Tuesday, July 27, 2010

I've got mail!!

I received some lovely accessories for my garden shed today from Norma of .  I had made a Parisian sign while making all my garden signs and Norma loved it, so we decided to do a swap.  I am so pleased with the items that Norma sent.  It goes to show that two minds are better than one.  I had never thought to print garden plans for the shed, but Norma did, and they are fabulous.  She sent me five really nice plans.  I've been working with a garden plan to landscape my front yard for a couple of years now, but I never thought to print some for my garden shed.  Thanks for thinking of it Norma!

Norma also sent me five mini magazines, and some of them are Canadian Gardening magazines!  She also sent me a great open magazine, pictured below.

I've been playing around with placing the items with my other garden shed items.  Being trained as an architectural technologist, my first instinct was to fold some of the garden plans the same way full size plans are folded.  It's a little more challenging when they are less than 2" wide though!!  I also rolled up some of the plans and placed them in the wooden crate just to the right of the potting table.  It's a little harder to see in the picture.

If you look closely you can see some of the magazines placed at the bottom of the potting table.  I plan to build another bench for the side of my shed, and I think the open magazine will work perfect there.

I also folded a plan and placed in my garden tote.  Sorry there won't be a plan in the garden tote for my give-a-way, they are too cute and I want them all!!  lol.   You can also see the magazines close up on the bottom shelf!

Lastly, Norma sent me two planting guides, which I think will work perfect on the back of the shed doors.  I have to decide how I want them mounted and then I will photograph them for you to see!  I'll save that treat for another day.

So a big thank you to Norma, I am so pleased with the items I received.  I do hope you receive my item soon.  Let me know.

Monday, July 26, 2010


I am quickly approaching 100 followers and to spur things along I have put together a give-a-way.  In making all the accessories for my garden shed, I have accumulated lots of duplicates, so I have put together some of these items.  You will see the garden caddy with all the accessories, two crates (with or without labels, winner's choice), two wooden signs, one small and one large, and a fern also made by me.  Also not shown I will throw in lots and lots of garden related printies.  Be prepared to cut and glue!!

Here's the deal, there are three chances to win:-

1. If you are interested, leave a comment. 

2. If you post the give-a-way on your blog, send me a second comment to let me know, and your name goes in a second time. 

3. If a new follower signs up, because of your link, and they tell me they saw the link on your blog when they leave their comment (so you need to put this on your blog) they get an entry and you will also get a third entry.  So it's three chances to win.  (Hope this is not too confusing....I am good and making things complicated!!)

I am leaving to go to Las Vegas at the end of the week (for business....yes, me no one goes to Las Vegas in July unless they have to).  When I return I will draw for the winner on August 9th.

I would love to see that this grows enough interest in the blog to reach my 100 follower goal, and hopefully blow it out of the water!

In the meanwhile, I am still in town until early Friday morning, so I will keep monitoring things until then.  And I am sure I will be posting again.  Things have come to a little of a standstill with the roof of the garden shed.  My drill is broken and I have to drill several holes before I can install the roof joists.  Looks like I will have to purchase a new drill soon.  So if my fiance is reading, my birthday is fast approaching and a drill is a good birthday gift!!  (Have to put hints whereever you

Most importantly, I have two more followers to welcome.  Please take the time to visit their blogs.

Thanks for taking an interest in my blog.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Second time around...

The value in taking photos of your minis allows you to see things that you can't see with your naked eye. Last night I sanded down the stool and tool box and photographed it again and placed the photo in my blog. Once I got a moment to really size up the photo I realized that you couldn't even see the sanding I had done. I wanted it too look older and more distressed. So tonight it was back to the drawing board...or in this case, the painting and distressing area.

I rubbed both pieces down with raw umber and chipped out some wood, and then sanded everything again. I'm more pleased with the look now. You never know though, it still may not be finished!!

Have a look!

I have one new follower to welcome this evening. Please take the time to have a look at her fabulous blog. Welcome to


I am fast approaching 100 followers, and I have put together a give-a-way for that time. More details in the coming days.


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Little bit of this.....

I haven't spent a lot of time at my minis since I returned from Nova Scotia. Playing a little catch up at the office, and enjoying our fabulous summer days. Tonight I did spend a little time sanding down my latest two creations, the tool box and the bench.

Now I've got the tool box filled, and placed outside the garden shed, with the newly sanded bench. I thought the distressing would be more obvious, so I may go back and do further distressing later. Hope you like the items!

I have a few more followers to welcome:-


Thanks ladies for taking an interest in my blog. I've been actively following your blogs as well.

In the past two months since I started this blog, I've been lucky enough to have 90 followers interested in my blog. Thank you to each of you. I will have to put some thought into a give-a-way as the 100 plateau quickly approaches. Sounds like an idea for my next posting.....stay tune!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Home Again

It's always exciting to travel to other places, but it seems it's always more exciting to get home again. After a few busy days in Halifax, Nova Scotia for work, I am back on the Rock again. For those who have never heard, Newfoundland is affectionately referred to as The Rock, because of the rugged coastline and vast areas of very little vegetation, and just mainly "rocks." It's a beautiful area never the less.

I did get to spend some evening time with my miniature friends in Halifax though, and we spent a lovely evening at Nancy's house getting to see her extensive miniature collection that she has accummulated over many years. I was so impressed and so in awe. There were times that I didn't know where to turn because she had such a large collection. She works on her miniatures in a space that is the same size as my entire house!! I am so envious. She was an absolutely gracious host, and when we parted she gave me a beautiful gift to remember my visit to her home and to Nova Scotia. I've informed her that she can adopt me anytime she wants too!!

It was a miniature dinner setting of a lobster meal. For anyone who has never been to the area, lobster is definitely a meal you have to taste when visiting the area. In my case, I just get to admire it!! Too little to taste!! But absolutely beautiful. Nancy thank you so very much.

If you can believe it, I forgot to take my camera with me to Nancy's, but one of the other girls did remember and they have sent me the pictures, so I have got to sort through them and post one at a later date.

I also spent an evening visiting my future in-laws in the area, and they are avid flea market collectors and always on the outlook for me for miniature items. Bess had found these wonderful little ceramic children and dressed cats and other figurines. Now I have to plan a future project for them. Aren't they great?!

I returned from my trip on Friday evening, but yesterday was such a beautiful day we spent some of the time outside, until it got too hot, and then we did a little more planning and shopping for our upcoming wedding. My fiance and I are getting married on October 23rd, so we have lots of planning to do for that day. With all my travelling and minis to take up my time, and least I forget, the career that pays all my bills, and allows us to enjoy our life, planning a wedding is one more adventure to add to the mix.

I was able to squeeze one mini into the last two days though. I wanted a little bench for outside the door of the garden shed, and I had cut it out and started to assemble it before I left for Halifax, and this morning I was able to finish it. I pickled the wood, but I think once it's dry (still wet in the picture) I may "dirty" it up a little and make sure it fits perfectly in place by the shed. I modelled it after a bench that my mom had for many years. It was used in her family home when she was growing up. I used it myself as a coffee table for many years and only in the past years gave it back to mom for her to use again. They used it at their kitchen table growing up. It is a wonderful old bench, and I love my replica of it.

While in Halifax I did take a quick trip to the local Michael's store and was able to get a block of the terra cotta coloured air-drying clay. I thought once I got to the airport, the block of clay safely packed in my suitcase may raise a few eyebrows once the luggage passed through screening, but there were no TSC security alerts in my suitcase when I arrived home. I travel quite often and know every miniature shop in my travels, so I buy often when travelling and some of my miniature purchases have raised a few security alerts over the years. From the little bags of landscaping materials, (it's only little bags of to the blades for my hand saws and cutters, to the steel and magnet gluing jig, I have seen many TSC security alert notices in my bags over the years. They must wonder what this lady is doing with all these supplies, and I am sure to the person who has never seen what we make, it is difficult at times explaining our pastime!

I am hoping to make some paving tiles for the grounds just outside the garden shed with my newly acquired clay. That will be a posting for another day. I have seen several blogs over the past month working with this product and I am excited about experimenting myself.
I wasn't able to get much reading in on the blogs I follow during my trip, a few at the airport while waiting for my return flight, so a good part of yesterday was spent "catching up." I follow over 200 blogs, and most of them are miniature related, so I did read each and every posting, but because I had so much to read I only posted a couple of comments. I did see some fabulous pictures in your postings, and I am envious of those who won fabulous give-a-ways and received wonderful swap items. You are so fortunate.
I did gain a few more followers myself, that I would like to welcome. Some of them are bloggers that I follow already. Take a moment and view the wonderful work they are doing.
Welcome to:-
Sarah, This is a really interesting blog. Definitely take the time to have a look.
Pan, who doesn't appear to have a blog. If you do Pan, just add a comment with a link to your blog.

Thanks for taking an interest in my blog as well.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Out of town for a few days

I'm travelling for the next three days for work, so I will be away from my workshop during this time, and not making any new postings. Hopefully I will get a moment to read everyone's postings during this time, if not on the weekend I will be doing lots of catch up reading.

Before I leave I wanted to welcome a few more followers:-

Caroline. Caroline doesn't appear to have a blog, but she does sell on Etsy and has a link for this:- If there is a blog, Caroline let me know and I can post a link for you.

Martina. I don't see if you have a blog, but if you do also, just let me know and I will post a link.

Welcome to my blog, thanks for taking an interest.

Thought I would share one more flower photo from our trip to the Botanical Gardens last week. I don't know the name of the flower. It kind of reminds me of a lily, but I am almost sure it's not. Maybe someone else does. At any rate, it's great inspiration for future miniature flower making.


Monday, July 12, 2010

More Newfoundland Homes

A couple of weeks ago I posted a picture of one Newfoundland home we had saw recently on a day trip to Brigus. Today I would like to show you another charming house we found on that trip. I don't think this home is necessarily an historical home, but it had a real charm about it. Some features of the home are typical of Newfoundland, the salt box house with the lean to kitchen built on the back. But what is not typical of Newfoundland architectural is the weathered cedar cladding on the house.

What I loved even more was the matching garden shed. Isn't it fabulous.

It's a small house, but it has so much charm. Wouldn't it make a fabulous miniature cottage. I can see the brackets for the window flower boxes, but unfortunately during our visit there were no flower boxes to be seen. The weather at the time in Newfoundland had not been great, and if this home is a summer cottage I can understand why the window boxes are not out yet. Hopefully with improving weather we will see them on a future visit to Brigus. There is so much inspiration in Newfoundland for miniature houses. If I just had enough hours in the day to work on all these projects. I think I will add to my list of all the miniature projects I want to complete. I started my list on my first blog posting. I'm going to add it to the side bar of my blog, and add to it every time I get inspired. It may grow to be an unreasonable list, but we all need goals!!!

I have one more follower to welcome. Everyone take a look at the work that Carmen is doing on her blog Thanks for taking the time to follow my blog. Love the work you doing in your blog.


Sunday, July 11, 2010

A Tool Caddy for the Garden Shed

Today I spent some time making a tool caddy for the garden shed. I had accumulated a few miniture tools and found a tutorial online for a tool caddy in full size, and worked at reducing it to miniature today. My first attempt failed, because I couldn't cut the necessary notches in the wood without breaking the wood, but with some minor adjustments, I finally accomplished the task. I am pleased with the results.

I aged it with the same product I have been using for the crates. It's a bottle I purchased about 20 years ago while visiting a miniature store in North Carolina. I am starting to get really low on the product!! I've got to source more of this product.

I haven't added the tools yet because the wood was still wet when I took the picture. That will be for another posting.

I also stained and glued the rafters in place today. Next step is to stain the roof joists and glue those in place. Things are really starting to take shape here.

I was so busy with all my swap offerings yesterday that I failed to welcome my new followers, so now I have 5 to welcome this evening. I had several comments on the swap offerings yesterday and had a few emails as well. If there is anyone else interested in swapping garden themed accessories or flowers, just drop me an email. My email address is in my profile.
I would like to welcome these followers. Please take the time to have a look at their blogs.
Mini Babies, I don't see a blog, but if you do have one, just drop me a comment and I will post a link for you. If I have gotten anyone's name incorrect, I apologize. My translator was working well for some of the blogs, so I had to do a little searching for a name. I hope I have them correct.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Gardening Swap

Recently Ira @ suggested a gardening swap. I jumped in to volunteer immediately. With my present garden shed project, I need lots of gardening items, including flowers for the outside. I've made and collected lots, but I would love to have a bigger variety. So today I am offering up duplicates of many of the things I have in hopes that one of the other swappers would be interested in these items.

These are the items I have to offer:

Hyacinth stems. I still have add leaves to most of them, only the front two stems have the leaves attached yet. I made these myself from instructions I found in Miniature Collector magazine. I have about 4 dozen stems made so far.

Vintage wood sign. I only have one right now, but I can laminate and age more if required. It was made from a printie I found online. I mounted it to a wood backing, and painted and distressed it.

Wooden "Clay" pots have have been aged with moss. These are about 1/2" high.

Potted fern:-

Or just fern leaves, here's an example of how I used the fern leaves on my dollhouse window box. I am not offering up the window boxes, just wanted to show you alternate ways to use the fern leaves. I made the fern leaves myself from floral tape. They are extemely time consuming, but I have lots from a previous swap I was involved in last year.

Fushia stems. This is for individual stems, depending on how many you need. You'll see in the above window box, I used stems in between the fern leaves. Vase is not included in swap, just needed something to prop the stems in.

Here's a close up shot of the stems:-

I have two styles of crates, labels do vary. I have lots of the lower flat crate, just have to attach the labels. The double crate, I would have to make more if more than one swapper is interested of if they need more than one.

I also have two sizes of seed flats. I think I will add a little greenery and a plant stake in each of the flats showing some early plant growth.

I also have lots of garden signs. The three shown below I only have one of each. These are about 2.5" wide and 1.5" h. Some of these signs have bowed a little with the glue and paint. Depending on how they are used, some weight may need to be applied to them to flatten them down.

These are two smaller garden signs I have. Once again I only have one of each. These are a lot smaller measuring approx. 1" wide x 3/4" high

Lastly I had another idea for garden swap items. I hope it appeals to the interested swappers. Over the years I have collected a lot of silk and plastic flower stems in full size, that have individual blossoms that were suitable scale to use in 1/12 scaled settings. Even when I purchased one stem or in some cases one bunch, I had more blossoms then I would ever need in all my miniature projects. I don't know if there are others that have collected these floral stems over the years and may want to swap some of these blossoms, and even if you haven't you may have other garden items to offer up as swap items for these blossoms. Some were floral blossoms, and some are just leaves. I have photographed all of them in the smaller crate to show you the size of the blossoms and leaves. So hopefully this is of interest to others as well.
First there are these pink and light green five petal flower blossoms. These are about 6 blossoms on each section I pulled off the flower stem. Each blossom is about 1/4" inch wide.
Then there are these yellow cluster flowers. Each cluster measures about 1/2" acoss. Great to use as babys breath.
I also have these clusters of flower stems that look like delphinumns. Two colours dark rose and light orange. There are about 20 blossoms on each cluster that can be cut individually.
Next are these purple blossoms. I don't know if they look like any full size flowers, but I really like them. Each blossom is about 1/4".
I also have these white clusters that are also perfect looking clusters of babys breath.
Then I have lots of greenery pieces. Great fillers in the garden. They are variegated from dark green to light green from botton to top. Each stem measures about 2-2.5" inches.

I also have these leaves that are either green or burg. Again they are great garden fillers, and can possibly used for Hostas if cut and glued together appropriately.

Lastly I have these other greenery fillers that look like little bushes. Each piece measures about 1" across. I am showing about 6 bushes below. Three are in each section.

Outside of these items, I have printed and partially cut lots and lots of printies from seed packages to seed bags that I will throw in with each swap since I got so carried away with my printing!!! Great opportunity to move these items.

So that's what I have to offer for the garden swap. If there are any interested parties, let me know what you have to offer in exchange.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The Roof Continues!

Today I trimmed and fitted the rafters for the roof. I have to stain them before I do the final glueing, so they match the studs. But everything is fitting perfectly, so I am pleased. I had to cut a partial 45 degree angle on each rafter to line up with the 45 degree angle I carved a couple of weeks ago on the fascia. This will give me a seamless angle to fit the roof sheathing on later. I am hoping to use more of the boards I salvaged from the cedar flower lattices for the roofing.

View from the top:-

View from the inside looking out:-

Detail of the cut on the rafters:-

I have one new follower to welcome. It's someone whom I admire their work tremendously, so I am honoured that they have taken the time to follow my blog.

Please welcome, Bozse, and everyone please have a look at the fantastic work at

I am so impressed with the aging that you are doing on your projects. Thanks for sharing your work to all of us avid followers.


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

More of my needlework

I haven't done any new work on the garden shed today. I follow over 200 blogs, and I have done so much reading of new postings by others tonight, that I haven't done any work myself. Oh well!! So I still wanted to check in, so I thought I would show you another work in progress. I had mentioned in an earlier posting that I always have one needlework project in the works all the time!! I obviously don't need a needlework project for the garden shed, but I've been working on a large rug now for over a year.

I am attending Camp Mini Ha Ha in September and we are building a castle room. I have decided to make my castle room a modern twist on an old castle. I want to build a very luxurious living room in the castle. I am envisioning a wealthy couple who have purchased an old castle and they are renovating it for today's world, still trying to keep a little of the past, while maintaining the comforts of today. I am hoping to use the rug I am working on in this living room.

Here are some pictures of the Castle prototype.

If you want to know more about Camp Mini Ha Ha, visit for more info.

I was so excited to discover today that I had 5 new followers!! Wow, thanks for having an interest in my work. Please take a moment to visit their blogs!





and Kreattiva, who doesn't appear to have a blog. If I have overlooked it, let me know and I will post a link to your blog.

Thanks for taking an interest, I would love to have your comments and feedback.