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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.

Making Checkerboard Cakes

Monday, November 10th, 2014

checkerboard cake I went to the Philadelphia Miniaturia this past week. I took Ruth Stewart’s workshop on making Pastel Checkerboard cakes. This is a picture of my first cake. Of course, Ruth had to help most of us with the roses. However, I think with a little practice, I will be making beautiful roses all by myself. I need to work on pressing my clay tighter to keep from having gaps. I had so much fun and even made a new mini friend from Alabama, Kathy. I do believe I will save up for next year.

My Convention Roundtables

Friday, September 12th, 2014

St Louis Convention Roundtable KitsThe roundtable kits that I submitted for the N.A.M.E. National Convention in St Louis, MO was accepted.  The kits were in 3 scales, 1:12, 1:24, and 1:48. The project was to make a wall hanging hat rack. The kits came with all wooden parts as well as 5 watch gears and a choice of 4 pictures. I tried to choose pictures that would show riverboats. Thus making the project a souvenir.  They will be offered for sale in the December issue of Miniature Gazette.

Time Out for a Short While

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

I took time off from selling on eBay and creating my mini food and plants for the N.A.M.E. National Convention in St. Louis, MO. My roundtable kits were accepted, So, with my granddaughter Liz by my side, we headed west. I never knew I could drive 12 hours. But, I did. I didn’t think we would find a place to bed down for the night. However, we did find a place. Only 2 hours from St Louis. We did have stops at every state line welcome center so that Liz could post on Facebook our location.

Selling on eBay

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

I have put several items (extras) up for bid on eBay. I am actually cleaning and organizing my mini stash. What I don’t have an urgent need for, I am putting up for bid. I have an entire collection of older miniature magazines. Those will go by way of eBay. Check out what’s up for bid!

Heading South

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Tomorrow, my daughter will be taking me to Duluth, Ga for the E3 mini retreat. I know it is late, but I still have lots to do. Dishes and clothes are washing. I am getting last minute computer stuff done. Then I have loose ends to tie up as I pack my items for my sales table. Gather and pack my tool kits, my meds, and my clothes. I promise pictures of my project. I am doing the quarter scale garden shed. I can’t wait!!!!!

Closing a Chapter

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

happyhouse Today, my best friend closed her miniature shop, Happy House Miniatures. She has owned   and  operated the store for 26 years. Due to her vision loss and other health problems, the shop had become hard for her to manage. It is sad when a shop closes. Especially when it is a miniature shop. There seems to be so few that are open now. I do know I plan to visit her at home as often as I can. Hopefully, at least twice a month. Maybe not as much during the winter months because of bad weather. We can talk miniatures and I can show her the latest items I have come up with. Long Live Friendship!!!

Christmas to me from me

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Don’t tell me you have never bought something for yourself at Christmas. Well, this Christmas, I bought me a new toy. The only problem, it seems to be stuck somewhere between California and here, High Point NC. There happened to be a promotion going on after Black Friday until Dec 8. I jumped on the band wagon and ordered a Silhouette Portrait. For those who do not know about this machine, it allows you to do precise cutting like the Circuit machine. Only, with the Portrait, you don’t need to buy cartridges. You hook the machine up to your computer via USB port. Alas, it looks like it will be after Christmas before I can play.


Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

I have had a website for a while. And like most things, you tend to get tired of the same thing. This means it’s time for a change. Granted, change is not always good. However in this instance, I see the change from a web site to a blog type site as a positive. This bright pink blog site may not be what will become the new Martie’s Miniatures. We can see how things go with tomorrow’s entry on the cakes I am making. Don’t go thinking the cakes are eatable . Far from it. These cakes are for those liputian folks that live in dollhouses, work and visit miniatures stores and reside within your room boxes.

I am looking forward to this new adventure. I hope you will as well!