Saturday, September 24, 2016

My S&S purchases, a gift from DS Marie, Mom

I really showed great restraint this year. (Like I really needed anything! Those of you who have actually seen my workroom know I don't NEED anything. LOL)

Well, I can always use another Christmas tree from the Jane Mills Collection! And this is quite lovely although I still haven't used my can of compressed air to clean it.
 Bought this great little copy machine from Littles by Irene. When you turn it on, the white piece on top moves back and forth!
 The next three pictures are also from the Jane Mills Collection:
Two plants by Connie Stitt:
 Velvet lined box and a vanity mirror:
And this lovely pot by Marie Luce Pelletier. Thrilled to get it!

This precious piece was a gift from dealer, Judy Mitchell. It's just so wonderfully detailed.

The nutcracker and the vanity pieces, also by Judy, were gifts from Barbara W. The nutcracker will go in the Christmas Shop and the vanity pieces will go in the green bedroom when I finally get back to working on it.

I also bought a 3" turntable from Luba Barnes. I don't often do very small pieces but it'll come in handy at some point. And Karen, who was helping Luba at her table, mentioned that a turntable is great for painting pieces - so may use it for that.

My DS Marie was out to see Mom and brought me these stir sticks with wonderful 1" Christmas trees on the top. They may end up in the Christmas Shop or as table top Christmas trees in the Christmas box I'll be doing to give away at our Christmas potluck dinner. OR I could use them on the tables I've been doing to go as favours to people who receive Meals on Wheels. Lots of possibilities!

Mom developed pneumonia on Monday and gave us a terrible fright. She's much improved but still not 100%. She will not be able to return to her apartment but will have to go into assisted living. It's hard to see her looking so tiny and frail. Thanks to all of you who have inquired and sent good wishes.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Show and Sale

Mom took a turn for the worse on Monday so it may be a while before I get back to posting more about the Show and Sale.

Please bear with me and keep Mom in your thoughts and prayers for peace for her and the family.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Edmonton Show and Sale - WINNERS! Peoples' Choice!

The Show and Sale was one of our best IMHO!

Personally, the fact that my BFF Joanne R. won a Peoples' Choice Award for best roombox for her Gentleman's Study really made my day!

Linda Austin won the People's Choice Award for a dollhouse for one of the three 1:48 scale pieces she entered. Well deserved.
It's a terrible picture but Linda has a broken rib so we have to take that into account. All three of her quarter scale houses were just incredible!

Cheryl Schofield won BOTH the Lorry Saunders Newbie Award AND the award for best club project.

And club member, Carol Kokotailo, won Best Vignette for her Christmas market stall.

SO proud of these women and their work!

More to come tomorrow!

Friday, September 16, 2016


I probably won't have a chance to post again until after the Show and Sale on Sunday so I want to take some time to acknowledge two very important people whom we have lost in the last year who have enriched our lives as miniaturists. We will have displays of their work at the Show and Sale.

Lorry Saunders: (by Joanne Root)

On March 14, 2016, the Miniature Enthusiasts of Edmonton (M.E.E.) Club lost one of their most-valued members when Lorry Saunders passed away at the age of 79 years after suffering a stroke.

Lorry’s first love was her husband and family but miniatures played a very close second.  She planned her travels around her miniature meeting/show schedule and if she wasn’t in her craft room working on minis, she was somewhere where miniatures were bound to be.  She took trips to England to the big shows and travelled with her good friend, Sunni Dixon, on many dollhouse miniature bus tours throughout the U.S.

Lorry served on the Executive of M.E.E. for many years as President and Display Co-Ordinator for our annual Show & Sale.  She schlepped roomboxes, dolls houses, and vignettes through parking lots and upstairs and down stairs to libraries, hospitals, and schools to display them and to get the word out about her hobby.  She was always there with her hand up when volunteers were needed. 

She mentored new members and was such a wealth of knowledge.  She had an amazing memory for who was who, what their specialty was, and their complete history.  She could spot a dolls house a mile away and tell you everything you could possibly want to know about it.

Lorry was a perfectionist and every roombox, vignette, and dolls house that she made (and they number in the MANY ) attests to this.  She made the most exquisite 1” scale birdhouses – always 1/12 – and anyone on the receiving end of her gift at our Christmas party would be in ecstasy after having received one of these creations.

We all had such good times with Lorry and are better people for having been her friends.  She was one classy, true lady.  She will be missed greatly and remembered fondly by all of those whose lives she touched.

We have named the M.E.E. Newbie award after Lorry.

Sherrill Bedu

Sherrill was an artisan in both 1:12 and 1;48 scale. Her miniature dolls  in their beautiful costumes were exquisite! She did not only dolls, miniature scenes, and accessories in fabric but also leather work such as saddles and reins.

After several bouts with cancer, Sherrill finally succumbed shortly after our last show and sale. We will miss her and her partner, Mike,

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Mom's release calendar

Well, it's off to a good start.


Open - with the boxes dated from tomorrow (September 16) to October 9. 
Although her tentative release date is October 5, wanted to give a bit of leeway so the box goes to October 9. And if she is released on October 5, she'll have a couple to open after she's home.

These are the pieces that will go into the calendar.
As each box is opened, the object within will be put in the space.

Hopefully I'll get pictures done of each day's treat and be able to post them tomorrow before we take it up to her. A couple pieces are too tall for the spaces in the calendar so we may have to trade them off with pieces that she already has.

My mom

Mom is doing very well; in fact, she has a tentative release date to go home on October 5.

When we were discussing her release, DS Shirley said it would be neat if we could do a sort of Advent Calendar so she could count the days off. Well, I just happen to have an empty Advent Calendar that DD Leanne gave me some months ago!

The boxes that fit in this are 1 7/8" cubes. I may turn them around and put dates on the backs which are plain.

Hope to get it done before we go up to the hospital tomorrow night since I won't be up to see her on the weekend.

Kim's dollhouse

Kim contacted us awhile back for help selling her dollhouse. I had an email from her tonight that it sold this afternoon. Glad for her - hope its going to a good home. Wish it were mine but....