Sunday, April 22, 2018


Ann Z. runs "Thyme to Celebrate Catering" out of the building where my mother lives. She also makes evening meals available to residents of the building and has been invaluable to our family in supplying great meals to Mom for some time now.

Awhile back, Ann told me that her daughter is expecting her first grandchild so I decided to make a miniature nursery for the new baby. The parents will not be finding our whether it's a girl or boy ahead of time and with that in mind are doing the nursery in grey and (I'm hoping) white for now, adding colour later.

Here are the crib and change table (from Grandpa's Dollhouse).

Tall dresser is from Tuesday's Estate Sale and the lower one is a House of Miniatures kit from my stash.

Don't know if I'll have room for a toy box but if I do, I'll paint this one white. The clothes rack is from my stash.

Love this bassinet from an Estate sale a couple years ago but don't think I'll use it.

One thing I knew I had to have in this room for a rocking chair so sent the call out to our group and my friend and fellow miniaturist, Trineke, gave me this wonderful chair which is just perfect!

And here it is with a beautiful afghan from my stash.

Some finishing touches from my stash...

This beautiful case from IKEA will be the room. It's 10" x 10" x 6" deep.

Still have to pull off this protective sheet off the glass.

The background sheet of matboard is a light grey with some marbling. I'll cover the back wall with it. The fabric on top will be the carpet in the room.

I have to work on tax returns tomorrow then Joanne and I are going to a movie at Reel Monday tomorrow night but hopefully I'll get working on this on Tuesday.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

So excited

about my Estate Sale purchases tonight at club that I'm ignoring all my filed pictures for now and showing you what I bought!

The sale itself:

The Badger-Dingle Roombox

A Greenleaf dollhouse - beautifully finished

A petite Greenleaf dollhouse

Sale furniture and accessories

Wood, wallpaper, etc.

This was shown as a post office set (which it was as you can see on the right of the first picture and it needed some gluing (but only five small pieces). It is exquisitely done and all the pieces are beautiful. And I got it for $15.00!!

The piece on the left will go into one of my future art galleries as will the lower piece on the right. The actual upper piece on the right I will take over to my mother since when I was very young my parents ran the general store and post office in Worsley, Alberta. After that, I'll probably give it to someone who is doing a general store.

 These three shelving units will work just about anywhere so I'm sure they'll end up in future projects.

I bought this tall dresser for a nursery I'm working on as I think it will work better than the lower, wider one I have. (More about that later.)

The milk can will go in Vern's attic to represent the one that I have from the farm that belonged to Vern's parents. Thanks to Cheryl S. who knew I wanted it and grabbed it up for me!) The Chrysbon cabinet is just because it's beautiful and spoke to me.

These brass candlesticks are so delicate and exquisite that I had to have them. Strangely, there were just two candles in the sealed package but that's okay, I have packages of candles in my stash.

At a long ago Estate Sale, I bought two floor lamps that match this table lamp so couldn't resist.

For $2 each, I loved this plate stand and the plate. Unfortunately, they don't work together but the stand will work as a holder for a piece of art in one of my art galleries. And I love the plate on it's own.

Another art gallery piece. Think I'll be re-arranging my art galleries (current and planned) so one will be for Native American art.

My treasured purchases:

I spotted this little piggy bank (with the tag upside down) and knew I had to have it for the nursery I'm working on. (I KNOW I have a little piggy bank SOMEWHERE but can't find it!)

When I realized it was by Janice Crawley, someone said "here's another piece by her" so I had to get it also. Oh, my, these have to be among the first pieces Janice did. I'm SO excited.

So those are all my goodies from the Estate sale.  Hadn't really expected to buy anything but spent $40 and worth every penny!

My birthday present by Barb Streithorst from the club! Isn't it wonderful?

I won this tea kettle as a door prize tonight.

There is a young man named Dave, a friend of Tina's son, who does incredible painting of metal minis. He painted this rifle and shotgun for me. You can't tell from these pictures but in person you can even see the woodgrain on the rifle stock. My 94 year old mother was totally impressed! (Mom hunted all her life and was a damn good shot so she knows her weapons.)

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

I am so sick and tired

of being sick and tired!

After almost 30 years of good health (other than a week of strep throat last year), I was diagnosed with shingles 8 weeks ago. And, as if that wasn't bad enough, early into that diagnosis, I passed two kidney stones!

I saw the doctor yesterday and he thinks I'll probably have another six weeks of the nerve pain from the shingles.

One of the worst things has been an absolute lack of energy and now it's also hard to get out of the habit of doing nothing except read.

Anyway, I've got a few projects on the burner and hope to get back in the groove soon.