Thursday, June 22, 2017

Canada 150 Project

Joanne is taking some time off so she brought the project over to me today.

I took it to the building next door so I could show it to Mom then I made arrangements with the building manager to leave it there in the dining room for a couple days. After it was set up, three of the residents made a big fuss over it and enjoyed pointing out various items to each other.

I'll bring it home on Saturday afternoon, display it at our condo block party on Sunday then, early next week, I'll drop it off at the St. Albert Public Library where it will be displayed during July, perhaps longer.

It fascinates me more each time I look at it!

I'm working on a foamcore roombox to hold the furniture I bought at Tuesday's meeting. Hope to have a tutorial up tomorrow night. (I'm spending the afternoon at Mom's to keep DS Shirley company while she cuts Mom's hair and gives her a perm so who knows if I'll get it done in time to publish it.)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Oh, my, goodness!

This is going to be a very scattered report as I'm just going to mention things as the pictures came out and not bother to re-arrange them in any particular order.

Tonight (Tuesday) was our final M.E.E. meeting before our summer break. It was also our 'garage sale' meeting.

Show and Tell:

Lucille and Tina just returned from the IGMA week at Castine, Maine.

Lucille dressed this wonderful canopy bed:

and made these great pastries:

Tina made the wonderful candlesticks in a metal class taught by Bill Robertson and the silver tankard in a class with Peter Acquisto.

Our own Cheryl displayed her Cleopatra roombox tonight! Absolutely beautiful!  She was asking for ideas about lighting it and several people chimed in to advise her.

Here is where Barb is really going to come downstairs (got it right this time - as she lives upstairs from me) and kick my a$$. She has already told me I have too many projects on the go and that is why I'm not finishing anything....which is true. (I think I got my purchases past her but this will give it all away.) I'll take my chances and deal with the consequences.

BUT Lucille had this great collection of child friendly pieces on sale for only $10...and it will give me something to make a draw for when Joanne and I do the Art Show at Leo Nickerson School in September. Just have to make a room out of foamcore to house it and that project will be finished! So hope that Barb will forgive me for this purchase. LOL!

This is RL! Newbie Bev, who is one of our biggest cheerleaders and the editor of our wonderful newsletter presented the executive with roses tonight. And our president, Joanne, got a whole bouquet of them...very much deserved. Bev mentioned that Trineke had tried to get her to a meeting of M.E.E. for two years but she resisted. Now she is one of our biggest enthusiasts.

So if you're hesitating to join us, maybe her experience could be an impetus!

Now Barb will really chastise me! I have five beds already with no place to use them but I LOVE canopy beds and this one is it was only $2.00!

But Luba (who had dropped in) said it was perfect for a little vignette...and she is probably right.

When I got home, my reason for buying this stove wasn't as sensible as I had thought. But it was only $1.00 so I think I can be forgiven for buying it.

Totally non-mini for hulling a strawberry:
I bought a basket of strawberries the other day and had hoped to use this tip to hull them but the only straw I had in my stash was too small. Then Judy Mitchell, Joanne and I met for lunch at Chopped Leaf and I got a 1/4" straw with my water so I could use it. Thanks to Laurie Houle for giving me this hack.

(The straw is the white thing above the shadow.)

Take a 1/4" diameter straw and push it through the small end of the strawberry so it takes out the hull and the leaf.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

FINALLY something mini....

My friend, Barb, came down for a visit yesterday (Saturday) and we had a good discussion on my lack of mini-making lately. She was kind enough to offer to get together with me and kick my posterior to "encourage" me. LOL

With that in mind, I actually finished the demi-lune table that Tina designed and taught us. Ouch, that was way back in early April.

This is a wonderful, easy kit. You don't have to marbelize the table pieces.

I rounded the tops of the table legs with an emery board and, with black marker, stained the legs and the bottom of the piece that forms the base of the table top.

Glued the base and table top together,

Clamped them until dry,

Then added the back side legs, using Lego to keep them straight and even.

Added the lower shelf and the front legs.

Gave the legs a coat of gloss stain.

To order from Tina:

Friday, June 16, 2017

A video clip for you

My friend and president of M.E.E., Joanne, was interviewed earlier this week by Dez Melenko of CTV Edmonton. You can see the video here. Hope you enjoy it.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Driving Miss Dolly

Today, Joanne and I went to Red Deer for "Driving Miss Dolly", a get-together of 40 representatives of doll clubs from Edmonton and Calgary and the Miniature Enthusiasts of Edmonton (us). We've been connecting with the doll groups for a few years now and it has been great fun getting to know them.

This was our second trip and was a great day once we got there. It rained all the way down and was a bit foggy (plus the GPS had a mind of her own - thank heaven we had a general idea where we needed to go as she wanted to take some weird and wonderful side trips LOL). But by the time we got almost home, the sky was blue and the sun was shining.

Some shots of the luncheon tables and the room:

There were tables set up around the room and anyone interested could purchase a half table (or more) for a suitcase sale.

We showed our Canada 150 display for the first time and were pleased with the reception.

Another first! There were several displays by doll club members. These were voted on but I didn't get a picture of the winners.

Wendy from Calgary is one of the dealers at our Show and Sale on September 17.

We had a lovely lunch then each of us stood up and introduced ourselves, had the door prize draws (more below about that) then shopped. Even had a group picture taken.

Terrible thing to admit in a room of doll collectors but I'm not a big fan of dolls...never have been. BUT this 12" doll caught my eye and I just couldn't resist.
Aren't her skates incredible?!?

The door prize table ended up with 52 donations!!! There were two things I had my eye on. Wendy actually beat me to the first but...
I was thrilled to get this roombox donated by Marilyn A. The curtain and the afghan are beautifully crocheted! It's a wall-hung box so I have plans for it. I think that the box is attached to the frame with silicone caulking so I should be able to just slice through it. (We'll see how that goes later.)

This brings me up to six new (to me) roomboxes in the last while so I guess it's about time I started getting some work done on making/redoing them.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

A bit of humour

Since I don't drive (never have), I rent out my parking stall to a lovely older gentleman who lives in our building. He knows about my miniatures but I was a bit surprised when he asked if I had a stool that he could have from my stash. As it happened, I did so I went and got it for him.

Then I asked him why he wanted it!

Well, he blushed and hummed and hawed a bit then told me his doctor had asked him for a stool sample and he wanted it for that. We had a good laugh and I had forgotten about it.

But I had told DS Shirley the story and awhile back she sent me this:

Just a giggle for you....

Canada 150 Club Project

Some time ago, Joanne suggested that as a Canada 150 project, all club members submit pictures of what they considered to be iconic Canadian people, things and places.

The top row has the coats of arms of all the provinces, territories and Canada along with a Canadian flag. (These weren't included in the 150 count.)

left side

right side

Here are all the things represented:
Coats of Arms
Quebec Ice Hotel
Stephan Amell, Green Arrow actor
James Naismith, Basketball
Alexander Graham Bell, Telephone 
Frederick Banting, Insulin
Aboriginal Chief with Head Dress
Downtown Victoria
Nova Scotia Shore Houses 
Muttart Conservatory
Rideau Canal Skateway
Sled Dog Team
Inuit Family
West Edmonton Mall Water Park
Old Quebec
Gatineau Park, Maple Leaf
Albion Falls, Hamilton
Baby Seal
Stompin' Tom Connors
E. Pauline Johnson, Poet
Grey Jay Cdn National Bird
Anne Murray
UBC Main Library
Willam Shatner, Cdn. Actor
Front Page Challenge Team
Peggy's Point Lighthouse NL
Christine Sinclair Cdn. Soccer Star
CNR poster
Homestead, Hwy 16,  AB
Butter Tarts
Mr Dressup
Terry Fox Run
Spruce Meadows
Fred Penner Shoe (Bata Show Museum)
Banff Springs Hotel
Mile Zero Alaska Hwy
Sir John A. Macdonald
Mary Pickford, Actress
Canadian Legion Poppy
Men of the Deeps Cape Breton, Coal Miners     Chorus
Group of Seven
Icebergs, Newfoundland
Lorne Greene
Bobby Curtola 
Five Pin Bowling
Canada Dry Pop
AM Radio
Celine Dion
Robertson Screw
Molly's Reach
Pysanka Egg, Vegreville
Lacrosse (natives)
Lacrosse Sticks
Cdn Snowbirds
Electric Wheelchair
Canadian Red Ensign Flag
Chickadee, Black capped
Leslie Nielson
Peanut Butter
Hoodoos, Drumheller
Canadian Tire Logo
Glenn Gould
Gordon Lightfoot
Wayne Gretzky
Anne of Green Gables
Spirit Island, 
CN railroad
Cdn Shield Rose
Leonard Cohen
Pierre Burton
Nanaimo bars
Canadian Wheat
150 B day  Tulips
Wild Horses, AB
Red Fife Heritage Wheat
Canadian Passport
Whooping Cranes
Chris Hadfield
Niagara Falls
Stuart McLean, Vinyl Café
Wayne and Schuster
Bob and Doug McKenzie
Alberta Flag
Chateau Frontenac
Tommy Hunter, Entertainer
Dionne Quintuplets
Jackson Beardley, Ojibway Artist
Northern Lights
Saskatoon Pie
Polar Bears
Grasslands National Park Buffalo
Canada Arm
Ottawa Parliament Buildings, Tulips from         Netherlands
Green Onion Cakes
Sugar Maples
Canada Goose
MacIntosh Apple
3 Penny Beaver stamp
Vimy Memorial in France
Canada Flag mitts
Roger's Place Edmonton
Alex Janvier Mozaic in entry Roger's Place
Curling rock
Mackintosh's creamy Toffee
Van Doos (22nd army regiment)
CBC radio logo on Cowichan sweater
"Famous Five"( women are people law)
AMA card
Butchart Gardens
Bonhomme  ( Que. Winter carnivale)
Haida Gwii
Haida Gwii meeting Captain Cook
Snowmobile ( Joseph Bombardier)
Via rail
Grain elevator
RUSH band album cover
Hudson Bay blanket coat
Paton's Canadiana yarn
(Keep calm) eh?
Winter track in the snow
Lake Louise- known for turquoise lake
Totem pole
Canada 150 coins
Bluenose (won maritime race in 1930)
Canada Post
Avro Arrow airplane
Canadian Club rye whiskey
Atlantic Puffin 
Signal Hill NL (Marconi-first wireless signal)
Hockey Night in Canada official logo
Canada Flag

There are so many other things that we could have added but it was an incredibly interesting, fun project to do. And we learned a lot from it!

Monday, June 5, 2017

A lovely visit

I did get a chance to drop by the sale Saturday morning and ran into Barbara W. who is a follower here. Although Barbara lives in St. Albert, we never seem to have time to visit except at the Show and Sale each September. But since she was already in the building, I invited her to drop by and see my minis when she finished shopping.

I showed her around and we had a great chat about minis and other things. Was able to pass on a few tips that I thought might be helpful. A friend of hers is doing a huge library so needs a LOT of books and I was glad to be able to pass on Dick Tabor's method of making faux books.

It was a lovely break in the weekend.

* * *

Because DBIL Grahame's Celebration of Life was held on Saturday afternoon, I wasn't able to spend as much time as I should have or would have liked to at Lorry's estate sale.

DS Carol stayed with me; DS Marie and DBIL Robert stayed in the guest suite here and DS Sean stayed with DD Leanne in her new home.

Friday and Saturday nights were spent visiting family and close friends at Shirley's and, of course, Saturday afternoon was spent at the St. Albert Inn at the official Celebration of Life. Then I also had some family over for brunch on Sunday morning then went out for dinner with Sean and Leanne Sunday night. And fitting visits with Mom in amongst all this.

His son, Mike, put together a lovely tribute to Grahame 

Lorry's Estate Sale

Lorry's estate sale was a project of monumental proportions. Many thanks to Joanne who oversaw the pricing, packaging and the sale itself. But none of this would have happened without the efforts of all the club members. It's not a large club but when we work together, we can accomplish almost anything.

I didn't get any pictures of the actual sale but I did remember to take some just before we opened the doors.

My purchases:
misc. fruit and vegetables; canned carrots; coffee maker; ketchup

Buy of the weekend: the egg poacher - Love it!

pie server, grater, pot, mold, corkscrew, bottle brush, ice cream scoop, vegetable peeler, spoon, scoop, two forks and two fly swatters

two copper bowls, star cookie cutter, five wooden utensils, ladle and pancake turner

Lovely 6-drawer dresser

I don't use dolls but this one has such a lovely face and is dressed so well, I just couldn't resist. Just have to wig her!?!

Picked up these napkin rings by Phillip Aitken for a friend who collects his work.

Couple filigree pieces - just because.

Got this for the sitting room for the three room roombox.

This table is so unique, I just couldn't pass it by. You can see the top below.

Fell in love with this wardrobe when we were sorting. Am glad I managed to grab it before anyone else did.

And here it is open.

Battery-operated ceiling light.

Some nice pieces of carpet

Some bricks on mesh - probably for the Secret Garden when I get to work on it.

Can always use another Christmas tree LOL

Set of chess men
I also bought another roombox with a plexiglass front and a sheet of plexi I hope I'll be able to cut to fit some of my completed scenes.