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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sorry to be away so much lately

I've been trying to catch up on my blog reading but I am still about 3 days behind.  I haven't had much time to work on my minis at all, hence no postings.  I've been doing all the last minute errands for my wedding, which is in 6 days!!

I thought I would share some pictures of another project I've been working on, my bakery.  I still don't have a name for the bakery.  All I have left to do is add signage, more "bake goods", add the front step, and trim the edge of the landscaping base.  I've been actively looking for a bike to go outside with a basket, but I haven't found exactly what I am looking for yet.  Hope you like it.












This will probably be the last posting for at least a week.  I'll be too busy in the coming week with the wedding, visiting family members and I still have to punch in three days of work, before I am off for a week!

Until the next time......
Wanda

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Work continues on the castle

My last day of my long holiday weekend did give me some extra time to work on the castle again.  I've glued together all the panelling for the back wall, but I am still deciding on the baseboard, crown molding and fireplace insert.  I did finish carving this wall as well.



I was planning originally to do just a plain fireplace but I think with the detailing of the panelled wall, I think the fireplace needs a little more attention, so I am back to the drawing board on that part.  I don't think it will stall me on the progress, because I can prop this much in place and proceed with the interior of the tower, and then fit the fireplace in later.  I do have to cut the hole for the chimney access though.

It takes so long to carve each wall, I was working for three hours on this much alone!  At this rate I should have the project completed by next year!  Now I'm off to research this fireplace!

Until the next time....
Wanda

Monday, October 11, 2010

My last garden swap arrived

With the busy holiday weekend here (it's Thanksgiving in Canada) I haven't had a chance yet to post the fact that I have received my final garden swap from Margaret in Australia.  She sent a beautiful birdcage, birdhouse, wooden crate and the most wonderful dried lavender to hang from the rafters of my shed.  I can't wait to get the items in place.


I am working on Caterina's swaps again because unfortunately the package I sent never made it to her.  This time I will put a tracking number on it to ensure that it makes it to her.  Hopefully I can get this completed this week, because the following week will be a busy one with the wedding fast approaching.  It's less than two weeks now!

I have two new followers to welcome.  Say hello to Alennka & Frederica( I don't see a blog for either of you, but if you have one, just post a comment in this blog!)

Again a big thank you to Margaret!  I love the items.

Until the next time-
Wanda

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Pottery of Marie Luce Pelletier

In the past two years while attending Camp Mini Ha Ha, we've got to visit a local artist's community called Bear River. 


In the quaint town we visited a local gallery, and on my first visit I was pleasingly surprised to see some miniature pottery by Canadian Artist Marie Luce-Pelletier.  Her work is phenomenal and on both trips I have purchased a piece.


This year I purchased a jug which I absolutely loved.  The finish matches the piece I purchased last year which is a covered jar.



The gallery we visited in Bear River was called "Flight of Fancy" and they have a web site at http://www.theflight.ca/ 

I ran a search to see if there were any other sites selling Marie's pottery and I found this link:-

http://www.spminiatures.com/marieluce.htm

Check out the pottery.  They are collector pieces, and well worth the investment.

Until the next time
-Wanda

Thursday, October 7, 2010

More Purchases at Camp Mini Ha Ha

I've been busy at work this week, and busy doing last minute wedding stuff, so very little has been done on the castle.  I thought you might be interested in more of the minis I got at the recent Camp Mini Ha Ha.

Great fireplace embers for the castle fireplace!

Candles, statues and fireplace fender

"Silver" plate and open serving bowls


Glass jars, real tapered candles and fancy scissors,

Okay I guess not all the last items may be for the castle!  But they were so nice I had to buy them for some project!

Two of the vendors set up at the camp were Grandpa's Dollhouse and Petite Images.  They have wonderful products.  Check out their sites.

Until next time
-Wanda


Monday, October 4, 2010

Castle Progress

I seem to have put my garden shed on the back burner to work on the castle.  I've finally tidied my workroom, found a spot for the castle, dryfitted everything again, and started doing more carving.  I completed one more wall, and the two sets of stairs.  I wanted to show wear on the stairs from centuries of walking up and down.  I hope it comes clear in the pictures.



Now I have all the interior walls carved in the main room except the wall that I will be panelling.  So now I have to get the panelling glued together.  It was so inspiring seeing all the walls come together, I wanted to play with the furniture and get a sense of how much I needed.  I have one chair (shown in the tower room) and the sofa table now, all the other pieces I placed in the castle belong to other projects.  I just wanted to get a good idea of how much the room will hold.





I found a great picture in a magazine that has given me the inspiration for the room.  I love the tower room in the picture, and I really love the upholstered ottoman.  I want to replicate these pieces for my castle room.








I have one new follower to welcome.  Have a look at Chris's blog at http://chrispycrittersminis.blogspot.com/  She's been a busy blogger with two other blogs as well.
Chris, thanks for taking an interest in my blog.

Until the next time......
Wanda

Sunday, October 3, 2010

A wedding gift from my fellow campers

Because I had a wedding quickly approaching, less than 3 weeks, the ladies at camp treated me to a beautiful card and monetary gift to be strickly used for a mini purchase to remember all of them.  It was a difficult choice, but I decided on this lovely Bespaq sofa table.  I will use it in my castle room.



I also choose a handmade clay vase made by one of the campers, Jo-Ann. 



I have a couple pieces of Jo-Ann's clay pieces.  Last year we received a corner plaque for our stores, which I embedded on the side of my bakery, which was handmade by Jo-Ann.  It has CMHH (Camp Mini Ha Ha) and 2010 written on the plaque.



She also gave everyone a mug that she made last year.  I am very pleased with the pieces and hope to collect more in the future.

Thank you ladies for your kind gift!  Everytime I look at the table and clay pot I will think of each one of you.

Until the next time....
-Wanda

Saturday, October 2, 2010

More of my mini purchases

One of the many great things about Camp Mini Ha Ha, is that they bring the store to you.  Several vendors set up tables to sell their mini wares.  Some already have brick & mortar stores and some are just hobbie miniaturist who make fantastic items and have rented a table for the camp to sell their wonderful items.  Whichever type of seller they are, camp attendees get to SHOP!!

I purchased some great items for all my present projects, because as you know there is never only one project in the works, it's a part of my AADD personality!!

My garden shed project which has been put on the back burner because I needed a drill to do the electrical (no excuse now because hubby has purchased said drill)!  It wasn't forgotten while at camp though, and I purchased several new accessories for the shed.


There were great wooden barrels and buckets found, metal bird house and bucket.  I got some wonderful bunches of roses, a pick axe (to dig those mini holes to plant all my flowers!)  I love the rusty chain, this was actually given to me by another mini camper, thank you very much.  I also love the red and white birdhouse I purchased from another lady at camp.



I had to zoom in on one of my favourite purchases.  Sitting on top of the wooden barrel, is a delicately hand painted butterfly.  I've been looking for one to go on the window box that will be located beneath the garden shed window.  I was delighted to see one of the campers selling one at her table.  You can also see a close up of the rusty chain and pick axe close up as well in this picture.

I plan today to get my workroom tidied again, and to hopefully get back at working on either the garden shed or the castle.

Until the next time....
-Wanda