Monday, December 8, 2014

I wanna go skating with Willie...

Do you remember that song by Patti Page, I wanna go skating with Willie? I dare you not to sing it while you look at this post. ;)

We all know that there is little that warms my heart more than making Christmas minis... There is just something about this time of year that make me crazy for making little decorations that reflect my big decorations. So sweet, so fun! 

This year I have had such a great response to my current items for sale via my etsy shop, I was inspired to make a new item for this year's inventory. I think it quite possibly may be my favorite mini-made yet... it really is exactly as I pictured it in my head. I hope you enjoy it too!

Can you even stand it?! Because I'm not sure I can!
Everything was handmade 1:12 scale, including the precious little skates. They are especially special because they were modeled after my mom's old skates, complete with pom-pom laces.  They are made of felt, string, poms and a paper clip.

I have now perfected the system and plan to add a cuff of fur to the next pair.

Thank you for taking the time to see my sweetest little obsession. Merry Christmas! xo -Traci

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

For my Toes

Hi dear mini friends! It's been such a long time since I have had the chance to do anything mini... and thus, I have had no time to sit down and blog.

I decided today that I would at least share with you my next "plan" for tiny creating... when I will be able to implement said plan is another story entirely. Moving on.

I am afraid of my attic.  (This blog just took a drastic turn, I know. Bear with me, I will get to my point eventually, I promise.)  There are dust balls and cobwebs and tiny little furry creatures up there...not my idea of a good time.  When my husband and I moved into this home, we were in the process of heavy renovations (like-no-kitchen-for-three-years-kinda-heavy).  As a result, everything that wasn't a matter of necessity was placed in the attic, including *gasp* my miniatures.  As you may know by the creation of this blog, I have since taken my dollhouse out of storage.  But, there was more up there!  And so it was time to buck up and face my fear of the attic, for what was hidden up there is a treasure much too special to remain in storage any longer.

Several years ago my Grandpa "Toes" as I called him, passed away as a result of a tragic car accident.  It was an extremely difficult time for our family... saying goodbye to family is a sorrow that has touched almost all of us in some way. There is no doubt, the loss of our loved ones leaves a footprint of sad permanently on your heart.  Because I am a creative person (though I do much more than miniature for my creative outlet) I began to process this loss in a unique way that many of you will understand.

My grandpa owned a grocery store.  As a young girl, I thought that his owning a grocery store was almost as cool as if he were on tv... two words: FREE CANDY.  :0)  When we would visit my grandpa, he would take my sister and I to his Warehouse Market with him and let us roam free through the aisles of his store.  Oh, how awesome that was!  My favorite aisle was (of course) the candy aisle.  Remember the good ole days when there would be the bins of loose hard candies that you could scoop out and buy by the pound? Yup. That was this then-tiny-hiney's mother load!!  Grandpa knew we would make several trips down that aisle, and he knew that each time we would venture down one or two or twenty of his soft caramels would go missing.  But he never once told us no.  In fact, as a man who always had a piece or two of hard candy stashed in his breast pocket, I am certain he would have been a bit disappointed in his young girls had they not scooped at least a few sweet treats from the bins of his store.

I held on to the sweetness of that particular memory as I said goodbye to a man I love so dearly. And as I began to process the reality of his passing, I knew I needed to honor him as his love always honored me.

When I returned from his services I made a mad dash to The Mixed Bag, which was a wonderful miniature store near my home.  I wandered the store for quite some time, not entirely sure what I was looking for, but knowing that I was looking for something.  And then I saw it.  The perfect way to honor Grandpa Toes! The center section of the Street of Shops was just the right size to do a general store in honor of my Grandpa, the Warehouse Market, and my very special memories of both.

I brought home the kit, and proceeded to work frantically getting it built, mourning the much-too-soon loss of my Grandpa, and relishing in the vivid memories of him it helped me conjur.  It was my very first build without anyone to assist me, and though I struggled a bit, I made my way through it.  I finished the structure just in time to pack it up, move to our "new" home, and store it in the attic for eight years.

Which brings me back to my dusty, musty, mousy attic and a heart determined to finish what I once started... So I put on my big girl shoes, a pair of gloves and rescued my tribute piece from storage.

It is an incomplete project, as just the structure is built.  I have yet to make final decisions on how I want to fill my fun little general store, but I do know this... somewhere within its cozy little walls there will be a section just for candy.  I imagine it will be on a low shelf somewhere, what would be just the right level for a little girl to reach her bitty hand in and take a sweet little treat or two.  For I also can imagine that her Grandpa would be somewhere nearby, watching her unnoticed, with a twinkle in his eye, a smile on his face, and a heart full of love especially for her. 

In Loving Memory, Grandpa "Toes" Thomas J. Killworth.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Passing along the craze...

     It is with great joy I share my post with you all today! Here is our story:

     When I had my swap date with miniaturist Jane she told me of a wonderful little find at Michael's Craft stores, Creatology's 3D pop out puzzles... in dollhouse form, for only 7 bucks each!! Needless to say, I drove immediately from our meet and greet to Michaels, only to be very disappointed. These fabulous little kits had been long since discontinued and no matter how many times I searched the aisles of the store, there was not even one little kit to bring home. *sigh* 

     Well, I tend to get a touch obsessive, and so I turned to the internet with a glimmer of hope (I mean what would be a better Christmas gift for my Real Life Little (RLL) than her own dollhouse to design, build, and play with?!)  Thankfully, a nice gal on Ebay had two of the kits, and had only marked the price up by one dollar, and so I said "sold!!!" and our little kits came in the mail the following week.  RLL opened her present and hung her mouth wide open saying, "for me Mommy? I get to have my own dollhouse like yours?" *awwwwwww!*

     And so a few weekends later, we sat down to begin our project together.  I do have to tell you that this was an exercise in patience for me... I tend to be a crafter-taker-over-er who wants to have all the control of making creative decisions (it's important to know your weaknesses...) BUT, I managed to swallow my instincts, and give the creative reigns over to my very precious and super creative four-year old.  SHE DID GREAT!!! I am so stinking proud of her, and I just know you will be too!

     She picked all the paint colors, did all of the interior painting herself (mom helped with the exterior paint per her instructions), decided which felt pieces to use for her carpets, made a plan of which little room would be which, made all of the pictures herself (with no input from Mom whatsoever), selected and placed the buttons for the stone walls, decided to add some sparkle to her roof and a beautiful flower, and my absolute favorite: made a clock for her house out of a big button, paper and markers.  She did this awesome little clock completely by herself!  I had no idea what she was making, but glue-and-scissors-and-markers-all-over later, she showed me the most magnificent wall clock "to go in my son's room, Mom." 

Her super awesome clock is on the left of the window.
Original artwork for the walls.

My Real Life Little (4 yrs) and her precious first dollhouse. :)

     And so, the craze continues into another generation.  She could hardly wait as we drove to the toy store to find the perfect little animals to go inside her new little house. We have yet to make furniture, but she has been very creative in improvising for the time being.  Last time I checked in her little house, she had socks for sleeping bags and craft poms for pillows.   She also insisted that I help her make super hero capes out of felt for her little family..."'cuz they are SUPER, mom!" *lol*

     Nothing gives this Momma greater joy than to see her sweet kiddo's mind think "mini."  It truly is wonderful to see this fulfilling and amazing hobby be passed down to our younger generations.  I hope that this is just the beginning of her tiny collection, and that we have many more wonderful experiences like this one to share together.  :)

Blessings to you all and thank you for taking the time to let me gloat! :)

Monday, January 6, 2014

Wow! Is it really 2014?!

I first need to apologize... it feels like a whirlwind of time and space has elapsed before my eyes, I am so sorry I have been MIA for a while.  I pray that your Christmas and Holiday season were as fruitful and blessed as ours. :0)

My temporary hiatus was far from "relaxing" as it was all in part to some very chaotic events.  I had some family emergencies (all is well now), Christmas vacations back West, Holiday parties to plan, new career ventures to start, miniatures for my etsy shop to make...the list could go on. BUT NOW,  finally, some time to blog and catch up! Whew!

So, as I long ago promised, I wanted to share some of the treasures I was fortunate enough to get via a live, IN PERSON swap with miniaturist Jane.   How excited we both were to learn that we were local enough to meet in person!  So we picked a half way point and met up at a library to discuss all things tiny.  Lol, we got "shushed" by the librarian more than once...we were VERY excited to meet!!

Jane is an extremely talented miniaturist.  Her little works are pieces of art.  It was such a privilege to not only get to take home some of her tiny creations, but to ask her questions and learn about her techniques.  She truly spoiled me rotten! (and I'm not complaining!!) :0) These are just a few of my very favorites, but I have more that I will share when I begin blogging about the progress of my Warehouse Market project (more details later).

These little sweets were added to my favorite little home, and they add, yet again, a dimension of reality that just warms my heart.

Can you even stand how adorable this little mouse is?!?  That face!  She hand crafted this little guy from a mold she had made of an orginal she had painstakingly sculpted.  I cannot get over the detail and the beautiful colors that make him look so real. 

This week he has a special little place hiding in my attic by the holiday decorations.  My daughter loves to find his attic hiding spots as it has now become a game of hide and seek.  Mommy hides the mouse, my Little finds the mouse. :0)


And these candles!  I feel in love with these drippy candles when I was admiring Jane's tree house. If you have not seen it, you must! It is one of the most fascinating mini-artworks I have ever seen... and my goal is to see it in person this year. (hint, hint Jane, lol).  These are also handmade of polymer, with just the right amount of detail to make each unique.  Those little wicks just gets me!

As I mentioned, this was just a drop in the bucket of what Jane can do.  It was one of my favorite days ever! There is NOTHING quite as fun as chatting up the tiny with others who appreciate and love it as much (or more) than you do.

Most importantly, I now am blessed to have a new friend in life! :0) I can't wait for our next meet up, and am hoping it gets to happen soon.  Maybe this time we'll be able to chat without being shushed!! (Lol, NOT likely!!)

If you haven't, please, please do yourself a favor and check out Jane's tiny blog by following the link on her name.  But be warned, you won't want to stop looking at all she has done!!! :0) Thank you Jane!!