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  1. Oh, gosh, I must apologize - I had literally forgotten about y'all until I ran an auction on eBay and an old friend from here popped up. And found I was horribly, terribly homesick and hustled my little self back here just as fast as I could. And discovered I still existed here, and even had galleries here - OMG, I'd completely forgotten about all those cool things I'd done or thought about doing..... Well, folks, I've had every excuse to forget just about everything but my own name, and there were days when that was in doubt. Can we say repeated major infections with extreme high fevers and multiple hospitalizations, around the clock IV antibiotics over many, many months, surgery to remove a ball of abscesses attached to my spine and the recovery therefrom (oooooh, it's SO good to not hurt anymore!), and assorted other infection-related nonsense. I am now officially free of MRSA for well over a year, have not had antibiotics or a permanently installed IV line since May (ho ho THAT was a glorious day, the day the visiting nurses took that baby out for the last time), and frankly have steered clear of hospitals, clinics and doctors offices since then. See, I'd made the connection with being in "medical" settings and getting re-infected, sigh. Those places try, they really do, but......Anyway, still have both my feet, one totally healed for well over a year, and the other one finally, finally showing signs of making new skin, so maybe that hole on the sole of my left foot is finally going to become just a bad memory - one can hope. Anyway, I'm not planning on disappearing again anytime soon, and in fact am trying to pick up the threads (yeah, pun intended) of my mini life again, which means MY LIFE as a whole, and I cannot tell you all just how good that feels. Who, me, a sick person? N'ah, no way! Okay, going off to read and catch up again. P.S.: Koko (my avatar image) is still with me, healthy, happy, and my very best companion, even if he does bring mice/moles/and...GASP! a snake in as trophies/toys.....)
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  2. From the album: Mini Stitches

    The top is finished for the sunny block quilt. Now to cut it out and sew on some backing!

    © 2014 Jenny Costa

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  3. From the album: My Arthur: Santa's House

    The porch section is glued together, but not glued to the house. I still have a few corners that require some spackle. My two guardian nutcrackers are plain white - not sure if I want to paint them at this stage.

    © Lene Pieters 2014

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  4. Will have you in my thoughts today,Sarah-I certainly know how you feel about doctors! Mine are very good so far,but I don't look forward to another session of chemotherapy today-or at least the aftermath! Just hang in there and keep trusting in God,Sarah,and you'll get through today fine! Lots of hugs,Kat
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  5. On my Sweetheart, I was missing tons of window trim and door trim. It is all curved on the top. I cut pieces of cardstock, glued several layers together, spackled the edges, sanded them smooth, painted and attached them. Worked great for that application.
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  6. We're like "The Village". You can try all you want, No. 6, but you can't leave.
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  7. If I showed you any more - I'd give it away! I have some baskets stashed somewhere that I can use for this swap, but where are they?!
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  10. From the album: 1/2 Scale Ravenwood Hall a First Lady by RGT

    I took a break from my Creatin' Contest house to dry fit my First Lady, I've been itching to do this.... and OH MY it's a MONSTER! Where in the heck am I gonna put this one ('cause my plans at the moment is to keep this one) .... YIKES! I am going to do this one Gothic... and I am going to leave one panel of the tower roof off so you can access the tower. The room dividers are just sitting in place at the moment... I haven't decided what I am going to do with the rooms yet (and they are holding the floor in place at the moment too, since this house has to be glued and nailed in place)..... The kitchen I think will be in the extension on the left (it makes sense I think)... the living room will probably be the large room on the right (before the tower) ... LOL... there are more rooms than I can think of what to do with at the moment.... this thing is a beast.... can't imagine what the full size one looked like....
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  11. It's her special day so join me in wishing Lynette a happy, happy birthday!
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  12. From the album: 1/2 Scale Ravenwood Hall a First Lady by RGT

    Here is an idea of the ceiling height it what may be the "servant's quarters" ... it would be really easy to lift this roof height though (which I may do???)
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  16. I don't have any extras but I have made them quite easily when I didn't have one or wanted one that was a different angle or width, etc. I make a cardboard template first and then cut the wood. HBS (miniatures.com) probably carries what you are looking for. BTW, I checked out your website and love your "French house".
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  17. This is just too cute, Lene. I can't wait to see it all decorated!!
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  18. Shoulda known Jane would have the best tips for clay! I'll have to give it a shot myself now too... that peony in the tutorial is gorgeous! That's one of the things I so appreciate about this forum. Not only is everyone so friendly and welcoming, they're great at sharing ideas and techniques. Thanks Jane!
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  19. thanks for the tips clay fingers
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  20. Wow J - I was thinking about using the metal part on the salt container for this but your idea is fantastic. Thank you so much for thinking of me!!
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  21. Luanne, I forgot to add this bit. One easy way you can make leaves, petals etc work in this scale is bending a pencil eraser holder to a shape. I did a bit of a tut on this but I myself have lots of "cutters" this way, pack of pencils for a buck and you can create many shapes! http://minifanaticus.blogspot.com/2013/03/thinking-on-greenery-complaining-to.html Hope this helps inspire you ;) ~J
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  22. Mary!!!!!! OMG it is SO good to see you! I've been worried about you and often wondered how you were doing. Hearing that you're recovering and feeling better is the best news I've had in a long time. Welcome home sweetie. <huge hug>
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  23. You can also polish them up with fine steel wool...
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  24. POPE Banana bread and some nice french roast coffee...yum what a way to start the morning
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  25. PIPE Now you're making me want banana bread!
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  26. This is really getting fun to watch!
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  27. RIPE - we are just a bunch of ripe bananas around here!
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  28. Over that kitchen area would be a super place to dry herbs, hang the meat, string the veggies up and have baskets and bags of flour and of potatoes, etc. A larder, of sorts. I think a cool little secret passageway could be created between the third floor tower room and the triangular room next to it in the V of the roof. If you then moved the straight wall over to the left a bit to create your 2 regular rooms, that triangular area could be a completely secret-ed off area. Maybe they keep the crazy family member locked in there or all the gold or liquor or the ghosts. I have a vivid imagination.
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  29. So wonderful! Oh such stories to be told in this place, with so many rooms I can see your imagination soaring ;)
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  30. The nuns couldn't break me, but they certainly tried.
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  31. I grew up in a rather strict and straight-laced environment where teachers sat right beside God and enforced all the rules (or wrote new ones) when He was too busy. Not a good environment for a creative child with a vivid imagination!! So in early adulthood I was still afraid to think outside the box, or rock the boat. However, it didn't take me too long, after my school years, to realize I was not going to please everybody - nor was I obligated to please everybody. Therefore, as long as am pleasing God, the rest of the world can take me as I am or leave me alone! I love Popeye's song -- "I yam what I yam, and that's what I yam - I'm Popeye the Sailor Man!"
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  32. Awww, thank you all so much! And Karin, that is such a neat scene, it always blew me away how someone could take one of my little pieces and put it together with other little things and, holy crow, there's an entire room there. That to me is what's fun about minis - when you see an image like yours, Karin, if you didn't know, you would NOT know it's miniatures and not full-sized. Your mom did a beautiful job there.
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  33. Also take a look at metal pencil sharpeners, they come in various sizes.
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  34. F'goodness' sake, Mike. Put your albums back, and please leave them up if you leave again, for whatever reason. We have a few albums here from dear members who have taken permanent leave of this mortal coil. They are a wonderful remembrance. I'm inferring from what you posted that your medical problem is manageable and am glad to hear it. You need to keep well, as I'm working on my husband to take a trip to England and will want to meet you and your lovely wife and see your houses in person.
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  35. Don't know you, Mike (my "medical leave" was even more abrupt and lengthy than yours LOL), but your projects sound wonderful and I personally would dearly love to see your albums again. Welcome back - and next time don't do like I did but what I SHOULD have done - at least say g'bye!
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  36. LOL that's my favorite! how'd you know???
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  37. I got a good chunk of mine done too. Its quite interesting I normally sway towards the darkerish side of things like wizards, witches, tudor-ish and halloween but I completely went outside on this. I hope everyone likes_____ and _____. haha
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  38. We grilled dinner again this evening. I also burned some of the chopped up vines and brush I have been cutting down. I can finally see the back of the property from a distance. I also spent some time looking up tree house materials. The anchor bolts are kind of expensive- $119 each, and it will take a minimum of 4 just to build the main platform. They're very long, heavy metal rods with threading on one side to hold the rod in the tree, a metal ring that serves as a spacer between the lumber bracket and the tree, and threading at the end for a nut to lock in the bracket. It sounds like overkill, but they allow the tree to grow without tearing the tree house apart, and allow for far greater weight than merely using screws or nails to hold lumber in place. If I do find work soon, I'll have to built it like I build the houses- buying a few components at a time and building it as my budget allows.
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  39. As you all know, I recently lost an old friend. We'd been tight back in the day. Last weekend, I was talking with another old friend, who had been part of the same group of tight knit friends that I was. We were trying to figure out a way for some of us to get together. One of our friends is flying in this weekend from the UK to visit her mother (who has just been diagnosed with early and rapidly progressing dementia). It's Thanksgiving weekend for us up here in Canada, so it's a long weekend. At one point, we thought maybe Saturday. Then we thought, how bout Friday? At this point, I have NO idea where I am going tomorrow....my parent's place in Wpg Beach, or Wpg itself! All I know is at SOME point this weekend, I will eat turkey, stuffing and all the trimmings. Happy Turkey Day!!
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  40. I had a wonderful time with three women I love dearly. We toasted Kris, looked at old photos and laughed and talked a lot.
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  41. My collection lists are on page 4, so I won't list again. I just wanted to jump in on the hair thing. I have always had long hair and I love it. When it all fell out I was at such a loss and as it grew in and was trimmed I discovered I REALLY hated short hair. It took about 2 years, but it all grew back just as long and thick as it was. Call me happy. Back in the day, women never cut their hair, but once they were married, they wore it up. I have to be careful when I say I dislike short hair to include the 'on me' part. Some women take it personal, like you are insulting them. I also seem to collect fat. I have a large collection of it now.
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  42. To make a wreath, use the ring on a gallon of milk. After you open the milk the cap breaks from the ring, and if you don't take the ring off it will usually end in your glass!!! Lol. Wrap a green pipe cleaner around it. And you have a wreath. Decorate it with small beads, and other decor or just a pretty bow.! I don't have any pics of mine and they are all packed away. If I can find the pipe cleaners in the craft room I'll make one and get pics. Kellee
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  43. From the album: Mini Stitches

    Single bed sized heart quilt I made for my daughter's dollhouse.

    © 2014 Jenny Costa

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  44. Woohoo! Thanks, Karin! I knew it was coming but didn't know just exactly when. I've pre-ordered my copy!
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  46. continued... Part 3: Part 4:
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  47. Here is a great short video of a miniature Disney World Main Street Electrical Parade and how it was built.
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