Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Tower

This macaron tower turned out to be an epic project which often frustrated me.  I've done three others, but not as large.  It's finally finished to the best of my ability and going home to the window of a patisserie modeled after a famous one in France.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Play time...

Last night, I was working on income tax returns and could no longer concentrate on the zillions of tax-related bits and pieces before me.  Good excuse for a make another basket, lol!  And I couldn't resist playing a little...hope you like it :)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Baskets 101

I was shopping for everyday type mini baskets online...didn't find what I wanted except beautifully woven ones that didn't fit my purpose.  So I decided, while reading Casey's blog and her posts on baskets (awesome tips, tutorials and photos!), to learn how to weave some myself.  A basket tutorial by Lesley Shepherd was also very helpful to me.  The first and second attempts came out okay...they're made from unwaxed, white linen thread, cotton-covered wire and Minwax stain.  The lighter basket was dipped in stain once, the darker was dipped twice in the same color stain.

And finally, I've waxed and buffed the top of the low table destined for the washitsu.  I wanted it to look like a family heirloom that was lovingly cared for through the generations.

I hope I've passed the test for beginner's basket weaving (and beginner's furniture making, as well).  Casey and Lesley, thanks for your help!!

p.s. Have a great Valentine's Day!!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

A new blog and the shop is open!

After experiencing a few problems with his blog, miniaturist Tom Saunders, is online with a new blog...pop over for a visit and say hello!

More good news...Tom's shop has reopened at Artfire.  Pictured above are some of his gorgeous turnings, including the rosewood table.  I filled the peach-colored soapstone bowl with my fruit but left the peach alabaster pedestal platter and Chinese soapstone pedestal bowl empty so you can see the colors and variations in the stones.  Absolutely beautiful...glad he's back!