Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Gifts from My Friends!


" We'll be Friend's Forever won't we Pooh? asked Piglet

Even longer, ' Pooh answered - A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh






 ( this is Fatima in front of her 'infamous' Garfield doll's house )

I have been blessed to have two Extraordinary Friends and the fact that these two friends of mine are also both Extraordinary Miniaturist is a double blessing!  

Everyone who reads my blog has heard me speak of Janine of MINWORKS ( and her sidekick hubby Bruce ) on a fairly regular basis and just in case you didn't know this already, Janine and I have been friends for about 30 years.  That number seems outrageous to me when I think about it!  But it is true!  However, I haven't known Fatima that long, maybe only since the late 90's but again, it feels like we have Always known each other and the 3 of us make up what Fats has dubbed as
 "The Miniteers".  
While Janine and Bruce were away this past Spring, touring their homeland Downunder; Fats and I held the fort here and got ready for the West Coast Miniature Show which Fats actively helped organized and which took place this past June with great success.  Immediately following the show, she threw herself full throttle, into wedding plans for her daughter Sheena, and the 2 of them put on a wonderful wedding celebration where Fatima and her daughter, did the majority of the decorations, the cake and the, flowers and the entertaining of out of town guests and that
too was a resounding success!
 ( Fatima is a Powerhouse, a one (wo) Man show, the 'go-to' person if you want to get something done, and done RIGHT.)
So FINALLY, Janine returns after having been away for months and months. The Miniteers got together once again, meeting here at my house and Yes, we had presents for each other.  Janine brought Fats and I a wonderful Empire Sofa kit that had been on hold with her sister in Australia for a long time and here it is ....
I love this!  I have just the house to put it in when I get the Arthur doll's house finished.
I shall leave you in suspense for awhile but the kit is Perfect for that future build.
Fats also gave me something special...
She wrapped it up, and when I opened the box inside was an assortment of memorabilia of Green Dolphin Street!  Movie poster, record covers with mini albums inside and movie stills from the movie.
All Green Dolphin!

There are books and book jackets of Green Dolphin Street!
WHO KNEW THAT THERE WAS SO MUCH VARIETY!!!?
I used one of  the wonderful little books and placed it in the Parlor on the sideboard. 

 It is right at home there,

But there was MORE in the box that I  almost missed until Janine pointed it out.
Fats made me a Scrapbook!
Look at that cover!
And inside there was.....
YUP!
Green Dolphin Street clippings

 and photos and sheet music from the movie score, and book jackets 


Fats even downloaded photos of my doll's house from my blog and made them into mini photos and included them in the pages!!!
the 2 on the right are of the bedroom; bed (before bedcurtains) and the fireplace mantle
Dried flower pressed between the pages
movie stills and more of the movie score

this photo on the right, has my Parlor form the very first set up!

And this one has the fireplace and The DOOR

A vintage book jacket died flowers and the theme music from the movie 


What a Wonderful Gift!
What I find so Amazing is how she finds the time to do all of the research and make this in between all of the 10,000 other things she is constantly involved in.  To see the Paris Scrapbook that she made for Janine just go to MINWORKS blog.  Janine  has had Bruce take some really professional photos of hers and She Loves It!!!

BUT THAT IS NOT ALL

Last week it was my birthday and as Jane Smith of Minifanaticus says
I'm 29 again!
heehehe
This time We 3 celebrated it at Fatima's house where we enjoyed a lovely lunch made by Fats and a Scrumptious dessert of homemade Lemon Cheesecake

(my favorite dessert)
made by Janine
THANK YOU LADIES!
Janine gave me a gift card which I have used on a non-mini present for myself
(my favorite perfume) 

and Fats gave me this...
No NOT Lana Turner from Green Dolphin Street, but do you see what Lana Turner is wearing?
This is the actual REAL LIFE dressing gown that Lana Turner wore in the movie 
And this is what Fats made!
a miniature copy of the real life gown from the movie 
Happy Birthday to ME!!!!
And she made some matching slippers too!

The collar is hand embroidered and beadwork is added just like the real McCoy

And lets not forget the buttons that go down the front!

The fabric that she used drapes Beautifully and flows and puddles onto the floor with no effort at all
and I can even hang it on a hanger because of the way that she has made the yoke.


The slippers have real wooden heels and the tops are decorated with lace and beadwork
The workmanship is so detailed and so Perfect!!!
I can not begin to tell you how surprised and how happy I am to have this  gracing my doll's house.  So Thank You Fats and Thank you Janine for your extreme generosity.  You are both
near and dear to my heart.!


And just before I go, I would like to say that Fatima will have her web page,
BEAUXMINIS

on line very soon.
  Janine and I got a sneak preview last week and I don't think that you'll be disappointed.  Fatima will be selling her wonderful and marvelous things through her site so you can all go shopping and all enjoy her many and diverse talents! :D
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Meanwhile,

 I'm going to go and play with my doll's house again.
 And
I have the
perfect place to put those  lovely green slippers...

right next to my bed!
ahhh Friends!
blessings from God

elizabeth





















81 comments:

  1. What a wonderful exchange of gifts between good friends, yours are amazing.The gown and slippers are fabulous, you are a very lucky girl. I don't think I have ever seen that movie, now I am intrigued. Look forward to visiting 'Fats' blog soon.

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    1. Hi Margaret! You know I never could have imagined that both Janine and Fatima would have been so influential and significant in my life and how much our friendship which has woven us in and out of each others company could bind us so closely together, like a 3 fold cord; to each of our mutual benefits. Each of us have different strengths and weaknesses and yet we neither conflict nor hinder the growth of the other. THEY make ME a better person just being around them, and I hope that we will always continue this way. As to the movie, I was never satisfied about Lana Turner playing 'Marianne' because she was far too beautiful for the role but she does have a strong willed and forceful personality that was entirely in character with the novel. For that alone I will say she played the part well, but I STILL prefer the BOOK! :))


      elizabeth

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  2. Oh my! Such lovely gifts! Love the scrapbook! !!!! And the dress and slippers!!!!! Awesome! !!! But most precious of all is of course the wonderful friendship. Now that is what life is all about. I can feel your joy emanating through your post. :-)
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    Véronique

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    1. Hi Veronique! I am sure that Fats will be THRILLED with your review! I nearly fell off my chair when I saw the little robe and then when I saw how she duplicated the gown from the movie... A Double Whammy!!! I am convinced that she is able to ANYTHING that she puts her mind to.
      And You are right; the most precious IS our wonderful Friendships! :))

      elizabeth

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  3. Dear Elizabeth,
    What a nice gifts. You're lucky to have such nice friends. I love the little scrap book!! Nice dress and beautiful slippers.
    Hugs Dorien

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    1. Hi Dorien! Aren't they ALL Lovely!!!? Thank You! I agree that both of them are such nice people to be called my Friends! And I feel very very blessed both with the gifts and with their 'Foreverness'! :))

      elizabeth

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  4. What a lovely gifts!!! Wonderful scrapbook and slippers! Dress too! Feel your joy with your lovely friends!

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    1. Thank You, Nono! I am so happy with each and every little thing and there is so much to be Joyful about too!!! :D

      elizabeth

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  5. quelle belle amitié, créatrice de surcroît
    la personnalisation de vos cadeaux est fantastique
    longue vie à votre amitié

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    1. Hello Claude! Yes these gifts were beautifully customized to fit the doll's house and I have found spaces for every one of them!
      I am excited for Fats to get working again on her Garfield house because then we can help Her fill it up with Miniature Goodies just as she is doing with Janine's French house and My English one. I have only one other friendship that I have had even longer than with Janine, 30 years is a very a long time yet it has passed by so very quickly. Time does that a Lot, now that I am 29!

      (again) :D

      elizabeth

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  6. Dear Elizabeth, Great photos and a great day. The little dressing gown is a marvel. The fabric Fatima used is a jersey - so difficult to work with in miniature. The colour could be described as light olive green. The colour is a perfect match for the Original gown sold recently at auction. The drape of the jersey is fascinating as it flows like water and as the fabric moves it gathers light. Really it is the most wonderful work of art not to mention the embroidery on the collar. Fatima also carved the heels of the elegant slippers.
    Yes, I have two powerhouse friends who are a bit hard to keep up With I admitwith but they simply whirl you along with them.
    Janine

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    1. Hello My Dear Friend! Again a Big THANK YOU, Janine!!! :D I agree it WAS a Great Day and You and Fats made it Unforgettable! The dressing gown is a marvel of ingenuity, it has weight and yet it drapes so fluidly doesn't it? Fatima manages to make it all look so effortless too.... "Oh just a little something I whipped while I was watching T.V." heehee What a lot of patient research goes into each piece she does and what precision in the end product! What a gift! :D

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  7. Hello Lady Elizabeth,
    Happy birthday! I wish you all the best and all your heart's desires! What a wonderful group of ladies you are! Special friends like that are such a blessing! I know you will treasure those wonderful gifts! The sofa is lovely and there are no words to describe the wonderful scrapbook! It is wonderful to see friends who treasure each other the way you do! Congratulations to fats on her daughter's wedding!
    big hug
    Giac

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    1. Hello Sir Giac! Welcome back to Blogland my dear Friend! I hope that your arm is better and that we will all get to see you regularly once again on our blogs! You have been Greatly Missed!
      You know Giac, I Really DO treasure my friends and even when I don't see them for a number of weeks, I still know that they are there for me, as I am for them! When we DO get together, we have a Gab Fest and chatter away like Magpies for hours! We have FUN being in each others company and I always get excited when I know that a visit is scheduled and just around the corner for the 3 of us. The gifts are but an added Bonus. The Real Treat is First and Always.... the fellowship!
      A Big hug back! :D


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  8. Beautiful and mind blowing gifts from fantastic friends!

    You are such a lighthearted lady with a imaginers mind, people flock to you ;)

    I wish you all the best on this' 29th and every 29th after!

    Hugs! Js

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    1. Hello JaneicusFAnaticusSmithicus!!! I was so Surprised when you googled Birthday Wishes to me last week! I didn't know how you knew!?? But this big brain, called the Internet knows, and now I know that it knows and know what?... I don't know where I am going with this,( going no where) so I will just say "THANK YOU JANE!" :D
      29 is what I Really am anyway, even if it is only in my dreams! heehhee

      elizabeth

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  9. Элизабет, я очень рада, что ты получила прекрасный подарок! Спасибо, что делишься своей радостью!

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    1. Hello Ludmila! I did Indeed get the Perfect gift! And not only that but now I get to share it with all of the other friends that I have made in this past year!!! How COOL is That!? That is one of the reasons that I enjoy blogging as much as I do because of the Vast Number of people that I can share and exchange ideas and encouragements with and that share the same with me! I LOVE IT! and I am so glad that you are a part of it Ludmila! :)) Thank You!

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  10. True treasures for sure! They look amazing. Everything is done with such precision. The talent out there is mind blowing.
    Your bedroom is so cozy.
    hugs♥,
    Caroline

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    1. Hello Caroline! Yes they are Amazing and you can't guess how blessed I feel to have these little treasures AND to be able to fit them into the cottage. They just slid right in and made themselves at home. I am glad that you like the bedroom!
      Thanks Caroline! :D

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  11. You're very lucky to have such amazing and talented miniaturist friends.
    Greetings, Faby

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    1. I couldn't agree with you more Faby! And on behalf of each of them I shall 'Thank You' for that Lovely Compliment! :D

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  12. Congratulations and happy birthday, Elizabeth! Sounds like you had a fantastic birthday. Your gifts are amazing! Enjoy everything! xo Jennifer

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    1. Thank You Jennifer! I had a VERY Happy Birthday and mostly because I spent the first half with Janine and Fatima and the second half with my family and my children! I was very well fed, let me tell you! and it was the Perfect ending to a Perfect day! :D

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  13. Happy Birthday! What amazingly beautiful gifts you received from truly creative & talented friends. Thanks for inviting us to share in your celebrations.
    Hugs,
    Lisa

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    1. Oh Thank You Lisa! My Birthday snuck up on me and if it hadn't been for this get-together which took place the day before, I would have not paid it any mind! In fact, when I turned on the computer that morning, it said "Happy Birthday Elizabeth" and I wondered who it was talking about? Me? Oh yeah, it IS my birthday! That is what happens when you get old... er,... I mean.... when you turn 29 for the 3rd time! hahaha

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  14. Wow! What I wouldn't give for ONE friend like them and you have two! The gifts are fantastic and so very thoughtful. Congrats on your birthday and for having such great friends.

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    1. Hey Grandmommy! Yes! I have TWO and they are mine, ALL MINE!!!!
      But I Will share them with you anyway! :D Just Do go and pay a visit to MINIWORKS and soon BEAUXMINIS and then you can be their Friend too! :D and Thank you so much for your Birthday Wishes!

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  15. Belated birthday wishes, Elizabeth! You are indeed very blessed in your friendships...and the fact that you are all miniaturists is the icing on the cake. The dressing gown and slippers are amazing...what beautiful work! The gift of your favorite perfume is sweet and thoughtful too. Now you can smell lovely while you make your wonderful minis :o)

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    1. Hello Kate! YOU Are so Right!!! I now smell good again and that is Thanks to Janine! :D Janine also has begun making her own organic laundry soap and gave me a bottle for good measure. I have used it and love it! Janine is One Fabulous Gardener, well as miniaturist and because she lives with Boundary Bay, lapping right at her back door, she has brought over bags of cleaned and harvested seaweed ( and other great stuff), for me to use to top dress my garden. What a difference it made to the roses last year! I used up the last of it last week and hope that she reads this comment so that she will maybe? Bring Me Some MORE next time she is out this way! hahaha ( I'm so greedy)

      and I shall make sure to wear my perfume when she visits! :))

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  16. Congratulations and celebrations, dear Elizabeth :D!! So you're 29 years old......yes, hmmmm ;)!!
    WOW, you have been spoiled terribly by your lovely friends, who also are very talented ladies. I am in awe with the dress and the slippers, but the scraps-book is fantastic work too. Enjoy your new goodies, dear Mrs. E ;)!! Can you give us the link, when Fatima is opening her website? I would love to see more of her work.
    And your friend Janine made you happy too with her gift, yes, it is so good to have good friends.
    Big B-day-hug, Ilona

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    1. Thank You very much Ilona! I think that you Doubt my age!? hmm? Well, this is a hobby of make-believe is it not! hahaha I shall accept your Congratulations and Celebrations anyway! hehe
      I most Certainly Will be giving the link when Fats is up and running and I am so glad that you like the variety of gifts that came from my friends. And you are right- I AM SPOILED and quite TERRIBLY too,.... and I love it! :D

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  17. Ce sont de magnifiques cadeaux . Vos amis vous connaissent très bien . La robe verte est une merveille . Je ne connaissais pas ce film .
    J'ai lu le livre cet été à cause de vous. Haha ! Et maintenant , il faut que je trouve le film! . " joyeux Anniversaire " profitez de vos cadeaux et passez de bons moments avec eux .
    Je vous embrasse
    Catherine

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    1. Hello Catherine! Yes indeed, my friends know me Very well. Often better than I know myself!! ( and Janine is especially gifted in reading between the lines) I agree that the dressing gown is a Marvel and Fats has excelled with it and it fits right into the bedroom; it was Meant to be!!! I am LOVING the fact that you read the book because of my mentioning it elsewhere on another blog. I reread it probably every four years and enjoy it more each time. The movie came out in the 40's I think and as it happens I not long ago, found an old copy of the movie in the thrift store on VHS that I need to eventually get transfered onto a disk. It looks like I am now "Green Dolphined All Over the place"; not a bad way to be when among friends! :D

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  18. Felicidades por tu cumpleaños y por tener unos estupendos amigos. Tus regalos son preciosos.

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    1. Hell Isabel and Thank You for your Birthday Wishes! I had a truly Wonderful Birthday and My Friends treated me like Royalty; I was Queen for a Day!!! :D
      It is so nice when you can share your interests and passions with like minded people isn't it? It not only makes the day More Fun but the camaraderie and togetherness is what remains to be enjoyed in your memories, long after the event is over! :))

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  19. Oh Elizabeth!!! Lucky Lucky Lucky You!!! To have such friends... AND have them both be Accomplished miniaturists....! Extraordinary!!! Those gifts are Unbelievably Awesome!!! I think I might have to see this movie.... somehow! The tiny book is Perfect... the Scrapbook...I am speechless...! but that Robe and slippers are So Out of this World Gorgeous and Unique and Appropriate!!! Aaaahhh...Friends!!! And to even have those friends live close enough that you can get together in Person!!! Fantastic! The Three Miniteers Forever!!!! (Can there be a better thing???)

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  20. Oh, and in all the Excitement... I forgot to wish you a Belated Happy Birthday!!!

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  21. I have often said what a wonderful friendship you all have and how wonderful that you share a hobby together also. The scrapbook and the dressing gown are both absolutely exquisite. What is most special is the effort and the thought behind the gift. Fatima certainly is a talented miniaturist and I really look forward to her blog coming on line. I often see items she has pinned on Pinterest and I love her taste in miniatures. Happy belated 29th! Janine's lemon cheesecake sounds devine.

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    1. Sharee I agree 100%!!! The special effort and the thoughtfulness of these gifts strikes me as more precious than anything else! No aspect of the gifts were without an unusual amount of effort, and I have to tell you that Fatima is the World's Greatest Detective! She is better than Sherlock Holmes, Columbo or even Miss Marple! She researches and finds Everything she is looking for; and rather than get frustrated and upset, like I do and then give up; she is tenacious and like a Hound dog on the trail, she keeps at it until she gets her man, or should I say,- her MINI! :D It is Hard not to Love her so I don't even try, I just DO!
      Thank you for the Birthday Wishes Sharee! I now have a LOT of experience in being 29 so often. I can practically be 29 with my eyes shut! In fact, that IS exactly how I like to view this Third go-round of being 29,... with my eyes tightly shut!!! haha ( hear no wrinkles, see no wrinkles, speak no wrinkles )

      elizabeth
      and that Lemon Cheesecake Was DELICIOUS!

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  22. Hello Betsy Dear! No doubt about it, having them so close is truly a Blessing! I am in Awe of the dressing gown! I didn't even recall that it was from the movie, it has been years since I saw it. Then Fats showed me the web site and then the movie stills with Lana Turner wearing it! I was gob-smacked before but now even More So! How totally Clever and so Beautifully Done! I take my hat off to Fats! The little slippers are such an added treat and the books, The Scrapbook and all of the memorabilia... well it has all been a wild ride on the back of the Green Dolphin!
    Thank you sweet lady, for your Birthday Wishes!!! Its been a very exciting week and your are correct in saying that there is no 'better thing' than Friends! Over the past year, I have found that this world is Full of Them!!! :D

    elizabeth

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  23. You have some very special friends! How wonderful that the three of you can get together now and then.

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    1. Thank You John! I love my friends and I feel Very Blessed and Very Privileged to know them Both! We really are One for All and All for One! :D

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  24. Hello my friend Elizabeth..I received an email from Janine who told me you had posted today and this is the first chance I've had to sit while making sure I had extra time to see and read whatever you posted because it is always such a treat. But now I'm just embarrassed as you have started off with my picture. Can you see how red I have turned? I love love love giving you and Janine something that fits with what you are doing and take extreme pleasure and joy in doing so. It is very fulfilling for me that you both can accept them with such great gratitude. I thank you.

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  25. Hello and THANK YOU My Dear Fatima! I am totally in LOVE with my Birthday gifts and also the Green Dolphin Street memorabilia!!! I am sorry if I embarrassed you but how could I let something as Wonderful as these mini treats, go unnoticed by the world? I love the work that you do and so does Janine! We are 2 of you Greatest Fans and we can't wait to see your new Web site BEAUXMINIS, on line!!! The things that you make are so Special and have that 'certain something' that sets them apart. So keep'em coming Fats. I just love getting presents from you anytime! Whether it is my Birthday or Not! :D
    Blessings to you!

    elizabeth

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  26. Quels magnifiques cadeaux, souvenirs, souvenirs ... Ils sont très personnels.
    Mais, l'amitié si précieuse reste le plus beau et le plus éternel des cadeaux.
    Avec retard, peu importe le temps qui passe *Joyeux Anniversaire* Elizabeth !
    Bisous. rosethé

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    1. Good Day Rosethe' Thank You for your Birthday Wishes!!! There is a friend of mine who decided to celebrate the entire month as her Birthday! I thought it was a good idea but I would just use that as an excuse to eat more cake! haha
      I agree that these gifts are Personal and Wonderful but the most Precious IS DEFINITELY the gift of Friendships! :))

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  27. I can hear you highly value your lovely friendships. It is so nice with friends who have known you a long time, has followed your development. Just then you can feel yourself. And you are fortunate to have talented friends also, lucky you. I think your all three are so lucky.
    Hugs
    Wyrna

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    1. Thank You Wyrna! I find it UNBELIEVABLE that I have known them both as long as I have and that it feel like both not so many years ago and also like forever!!!?? How can that be? Time takes on a different meaning as you get older. I think that as friendships mature, you value them a whole lot more than you did when you were younger. I have grown to love these two ladies for who they are as individuals as well as for being my very special friends! :D

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  28. Elizabeth,
    It's Lovely, you finally have a robe for me in the guest room..uhh dollhouse *now I dont have to walk about au natural even though I have been told I bear a striking resembalance to Miss Elizabeth Turner..oh wait that was Blanch on the Golden Girls sorry* I love the memorabilia for Green Street Fats does wonderful work *ya know when you say Fats I keep waiting for the "Amy" part cause I loved Pitch Perfect but thats just in my brain* so Yeaaa for the website I can't wait to go see all her stuff

    Hugs
    Marisa :)

    PS I can't take the suspense of the future build so I will have to come back everyday to see if I can figure out where the sofa will go...hehe

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    1. Hello Marisa! And what a robe it is!!! I think that you will be very comfortable in this little number and it will swirl and swish around your ankles like you were Scarlet O'Hara at Tara! You may feel like Blache DuBois from the Golden Girls but you will feel like a Movie Queen! Guaranteed :D
      ( and I hope you are feeling better now, Marisa! )

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  29. Happy belated birthday to you! I am a scorpio myself, as is my daughter, so I know you must be good company :)
    You've got beautiful presents, hope you will enjoy them a lot, but the most precious gifts are your friends; wonderful to have such loving and caring people around you!
    Hugs,
    Gee

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    1. Hello my fellow Arachnid!!! I am suddenly finding out that what I at first believed, that there were proportionally, not as many Scorpions but I have discovered the opposite and that Scorpions are well represented out in this great big world of ours! ( Whew! For a while I thought I was the only one!!!) hahaha So that means that you have had or will be having your birthday Gee so Birthday Wishes for both you and your daughter Too!!!
      I hope that your birthdays will be as wonderful as mine was and that you will both be surrounded with loving and caring people on your special days. :))

      elizabeth
      and I hope that you also get some great gifts like I did; just for good measure!!! :D

      elizabeth

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    2. LOL thanks, I did, had and was :D

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  30. Hallo Elizabeth!!
    Heute früh habe ich Deine Kommentare auf meinem Blog gelesen und mich doch sehr über die Kompllimente gefreut. Vielen Dank dafür!! Ich weiß auch, daß Du schon etwas auf meinem Blog geschrieben hast, aber irgendwie habe ich Dich nicht gefunden. Aber
    Jetzt bin ich ja hier und wie Du siehst, natürlich gleich ein Leser Deiner Seite geworden.
    Deine Arbeiten sind wirklich wunderschön und ich kann mich gar nicht satt sehen..
    So werde ich mich jetzt durch Deinen Blog schmökern und meinen Tag mit vielen schönen Foto`s von Dir beginnen..
    Viele liebe Minigrüße!! Mokiba

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    1. Hello Mokiba! I am so happy that you have joined my blog and I WELCOME you here! I have enjoyed your building of the Lea' House and your FABULOUS nasturtiums that you have most recently posted. Wow!!! I still can't get over how wonderful they are and how beautifully you have showcased them in your photos too! So I hope that you will enjoy your visits here and I know that I shall be making many more visits to yours as well! :D

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  31. This is a beautiful post about friendship. It's wonderful to have true friends and when they share the same passion as you it is magical.
    The miniatures are amazing. I'm looking forward to seeing Fatima's web page.
    Geneviève

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    1. HI Genevieve! I agree that Friendships are both beautiful and wonderful and How Happy am I that both of these dear ladies have the same passions and also that we live within an hours drive from each other too! With so many out-side non-mini activities that each of us are involved in, we get together infrequently but are otherwise in close contact by phone and by mail. However when we DO manage to sneak in a visit, we gab away until the cows come home! It amazes each of us that we enjoy talking and visiting together even more than making minis together! Just Call us Kindred Spirits!
      I am delighted that you love Fatima's work and I expect that you will enjoy her web page when that is up Hopefully before the end of this year, so Stay tuned. :D

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  32. I often get goose bumps when I read friendship quotes because the truisms in them are well, absolutely spot on! :)

    Elizabeth, your friends are truly as gifted as you say and more. Love everything that was made for you.

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  33. Hmmm, my last comment was eaten up. Arghhhh! Anyhoo I just wanted to say how very true many of the quotes on friendships are. I especially love the one that you quoted. A good friend and is for forever and ever and more :)

    Love everything that was made for you , Elizabeth. It was a lot of work , I am sure and only goes to show how much you are loved.

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    1. Hello Sans! I loved your last posting of the Sans doll sculpture! That was such an AMAZING Work of Art!!! I can see that it personified you to a "T" Sans, so Thank You for sharing it will all of us!
      I have always enjoyed Winnie the Pooh and have memorized several of A. A. Milnes verses from 'When We Were Very Young' and 'Now We Are Six'. The books of verse are favorites of my mom too, so when I saw this quote I thought of her as well as the friendships I have with Fats and Janine. Simple and straight to the point and the heart of the matter. And I couldn't have said it any better if I tried! :D

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  34. О дорогой друг! С прошедшим Днем рождения!!! Мне жаль, что я опоздала!
    От всего сердца хочу пожелать вам здоровья, радости и желания творить! Я очень рада, что ваш день рождения был такой счастливы, веселый и сытный:):):)
    Я в восторге от подарков, которые подарили ваши друзья! Каждый подарок продуман и сделан с любовью и вниманием! Это очень ценно!
    Хорошо бы праздновать День рождения каждый месяц! А отсчет лет шел бы один раз в пять лет!
    Татьяна

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  35. Hello My dear Friend and Thank you for your generous comment! I accept your Good Wishes of 'health and happiness and a desire to create' with great enthusiasm! :D I love to work with my hands (and my head) and I pray God that He will allow me to continue to do so and count it as a Great Blessing if I can. I have to agree with you that each of the gifts- the sofa, the memorabilia, the scrapbook and the clothing items were all wonderfully thought-filled gifts that made them doubly special and cherished because they were made with love, by my very dear and long-time friends. Who could ask for anything more?
    Enjoy your weekend Tatiana! :D

    elizabeth

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  36. I love mini gifts that arrive in the mail! Lovely to have such generous friends, isn't it?
    Enjoy your treats!
    XOXO
    Ruth

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    1. Hello Ruth and Thank You! I most Certainly will and AM enjoying All of them!:D

      elizabeth

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  37. WOW! Happy Birthday Elizabeth! The gown and shoes are AH-MAZING! The detail is astounding. Looks like you had a lovely birthday! I love the idea of the scrapbook. I may just have to make one for my mini living room! It must be wonderful to have friends that are into miniatures. I need to go to a miniature fair/festival/thing sometime... They look like a blast!

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    1. Hello Lindsey! I couldn't agree more, the gown and slippers ARE AMAZING and the way that it drapes so naturally is a real work of Art! The Scrapbook is such a treasure and I with all of your own Considerable talents, I am Sure that not only could you make one for your own mini living room but scaling down the photos of your doll's house to include within the pages would be a lovely way to personalize your own efforts in mini. Having such special friends to share my passion with is so incredibly important and I know that they are truly a blessing in my life. When the 3 of us go to a show together we are on a High for days afterwards!!! If you can go to one Lindsey, I HIGHLY recommend it, they are More fun than riding on a roller coaster! :D

      elizabeth

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  38. Wow, Elizabeth - such wnderful friends, such winderful presents - thank you so much for sharing them with us, I am blown away by the Lana Turner night gown - who knew khaki green could be so beautiful.... and the fabric draping, wow.. such talent! I can't WAIT for a new blog to follow!

    Also, and probably more importantly, a Very Happy Buthuthduth to you ( as OWl would say), isn't it great being 29? Such a lovely age ;) !

    I hope you had a lovely time, and enjoy your presents and you wonderful friendships,

    love,

    Jonquil

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    1. To quote Tigger "Hoo -hoo hoo hoo Hoooo!" Thank You Jonquil! I have had several go-rounds of being '29', so I think that I am am quite the expert at it by now. :D
      I had a wonderful day among friends and the miniature Lana Turner dressing gown was Piglet's "Red Balloon" for me. I am looking forward to Fatima's blog too so I have been checking regularly to see if it is up yet. Not yet, but hopefully soon!
      Many happy returns of the day, from the Hundred Acre Wood! :D

      elizabeth

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  39. Wow, you and your friends are so talented!!!!!! (I love the scrapbook). The details are incredible in all the goodies.
    You guys need to call yourselves the Three Extraordinary, Amazing attention to detail, Miniature Artisans!

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    1. Hahahah! What a Mouthful Isabelle!!! Thank you for That! :D Isn't the little Scrapbook Amazing!? The things that Fatima is able to put together Flabbergasts me and leaves me in Awe! Once she sets herself a goal, she leaves no stone unturned until she Achieves it, both in the miniature world and the Real One!

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  40. Beautiful, amazing little replicas of things you love - what could be more perfect as a gift from a friend (as well as her friendship). These are the moments in life when we know just how lucky we are in some things. Every time you see them they will make you smile. remember to visit them on a glum day. (My birthday was 12 November - nearly twins!)
    Marilyn

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  41. Hey Em! Happy Birthday then, to you too!!!! You see, fellow Scorpios everywhere I look, How wonderful!!! 29 for you too then? heehee :D (I hope that gamey leg of yours is mending well, Em?)
    I DO indeed smile whenever I look at the offerings within the house that represent both of my friends. They bring to mind the occasions of both 'Celebration' as well as those 'Just Because', and of Good times and Great Company!

    elizabeth

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  42. Dear Studio E followers
    I feel compelled to express how moved I am with all of the great comments about our friendship above all (Janine, Elizabeth and I) and also about the two items I gifted Elizabeth. I also need to say, if I haven't yet, that the only reason these gifts are so accepted by the mini community is because I had such great role models in both of my friends.
    So thank you, thank you! But I do feel the pressure is on to perform with all of the promos which Elizabeth is giving me for my website that maybe I'm getting scared to go live which I won't be able to do so until the new year.
    Mini HUGS to all.

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  43. How wonderful to have close friends who share the same hobby. Your gifts are beautifully created by two very talented ladies who knew exactly how to make you happy.
    Happy belated birthday and hugs,
    Drora

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    1. Hi Drora! Thank you for your good wishes and yes you are right about my friends being talented ladies and also the happiness that I get to enjoy from both of them! Thank you for your comment about the gifts; I am truly blessed and it was a wonderful birthday! :D

      elizabeth

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  44. Very inspiring! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Hi Heather! I'm glad that you enjoyed my special gifts too! I've been by to revisit your wonderful Beacon Hill doll's house and now I am re- inspired as well! :D

      elizabeth

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  45. Дорогая Elizabeth! Я давно вам не писала, хочу поздравить вас с прошедшим днем рождения! Получить такие потрясающие подарки в этот день, наверное вы испытывали такое счастье, что его не описать словами! Скрап альбом фантастический, это большой труд! Очень красивый диван. А одежда - платье и тапочки заслуживают отдельной похвалы! Рада очень за вас!
    Hugs
    Ksandra

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  46. Hi Xan! Thank you for your wonderful Birthday Wishes; I really appreciate them and it also makes me happy that you have enjoyed sharing my great Birthday presents that came from Janine and Fatima. I am truly blessed by having them both in my life. I couldn't have found any 2 friends that I could love and care about more. God is truly good!

    elizabeth

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