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Monday, July 13, 2009

Miniaturists Unite

I am a member of the Susquehanna Minimakers, a club of miniature enthusiasts who meet each month to work on projects, talk about national events and to share our love of all things tiny.
Yesterday was our annual picnic and auction.

This year we met at the home of Beth
who, I just discovered, has a blog
called A Gardener's Art.
It was a stunning summer day ~
perfect for enjoying food, art and friends outside.

Beth and her husband Bill own an antique shop
called Lavender and Lace
which is right next to their home.
It was fun poking around inside.

We always have an auction to raise money for the club.
Below is Joan, the club President, auctioning off a bag of
miniature furniture that I won.

My plan is to paint the furniture in whimsical colors.
It will probably won't happen until the year 2020.

I also won this fabulous bag that M.R. made.
It has a retro feel that appeals to me
and lots of interesting pockets.

Moneybags Muldoon bid on (and won) this tiny vase
which matches a punch rug I'm working on
for a 1:12 scale cottage.

This lovely piece was handpainted by M.R. and won by Brenda.

Here are a few more tiny creations made by Beth.
This started out in life as a birdhouse...

that she transformed...
...into a tiny tea shoppe!
You can read more about her work on this project here.

And here are a few more of the 1:144 scale
tiny worlds Beth has produced.
(Personally, I prefer to work in 1:12 scale
but I enjoy peering into these tiny dwellings.)

There were decadent strawberries
and blueberry cake.

Here is a recent yardsale find that I brought to show off
share with the club. Everyone oohed and aahed.
I would have been disappointed if they hadn't

I paid $12 for this dollhouse and all the original furniture
and family
only to discover the house alone is worth
approximately $300.

It was made in the 1970s and reminded everyone of something
right of of an episode of the Brady Bunch.

Amy made this incredible 1:444 scale Egg Shoppe
out of an emu egg!
She made Shelly, the chicken, out of fimo,
the counter from a peanut butter jar lid
and the stools out of paper clips. I was in awe.

Here is a bed for some tiny woodland creature.
Now where do you suppose I might put something like this??

I felt energized and renewed after a day
spent in the company of such imaginative and creative women.

I'm totally inspired to begin the
twenty-seven miniature projects I have in mind.

Now I just need another day in the week to complete them!


Cyndy said...

How sweet! I should probably look at collecting miniatures just to save space!!

There used to be a Lavender & Lace store in Pleasant Gap. Could they be the same people?

Friday still looking good! Hope your appetite is not small, also!

The Fragrant Muse said...

Trust me Cyndy, dollhouses are space HOGS. Oh yes indeed I am ready for Friday and my appetite is healthy!

Optimistic Pessimist said...

I'm not sure I would have been able to focus on the miniatures with that blueberry cake nearby!

Holly said...

Holy Tiny Things Holy! Wow, in your free time, huh? I want to fashion a fairy door to place outside on my door frame, but haven't done it yet...that's as small as I'm going.


The Fragrant Muse said...

Optimist: Trust me, the cake did NOT get ignored.

Holly: Yeah, my free time. I learned years ago that if I want to do creative acts, something had to go. It's my house. I'm considering writing to Oprah for an intervention... Fairy doors are so much fun!

spudballoo said...

Gosh what a lovely day - looks like a lot of fun. I ADORE that dolls house, retrotastic. And the ostrich egg is so cute.

So now I know what you do when you're not aroma-ing or blogging!! xx

Hit 40 said...

I love the mini stick bed!! I wonder what the animals would do with it outside??

I had a wood dollhouse growing up that I made miniature items to decorate the house with. Plus, I wallpapered, painted, carpeted,....

The Fragrant Muse said...

Spudballons: I'm only nine you see which is why I like fairies and dollhouses. Don't tell, okay?

Hit40: The animals will nap in it, of course! Do you have an old photo of your dollhouse?

rxBambi said...

Holly made me LOL and it's my sentiments exactly! Holy Tiny Things! They are quite amazing. I liked the egg the best I think, but I would never have the talent or the patience to do something like that

Stacey Childs said...

Strawberries! My favourite! Secret: they give me hives, but I still eat them!

Janet said...

oh my goodness! so sweet! but i am not, I repeat, am NOT picking up another hobby! no can do! that bag, on the other hand, is to die for!!!

B said...

So much fun! And I love that doll house! I love doll houses but, I'm with Janet, I definitely don't have time for another hobby!

Lola England said...

I love them all! But of course my favorite was the twig bed . . . . I love looking at the miniatures but I don't think I could manage to put them together the Emu egg setup was impressive!!

The Fragrant Muse said...

rxBambi: I don't understand my fascination with tiny things myself except it's been there for as long as I can remember. The egg is beyond me, too.

Stacey: These particular berries would have been worth the hives. YUM!

Janet: Awwww c'mon. Just one more? Hmmmmm????

B: Sure you do. You and Janet just dont' have your priorities in order. Play first, THEN duties.

Lola: I took a pic of this bed because I want to put it in my fairy garden (of course).

Eliane Zimmermann said...

I am also so terribly fond of miniatures and without the extra-day of the week I cannot even start to do some of those tiny lovely pieces. but it was fun to see so many of those treasures displayed in your blog. thank you.