were no fancy candies on the table.....

...cupcakes, cookies, petit fours and a great big cake.  But no bonbons.

I hadn't been able to find anything except Christmas or Halloween candy and that didn't seem right.  But since I was dismissed from serving Jury Duty, I had some time and decided to try my hand at candy.  I had made it in real life and felt I was up to the task.

As in real life, miniature "hand dipped chocolates" are not particularly difficult to make but they are incredibly fussy. 

I am quite happy with the results.  I am taking them with me to the Lakeland Show this weekend.  If they don't sell there, I think I'll put them in my etsy shop on Monday.

Should have put a ruler or something in for scale....drats.  The larger "plates" are 7/8 inch and the smaller are 5/8 inch.

I wish they were real....I need a chocolate.


Absolutely Alice

I know there are a lot of Alice in Wonderland fans following here so when I came across this amazing piece today, I just had to share. 

The dolls are not a matter of fact, this particular artist seems to specialize in almost life-size sculpted dolls...but they are a delight to see. 

I contacted the artist and she graciously gave permission to post the picture and link to her site.

I found it on esty but the artist, Karen Vander Logt, also has a website.

Go check it out. 


Friday, July 16, 2010

Mail Call!!

He's here!   How freaking adorable is this??   Just arrived today, this wonderful hedgehog by uniquely talented Kristy Taylor (aka Fiver) from MiniMenagerie.  I luvs hims....

...and so does Alice who has gotten him nicely situated at the Tea Party.  Thank you so much, Kristy, not only for your beautiful work but for getting him completed and here so quickly.

I have received a few others things in the mail lately which I have neglected to share with you all.  Got several items for Prof. Pimms' study.

Above are two pieces of turned betel nut and ebony from Mike Rowe.  The little lids come off.

Next are two urns by Gary Lankford from Wee Woodshoppe.  The are made from red and black dymondwood.

I also was quick on the "buy" button when Nikki Rowe from Witch and Wizard Miniatures was recently offering her newest batch of pumpkins!  I got these two wonderful fellows and she included a few little goodies as usual.  I just realized I also bought one of her witches brooms but neglected to take a photograph.  It is already in Merlin's Retreat. :-) Visit her blog!

Last, but in no way least, is the exquisite tea cozy I bought from Rosanna.  It was one she had taken to SIMP but didn't sell.  I am sooo pleased to have it!  I immediately placed it into the very first roombox project I ever made....M'Lady's Boudoir where the table is set for tea...sort of.  Right now there is a marble in the tea cozy to give it some body and I see there needs to be a larger table.  But the colors are prefect for the room!  Go visit her blog, too.

That's all for now...


Thursday, July 8, 2010

....amazing wire trees....

I don't know how many of you follow Ruthie's Blog, a fairie tale of inspration, but she has a link to some wire trees this morning and they are mind blowing!

Enjoy!  I love her blog.  She always has something beautiful and interesting to show almost every day.


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Prof. Meradoch Emerson Pimms....

....foremost Eygptologist, adventurer and detective....

Recently received the wonderful chair and ottoman from Kristy at 1 Inch Minis. She also included one of her "faux" rugs that she's been discussing on her blog. Beautiful work, Kristy! Emerson has determined that the chair is "quite servicable".

The Mission style desk came from Ron's dollhouse shop in Orlando. There is a chair to match.

This bookcase was a gift from my friend, Nikki Rowe (Witch and Wizard Miniatures). Empty now but soon to be filled!

I picked up this amazing old wooden birdcage at the Family Thrift Store for $7! I'm pretty sure a bird never lived here but Emerson has a parrot that he plans to bring along.

I'll promise I will try to keep you posted on the progress...


Monday, July 5, 2010

...Insanity Chairs...

For anyone who is interested, I have posted some close-ups of the chairs I made especially for the tea party. They were just basic commericially produced chairs I got at the dollhouse shop....on sale. I painted and sanded and shabbied and reupholstered and embellished.....

And for anyone who had a problem getting a "big picture" visual of this project, I have included a (less than best quality....sorry...) photograph of the room box. The Tea Party takes place on the roof. The Entrance Garden is a short extension on the main box.


Sunday, July 4, 2010

Curiouser and curiouser.....

"But I don't want to go among mad people," said Alice.

"You can't help that." said the Cat. "We're all mad here...."

"Whooo are youuuu.....?" asked Absolem. "Not hardly Alice......"

"It's absolutely Alice!" cried the Hatter.

"Lost my "muchness," have I?" said Alice. "How's this for muchness!" ..... as she raised raised the Vorpal Sword and slew the Jabberwocky!

The Oraculum......the calendar of all the days in Underland...