Thursday, August 9, 2012

~ Its the simple small things ~



Hello sweet friends! I have a little photo tour for you today...Put some relaxing music on, grab something wonderful to drink and come on in for a cool escape...

I love being domestic at home, and sometimes what seems a chore to others, is to me, a welcome retreat of puttering. My favorite time to putter is after the house has been all cleaned. I light a little lilac scented candle and start walking around... fluffing beds, straightening pillows, rearrange little corners, adding fresh cut flowers to vases, and then taking little things out my hutches and hand washing them till the glass , china and pottery sparkle. These days are precious to me. It's my quiet time...Those days always end with me baking or cooking up something delicious like fresh bread, or a simple supper. But I love enjoying the end of that kind of day with company or special night with all the kids home sitting outside on the patio with the water fountain and fire on. That is a day of bliss for me. My other days of bliss include creating miniatures and sitting at my work table with a mind full of ideas and being able to execute them. I have found after doing miniatures for over a year now, that each item I create and collect is a reflection of what I love in my real life. It's such a blessing to be able to create something that I love every day. So on with the pictures.... It's a walk into a favorite day of mine, through the miniature creations and collections I've put together over the last week or so..... I hope you enjoy :)

Waking up under a hand-made quilt and feeling the sun coming through the window is a magical feeling...


and the perfect start to any day....



I collect quilts of all sizes and now have started a miniature quilt collection too..



I love setting a breakfast table with a quilt as a table cloth ... so charming...



And hanging quilts to dry outside is not a chore to me, but instead, as I hang each one , I think how it must have felt when it was one of many chores for the average woman, in a day when there was little time to reflect and enjoy puttering. So I remember how blessed I am...



Is there really anything sweeter than the scent of a fresh washed quilt that comes off the line? I don't think so :)


Oh wait, ....There might be one thing sweeter that I can think of :) And that's a friend who takes the time to hand make you gorgeous miniature quilts when you have no clue how to sew. So to my wonderful and talented friend Diane, thank you from the bottom of my heart!



Puttering and rearranging in the kitchen, is probably my favorite kind of domestic bliss....



Washing the glass canister Jars, arranging cookbooks, lining up new homemade Jams, it's all relaxing to me...



The best part is filling the canisters with fresh baked cookies and treats. Strawberry preserve shortbread cookies are my weakness and after a day of cleaning, that and glass of cold milk is a perfect reward :) I'm a milk and cookie kinda girl :)



I made a few extra ones for you :)



Baking and cooking after a day of puttering is to me, the icing on the cake....



There's something very calming about icing a cake in a non rushed fashion, in a very clean house, that just makes me smile :)


Or making special sweets for the company that is coming later...


That's how I love to spend the "perfect day"....


So after all the simple small things are done, I can set a buffet table, sit back and know I had a productive , wonderful day....


The scent of bread baking is another simple perfect thing to me.....I might even like that better than cakes baking :) What about you? What's your favorite cooking or baking scent?


Well all the chores are done and my girlfriends are on their way, and I couldn't be happier :)



Now I just look around and make sure my puttering is complete, finish setting the tables and wait for the fun to begin....




I hope you are all finding your "perfect days" this summer! Thank you for coming along on mine. That means so much to me!! Till next time....

Big Hugs and Kisses!

Cynthia xo

ps: The beautiful hutch/cabinet shown in the background of the baking scenes was beautifully made by the super talented and great friend of mine , Maritza Moran. If you don't already know her miniature creations and design, you must stop in, it's all so stunning and magical! I love you M!! xox! The beautiful quilts were made as I stated before by my friend Diane. We are all trying to convince her to open an Etsy shop, so when she does, you'll all be the first to know :) Thank you Diane!!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Artful Blogging magazine: A dream come true!



I have felt so honored to be featured in magazines with my miniatures and to have been on a couple covers too! It was always so thrilling and exciting to see my work in print. There is one magazine that I kept dreaming about seeing my creations in , and that was Artful Blogging and today it arrives on newsstands and my miniatures are featured with an article I wrote and 8 pages of gorgeous photos too! To say I am thrilled is an understatement! I am over the moon with happy smiles and warm fuzzy gratitude! Stampington and Company and all their publications are some of the most beautiful pieces of art themselves, and I could not be happier with the beautiful work they always do and now to be a part of this Autumn 2012 issue is something I will treasure forever! It is honestly a dream come true!!




Thank you so much Artful Blogging and Jennifer for making this miniature artist feel blessed beyond belief and for making my wish a reality!



I hope you'll all go grab a copy of the newest addition and sit back and enjoy all the other beautiful articles and pictures, each magazine is truly a keepsake and will brighten your creative spirit and fill you with inspiration!

Hugs and Gratitude!

Cynthia xo