Sunday, December 14, 2014

Mum's Minis

I'm finally back home and will start work again tomorrow. I miss my sisters already. It has been lovely spending time with them despite the circumstances. Mum's funeral on Wednesday was a lovely celebration of her life.
Because all four of us girls were together in Mum's home town we decided to start sorting through Mum's things. I bought home her miniatures. In the 1990s Mum and I both did miniatures. Mum hadn't done any since then but she had kept some items in case she got back into it.
There was a selection of knitted, crocheted and embroidered items and some doilies. The little yellow piece in the centre is my one and only attempt at miniature knitting. Mum made the lovely little bedspread in the top right hand corner. Unfortunately some of these items have age spots so I will have to see if I can do something about that.

There were some dolls:

Some animals:

A few pieces of furniture:

Some 1/4 inch scale items. I think I will enjoy experimenting with some 1/4 scale miniature scenes.

These are a few of the miniature accessories and some crystal pieces:

This bride and groom was a cake topper I used when I made and decorated a 40th wedding anniversary cake for Mum and Dad in 1988. They are the perfect size for the vintage cardboard church I have which was a vintage game piece.

This is an exquisite pop up card which one of my sisters gave Mum a few years ago. I want to eventually try to create a miniature scene around it.

The miniature fimo items were made by a lady who used to do miniature fimo items in the 1990s who has since sadly passed away. I am pleased to be able to add more of her items to my miniature collection. Three of her cats are also included in the animal photo above.

I found a few little gold angels and some little soldiers to add to my Christmas scene:

I now have a cook for my Victorian nursery. Unfortunately she has her work cut out for her. It seems that while I was away over the last few weeks one of the kittens must have ventured into my dolls house and has raided the kitchen shelves!

This lovely cross stitch was made by my friend Lyn for Mum some years ago. It will look lovely amongst my dolls houses.

 I made the bear in the picture below, Lachie, for my Dad when he was very ill with cancer approximately 17 years ago. The doll is one I made for Mum. They have both come back home to live with me.

I also brought home some other miniature accessories, ribbons, laces, braids, beads, cottons and embroidery fabric, etc.

I think I will need to have another sort out of my craft room!

I've made a start today on items for my Christmas swap. I will hopefully get the parcels posted by the end of the week. Unfortunately it will be too late to reach swap participants before Christmas. Once again I apologise.


  1. Dear Sharee,
    It is so sad to part with your mum. She left you with beautiful memories, as well as
    these lovely treasures to remind you of her each time you touch them.
    A warm hug,

  2. Your Mom has left for you so many beautiful and beloved treasures, Sharee, you can remind her every time you will see them.
    (I apologise for my bad English, I hope you understand what I mean to say..?)
    My best wishes for you and your family.
    Hugs, Ilona

  3. Oh, I'm so sorry, Sharee! I was out of town this week, and missed your earlier post about your Mum's death. I'm glad that you and your sisters could all be together. I'm sure you'll be missing your mum a lot, especially this first Christmas without her. I hope your father-in-law is doing OK. It hasn't been a good year at all! I hope next year will be much better for you and your family. Hugs, Rebecca

  4. Me has dejado sin palabras querida Sharee! Lo siento mucho, es increíble poder tener todos esos hermosos recuerdos de ella. Un gran abrazo

  5. What a beautiful collection. I hope all of the memories you've shared with us bring you comfort. I think working with these items will be therapeutic for you too. When I lost my brother many years ago, I made a scrapbook of him. It took me almost a year to complete, but it was very helpful for me. I am looking forward to a 1/4 scale scene, from all those treasures. ;-)
    Warm Hugs,

  6. Your mom left you a beautiful collection.
    Don't worry for the swaps.
    Hug to you and your family

  7. Its great that you and your mom shared in this little hobby and now you get to keep her treasures and keep that memory going.


  8. Hi Sharee! What a blessing it is to have shared such lovely memories in miniature with your mum and with your dad. Having these treasures will help keep those precious memories alive and will be something that you and your daughter will be able to talk about and enjoy.
    And I do believe that the cook looks right at home in her new kitchen. ))


  9. Sorry for you loss. But I'm glad you had a good celebration of your mums life. And that all sisters could get together and meet.
    Most be wonderful to share a hobby with your mother. She had some wonderful pieces, nice to see them in use again at your place now. Hope you can make many nice scenes with all these treasures. They will make great memories.

  10. These beautiful minis will be great reminders of your mom, Sharee. Her quilt is amazing! xo Jennifer

  11. I wish you a nice and healthy christmas too. Thank's for your dear comments.


  12. Hi Sharee,
    I just discovered your blog and it's lovely. You are very creative! And I love the cross stitched dollhouse your friend, Lyn stitched for your mom. Would she still have the pattern by any chance and would she be willing to share? My passion is cross stitched dollhouses and I would love to stitch that one.

    So very sorry for your loss of your mother. Mother's are so very important to us daughters and I hope your wonderful memories will help alleviate your grief.

    Best regards,

    1. Hi Diana. When I was clearing Mum's house I grabbed that pattern. I will never do it and will happily forward it to you. It will be nice to know someone will appreciate it. It was a design by a New Zealand company called Ashby Designs. Please use the e-mail me link on the side bar of this blog and send me your postal address and I will get it in the post to you.