September 19, 2017

Minis in New Movie Downsizing

This looks very cool! Imagine being able to live in - and afford that mansion! There has to be a catch, of course... But some cool minis and camera tricks here.

September 15, 2017

Wonderful Dolls By Anna, New Website Name

Anna Hardman, now going by the name Anna Maryina,  creates amazing miniature dolls. I've showcased her work here on the blog several times.

She's re-branding and renamed her website Anna Maryina Dolls - Please be sure to check it out to increase her web traffic again. You won't be disappointed!

August 06, 2017

The Best Time of Year! Halloween Minis!

Oh it's that time of year! Time to see what new stuff is around.

Amazingly Hobby Lobby and Michael's all have Halloween, Fall and Christmas stuff out already. Get them all at once. haa!

I love mini Halloween stuff, though. Michaels had their Spooky Town stuff out with a few new figures.

But the mini section caught my eye. Lots of fun stuff to choose from so I'll be making many trips!!

Here's just a few I got today. Love the skellie animals!!

Dollar Tree also had some new LED lights - these look like fiber optics in a thin plastic tube. Pretty cool. I can see these around a house or for trim. Use two AA batteries. There is also a purple strand. And at only $1, who's complaining?

July 07, 2017

New Miniatures AIM Magazine

The new July '17 (Issue 63) of the Artisans in Miniature (AIM) Magazine is out!
Download or read here. You may have to sign into Scribd to read or download.

I've got a show report and the small scales story in the issue. Happy Reading!

July 03, 2017

Mini Lp's! Record Store Project!

Finally got a "little" something done for the Record Store Project! (See previous pics.)

Yes, little. Making record albums - LP covers. This is only a  "small" start considering how many I'll need. ha! But they're pretty cool, huh?

Oh, only 100 or so to go. haaaaaa! Who's counting? (Well, not yet.)

June 14, 2017

Decorated Miniature Glass House in Shabby Chic

Here's the finished glass house, for now. I really love the shape of this structure! Nice way to display some items that'll eventually go into a full roombox or house. (Previous photos)

The back wall is just a piece of mat board covered with scrapbook paper. Loved this print! The floor is the tweed side of a piece of picture frame mat board. I probably should add a pretty throw rug, too.

Every place needs a dog, even in mini!

The interesting chair and sofa were actually sold as Christmas ornaments! 
(Resin from Hobby Lobby.)

My friend, Kitty, made the great drink and cake.

June 11, 2017

The Latest Miniature Finds! Shabby Chic!

Summer is flea market time here in Wisconsin! I'm lucky to come across some great finds, meaning neat things  - and  cheap! 

One of the finds was this bunch of flower punches. Oh, happy me - they were only $5! 

Of course, it also means another project is in the works. Kind of. I've been planning a Ladies' Shoppe for a looong time, so I've been making things and putting them away. Well, this great glass case I found last week lets me display things until the projects are ready! Always a shame to have stuff stored in boxes unseen, isn't it? Of course, who knows, I may like it enough to keep it this way in the end!

 Pretty cool case, it's 8 1/2" square at the base. I found that a picture frame mat I had has a nice tweed side I'm going to use, for now, as flooring. I'm adding a false wall in the back with that shabby rose print. I like to have a wall for art and shelves. (See finished, decorated case here.)

Here are some items I made before, too. The pretty couch is resin and actually was sold as a Christmas ornament at Hobby Lobby. I have several pieces I was lucky to find since they don't seem to offer them anymore.  I repainted and added French labels to the small chest. I love the shabby chic style! The tall corner case was one of those cheap punch-out furniture kits, and I repainted the smaller bookcase. I have another larger bookcase filled with perfumes, too. I'll share more photos as I progress. 

May 31, 2017

Another Mini Record Store Update!

A few new items I'm working on for the miniature record store project (See previous post.)

What will these be? Got in the mood to paint some furniture. I know, they don't look like anything yet. Stay tuned! They're going to be very colorful! I have some beautiful papers I'm working with!

And.... well, vintage record stores sold a lot of different things... I thought these "accessories" would fit perfect! haa!

May 22, 2017

Update: Miniature Record Store in Progress!

Remember the miniature record store project from the previous post?  A little progress!


The store/roombox is  being painted, glued and nailed now. Still have to touch up the paint, but I really like the purple/violet and lilac trim. It's a nice contrast! The windows are painted pink with a neon pink trim. Still deciding on the door color yet.

Have to paint the base, deciding on the color, and I'm thinking I may do egg carton stones so I can paint them in coordinating colors. I'm thinking of multi-color tiles for the front porch. Lots of color but this is fun! I'm a gypsy at heart. I love lots of colors, glitter and anything that sparkles - which will all be incorporated here!

Also found this fabric. At first I was thinking of the blue to go with my eventual beach house, but this purple and pink, also orange and yellow, could fit in here, maybe for curtains or pillows. LOVE the colors! I still want to try some tie-dye. Remember that? ha!

Then there's this... remember that plant I mentioned? Here's the leaves I need to paint and then assemble. Too funny!!!  I do have some record album covers folded, but soooooo many more to do. But this is a fun project!!

May 18, 2017

The Latest Dollhouse Miniature Project-in-Progress

Realized I haven't posted in a bit, been busy writing, but here's what else is going on:

A Confession: I've become a terrible miniaturist. ha!

Why? Because I start too many projects! Lately, it seems that it's only a deadline or some goal that gets me to finish something.

I  say this because, yes, I started another one. One that really is too big for my space, but I'll find a place for it and get my other living room displays back to how they were.

A month or so back, I found a HUGE dollhouse at the thrift store, and well, it was a steal for $10. I actually bought it for the windows and door since I just don’t have room for the whole house. (Never mind that I have two other built unfinished houses yet to decorate.)

Then I got an idea—yeah, dangerous. Real dangerous...I hated to do it, well, kind of...

 So, I took off the top sections and saved the bottom floor. Ready-made roombox! It's still fairly big - it fits the length of  a square folding table. It's being painted now - the outside is purple with probably a violet trim and the windows a light pink with neon pink trim. It already looks better in the purple!

 Lots of color will be going on here. Found an array of fun scrapbook papers, including a colorful pineapple print I like. Basically you can't have too much color in this one! And... I recently got a beautiful scrapbook paper book full of '60s style prints and Indian designs...

Yes, it will require making dozens, a hundred or more (?), mini record album covers. I really don't like making them all, but the end result makes it worth it. There's something about seeing a bunch of the same things. Check out this mini record collection.  Then I'll have some slightly larger record albums on the walls along with posters. 

You'll laugh - I even found that one of the miniature flower makers has a "certain" plant and leaf kit available for that added touch of realism! I'm a DIY'er so I ordered the kit. ha!

Other additions include:
* Finding some great, dark walnut wood slat placemats for flooring. All I have to do is remove the fabric edging around the front.
* A tie-dye kid's kit. Figured for $5 it's cheaper than having to get all the bottles and stuff separate. Am going to try dyeing curtains, pillows, and some floor pillows.
* Bugle bead necklace to use in making a beaded doorway curtain.
* Gold necklace with a wire insert for some kind of hanging decoration.

 Since it's two rooms, the first room will have the record displays. The larger second room will have some more records, stereo equipment and a place to hang out. 

Fun thing is my friend Gigi found a great little dollhouse size turntable key chain! Perfect size. I found another one though it's plastic and I might see if I need to paint it. I need to make a small, long side table with the turntables and headphones to preview the records!

So I began folding records and will have to glue some. Folding and gluing... but I've barely begun. ha! 

 I don't like repetition, but having a collection of dozens, hundreds, of the one thing is really kind of mesmerizing- and addicting. It'll be the same when I start the Horror bookstore idea I have. I have a small store kit set aside.. and there'll be lots and lots of books to make...  No, I'm not starting it. Not yet... (But some book covers are already printed out...) 

I'll add more pix when I make some real progress.

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