Thursday, February 21, 2019

Camp Mini Ha Ha 2019

The executive of Camp Mini Ha Ha have announced the project for this year's Camp at Cornwallis, Nova Scotia, from September 25th to 30th.

Please check out their website and learn more about the Camp and this year's project. Although there are only 35 slots open, a certain number is reserved for newbies. But you need to apply early!


Enough already....

I'm getting so frustrated with myself and my not getting anything done mini-wise.

Two and a half weeks ago, I brought out my attic and thought it would be a good choice for completion as it only needs one light installed, the drywall finished, then fill it.

It's still sitting there. :-(


A week and a half ago, I did make this washboard for the attic. Still needs to be aged but at least I got something done.

Then last weekend I found this in the Put and Take room and grabbed it for one of my art galleries!
It's three inches tall from the bottom of the base to the top of the tail.
I found some DecoArt Extreme Sheen bronze paint in my stash and painted it.

Also had some very old FolkArt antiquing medium in my stash. It was not in very good shape so I tried it first on a small plastic horse from my stash....

Then used it on the larger one. Love it but think it could use another coat of the antiquing medium.

These two things got me sort of back in the groove but still need more of a push.

I've mentioned before Ann who runs her catering business out of my mother's building and supplies Mom with wonderful evening meals every day. I made a nursery for her first grandchild last year and have often taken miniatures over to show her. She's a big fan.

So I discussed it with my sister Shirley and we decided that I would do a kitchen for Ann. DS Marie is currently in Mexico and returns next Friday so that's my deadline....

The inside of the room is done and the cupboards have a first coat of paint so it shouldn't take too long to finish it.


Lots of goodies to fill the cupboards and fridge.

This is how the room looks with the light on. The light is one of three that Shirley gave me for Christmas a few years ago. I assume that the hole in the back wall was originally for wiring it but the cupboards will cover it.

So hopefully, this will get me back mini-ing.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Christmas....and More projects....

It was one of the best Christmas Days in the past few years. Love everyone for that.

The best of all gifts around any Chistmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped in each other!

And that was exactly what we had.

Got some wonderful mini possibilities!

This wonderful shadow box that I already see possibilities for. It's 8" x 10" and 3/4" deep so plan on making it into a memory box for Leanne. to update the one I made for her when she lived in Dallas Texas.

The old one...


The possible new one...

Marie gave me the loveliest basket of gifts in this! Which I can see becoming a great wall hanging. I already have some great ideas for it.


Shirley gave Mom two lovely tops in this gift box and Mom suggested that she give the box to me to  contain a miniature scene.


This is a great miniature picture that Marie gave me which will go into a future art gallery.
The picture itself is 2 1/2 x 3

Don't think that Marie realized that this collection of scent pods will eventually become a wonderful place to collect my beads. But until it does, I will enjoy the great subtle scents they offer.
 See how this container will be great for beads?!

My friend, Barb, upstairs gave me this lovely little container with a snowman and Christmas tree.

Non-mini:
My sister Carol gave me this lovely quilted pocket book:
(Closed)

(Open) With room for credit cards, money and a zippered compartment for change.

Carol gave each of us this tea towel! LOL


Friday, December 21, 2018

Potluck dinner door prize, Visit from a friend, The Book

We had our Condo Potluck Christmas Dinner Thursday night and it was wonderful! Turkey, ham and all the accouterments (for you, Margaret). This was the 4th time I had made a miniature setting as a door prize and Dave (husband of Donna who won it two years ago) won it this year. Donna is a big fan so I'm pleased for them.


Friday afternoon, our mini friend, Debbie, (a former member of M.E.E. and now a resident of Gabriola Island) stopped by at Barb's and I was lucky enough to be invited to join them. We had the loveliest visit discussing our lives and our minis. Just a great time....until I had to leave and meet my youngest sister Marie and her husband at Mom's. They're out here until after Christmas so we will have some wonderful extended family time coming up!

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Only have two more books to finish:


I have been totally blessed to have this binding machine that my DS Marie found for me at the Put and Take in Peace River.



Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Degrees of separation; The Book; a wonderful chance to meet again

Well, Dave took the mini tables to Red Willow Place (the Seniors' Centre) to drop them off for me.As he was getting the tables from his vehicle, a woman said, "Hello," and re-introduced herself to him (they had met years ago). He showed her the tables and she looked and said, "Yes, Maureen made those."

What were the changes that Joanne and Dave would meet again after all those years and under those circumstances!?!

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(Shoot! Camera won't download for some reason.)  YES!!! Finally got "The Book" collated and ready to bind. So thrilled. Just need to bind them and deliver/wrap/mail them. Hate that they're so late but glad they're finished.

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Just had an email from Barb that Debbie M. (a former MEE member and incredible author, etc.) will be visiting her on Friday. She's planning on being here at 1 p.m. so I will have time to visit with her before my youngest sister arrives.  How wonderful!


Monday, December 17, 2018

Three down!

Real Life has gotten in the way of my mini-ing but I've found my groove and am getting a few things done.

Before I get into the Meals on Wheels project, want to tell you about the last couple nights. Friend Joanne, DD Leanne and I attended Tom Jackson's The Huron Carole on Thursday night and the Jerry Granelli Trio performance of Tales of a Charlie Brown Christmas on Saturday night. Both were absolutely wonderful! It was the first time I had seen The Huron Carole and I would heartily recommend it to anyone who has the chance to see it. Jerry Granelli was the drummer for the group that originally played the music for A Charlie Brown Christmas and shared some wonderful insights on the making of the TV special.

Last year, Meals on Wheels here had 42 clients so we did it as a M.E.E. project but this year they only had 8 so I decided to do it on my own. But when I got my 'tables' out, only had 7...so put it off until I could find more 12 ounce styrofoam cups...and ordered them from Staples. After I had done that, discovered four more tucked away....Shoot!

Anyway, decided I would do 10...just in case a couple more people had signed up.

So, here are the tables:


 My Christmas bulletin boards:


Two of my food and plate bulletin boards:

And my lighting bulletin board with my candle holders and candles:

These are the trees from Dollarama decorated with rhinestones and snowflake decals (also from Dollarama):

And here is the "laser poop" from Tina that will become the bases for the trees:

Only ended up using two of the trees. Back into my stash. LOL

These aren't as elaborate as last year's but I still hope they will brighten the recipients' days.




While most are Christmas-themed, a couple are more winter-oriented as I have no idea who the recipients will be.

I called my friend and neighbour, Dave, who agreed to deliver them to the Meals on Wheels co-ordinator at the St. Albert Seniors' Centre for me tomorrow.

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Now that these three projects are completed, I can clear off my table (almost completed!) and tomorrow I will finish collating "The Book" and binding it!

YIPPEE!!!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Two down!

I got this room vignette for $5.00 from an estate sale. Bought it for the setting then discovered that everything was totally glued down. So had to rethink it a bit!

It will be a door prize at our Condo Christmas Potluck Dinner so added the Christmas tree and some gifts, a dish of licorice allsorts, the red bowl, a pair of Crocs and a puppy.

Also knit the little afghan over the back of the chair to add a bit of colour.

Stitch for the afghan is:

Cast on multiple of 4 plus 2 stitches.
K2 *P1 wrap wool around needle once, P2 together K1*
Repeat the stiches between * and * to the end of the row.
Just keep repeating that same row until you have the length you want.