Saturday, August 29, 2009

Signs of fall

I have no idea how much rows indian corn is being raised in my great Bluegrass pumpkin patch - nor have I any idea how many of hundreds of pumpkins are there but I can tell you, pumpkins are being picked and being sold. If I took a guess, there are well over 2,000 pumpkins - perfect ones, perfect in shape and in size for carving. Today, I was wondering indian corn- how is it made in miniature??? Tomorrow's search- who makes miniature indian corn!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Luna Parc

I was searching on the internet for silver miniatures.. up came this wonderful site about a man who lives in Sussex County, New Jersey, his home is called "Luna Parc". I want the kitchen utensil bracelet he creates or the gardening necklace or the sled pin.. well, I love his work. Look at his chairs in silver-
but the best thing is his HOME.....
He will be at the Dec 12-13 Sugar Loaf Art Show in Chantilly, Virginia ( I think I am in Virginia then!)

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Betsey Johnson- can she be done in miniature

Could I live with a home in PINK! Well, maybe if it was only me who lived in the house.. or beach side or in New York or in a MINIATURE house!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Pink,pink and more pink !

Pink, pink and more pink from Paris- yes, the most wonderful miniaturists in France..
"Fancy Nancy - I am in heaven" with their work!

Emmaflam & Miniman's Hand Made Dollhouse
Miniature Food and Miniature Food Jewellery

A pair of miniaturists based near Paris, France, with many years of experience making anything and everything in miniature, but seem to now find ourselves as minifood specialists! Until recently we used the name Emmaflam & Miniman, but nobody knows what that means so we're now...ta-dah...Paris Miniatures!

Travel- the days of August

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” - St. Augustine

Sunday, August 16, 2009

the last days of summer...

on to the last days of summer - where one enjoys a good book, a swim , seafood, evening dinners on the patio, another good book, a glass of white wine, a time of the year when one knows the summer shall soon become fall... you shall find me there.. reading a good book, enjoying a swim,
and a great glass of white wine...
and then there is Eloise.....

Thus begins our introduction to Eloise. Born circa 1949 and introduced to us in 1955, Eloise's adventures have come to life in a series of four books. We learn all about Eloise, Nanny, her "rawther" British nanny, her dog Weenie who looks like a cat, and her turtle Skipperdee who eats raisins and wears sneakers. An international traveler, Eloise has been to Paris and Moscow too! Eloise endlessly roams the landmark hotel in search of adventure. She attends weddings, invited or not. She spies on debutantes as they dance in the Terrace Room. The morning routine includes helping the maid change the sheets, even if she doesn't ask for help.

and so at the age of 70 what is Eloise doing now if she were real.....
still living at the Plaza? still traveling? still twirling? whom did she marry or did she?

and then there is me.... who is thinking....

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Real Life "Building" Furniture

I found this site from a man in England who creates furniture pieces which look like buildings.. wanted to share this country building idea... I have no idea what 3500 British pounds converts too but this is a great idea..this is the description...

A country house and not just a piece of furniture. This beautifully made storage chest looks like an elegant country house and features nineteen hand made marquetry window panels.

Solidly constructed and mostly in beech, the chest has two removable storage boxes which allow access to the spacious area below.

This chest may resemble a dolls house but don't be fooled, it will take two men to lift it. This is not a toy.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Fancy Nancy

The me, most people do not know is inside me!!!

From the moment I say Jan O'Connor's first book about this wonderful little lady,and illustrator who is the best- Robin Preiss Glasser, I feel in love with Nancy. Maybe because, growing up I certainly was not her- but maybe she was just inside me and had no way of getting out.

So, if I could ever meet the author and the illustrator, I would thank them for as an adult , bringing a Fancy Nancy into the literature world... I always seem to have an extra dollhouse/room box.. I keep thinking about creating Nancy's bedroom in miniature .

hmmmmm.... winter project?

Thursday, August 13, 2009

The heat of summer....

The Best Summer Song and a movie for a hot summer day.... give playlist a second to load up the song...

There's a summer place
Where it may rain or storm
Yet I'm safe and warm
For within that summer place
Your arms reach out to me
And my heart is free from all care

For it knows
There are no gloomy skies
When seen through the eyes
Of those who are blessed with love

And the sweet secret of
A summer place
Is that it's anywhere
Where two people share
All their hopes
All their dreams
All their love

There's a summer place
Where it may rain or storm
Yet I'm safe and warm
In your arms, in your arms
In your arms, in your arms
In your arms, in your arms

Travel time

From here to Indy and back again- travel time alone is good for lots of things. Time to have a pad of paper beside you so you can jot down the "to do list" which in my case will take 3 months to do,
time to plan ahead, time to reflect, time to wish, time to remember, time to solve a problem, but time passes to quickly ... Time for me to get busy in the studio!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

My event of the year

I will attend this event year after year until I am 102 years old- I will travel 1000 miles to get to it... I was at the very first one and will return and return.. as a collector of children's book- well, first edition books period , in fact any great book I have to have - this is a must for anyone who loves to read.

A day so filled with books, authors, and surrounded by people just like me who love to read and will always treasure the sound and feeling of turning a page in a book!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Every night...

Every night at 8:30 pm- a ritual I look at the man in the moon and send a message!
I am working on a man in the moon character - what shall he hold?

Sunday, August 2, 2009

August .... a busy month

In the past 4 days I have been working hard at being the new NAME ( National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts) A-3 regional Coordinator. I am putting together my team of fellow miniaturists who will truly enjoy taking care of our members in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia. I spent 2 days in Louisville at a show called Three Blind Mice- I was so thrilled to have meet so many new people, delighted to have 4 people join NAME as members and am pleased to announce that a NAME club will be formed in Evansville, Indiana.

I head to Indianapolis, Indiana mid week for the ground breaking ceremony for an addition to a miniature museum in Indianapolis - then a day or two at the Indiana State Fair-and by the weekend I am on my way to a miniature show in Dayton , Ohio. I spent time today creating a new website for my region- it was time for a new look and a new web builder site was a must. I inherited a web site builder that was ancient and not very user friendly.

Add to all of this - my son, in the Army, should be receiving his orders to be sent home this week! Which means as soon as the call comes from him stating such, I head to his home in Virginia - I have not written of this but this past February - he suffered a stroke ( he is only 25) .. he is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and was on his way to a career in the intelligence field, then to grad school this fall.. his life and ours has quickly changed. He will continue his education but now will prepare himself for law school.. but first we need to get him well...

These are pictures of exhibits from the NAME National Convention held in Indianapolis a few weeks ago- these are member projects that were on exhibit..