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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Welcome Natalie....  http://scarletsailsminiatures.blogspot.com/  She has a great website folks, give her a visit.  Thanks Natalie for becoming a follower.

Friday, December 24, 2010


MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL MY MINI FRIENDS IN MINI BLOGLAND.  LOVE TO YOU ALL. MINI BLESSINGS. LJ


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

THE CHRISTMAS GIFT THAT WASN'T

My Mini Club Christmas Party was Monday night and I couldnt go. I have had this horrible cold for a week and a half and it isnt going away anytime soon from the looks of it. This cough is just going to linger on til eternity it seems.  Anyhow, I didnt go cause it was an hours drive and I just wasnt up to it. I now have my gift I made and I will come up with something to do with it, lol...  Maybe I will put it in the tea room but the tea room is pretty full. Maybe I will make a room box out of it. Here is a pic of the gift that wasnt, lol....
Dont forget to click to make bigger!
The picture is from my printer shop and it is 3 pics made into one to form the backdrop. Unfortunately the flash is showing up in the picture. The cake and roses I made out of polymer clay and the chairs are champaign cages taken apart and glued together. The champaign glasses are from jewelry findings with glue gun bubbles for the champaign. Candles are painted gold and put into beads for the holders. 
Til next time. LJ (its getting close....)
 

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Say Merry Christmas to a Soldier

XEROX IS DOING SOMETHING COOL

If you go to this web site, www.LetsSayThanks.com   you can pick out a
thank you card and Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier
that is currently serving in Iraq. You can't pick out who gets it, but it
will go to a member of the armed services.

How AMAZING it would be if we could get everyone we know to send one!!!

It is FREE and it only takes a second.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if the soldiers received a bunch of these?


Whether you are for or against the war, our soldiers over there need to
know we are behind them.

This takes just 10 seconds and it's a wonderful way to say thank you.

Please take the time and please take the time to pass it on for others to
do.  We can never say enough thank you's.

Thanks for taking to time to support our military!



Thursday, December 16, 2010

NEW FRIENDS

Hey guys, A very warm wonderful welcome to you . Thank you for joining my blog. It is so nice to have neat mini blogs to go to.  Please if you are stopping by today check these wonderful blogs out. Thanks, Lady Jane

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Oh Christmas Tree

The 1/4 scale house needs a tree.  It has a small table top tree.  The table comes from part of the stool that Snowball is laying on. I broke the piece apart cause it was way out of scale for a stool.  At least I think thats what is was.  What do you think?  It is hard to tell with 1/4 scale sometimes what it is!!!


I tried to get Snowball off but she is adhered way too good. I wanted to put her on a rug I want to make, but here is where she stays.

And of course "The Big Tree"!!! I tried to find holeless beads, but only can find them on the net, not in stores anymore. Maybe next year I will replace these.

I am still off to do Christmas Cookies, lol....
Just had to do this first!!!
Mini Blessings, LJ

Thursday, December 9, 2010

My Other Favorite House

I just buzzed on over from Cozy Abode to show you my other favorite mini house I have made.  I am so proud of this house!!! It went together lickety split...This house is a 1926 replica of a Sears and Roebuck house. The kit comes from Debbie Young from http://youngatheartminiatures.com  She makes the best kits ever!!! This was my first attempt at 1/4 scale and I couldn't believe how well the pieces went together. I figured it would come out looking like the "house that Jack built" because of the configuration of the roof.  I will be getting another kit soon but haven't decided which one I want to do next. Check out her website above. They are fantastic.  When hubby and I lived in another state we would go by a house just like this one. We were always hoping it would go up for sale, but much to our dismay, it never did.  So now I have one and I just love it. I have a hard time to decorate the inside though. I think in one inch scale and for some reason my brain has a problem thinking in 1/4 inch, it just can't seem to scale down, lol.... I bought a little 1/4" scale ruler so that I can use it to fashion things when I get to it after the holidays. I hope this will help me. I have to make chairs first for Charmington Place.

  Here is my little house decked out for Christmas.

See the penny by the front steps to show the scale. I love this house!!!  Santa comes from my Christmas Village. He looks great here. The little snowman was from a mini friend in a Santa Swap. Notice if you can, that he is melting, lol.....


This is an old candle I had. I put some bunka on, some paper fasteners, and an angel pin at the top.
Here are more outside views of house.




I havent done much inside yet. I bought a few items so it wouldnt be empty and perhaps help me with scale. Eventually I hope to replace things as I make them.
 I made a hutch at NAME DAY 
This is an organization that our mini club belongs to. Check out their website, they have a wonderful magazine that is filled with club news and ideas that comes every two months, projects to do, and places to go to make neat things like my hutch above.
Below is the left and right attic on each side of the bedroom. It is so small you cant really put anything in there. Before it was built I was hoping a bath in one and a sewing room in the other but you would never see the things.
Check out the story behind these houses. You picked your house from their catalog,  it came by rail and you put the stick built house together with a diagram and instructions and hopefully you built it with someone who knew what they were doing.   How cool is that? I know 1 person in the next town that lives in  a Sears victorian.  3 stories high and it is absolutely beautiful. The other person is a friend of my son's who own a huge Sears barn. Both were built in the early 1900's.  Another piece of history that we just cannot replicate anymore because materials are so costly today. These places were BUILT to last!!!  I hope mine will last as long, lol...
Until next time happy decorating days ahead to you and Mini Blessings. LJ 

Monday, December 6, 2010

Reindeer Games

Tonight was Mini Meet Club Night. We got together to make a reindeer planter. They came out so cute that I have to share them with you. Pam of  http://smallerthanlife.com  came up with this cute pattern in kit form for us to put together and we all brought things to put in them.. So cute and so easy were they to put together.
Click on Pic to enlarge
 Arent they just adorable. Mine is 2nd one in from the left. I dont know if she is going in my toy shop or outside of the house. I havent decided yet. The fun of this project is that they all come out so different.  See ya soon. LJ

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Charmington Christmas

EMILY THIS IS FOR YOU!!!  Dont forget to click on the pictures to make them larger.

The Charmingtons are getting ready for Christmas.
The front of the house is decked out with bows and there is a Christmas Wreath to welcome you to their home.

Welcome to Charmington Place

Oh my gosh Francis forgot to take in his gone fishing sign, OH MY!!!

Ora has just hang the wreath on the dining room fireplace.
Francis is waving at you from the toy store hoping for a prosperous Christmas season, he has made so many toys in the basement this year.


Phoebe is in the music room practicing her Christmas Music for the upcoming festivities.

Even Josie has donned a Christmas bow on her apron!

The Tea Room has a Merry Santa Sign

There are Christmas cards on Francis's Library Mantle

There are Bows on the stairways

In the Parlor we see that the Creche has been set up!

There are stockings hung on the fireplace. The tea things are out. Sit for a while and have tea with me.

And lastly the tree with presents make the room complete!!! (Oh can you see Clancy on the sofa taking a nap, you have to look hard to see him.)

Thank you for visiting the Charmingtons.
Did you see the candy canes in my friend Jean's snowman basket in the toy store, dont forget to grab one before you leave.
Please come and visit again! We're here until Christmas.
MERRY CHRISTMAS EMILY!
Leave me a comment Em so I know you visited.



Monday, November 29, 2010

Special Post

This is a very special Christmas Tree for the Charmington's Christmas house. My mother in law would visit us every summer from Florida and she watched with such anticipation as the house grew and new things were made or added to turn the house into a home. She would get so excited. With every phone call made she never failed to ask about my house and what new had been done to it. I am sorry it never was completed for her to see the final result. When my second mom passed away she left me all her Christmas earrings and I have put them onto the tree and every year when I bring it out it is a trip down memory lane. It brings back such wonderful Christmas memories! "Oh yeah, that was the year mom wore those cute Santa earrings".  I turned the tree to get several shots so you can  hopefully see all the little earrings my special second mom gave to me. You can click on the pic to make it bigger and I apologize that some cannot be seen too clearly, but it is a memory I just had to share with you.




Mini Blessings, Lady Jane

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Stable

First I want to express a warm greeting to my new friends: Carol from  CurlyWillowsRanch  Jenny from  jennyscraftplace  and Tammy from notjustpaperandglue  Check them out; they have great blogs!  Thanks for stopping by and becoming a follower. I enjoy following your blogs.(for some reason I cant seem to link here in the blog, I dont know why, but I will figure it out. Please click on their picture and see their profile where you can get their address to go to.)  If anyone has any ideas why it doesnt work for me, please let me know. Thanks.

Here is what I was working on tonite. I picked up these little figures at a dollhouse show a couple of weeks ago. Christmas isnt Christmas without my Creche in my big house so of course my mini house has to have one also. The Holy Family needed a place to stay, I just couldnt leave them out in the cold.  So I took some coffee stirring sticks for the sides and 1/16th inch board I had laying around and eyeballed what I thought looked like the right size and whalla! Baby Jesus is out of the cold... If I had that Inn Keeper anywheres near me, he would be toast!!!   It is pretty crude but the original was probably crude also so I wasnt too particular with this project. There is a dime taped to the back wall to the right to show the scale.



 Till next time.  Mini Blessings. Lady Jane     

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Charmington's Thanksgiving

Francis and Ora are getting ready for their Thanksgiving Feast. Their children are coming with the grandchildren and everything has to be perfect. Josie is preparing the feast, her daughter and husband will sit down with them at dinner to enjoy the bounty that they all are thankful for this Thanksgiving Day.

They wish you all A Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Monday, November 22, 2010

There's A Man In My House

My house has a man. YAY… I also made him from a pattern from Miniature Collector Magazine.  This one is from the January 2009 issue which also referenced my Ora.  She was from the December 2008 issue.  Now my dollhouse has a proprietress for the tea room and a proprietor for the toy shop.  They are open for business and just in time for the Christmas Season.  They should be busy, don’t you think? 


 Now I need to make some signs to announce their shops.
Till next time, Mini Blessings, L J

Saturday, November 20, 2010

I Am Stomping All Over My Mini's

I notice that I am stomping all over my Mini’s on this blog.   What’s that mean?  Two Blogs? Yep, you got it….  I won’t be leaving “For The Love Of Mini’s” behind mind you.  I just am going to separate the two. I have so many other loves in my life I want to talk about. So a second blog is calling out to me.  So head on over and check it out and have a second cup a tea with me. It's pretty plain right now, I need some time to jazz it up. So bear with me. Mini Blessings, Lady Jane

Thursday, November 18, 2010

"Happy Sewing"

If you are an avid sewer than you might recognize those words!  It is how Sue Hausmann ends every one of her “America Sews” TV programs on PBS. Today I had the privilege of meeting her and her husband at our local vacuum and sewing store.  This store is a family run affair.  Doesn’t that just warm your heart? A family owned business in this day and age. Knowledgeable and dedicated people bringing you "top of the line" service.  Sue was there today to present some new Sulky, Husqvarna and some other well known company products in between. Her husband Herb, now retired, travels with her and has come up with some marvelous embroidery designs in his own right. He runs the camera and we saw everything up on a big screen when different techniques were shown at the sewing machine.  It was a full day of wonderful information on sewing, couching, piping, free motion, embroidery, stipling and quilting, marvelous new techniques as well as some old ones I had forgotten. Of course I came away wanting to try every single one of them.  Some amusing stories were told of their lives and bloopers from filming the show was shown.  People were friendly as sewers typically are, good food, and good conversation. We all had something we made with us or worn by us and these are what I brought or wore, and we had a fashion show.






  Great day! Great fun! I had my picture taken with Sue which will be emailed to me sometime soon.  My hubby laughed at me and said “you would think she was a celebrity”. Well to me she is. I have watched this woman for 15 years or more and learned a lot of great sewing techniques and wonderful tips from her. When I was working I used to tape the shows as I do now in case I am not home when aired.
 I am so grateful to my mom who took the time to teach me to sew as well as knit and embroider. I just wish I had let her teach me tatting; a lost art, but had no interest in it when growing up.  If it hadn’t been for her I would never have learned these fundamentals and the love for them. It saved my husband and I a lot of money over the years when we couldn’t afford much. I have made my own clothes, curtains, slip covers, pillows, you name it I have stitched it.  Thanks Mom….Thanks Sue…
That was my day and I had to share it with you as for me it was great fun.  Happy Sewing ,  L J

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Just dubbin around!

A Warm Welcome to my latest followers Lynn from http://countryheartandroses.blogspot.com/ and Cidisu, Thanks for stopping bye. Hop on over to see Lynns wonderful site!

A while back I was just dubbin around! I had purchased a new embroidery sewing machine and I would like to start quilting. I made up a crazy quilt square (I figured that would be appropriate, a crazy square for a crazy lady) and this is how it turned out.





I wanted to see how my fancy stitches would look on something so I made up the square. I had some help from http://www.vintagevogue.com/0Index_of_Blocks.pdf  you can download some fabulous info and designs from this site. It came out pretty good for my first try and I just love the stitches on this fantastic machine, but I havent a clue what I am going to do with it as yet, lol...  I used it for my background for my Lady Jane picture. I did make one baby crib quilt that I gave to Jean http://aromanticcountryhome.blogspot.com/  for her favorite cause. She makes baby quilts which she donates to Boston's Brighams and Young for premies. She has made tons for them. This is my one contribution:


Sorry my pics didnt come out too well.  I have joined a quilt club thinking this will get me started on my way to making fantastic, fabulous quilts.  Hmmmmmmmmmm,  Me Thinks I have to get out of "Mini Mode" first.

Speaking of which it is back to making my mini "Guy" for my mini house. My house has way too many woman in it and every house needs a man. I dont know how Francis will feel surrounded by all those women, we'll have to wait and see...


Monday, November 15, 2010

Off To Dedham

Yesterday I picked up Terri (I prayed all week my back would allow me to go and it did) and off we went to Jeannies (you all know who Jeannie is by now, lol). Jeannie took over and took us to the Dedham Mini Show. We had so much fun and spent mini bucks for mini things. Lots of neat finds here:







Now, to make a manger for the Nativity Scene. That should be interesting, lol, for all of us! Maybe I should sit down and partake of the Smirnoff's first.  Can you see it? It is pretty small sitting amongst the crock and the glasses on the table.  Get me in the mood to create, Huh? If any of you have any ideas how to make the Manger I would sure appreciate your comments.  I picked up some tools to "get er done". The kitchen needed some pots and pans for Josie to cook with, the others were getting a little scorched.  Above the stove there is a little crock pot I made from fimo and a snap. I like that; I thought it came out cool.  Terri had gone to a Doll Convention last week (her other love) while there she visited http://www.realgoodtoys.com/   With every purchase the store gives you a little house for your big house.  Cool huh? Well they gave her two so she brought one back for me. YAY... doesn't it look cool in my Toy Shop?  It is absolutely adorabe.  Isnt she just the best!!!
Till next time, mini blessings, L J.