Sunday, December 28, 2008

Full of the Christmas spirit :0)

Our Christmas was quiet, but cozy...

One of my gifts to my mom: A yummy lobster dinner!!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Holidays

Thursday, December 11, 2008

I haven't shared a picture of my boy for a while, and since I'm still trying to work out the details on this photography thing (*&%##@!!), I thought I'd go ahead and do that. This was also taken at the sinks, and I really like this pic, because it shows not only my beautiful boy, but also how high up we were. Doesn't he look contemplative? I get a kick out of that.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

This was taken in a place called "The Sinks". It's about 20 minutes from my house, and just one of the gorgeous places that are all around me. I spend a lot of time out walking the trails in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, because my goal in the long run is to do a multi day hike on the Appalacian Trail, which runs through part of the park on it's way from Georgia to Northern Maine.
I take a lot of pictures, and I'd really like to share them, so I'm working on a project, which, as my TeamMIDS team-mates can tell you is driving me crazy. Watch for my mini-photography soon!

Friday, November 28, 2008

I hope everyone is having a great holiday!!
Woo hoo!! Made a sale today!! Woo hoo!!

I've been really working hard on trying out new things to put in my Etsy Shop. I've been focusing on needlefelting, and I think I'm going to have some things pretty soon that are sale-worthy. But in the meantime, I'm also trying out other things. This is the latest addition to my shop:

Friday, November 21, 2008

Another Needlefelted Project

Ok, so the goal is to make needlefelted dollhouse Mini's, but I couldn't resist making a snowman. He could actually be a great decoration for a dollhouse winter scene, because he's only 3 1/4 inches tall...but I can't part with him. He's my first 3 dimensional figurine, so he gets to live with me. But before long.....

Thursday, November 20, 2008

My newest project; a needlefelted couch for displaying my dollhouse Mini's:

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Well the team is officially up and running, and I am the blog-maker!!

TeamMIDS is a team of artists dedicated to making scale miniatures for dollhouses in 1:12 scale or smaller. If you want to see small sometime, check out a 1:144 dollhouse within a dollhouse. Amazing.

Click here to see the TeamMIDS blog and check out the slideshow for some absolutely stunning work.

Hi Brenda!!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The leaves are finally getting around to turning here in the mountains, and it's so beautiful I've been having a hard time staying inside long enough to get anything done. I went for a drive a few days ago, and this is just a little sample of what I'm surrounded by.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

My Blog Gets a Facelift!

In the last few months, I've been learning all kinds of new things. So my blog needs a new look to go along with all my new projects, don't you think?

First of all, I'm learning a new craft, which I LOVE!! If you've never been exposed to needlefelting, you can learn right along with me; it's a fascinating thing where you take these seriously sharp needles (and trust me, my fingers can attest to that!) and some loose wool, and sculpt it into...well, whatever your imagination can come up with! Three dimensional figurines are really popular, Art Dolls, animals, fantasy figurines, and that's just the beginning.

At the beginning, before I could get my hands on wool, I went out and bought wool yarn, and tore it down to it's basic fibre structure...LOL...lots of work, there, and it slowed me down some!

But anyway, here's a picture of my first efforts, which were just little Christmas Tree Ornaments, but I like them anyway:

Monday, November 3, 2008

More Awesome Mini's!

Ok, I realize I'm turning this blog into more of a Mini Showcase than anything, but I just can't help it. There are too many amazing artists that I'm being exposed to...

So today, it's all about the Unicorn! Golden Unicorn Mini's (or as we just call her, GUM) does the most amazing florals:

And this you GOTTA see!

This tiny little potting station, because after all, if you're going to do florals, you really NEED a place to keep your supplies, don't you think??

These little works of art are 1:12 scale, which in laymans term means one inch in a dollhouse equals one foot in real life. Talent?

Ya' think? For more of her work, check out her website!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Bassom Bear Miniature Teddy Bears

Bassom Bears are some of my favorite mini's:

If the coin weren't in the picture, you would never be able to tell that this was a miniature; the tiny paws, the facial features, the ears...everything is there, and these itty bitty creatures are even jointed!

The detail is meticulous; along with the teddy bears (even one tiny baby bear)

she also makes Bunnies!

and Puppies!

So many little's hard to choose. But if you want to try, you can check out her shop at

Friday, August 22, 2008

I'm Ba-ack!!!

Check out this teeeny-tiny little basket! It's hand woven, made of horse-hair, and it's exquisite! I was reading blogs the other day, and I ran across one featuring Bazketmakr (Pamela), who makes these amazing little vessels.

I loved them so much I had to write and ask her if I could feature them in this blog too! If you want to see more of her work, you can check out her shop at

These are definitely on my wish-list!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Moving my miniture workshop! (And the rest of me too)...

Well, I'm going to be incommunicado for a week or so, since I'm moving - to the most beautiful place in the Great Smokey Mountains; Wears Valley Tennessee. This is my yard, more or less!

Once I'm settled in, and my little workshop is all set up, look to my shop for lots of new mini's...until then, happy creating!!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Lil Witchy Haunted House Miniatures

One of the most interesting things about the world of miniatures, is that the only limitation is your imagination. Whether you want to live under the sea, on the moon, in a tree house, or in a Georgian Mansion, it's all about fulfilling YOUR wildest fantasies.

Somewhere out there, there is an artist who makes the perfect item to turn your dreams into realities.

If you're into the Goth Culture, the Occult, or even just want to decorate your doll house for All Hallow's Eve, certain things are a MUST. How can you tell whether you're going to get enough candy if you can't consult the orb? Well, you could always check your ouiji board of course!!

Lil Witchy is a very talented miniaturist who specializes in "Haunted" doll houses, and you can view more of her work at

Better order now, though...Halloween is just around the corner!!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Blue Kitty Miniatures. This is an artist that I really admire. She makes the most amazing little things, and I had to show them off. This little cookie jar is so tiny and yet when you take off the lid, it holds miniscule cookies. I can't see where any dollhouse kitchen is complete without this kind of thing!

She's a member of the EtsyDams team of miniature and doll artists, and if you want to see more of her work, you can check out her shop at

Monday, July 28, 2008

Promoting other DAM Artists!

Recently I was invited to join the DAM TEAM! That's Etsy DAM's (Doll and Miniature Artists), just in case you're interested!

I was touched and flattered to be considered in the same league with these artists. (In fact the first thing I did was e-mail my friend Faye, and ask if she thought they made a mistake!! lol) There is some MAJOR talent on that team, and I've only just begun to scratch the surface.

Please take a few minutes and check out the shops, blogs and websites of these amazing people; and be prepared to be awed!

More coming soon, so keep checking back...

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Fall is coming; and a lot sooner than you think! It's about time to scatter leaves across your dollhouse yard, and set up the pumpkins and the cornstalks. (Ok, well I'm actually getting ahead of myself a LITTLE BIT here, but it couldn't hurt to start getting ready!!)

One of my favorite things about fall is pumpkin farms. Hayrides. Corn Mazes. There's just something about going out on a crisp Autumn day and kicking around in the country. And at home? Yes, I love me some pumpkin roll. If you've never had a pumpkin roll, you're really missing out. It's a thin layer of pumpkin cake, spread with cream cheese frosting, rolled up, and decorated (if you have time) with a fall-ish theme.

So of course, I had to make little pumpkin rolls for the dollhouse. Wanna See?

This one also comes decorated with a maple leaf, or even in chocolate instead of pumpkin! And they can all be purchased at my Etsy Shop!

Friday, July 18, 2008

One of the things I get the most comments and questions about is the fact that all my cakes really do have layers underneath the frosting. Truthfully, it never occured to me NOT to make them that way, in case they owner wanted to display a slice on a nearby plate.

I only cut them if the buyer asks however. Not everyone wants to display a half eaten cake!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Building a dollhouse

"It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood!"
I loved Mr Rogers, especially the part of the show where he showed his little neighbors how something was made. This video would have been a hit with him - and them!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Lots of detail makes this one of my more challenging cakes. The more challenging the cake, the more I enjoy making it!
Off white cake on the inside is separated by a layer of pale pink frosting that matches the outside of the cake. Rose colored ribbon is piped around the bottom of each layer, and formed into teeny little bows which embellish the corners of the bottom layer and surround a larger bow to make a centerpiece for the top! Finished off with pale pink dots all over the cake, this is a fabulous cake for an elaborate dollhouse wedding feast.
All cakes can be customized, so you can choose to have marble cake, or white frosting with purple details, change the bows to roses, or anything else your heart desires! (But you do have to allow me time to accomplish these amazing feats!) And like all of my cakes, it arrives with it's own paper doily and "Silver" Platter.
For more details on this cake, and more (like how to buy them! --hey, I wouldn't be much of a salesperson if I didn't throw that in, now would I?), check out my Etsy Shop by clicking this link:

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

My name is Lori, and I'm a craft-aholic!!

A long time ago, I figured out that I'm happiest when I'm sitting at my craft desk, making something. It doesn't even matter so much WHAT I'm making; jewelry, painted wooden items, a quilted blanket, long as my hands are busy, and my imagination is in overdrive, I'm where I want to be. Sometimes my things turn out nicely--sometimes, NOT SO MUCH!! LOL

Recently I decided to open a shop on Etsy, and I had to narrow it down, so that scrolling through my shop wouldn't be like walking through a virtual craft explosion, and since the thing that allows for the most variety within the same medium is polymer, that's what I decided to go with.

Check me out at