Tiina's giveaway

Tiina's giveaway
31 Jan

יום חמישי, 12 במאי 2016


Hello dear readers

One of my little offsprings adores fairy tales and  fairies.  She also started
taking ballet classes. I was looking for little fairy dolls for her but couldn't find any. Instead, I found
these tiny ballet dancers figures.  I made their wings and now they became officially dancing fairies.

Baalatova the ancient witch is very eager to meet the fairies.  She's trying to find means of
communication with them and hopes that the fairies, being able to fly around, will also be able to find her magic wand for her. The cats, because of their early bad experience won't come within an
inch close to her, except Leona who is equally eager for Baalatova to find her magic wand and change her back to the magnificent cat she was. (Readers who are not familiar with the story, poke here.} What Baalatova does not know is that the fairies are within reach.  She only has to limp forward a few steps and find them.

Shortly we shall all know if and how the fairies were able to help.

In Israel we are celebrating our 68 Independence Day! Festivities which began last night are still
continuing.  The day is beautiful and sunny, sending people outdoors for picnics and to the beaches
for swims and sun bathing.

A warm welcome to Carol.  (Carol's blog is full of little treasures for you to see and get inspired.) Thank you Carol for following my blog.

I wish you a wonderful weekend and blessings!

And a warm welcome to my new follower

יום שישי, 29 באפריל 2016

Dear readers,

Days before Passover,  nearly every home here in Israel was spring cleaned to be ready for this Holy Day. My entire family gathered for the "Seder" tradition last Saturday's eve and small gifts were passed around to all the children. It was a wonderful event, especially since my husband was able to attend and enjoy.

While shopping for gifts I found, at the "One Shekel store",  decorative white  plastic plant pot containers which I thought would serve for keeping pencils or paint brushes on my work table. Looking at them, I realized that parts can be cut out to make  miniatures.

Two circles were cut out

The circles were flattened with a hot iron between two layers of aluminum sheet. Later I'll be able to show you what can be done with them and maybe with what is left of the holder.
At the next local miniaturists meeting, which will be my turn to host, I intend to give each of the
participants a pot container with a challenge to make minis from it and show the results on our WhatsApp.

An Israeli Shekel is around 25 US cents. The One Shekel stores here are indeed a cheap source of endless miniature craft supplies.

At the same store I also found one last packet of white plastic chess pieces.  These have many uses. Here are some of my ideas of what can be done with the pieces which are easy to cut.

Fountain to be......

Bird bath to be.....

Book ends to be.....

Today ends our Passover holiday.  We'll be missing the children who gave us lots of joy and fun while they were here, but they have to get back to school and their parent back to work.

I wish you all a wonderful weekend and blessings.

יום ראשון, 24 באפריל 2016

A potter's shop corner

Hello dear friends. Thank you for your well wishes.  My husband is now completely cured
from his surgery effects.  There is no need for bandages anymore.  He's to take care and avoid going
without head cover in the sun and this goes for me and anyone else too.

As planned, I managed to assemble and decorate Birgit's gift kit which was first on my list after a long time away from miniature work.

All the pieces on the shelves were created by my daughter Nilly.

The pieces on the table and window sill were made by me, including the fruit on the large plate.

I created the shelves unit from craft sticks.  Painted them my favorite blue.

I chose light colors because I plan to change the display from time to time.

A warm welcome to my new follower Sharon Larkin.   Dear Sharon thank you for following. Please let me know if you have a blog I can visit or follow.

I wish you a wonderful creative week ahead with my blessings.

יום שישי, 15 באפריל 2016

A gift from Germany

Hello dear readers,

I was kept away from miniatures and posting lately for what to me seems ages.

My husband underwent surgery to remove a large tumor, fortunately not malignant, from his scalp.
A piece of skin from his arm had to be grafted in order to cover the open wound
on his scalp. This  involved  daily visits to the clinic for the change of bandages on both arm and scalp which lasted most of our mornings.  Husbands, almost as a rule, become little boys when
they hurt and need a lot of time, attention and patience.  Next week, as there are signs of
healing, I myself will be able to change bandages at home and have more time for working and posting.

I was very lucky to receive a wonderful giveaway prize from a beloved friend and a lovely
lady, Birgit. First thing on my list is assembling and finishing this kit which is going to be a lovely show piece.
Kind and generous Birgit also included a yummy big bar of marzipan which I saved just for
taking this photo. Now it's vanished and bewailed.


A warm welcome to my new follower Aloieu, who recently opened a blog and has some very nice works to show.  Thank you Aloieu for following.

Before I go, here is a cute video showing Charleston dancings in Jerusalem where you can see, if you have a few minutes to spare, a little of our famous city.


I wish you all a wonderful weekend and blessings.

A warm welcome to

יום שישי, 18 במרץ 2016

How to make a seashell decorated miniature box

Hello dear readers,

My seashells decorated boxes are a big hit with miniatures' as well as with non-miniatures' collectors. Recently I had to make four of them for very special friends.  I became bored creating the same design again and again, so I'm trying to make some variation and thought I'd take you along, step by step while I do it.  After all the shells are free, a gift from nature, and the wood is easy to to find at craft shops so why not give it a try.

Materials required for the box:

One large wooden craft stick  (20/2.5 cm) or a 2 mm thick balsa sheet
One long narrow craft stick (18/0.7 cm)
wood cutting tools
tacky glue
Black, brown or any other color of your choice, acrylic paint

Cut two 2/2.5 cm pieces from the large stick, one for the box top and one for the box's bottom.
Cut one  2.00/1.5 piece          -     "      -          for the underside of the box top
Cut two 0.7/2.5 pieces from the narrow stick for the sides of the box.
Cut two 1.5/2.5           -      "     -

Glue together all the parts.  (See photo bellow)  Glue the sides on top of the bottom part.

Paint with the color of your choice and now we are ready for the decoration.

I painted the box black all over and used seashells.  I also spread some tiny no-hole gold colored
beads on top.

I am not so sure about the tiny gold beads.  It looks better in real life than in the photo.

Hope you'll be able to use this tutorial and do some variations of your own to show me.

I wish you a lovely weekend and blessings..

יום שני, 14 במרץ 2016

Unexpected finds

Hello all,

Stuff for creating miniatures can be found where you least expect them to be.  The other day I was
looking for a new frying pan at a home appliances store and look what I found.

A silicone mold for pralines.  Perfect for fimo miniature cakes.  The price: about US$3.00.

Another silicone mold, a little bigger than the first, for cookies.  This one will be good for
cold porcelain or ceramic miniature cakes.  These two air-drying clays loose about 30% of their volume when dry and need larger molds.  The price about US$4.00.

Two bamboo placemates good for wooden floors at the price of US$2.40 each.  (lots of easy to
cut wooden strips in them.)

I was putting order in a long forgotten chest when I found this beautiful hand painted miniature
of a traditional ox-driven wagon in Costa-Rica. My husband received it, years ago,while working on a short project in this lovely country.

Here it is again with a match on top of the wheel for size.

A picture of a 1:1 cart full of coffee bags. (From the internet)

More information here.

I wish you all wonderful sunny spring days.  Blessings

יום שישי, 11 במרץ 2016

Baby Dragon from Hungary

Hello dear readers,

I have not blogged for a while, real life occupation kept me away. I missed you and shall try
to visit as many of your blogs as possible to make up for lost time.

Lucky me had a chain of giveaway winnings. Don't ask me how and why.
A few days ago I received a fantastic baby dragon, a giveaway prize by a very talented miniature animals artist Fanni Sandor here.  I recommend a visit to Fanni's website.  There is a tiny hummingbird Fanni created which is mind blowing.

Wait until Baalatova meets him.  No chance I'll be able to keep him.  He's mine while she's still limping  homewards.

This adorable, recently hatched baby  is  going to meet new friends on the meadow.
For the first time in his short life he meets bunnies, hamsters and chickens

I was thinking about doing an Easter scene and the baby dragon fits perfectly well in it.

To keep the dust away, I used an old glass bowl.


I wish you, dear readers. a lovely sunny weekend to enjoy.  Blessings to all!