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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.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Back To Mini's

 I am showing my miserable attempt at trying to master the technique of making dolls out of polymer clay. These are pics of the 3 I have made. I like Josie the cook because her hair is covered and I think her face is the best of the three. They were not easy for me as you can see and I am in awe of people who have accomplished this very difficult task. They are true artisans.



Which you can see why the next step for me was to buy porcelain dolls and attempt to put them together, which isn't difficult to do, if I can do it anyone can that is for sure. I have been working on this doll for a while now.She was hairless for a time as I truly suck at hair. I took the dress pattern from Miniature Collector Mag and I am sorry to say I cant tell you which issue cause I cant find it now. I fell in love with this period dress. The doll is from http://www.petitepeopleplus.com/ . Elaine is a member of our club and she makes the most fabulous dolls in all sizes and facial expressions and they are exquisite. She also makes some neat whimsical figures. She gave me many helpful hints as how to put the doll together and also some tips on doing my dress. She also told me to paint the shoes with nail polish as it gives it a more natural appearance. I like how they came out; the camera didn't, so they arent here. The hair I did last night. I finally got up enough stamina to do it. Took me awhile as I knew it would, but she is done. I used a tutorial from http://www.cynthiahoweminiatures.com/ Her tutorials are awesome!!! First I tried it with viscois which I made a mess of and is now residing in the waste basket. Then I tried some curly synthetic stuff I had laying around which is also residing in the same place. I finally settled on this straight stuff which took me hours to do,  but the result is livable. I have now decided I will buy the doll pieces and put them together myself, do my own clothes and buy wigs for my dolls. No stress there!!! I will practice on improving my polymer dolls cause clay is fun to play with, brings me back to my mud pie days,lol... I am too cheap to buy a kiln and too lazy to learn mastering the technique to make porcelain dolls and I suck at painting faces...  That's why there are wonderful people out there to buy from.  Meet Ora, Mistress of Charmington Place:









Just keep trying.  It eventually comes together in the end.

Till next time, Mini Blessings, L J

Friday, November 12, 2010

Flowers are a wonder thing!

 A Warm Welcome to my 2 newest followers http://Shirlsrosecottage.blogspot.com and http://pippistitches.blogspot.com

Yesterday my hubby surprised me with these beautiful flowers because I have been feeling punk. Arnt they beautiful? It is times like these that I am reminded what a nice man I am married to and I do indeed take him for granted way too often.  The vase was a gift from my wonderful daughter in law years ago and has been the vessel of many flower arrangements over the years, some from my favorite flower beds. After I took the pic I noticed you can see the stain glass lamp over to the left on the glassed in porch. There is a story about this lamp I would like to share with you. It was a gift from my BFF Jeannie from A Romantic Country Home which she gave to us a few years ago. I cant begin to tell you how talented this woman is! She made this lamp with her own two hands. It is so special!!!  It used to hang over her dining room table and we spent many a night under its glow playing canasta. For some reason she took it down and I am glad she did, cause now IT IS MINE!!! I cannot begin to tell you the warmth that spread through me when she gave it to us. This picture reminded me how blessed I truly am.  The good news is my back is feeling much better, the advil seems to be doing its job. YAY...




Thursday, November 11, 2010

TAKE A MOMENT TODAY

Let's bow our heads in a moment of prayer for all who have served and are serving in Harm's Way today to protect our Freedom. God bless you. 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Apron

I need inspiration !  So today I am donning my Apron and hopefully inspiration will come.  Last year I bought an apron at Joann Fabrics to machine embroider and I thought "Gee, I'll make a pattern of this apron so I dont have to buy more to embroider".  So I cut one out on tissue paper and have been using it ever since.  My granddaughter is studying art in college so I made one for her but changed the embroidery to paint brushes and a pallet instead.  I dont have a pic of that one. Darn... I found some great canvas type fabric and this wonderful Mary Engelbreit fabric. http://www.maryengelbreit.com/archives/2467  I just love this lady's stuff!!! The fabric is not only whimsical and fun, it captures a lot of things I hold dear:  friends, home, garden, animals and of course my cuppa TEA...  Take a look...


Click to get a larger pic!

 I am  a bit better today,except when I try to get in and out of my chair, but walking better.Hubby is a dear man. He is doing all the stuff I generally do. Today he will vac. Who could ask for more. I am so lucky to have him. YAY...Thanks for stopping by. I enjoy your comments and all your wonderful blogs I have been following.

Thanks

Welcome http://www.wildflowerfolkart.com/ nice to meet you.   Thanks Mildred, Kim, Wildfire and Jeannie for your wonderful comments. mini hugs to you all.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Small Accessories

I didnt do much yesterday.  Somehow I threw my back out and I dont know how. Crazy...Everything is in my basement so I may be upstairs reading for a few days and not working on mini's.  I really need to get off mini's for awhile and SEW!!!Christmas is coming and I have nothing ready yet or even an idea as to what I want to do. Anyway this is what I was working on and that isnt very much, lol... Just under the mirror is a little gold box I made out of jewelry findings, I made the rose hair pin (cut the bigger ribbon rose down, made the green stem attached into leaves and added the pin, I used super glue and of course some got on the rose and it made it look ceramic so I added more, For the candle I added a bead to the jewelry finding which I flattened, painted it gold and added the toothpick. I took some lace and painted it gold and glued around a mirror for a tray to house the brush, comb and mirror set, the perfume bottle on the left is just one bead with some tiny beads added, it is a wee bit out of scale, I put it on a mirror because it got lost on the dark wood otherwise. The cross was on a pair of  broken rosary beads that belonged to my dad.  The beads have been in a drawer for years. I took the cross and added the bead and will hang it in the Charmingtons bedroom above the bed. The purse on the right is a Jeannie Idea.Thanks Jean it is so cute on the bureau. Well that is it for today.  Mini Blessings, L J

Monday, November 8, 2010

No Mini's Today

I am still psyched so I just can’t talk about mini’s right now.  Last night we took our daughter in law to see Trans Siberian Orchestra (son got to tag along also, lol) for her birthday.  WOW…  WHAT A SHOW!!!  They put on the best Rock Opera Extravaganza I have ever been to see. The energy the whole group puts into this show is simply exceptional!!!     I cannot even begin to fathom their production costs, and yet every city they go to they take $1.00 from each ticket sale and donate it to a Charity in that area. The light show and pyrotechnics, the backdrop screens with scenes depicting the story are phenomenal!!! Let alone the music!!!  That’s just an added bonus.   First half of the concert is a Christmas inspirational story entitled Christmas Eve and other stories about an angel coming to earth to find one true meaning of Christmas (which you can hear or read the lyrics on their site) and perfect for this time of year when Christmas has turned into such a commercial proposition; it truly reminds us what Christmas is all about. The second half was geared to their album “Night Castle”.  Just incredible…. To take a peek at what we saw and heard you can check them out on their website  http://www.trans-siberian.com/.  Don’t miss them If they come to a city near you. You truly won’t be disappointed.


Sunday, November 7, 2010

Oh Those Lights!!!

I finally hung those battery lights.  Told you I was a skeptic.  Even the light weight one keeps falling down.  They came with adhesive circles to hold them with and they dont hold.  I put mini hold on them and they wont hold.  Have to buy more I didnt have much.  Maybe more will do the trick.  I dont want to glue them in as it will be difficult to replace the batteries.  I do like the lights though.  By the way, thats Josie in the kitchen, she cooks for the Charmingtons and the tea room. She lives out back with her husband and daughter, that's a story for another time though.   She is the 3rd doll I have made out of polymer clay.   Mini Blessings.  Lady Jane




Saturday, November 6, 2010

Good Enough To Eat

I have been so busy on the computer lately I havent had time to do much with my mini's.  I did have time to work on this however.




Isn't it nice to create a cake that wont be gone as soon as it is put on the table, lol...

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Tea Rooms

I got lost in Apples Tea Rooms today.  I just love tea rooms, old china tea cups, and tea pots and I love Irenes tea shop.  Inside my Brownstone there is a tea room on the first floor so I thought I would show it as I have been hunting down tea rooms today...
Follow Kingston Rd to the corner and there on the left is Charmington Place.  Stop in and get a cuppa tea and maybe a pastry or two.  Josie has been in the kitchen whipping up marvelous treats all day.  You wont be disappointed. Oh yes and while there go next door to the Toy Store, Christmas is right around the corner you know!

Off to get that cuppa tea and maybe a scone.  See ya soon.  L J

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Give A Way

Before I talk about My Santa, I want to let you know my BFF  Jean at  http://aromanticcountryhome.blogspot.com/  is having a give a-way to celebrate her 100 followers.  Check it out....  She has all the particulars on her blog.  I will give you a hint:   "Roses Are A Gal's Best Friend".  Really nice give a-way my friend.....

My Santa

Last night’s meeting was fun as usual…  Phyllis Hawkes set up last night's project.  She is one talented lady and we are so lucky to have her as a member of our club.  You can check  out her web site in my list of Favorite Web Sites to the right of my site under Phyllis Hawkes Studio. Miniature Collector magazine  also has an article on her works in their November  Issue.  It is a very well written article -  give it a look. 

As promised here it is...  My star looks like fire to me but believe me I am getting better, lol...


After all the excitement of getting my lights wouldn’t you know I forgot to bring them for Show and Tell.  Oh well, by next meeting they will be in my house.   Till next time, mini hugs, L J