A diary of my intrepid first steps into the world of miniatures.
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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!
I am so thrilled at receiving this lovely gift from Sylvia at lotjesdollshouse. She wanted an appropriate name for her amazing bedroom scene 'Chambre de Seraphine', and I was chuffed when my suggestion was chosen. I had just watched the film about the life of the French artist and found it very moving, and Sylvia's room is one I am certain Seraphine would have lived in happily, with lots of light streaming in and private at the same time.
Sylvia's pitcher and embroidery are gorgeous and will certainly find a place in the Petit Parterre. Thank you so much Sylvia.
I also welcome all new visitors here. I have been holidaying in Perth, WA for just over a week, visiting my sister, nephew and his little daughters and his new partner, so I haven't had much time for blogging or miniatures, although I did sneek a few peeks at what everyone was doing here and there. I had a busy time exploring coffee shops, shopping centres (and there are lots of them in Perth), being driven around Perth's lovely waterside suburbs and seeing amazing houses, and getting to know my 'grand nieces' - aged 8 and 5 - a little better. I had a great time but it is always nice to be home.
I am still accepting entries for my giveaway and will update you as to a deadline and photo of my prizes when I can, so please be patient, as they say, good things come to those who wait - well I do appreciate your patience and hope the finished items will be pleasing.
Look at the beautiful flowers I received in the Garden Swap organised by Ira of Merry Jingle Crafts.
First came the unbelievably beautiful poppies growing in pots, on the right, from the very talented Michelle of Little Rabbit Miniatures in Greece. They are so delicate and detailed, with buds about to open and a couple of spent flowers, in two shades of pink and a pretty orange. Close up below, thank you Michelle.
Then the next day, from Janice of On Being a Mini Mum in the UK, I received the rose stems in shades of pink and mauve, as well as some sunflowers, all beautifully shaded and closely layered petals that must take so much work and a really steady hand. I displayed them in some of my first pitchers.Close-up of Janice's gorgeous flowers below, thank you so much Janice, they are just exquisite!
There is enough to open Le Petit Parterre already, except the interior work has been held up by conflicts between the owner and the interior designer, hopefully they will sort things out before too long!
I love this antique doll's bed and must have a go at making one in miniature.
As you may have noticed, the number of people following my blog is almost 200. I announced a while ago that I would offer as a giveaway to the first 200 followers, an electrified chandelier. I am still working on the design and will post a photo of it when I can, but it won't be for a while yet as I am going away next week for over a week.
There will actually be a choice of two prizes, so you can decide which you prefer if your number is drawn first. The second drawn will receive the other item. If you would like to go in the draw for the chandelier and have the patience to wait, please leave a comment here. You must be one of the first 200 followers to be in the draw. The second item will remain a mystery for now, just to keep you guessing. Good luck!
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: The Giveaway will now be open to all followers. The first drawn entry from the first 200 followers will get the choice of prizes, the second entry from all followers will receive the second prize. I think that is only fair after considering, it is a long time to wait to the 300 draw!
I bought this gorgeous shop, photo below, at a Sydney miniatures fair about six years ago and want to personalise it. Have decided on a flower/plant shop with a French theme, hence the name, Petit Parterre. Am currently experimenting with flooring and wallpaper but haven't come up with anything very pleasing so far. I might be in for the long haul with this. Always looking for inspiration though!