Thursday, April 18, 2013

Long Time, No Write

Howdy all,

It has been a busy couple of months that has left little time for mini fun.  I have worked on a couple of small projects, but not is very far along.  I hope to get some of them done soon, so the next post can be an actual update. 

Also, I hope some of you are able to get to Chicago this weekend for the Chicago International and/or the Three Blind Mice show.  My mother and I hoping to get up there, if the weather permits, to take a gander at both.  This will be our first Three Blind Mice show, and I can barely stand the wait.  My mother is also very excited about wandering around Ikea.  She has never been to one, but has always wanted to go. 
Maybe I will see some of you there. 

Have a wonderful weekend,
Annie

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

New Year, New Goals

Howdy all,

It has been a little while since I posted and there is a lot to catch up on.  Number one, I guess, is that I did not finish the loft in time to participate in the miniatures.com contest.  Real life got in the way, as it always seems to do.  Plus, there was the extra added bonus of picking up some overtime at work, which helped to take the edge off of Christmas this year, so I couldn't pass it up.  I am still planning to finish the kit, of course.  I also have a couple of other projects waiting the the wings that I am hoping to start soon.  I will post more on these soon.

Speaking of the the loft kit, congratulations to all of the winners and honorable mentions of the Miniatures.com contest, including Lyssa and Mad for Mod!  If you haven't yet, you need to take a look at the dollhouses they created.  They are fantastic works of art.  I can't wait to see all of the finished dollhouses when Miniatures.com posts all of the pictures.

My other update is that I was able to take part in Mandy Vlak's Holiday Swap.  My partner was Linda from Linda's Minis.  We were both late comers to the swap, but Mandy was kind enough to let us participate and I am so glad that she did.  It was so much fun creating some of the items and putting together the packages.  Of course, opening Linda's package when it arrived was fun too. :)

The corner bookcase was the something big.  The lovely pictures and pages, bags, and blanket were the accessories.  Although you can't see it very well in the picture, the other package are some great paper plates.  These were part of our "room" catagory, which was the kitchen.  The little hearts were also part of the kitchen set.



We also had to include something homemade.  Just look at the wonderful blanket and pillow Linda made.  I love them and can't wait to use them in a scene.  The books and crystal ball were also part of the accessories.  And for the christmas catagory, Linda sent the garland, the lovely dolie, the wreath, and little tree.  Also as part of the kitchen set were some silverware, the creamer and sugar set, cookies in a jar, and kitchen utensils. 




 Lastly, we were to include a surprise gift in our package.  Linda sent me a great HOM table kit.  This was a wonderful surprise.  I love the HOM kits and I'm really looking forward to building this one.





Seriously, I can't thank Linda enough for her gifts.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!











Monday, November 19, 2012

Creatin' Contest - 29 Days and Counting

Hello all,

Back in January, I saw that the Miniatures.com had posted about the 2012 Creatin' Contest.  Now, this is something that I have wanted to try for years.  I remember getting my HBS catalog as a teenager and goggling at all of the wonderful entries, wish that I could do something like that.  And this year, I decided that I would give it a shot. 

So, I bought the kit and accessories and waited patiently until February when the kit would arrive.  I plotted out several different ideas for just what to do with decor.  And finally, last month, I decided what I wanted to do.  Yup, got the kit in February and started building it in October.  Man, I am such a dumbass.  LOL!  What can I say, indecision and procrastination are truly some great friends of mine. 

Anyhoo, over the last month or so, I have truly been focusing on this project trying to get it done.  I am going for a old factory-turned loft space feel.  Here is a look at some of the work and decor going into this thing:



 Brick!  One thing this house will have is lots and lots of brick.  I used the Magic Brik kits for the bricking.  Yes, this was the upcoming project that I was testing the brick kits for with the Gardening Shed.  I still have to age the brick some, but I love the look.



While this is not the final layout, it does show a number of pieces that I am planning on using.  The couch was purchased at Jeepers Miniatures.  It has become the jumping off piece for a lot of the decor.  The kitchen set was purchase several years ago at Hobby Lobby.  I have been dying to use it and now I get the chance.  The
Reed Chairs are from CB2, of course.  The wooden circle in the center is a napkin ring from Crate and Barrel.  I am planning on turning it into a coffee table. 

As you can see from the picture, I have not changed the layout much.  Still, I do have a few surprises (hopefully) up my sleeves.  Thank goodness Thanksgiving and its lovely four day holiday is just a day away.  I am going to try to check a lot of things off my list.

Have a great holiday!
Annie

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Reed Chair is Back

Howdy everyone,

I just wanted to pass along that the Reed Chair ornament at CB2 is back.  I missed the chance to get a few last year, so I was really excited to see it in the catalog that arrived this weekend.  So, if you were looking for some to add to your collection, now is the chance.

Have a good one!
Annie

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Finally Finished One

Howdy all,

I am going to start this post with a confession.  When it comes to craft projects, I tend to be a bit anal.  I mean it.  It is rare that I ever fly by the seat of my pants and just do something.  No, I have to plan it out first.  I will spend months planning for a project that takes me a couple days to finish.  This is why I have a lot of components and hardly any finished projects.  It is also like I am too afraid about making a mistake, that I talk myself out of starting.

That is part of the reason behind this blog.  I am hoping that writing and posting about minis will actually light the firecracker under my butt so I get some projects done.  To that end, I finally finished my first miniature project.  A few months ago, while browsing at IKEA, this little beauty jumped out at me:

It is the Borrby Lantern in the black finish.  The second I saw it, I thought about doing a little garden scene.  I also thought back to this unfinished bench that I had actually purchased a couple of days before:

I don't know what brand the table is, but I thought it would work nicely as a mini gardener's work table.  In the end the final product turned out like this...



I painted the bench a light gray.  The flooring is made from strips of balsa wood with a ceramic tile that was purchased from a vendor in El Mercado in San Antonio, Texas.  The brick work at the back of the work table is Magic Brik.  This was my first time trying any kind of brick work.. Cheryl from Jeeper's Miniatures in Morgantown, Indiana was really helpful, telling me to add some regular white glue to the mixture to get the right texture.  This was a test run for a larger project and I think it worked out really well.  Next time I am going to go with a lighter gray for the grout so the bricks stick out more.



The three plants in yellow pots were made by me from Martha Stewart scrapbook decals that I cut up, attached to wire and glued into planter's foam.  The dirt is just coffee grounds.  The pink hydrangea is a recent purchase from a miniature show in Indianapolis.  The yellow plant (that kind of looks like goldenrod) is made from O-scale plantings purchase at Hobby Lobby.  All of the accessories were purchased at Hobby Lobby, Michael's, or at Hobby Builder's Supply.


The lighted lantern is part of the Jim Holtz idea-ology collection that was purchased at a scrapbooking store. For $5.99, it was a great purchase, including the lantern and a little battery pack.  Add two AA batteries, and you are good to go.

Overall, I am really happy with the outcome.  I am hoping to add to it a little later or change it about as the mood hits, but for a first shot I am truly giddy.  I can't wait for the next project.

Thanks!
Annie

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Howdy

Hello everyone and welcome to my obsession.

Yes, I am a miniaturist.  A collector of all things tiny.  A crafter that will work on a something so small that it will make her eyes cross. 

My interest in this hobby goes back to childhood.  When my parents were married, my father gave my mother a dollhouse for a wedding gift.  As I grew up, my mother and I collected pieces and worked to finish the house just the way we wanted it.  Unfortunately, we lost most of these items in a house fire.  The one exception is a piano from either the mid 1950's to the early 1960's.  It was given to my mother by my grandmother, and she has passed it on to me.  

In the years since, I have worked to rebuild the collection, but have found the most enjoyment in creating miniatures of my own.  That was part of what inspired me to start this blog.  Well, that and the fact that I now actually have some time to work on projects.  Over the last few years, I have been working on getting my master's degree, so between that and working full time, I've neglected my minis.  

Now that I have finished, I am going to go crazy on these projects... I hope... and share the results here.  So, that is me in a nutshell.  


Until the next time...


Annie:)