Saturday, 26 January 2013

CHESTS,CHAIRS AND PILLOWS

Mountains of Chests! 




the pretty little blue painted chest is by Alan Barnes
Stacks of chairs!


 Loads of Needlepoint cushions by my friend Pam Grant.  She use to send them to me by mail!  Lots of them came out of the destroyed doll's house, but I never knew just how many they numbered.  She is now a romance novelist, and says that her eyes can't do this kind of work anymore.  She made me a beautiful mini needle point carpet that I have used in another half- finished project that has sat for the last 12 years.  I thankfully, had that one INSIDE the house.   


I had to clean out the miniature stuff that I had stowed away in the garage for the last 12 years because the cardboard storage containers were soaking up the moisture in the air and as a result things were getting damp.  Some of the items had just plain rusted away and I had to throw out a lot because of the corrosion. I used to use salt to fill the pillow cushions with, and the salt plus the moisture spelled... Trash!  Added to that, I had stored 2 finished doll's houses in the garage, furnished and everything only to find (several years ago now) that rats had gone in the mini front doors and chewed all the fabric wall coverings that I used inside, off the walls and left a Mess over everything!  These were no 'HUNCA MUNCAS', nothing cute about it!  I ended up giving one of the houses, complete with dolls and furnishings( such as they were) to my friend Pam Grant, and she took it 'AS IS' and cleaned it up and made it her own.  The other house was the one that had won Best of Show at the Seattle Miniature Show and Sale in the late 90's and as bad as it was, I was determined to eventually re-do it and start again.  It was entitled "At Home By the Sea", and as the name explains, it was a nautical home with vintage overtones.  I cleaned it out and rescued all the salvageable items I could.  There was a lot to clean up, but I did it and all of it was re-stored in the boxes and back into the garage.  IN the past and  over the years, when I had finished other projects, that I either had sold or given away, I had accumulated a vast surplus of mini that I always said I was going to use and never did and eventually had forgotten about.  So, I have begun to pull everything out of the garage and back into the house, into my work space and I am SWAMPED!  Kim, of Minimalarky had taken a photo of her workspace, and I had thought maybe to do the same, however, I decided against it, as mine is just too much!!!!  I decided instead to show you just some of the things that have been in hiding and that I have had without knowing how much I actually had because it was all spread out.  There is still another box in the garage that I have to get to, yet.  Fi, this is where a "keen eye" will lead you.  Mini Hoarding!

8 comments:

  1. Hi Elizabeth, Looks like everyone is sleeping in today! What a nice visit with all the things you have collected.
    I do remember being with you when you bought some of them - especially the chair with the circle holes in the back rest. Also recognize the little cupboard that Bruce made one for each of us. Mine is in the childrens room and I lined it with toile. I see that you stained or painted yours.
    Thanks for the trip down memory lane.
    Janine

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    1. Hi Janine, Thanks for reminding me that The Mighty Bruce made that cupboard! I had forgotten as it has been such a long time under wraps. Now I shall treasure it even more. I nearly fell over as I began to consolidate the furniture pieces! A Big LIttle problem! And I think that I never have enough!!!??? Eyeee YAHHH!!!
      elizabeth

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  2. That is quite a collection!!

    You must have been doing this for a very long time, no wonder you have such an eye for miniatures. You know I was browsing through pinterest yesterday and somebody had pined your copper pot tutorial, I recognised it straight away!

    ML Fi xx

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  3. Hi Fi, I have actively been collecting since the 1980's,but what used to happen was that I would make a roombox and when it was finished, I would slowly dismantle it and save the pieces and begin a new project and then buy new pieces for the next one. Don't really know why I did this, but I did. After a while I began l to lose awareness of what I already had, hence the over -load . But the worst is the accumulation of materials such as the bits and pieces that go into the tutorials! I am glad to know that the copper pots are out there in other peoples pinterest archives rather than just lying around
    in my workroom!(smiles)
    elizabeth

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  4. Hehe, I love the way everything is piled up on top of eachother =)
    Take care!
    Hugs,
    Anna- annasminiatures.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Anna, Kind of looks like a Garage Sale, doesn't it?

      elizabeth

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  6. Hello Jazzi! I am having the MOST ROTTENEST TIME OF IT, TODAY! You left me such a lovely comment and I somehow deleted it and..... WHAAAAAA!!!! I think I just get going too fast and I'm not paying attention and so.. WHAAAAA!!!!. What a Welcome to walk into. IT may soothe to learn that I WIPED OUT Lucille 3 times before she finally was able to leave a comment that wasn't obliterated unintentionally. So please forgive me JAZZI, I am glad that you found my blog too, I have admired you and your infectious enthusiasm for some time. 'Q' nicknamed you 'Lady JAZZI ' she was not off the mark.
    elizabeth

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