Monday, November 13, 2017

BIG Catch-up

Sorry it's taken so long for me to check in.

I went to Peterborough to spend Hallowe'en with my grandchildren. The second night I was there was the Great Pumpkin Carving Contest. One family was away at a hockey tournament so wasn't as big as usual but was a great time.

Jonah and Sean's entry

Aunt Lorraine and cousin Ella's entry

Holly and Julie's entry (forefront) and  the other family's entry (background) - a VW van to match Mom and Dad's 60s costumes.
Had a great time with Sean, Julie and the grandchildren. Was there to see Jonah move up to intermediate class in archery and saw some of Holly's dance classes.

Came home on the night of November 3 (to winter) and on November 4, a group of miniature friends joined me for a Mini Day Out where we decorated 38 mini tables for Meals on Wheels. Special thanks to Judy S. and Bev A. who kept plugging away all day and did about half the tables between the two of them.

 All the tables we finished.

Fellow Board member, Joan (who drives for Meals on Wheels) and I delivered them to the Senior Centre on Thursday night as we had a meeting of condo owners there that night. The co-ordinator called Joan Friday morning and told us how pleased she was with them and how wonderful everyone thought they were.

A couple weeks earlier I had found a bag of artificial snow at Dollarama and since I was out of miniature salads, I decided to make some on Saturday.

I took about 5 cups of the 'snow' and put a cup each in five 7" x 8" ziploc bags. I then chose 5 different shades of green acrylic paint  and squirted about a teaspoon of paint in each ziploc bag and mooshed it around until all the snow was covered.  Then I emptied each bag on to a separate sheet of paper towel and spread it out to dry.

When it was all dry, I combined everything into one large ziploc bag and, ta-da, salad. I gave the miniaturists who wanted some a smaller ziploc bag filled with salad and some whole red peppercorn for cherry tomatoes.
 In a way, I was disappointed in this particular bag of snow in that the flakes weren't as finely cut as the last bag I got years ago. On the other hand, there are some nice bigger pieces that will make good pieces of lettuce for sandwiches.

Cheryl H., who joined us from Nova Scotia, brought strings of bead angels that she bought at Michael's. She carefully took them apart then made wonderful little angels for us.

These are just under 1/2" tall.
Last week was busy with meetings but other than a breakfast with old co-workers tomorrow, this week looks pretty quiet so far.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Jan Mann's Estate

Jan Mann was an incredible miniaturist who was a member of M.E.E. and N.A.M.E. for many years. Although I wasn't a member of M.E.E. during her time with the club, I was fortunate enough to meet her over the years.

Her family donated a wonderful collection of her miniatures to the club and we sold them at a silent auction on Tuesday night.

Three shelve display cabinet.

Beautiful display table with....

a built-in house in 1:24 scale.

The Reading Room - from the front

and the inside

Beautiful display dome with a cabinet full of teapots. (about 12 - 15" tall)

Hanging Christmas display

A Christmas Shop

A Miniature Shop

A child's room

Inside the quilt shop

The outside of the Quilt Shop

A framed vignette

Another framed vignette

A 1:48 house

Inside the 1:48 house

An antique shop vignette

What a great experience it was for all of us to see her work with all its incredible detail!

We all had a chance to bid on these displays in a silent auction. Marg and Inger had arranged that we would have bidding numbers so we did not know who we were bidding against.

As more a do-er than a collector, I don't often bid on other people's work but there were a few things I was interested in.

I didn't bid on the quilt shop, Christmas shop and child's room as I have done those myself.

But I did bid on the Christmas wreath, the glass dome, the sideboard vignette and the RL display table even though the rooms were in 1:24 scale.

The display table was SO beautiful! And if it had been large enough to display a 1:12 room, I would have gone higher with my bid but although the furniture in it was absolutely fantastic, I just didn't need another scale.

The glass dome was also beautiful and even though it wasn't quite tall enough for my purpose (I wanted it for a Care Bear for my daughter), I did start bidding on it - but gave up.

However, I did win two pieces:

This framed vignette called out to me.

 Both the sideboard and the painting are just so beautiful! Unfortunately it is so beautifully framed that there is no way of identifying the maker of the sideboard. And the only indication of the painter of the picture are the initials.

For a couple years now, I've had a wonderful scene by Joyce Buchanan hanging on my door. Tonight I replaced it with this great Christmas door by Jan. It's a bit too early for Christmas but have to show it off!

I took this piece over to show my Mom Wednesday afternoon and she just loved it!

Thursday I'll take the framed vignette over to show her.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Christmas table favours for Meals on Wheels

These are SO easy to make.

You'll need 12 oz. styrofoam cups, cupcake liners*, 6" ruler, pencil, X-Acto knife, a pair of scissors, and some glue (I used Tacky).

* I get the cupcake liners at Dollarama (24 for $1.50). You do need a design that can be used upside-down which limits your choices a bit.

Put a cupcake liner on the bottom of the cup and measure the distance between the bottom of the cupcake liner and the lower line of the lip of the cup. In this case, it's 1 7/16".

With your ruler, mark that measurement around the cup (about every 1/2" or so. Then cut up to that mark about two or three marks apart.

Use an X-Acto knife to cut between those marks,

then use the scissors to follow the marks the rest of the way around the cup.

Run a small line of glue around the bottom of the cup (now the table top) and set the cupcake liner in place. Depending on how far the cupcake liner flares out, you may want to put a dab of glue on each lower end and stick it to the cup.

The top can then be decorated anyway you want. 

I've spent the last few evenings cutting up 40 cups in preparation for a Mini Day Out while my friend Cheryl is here from Nova Scotia. With probably 15 - 20 attending, we should make all the tables quickly enough.

Here are two tables from the last time I made them, three with the red and green cupcake liners, and two each with the red and white and blue and white snowflake liners (just sitting in place - not glued yet).

This is such a fun little project and I'm really looking forward to seeing how all the tables turn out.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

One of our favourite days..Art Days at Leo Nickerson Elementary.

On Friday, September 29, Joanne and I went to Leo Nickerson School to take part in their Arts Day as we have for several years now as representatives of the Miniature Enthusiasts of Edmonton Club.

We spent the day there from 10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

This year, we had two tables across from each other. On the left, Joanne had the club's Canada 150 display which was a huge hit!. In addition, she displayed her 1:48 truck trailer kit which was SO wonderful and another 1:144 display.

On the right side of the hallway, I displayed (from the left) the miniature of the Leo Nickerson School Art Room, a child's bedroom which was the draw open to the students, and my Christmas Shop.

The Art Room that I made in 2011 for a silent auction at Leo Nickerson is still an attention-getter! Students look at it quizzically, then recognize it even after the changes over the years. Love that!

The middle room is the one that was made for a draw for the students. The young lady who won it was so surprised and excited! (Can't show you the picture but I saw it and it was great!)

My Christmas Shop is always a great display! The children love the detail of it.

Monday, September 25, 2017

couple more lamp shades, work trays, Stockade

Yesterday I made two more lampshades. These will go in the sitting room in my three room roombox which is done pretty much in whites and greens.

I'm very pleased with how they turned out but not too sure at this point just how I'll use them.

Styrofoam meat trays make good work organizers. I quite often buy from Costco so end up with some fair-sized ones. They're good for keeping kit pieces together.

One of the items I was looking for at Michael's on Saturday was Rub 'n Buff. It was on the Michael's website but none of the Edmonton-area stores had it in stock.

Then today, I remembered that I had received my Stockade catalogue last week so checked it out - and they do carry it. (It's a lustrous wax metallic finish for antiquing, crafts, and decorating. Just rub onto any surface with a finger or soft cloth, then gently buff to a beautiful luxter. Formulated from imported carnauba waxes, fine metallic powers and select pigments.)

Stockade has about 20 pages of glues, paints, finishing supplies, paint brushes, etc. They also have a small number of miniatures (not necessarily 1:12 scale), a couple Greenleaf dollhouses and some furniture kits. Their catalogue is a lot of fun to read through. And shipping is pretty reasonable.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Mommy/Daughter Day

Early this morning (well, 9 a.m.), Leanne picked me up and we headed for the Etsy show at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton. Saw a lot of lovely things but nothing that particularly appealed to either of us - except a couple pictures that Leanne loved and neither of us could afford.. No miniatures per se but I found these lovely pictures. I see another (third) art gallery in my future.

These two pictures are by Becky Twigg of Stick Frame Photography. They're 3" x 3".

These two business card size fridge magnets are by Steven Li. Both Leanne and I are great fans of Peter Lik and Steven's work reminds us of Peter's work.
Connors Road, Edmonton, and Mount Assiniboine, B.C.
 This little picture is 1 1/8" x 2 3/4" and is the front of Jasmin Smith's business card.

These four pictures are by Steph Simpson. They are 2 1/2" x 2 1/2".

Went to Costco for groceries, then off to Michael's where I picked up this bottle of Tacky Glue. I mostly use Weldbond these days but  for $3.00, good to have this handy as I was right out.

Leanne needed a couple things from Home Depot so we headed there next. I picked up some molding to finish repairing Elizabeth's dollhouse....

and Leanne found me this 2' x 4' piece of ??? to repair the roof. I didn't have enough matboard in my stash and this was cheaper and sturdier than anything else we could find.

Then off to Dollarama where I found these cupcake liners for tablecloths on the tables we plan on doing for Meals on Wheels. There were a few other nice ones but for this project, they have to look right upside down.

I have two more of the findings that I used for my "Tiffany" style lamp shade. I'm planning on doing them in green for the sitting room in the three room roombox so got this nail polish for the two shades of green. The other colours will eventually be used elsewhere.

Picked up this Mod Podge at WalMart. Leanne thinks and I hope that it can be used with the gold foil for the art project. And if it can't, I'll still use it somewhere. I've been out of it for a LONG time - and was shocked at the price these days!

ODDS AND ENDS I forgot to mention this week:

DS Shirley bought a new dining room table and chairs on Kijiji on Monday so asked me to help her pick it up. Beautiful set! I helped her with the chairs but couldn't help her with the table top - half inch glass 48" in diameter - weighed a ton. But when we got to her place, I took 4 of the 6 chairs that she was getting rid of to go with my new dining room table.

The washroom in the hotel where we hold our Show and Sale has a basket of wonderful 15 1/4" x 16" towels - similar to pellon fabric interfacing. It makes wonderful sheets and towels.