Sunday, December 29, 2013

My New Year's Mini Projects

In addition to launching my new e-Zine, Creative Miniaturist, and creating minis for my Etsy Shop, I have "resolved" to work on some of my own personal miniatures for my own enjoyment alone.


First on the list is to put together my McKinley dollhouse. I have had this dollhouse box stored under our bed for years. It was a Christmas gift from Andrew years ago and every now and then he asks me when I will be putting it together and my answer is always "When I get some time."
The McKinley by Greenleaf

Well, as you and I both know, time is what you make it. I must make the time for this project this year, for Andrew.

I love this dollhouse because it is made to hang on the wall. It is quite shallow in depth, so it functions more as a shelf than a dollhouse, so is perfect for displaying my mini collection of children's toys. I now just need to find the wall space!

I have been gathering together miniature toys for several years and have quite a collection, so have decided that the McKinley will be a toy shop. I already have several shop fixtures as well, so the toys now only needs a home. The toys are from various mini artisans and major manufacturers. Others are not even intended as minis, but fit well into the theme as they are.

I have a lot of work to do!


The other project that comes to mind is to finish my fairytale cottage. It is 3/4 done, but still needs some brick work done on the chimney and exterior, not to mention a base for the whole piece. I also have to mend the leading in the windows (more on that in another post,)
add front porch posts, create fairytale furnishings and accessories, etc.

I'll post pix and how I did it as I continue to work on the cottage.


This project is really more of a challenge. I have always wanted to produce a trash to treasure room box. That is, a miniature room box created entirely from found objects. I want to be able to create an entire scene using only what I already have here in my home and studio to create furnishings and accessories. I don't want to have to purchase anything except perhaps glue if I run out.

I believe it will be easier if I do a contemporary or modern scene so that I won't be restricted by historic accuracy. Pretty much anything goes in an ultra-modern home. Although I don't normally gravitate to modern decor, I think for this project it will be fun to see what I can come up with by using such random objects as a napkin ring and a cereal box originally meant for the garbage.

What miniature projects do you have planned for 2014?

Friday, December 27, 2013

Still Looking For Miniature Artists To Feature!!

Happy Holidays to all my readers!

I am hard at work creating my miniature themed e-zine,
Creative Miniaturist and hope to launch it this January.
For a more in depth explanation of this project,
read my original post here.

I am still in search of miniature artists to be featured
and would love to hear from anyone that is interested in
being interviewed or has a project to share, with the
option of having their work posted on my site as well
as in the e-zine.

If you have any questions or interested,
just contact me via my email.