Monday, 22 May 2017

OMEGA 2017 Show




Just 2 short weeks ago I attended the Ontario Miniature Enthusiasts of the Guelph Area (OMEGA) annual show.  Since this was my second OMEGA show, I came prepared....and then threw the game plan to the wind when I got all mini-riled up.  Sigh

I started at Small Scale Showcase, run by the wonder Carol Couperthwaite.  Always nice to see familiar faces!  I purchased a Mini Fanaberia blender (hehe!!!).  The wooden utensils, salt and pepper and cutting board came from a Ukrainian artist she just started carrying.  Amazing work! I wanted the salad bowl the artist made, but the woman ahead of me grabbed it.  Grrr!




Then I popped over to see Liz at Grandpa's Doll House.  I got the amazing REAC George Nelson marshmallow couch.  It doesn't look terribly comfy, but its very stylish.  I grabbed a few other little bits, including Heidi Ott hats, veggies and jewelry findings.




At an estate table, I dug through some bins to find some fine, thin English leather, vintage wall paper, mother or pearl and a tiny wreath!




My punch quest continues, but I found a tiny leaf punch!  This means that I can hydrangea it up!! Patti T's Eclectic Petites doesn't have a website though.




Merriam's Miniatures (no website) had amazing rock bottom priced kits. $1.50 for each hygrangea kit.  It's not worth my while to punch....but, I don't like the leaves, so I'm adding to that.  And the welcome mat just had to come home with me!




Nancy at Sweet Somethings Miniatures makes amazing clay drinks (among other things, like goodie platters, veggies, etc.).  Check out some of the amazing furniture on her website.  




And no show can be complete without purchasing something from Lutie Anne Presley.  This little bench/stool is beautifully turned and finished.  I think I might order her harvest table in yellow now that I think about it.  She didn't have it at the show, but I keep coming back to that colour!  Her works are also available via Small Scale Showcase.




If you ever have the opportunity to purchase a kit made by Kim Stewart, I highly recommend it.  I previously completed her beach chair, and it was beautifully designed, fit together perfectly and was sturdy.  I will try (torture) to make the tiny pin cushion and the lovely wicker tray!





Do you do the "final lap" of a show?  Had I not, I would have missed Gunther's Miniatures beautiful wood pieces at The Dollhouse Shoppe table.  Gunther's Miniatures were a recent add to their store, handmade pieces using beautiful wood.  My picture does not do it justice!




So that was my haul!! Some of these kits will keep me busy during the summer.

I will be more involved with Miss Kitty's school going forward, so it will leave less time to mini (noooooo!!!!).  But I will squeeze it all in somehow.  I am currently planning her birthday, and like any crazy craft loving mother, I am crafting decor and games.  And I have only burned myself twice with the hot glue gun, fun times!! 

What else.....well, I'm stitching away at another Janet Granger rug.  We had a vacation to Jamaica recently and I stitched on the airplane.  My intentions to stitch on the beach did not materialize as soon as I found the bar and the lounge chair.  But, I did get lots of teeny tiny shells.




Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Mini Love




I bought a lightbox because it is kinda fun.....so many party ideas!!  I was staring at the box, tucked in beside my mini projects, and I decided to combine the two.  Seems like a natural progression to me.

I made the two side tables and the coffee tables. Actually, I made them in late 2016, but they remained in a baggie on my work table for several months.  I just got around to making and gluing the legs on.

The tables are birch stained in a medium walnut.  The legs are made from brass rod.  The TOUGHEST part of the whole tables project was drilling millimeter by millimeter the holes for the legs.  You don't want to poke through the top side!







And I went to the OMEGA miniature show recently....and I cleaned up.  Zero self restraint.  Sigh.  I will post those pics soon!









WHERE TO FIND!

  • Anglepoise lamp by David Provan - won via Pepper's giveaway...thank you!!
  • Ash tray - Atomic Miniature
  • Pineapple Drink - Something Sweet Miniatures
  • Sofa - vintage






Sunday, 7 May 2017

Mini Magic



Just playing around with my minis....nothing more fun!

The terrarium is filled with greenery and echeveria from Keli.  Also inside is moss, rocks and sticks.  With spring upon us, I felt I needed a terrarium.





The cherry pie and pot came from Grandpas Doll House.  The baking suppies came from Paper Minis.






My table scape! The eucalyptus branches are from a kit.  I painted the grey art (right).  The finger is an Ikea gift tag sticker.  The two pieces of framed fine art were lapel pins in a former life.  The crystal skull came from The Royal Ontario Museum gift shop.




Blue pottery delights! The chair is Chrysnbon.  Wall art is Emily Carr made and framed by Harvey Tremeer.






Anna Maria inspired this setting with lots of the fun bits and bobs she sent me.  Those heart pillows...swoon!  I grabbed the Nintendo figures at Walmart.

And she continued to inspire me.  Her 2017 mini calendar needed a place of honor....






I'm in love with the backpack.  A recent purchase.  It's made from real suede by Canadian Jo-Ann Shaw (who also makes lots of beautiful items...including pottery!)