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Meet Miss Hattie

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

I have added a new member to the Martie’s Miniatures family. I am pleased to introduce Miss Hattie…short for Harriet. She will accompany me on some of my Mini events and help showcase some of the things I create. She will also go with me on some of my photoshoots. She has come to me from Korea by way of Iowa, In case you didn’t know about my other fun hobby, check out Two Little Old Ladies and a Camera. Right now, Miss Hattie is getting ready for a new hairdo.

Getting Back in the Groove

Friday, August 25th, 2017

I am still moving stuff from my old house to my apartment. I think before I move any more boxes, I need to organize what I have here and find a few major items that are missing in action during the moving process. I am contemplating changing this site to add an e-commerce area to offer the items I make as well as other mini/dollhouse items I am able to obtain. We shall see how today and the weekend go. This will become a rather interesting project for the weekend. I promise to keep everyone updated to my progress.

Another Fly in the Ointment

Saturday, October 8th, 2016

This year has not been my year for working on items for Martie’s Miniatures. In April, I had knee replacement surgery. I checked in at a rehab center for 20 days of RNR…NOT as who could rest in such a place. You aren’t even allowed to sleep late! However, it did help me to stay there as the PT department was excellent. I went home to out patient rehab. Staying on my eating plan was the hardest part of rehab. What part of NO WHITE BREAD do they not understand.Actually, it’s no wheat products, sugar, or white rice or potatoes.

Moving right along…. losing weight enabled me to find a lump in my breast. Yup…I now have breast cancer. Only I don’t have it right now as I had surgery. Tumor removed with a clear margin and the lymph nodes cancer free, Chemo would only help 2% so no need for that. Only radiation and a pill.

I do need to get my act together as I have a mini show in Mooresville NC on Nov 5.  Check out my blog, Getting My Pink On.

Up and Running

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Well make that “Up” but not so much “Running”. At lease my website is back up. This year has been something else. On April 19 I had knee replacement surgery followed by several weeks in a rehab facility followed by physical therapy.  I did bring some of my mini projects to rehab as I seemed to have plenty of time to work on unfinished projects of the quarter scale variety.

Then a month a go, I found I have breast cancer. Surgery will take place on August 25. This will be followed by a course of radiation. Not sure about chemo. I’ll find that out after surgery.

My intentions are to continue working on my projects and to work on my mini food and flowers. I have made y peaches and they are waiting for their fuzz to be added. I have worked on pears as well. Next will be apples. My intention is to be able to be a dealer at the Dollhouse/Miniature show Nov. 5 in Mooresville NC.

A Mini Miniature Show

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

These are some of the items I had at A Mini Miniature Show. Keep an eye on my site for information on other shows.

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A Peachy Beginning

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

I love peaches! I love the smell of fresh peaches at the farmers’ market. I love the colors of peaches. I don’t even mind the fuzz on peaches. So, naturally, I like making peaches. My favorites are the peaches with the reddish blush. If you look closely at the peaches I make, you can even see the peach fuzz.  You might actually think you can smell the peaches if you happen to pass by my sales table at one of the miniature shows I attend. I am planning many more displays of peaches. Here are two of my baskets of peaches.

Peaches in a Resin Basket $12.00

Peaches in a Resin Basket $12.00

Peaches inan Oval Basket  $9.00

Peaches inan Oval Basket $9.00

 

Macro Photography Take 2

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Yesterday, I worked with Martie’s Miniatures inventory by photographing and recording finished pieces in my new software, CraftMakerPro . Here are some of the items I photographed and added to my software.

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Macarons 101 Not so good!

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

I have been working on macarons. I tried making them with a mold. Not so good. I guess it’s back to the drawing board. At least I did get some made. They just don’t look like I want them to look. As I said, back to the drawing board…or maybe we should say the internet. I’ll post updates as I figure this out and practice. After all, this is the first time I have made macarons. My daughter ended up taking my model macarons. There is a bakery near my house that makes the best macarons. Cakeit By V is terrific!IMG_2838
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Learning Macro Photography

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Lately, I have been working on photographing my miniature food and flowers. With a good camera, a light box with lamps, and a macro lens, it should be a piece of cake. Depth of field is playing havoc with making all of each image be in focus. My son says it takes practice. Hey Jon, I stacked this set. Not bad…but not great either. Actually, one picture was stacked in Photoshop while the second was as is with only the size of the image being altered. I really love how the grapes turned out.

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My Recent Bargains

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

It seems that after Christmas, stores put all kinds of things on sale. So it has been at one of our local craft stores. Last week, I went to A.C. Moore in Winston-Salem to spend my $10.00 reward certificate. My thoughts were to buy more polymer clay (not that I don’t already have enough). Anyway, I saw where they had the clay pasta machines marked down to $14.99. You can’t have enough of those either. So, doing the math, I decided to add to my pasta machine collection and use my certificate to purchase. My plan is to designate a pasta machine for like colors. I would have one machine for white, one for reds, one for pastel colors. I think it’s a neat idea.

Now this week, I hit the jackpot for polymer clay as the same store had all their Sculpey III clays for $1.00 a block. I didn’t get all the colors I wanted as they were sold out of many of the colors.  Still, I did come away with enough for me to get started. Now to find the time to actually sit down and create. Somehow, I have got to organize my clays and other supplies.