Hello friends! I know it's been awhile since I did a post, with all the busy things going on I'm surprised I have a free morning today , but I do, so here I am. ;) With all the wonderful ways to share our creations and lives these days, like Facebook, Instagram and websites, I find myself going to whatever is easiest for the day. But blogging is actually where it all began for me. So I always feel a pull to be here too. But as you probably noticed, I'm not honoring that very well. I've even thought of closing the blog , but it's hard to imagine not having a document or online type of journal for my memories. And sometimes you just can't get as much space or room from the smaller / easier to post sites to say and share everything you want to. Do any of you find yourselves feeling the same? Conflicted between the amount of places to share and downsizing online time? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
Well now that I'm here, here's a little of what's new..... ;)
Creating miniatures and designing them , has over the last few years been my passion as most of you know. I honestly love my job so much, and never imagined it could even get better. But, it continues to get more and more magical. After adding our magazine Mini-ologie to my list of passions, I feel like the entire design side of my life has come to the point it was always meant to be. First being an interior designer of real homes for 20 years, to beginner sculptor of miniatures and falling in love with minis, to opening my shop, to now creating Mini-ologie every season, it all makes me feel like I've landed where I'm supposed to be. Sharing my passion of creating miniatures is what it's really all about. Sharing the magic they make me feel is too. And after being a part of the miniature creators and collectors world for a couple years now, I know that magic is everywhere!
I've been making miniatures again for my Etsy shop, (after the busy Summer) and also creating foods for each issue of Mini-ologie, and that's a perfect balance for me. Here are some new items that were in my shop and some that were made for the Fall issue too....
I think one of my favorite things to create are cupcakes, so after weeks of making Fall breads, cheeses, and Autumn inspired foods, I was dying to make them again. So here's a couple shots (above and below) of my new cupcakes ~n~ sweets ;)
My Autumn season has been filled with creating, but I'm also enjoying the gorgeous weather, and family and friend time too! And we've made (Maritza, Kim and I) so many new friends and such wonderful fans from our magazine so I just want to say a huge THANK YOU, to all of you who are our friends and supporters of this new venture. You all mean so much to us!!
Having the magazine has opened our worlds , and shown us that everyone that shares in the magic of loving miniatures, are the best bunch of people around! Crafters, creators and collectors together, we all feel so overwhelmed by being able to share your talents and friendship with ours too!
As fabulous and amazing as everything that has happened over the last year has been , sitting at my studio table sculpting little kitchen sweets is were the magic is for me. I love the quiet mornings with needle and clay in hand. The music on in the background, the thought of the food in my head, the feel of the clay before I start to create, and then cutting and sculpting begin and I'm so happy. Taken over by a magical feeling. If you've up to now been an admirer or collector and never tried sculpting, I highly recommend it. It's funny how a little piece of clay can change your life, and put magic right into your hands.
I've been asked a couple times how long things take to make or how hard it is, and all I can say is, it takes lots of patience and lots of mistakes first before you can feel like you've got something you love. But once you get it , it'll be with you always! It also helps to write your own recipe down too. ;) I fear forgetting things between projects, so I keep a little recipe/technique book on hand. I've never really had to use it too much, but, I feel more secure having it around ;) The brownies above took me an hour or so, which sounds like a lot, but I like to work in every detail I can, and I really love going slowly. The process itself, mixing clay, needle working the texture in, shading, baking, adding more highlights, adding details to the complete piece, are all the things I love so much. Then getting out the camera, capturing them in a scene, is the icing on the cake for me. I often think if I didn't have a place to share my work, I'd just photograph them and line the kitchen walls with photos of miniature food lol.
Fall is my favorite season, so all the foods that are needed for that time of year are so comforting to create! If I'm in the mood for pie and on a diet, I just light an apple pie candle and get busy creating one in mini ;). It's amazing how keeping my fingers busy in a mini pie will keep them out of the real pie ;)
There's so many reasons I love working with and collecting miniatures, but most if all , the ventures I chose to share them in and creating them for collectors, is the magic for me.
As I close this post, my preperation for Christmas and the winter months ahead are on my mind for my shop, and for Mini-ologie, but I'm going to squeeze in a kitchen inspired by the photos below too. Thanks to Pinterest , I'm thinking of putting together a small 2 room house like the one below, and a similar kitchen. I can picture it all decorated for fall, and also have a vision of the perfect first snow fall too! My mind never stops creating, thankfully ;) A blessing for sure.
I hope your passions bring you the same magic during the season, and whatever you love to do, gives you back 10 fold what you put into it. If you haven't found it yet, you will. And then you'll fall in love with your creative outlet like I have. Thank you for being a part of my journey thoughout the years sweet friends!!
Wishing you a happy Fall week ahead!!
Love ~n~ Hugs,