Thursday, September 21, 2017

Trying out some pieces

The blue chairs I bought on Sunday look pretty good in my second lamp roombox. The round table is from my stash as is the small carpet. The colours in the carpet are a bit lighter blue than the chairs but the wine matches the wall pretty well.

Haven't decided what to put on the back wall yet. I put my remaining Barbara Brear faux books in the barrister's book shelf. Unfortunately, many of the books are too tall so have to be laid on their sides. Don't know what else I'll put in there.



OR I could use this fireplace from my stash on the back wall. In that case, I will need some art for above the fireplace.

Maybe this is the year that I'll finally make the art from the wall of the hotel.


Have to let this percolate awhile.

P.S. Judith told me she didn't do the shade attributed to her in my last post. If you know who did it, please let me know and I'll correct the post. Thanks.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Some websites to check out....

When Joann Swanson was writing her blog, she published a great little pamphlet on Scale: A miniaturist's guide. New miniaturists, in particular, will find it very helpful.

If, like me, you prefer modern rooms, you might check out apartmenttherapy.com for ideas. In particular, "Dollhouses That'll Give you Serious Design Envy".

Bill Robinson is one of the premier artisans in miniature. In a TED talk, he tells about how he got into miniatures. It's about 15 minutes long and worth every minute of it!

This was in my inbox yesterday.

"As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people's ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life."

-- Amy Poehler
To me, it hits the nail on the head as far as belonging to a miniatures club.

"Tiffany" style lamp

Lucille taught a great workshop last night. She had ordered the findings from Bindels Ornaments in the Netherlands and the bulbs from Evan Designs in Colorado.

Here are the samples she had done up.


The holes in the metal are filled in with nail polish from the inside.

Here Trineke is working on several shades at one time.

New member, Judith, did this one.

This one is by Jillian.

Joan G. did this one.

I already had the finding so just ordered the light this time.


I didn't have the inside piece so made do with an ear-ring back.


And painted the inside of this also for the top piece.


It's not quite finished as my super glue has dried up but here's what it looks like put together -

and here it is lit up!

Monday, September 18, 2017

What a day!

Today was our "Show and Sale Day"!

And what a wonderful day it was!

Our central display was out Canada 150 display of 150 favourite Canadian icons. In the forefront is Joanne Prodor's "Canada Shop" which is one of the most incredible, detailed shops I have ever seen.


These are the wonderful demos of next year's projects - both the small and large porches!

 This is Cheryl S's incredible Egyptian scene. All but two pieces were made by Cheryl!

It won her the second Lorry Saunders' Award in a row.

Bev A. made these wonderful bookends: Life and Death! 





Wonderful beehive house by Linda Austin:


Linda won for bext dollhouse.


Judy's award-winning roombox. Hard to photograph but magnificent.



A tie for best club project.

Cathy's


Teresa's 




Joanne's winning vignette
















The sales room:






Sunni with two of the make and takes at the Children's table.

My purchases:

Two blue velvet tables

Wonderful wardrobe.

Barrister's bookcase

Front of second shelf lifted up and back.

Another example of Dave Armstrong's painting skills. This is 3/4" tall.

Beautifully painted pieces from Lorry's Estate.

Handles for my kitchen cupboards.

Nice little plate.

Wonderfully draped towel.

Trees for the Christmas table project.
Couple gifts from Lilliana:


And Barbara W. gave me these wonderful things for the Christmas tables! Thanks, Barbara!

And she tied this into the bow on the package!

And I picked up these dolls and furniture for Elizabeth for her dollhouse.



What a great day!