so much sparkly, so little time!

An Easter Surprise!

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I admit it. I ran away last month. For all the girly-foofoo you see me do, another equally important part of me craves woodlands and wilderness, but now I’m back, relaxed and ready to share once more.

Speaking of sharing, my wonderful friend Peggy Fowler sent me the most wonderful Easter surprise: carrot furniture for my 24 carrot bank – another one of my adopted dollhouse finds.
I arrived home one Friday to find a letter from Peggy and inside a most fabulous kit! I immediately sat down with my alcohol markers and stained my pieces then assembled them. I’ve since learned that you can deepen the color by coloring over the area more than once. If you’ve never heard of alcohol markers, they usually go by the brand name Copics. Lots of companies now ride the bandwagon and produce their own alcohol markers, Close to My Heart being one of them.


I’ll probably finish my bunny bank next year sometime, right now I am working on swaps for the Quarter Connection Convention and planning a mini house party at my house for the NAME Gazette Convention. I’m also trying to plan a state day…so any suggestions would be appreciated!

In the meantime, if you’d like to know more about Peggy’s designs, click here: http://s227.photobucket.com/user/PLJRFOWLER/library/#/user/PLJRFOWLER/library/?sort=3&page=0&_suid=1368224564151013273034705861958

If you’d like to try out the alcohol markers, click here:

If you’d like to know more about using the alcohol markers, click here:

If you’d like to know more about Quarter Connection, click here:

If you’d like to know more about NAME (National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts), click here: http://miniatures.org

If you’d like to suggest new miniature projects, please comment on this post.

Happy Mini Making!


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8 Reasons to LOVE Quarter Scale Dollhouse Miniatures

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Why I love Quarter Scale Dollhouse Miniatures:
1) An entire house will fit in your hands, which means an entire street will fit across your mantle or any convenient shelf.

2) An entire room can fit into any theme related container, such as this class I took with Suzanne and Andrews Miniatures at NAME (National Association of Miniature Enthusiast) National Convention last July.

or this workshop by Peggy Fowler my miniature club did last summer

3) You can pack everything you need to build quarter scale kits (including the kit) into a pencil box for easy portability.
4) Small is cute, and smaller still is proportionally more amazing, right?
5) A quarter scale project makes a nice table centerpiece for themed meals.
6) Wiring with led lights and watch batteries is a cinch with a little planning, like the birthday box above.
7) Quilling paper makes great molding, which means scissors are all you need to cut trim!
8) This should be FIRST on the list really: You can store a LOT MORE unfinished kits in a lot less space.

By the way, if you aren’t familiar with the National Association of Miniature Enthusiast, check them out. With the new on-line group, on-line auctions, great magazine, fabulous conventions and new this year, on-line conventions…it’s a great way to meet like-minded people!

Gingerbread Tree House

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Gingerbread Tree House Front

What a fun project this was…my gingerbread tree. It started as a club project in April of last year. The original project was designed by Pam Junk (are we seeing a pattern here?).

I didn’t get to finish it at the time, but wanted it done before Christmas. My BFF didn’t get hers finished either, as she had just returned from her honeymoon. So we FINALLY had time to do the gingerbread houses this past week…oh how much fun we had, although my balls kept falling off, the dog almost ate one of my balls and then when they were finally glued down, my balls were in the way! Angie kept breathing in the sparkle and choking on it as she glittered her limbs…and her face…and the floor and the dog!!! LOL!!!

So let me describe what you are seeing:

Gingerbread Tree House Inside

The inside:

The furniture is from a kit by Debbie Young (www.youngatheartminiatures.com). Sadly, she no longer makes this kit, I wish I had bought more! My favorite part of this kit is the babies in the bed…they are the little babies you buy in the cake baking section with their arms cut off so they will lie flat…Debbie has such a twisted sense of humor, but they do lay flat and look beautiful!!! LOL!!!

The Buffet mirror is by B.J. Critters (http://www.bjminis.com/secure/enter.html). The lighting is by Evans Designs (http://www.modeltrainsoftware.com/ledlights1.html). I covered them in pearl pony beads. The one up top hangs down much lower because I couldn’t get it pulled up through the top enough. So I took a holly leaf brad and stuck it on the bottom of the pony beads…voila…Christmas themed ceiling fan!

I made the Christmas tree myself with some decorative embroidery floss and seed beads. The food on the tables is from Jan be Nimble (Jan McCandliss). The table and chairs are the cheap plastic furniture you buy by the set, painted silver with a scrapbooking candy sticker on top of the table and tiny gingham silk fabric for the chair cushions.

The snowman rug comes from the fabric store iron-on section. The lamps and cakes throughout the rest of the house are from various swaps. Sadly, I didn’t keep track of where each one came from. Thanks to all who provide those swaps and tote bag favors over the years. I will try to do better next time!

Gingerbread Tree Back

The outside:

The fake candy around the tree is from a garland I bought years ago at a clearance sale. I’ve been searching for another to no avail. The ice cream cone trees are ornaments I bought from walmart this year…they just SCREAMED to me in the store…I’m a Dr. Sues tree! The “icing” is a combination of modge podge and sheetrock spackle and some glitter. It does not pipe well (or maybe it was old, having been in my hobby room thru the summer heat) and we immediately suffered “blow outs” when we tried to pipe the goo…but it went on well with popsicle sticks…thank goodness!

The trees are also either Christmas village trees or Christmas ornaments (also from Walmart). The cute little teapot on top and the snowman are mysteries. They were just in my stash of future projects. The glittery small trees are scrapbook stickers as are the peppermint stepping stones. The archway over the door is also a scrapbook sticker and I used my Close to my Heart Stardust Glitter Gel (http://overhobbied.ctmh.com/Retail/Product.aspx?ItemID=5251&CatalogID=168) to enhance the sparkle around the doorways and windows. I like this product because it dries with some dimension to it and not just flat like most glitter glues.

The little clay-like sleighs and trees are miniature ornaments from some post Christmas sale. The small peppermints, lollipops and candies on the tree itself are all buttons and the ice cream bench is by BJ Miniatures (http://www.bjminis.com/secure/enter.html). I also added some glitter gel to the chocolate and whipped topping on the bench for additional sparkle!

The tree itself is foam core, cut with a scroll saw and then painted. The base is a standard cardboard cake base with a ribbon around the edge. The doors are from Grandt line (http://www.grandtline.com/products/arch/quarter/quarter_scale_architectural_doors.html) and are painted with traditional model car paints. You could spray paint them with a flat white paint and then use your regular acrylic paints on them as well.

This is a fun project. We plan to do it again next year, only in a different shape…maybe a house this time…or a train. Maybe we will have to visit some real gingerbread competitions for inspiration! Field trips…always fun!!! Have a very merry Christmas friends!

Gingerbread Tree ice cream bench

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Pam Junk Pumpkin House treasure

Halloween is HUGE at my house.  And I wanted a special centerpiece.  While attending the NAME 2012 National Yard Sale, I found this pumpkin house, already put together with windows, door and yard.  It even had directions included (dated 1991) and is apparently a prototype of a Pam Junk ( http://home.comcast.net/~junksminis/quarter/quarter.html  ) project from many years ago.  It inpsired me! 

I, of course, did NOT follow the directions but went off on my own, using various “found” treasures from my crafting closet.  The jack-o’latern, black cat, frog and purple monster (in another photo) were all painted by me in 1994…go figure…they finally have a home.   I bought the ribbon around the base years ago too just knowing it had a purpose in all my Halloween decor!

Inside I built my own table from a piece of slate and beads.  This made the perfect spot for Janet Smith’s (Desert Minis, Inc. http://desert-minis.com ) spider cake round table kit.  I also included a bed from friend Peggy Fowler (Fowler Creations http://s227.photobucket.com/albums/dd3/PLJRFOWLER/ ) and a chair from Debbie Young (Young at Heart Miniatures http://www.youngatheartminiatures.com/ ), which I covered in black flock and paint for a very shabby chair!  I kitbashed the round table kits byLeanne Kirsch ( http:leannesminiatures.weebly.com ).  My husband drilled the center of the lampshade and I ran a nano light from Evan Designs ( http://www.modeltrainsoftware.com/ledlights1.html ) into it, wrapping the wire and painting the whole thing black with a sharpie marker.  I also used the very cute pumpkin shelf round table from Babette-Overman.

This is the back view.  I used the nice stump (from the 70’s…remember they came with little plastic animals or something).  I repainted it a bit, and stuck my battery pack in there.  The mouse came from a Christmas shop also many years ago and is waxed into place so that I can replace the battery at some point if needed.

Thank you everyone again for such a wonderful National Convention in 2012, I SOOO wish I could make it to Tuscon in 2013…Night Time In the Museum…that is going to be sooo much fun!!!

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National NAME Day (National Association of Miniature Enthusiast)

NAME Day Alcoves

What wonderful projects did you complete this weekend?  I am just finishing my beautiful 1″ alcove project from NAME day yesterday.  Many of you may not know about NAME stands for the National Association of Miniature Enthusiast.  NAME’s purpose is as follows:

“The National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts (NAME) is a non-profit, educational organization whose purpose is to promote miniatures as a distinct art form, to provide education forums on their construction, historical significance and intrinsic value, to preserve unique collections in a miniature museum open to the public (located in Carmel, IN),  and  to maintain a mutually beneficial network of collectors, crafters, and artisans.” 

You can find out more about NAME at: miniatures.org

NAME day evolved from our desire to share with members everywhere, a special project and a special gathering.  And special it is!  This is the third year of celebrating NAME day.  The first year we built a hutch.  Last year we built a butcher block work table.  This year we buult an alcove…and I shopped…we ate lunch…and I shopped some more… I also built another alcove.  I signed up for all 3 kits offered in Greenwood, SC. I was able to build the 1/2″ and the 1/4″ while I was there (even with all the talking, eating and shopping…actually, I think it was all the sugar that prompted all the shopping, that and this beautiful little house:

Another Project to Finish!

From the NAME Garage Sale – Treasures!

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I have so much to share with you!!! 

What a great time I’ve had this past month, attending both the NAME Miniature Convention and the Creating Keepsakes Scrapbooking Convention, both in Charlotte, just a short jaunt from my house!  It’s taken awhile to sort through things and get projects in order.  The first thing I want to share with you is my favorite garage sale items I found at NAME:

 The first one cost $1 and I admit, I bought it for the windows and doors alone, but when I got to my room, the better lighting revealed an entire bakery with office and restroom above…how delightful!  Now, I ask you, HOW can I disassemble this little shop?  And what spurred this inspired bakery inside a jiffy muffin box? Later, as I was browsing some of the older magazines from the same yard sale, I noticed an advertisement for Grandt Line Marketville, USA kits, apparently in 2000 kits were available to create not only bakeries from Jiffy Muffin Mix boxes but also fire stations in Matchboxes, Pet Shops in Dog Biscuit boxes, etc…so sad to miss out on this collection!

 While these kits are no longer available, new kits are available and I found the link here:


 My second favorite find from the garage sale is a pumpkin house prototype developed by Pam Junk for her “Big Sis Vi” to review and finish.  Included with the scene is a letter from Pam to her “Big Sis Vi” along with pictures of her own prototype, dated 1991.  How exciting!  Halloween is a big deal at my house, in my neighborhood…so I look forward to finishing this in time for my cousins to see!!

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