Saturday, April 4, 2009

Miniature Pillows

Didn't these turn out pretty? At least I think they did. I designed the on a paint program using different image swatches of vintage patterns and changing the colors and tones. They were printed on fabric paper...and with a little glue and fiberfill they came out better than I'd hoped.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Michael's Store $1 hutches

Originally i was dubious about buying these hutches. Even for just a dollar they really are pretty crude. But a little paint and imagination goes a long way. Most of the items are printables and i made reproductions of the 'Brandywine' Houses i collect. In the end it turned out very pretty although it matches nothing at all in any of my houses and after a couple years I still have no idea quite where to put it.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Miniature Paintings

Painting in Miniature is another of those things I love to do. Above is a reproduction I did of Manet's Peonies. The size you see it here is just a little bit larger than the actual size. I was really pleased with how it came out. And of all my reproductions this is probably my favorite. Something about the colors and the mood all just came out nearly perfect.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Miniature "Soaps & Perfumes"

This is one of my favorite items I make. I designed the bags and boxes for "Heavenly Scents" Shop. The photo does not do it justice as the colors are much more vibrant. But i love how the whole set turned out , the little soap box is my favorite.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Flea Market Find

And here is another of those... 'n'-things...There's going to be probably as much of that as miniatures on this blog lol. I'm addicted to all things gingerbread and that's the theme running through my dining room. When i found these dishes at the flea market, the brown in them was so rich and warm. Just the perfect shade that reminded me exactly of gingerbread. I couldn't resist getting them...and I got the entire set...4 dinner dishes, 4 dessert dishes and 4 cups and saucers for...would you believe $1 total for all 16 pieces? Yes $1 total...How could I say no to that.
They are marked on the back "Cavalier Ironstone- Royal China" , made in USA.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Nothing beats Christmas, I could shop for Christmas items all year long and be happy. Above are some of the miniature items I've created. Several are inspired from things i remember from my childhood. The little book was one of my favorites growing up. And the Sing-Along with Mitch Holiday record was something my grandmother would play evry year on Christmas Eve and when I would come over to help decorate the tree. Though the version she had was on about a flashback to the 70's ^^

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Vintage Christmas Placemats

Cindy Character, Copyright Grand Award, Boston U.S.A. MCMLXXV (1975)
I have a set of these four laminate placemats. All with different Christmas images, featuring a character named Cindy. They were wasting away in my mother's basement and I couldn't resist them. I've been trying to find any information on the character and if she's been used for anything else, greeting cards, figurines, etc. because I think she is so adorable ( and the cat is cute too lol ) The only information I have is listed beneath the picture and that's what was given on the back side of the mat.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Kitchen Re-do Inspiration

This one is going to drive my husband insane and I know it but I just couldn't resist. I have visions of a shabby chic kitchen...and it was inspired by this sign that was being taken down in work and I just had to ask for it. It's about 4' by 4', and once I trim it I plan on hanging it in the wall in my kitchen and framing it with molding. The color and theme was just too pretty to resist. But now that just means I have to get the rest of my kitchen to match it...

Sunday, February 22, 2009

After Christmas Bargains

I have to admit I'm a sucker for a really good bargain. Especially after Christmas, and while out shopping with my mother in late January I was surprised to come across a couple real goodies. While shopping for my son's birthday we decide to just take a quick stop in the Christmas Tree Shop on the way home and they were just marking down whatever was left of their Christmas to 90% off. And below are a couple of the goodies I picked up.

I couldn't resist these little stars. They're Dept. 56 and the tags say suggested retail $4.50 (Way too much to pay for cardboard and sparkles if you want my opinion no matter what name brand is on them) ...they were $2.50 at Christmas Tree Shops but at 90% off and 25 cents each that was just the price. I bought several of each color and plan on making them into a garland to decorate my kitchen next Christmas.

I also picked up what Dept. 56 calls "Jewelry for the Tree" and the suggested retail price on it is $17.50...( I think someone had a touch much to drink before they thought up that price ) at any rate, Dept. 56 or not the quality of them is far far from being worth anywhere near $17.50...and even at Christmas Tree Shops where they were $4.99, that was still in my opinion more than they were worth...however, at 90% off and only 50 cents each I have a plan to take them apart to make something else of them. Most likely for my own Christmas ornaments. The fact that they came in sheer little drawstring bags is just a plus ^^.

And to top they day off we decided why not stop at The Hallmark Shop...and we hit the jackpot. They were just marking down all of their Christmas ornaments from 75% off to just $1, $3 and $5 each. Of Course... i went straight to the $1 ones lol. I did however pick up three that were $3 each only because one was a gingerbread house and I can't resist anything gingerbread. And the other two I knew my daughter would adore. So about 30 or so ornaments and $40 later ( The price I would have paid for 2 or 3 before Christmas) I came out all smiles with a huge shopping bag overflowing with ornaments.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Miniature Perfumes

Above is an assortment of vintage soaps, perfumes and various toiletries created in miniature. These are one of the things I most enjoy making. There's something about working with all of the beads and jewelry findings...and the little vintage labels that is actually almost therapeutic.

I also make vanity trays with them. I love sorting through the beads and bottles I make to get just the right color and shapes together to make pretty little arrangements.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Shabby Chic Paper Miniatures

This is my first post and you'll have to bear with me as I'm still trying to get my blog just right. There will probably be a little of everything on this site that interests me. Though I'm trying to get back into designing and making paper miniatures once more. And as well as this I'm currently reworking my comcast website. It's been a long time coming so...that's taking a while as well ^^. Below is the latest project I'd been working on from some time ago. It's a Shabby Chic Kitchen set made entirely from paper and fabric paper and printed off the computer.