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Hi and welcome to my blog. I hope you like my new look, I needed a change from black. Here you can share my miniature endeavours, perhaps be inspired by some of my photographs taken in France and of 'real world' treasures that can be made in miniature. My love of parterre-style gardens and study of horticulture made my decision for the theme of my little shop an easy one. I just hope I can successfully interpret my ideas in 1/12th scale!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Caterina's Holiday Swap

This is where Janne will be coming to for her shopping spree holiday, beautiful Sydney, Australia. I think she believes she is going to Japan, I hope she doesn't get lost. This is one of the shopping centres she will visit in the heart of the city.

It is a stunning shopping centre created within a historic building, the Queen Victoria Building which was completed in 1898 as a monument to Queen Victoria. It was threatened with demolition in the 1950s but survived to be restored to its former glory. It takes up one entire city block and has many great boutiques and coffe shops.

I will be going on holiday with Nina and can't wait to find out where we are headed.

I must get working on my surprise for Janne, some others have already completed theirs!


  1. Can you take me? hehe this surprise holiday is a great idea.. I should suggest this to my friend!

  2. Margaret,

    dort im Victoria Building gibt es tolle und sehr schicke Sachen. Da war ich auch schon... und mein Geldbeutel hatte danach stark gelitten. Viel Spaß wünsche ich Dir.

    Liebe Grüße PuNo/Monika

  3. I like the idea of a shopping holiday, but will have to be satisfied with an imaginary one at the moment.
    Monika, good to hear you have visited Sydney, it is a while since I have been to the QVB, I will have to go there in the real world before too long, for a little window shopping.

  4. I would really love to be there again!!! Just next to the bridge in the harbour of Sydney, I can see Luna Park!!!! I spent my childhood in Sydney and how my sister and I enjoyed goint to Luna Park!!!!

  5. I love that view of Harbour Bridge!!!!! I wish I were there :-) Lucky Janne as she wil be walking around Sydney with you and take the Coogee- Bondi walk!!! :-) Can't wait to se what you're preparing for her. A pair of flip-flops? LOL

  6. Margaret, my husband was in Sydney many years ago before he met me ... I would go there without him .. only with a credit card! ha ha!
    kisses, Caterina

  7. Hallo Margaret,

    this shopping center would knock me down, this is not the right for me.

    But yes, I will go to the Northsea and invite you to go with me.Very good, that it is new for you, ( I just read your comment on my blog ) so you will get surprise. ( Sorry my english, sometimes it is adventurous ) I will post a lot of pictures until the 14. 7. and will write something about visiting the northsea.
    I have fun.
    Please look for your emails.

    Many greetings from Germany

  8. I would really love to be there,I have not been there before. Can't wait to se what you're preparing for me :)
    Your blog is amazing, I like it so much. You're very talented!
    Looking forward to the holidays!


  9. Hi Margaret,
    I am so glad you visited me on my blog and thank you so much for the nice comments on my babies. Yes my favorite is Amanda too. I sculpted her from a picture of my daughter when she was a newborn. I just love the little 5 inch to 8 inch dolls. They are my favorite to make because you can dress them up in cute outfits and if you get tired of that outfit you can dress them in another. I am working on the miniature babies too. They are a bit harder to make but turn out so sweet. Come back and visit me anytime. I have enjoyed looking at you blog it is beautiful.

  10. Seguro que este intercambio es una gran exito, Catherine es una gran anfitriona.
    Estoy deseando ver el regalo que haces y el que recibes.
    Buena suerte!!
    besitos ascension

  11. It is hard to believe such magnificience as the Queen Victoria Building was left covered and unloved for so long. It is always a must for us when we come to Sydney. :) Luna Park is the other. Coney Island is a place out of time, yet enjoyed by my children as much as me when I was a child and my parents before me.


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