Monday, 20 November 2017

Mid Century Sofa

I find myself smack dab in the middle of cold weather.  The kind where you get a bit grumpy and not particularly inspired.  I've been a bit busy with Miss Kitty's school, so as long as I can make minis parked on the couch at night, its good.  Ask anything more complicated and that's touch and go.

And might I add, taking picture outside in natural light is COLD!! My brick driveway is really cold to lay down on to get a good angle!

There are some projects brewing.  Some stuff to fill my early 2018, but for now, it's mostly finishing the little things in the charity build.  Still no sewing machine.  It will either be Christmas or my birthday at this point....but the desk top computer on which I am typing is facing a slow and (at times) painful death, so I suspect it will be the first item to be purchased. But in a pinch I could hand stitch pillows and a duvet if needed.

Right now I'm pondering a padded headboard.  And I didn't like my attempts at a bathroom sink, so I will buy one next time I'm at The Little Dollhouse Company.  

The Mid Century Sofa

Sooooooooo, the sofa is what happens when you're on Instagram and you follow the feeds of mid century retailers and architectural designers.  I love the sofa and side table combo.  

The sofa is made of 1/8" birch plywood, stained in a dark walnut and sealed with a matte finish.  I styled my room with some new and vintage goodies.  The wallpaper is scrapbook paper that was originally destined for the charity build.  I opted against green for that because people either love or hate green, so I went with blue and white which is more appealing to a greater number of people.  It really is like staging a house to sell.

And then I played around with a few other minis.....

The brie and french bread wrapper are from Paper Minis.  I've been eyeing the french kit for a while and then I saw it all made up on their Facebook page.  Game over.  I caved and ordered it.  The wicker basket was from a kit.  My first attempt at weaving a basket.  No crisp corners, but I'm pretty pleased.  

Today I was at Desseres and they had their DIY Christmas stuff on sale.  Staring at me as I walked in.......another advent calendar.  This one will be for my husband and I to share next year.  This is a totally do-able quick project (or so I tell myself in November 2018 when I haven't finished the mini scene for the middle or done anything else to it).

Saturday, 21 October 2017

2017 MET Miniature Show

I didn't think I was going to make it to this years Miniature Enthusiasts of Toronto (MET) show.  My husband and I were out of town, but managed to get back into the city within 5 minutes of the show opening.  He sat in the car doing work, I shopped!

Because I thought that I wasn't coming to this show, I had purchased several "wants" at the Bowmanville show, so my list wasn't long.  That said, it wasn't like I had any money left in my pocket when I left the show.....

Vendors (that I don't know personally), now recognize me at shows.  Not sure what that says about my purchasing habits.

I started off at Marie-Luce Pelletier's table.  She make beautiful pottery and said she was likely going to retire after this show.  I hear retirement, and I quickly make sure I have purchased the pieces that I really love.  I have several of Marie-Luce's pieces that I purchased at antique shows, but this was the first time buying from her.  The jug and covered bowl are extremely delicate.  The itty bitty vase is stoneware.

Martha McLean Miniatures is my dealer of choice for handbags.  The luxurious, "can't have in real life" bags in mini compel me to take them home.  I learned they are by Gayoo Lee of South Korea.

The knit sweater coat was made by Lise Ashby.  There was a entire table of mini makers from Montreal representing the Miniature Enthusiasts of Montreal.  Their show is April 7-8, 2018. 

The toque (hat) is from an estate and was sold by Liz at Grandpa's Doll House.  The pom-pom on the hat was what made me buy it.  It's so tiny!  I also bought some texture brick paper from her.  I'm itching to use it on my next project.

Fay-vourite Crafts and Miniatures Co. continues to have amazing plant kits.  I purchased a croton this time and some plant stakes.

Pacific Wood Imports sells a huge variety of mini items (similar to what you find on ebay, mass produced), but I could not say no to the shelf (and it was $4).  I would spend more time and effort making it then just buying it.  The odd "thing" I bought will become a lamp, very retro looking.  Kinda looks like a turd when its on its side though.

I first discovered Sweet Something's Miniatures at the Guelph show, and regretted not buying more.  I'm not a clay maker, so I have to buy these items.  There's only so much I can devote my time to!!  Nancy's banana's are very realistic.  If you're wondering, the blender is Mini Fanaberia which I purchased via Small Scale Showcase a while back.

The mirror and table were made by MET member Eleanor.  The candle stick and copper vase came from Fay-vourite (above).  The turned wood vase and the hand woven rug are made by Harvey and Janice Temeer of Tremeer's Treasures.  They are an older couple and they both do amazing needle work.  I can only hope to see half as well as them when I'm their age.

While I'm not a Christmas mini nut, the items made by MET members were just too cute to leave behind.  The place mats were stitched and had matching napkins.  The stocking was very well done, and I found a second pair of green and red socks (bought some last year).

There will be no Brampton "garage sale" show this year, which made me extremely sad.  My love of retro minis usually means I find lots at these types of shows because people sell them off.  Alas, maybe the garage sale component can be worked into the Guelph or Bowmanville show. 

My wallet appears safe until the spring....maybe....nah.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

2017 Bowmanville Show - Minis Gone Wild

I had never been to the Bowmanville (Ontario) Miniature Show before, and I have to say, it was a solid show!  There weren't too many vendors there, and 2 that I love had to cancel due to emergencies, but the ones remaining were exactly the ones I wanted to see!

I started off at Small Scale Showcase.  Carol always has amazing items.  I purchased a salad bowl and salt and pepper shakers handmade by a Ukrainian artist.  I also picked up a Mini Fanaberia kitchen scale.  

I then moved straight across the room to Maggie Melinda Custom Miniatures (by Janet Harvie).  She had some sell off deals at her table, and I said sold!! She is absolutely lovely to deal with, and if you want custom furniture, I would highly recommend her work.  I now have several pieces in my collection and they are beautiful and well crafted.  

And she had some of her own mini collection for sale, so I grabbed the two gold end tables. 

Across the room I went to A Dollhouse Shoppe.  They sell all kinds of minis, but the last show I attended in Fergus, they had an artist I love, Gunther's Miniatures.  Recall the bed and the bench I purchased? Well, I had to have more of his incredible work!  I purchased a rose wood coffee table and an art deco sofa table.

Now that I had exhausted my "must have" list, I took count of my cash on hand (not too many vendors taking credit cards!) and set off on my hunt.  

Fay-vourite Crafts and Miniatures Co. is always good for kits, especially the ones she makes herself.  But what caught my eye at the end of the show (and also caught the last of my cash too!) was this beautiful handmade leather purse.  She told me it was made by a recently deceased artist, Jose Gomez in Spain.  It actually opens!

1000 Island Miniatures has a mix of things, old and new.  I grabbed this vintage TV that I plan to refinish and make slightly more realistic.  It needs some work.  The lamp had a retro vibe and the bag and thermos were, well, just kinda cute!

Petite Images had a lot of cute items, but I couldn't say no to these Halloween mugs.  Look at those happy little pumpkins!

Kim Stewart of Vintage Miniatures continues to make really amazing kits, she never disappoints.  Her wicker kits are very well crafted, I just completed the wicker tray kit I purchased from the Fergus show.  Most importantly, her instructions are great so you don't have to guess as you are learning. 

The paper chain kit was a bit of a whim purchase.  I was going to make a mini chain to celebrate Miss Kitty's birthday this summer, but never got to it.  Now I can make one for Christmas!!

And as I was out of cash, in need of coffee and getting hungry, I called it quits and went to find my husband working away on his laptop in our car.  He's a keeper that one! Drag him to a mini show a good distance from home and he happily works as I get my mini on!

Here's to hoping I make the MET Show in October!

2017 Miniature Enthusiasts of Toronto Sale - October 14th

Image from Grandpa's Doll House

How is it almost October?? But it is a good month!  First, we get the Miniature Enthusiasts of Toronto sale and then its Halloween.  After that, meh (sorry Christmas lovers).

The MET show this year is doing something different, 1 day instead of 2 days and also extending their hours.  

I have prior commitments that day, but I am praying that I will somehow make it there by afternoon.  Not first in the door, but better then nothing! My fingers are crossed.

Please come out and support the amazing artists and vendors on October 14th!

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Que Vee Is For Me!

Oh, when you find the love of your life on eBay!!  Well, the miniature love of your life.  If you recall, I have a red corduroy couch (with arms) that regularly makes an appearance around here.  I have never been able to locate a manufacturer, until now.  They are made by Que Vee in the US.  I purchased the vintage 3 piece living room set and the 2 mustard colour ottomans.  Shipping was tough to swallow, but I couldn't leave these behind.

And then I decided to make a little psychedelic space!

Where To Buy/Where To Find

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Completed Summer Projects!

I actually completed some of my many on-going projects over the summer.  Yes, its a miracle.  It's the plight of the mini maker, a thousand projects on the go and the guilt associated with never finishing most of them.  

I made this grey velvet sofa for the charity build.  But I like it so much I am going to make myself one!  It's a little too deep for me, so I will slim this design down. It was a nice thin velvet, so it was easy to manipulate and not too bulky.

I also finished the Tabriz rug kit from Janet Granger.  The kit said small, and I never read instructions so I went with it.  Ha!! It's just over 8'x5', not very small at all!  Possibly the most boring stitching project that I've done, but I love the pattern.  It can go in any room and any era.  The rust colour isn't too red or orange either, so it doesn't over power a room.

This evening I started gluing down the fixed elements on the charity build, the cabinets and the TV unit.  Tomorrow I will glue in the ceiling light.  I'm making good progress (so far!).

It's Miss Kitty's first day of Kindergarten tomorrow.  Mini me is growing up!

Where To Buy / Where To Find

Monday, 4 September 2017

Cooking Up A Kitchen

The mini charity house has been progressing slowly! Miss Kitty's school is taking up lots of time, but I've been squeezing in mini sanity time with this build.

All my Ebay items are every so slowly arriving.  I managed to score a great deal on this kitchen because it was at auction prices.  And when it arrived, the counter and the sink had detached.  I emailed the seller and they gave me a partial refund on it!  After a little glue and fiddling it's all back in one piece.

This was the kitchen before I renovated
I papered the back wall with a tile paper and spray painted the hood and hooks with stainless steel spray paint.  I really wanted to use that blank cabinet as a fridge, but I had to butt the stove section up against it.  So, in this house they have no fridge.....meh.

The amazing Jodi Hippler (My Miniature Madness) sent me a box of goodies for this build, and the faucet worked perfectly!!  Check it out in her Shapeways store!  And then Keli sent me some mini goodies for the build too.  This house will be fully stocked....and apparently I will be building another house next year given the quantity of furniture I have!

And once I finished the kitchen I couldn't resist putting my minis in it to play around.  It's my reward for finishing!

I'm hoping the bathroom vanity arrives soon so I can finish that room next.

Where To Buy / Where To Find

Friday, 28 July 2017

Sneaky Little Me....Working Away....

Recall me mentioning the dollhouse I'm working on for my little ones school? I've made some progress! It's the Ikea Flisat dollhouse.  At $40 its an economical build to end up giving away, not to mention that its solid wood and easy to construct.  I'm hoping all this work will fetch a good price at the silent auction.

I primed and painted the walls, along with staining the floors, prior to assembling the house.  The stained floors are just the wood floors provided, nothing special added.  I stained them a medium walnut to disguise the rather large grain of the wood.  I'm pretty sure it only bothers me!  Despite sanding the wood, it was a struggle to get good stain coverage.  I assume the wood is treated with something.....not stain friendly!!!!  5 coats of stain and sanding in between later, it looks great.

I papered some of the walls.  The "brick" is scrapbook paper from Michael's and the blue paper is normally rather expensive craft paper that somehow found its way to Dollarama, and I paid $2 for 2 very large sheets of it.

The bathroom is awaiting a vanity and sink from China (eBay).  I had the tub and toilet in my stash, but I need to paint the toilet seat and gold accents, along with the tub taps.  The accessories here will all be white and modern.

Maybe even some mini macrame plant hangers for the corner! Depends on how crazy I plan to get.

The bedroom is still in the development stage.  I'm going with the mattress on top of a wood pallet base with simple wood floating bedside table.  The table is a keeper, but gussied up and the ottoman will be recovered.  The dresser that's there is a placeholder for now.  Not certain what I'm putting there!

There was supposed to be a dividing wall on the ground floor.  I removed it.  I prefer the open concept and it makes for easier play for little hands.  That hunk of half painted wood is a wall mounted cabinet that the TV will go on top of.  I'm covering the wood with aluminum sheeting.  I've also designed a new sofa for the space (the one you see is just a placeholder).  It's going to be grey velvet!  It will be slightly deeper then usual scale to allow for dolls of various sizes to sit comfortably.  And one of those napkin rings will become the coffee table, but I need the new couch in there to decide!

The left side of the ground floor will be an L-shaped kitchen I ordered on eBay, along with some tables and chairs.  I want to get it in so I can start the decorating.  I'm checking my mailbox everyday.

And these are some of the fabrics that I will be using! And no, I haven't gotten to purchasing my new sewing machine, so all that bedding will have to wait!

And then I'm stitching away when I can find a few minutes.  I have some pillows in the works and I'm slowly completing that rug of mine.  Nothing is more boring then stitching in a white background!