Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween


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While we don't really celebrate Halloween in New Zealand, although it is starting to take hold, I do love Halloween images, especially vintage ones from old postcards. I think next year I might just create a Halloween scene for fun.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

National Cat Day

I just saw a post by Margaret on her blog at Petit Parterre with a delightful photo of her cat wearing a hat:
She said it is National Cat Day in Australia. I note from an internet search that 29 October is also National Cat Day in the USA. I don't think New Zealand has a National Cat Day and International Cat Day was on 8 August but I will share with you photos of my two cats Dash and Squiggle anyway. I figure some of you cat lovers out there might be interested in seeing their progress. They are now about 7 months old and have grown out of that tiny kitten stage.
Unfortunately they didn't oblige me like Margaret's cat did. They were far more interested in snoozing on our bed, it being a rather wet and blustery afternoon outside.

Dash (male)
 Squiggle (female)
My three dogs are grumbling in the background about all the fuss over cats. Perhaps I'd better find out when International Dog Day is if there is such a thing!
Anyway, Happy Cats Day to all your furry feline friends.
Image from the Graphics Fairy

Monday, October 27, 2014

An Early Start

Lying in bed this morning I was determined to make a space for doing some miniatures even though we had a fairly busy day planned - but what to do?
I considered doing a little Halloween scene and entering a photo in Kyle Lefort's Halloween challenge. While traditionally we have not celebrated Halloween in New Zealand it is starting to be celebrated by some and I have always thought it would be fun to do a Halloween scene. However, as it is the 27th I have left it a bit late to do a good job - next year Kyle!
That led me to thinking about Christmas. Every year I say I will do a Christmas scene but again I always leave it too late. Not this year. I am making an early start. Today I started my Christmas scene. The box I am setting my Christmas scene in and around I purchased Christmas 2012. It is high time I got it out and did something with it.
As for the resident of the box, Edward Elf, he has been more than patient waiting for me to create his workshop. Edward Elf is the official Christmas decoration maker for Santa and also the decorator of the North Pole Christmas Tree.
I think the box is so beautiful I don't want to cover too much of it so he will just be sitting in the box with a few shelves and hooks inside to hold all the wonderful Christmas decorations he is going to create. Of course we will also need to create a North Pole Christmas tree eventually .

I have previously blogged about the box and about Edward here:

Edward Elf was made by Melanie Frank in Germany.
Melanie's blog is

The front of the box.

Inside the box.

Edward Elf.

I love his oversized feet.

Edward is busy working on a paper chain (made by me).

I recently got a large jar of 'seconds' gems from an op shop. Some have little chips or are not quite the shape they should be but many of them are just fine for enhancing some of the lovely detail on the box.

Some of the gems.

Unfortunately it is a dark gloomy and wet day here today so very hard to take photos showing the gems but hopefully the above gives you an idea of what I am working on at the moment.
I need to think about what I am going to do for shelving and hooks now. Hopefully I will have solved that dilemma before my next post.
See you then.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Scullery Table

I had a play day today - for the first time in weeks I ventured into my craft room and created. I made a scullery table for my Del Prado house.

I grabbed a few items to put on the table to see the effect. I will probably make other items to 'dress' the table but this gives an idea of what it could look like.

Perhaps I need to have a go at miniature doll making. I think this 'busy' kitchen needs an equally busy cook.

I hope you are having a great weekend.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

In Hibernation

Hi blog friends. I'm still here in case you are wondering.
Life is getting in the way of miniatures a bit at the moment but I will get back into it. We will see what next weekend brings.
I have to confess I am about seven weeks behind on reading your blogs at the moment with no chance of catching up so I apologise for not commenting lately. I have seen the odd blog entry over that time but not many. I am sure I have missed out on many fabulous photos and writings over that time.
I am also aware I have not entered anything on this blog for a few weeks.
I hope all is well with you all. I will definitely be trying to keep up with your blogs from today again and hopefully you will inspire my dormant creative spirit.