יום ראשון, 21 בדצמבר 2014

Gifts from Germany

Dear readers,

I couldn't wait until Christmas to open this parcel of gifts from my lovable and very generous blog
friend Birgit.  After all it's Hanukkah here.  Dear Birgit, I know you still don't have access to internet.
I, and I'm sure all your other online friends, wait anxiously for it to get over.  We miss you.

The famous and yummy, yummy marzipan and beautiful greeting card, among other goodies.

Christmas items and two tiny animal toys.

Sweet little angels.

Tiny Zebra and a little elephant.

THANK YOU!!! I am very happy with my new treasures.

Remember the link for Advent Calender Tutorials I gave in one of my previous posts - today I had just the right time to try and make gladiolus from Victoria's tutorial.  I am sure my next efforts
will bear better results but these are not too bad.

Have a wonderful Sunday.  Blessings to all.

יום רביעי, 17 בדצמבר 2014

Spending a wonderful time with a fellow miniaturist

Hello again

This morning I enjoyed a great time with Sarit, a lovely and very talented miniaturist.
Sarit is the only one from our new forum of miniaturists who lives in my town.
First we went to see some of her works, displayed at a local municipal gallery. I took
some photos to share with you.

A teapots shop in a kettle

A birdhouses stall. (I love it).  Most of the birdhouses are hand crafted by Sarit.

A seafood stall

A falafel stand on wheels

The ice cream car

What most impressed me was the Gulliver scene.  I am sorry the photo doesn't do it
justice. It's behind two barriers of glass.  It's really awesome. Sarit is so clever.  She created
all the dolls in these photos except for the tiny railroad characters.

After the visit we went shopping together.  We found many more affordable paper punches.  Some
I purchased with intention to send them as gifts for my friends. The good thing about these punches is that they 1/4" and fit for making tiny flowers.

A warm welcome to my new followers Sigrid and Alafosca.  Thank you for following.

Best wishes to all who are celebrating, Happy Hanukkah!

Hugs and blessings to all my readers

יום שישי, 12 בדצמבר 2014

X-mas Advent Calender

Hello dear readers,

For the first time I did an Advent Calendar swap with Pirkko .  It was Pirkko who explained  to me What an Advent Calendar is.
I was very grateful and happy to go along.  It was exciting to wait to open my little parcels on the days agreed upon. It was also worth the wait.  Look what treasures I received.

A beautifully packed parcel.  Even my post lady was impressed.  One adorable 10 years old boy is just as happy with the beautiful stamps.

A beautiful card and very yummy chocolate candies.  These vanished
in record time.

There is also a little parcel from Rauha and Ilona which was probably meant to be
opened on Christmas but this was too long for me to wait. Their little gifts are so cute!!!

I already admired the cutlery set on Maria's blog. Imagine how happy I am to get it.

These oven mittens are so perfect. I just love them and the little rolling pin and tiny purse.

The wooden flower box with the adorable birdhouse is beautiful.

Dear Pirkko, it was a pleasure doing this swap with you.  I  hope you will like my gifts
as much as I do yours and I thank you so much for being my friend.

I wish you all a wonderful weekend with lots of Calender gifts to open.

Blessings and hugs

יום שני, 8 בדצמבר 2014

Meeting with local miniaturists

Hello all,

Yesterday I met with 10 fellow miniature artists.  It was a very pleasant meeting arranged by Goldie at her home.  Goldie is one of the best miniature artists here in Israel, in fact, I consider her as number one. Goldie's home is a mini art gallery.  One could spend hours looking at her dollhouses and room boxes.  But above all, she's one of the most generous miniaturists I met.  Look at what each of the 10 of us sitting around a long table received as a gift from her.

There was also an exchange of handmade gifts.  Each of us had to bring something small, packed
as a gift.  All the parcels were on the table and passed around.  This was what I received, made by
Goldie herself.  My own gift was given to a lady called Shosh who I met for the first time. I hope she likes it.

It was decided, among other issues, that we meet and work together once in about six weeks.  At each meeting one of us will  teach how to make a miniature.  We are going to make shoes next

Given the work kit, we had the tools to make a tiny miniature while we sat and talked, laughed
and enjoyed ourselves.  Here is what we made.  (Something very similar to what I've done and posted about before.)

Gifts keep arriving and I just have to wait until Christmas to open them.  This is an exciting wait
but let me tell you it's hard and soooo  tempting.

Don't forget to have a look at this wonderful tutorials site, a tut for each of the 24 days before
X-mas given by very talented Spanish artists.  http://www.mundorecetas.com/foro/showthread.php/297101-CALENDARIO-DE-ADVIENTO-2014-(-NO-escribir-por-favor).

hugs and blessings

יום שני, 1 בדצמבר 2014

Flower Boxes for the Fantasy House

Hello friends,

At the end, I'm hesitating about leaving the flower boxes on the terraces.  Somehow, they are more
suitable for a chalet type of house.  You be the judges.

As for paper punches - I learned a lesson.  Never buy an all in one flower punch.
This one was on sale.  It was affordable but the postage cost was in the sky.  It
served me for a short time and then got stuck.  No matter how hard I knock on the under side I can't
release the spring.  If anyone knows how to repair stuck punches, please let me know.

Yesterday,  I posted almost all my Christmas gifts.  You should have seen my work table, what a
mess!  It will take me a week just to return everything to their right place.  After I packed 8
parcels, put the addresses on and sealed them, I found three lonely letters on my table.
People who get my gifts without a card or letter, please excuse me.  Next year I'll prepare my
gifts two months in advance.

Blessings to all my dear friends

יום חמישי, 27 בנובמבר 2014

Winner of my 4th Blog Anniversary

Hello dear friends,

Well, it's time for the draw.  I added two more participants.  Jazzy and Anita and the total number is now 58.  I used the Random Number Generator and here are the results.

Lisa!  Congratulations!

Lisa, please email me your address.

Dear friends, please do not be dissapointed if you didn't win this time.  There will be more giveaways
in this blog and in many others.  I am very grateful to all who took part in the draw.  THANK YOU!

Hugs and blessings

יום שני, 24 בנובמבר 2014

List of participants in my 4th blog anniversary

Hello all,

There is still time to participate in my draw next Thursday., 27 Nov.

Here is a list of all who commented on this post.

1.  Giac                                                        35. Mely Guenta
2.  Kikka                                                     36. Aiti
3.  Susan                                                     37. Angeles
4.  Ewa                                                        38. Maite
5.  Carmen                                                  39. Barbarella
6.  Tatiana                                                   40. Caroline
7.  Esther ?                                                  41. Mieke
8.  Piikko                                                     42. Eva
9.  Genevieve                                              43. Isabel Manzano
10. Fabiola                                                  44. Melli (Iciri?)
11.  Mari                                                     45. Sylvia
12. Maria Ireland                                        46. Arantxa
13. Jennifer                                                 47. Yolanda
13. Ilona                                                      48. Maria Jose
15. Birgit                                                     49. Sara
16. Chris                                                      50. Gloria
17. Victoria                                                  51.Juani
18. Carol                                                      52. Lindsey
19. Susanna                                                  53. Hannah
20. Jane                                                        54. Maite
21. Sharee                                                    55. Muriel
22. Pam                                                        56. Rosella
23. Lisa
24. Amary
25. Nanda
26. The Grandmommy
27. Pilar
28. Xandra
29. Francesca
30. Carmen Landy
31. Irina Loir
32 Naran
33. Isabel
34. Malu

Good luck and blessings to all