Monday, September 5, 2011

Pay It Forward

Hello friends :)
I think it's time I did a little pay it forward.
When I first started blogging, a very lovely member of the miniature community featured my blog on her own.
This was such a nice gesture and brought me quite a bit of traffic very quickly.  I would like to do something similar in turn.
If you haven't visited Carrie's blog -  http://alavenderdilly.blogspot.com - you are missing out!
Carrie is very talented and has a knack for realism.  Go check it out :)



I've been busy busy but haven't any photos of minis today :( sorry about that!
I've got several things finished and some new projects in the works.
Hope you are all well!
Hugs,
Daphne

Friday, September 2, 2011

Happy News!

I just got word that my application for membership with AIM has been accepted. I am happy. Truthfully, I thought I had been denied membership as I hadn't any response other than one back in July stating that my application had been received.
The new issue of AIM Imag is out as well.

I've missed blogging and sharing with you, my friends!! I apologize for being away so long and a special apology to Sonya, I haven't posted pictures of her generous swap gifts! So lovely! I adore the little canisters.
Here they are:

Thank you so very much Sonya and Thank you,Caterina for organizing the swap!

I've been so crazy busy, just no time to play with minis really, at least not enough time to stage photos etc.

I've also been stocking my shop with Fall dresses for Blythe dolls:





I've also given this little dolly a make-over...gotta' love those freckles!
Click to enlarge.


And, I found a great deal on two dollhouse kits...couldn't pass it up. I bought two Greenleaf Coventry Cottage kits (I didn't buy mine at the link, got them from an individual).
I'm thinking about kit bashing and maybe combining the two kits to make one larger house...I don't know if that will work....

I have lots more things to show and tell and will post again soon!
hugs,
Daphne

Friday, August 19, 2011

200 Followers!

Hello Dear Friends,
Welcome to all the new followers! I appreciate all of you so very much. Not because it strokes my ego or makes this blog special but because at least 201 individuals from around the world can share in something fun. Friendships are born and a better understanding of different cultures can be gained.

I will be posting a giveaway soon to celebrate the 200 followers milestone...I am toying with an idea, so please bear with me.

Meanwhile, as Autumn approaches, so do my thoughts and whims change with the Seasons.
I very much love Shabby, Romantic and French Styles but so do I have a great love of Country, kitschy, Vintage and Primitive styles...in fact, at times I've tried to combine facets of many of those styles... LOL, not very successfully but it's fun to try.
Here are some Country Primitive Cupboards I've been working on (please ignore that shiny, plastic-y looking pumpkin on top of the cupboard! It is most definitely going to get a matte varnish as I didn't realize how shiny it was till I saw the photo):





As I write this, the realization hits that I have actually shared very little of myself on this blog. Perhaps a bit here and there but not much. Perhaps you aren't interested in me, but just in photos, miniatures or tutorials or for whatever reason you visit, please know that you are welcome and valued :)

As for comments, I have been totally remiss in responding to them via the comments blocks. From now on, I will make notes of questions or comments that need replies include them as a post. Hope that made sense. I do read each and every comment and translate them when they are in a language I don't understand.

One question that was recently asked, is how/what do I use to rust and age things.
I use Ink...scrapbooking, stamping ink.
Like this:



I always use a sealer over the top of the ink. I don't know if that is necessary but I do it.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Little Wire Chairs



I made some little chairs today. They are made from wire, wood and brass findings.
Hope everyone is having a good weekend... back to the laundry for me, now.


Saturday, August 13, 2011

Hydrangea in Brocante Style Planter

Hello Dear Friends,

Well, I didn't stay up very late. LOL, I'm getting too old for that...just can't cut it anymore. I did make one more little planter and then went to bed.
Got up this morning and made some Hydrangea to put in.
This is the first time I've tried Hydrangea and I got a little frustrated. My punch doesn't like to cut painted paper and the little paper petals weren't holding their shape very well after cupping them with the stylus. My observation is that I definitely need some crisper paper. Anyone have suggestions for papers to use?

I did manage to make some for the planter. Hope you like it :)





Friday, August 12, 2011

Cathedral Window Planter

Haha! Two posts in one day...ah well, hope I'm not boring you, dear readers.
I've just finished up this little cathedral window. I really like the way it turned out. I'll probably be up late making more and different styles of these, that is if I don't go to the hardware store looking for wire and solder! I'm hooked on wire now... :D





A Big Thank You and Some Mini Wreaths



Hello Friends,
I would like to thank Otterine for her generous giveaway. I was one of the lucky winners!
I received my goodies yesterday and they are just fabulous. Beautifully and neatly made. I love them!
I chose the grouping with the little green pillows, candle and candle dish, books and darling little mirror.
Thank you so much!

I've been playing with more plants and flowers. At one point in my life I made and sold dried floral arrangements and wreaths and such at local fairs and flea markets.
I've now realized that the designs can be translated into miniature. Joy!!
Tracking down the dried and preserved materials has proven to be rather difficult as most things found in the local hobby stores are much too brittle or too large.
I only want to use natural materials that I am positive will survive and not decompose along with synthetic and handmade flowers and greenery.
So, the search is on ;)
Here are a few wreaths I made last week.







Monday, August 8, 2011

Miniature Show and Some Gratuitous Kitty Shots

...and other news and stuff - in fact, a whole week's worth!
Hello Dear Friends,

Last week was a busy busy week and this one promises to be just as busy with school starting. Hopefully, once we accomplish that feat, life will slow down to it's usual pace.

First, I want to tell you about my first visit to a miniatures show. I had never been to one and albeit small, it was great fun.
I met the wonderful, adorable, fabulous, sweet and friendly Babette - (you can also find Babette and information about NAME National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts here ) at the show. Bless her dear heart, she recognized me from my blogger pic and made me feel so welcome. Thank you Babette! I apologize that I haven't emailed you yet, have just been insanely busy.

I would also like to apologize and smack myself for not taking pictures at the show! To tell the truth I was a bit overwhelmed with trying to see e v e r y l i t t l e t h i n g and my kids were pretty good at first, but eventually became bored and started acting out. I just focused on shopping.

There were some lovely dealers and things to see. I did bring home some miniature treasures.



I've also been working on the farmhouse. I have the porch assembled and attached and have done some more work on the parlor and kitchen. Still need a stove. I decided to go ahead and use the stairs - need to get stair railing and a runner for that. Parlor also needs more papering and carpeting.




Through the parlor window.

Through the kitchen window. Who is that trying to sneak a cookie?




Sorry for the overexposed photos, I tried to fix them but they are really bad...
I've also been making more mini plants, you can find them in my etsy.

Each little leaf is hand painted and sealed.






And last but not least, some warm and fuzzy dreaming...



Kisses...




Thursday, August 4, 2011

More Mini Plants








Having fun with mini plants and planters! I found some tiny plants a the hobby store.
They are perfect after adding a little paint and sealer to make them more realistic. LOL, don't pay any attention to my painted fingers...

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Today's Work





Hello Friends,
I've been making some minis. I made the wooden boxes and the lavender and the little 'antique' pitchers. They will be available in my Etsy shop. Link is at right.
Hope everyone is having a wonderful day.
Must go and clean up the big mess I made...how is it (and I know this has been asked a thousand times) that one can make such huge messes and require so many tools and materials in order to make such tiny things?