Friday, October 29, 2010

Trick or Treat

We had no decorations to display so I decided to create one. Perhaps I will get the other side finished enough to share with you tomorrow. It was a real treat playing with tools.

It seems as though I have been tricked as well. The blog title box has disappeared from my posting section......spooky.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Fall flowers Asters and Zinnia

I just love Autumn. The colors and smell of the leaves, pumpkin patches, cooler weather and cozy fires. My friends who are also from the northeast miss Autumn as well. Here are some miniature flowers made from kits by Bonnie Lavish.

 A while back I wrote to Ingrid about her miniature metal pieces. She was very encouraging and her work showcased on her blog is inspirational. After running around yesterday collecting supplies the bench below is my first attempt. It was quite easy and this little project already taught me a lot about the order of things. I think I will be adding some detail today....

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Lacy supplies and the 100 yen store

The Japanese version of a dollar store, the 100 yen store, had some nice miniatures supplies for me to take home. I did not realize it at the time but they are mostly lacy type items.

This first group is made from the same type of paper as doilies.
 This is the most delicate sticker. You cannot tell they are rubbery unless you feel them.

I went all the way to Japan and brought home a couple of punches. With the exchange rate they were less that $1.50 each and that is a lot less expensive than anywhere else I've seen them. Wish there were more to choose from.
These are the tiniest nail art decals I have seen.
Iron on and the designs are perfect size for miniature.

All in all I really enjoyed the 100 yen store and hope to return sometime. What would you do with some of these items?

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Surijo Castle, Okinawa Japan. What a lovely place to spend some time.

 These are miniature replicas on display.

These dancers were brought in especially for the Family ReadinessTeams. The costumes were vert beautiful as were the dancers.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Recent Travels and Welcome

Time has flown and I did not realize how long it has been since my last post.

First, I'd like to send a warm welcome to all of the new followers of A Miniature Place. I'm very glad you decided to spend some time here with me and I look forward to checking out your spaces as well.  

My first trip to the mainland took me aproximately 11600 miles and three weeks to complete. A mixture of business and pleasure, I found out that I will be a grandmother for the first time this spring. After coming home for three days it was off to Okinawa, Japan. Arrived home this morning and I must say thank goodness for a long weekend to rest. It was my first trip to Japan. We did not have much time to explore due to our work schedule but I did get a chance to visit a special place that I will tell you about in a later post.