Monday, December 20, 2010

'Tis the Season...

Wherever you are, I hope that this holiday season is and continues to be a joyous time.  It's magical for me, for the most part :^), and usually the only drawback is the lack of time to do everything I'd like!  Though finally, I managed to decorate the house, inside and out, and thought that the blog may need a touch of the holidays.

Although I haven't had much time for miniatures, I couldn't resist the glitter house kit from Carol's Etsy shop, true2scale.  It arrived lightning fast and was the mini-fix I needed, not to mention being the beautiful centerpiece for this holiday buffet.  You may recognize some of the food from my Flickr gallery...they're orphans from my Etsy shop and are now part of my personal collection.  A few pieces are new that I've managed to squeeze in between the holiday chaos.  And the soapstone and wood turnings, including the rosewood table, are the gorgeous work of Thomas Saunders.

A warm "Thank You" to everyone who stopped by to visit and decided to follow this blog.  Hope you enjoy this feast!  Click on photos to enlarge.  Please excuse the photography, obviously not my forte.  I already have a task for the New a new camera!!


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

What I've been up to...sort of.

It'll soon be Christmas, but I can't seem to get in the mini holiday mode.  My shop's cupboards are bare, help?!!!

Instead of conforming to the season, I've been obsessed by working with wood, which I find extremely satisfying. And I'm also a sushi fiend, and tend to create what I like to eat!  What you see in the photo is as far as I've gotten on this sushi meal...on hold since late October while I meet deadlines on other projects.  I'm planning to complete the scene with a low, aged wooden table, tea set and silk zabuton (Japanese seat cushions).  To be continued....

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving for me means the fun gathering of family and friends, a lot of cooking, eating, football, laughing, more eating and cleaning up.   This year there will be more of the same :^D and with that the week prior tends to get a little more hectic than usual.  In miniature, a turkey, pumpkin pie and a few roses was all I had time for (the gorgeous rosewood table and pedestal platter was turned by Thomas Saunders).  And already the day is here and the 1:1 stuff will soon be on the table, yum!!

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Friday, November 19, 2010

At last...welcome to my blog!

I'm so glad to be here!  I deliberated eight months ago: should I start the blog or wait 'til later?  Obviously, I went with the latter, major excuse being that I should concentrate on learning my art as a newbie miniaturist.  It truly was overwhelming...polymer clay, tools and materials, Etsy, photography (oy, my favorite), the endless research.  And I'm not the brightest bulb when it comes to the web.  Last March, I made an attempt by signing up for an account, but everything ended there.  My mom's voice was in my head, "The road to hell is paved with good intentions."  Didn't fire me up to finish what I started.  So there I was in blog hell and still, lurking anonymously was easier than creating one.

Then, last night I reached the point where I couldn't put it off...and just like that, it was done!  It wasn't difficult and I can't explain why it had become such a big deal for me...maybe dim bulb syndrome?!!!  This is huge...I can finally join this wonderful miniatures community (if it'll have me) and finally, an end to lurking!

Anyway, next Thursday is Thanksgiving Day in the U.S.  Not knowing whether or not I'll post before then, I'd like to express my appreciation to those who have helped me along my mini way (and may not even be aware of it).  A big shout-out to Kiva Atkinson...thanks, buddy, for your friendship, inspiration and moral rock!!!  Another big thank you to Tom Saunders, awesome artisan who also takes customer service to the highest level!  Thanks to Sumaiya Mehreen, who didn't know me from Adam, but offered kind words via email and posted my first Etsy miniature in The Mini Food Blog last February...I was jazzed to see it online.  Hugs to Kim Saulter, who left the single comment on that really meant a lot.  A huge thank you to my customers, all of whom have taken the time to express their appreciation of my work!!  And last but not least, thank you to all the bloggers who have shared their expertise and mini-related and personal experiences...I would love to be your follower and now I can!!