Tuesday, April 28, 2015

New Needlepoint Project

I've always enjoyed doing needlepoint rugs and cushions for my miniature projects and I shared with all of you last year a rug I had just completed, featured here:-

Over the years I've also completed these rugs:-

Presently I'm working on a cushion, but I thought I would show you a future project.  Recently while scanning through my Facebook page, I came across a posting from a Miniature Facebook page for a rug from Nicola Mascall.  I absolutely fell in love with the pattern and thought it would work for a future roombox I have coming to me now in kit form.

I contacted Nicola immediately and she quickly responded with a price for the pattern.  Her rug was completed using a different type of floss than I normally used, and she was kind enough to provide a cross reference chart for the DMC floss I use and a sample of each of the thread colours so that I could confirm.  Now that's fantastic service.  The pattern arrived very quickly after we completed the transaction.  Things move quickly across the pond!

The rugs I completed above were a maximum of 4 pages of charts.  This rug is so detailed it comes with 16, yes that is SIXTEEN pages of charts.  I should have it finished in about 20 years!   Well maybe a few years.  I like taking my needlepoint projects with me when I travel, gives me something to do in my downtime when I travel, and I travel a lot for my job.

I am so impressed with the detail in Nicola's design, and I would recommend anyone to have a look at her website, you'll be very impressed with her kits and designs.  Some of these pictures are from Nicola, she was kind enough to give me permission to use them on my site.  Thank you Nicola!

Wish me luck!  Now I need to go back to Nicola's web site and do some more shopping.  Looking up the link again was a bad move for me, now I've saw other things I want!!!

Until the next time........

Sunday, April 26, 2015

What's new in the shed?

Over the past year since I stopped blogging, miniatures has still been important to me.  I haven't built a lot, but I have sure shopped a lot.  On a vacation to Florida last year, I spent several visits at one of my favourite miniature stores, Ron's Miniature Shop, in Orlando.  I've also shopped online at my favourite online shop, Grandpa's Dollhouse.  Some of these purchases have found their way into my Garden shed, or in this case, on the outside of my garden shed.  I love the birdbath and the basket of freshly cut flowers.  They are the perfect addition to the outside.

I've never been one to add dolls to my miniature scenes, but I always love adding animals.  There's always been a few cats up to trouble around the shed, but this new dog is definitely the most disruptive.  He's definitely up to no good to my perfective manicured walkway to the shed.  But aren't the most disruptive pets the most charming?  Hope he finds what he's looking for before he does too much damage to the landscaping.
I've a few more "creatures" added to the shed that I will share in a later posting.
Thanks for taking the time to read my ramblings!
Until the next time.....

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Sharing and Mini Gifts

 One of the most satisfying things miniaturist have shown me is the art of sharing.  I've craved for many years to have people living close to me who love this craft.  Many years ago I met a wonderful group of miniaturist in another province, while visiting my in-laws, and they have been wonderful.  They have shared so much of their skills with me, and for that I am so grateful.  

A couple of years ago I did find a lady in a neighboring city, but we haven't connected in quite soon time.  I have tried reaching out recently to her, because as I told you in my last posting I also found a second miniaturist on the other side of the island. So Edna, if you're still building miniatures there's more of us now!  We all want to get together and work on projects.

We tried reaching out through Kijiji to see if there were other miniaturist out there in our area, and even though this method was unsuccessful in finding anyone, it did find something else, that I will save for a later to keep you in suspense on this one.

But I love sharing my hobby, and I love when others share as well.

Many years ago, (well over 20 years now....but I'm still saying I'm 29) I met a man by the name of Peter Dawson.  He was retiring and moving to British Columbia.  He was looking to unload some of his many years of miniature magazines and books, and he was given my name by a local store (which  is no longer open).  I was so new to miniatures at the time and didn't understand how large the hobby was and the degree of workmanship that many miniaturist were creating.  The visit to his home was an eye opener and I wanted to go home and tear apart my dollhouse and rebuild it "right".  Mr Dawson was a master craftsman, I found an article in The Scale Cabinetmaker about his work later.  I am so glad for that chance meeting, it was his sharing of his work that sparked in me a hobby that has lasted for close to 25 years.

Recently when Lisa visited with me she gave one of her miniature clay creations, an Easter bunny cake, complete in a very detailed box.  It's found a place on the counter of my bakery as a purchase for the next customer!  Thanks Lisa for your beautiful gift!

I've lots more to share in the coming weeks.  I've got a year to catch up on here!

Thanks to all the other miniature bloggers who continue to share your work.  I keep reading everything you are writing.  Please continue to share.
So if there are any fellow Newfoundlanders out there interested in this wonderful hobby, please contact me, we are trying to build a group that can meet and share this craft.

Until the next time......

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

School's Almost Out

I've been delinquent for another year.  Life has just gotten away from me.  I'm still working full time, still traveling a lot in my job, (as I write this blog posting, I'm sitting in a hotel in North Carolina) and I'm still working on completing my professional designation through distance education.  It's a very busy schedule that hasn't left much time for miniatures.

Recently I was contacted by the organizers of Camp Mini Ha Ha that there was another miniaturist in my province, I was so excited, another person to share our hobby with.  Unfortunately she was over 600 km away.  She did get to visit recently however and since she's also a blogger I thought you would like to read her blog.  Here's a link to her posting on our visit.

Two more weeks of school until September and I'll catch up with all of you on my miniature life for the past year!  I've been reading everyone's blogs, but only got to comment a few times.  Thanks for sharing your projects with us.

For now I leave you with a picture that is the number one pin on my Pinterest page.  Here's a link to my Pinterest page, I've pinned over 25,000 pins for miniatures, maybe there is something there that can be of benefit to you in your next miniature project.

Until the next time......