Sunday, August 30, 2009

Birthday Presents

For my birthday my husband to me to the Chicago miniature show yesterday.

For his first show, he handled it suprisingly well.

My first present is this doll made by Pat Melvin.

When I saw her I knew she would be perfect for my shabby bakery.

The cake stand in the center is from J. Getzan.
I put two cakes on it that were made by Miniatures by Rachel.
My presents...and husband are the best!
Enjoy your day!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Bunny teapot and treats

Yesterday I was busy making this bunny teapot. She is holding a rose which is the spout.
The head comes off and the teapot is hollow inside.
Here is the teapot displayed in my patisserie.
It is actually a little big, measuring just over 1" tall.
The next one I need to make a "hare" smaller.

Grab a pastry and have a cup of tea!

Tommorow my husband is taking me to a miniature show in Chicago.
For my birthday, he agreed to take me a buy me a present at the show.
I will post my birthday present soon.
Mini hugs,

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Pumpkin and Bunny teapots

Here are a couple of little teapots that I have been making the past few days.
The pumpkin teapot was fun to make.
I intended the bunny to be peaking out of a tree stump but I don't think I have quite captured that image. Perhaps it looks more like a acorn?
But this is my first teapot that opens and is that is a plus.
Painting the face was quite a challange.
Anyway, have a cup of tea and enjoy!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Scenes From My Patisserie

Today I thought I would share some scenes from my patisserie.
This photo is a view out of the window onto the garden. The ruffled wedding cake is displayed on a pedestal.
This scene shows the birdhouse teapot that I made last week next to a tea box that I received at the NAME convention. This was one of my favorite exchanges I returned home with.
The tea box is filled with individual tea packets. The top of the box is laser cut with the names of the tea. Until I make my tea shop room box, the teapots and tea box will be displayed in my patisserie.

This scene is of a truffle tower that I made about a month ago. There are dark chocolate and hazelnut truffles with red rose accents. A small box of luxury chocolates sits nearby.
I hope you enjoyed your visit!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

For the Birds

Yesterday I was supposed to be cleaning house and getting ready for a cookout but I got sidetracked creating this little birdhouse teapot.
I am so pleased with how cute it turned out.
I should have put a dime next to it so you can see how tiny it is at only 5/8" tall. to make another one!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Still playing with clay...little witch and her kitty

This is a little witch doll holding her kitty that I made a few days ago.
As you can see, I still need more practice. But I have come a long way.
She stands just over 1" tall.
I almost have my 20 Valentines dolls completed. Since the Mini club party is this weekend, I better get the final two done.
I took this photo with my NEW camera! I was using a simple Kodak pocket camera and my close-up shots were mostly blurry. This camera is awsome.
I asked Kim at Its a Wonderful Life, what camera that she used because her pictures are great.
I bought a Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1 and I am very satisfied with the macro shots.
Plus it is a super cool camera!!!!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Photo challenge from Marsha

For this challenge, I was asked to go to my picture file, pick file number 4 and photo number 4 in that file. This is the picture that I found. Then I have to explain a little about it.

Lucky that I got a good photo! Many of them are not in focus.

Her name is "English Rose". I created her from dusty rose colored mohair. I listed her on Ebay and she was adopted and went to live in Belgium.

Now, I will send the challenge to four more.......

I apoligize if you have already been challenged.

Teresa at MiniMadWoman
Shannon at Shannons Mini Blog
Marlies at Marlies en Minies
Eva at Evas miniatyrer

Monday, August 3, 2009

Dahlias in Bloom

I thought I would share another interest besides miniatures that I love.
Last year I started growing dahlias. Ideally I craved a rose garden but where we live in rural Indiana, the Japanese beetle destroys the blooms as quick as they come.
They still bother the dahlias but not as bad.
I started the tubers indoors for an earlier bloom.
This dahlia is called "Miss Delilah" from Swan Island Dahlias.
My dahlia garden in bloom.

Here are some smaller dahlias mixed with petunias.

At 4' tall, this "Tempest" dahlia is one of my favorites.
Another great thing about dahlias is that in the late fall I can dig them up and store them for next year.
I just thought I would share these photos with you.