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!
Look at those muddy paws, amazingly Lily dries off and looks (almost) perfectly clean in no time, lol. She is still a bit of a terror but so cute and lively, a bit spoilt I must admit too. Taking her to agility training this week, will see how she takes to it.
Also thought I would share my latest bedroom suite, which is now sold. I love this Bespaq suite it is so nicely detailed. I will be doing one in white for another client and look forward to seeing how it looks, will post a pic of it when done.
I hope everyone in the northern hemisphere has been enjoying your summer, we have been shivering through a rather cold winter for us, around 15 deg celsius on average, but yesterday it was 28 deg locally. We took Lily to a new beach we hadn't visited before, it is beautiful. There is a recently built surf lifesaving clubhouse, with attached restaurant on the first floor, while downstairs a nice cafe with lots of outdoor tables, and best of all it is pooch friendly. It was very popular, should have taken some pics. There is new landscaping still being constructed so we look forward to seeing it all finished. I feel Spring is in the air, now I can come out of my semi-hibernation, lol.
I would like you to meet the newest member of the family, the sweet little cocker spaniel who has completely stolen our hearts. I caught her after a nap and took this shot while she was still waking up, hehe.
She is mostly white, which is quite unusual, we saw a pic of her in a group and she looked just white, but has developed some freckles and coloured ears, and speckly legs. She was the last of the litter to sell but we would have chosen her anyway, we didn't want another golden as Ollie was our golden boy, do like the be blue roans too though. I had forgotten just how time-consuming bringing up puppy can be. Just like her great-great-great uncle Ollie, she is part crocodile with razor sharp teeth so I am sporting more than a few wounds to the hands and ankles but I think she is already learning 'NO'.
Needless to say there hasn't been much mini making this week, but I will get back into it as I have a few projects to get cracking on. Not the least of which is preparing some things for the upcoming Sydney Miniatures Fair in early May where I will again be sharing a table with Norma of Make Mine Mini
Must have more things finished than I had last year and hopefully have my Greenleaf Orchid kit house completed and on display, or possibly for sale.
I have gotten a bit behind at seeing what everyone is doing here, Facebook is very addictive too and I find myself spending way to much time on it. I shall enjoy checking out all your latest projects here, and as I mentioned before Christmas, it is time for a giveaway, just deciding what that will be.
Welcome to any new followers and nice to see you all here. We are well into the New Year already, hope it will be a good one for all of us.
This is my latest pink bed made to order, at last I was able to retrieve the original design for the bed ends which is my favourite. This is a very pretty bed and has a bit of a French look about it I think. Would be lovely in an olde worlde bedroom, French or whatever. I can make more pink chests of drawers with mirror if anyone wants them also.
Need to catch up on blog postings, I am sure I've missed lots of goodies, my internet has been so slow it wasn't worth trying to do much, seems a bit faster now, can't wait until we get broadband connection.
I am about to get back to working on my little Greenleaf Orchid kit, I started making changes to the windows then came to a halt, unable to decide whether to change them completely or not. I think they will be a bit smaller than the originals but have to work out how to go about it as I've never done much building before. I might have some pics to show before too long. Then of course there is the dreaded **wiring**. Never done that before either, we'll see how I go.
That's all for now,
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!