Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Hauntings to all..


'Tis now the very witching time of night,
When churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes out
Contagion to this world.
~William Shakespeare

Thursday, October 29, 2009

A weekend for treats


The perfection of a fall day!




mini halloween candy by Donna who was in by Chocolate Decadence class
at the NAME convention this past summer.

The last few mini pictures to celebrate
I end the National Month of Dollhouse Miniatures with the delights of autumn days and nights, a weekend filled with treats


and onto a month which I always have loved

- November

I love it for all the memories it has given me and for the memories yet to come.
I love it because I love sweaters- I know I own a hundred sweaters - nothing like a turtle neck, cashmere sweater and a plaid skirt to wear on a crisp fall day.
I love this month for it brings crisp apples to eat, beautiful mums, a fire in the fireplace, hot apple cider, my stack of books bought during the summer just for my fall reading. To me November is a month of peace/quiet/softness as it prepares us for the harshness of WINTER!

Perfection and simplicity


A new miniature blog page to visit daily.
http://mondodifavola.blogspot.com

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

How creative some people can be...







For me, Christmas is always around the corner..for I deal with Santa on a daily basis.. I found these charming ,handcrafted minis on a picture search - looking for elves. I have been asked to sculpt a pair of elves who work in a candy cane factory. I needed some inspiration as no elves have knocked on my studio door. This is the last commission piece I can accept for this Christmas , I am committed to studio work until Dec. 15th . I then am going to turn my attention to a marvelous, Bluette Mooney shop . I plan on exhibiting it at the 2011 NAME convention in Cleveland.

Back to the use of simple, inexpensive supplies and what one can create. The miniature world can be enjoyed by any one, on any budget. These photographs prove it. I just love what they have done!

Take a close look how simple items were turned into a very delightful miniature room setting.
All items made by Mini Things of Pennsylvania. Check out their website for some very charming ideas, make a purchase too!

Monday, October 26, 2009

I think this picture can mean a thousand things


I am an early morning riser.
I am up before the sun is even thinking about beginning its day.
This is the time of day I spend an hour or more looking at pictures, having great coffee and reading on the internet. I am always looking for some type of inspiration or a thought to get the day started.

This picture immediately took me to a place..the place where this photo was really taken,
a place I want to visit very soon , in fact I could move to this city in a heart beat.

I know who is sitting there, I can see them, I know what they are wearing and what the conversation is about...

to me this is one of those rare pictures that could mean a thousand things,
just depends on who is looking at it.
I think this is one of the most romantic pictures I have ever seen..

how does it relate to miniatures ( Bespaq - do they make these chairs?)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Shaker Works West



Dr. Ken Byers work is amazing.. if you are heading to Philly for the Miniaturia- take the time to find him. Shaker Works West... Here is his link - you are in for a real treat as you admire his workmanship and talent.
http://www.shakerworkswest.com

Those who do not know what to get me for Christmas, birthday, sweetest day, anniversary or just to be nice! Hint.. hint...

Saturday, October 24, 2009

A "search" which made me go back in time..


I am "waiting" right now and have some time to do the famous "search" on the internet and
found this picture which was originally in an issue of "Country Living" magazine.

I was born and raised on a dairy farm. Most people are in complete surprise when they are told that. Just a few people in my life today understand what a farm kids life was or is like. This picture made me think of being 10 years old again. I love the miniature barn.. I actually have the original "show box" that was used when my dad and I showed dairy cattle at fairs in the summertime. I plan on using this showbox in my studio as a storage unit because it will hold a lot of "stuff". Inside the box, it is just like it was in 1963 , my dad passed away that summer at the age of 42, I was 13, the summer before I entered high school. Every item from that day, still remains in that show box from show halters, to clippers, brushes, combs, ribbons, exhibitor numbers, every item is still there. When I have opened the lid to it, I can see him , smell him and even at times have felt that my dad's hand holding mine. Now, at the age of 58, I miss him very, very much. For some unknown reason, I have so much I want and wanted to tell him, share with him, show him, funny, I still need his approval - even at my age - I miss and need my dad more than I ever knew. I also have often wonder, the men in my life, past and present - were and are they now in my life because I found in them - him? My son.. I look at him and understand that my dad lives within him, and I smile - and cherish the life of my son.

I think of my dad and wonder what he would have thought of my life, how my life would have been so different if he had lived and the paths of life that I would have journeyed. I wonder too of what his words about life would have been to me - how he would have influenced me in so many of my life's decisions. Some decisions, he would have approved , others he would have frowned upon and made me change the path I had chosen. Every now and then , I know he thinks of me as a very strange sense comes over me, I do believe those we have loved and left us, in some fashion still speak to us.

I guess my thoughts today, match this fall day - leaving one season to enter a new one. Much like life..

by the way- the paint by number pictures, the ones of barns, I collect those too. I have a great plan for using them but that will be a late winter project! Too many projects - too little time. Isn't that a saying of us miniaturists!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Day 21 of Celebrating Dollhouse Miniatures


My son is a graduate of the College of Wm and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, of course this little chair caught my eye.

Thia is a custom made William and Mary chair it feature hand carve 17th century lettering with interwoven vines and leaves. it is quite intricate and detailed. This chair measure10 inches tall x 4 inches wide and 3.5 back to front . It has a slight slant to the back at the customers request to accommodate the doll it was built for which had a slight lean to it when in the sitting position. The legs are lathe turned. it is constructed with mortise and tenon joinery as well as wood peg and wood glue. This chair is made entirely of Black Walnut with a shellac finish. Made by Robin Thompson of Chicago.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Carmel Apples


Fall days - my very favorite time of the year. I am just beginning to see the signs of fall here in Kentucky. Our first frosty morning just happened and the leaves are just beginning to change colors.

I think of pumpkins, indian corn, beef stew or chili , hot apple cider, chicken and homemade noodles, cinnamon, nutmeg and CARMEL APPLES..

how about miniature size..

Monday, October 19, 2009

I'm HOME!


Ten days of participating in a festival is a long time.. especially when 4 days are rainy- 4 days very cold and of course the very last day , the sun appears bringing warmth and the crowds.

I am happy to say all but 2 of my Santas and 1 witch came home with me.. that's ok, because the one witch I really wanted for myself. I was also invited to participate in an upcoming Indianapolis- Junior League event , meet some wonderful people and over 20,000 plus people looked at my miniature display. Now , I think I did a great job of sharing my miniature projects and celebrating October's National Dollhouse Miniature Month. I decided , at the last moment to take a few projects and the comments from people were wonderful. They stood in awe, asked lots of questions ( men especially) and I even think I found a new young lady who will join NAME. Most people think- oh, a dollhouse person, but they quickly changed their oponions and recognized that it is a very special world of very talented people.

Now, I have to make up for the days of posting I missed... and back to the studio for getting ready for one more art show!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Off to the Covered Bridge Festival






What I have been doing for the past 7 months.. I am heading off to participate in a 10 day art festival and was asked post what you do...
so here are just a few of the characters I am taking...

Fall Break

Sounds like a school "thing" but I am packing my art, organizing and traveling to a 10 day festival in southern Indiana which I am participating in. I am calling it my fall break - just me and festival happenings!

Monday, October 5, 2009

A Secret


Here is the deepest secret nobody knows. Here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life which grows higher than the soul can hope or the mind can hide and this is the wonder that keeps the stars apart, for i carry your heart with me.

ee cummings


I just thought this was a good "Babette" thought to keep forever.


National Dollhouse Miniatures Month #6



Incredible work, incredible miniature artist!

These masks are one-of-a-kind (O.O.A.K.) doll house miniatures. Custom orders are welcome. More of her masks can be found on the following sites:

Etsy Shop: http://www.dpaone.etsy.com
CDHM Shop: http://www.cdhm.org/user/dpaone

Sunday, October 4, 2009

do as your heart tells you...

In our deepest moments of struggle, frustration, fear, and confusion, we are being called upon to reach in and touch our hearts. Then, we will know what to do, what to say, how to be. What is right is always in our deepest heart of hearts. It is from the deepest part of our hearts that we are capable of reaching out and touching another human being. It is, after all, one heart touching another heart.

October is National Dollhouse Miniature Month #5



Fall days often bring to one's mind- carmel apples. I have the apples, red delicious and granny smith , Today, in the late afternoon, I shall slice up apples, pour warm carmel over them, sit in my favorite chair, take a moment or two just for me! These little apples will have to do until my busy day is ready for a "fall, edible , just for me moment"

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Celebrate National Dollhouse MIniatures Month #4


October is National Miniatures Month- #3



Celebrate ---
this is part of a room box titled "Le Petit Bouchon Wine Bistro" created by Linda Orleff and was part of a recent show held in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Friday, October 2, 2009

October is National Dollhouse Miniatures Month


At a recent miniature show and sale in Indianapolis, Indiana, this setting was available for purchase at the vendor table of "Down The Rabbit Hole". Inspiration for my own mailbox in "life" and miniature size as fall is showing it's beginning. Being born and raised in Indiana, fall always makes me remember this famous poem from Indiana poet James Whitcomb Riley.


When the Frost is on the Punkin

    WHEN the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock,
    And you hear the kyouck and gobble of the struttin' turkey-cock,
    And the clackin' of the guineys, and the cluckin' of the hens,
    And the rooster's hallylooyer as he tiptoes on the fence;
    O, it's then's the times a feller is a-feelin' at his best,
    With the risin' sun to greet him from a night of peaceful rest,
    As he leaves the house, bareheaded, and goes to feed the stock,
    When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock.

    They's something kindo' harty-like about the atmusfere
    When the heat of summer's over and the coolin' fall is here --
    Of course we miss the flowers, and the blossums on the trees,
    And the mumble of the hummin'-birds and buzzin' of the bees;
    But the air's so appetizin'; and the landscape through the haze
    Of a crisp and sunny morning of the airly autumn days
    Is a pictur' that no painter has the colorin' to mock --
    When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock.

    The husky, rusty russel of the tossels of the corn,
    And the raspin' of the tangled leaves, as golden as the morn;
    The stubble in the furries -- kindo' lonesome-like, but still
    A-preachin' sermons to us of the barns they growed to fill;
    The strawsack in the medder, and the reaper in the shed;
    The hosses in theyr stalls below -- the clover overhead! --
    O, it sets my hart a-clickin' like the tickin' of a clock,
    When the frost is on the punkin, and the fodder's in the shock!

    Then your apples all is gethered, and the ones a feller keeps
    Is poured around the celler-floor in red and yeller heaps;
    And your cider-makin's over, and your wimmern-folks is through
    With their mince and apple-butter, and theyr souse and saussage, too!
    I don't know how to tell it -- but ef sich a thing could be
    As the Angles wantin' boardin', and they'd call around on me --
    I'd want to 'commodate 'em -- all the whole-indurin' flock --
    When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock!
    James Whitcomb Riley
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Thursday, October 1, 2009

October is National Dollhouses Miniature Month


Each day I shall post a photograph to celebrate and share this most unique and fascinating passion/hobby/therapy session which brings me happiness!

Jane Graber of Nashville, Indiana is the artist of this beautiful pottery. I own many pieces and always can find a perfect spot in one of my country settings to place just the right pieces.