Wednesday, May 23, 2012

~ Summer Rose updates ~

Hi sweeties! Come peek inside :)

It's been a busy week at my cottage! Here are some updates to my mini home Summer Rose...along with a few new miniatures I made this week :)

I took the wall down between the DR and Kitchen, major construction work I tell ya :) How do you like it? I heart it :)!

I made a new kitchen island beginning with a mini slab of Carrara Marble, my favorite :)

I think it makes such a charming difference, it's like the frosting on a cupcake! :)

Then I brought the pantry from my Gourmet kitchen room box into this little cottage and I like it here too :) But I painted it a soft sage green and then a day or two later, changed my mind and did it in a white wash :) Girls can do that! So here's the green...

Now here's the white wash.... {ps: I still need to white wash the screening}. I think it needs one more coat of white?

The hutch came back into Summer Rose too , which is good, because then it makes me have to look for something fabulous for the gourmet kitchen now :)

I love all the little changes, they make me happy :)

I also added some of my large collection of beautifully filled jars which are abundant with fruits, veggies and wonderful sauces! Perfect for the season!

I make a lot of my own mini canned goods and jams, but I also collect them from other mini artists... my favorite is LugArt Petit the name and you'll be right there :) The ones below are from them, aren't they just so perfect?!

Well that's about it for the updates to my mini cottage.... but here a few more minis I made this past week...

I tried my hand at a pie dish too.... :)

And last but not least I made a couple of glass vases filled with fruit for some flowers... :)

Now I'm looking forward to a wonderfully relaxing Memorial Day weekend! Whew! :)

Ok maybe not, maybe I'll just keep making minis in between BBQ's and company!! Yeah :)

I wish YOU a fabulous, beautiful, healthy, loving, long holiday weekend!!

Cynthia xo

Sunday, May 13, 2012

~ Kitchen love ~

Happy Mother's Day everyone! Yes, 2 posts in one day {one was for the lucky winner Lisa of my give-away, see in post before this ...congrats Lisa! } and now I'm back after some pampering and have free time so I figured since I won't have a chance to post with the busy week ahead, I'll get you caught up with some new minis while I'm relaxing with some strawberry ice tea :) So go get some , come back and enjoy a few new mini scenes with me...

I've been baking all day and the sweets are ready for you! :)

The kitchen, my favorite place to be, is bustling with the days baking and it's a gorgeous day so the french doors are left open to let the sweet air in...

Lots of fresh baked goodies....

And with a little help from the new and fabulous "Romantic Prairie Style" magazine mini playtime can have a quick little vignette all ready to enjoy...

If you haven't got your copy yet, go run and get one quick, it's just perfectly filled with pretties! You'll love it!

I made lots of mini Jams this past week too! I love making Jam in real life, so doing it in miniature is just as fun for me!

I love Le Creuset, and in mini? It's just too sweet for words! :)

I can never get enough of Home-made Pie either :)

The beautiful daisies featured in these scenes are from Monica at Devine Miniatures, she makes the prettiest flowers!! I love them, Thank you Monica!

Well I hope you enjoyed yet another mini tour with me :) Thank you for always coming along with me and being so wonderful! Enjoy your special day and hopefully a fabulous week ahead too!

I'll leave you with some cookies :)

Hugs and Love!!

Cynthia xo

~ Give-Away Winner ~

First I'd like to wish you all a wonderful and Happy Mother's Day!!

Second, It's time to announce the winner of my give-away!! Thank you so much to all who entered and left such sweet comments! I wish you all could have won!!

The winner is.........

Lisa from Hospitable Pursuits!! Thank you Lisa for entering and for your kind words too! Congratulations!!

Please send your address to my email at Cynthiascottage1@aol. com. and in the email, let me know which print from my shop Miniature Love on Society 6 you would like! Then I'll get your book and print right out to you!

Thank you again everyone and I hope your Mother's Day is a blessed one!!

Hugs, Cynthia xo

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

~ GIVE-AWAY and a New Site! ~

{photo above: one of my Note Card's available on Society 6}

Hello friends! I'm having a give-away! I haven't had one in awhile and I can't think of a better way to say THANK YOU for always being so wonderful to me!

I've also opened a little shop on Society 6 that I want to share with you! Its a fabulous website where you can purchase my photographs in many different forms: Note cards, art prints, framed prints, iphone covers etc. It's such a beautiful site and they have so many talented photographers and artists there! I am by no means a "photographer" in the formal sense. But photographing my miniatures is a real passion of mine and styling them for photographs is half the fun too! It's like playing :) So after receiving many emails with people asking if they can buy my photos in some form, I researched and found this wonderful site! So as part of my give-away and to have people come visit and see my new site, I'm making this a 2 item give-away!

What am I giving away? 1. A copy of my new book " Cottage Style in Miniature" in hardcover with a dust jacket. 2. A photo print from my new shop "Miniature Love", and you get to pick the photo of your choice!

The rules are simple as always, just leave a comment for 1 chance and blog about the give-away or add it to your side bar for 2 chances!

Just make sure to come back and tell me you did so your second comment counts as a second chance! And if you want to enter and don't have a blog, please leave your email address in the comment so I can contact you if you win!


Above and below are a few peeks at my new site :) I hope you love the shop!

I will add new photos often and also take requests via my email here to add any photo of your choice that you'd like to add into the shop that might not be currently there!

Here's a mini picnic basket photo turned into note cards and stationary :)

Some framed prints....{I put them together on a wallpaper background to show how you can group them on a kitchen wall if you'd like}.

Cell phone covers etc!

Another picture of one of my prints.... {they can be ordered with pretty white frames, or black frames and 2 different styles also!}

and last but not least , a picture of my book you will win! :)

Thank you so much for stopping in and also for your friendship always!!

Here's the link to my new shop: {I'll be adding a permanent link on my side bar some time today}...Stop in when you get a minute and let me know what you think! Thank you!

The give-away ends on May 12th and I'll announce the winner here the following day! Mothers Day :)

Now it's back to mini making for me! It's been a busy few months of getting the ideas that were dancing in my head finally to fruition, but I have loved every moment and been so grateful to all of you along the way! My Book, My Etsy shop and this little photography site have all been little dreams of mine and I'm so happy with them! I hope you are too!

"Happiness held is the seed; happiness shared is the flower." ~Author Unknown

Hugs and love,

Cynthia xo