Sunday, January 14, 2018

Grandpa's Dollhouse Annual Sale

Message from Liz at Grandpa's Dollhouse.......

2018 Grandpa’s Doll House Daily Deals Promotion Begins!!

Remember the new dates:

Monday, January 15 – Saturday, January 27
Monday, February 12 – Saturday, February 24

We hope you choose to stay with us because we have some wonderful items to offer you this year………..better than ever before.
We have closed our home based brick and mortar store.  We will continue to serve you with our website, but we have many items to clear out
in order to turn the previous store space into workshop space!

To that end, we will be offering MANY Awesome Buys this year There will be a change this year that you will want to know about! 
The Awesome Buys will be offered randomly throughout the promotion.  That means that you should take a look at the site often.  You never know when a great deal will be offered.

If you are new to the promotion, an Awesome Buy is a grouping of items that are offered for sale at amazing prices.  They sell fast so you might want to check the Daily Deals category on our site often on these dates:
Monday, January 15 – Saturday, January 27
Monday, February 12 – Saturday, February 24

We will also have a new contest this year that will involve finding KEYS in photos to win prizes.  I will tell you more about that later.

For now, please go to the site and read the information about this promotion.  It is always good to refresh your memory about the timing of the deals and details you may have forgotten.
I know I had to read them………my “over 50” brain does not retain information like it used to. 😊

See you at 8 pm on Monday for the first email with photos of the first day’s offerings!

Liz Dieleman
St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Small Stuff

Barb R. came down for a visit this afternoon and we got talking about our various projects.

One of hers is an egg that she wants to do a meadow scene in and she wants butterflies for it. I remembered that the Small Stuff website had printable butterflies so I found them and printed them on a transparency for her.

It had been a long time since I visited this site and I had forgotten what a treasure trove of information it is. There are thousands of tips here. If you're not a subscriber to the Small Stuff Digest, you have to join for access but it's very easy.

For printable minis in all scales, click here.

The Small Stuff Gallery also contains some printables, tutorials, creative writing about minis and an inventory spreadsheet.

Be prepared to spend a LOT of time exploring this!

Monday, January 8, 2018

coming along

I put all the brass pieces from DS Marie on the second bulletin board then a bunch of art on the third.

 Most of these pictures were purchased at a sale in Edmonton by Etsy dealers. Many dealers have a picture on their business cards which can be used as mini art. Some have pictures printed as fridge magnets and one (unusual) had the smaller prints on the right hand side. I see another art gallery in my future.

The fourth bulletin board has more Christmas minis.

I cleared off my long folding table, put it away and have replaced it with a card table. This will allow me access to the shelving along that wall. So things are coming along.

When I made my daily visit to Mom today, she gave me about a square metre of very fine white tulle. I don't have any immediate use for it myself but our club project this year is a porch and maybe someone will be able to use it to make a screen door.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Laser poop

I had hoped to be organized enough to post in time for the blog to be on the same day. Don't think that's going to happen.

So this is all on Saturday!

DS Shirley and I went over to Mom's at noon to give her a perm....well, Shirley gives the perm.... I'm just the helper. Left at two and ran some errands and, once home, washed the towels, etc., we had used.

Made a pot of chili and ate.

Hadn't realized that, for some reason, I was so tired that I fell asleep for a couple hours.

So much for all the cleaning and organizing I had planned to do.

But I did manage to get hangers attached to the bulletin boards that Joanne had given me.

The first bulletin board was one for the the "laser poop". The pieces for this were almost entirely from M.E.E. member, Tina. However, there was a bag of laser poop and other things that Joanne had brought back for me from Earth and Tree in New Hampshire. (Took me a LONG time to sort through that!)

From the Earth and Tree bag were these spools. At first, I thought I'd offer them to club members who might have a use for them. Then (light bulb moment!), I realized they would make wonderful lamp bases!

I love those moments when I see something in an entirely different light!

From one big bag, I finally got everything separated and on the bulletin board so it's visible and usable!

Didn't accomplish as much as I had hoped but....

Friday, January 5, 2018

The Book copies in the mail, movie and dinner, bulletin boards, etc.

Finally got the five copies of The Book in the mail - only 6 weeks later than usual 😔

Saw "Downsizing" with 7 miniaturist friends then went out to dinner. Movie was good. Dinner with friends was fabulous!

Joanne gave me the bulletin boards so plan on tackling them tomorrow. So far am planning one for art, one for the brass pieces Marie gave me for Christmas and another for all the laser poop that I have. Will sort through it so it's easier to see exactly what I have.

Need to make some changes in my work room before I can start mini-ing again. I'll take out my long folding table and replace it with the card table so I can get to the shelving on that wall. It'll take a day or two to get everything organized but then I hope I'll be able to get working.

Someone had a lovely antique clock for sale on the bulletin board. I had hoped to buy it to use as a setting for a mini scene but someone must have beaten me to it as the notice was no longer up today.

Since the weather has been quite nice this week, had to get out for groceries before it turns cold again next week. So also have some cooking and freezing to do tomorrow also.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

The Book, "Downsizing" movie and dinner

Yesterday was a bit of a loss as two books called my name so nothing else got done.

I just finished binding the last of The Book copies. Have to package and wrap five of them and deliver two.

A group of us from M.E.E. are going to see the  movie "Downsizing" this afternoon. The reviews haven't been great but maybe seeing it through miniaturist eyes will make a difference. Then we're going to dinner. Company will be great even if the movie isn't.

Joanne has some bulletin boards that she's going to give me as she's not using them. So that will give me more space to sort through miniatures that I haven't put away yet.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

The Book is coming along...

I am SO blessed to have the binding machine that DS Marie found for me at the Put and Take in Peace River. My original binding machine had plastic parts that gave away all too soon. This one has metal parts that will last, hopefully, a long time.

It's midnight and so far, I have finished three of the nine books. Will finish tomorrow.