Treasures from Chicago

Back from www.theminiatureshow in Chicago.
 We had a wonderful time meeting up with other Miniature Artists and Miniature enthusiasts.  I wanted to show the wonderful miniature treasures that I acquired in Chicago.
 This is a wonderful paper folder from Leger. I love the detail that my new camera can pick up. There work is unsurpassed in quality. I consider myself lucky to have some of there pieces. They are lovely people and such a pleasure to deal with.

 2 blue vases, I think I will put these in my Jane Austen inspired room.
 Valerie Casson 
I always love meeting up with Valerie at the show. She is the sweetest person and such a talented artist. I am astounded at the work Valerie makes. The ceramics are so lovely and detailed. 
 I love this french duck pitcher
 The teapot books are so whimsical, I felt drawn to this little piece. The lovely planter is a gift from Valerie, she is so sweet.
 The lovely flower display is by Christina O'Neill.  Cea's Garden Miniatures. I have been next to Christina each year at the show. She is such a fantastic artist and person. She gifted this too me and I feel very blessed to have such lovely friends in all parts of the world. 
 Always fantastic is Art of Mini. 
I love there kits and look forward to putting them together. Janny and her husband are so nice, what a talented artist she is.
Love this little doll, it is the first one I have purchased for my collection. Made by Ethel Hicks. She was not at the show and was thus represented by Swan House Miniatures.

Though I did not get very much this year, I am very pleased with my little treasures. 

Have a fantastic day!

The Miniature Show

The Miniature Show

I will once again see you in Chicago in late April at The Miniature Show. I am sure this year will turn out to be another amazing event. Last year was such fun with so many talented artists in attendance.  If you have not been The Miniature Show before I would highly recommend going if you are able. The show is held in the Hyatt Regency in Schaumburg, Chicago, one of the most beautiful hotels I have ever stayed in. Greg hosts lots of fun events and is a pleasure to deal with. 

I do a lot of shopping every year and come home with such treasures, but always forget to blog and take pictures about it.

I hope to have more pictures this year as we have treated our family to a new camera.  My son, who I mention in the post below, loves to do stop motion animation. The camera is suited to his use, my use and will also work for my husband's job. I am hoping it will improve the quality of my pictures.

I am looking forward to seeing, once again, all the lovey miniature enthusiasts that attend the event. 

You can see lots of pictures of items from Artists that will be attending the event on

 The Miniature Shows Facebook Page

I will be doing some demonstrations on: 

Making Miniature Boxes and Top Hats

Learn Simple Tips and effective tools to make the job easier when putting together box kits. 
Never made a Top Hat? It is super easy and fun to do with a simple cardboard kit and paint. The possibilities for customizing are endless. 

Top hat in above picture is made with cardboard and painted. So simple to make and would look fantastic in any miniature display. 
 I have lots of fantastic box kits that would suit many miniature scenes.  The are simple and fun to make. 

I will do my best to post some of the recent items I have been making in the next few weeks.  My own computer is back up and running so that is fantastic. Reno's on our house still in progress but I am feeling my miniature inspiration coming back and I am also looking forward to the gardening season and warmer weather coming.  Still working on doing a better job with home schooling, but on a bright note. My son who has struggled to make friends is now making some in his new school, though his is only going part-time. He had his first hang out, I have to call it that now since he is twelve and a play-date is for little kids I am told. lol

 So excited for him, and thankful!

Happy New Year, Shop Update.

Happy New Year to Everyone. I just wanted to give a shop update. I still do not have a date that I will re-open the shop. This post is a bit long winded so please forgive me.
I have had to take time off to part-time home school my son Chris. He has learning disabilities and this year in his new school they did not give him any extra support at all. I mean no E.A. No Classroom extra help, No extra help from the teacher, Nothing! He is 12 and working at around the grade 4-5 level for some subjects and lower for others. They did not even adjust his grade level to his needs, which means he was expected to do grade 7 level with no extra help. So I am having to try to figure out how to best help him. We pulled him from that school and now have him in a small private school part time, but they have no E.A. so subjects like math and reading we are having to do at home. I struggle myself with these subjects so this is quite the interesting situation.
On top of this my lovely Mother in Law is struggling with stage 4 cancer. This has put alot of stress on all of our family and we are trying to find our way though the mist of coping with illness.
I am still trying to also get an area for me to work at as our basement reno has very much stalled. Grrrrrr
So I do apologies for not having things up and running again but hopefully I will be able to get a rhythm going and get back into the swing of things.
Thank you all for your continued support.