Thursday, December 6, 2018

Nursery Roombox for Kyla, M.E.E. Christmas Party, A Few More Things

Nursery Roombox:
Our member, Kyla, and her husband, had a son i October so the club banded together to make her a roombox to commemorate the occasion. Tina supplied and wallpapered the roombox and the rest of the club donated the contents. Barb R. and I put it together. Unfortunately, I can't identify who all the pieces came from but will where I can.


The crib blanket was from Lucille L. (made by Linda Gautier). The toybox was from Lil M.. Carriage from Cheryl S.

The mobile was made by Katherine R.

The mother and child dolls and the rocking chair were given by Holly and the rug under the chair as well as the gift basket on the dresser were given by Barb R.

The birth announcement was by Tina M. and the quilted rainbow was from Judy S.

I donated this corner cabinet and the Janice Crawley piggy bank on the second shelf. (This is the piece that I painted with the Americana multi-surface satin paint that I bought at Paint for Joy.)
The decorative hanging from the top of the cabinet was purchased by Trineke in Holland. Several other of the contents were donated by Judy Storey.

Cheryl S. added a lovely shelving unit filled with pieces and Maureen M. donated a miniature toy. Didn't get pictures of either.

I apologize to all those whose contributions I have not recognized.

The Christmas Party:

Although some of our members were absent for happy reasons such as being in warmer climates and being in Europe on a Danube Christmas cruise, others were absent for sadder reasons. To them, we send our love and thoughts.

The 14 of us who were able to attend the Christmas party had a great time! Joanne and I arrived to set up at 4:30. Due to the decreased numbers, all was finished by 5:00 so the 'helpers' who showed up then were welcome but had nothing to do but sit and visit. And we had a wonderful time doing that!

Here's the "savory" table...

And the dessert table...

And the pics of members...


The bottle of teeny sequins on the left was a gift from Joanne and the container and the gingerbread man and stocking on the right were gifts from the club.

Trineke gifted me (and a few others) with this wonderful corner shelf in the shape of a Christmas tree. (She even supplied beads for feet if we want to set it on the floor instead of hanging it on the wall.)


We were given a great 15 question Christmas quiz. Out table won with 10 1/2 correct answers and received this wonderful Christmas corn flakes box from Trineke.

Throughout the evening, Joanne drew door prize names and I won four tubes of Super Glue.



After eating, Bev entertained us by "teaching" us to hula  (something like that but more simplified) then we accompanied here to "Six White Boomers". What fun!

We then moved our chairs into an open circle and did our gift exchange. This year Joanne used the story of the law firm suing Santa. It was SO MUCH fun - especially when she put in two "across" movements which may or may not be in the story.

I was SO thrilled to get my gift from Kyla. Actually gifts...They are so beautiful and perfect.
As a matter of fact, I took them to my coffee club in the condo today and everyone just raved about them. 




 THEN Joanne read/sang (with the help of Fay) the Canadian version of "Deck the Halls". What a great way to end the evening.

 Additional Things:

I took a supply of Judy Mitchell's tea light scenes to the Christmas party and sold some to members. A few more pictures of Judy Mitchell's tealight scenes.
Lit on the left, Unlit on the right.



 And a reminder that Judy will be at St. Albert City Hall on Saturday, December 8, as part of the Farmers' Market. Don't know where her stall will be.

Trash to Treasure:

Well, you NEVER have a gathering of miniaturists without a "Trash to Treasure" great find!

Fay brought some individual desserts (limoncello, pistachio, chocolate and one other) which came in these great little containers!

Most of us thought "an aquarium"


but I thought to turn it upside down and make a modern end table.

Maybe you can come up with something else....

Monday, December 3, 2018

Paint, M.E.E. Christmas exchange gift

Paint: Joanne and I went to Paint for Joy (a shop in St. Albert's Campbell Park) last week as she needed some white paint for a project. Since we were there already, I asked if they had any white enamel paint for paint some furniture I needed for a project. They suggested Americana multi-surface satin paint which I bought and used on a corner cabinet for a project I was working on. I'm very pleased with it....it works very well to match the white furniture already in the project.

Christmas Exchange Gift:

I decided to give some of my readable books and the teddy bear slippers made by Judy Mitchell for my exchange gift. Didn't seem like quite enough so I decided to add a set of faux books.

The instructions for the faux books are from Dick Tabor in the U.S. So easy to make and can be used to fill book shelves.

Cut a half inch strip from the edge of a cover from a hard-cover book.


Cut that strip into  pieces. I use my Easy Cutter for this. 

Here are the faux books.

I took a black maker to colour the white portions of the 'books'.

This is one of three different silver Fashion Nail Stickers that I bought at Dollarama a few years ago. These are self-adhesive and do not have to be dissolve in water as some nail stickers do.

I took four sections of one strip of the stickers and added them along the base of the spines of the 'books'.

Then I added another piece to each of the fronts of the books.

These are the four  readable books that I added to the mix.

And here is the final gift:

The slippers, the four readable books and the 10 faux books.


Thursday, November 29, 2018

Judy Mitchell

Our dear friend and fellow miniaturist, Judy Mitchell, had a table at the St. Albert Indoor Farmer's Market last Saturday.

Judy is one of the dealers at our annual Show and Sale...and will be next year.....


These are the wonderful things I bought from her last Saturday...

A multi-coloured tea light with a little house and landscaping built around it

It's hard to describe this but when the light is switched on, the windows, door, and chimney take on lights of different colours.

A ;lovely table centrepiece

Beautiful floral display that I gave to my Mom

The cutest pair of slippers with Teddy faces

She also does a pair of slippers that are yellow duckies!

Judy will be giving me a supply of the tea light scenes to sell at the M.E.E.Christmas party.

She will also be at the St. Albert Indoor Farmer's Market at City Hall on December 8.

A little pond...

Shoot! FINALLY got this blog written - then it disappeared! Not a happy camper...

As a club, M.E.E. is blessed to have members who teach the most incredible classes! And Jillian is one of the best!

I painted my pond (supplied by Jillian)

Took it home, repainted the edges that had chipped off during the trip home, then filled the pond with "water" and the water lily.

This pond is really plain but Jillian taught us how to add moss (flocking) and paint to suggest other things about the pond.

For instance, Jillian is from B.C. so she added moss and different colours to her pond....as did many others in the class.

This will eventually appear in my "Secret Garden"...


Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Ta-Da!!! My workroom is clean!

From this on November 15th:





To this at 7:00 p.m. on November 21.....





That is not to say that I'm finished. I still have this shoebox of things to be put on my bulletin boards. Most of it has been bagged but a lot of sorting to do.

And I have two boxes of papers to sort through, file and shred.

But the room itself it cleaned!

YIPPEE!!!

Monday, November 19, 2018

Cleaning coming along.....

Tina, both a friend and follower of this blog sent this to MEE and I took it as a comment on my cleaning efforts. If it was, I love it!

A crafter clearing their work space is like a kid trying to clean up their room. You find things you forgot about and stop cleaning to play with them.

A lot of that is true! But what I have been finding is that I keep coming up with things that I haven't dealt with yet. Such as these things that were left in one of my meat trays that I keep projects in.

Had one full tray of strips of paper that needed to be dealt with, a copper end cap that needed a handle added, knives that needed to be finished and 4 sets of salt and peppers!


Still so much to do but it's coming along.....

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Off to a good start but then RL interrupted my cleaning!

The cleaning is coming along pretty well. As well as it ever does :-)

As always, I keep coming across things that need to be completed, or started (such as the bowls from yesterday), or set aside to be worked on sooner rather than later.

After visiting Mom this afternoon and having something to eat, got a call from a neighbour who wanted to come by to visit. So while I was waiting for her to come up, I started a little item to go with the Meals on Wheels tables....and add to my stash :-(

Got 15 little laser-cut trees from Dollarama for $1.25. Large ones are about 1 1/2" and small are about 1 1/8".



I had this nail embellishment kit in my stash with 120 tiny 'jewels".

Here you can see four of the trees "bedazzled". The second one from the left, I used super glue for the jewels but that gave me no wiggle-room in placing the beads so switched to Aleene's Tacky for the others. I used a piece of spaghetti (wetted the end) to pick up and place the jewels.

I 'think' I will probably use my Pilot pens (very fine tip) to edge the trees in either silver or gold. For the larger trees, I may also add a star with the Pilot pen - if my hand is steady enough. (I bought my Pilot pens from Staples - the marker types in the store and the fine lines online.)

I have some 'laser poop' from Tina: little circles that will become the bases of the trees so I can set them on the mini tables.

A couple pieces of wood covered with pieces of thin foil from candy wrappers as presents under the tree and that's a great start to decorating a wonderful little mini table.

Unfortunately after my friend left, so did my get up and go....

So tomorrow will be another day.