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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!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Garden Swap Gifts!

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!
A bientot.


  1. WOW!!! Your flowers are gorgeous!
    I do love those pitchers. They are such fun to make.

  2. Phew! I was getting a bit worried about the post. I am so glad you liked them. They look fab and very chic in your pots.


  3. Margaret, The flowers are so beautiful!!! I look forward to trying to make some plants in the near future!

  4. that beautiful flowers! wonderful idea to put the flowers in jugs, is so romantic ...
    compliments to your partner swap, so generous!

  5. Gorgeous!! The flowers are so beauiful!! :)

  6. Gorgeous flowers! One of my favorite things in the world. The pots are beautiful too.

  7. I think this is just the inspiration I needed to get in and make my poppies. I have numerous flower kits but your gifts look soooo lovely.....and I totaly agree with Cockerina....."so generous'!!

    Enjoy, Linda x

  8. So beutiful, I love them all. The poppies are so detailed, I've been doing some from kits, but they aren't half as beautiful :)

  9. What a nice picture and I love the colors.What a joy.

  10. Margaret, you've got beautiful flowers, perfect for Petit Parterre ...
    I would like to be present at the opening!

  11. I am indeed very lucky and the swap partners have been very generous, and Linda they inspire me to have a go as well. Flora you are invited to the opening, as are all of you, it won't be for a while yet though, hehe!

  12. Margaret, thank you for sharing this amazing flowers with us and for teh links. They are perfection!*grin*
    Thank you for your note! I truly appreciate it!
    Smiles, Pat

  13. Hi Margaret,

    The flowers are realistic and lovely especially the sunflowers.


  14. lovely flowers!
    the other day i stumbled on this website http://jennifersprintables com/ lots of wallpaper for free, so great to try in your shop.
    It is all in different eras, and lots of extra info too.

  15. Hi Marlen: I write you from Spain, first thing is sorry for my english, but i hope you understand me We make a magazine of miniatures in Spain, and for us will be a pleasure if you can send us a toturial from flowers, they are really wonderful. Here you have the link from our magazinne. I wait your answer.

  16. Thank you all for your comments, and Margot for your link.
    Also,Taler de Miniaturas, I cannot work out your blog to let you know I did not make these flowers, I only wish I had the skill! There are links to the makers in this post. Thank you so much for your invitation though.
    If anyone can help me contact the magazine please let me know!


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