Sunday, June 5, 2016

How Many Projects is Too Many?

How many mini projects or even RL have you worked on at one time?  I am actively working on 5 mini projects. Not to mention that I still haven't done the floor in our laundry room that leads from the kitchen that we finished last year. Plus my husband wants to start on remodeling the kids bathroom this summer, I have several pieces of furniture I have been planning on refinishing and I need to make new cushions for our outdoor furniture.  We are also getting new windows for our house this week which means I will have to make new window treatments because some of the new windows are going to be a different configuration than what we have now. Oh, and I'm working in the office more this summer than in the past so I think I may need to eliminate at least one.

Technically these two are one project because they are part of the same build: The Citadel, but I'm counting them as two because they are different rooms.
 I've got a good grasp in the kitchen.  The main parts are done.  The oven, fridge and island are Elf Miniatures kits.  The back splash is made from aluminum flashing from the hardware store and metal laminate samples.  I made the cabinet units and the dishwasher.  The bar stool is the Pauchard stool from Pretty Small Things at Shapeways, but I ordered some other ones that I think may be better suited.  I will show you them when they arrive.

I'm loving the bathroom so far. I wanted to make everything removable so that in the future I don't have to trash anything to make a new scene in the room. I made the structure of the shower area out of foam core board so that I could make a recessed area for toiletries.  The rain shower head is of made from aluminum rod, a cover button and jewelry findings.  The ceiling light is an enlarged design from Mini Dork's AKA Modern Mini Houses's Shapeways shop. Unfortunately when I built the house the wall wasn't plumb, so I have to figure out how to disguise the untrue wall to the left.  The tile in the shower and on the floor are free laminate samples.

Project # 3 is the 2015 HBS Creatin' Contest build.  An Homage to Mad Men.  I finally got the basic office space done, but I have A LOT of accessorizing to do.  I decided not to do a replica, but to get the basic layout and vibe of Don Draper's office.My favorites are the ceiling, paneling and of course the amazing desk by Patie at Minisx2  (I miss you and your work!!!)

Mini project #4 is the 2016 Creatin' Contest which is unfortunately the project that I may be aborting.

 For the most part the only original parts that I would plan on keeping are the base and the roofing pieces.  I think this is going to be more complicated than I anticipated, plus I made some major mistakes.  If I do continue with this, I will buy another kit to combine with the original and do something more beachy.

The 5th mini project hasn't been physically addressed;  just buying items for the project: I'm  taking Area 54 gutting the inside with the exception of the rafters and making it into a modern industrial studio loft.

I'm just not going there with the real life projects.  I'm just happy I can work on any projects!


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A Day Late, But the Winner Is:

As usual I'm a little late with choosing the giveaway winner.  It seems that I'm a little late for everything.  I used the random number generator at  I have no clue on how to show the little number generator thing on here.

The winner of the vintage Bodo Hennig chair and Keep Calm Build a Dollhouse cushion and a few other little things is number 14 - Mary Ellen!

Congrats MaryEllen!  Send me an e-mail (there should be a link when you click on my profile) with your mailing info.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Bishop Show - The Goods

Two miniature shows in one day can be exhausting, but well worth it.  Here are the goods from the Bishop Show.

I picked up some fruit slices in jars, perfume bottles and designer tags for making bags but there isn't a receipt and I can't remember the name of the shop where I bought them.

 Mini Aviator sunglasses are by Itsy Bitsy Mini and Fish tank is by an unknown British artist.  Both purchased from Lockwood Tower Miniatures.

Some tiny buckles from Dragonfly International to make bags.

 This birdhouse if from Keenderson Miniatures.

 The iron is from MiniFanaberia

 Orange colander from TYA Kitchen

The red pottery is from Miniature Gardens.

the Paint brushes and palette, water pipes and bag of ice are from Wright Guide Miniatures.

The table kit and wall hooks are by Renata of PiccoleideeModerne on Etsy . She wasn't there but her friend brought some of her stuff to sell for her.

As you can see the table is oval and white not round and black like the picture.  I like the oval, I think it will go great with a few tulip chairs.

 This cute little succulent planter, mini catalog and box are a gift from Fran at   This is amazingly strong mini tape!

The mini catalog even has writing and pics on the inside too!

Now to get back to unfinished projects...

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Three Blind Mice Show - The Goods

On Saturday morning before I hit the Bishop Show, I was able to get to the Three Blind Mice show.  It started an hour before the Bishop Show which meant I had about an hour to shop.

The first thing I bought was this Panton chair, Eames Shell chair and a surfboard from WCDminiatures.

I got this happy little welcome mat from Designs by Janet.  I didn't see a web address on the receipt.

I love these yellow and orange pots and orange macrame plant hanger.  I wish I knew who they were from, but there wasn't a name on the receipt and I couldn't figure it out from the show guide.

This gourd bird house. I couldn't find the receipt but, she grows the gourds in her back yard. It might be A & L miniatures according to the guide for the show, but no web site.

  And I got some wood strips and wood inlay from my friend Greg at All About Miniatures.

 Not bad for an hour's worth of mini shopping.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Chicago Show Highlights

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to head to Chicago for the Tom Bishop international miniature show.  The best part of the show is that it was fun and I was able to meet new miniaturists and see some friends.

Upon arriving at the show I headed straight away to MiniFanaberia's table.  I had seen her new retro fridges online and I was determined to get one.  I had to have it!  Then I saw them and it was like the gods opened the clouds shining a bright light down on those amazing little retro fridges. It lights up and there wasn't a detail missing. Her work is even more amazing in person. Then my eyes welled up with tears...I could not have that amazing miniature fridge.  I just couldn't justify spending that much. Besides I didn't have the cash on me (It's really a good thing she didn't accept credit cards because I might have bought it if she did). So, I bought an iron instead.  Dorota is adorable so sweet and seemed flattered that I wanted to take a picture of her work.


Miniature Wood Creations

Miniature Wood Creations out of Minnesota had some beautiful pieces as well.  We talked a long time about Minnesota and living out in the country.  I don't live in the country, but he does.  He gave me some useful information about fresh eggs right from the chicken. 

 This mini woodworking scene is amazing and extremely detailed.

Atomic Miniature

Of course there's  Michael Yurkovik - aka Atomic Miniature.  He recently became an IGMA artist. He's a super nice guy and great artist.

I really love this modern loft he made.

TYA Kitchen

TYA Kitchen never disappoints and always makes my drool!  I did buy a great little orange colander.

Roomboxes Etc.

Peter Tucker at Roomboxes Etc. is another one who never disappoints.  We had a nice conversation about modern and he enlightened me on what the black Reitveld chair on the top row is used for in RL.  It was used for customers at furriers.  They would drape their fur coat over the arm of the chair so that it would not touch the floor and so that they could show off the label in their coat. Another thing I love about Peter Tucker is that he never makes the exact same thing twice.

Keenderson Miniatures

Keenderson Miniatures makes some really fun and different modern miniatures.  I love the chest with the differently angled drawers.

There you have it!  Modern and Mid-century Modern highlights from the international show.  Overall it was a good show.  I'll show the goods I got at the show next post.

Monday, April 11, 2016

5 Year Bloggiversary

I can't believe I've been blogging about modern miniatures since April of 2011.  Over the last five years I have met a bunch of really great people.  It's been through blogging and reading blogs that I have discovered a world of dollhouse miniatures that I never knew existed. I've made friends, found amazing resources and learned a lot of techniques for making miniatures. So, I think it's time to celebrate and thank my miniature friends by having a giveaway.

I'm giving away this re-upholstered vintage Bodo Hennig chair along with the pillow and a few other things that I haven't decided on yet.

Just comment on this post and I will do a random drawing of all the names and announce the winner on April 25th.

Thank you for following!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Facebook Frustrations

I know you probably don't want to hear me bitch about stuff nor do you like to read lengthy posts without pictures, but this really pisses me off!

As many of you know, I also have a Mini Mod Pod Facebook page.  I've had the page for some time now and have created what I think is a pretty good following. As I'm sure some of you do, I try to keep my mini life somewhat separate from my personal life.  I don't want to bombard my personal friends with miniatures because quite frankly, they are not interested.

I do love to talk minis and share new and or old things I find interesting in the mini world. Facebook seems to be a good way to do that....and it's free...for now.  Recently Facebook is treating my page like a business page and won't let me share posts or comment on posts from other pages as Mini Mod Pod, only from my personal page.  I can't even see posts by pages or people that Mini Mop Pod likes!

Now I have to figure out a way to post mini stuff as Mad for Mod/Mini Mod Pod...maybe a new private group for modern and midcentury miniatures? Maybe I should just start a new account as Mad for Mod?