Archive for the ‘This and That’ Category

Canning Green Beans

Friday, April 16th, 2021

I will be teaching two classes at the Mooresville Miniature Show mid June this year. The first class is “Canning Green Beans”. Those taking the class will make a canner, a basket and the green beans to go in the basket as well as in the colander. They will also fill several canning jars with the snapped beans and “water”.

Photographing new items and Re-photographing others

Saturday, August 8th, 2020

When you get a new Lightbox for photographing my mini foods, you get busy and re-photograph the elder products while adding new items.


Getting Back to Business

Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

After starting the year with a fall resulting in a broken wrist and surgery, it is time to get back to the business of making my miniature foods. I think I need to start with a bit of organization. Do I really know what all I have in my stash of miniature dishes, pots, pans and other things? I think not! It is time to find out just what I have on hand and see what I need.

Then I need to start on my workshop submission for N.A.M.E. convention in Indianapolis next summer. I’ll leave this bit of miniature eye candy. Grandma’s Biscuits.

Grandma's Biscuits Workshop
Workshop I taught at the miniature show in Mooresville, NC

Making Grapes

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

I just finished two baskets of grapes for my Etsy shop and upcoming miniature shows. I need some other items with grapes. I am thinking of wooden buckets, crates, and wine barrels. BTW, each grape is rolled by hand from polymer
clay, baked, and the glued on a special stem.








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.

Carved turkey dinner

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