This was all in the largest storage container! The majority of this was in the dolls house I gave to my Granddaughter some time ago. While I had it all out, sorting and such, I thought I would add a few more pieces to the Vermont Farmhouse, etc. Then remembered, my Granddaughter will be coming this afternoon to do some housework for me (she needs gas money :) ), and one of her jobs will be to dust the dolls house - so will wait. I got everything sorted, organized (well, pretty much), and packed up for now.
I made the 2 little rugs.
The tiny furniture (still in packs) I got to use as doll furniture for a little girls room.
The armoire in front and oval shaped box were going to be trash to treasure projects that never got done - maybe another time.
I made the 2 bowls of pudding with the cherry on top. What few minis I have made (or attempted to make) - I have learned to have a very high respect for the many very talented miniature artists in the world. So much of their work is so detailed, it looks like the real thing. I made a bowl of popcorn a few years ago, with pieces of a styro. packing nut, tiny specks of brown paint for the kernals & watered down yellow paint for the butter. Hey! Looked good to me, so decided to spray it with "that protective coating stuff in a spray can", so it would hold up better. Take my word - "Do Not Do That". Did you know that stuff will melt styrofoam?!?! I don't know how long I stood and stared at it before I pitched it in the trash. :(
On my previous post, Glenda at Many Fond Memories, ask me how many sets I have. I have enough for 2 dolls houses (1 is already set up), the general store, greenhouse, and a small yard (not displayed now - need to find a better place for it). After I decide what I will use in the San Franciscan when I get the inside finished (or if I get it finished!), I will use the odds and ends left over, to do a antique or consignment shop.
Sometime ago, someone made the comment that I must have a lot of money invested in this hobby. I do not. The Vermont Jr. Farmhouse was my biggest buy, and then I got it on sale. I don't pay full price for the minis - wait til Hobby Lobby has their 50% off sales - a few years ago, they had a 75% sale :-). The majority of what I have, I accumulated over many years. A lot of the items in the general store, accessory and decor. items I bought for pennies on the dollar, when a place had a going out of business sale. I have a few better pieces, but the majority are not - just run of the mill pieces.
I went to an estate sale last year, that advertised a room full of miniatures, dolls houses, roomboxes, etc.. I went, and my mouth must have dropped open - all the walls in the room (size of a medium sized bedroom) had shelves filled, and several large houses completely furnished out in the middle, with only walk space. I purchased a couple of pieces (most were priced to high), and they were taking silent bids on one of the houses with furnishings (they probabley laughed at my bid), but I did not get it. Most of the houses were already sold or to high for my budget.
Ok, I have rambled enough - you now know the story of my mini hobby. :-)
Got up to a another heavy dusting of sleet and snow this morning - at least we did not get the ice that was originally predicted, but it was enough to close the schools in the area (does not take much around here :) ).
Hope everyone is having a great day.
Thursday, January 1, 2009
I do not do well with making and keeping New Year's Resolutions. Many years I made them and they went by the wayside before the end of January - actually before the first week of January was over or Jan. 2nd or 3rd. So I won't make resolutions, but I am updating my "To Do List" to start the year off right. Yeah! I know, the "To Do List" - The one that the only time it gets my attention, is when I recognize it's existence so I can add something else on the list. You really don't want to know how long some of those things have been on the list (how long have I lived here?). So my New Year's Resolution (scratch that) - "To Do List" (nope, that title does not get my attention either) How about "Don't Turn on the Computer List". Get up (don't turn on computer), and eat breakfast (ugh!). I am not a breakfast person, unless I have been up for a while and someone else does the cooking and cleaning up afterwards. Anyway, eat a few bites so can take vitamins - 1/2 of banana will work (don't turn on computer). Get dressed and put on a face - just in case I have to run out or someone comes to the door ( don't turn on the computer). Get list out - #1 requires a trip to Home Depot or Lowes - Okee Dokee! DO NOT GIVE UP AND TURN ON THE COMPUTER. Do you see what my problem is here??
Does anyone know where I can hire a very qualified "handy man", who can do plumbing, electrical work, painting, carpentry (and the list goes on). He must be cheap, licensed (cheap), insured (cheap), bonded (cheap), honest (cheap) handy man (did I say cheap?).
Beautiful day - little on the cool side, but the sun is shining. Hope we all have a wonderful New Year.