Making Checkerboard Cakes

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

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

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

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!

Adding Past Projects

January 30th, 2014

Kennedy's NurseryI think it is time for me to add some of my older projects to my blog. One of the first projects I did when I started back into making miniature room boxes was a nursery. A dear friend who worked at CompuServe when I was working there as contractor told me that he and his wife were to adopt a baby from China. This one bit of information ignited the spark that sent me back into the world of miniatures. I decided to make them a miniature nursery using the pictures they uploaded. Many of his co-workers watched over the weeks and months as I created this for them.  Read the story of Kennedy’s Nursery.

Heading South

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

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

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.

Christmas Cakes

December 14th, 2013

Christmas Cakes Here are three of my Christmas cakes. They are made out of polymer clay. I really enjoy making cakes with bows. With the Holidays approaching, there seems to be little time for making anything! Maybe soon. Maybe after the New Year!

Cakes Galore

December 14th, 2013

2 tier halloween cakeRecently I have made several miniature cakes. Again, not real but made from polymer clay. It started with a few ideas I gleamed from pictures of some real cakes. Pretty soon, I was off and running, well actually sitting, making different kinds of cakes. I made Halloween, fall, and Christmas cakes. It can be over whelming. After the Holidays, I’ll get back to making more food items, including cakes.