Monday, April 30, 2012
Been away from miniatures a little lately as you know (and my online shop has been closed for most of April), so I just wanted to let everyone know that my shop is back online.
The other day I enjoyed a pain au chocolat (chocolate croissant to my American friends) and decided over breakfast that I was up-to-date with things enough in real-scale world for a return to business in miniature-scale world. New items will be listed in about a month from now.... but until then you can still choose from many many teeny tiny and lovingly handmade miniatures and mini food jewelry from my shop.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Have you seen the latest Doll's House Magazine (April 2012 issue) yet? It's been out since beginning of March of course, but I've been waiting to share this with you until I could get my hands on a working scanner, so I'm a tad late!
At the end of last year I was contacted by an editor at the magazine who heard I was leaving America and returning to the UK. She asked if I wanted to be featured in their news page, so they could 'mark the move' and let their readers know. Of course I love any exposure, so was quite chuffed.
Funny thing is, it now looks as though I *may* be moving back to the US later this year... if all goes well. Fingers crossed for me anyway! It's exceedingly hard to get back into the US once you've left. Technically because I have worked in the US I shouldn't be allowed back in, even as a tourist (even if I say I just want to pop over and collect the rest of my belongings) for 12-14 months. Tricky tricky business.
Anyway, this post is about my Tudor Range making a little appearance in the Doll's House Magazine's April issue. Have a look, let me know what you think. :)
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Friday, April 13, 2012
For a change, this post has little do do with miniatures! :)
The morning started early with the pounding sound of hail hitting the 16th century terracotta roof tiles above my head. The clock said 8 am but the dark rain clouds let so little light into the house it felt like late evening so naturally my motivation to create / work was pretty dismal. But then, a knock downstairs and a young delivery bloke ran off so fast from my door you'd think he'd left a bomb. In my dressing gown and slippers I unlocked the door and found the massive box. The strange part is that it suddenly stopped raining / hailing as I stepped out to pull the box inside. The dismal clouds peeled away and the sun appeared, but I didn't even notice. I was so excited at what I had received. My fiancee and I may be separated by 5,500 miles and visa restrictions which don't allow him in my country or me in his, but it didn't stop him sending me these gorgeous flowers. I'm so chuffed. :)
Please note that my shop is on 'vacation mode' at the moment, but I'll be back soon and you can always email me in the meantime for a commission / query.
Opening my surprise box of flowers....!
The view from my bedroom after the rain stopped and sun came out.
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Easter Day today! Hope everyone is having a fab time with your families. :)
I'm at home in Oxfordshire staying at my parent's house over Easter, and my 3 sisters and 2 brothers, and sister's husband have also been staying here - so it's been a full house for my mum! She cooked roast beef with Yorkshire puddings, baked red cabbage, roast vegetables, gravy and horseradish sauce, then we had a traditional Russian Easter desert - 'Pasca' (owing to my Russian heritage). Since then we've had homemade Cornish pasties, homemade Stilton and broccoli soup, English cheeses and biscuits, then homemade raspberry and white chocolate cake and chocolate cornflake nests with tiny chocolate eggs inside. Today my mum is roasting lamb with garlic and rosemary which we're having with flageolet beans, baked red cabbage and apple, and roast potatoes.... boy do I miss English food when I live in America!!!! Like crazy.....
So, Easter is the time to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ after he was crucified (if you're Christian like myself), and it's also Passover or a time for family, chocolate and bunnies as well!
So here's a nice new Easter Range for 2012 entirely handmade by me. It's really a one inch scale Patisserie & Cake shop decorated for the season with white tree branches hung with tiny coloured eggs and a fancy white table filled with an Easter cake, candy and soft fluffy Easter bunnies and chicks.
Scroll down to see all the pics, or for fun take a look at Easter last year (2011).
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Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Easter's nearly here........!!! And you can now claim 20% off any Easter items at my online shop, until Easter Day!
This coupon applies to anything in the Easter range... see pictures below. (It is not applicable to items which are not within the Easter Range). Offer expires midnight (PST) Easter Sunday (8th April).
After you click to buy but BEFORE you pay, enter the coupon code BUNNIES and 20% will be deducted from your entire order, but not from postage.
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Sunday, April 1, 2012
For a lovely friend of mine in the US, I made this tiny half inch scale replica of my Easter 2012 Daffodil Cake as a surprise for her little mice. :) I am assuming it will have reached her in the post by now so I thought I would share some pics, since it's not often that I show much half inch scale food on here.
The last image shows it sitting next to my one inch scale Easter Daffodil Cake, which is currently available as a Limited Edition this Easter in my online shop.
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