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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

New Laser Cut Cotton Laces in 1:12 and 1:48 scales Ballroom danced in a Movie




 




Hi Everyone, I hope you are all enjoying the idea of Spring or whatever season you are celebrating.

We love Ballroom Dancing and have been taking lessons and dancing now for about 5 years. We had an exciting time a few weeks ago ballroom dancing in the background for a Hallmark Movie, "Once Upon a Prince" that is coming out on TV in April. We danced in the beautiful Ballroom in the Governor General's Mansion here in Victoria B.C. What a terrific experience except it was a 14 hour day, Since most of  the time I felt like I was floating to be in such wonderful surroundings with exceptional actors, other dancers and extras.

While back on earth, LOL, I've been really enjoying designing images for my laser lace grouping kits which I sell on Etsy and through our website. I especially enjoy using images from my antique French Needlework books and magazines such as the French Cherub kit in the first photo at 1:12 scale shown with some of a couple of my porcelain pieces I used to sell years ago. The same design is shown below that one in 1:48 scale for curtains and lace trims, pillows and centerpieces. The bottom 3 photos show how the laces are sold with tabs holding the images that just need to be removed.

Have a wonderful mini life. Mini Hugs, Jean

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

New Laser Cotton Lace Romantic Grouping



One twelfth scale Kit of Laser Cut Cotton Lace Romantic Grouping

Here is a new kit I have just finished thinking of Valentines Day coming in February. Included in this kit are 5 lace pieces for Valentines or another romantic miniature scene. These would look nice in a miniature setting on a dining room table, side table, dresser or on a chair back from vintage to modern I really enjoyed designing these. I am also showing a Romantic Photo Album that is available in Etsy as a digital download to make the album with many of my French postcard images. The 2 porcelain pieces I made and china painted years ago.  I will also sell this kit in quarter scale in 2 sizes as well.

Thanks for looking, Mini Hugs, Jean

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Poem for the New Year

 While I was looking though an old magazine from 1937, I found this beautiful poem. It seemed the perfect poem to start the New Year. by John Richard Moreland. I also loved the simplicity of the illustration that uses positive and negative space so well.

Mini Hugs, Jean

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Hope everyone has a Happy and Healthy 2018!


Wishing everyone a very Happy and Healthy New Year for 2018!!
This is one of my laser cut laces in one twelfth scale that I thought was very fitting for today to bring in the New Year.  It is from an antique Needlework magazine and is a copy of filet lace to Take a Cup for Auld Lang Syne! The lovely tea set and goodies are from my collection from Janet Uyetake of Tiny Towne Hawaii, she makes such beautiful miniatures.

I have been very pleased with my past New Year's resolutions. One from quite a few years ago was to read one fiction novel a week and I often read many more than that but I do enjoy nonfiction too.

Last year my resolution was to make as many of our dinners from scratch as possible since we are Vegan and Gluten free. Many of the recipes we enjoyed lasted almost 4 meals so that was a bonus and great for freezing. They are more time consuming than traditional meals but really worth the effort, My favorite Vegan recipe book is "Oh She Glows" and "Oh She Glows Everyday". I've learned so much and have really enjoyed the creativity these dishes have brought to our meals. There are so many great recipe books for Vegans now! 

Mini Hugs, Jean

Monday, November 13, 2017

Wonders in Miniature Show ends November 14, 2017!

http://thenovembershow.weebly.com/

The Wonders in Miniatures Show presents the November Miniature Show. Sit in the comfort of your own home and order through a variety of fabulous artisan's show pages in all scales. Online Only, Free admission too. There are door prizes as well. Hope to see you there. Mini Hugs, Jean

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

New 1:48 Retro Christmas Paper Laser Cut Kits or 1:12 scale Christmas tree decor


These quarter scale retro 1:48 or quarter scale Christmas kits will be available on our website and Etsy soon. I hate to cause anyone undue stress with tiny pieces flying everywhere before Christmas but I just couldn't resist designing extremely tiny laser cut paper designs. I was really happy with the reindeer, so small, yet all of their detail shows up. I need to fix the trains before I sell them because they do not hold together well yet. The 2 kits on the left are on lighter papers and have lace designs while the 2 kits on the right are on heavier paper that can be easily coloured with felt pens or watercolours etc.

I am hoping to use textured snow or sparkles on the background design in the lower right and attach some of the pieces to that before putting it on a fire place. The doilies can be used stacked for trees, angels or cones too. The Merry Christmas sign is the same as the red and silver one we used in the 50's and later. The ornaments are very 50's and later too. I hope to have more photos before Christmas of them in a scene. Happy Holiday Season to everyone!!

PS    The very talented miniaturist, Elizabeth from Studio E http://studioeminiatures.blogspot.ca/
has just suggested that these could be used to one twelfth scale Christmas Decorations and she is so right!! I'm so pleased she mentioned it. The reindeer would be about 5" in real life and the trees and nutcracker would be 3 to 4" in height etc. Great idea, thanks Elizabeth.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Quarter Scale 1:48 Halloween and Autumn Laser Cut heavier Paper Accessory Decor items.








I have been having a terrific time designing new 1:48 or Quarter Scale paper laser cut Halloween decor items. So much fun to think of all the different items customers might like to use in an indoor or outdoor Halloween scene. It would be great to see these skeletons etc on an out door Autumn porch or used for a Halloween party. These are available on my website and in my Etsy shop, if you are interested in any of these you can access them through my links down the right side of my blog. 

Also recently finished that I will share soon are Nostalgic Christmas decor paper laser cut designs and doilies. I have designed them for the 1:48 Quarter Connection happening in November and Shelly's show in November as well. Hope to see you there.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

New Quarter Scale 1:48 Kits for August





I hope you have all had a terrific summer or winter for those downunder!

I am sitting at my computer working on designs for new kits for October, talking to Alex, our son while he is packaging kits, John is sitting across from us working at his computer too, I suddenly realized I hadn't done a blog for August (or July)!!! Since it is the last day of August, I thought I would do a blog today. I am always so optimistic that I will have lots of time to look at everyone's blogs, do lots of blogging and many new designs, it just doesn't work out that way..

Sheee, it seems the older I get the more time flies and I really mean that!!!! However with the beautiful weather we have been having, I have to admit walking with John along the beach and along to waterfront to sit at the Marina or Oak Bay Beach Hotel for tea is a top priority. It is good for my health too and usually takes an hour of walking. I really enjoy cooking our gluten free, vegan meals too and have loved great vegan recipes from cookbooks such as Oh She Glows and Forks before Knives. There is a great documentary on vegetarian eating on Netflix too called Forks before Knives if you have every thought of becoming vegetarian it is very good.

Above are some quarter scale kits I designed for Quarter Connection Roundtables and Shelly's  Miniature Mini Show last month. I hope to have them up on our website soon and Etsy too. 

Friday, June 23, 2017

1:48 Scale Floral Friday!






For Floral Friday the top photo shows some of the fimo florals I've been designing for my mini scenes, As you can see they have flat backs which makes them very impressionistic. Since I have a tremor in my hands now sculpting close to the tile where my hand can lean on the the table works really well for me.

I've also shown a photo of our handsome son son Alex who is such a wonderful help to our business for so many areas of packaging and putting together some of the kits that my tremor causes me problems with. The last photo is a peak of part of our studio, John works on the right side, I work in the middle and back and Alex works in the far back corner when he is over too. We have lots of great lighting and storage. I will post other views of the display cases and my collectibles room as well.

The middle photos show how I have used the florals in my various scenes and new Quarter Scale tall fireplace. The  1:48 Scale paper kit with bunnies I called the Bunny Hop and working with the heavier paper is so much fun.These are available on our website, Etsy and eBay.

Thank you so much for looking. I'm sorry I haven't been around again as much as I would like but I'm working on my kits for Quarter Connection roundtables, Shelly's Show in the summer and Ballroom dancing as much as we can.

Friday, May 26, 2017

New 1:48, Quarter Scale Laser Cut and Engraved Kits







Oh my goodness, I can't believe it has been a year since I have posted a blog!! I hope you have all been happy and are feeling blessed.

I am so grateful with how well our business of miniatures has done through the years, especially the last 3 years of selling laser cut and engraved 1:48 scale kits. It has been very rewarding to receive such a positive response. Recently I've been trying a few designs on heavier paper and have really enjoyed the results. You can see and example above of 1:48 plates, platters, boxes and book covers. With a bit of embossing they really start to look like plates, they can be painted too. Above you can see a grouping of new kits I've designed recently for our Yahoo Quarter Connection Roundtables and Mega Roundtables in June. After that time I will have them on our website, Etsy and eBay. I've also been having fun making fimo flowers, I will share those with you soon as well.

Take care everyone and than you so much for those of you who might meander over to my blog and have a look. Mini Hugs, Jean

Thursday, May 19, 2016

New Quarter Scale 1:48 kit, Nautical Shelf and Boathouse Theater




I'm very sorry for being away from blogging for so long!! I had a surprise operation on my knee on March 18 during Shelly's Show, poor John had to take orders and send invoices until I was on my feet again but I managed with the orders. I say it was a surprise because when I went to see the specialist on the 17th he mentioned my operation probably wouldn't be until the fall but he had an opening for the following morning. I felt so tired for a while but it was a simple operation to fix a torn meniscus. I'm excited because we will hopefully get back to ballroom dancing again in September. I'm doing lots of exercises that are helping, biking and walking. It is sure better than it was before.

The first photo shows a new kit I recently finished in quarter scale with a Nautical theme shelf and Boathouse Theater. I thought it would be fun for a boys' room in quarter scale for him to put on the floor and change backgrounds and boats. It will be a roundtable kit for the quarter connection Yahoo Group happening in June. I'm designing other kits too that I hope to have up soon.

The bottom three photos I took while we were walking to the Oak Bay Marina, Victoria B.C. which is not too far away from us. We are so lucky to live so close to the beach. The middle photo shows Geese with their Goslings (5 I think).

I love nautical themes and have many nautical French postcards from the early 1900's that I have used in collages which are handy for gift tags in my Etsy.

Mini Hugs, Jean

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