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  1. How about those tiny, slender, short cocktail straws. They come in different colors as well as clear. You cut-up in small pieces. Holley's ideas are genius.
  2. I'm a fan of Hobby Lobby now even though I've only been there twice and you can also order from them online. They have good stuff for all kinds of crafting and DYI. And I see that their miniatures are better in-store than the ones they show online. A better choice/variety of minis. Truth-be told, I will shop at any store that has what I want or need for mini as well as non-mini projects; be it Michael's, Jo-Ann's, Hobby Lobby, etc. and all the (exclusively online) stores as well.
  3. What's with all these retailers closing shop; stores that were very popular, icons like Sears, Kmart. JCPenney closing many stores too. And I remember A.C. Moore stores took over all Ben Franklin's Crafts stores. I had come to love Ben Franklins after years of shopping there then they up and changed to A.C. Moore now A.C. has up and changed to Michael's. Mama Mia!! Next thing you know all craft stores will be taken over by Hobby Lobby. I will not mind that because they sell EVERYTHING under the sun for crafting as well as some inexpensive minis.
  4. The cat theme house - SWEET! So is it a house where the people love cats or is it inhabited by just cats with good taste? LOL!
  5. Holly & Pat: I agree with you both most people don't see the treasures in their trash like we miniaturists see in our trash. Pat: you asked where I display my houses? - I have never owned a dollhouse but I purchased one already completed at a thrift store once (A Duracraft Peaches & Cream) that was in pretty good shape, only needed a lil TLC so I did the repairs & sold it. I only do room boxes of different sizes and shadow boxes of different sizes, lamp bases with tiny room settings built inside, & other small vignettes. What I haven't sold or given away as gifts I normally display on shelves on the walls of my spare bedroom.
  6. Holly - We might be slowing down physically but mentally I really, truly believe that our beloved hobby will keep our minds sharp (diminish the probability of dementia). My opinion. I can't seem to tear myself away from the conversation. GONE FOR NOW!! BE BACK!!
  7. I have to leave right this moment but I'll be back to keep up with this thread - so excited!!!! But, I must say for your bakery boxes use printies and cardboard (there are printies sites all over the internet including Pinterest). In the store interior is some old fashion Crisco Shortening cans (near the Quaker Oats Cereal boxes ) these were full size labels off the internet that I resized, printed-out then glued to those little round plastic thingies used in packaging to keep them fresh. The Crisco labels actually looked like years and years ago. GOTTA GO BUT BE BACK SOON!
  8. The old country store is actually a 2-opening picture frame I purchased from a Tuesday Morning store. I had a wooden box the exact size of the frame built, then painted the box hunter green and attached it to the frame with little brass hinges so it opens & closes (the inside of the box is the interior of the store).
  9. Pat - I love it, I love it, I love it!!!!!! Seems like we miniaturists have the very same mindset, (we think alike). We can turn very unlikely things into common things in miniature. That kinda makes us magicians. LOL I love it!! Pat, why not start a conversation about how everyone has made something unusual into something miniature. Its not my original idea; I got it from another forum so here is my input: watermelons for my old country store vignette made from pecans (the nut).
  10. I think blue & white quite often - maybe I need to get a life!!! The bakery sounds "Yummy"
  11. Pat - Check out Miniatures.com - Hobby Builders. They sell lots of kits of all kinds; lots of chair kits too.
  12. Holly - I wish I had the patience & zeal I had years ago but to be honest I do not and as much as I love this splendid hobby of ours, I am now at an age and attitude of "Let someone else make it but I'll enjoy it." So I buy, when I can. I love working with my hands & making things myself but the charm is wearing off, the older I get. I still attempt small projects, very small. Those wicker pieces on the cover of the book are beautiful. (so sorry for whining). LOL!
  13. I saw these on Dollhouse Junction & I think wicker pieces like these would go well in the greenhouse-shape candle holder but I'd change the fabric to a cobalt blue print though. This would be a huge splurge in my little budget but its far & in between that I do splurges. LOL
  14. Pat: check out a site called Dollhouse Junction - they sell high end as well as economical items. Artisan Miniatures and Estate miniatures which are a bit pricey but great looing stuff.
  15. HOLLY - Excellent ideas Holly. I've done vanity bottles and vases and lamp bases in the past. I have plenty of those jewelry findings to make accessories for the room. PAT - The blue & white armchair is beautiful. I'm getting lazy in my old age though, so gonna buy furniture ready-made but will do smaller, accessories with the beads and other small decorative pieces. And yes, absolutely - the fun part will be collecting all the bits and pieces.
  16. I want to build a miniature room setting, all blue and white décor and furniture inside the metal & glass candle holder I found on sale at Krogers Supermarket for $15.00. I found a small pack of 8 blue & white beads at Hobby Lobby for 99 cents. Looking at them I see table lamp bases, vases, flower pots, plant pots, etc What do you see? It will be fun collecting further for this room. Stay tuned.
  17. Thanks so much Jenn: Throw pillows, window valance, the lamp, area rugs, an abstract canvas print - are all included but I really think I'm done collecting - well at least I think so. We will see. LOL The photos below are not in my home (I wish) except for the bed tray that sits on the coffee table in my living room. I even enjoy saving pictures I find on the internet just to look at - and yes, it is very soothing.
  18. Hey Holly: even if we're not related I know I would love her because we are normally drawn to people who share the same interests. 2. And yes Pat - it does bring great joy. I already have my eyes on (searching for) one inch scale miniature ceramic pieces for a living room setting built in a large metal & glass taper (candle) holder ) shaped like a green house.
  19. Chihuly's blue & white glass creation in the picture above would go great in my living room. The photos attached are just part of the room. I have a huge collection of blue and white china and ceramic pieces - I call this (wall unit) the "Great Wall of China". LOL It is surrounded with larger pieces that sit on the floor plus a table lamp I made from a large vase that use to sit on the floor. I dream of doing what Pat (Cloudbound) did with her 1:48 miniature Hippie House but in a larger scale cause my vision is very poor. Her house is a miracle because of for how she worked it in such a small scale. I admire her work.
  20. Holly - Thanks so much for sharing the pictures. His work is sooooooooooooo fascinating and I look at any and everything that comes on TV or the internet that I am aware of about him. I watch PBS (Public Television) documentaries, current and re-runs about him over and over again. I love this piece. It would look great I my living room (real life living room)
  21. Cloudbound: Your house and all the furnishings and décor are absolutely fabulous - you did a fantastic job on it. I too, like NellBell, KathieB and Havanaholly, am a Dale Chihuly fan and your master bedroom ceiling fixture will surely impress him a lot and the fact that we're all talking about him here on this forum, and that you're immolating his work in 1:48 scale miniatures. The hookah smoking Caterpillar and Cheshire Cat from Alice In Wonderland stuff is hilarious. LOL
  22. Thanks so much Bobbie for you kind compliment.
  23. Thanks - I've read it and I will check them out.
  24. Thanks-a-bunch Holly. They are so simple to make. The challenging part is waiting for sales, discounts & coupons on miniatures from Miniatures.com Hobby Builders.
  25. Thank you all for your kind words & compliments. They all were very much appreciated.
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