Thursday, January 22, 2009

My "Photography in Miniature" has now officially debuted in my Etsy shop!

I won't bore you with the details since I my last post was about these items, but I did want to show the final finished project here. :0)

There will be more soon, as I have a new batch of photo's to frame.

My newest finished project is my Rustic Farm Table. I didn't make this from a kit; I measured, cut, sanded, stained, woodburned, and assembled it from scratch (altho I did cheat a bit with the legs. There's no way I could do this type of leg yet, since I don't have the tools, or the expertise, so the legs are actually cut down porch balusters). I've completely fallen in love with making miniature furniture, and while I'm no pro for sure, I think I'm making some progress.

I'm going to be pretty busy for the next couple of days working on finishing up the furniture I already have going, and then I get to start on the next part of my dollhouse: the upstairs hall and bathroom. I love my little mini world!!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

I've talked about these before - Framed Photo Art in Miniature. If you click on the picture above, you can see a much larger version, and a lot more detail.

These are going to be debuting in my Etsy shop before the end of this week. Neither of the two shown will be there, as the waterfall was given away as a gift, and if you look closely at the other, there was a slight matting mishap! The matting was wide enough but not tall enough.

Making these has been one long, sometimes frustrating journey.

I live in the Smokey Mountains, and one of my favorite past-times is hiking. I LOVE to take off early in the morning, camera in hand, and hit the trails in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. And I wanted to combine my two favorite things; my photography and my Mini's. All is well while I'm out taking pictures, but the problem was shrinking them small enough for Mini's while keeping the sharpness and clarity!! Finally, a good friend of mine, Fairy Garden, figured out how to do it, and through the magic of Photoshop, we got some useable pictures.

These two are framed in hand crafted frames, but I wanted something a little fancier, so I looked high and low to find picture frame molding in 1:12 scale, and FINALLY!! Success. :0)

Anyway, to make a very long story short, I'm going to be selling my original art photography, miniaturized and framed in hand-crafted frames. I hope you check them out in my shop when they're on sale. And thanks for looking.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Ah yes...the dollhouse in progress. I've seen tons of pictures of these, and they're always such a I know why! You need all the rooms you're not working on, to hold all the things you need to complete the room you're in!! So I've decided that since this is my first dollhouse, I don't need all the bells and whistles. No electricity this time around, because I just can't wait that long to save the money. I want to start NOW!!!

The Blue Room. This is my first completed dollhouse room EVER. I'm thrilled with myself, of course. LOL

Actually, it really did turn out exactly like I had pictured in my mind, (minus the flaws like paint that needs to be touched up, and crooked chair rails, and the fact that I didn't allow quite enough width on the valances to straddle the window frame).

I don't care. It's my first room ever, and to me; it's a masterpiece!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Our Article has been posted in the Etsy Storque!!
Yea for Cath (Golden Unicorn Miniatures) and Carol (Blue Kitty Miniatures)

Some of the lovely photo's Cath put together:

Saturday, January 3, 2009 it is!! I am so excited...Aubri and Terry made me my very first dollhouse for Chrismas this year, and what a dollhouse it is. It's a blank canvas waiting to be turned into a work of art. The first step is to decide what theme I want to use. My friends have decided that it should be a cake shop - LOL - but I'm thinking I'll make a roombox for that! For this: I've narrowed it down to either a Beach House or a Mountain Lodge, with the leaning toward the beach theme because something about the porch is pulling me that way. I can just see it with wide, weathered floorboards, a hanging swing or two, some adirondack furniture...and some feathery plants, both hanging and standing.

Right now I'm still considering if I want to put electricity in it or not. I'd like to, but I'm a bit impatient to get started, and if I do that, it will be a while before I can afford to buy the electric kit. If I do decide to electrify it, I'll still have the outside to work on. Hmmm......
Decisions - decisions.