Drora's surprise giveaway

Drora's surprise giveaway
4 Dec.2019

יום שישי, 26 ביוני 2020

Grief

Hello dear readers,




Today I lost my beloved husband.  Our daughters and I, and the entire family are in deep grief.
I feel as if part of me has passed away together with my loved one.  He was my love, my partner, my supporter, and most of all my best friend.  We had a wonderful marriage and I'm grateful for the time we were together.  May he rest in peace.

I am not sure when I'll be able to post again but I am sure I will.

Best regards


יום שלישי, 16 ביוני 2020

Vignette No 3 completed

Hello dear readers,

I'm getting carried away with vignettes.  This one took longer to make than the other two. In addition to the grill, I made a set of two garden chairs and a little table using staff from my stash
 I shrunk my "easy garden chair" tutorial (here ) from 1/12" to 1/48" for making the chairs, using embroidery canvas instead
The table is a wooden long bead cut in half with a tiny wooden disk glued on top.





The false door and window are glued on.













It's necessary to paint the frames.  They are not all the same color and some are scratches as you can see in the photo.  I haven't done any shopping yet but already the craft shops are open so I intend to buy some chalk paint, maybe white will look good.

I didn't show you the second vignette after I added a little bush for the bunnies to play under.




There are frames for two more vignettes.  I can't decide yet what to put in them.  Shall I have all five with outdoor scenes, perhaps a porch, or a potting shed?  Maybe I'll group 4 to hang as a square on the wall. There's time enough for decisions.

I wish you, dear readers, safety and good health with blessings.





יום שישי, 12 ביוני 2020

Eloisa's Gifts

Hello dear readers,

Two and a half months ago, dear Eloisa sent me by mail a parcel containing her beautiful, handcrafted gifts.  Eloisa wanted it to be a surprise but my Israeli post services prevented the surprise by holding-on to the parcel and keeping it in who-knows-where until today. This is a happy ending to a most anxious, nerve stretching episode. To think of what almost might have been lost makes me want to cry.  Eloisa's work is gorgeous! I wish my photos justified the true beauty of the items.





It's difficult to see how tiny but perfect the snowman actually is.



The bottles are beautifully labeled with lovely stoppers. The heart-shaped bottle is my favorite. It has a lovely transparent stopper. The Eiffel tower candle holder is just perfect, what a great idea!


This photo absolutely doesn't justify the real way and colors of the items. 




I've seen the flowers before on Eloisa's blog, but I never imagined how gorgeous they are. They are way too delicate for my iPhone camera to catch. 



THANK YOU, DEAR ELOISA, FOR YOUR GENEROUS GESTURE. YOUR GIFTS ARE PRECIOUS TREASURES FOR ME TO CHERISH.

Today, for me turned out to be my lucky one. It was our turn to visit my husband for half an hour. The people whose visit was after us didn't arrive and we could stay on for the whole hour.  We met in the garden and although we had to keep a distance between us and wear face masks, it was still lovely to be together.

I wish you, dear readers, a lovely weekend.  Stay safe and healthy!


יום שבת, 6 ביוני 2020

Starting vignette No.3 and furnishing the tiny dollhous

Hello dear readers,

I hope everyone is still on guard and takes good care in order to keep safe and healthy.

If I mislead anyone, with my imperfect English, about the Cricut warning, let me make it clear, the Circuit wasn't mine. I just passed on the words of a fellow miniaturist who went through this ordeal. Personally, if I had a Cricut, I'd unplug it when not in use, just to be on the safe side.

The box for the third vignette was easy to make.  I already made the grill and found the little cook in my stash, so I'll just make a barbecue scene again and have a third outdoor vignette.



The cook is a little magnet. The grill is a tiny wooden box that I made from popsicle sticks, covered with a plastic net from potatoes packaging.  The legs are paper clips. I glued all together and covered with black acrylic paint. It's quite sturdy.  Fell on the floor and didn't break.


There is still to make the food on the grill.


This is as it looks now. But soon it will get a door and window, and plants and flowers.  I hope it will look good.

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I didn't neglect the tiny dollhouse and already started the fiddly work on its interior.  Made curtains (they still need rods.) and divided it into two floors.  The ground one will be the kitchen and living room. The top floor will be a bedroom and a bathroom. The bathroom is almost finished it only needs a rug a towel and a basket for the laundry.






It's exactly a matchbox size.

I am getting used to the new Blogger. The layout hasn't changed but I don't very much like the way I cannot see the photos before inserting them in the post.  I liked it better before.

Of all the COVID-19 jokes I read this one is the only one I quote.
"With all this spare time on their hands, people are going to start pursuing their passions. I wouldn't be surprised to sudden explosions in the arts, a renewal in scientific interest and mass proliferation of original content.
A Coroneissance, if you will."

I wish you all a pleasant Sunday with blessings.


יום שבת, 30 במאי 2020

Second vignette completed

Hello dear readers,  I hope you are all safe and healthy, taking care of yourselves.

As you probably know, Blogger is changing or updating the blogging program.  As from June 20, 2020 we shall all have to use the new Blogger. I'm already using the New Blogger for this post. Until now, I think I successfully uploaded photos and edited a draft.  There is still a lot to learn. (links, layouts, etc.)

Here are a few photos of my second "Corona" finished vignette.  I'm not so sure about the bunnies. What do you think, shall I take them out and put a few bushes instead?









Birdbath parts




Warning about Cricut

I copied this from a member of one of my F/B groups. I know some of you use Cricut and some intend to purchase and use it in the future. The person I copied it from, asks to please spread the word.
"The fire investigator asked us to notify anyone we knew with a Cricut machine. If you own a Cricut machine please keep it unplugged when not in use. Mine was plugged in, on and NOT in use when the fire started. We are not the first people whose Cricut started a fire.
We are out of our home for 8+months. It’s a complete gut. Just unplug the damn machine! Here’s a before and after picture. We bought the Cricut explore air 2 on May 13, 2019 brand new.
EDIT: initially the fire marshal thought it was the extension cord. HOWEVER, the Fire Investigator said it was the Cricut. Please be kind & don’t comment mean things, no need to be nasty to me about it. I’m just spreading the word. I never thought to unplug my devices.

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I have had a bit of struggle with this new program, especially upon uploading the photos. I hope
my next post will be easier.

Have a peaceful, healthy weekend with blessings, my dear friends.

יום שלישי, 26 במאי 2020

My second "Corona" vignette, and a dollhouse for the dollhouse


Hello dear readers,

I hope everyone is well. Here, we have fewer new cases of the virus each day and hopefully it will continue this way.

Making the second box was a lot easier. It sits perfectly in the frame. As to the scene itself, this was a problem. I wanted it to have something in common with the first one but except for doing another barbecue I had no idea for an outdoor theme. It started as a barbecue scene, I even made a tiny grill from bits of wood and legs from paper clips. but slowly as I was working, new ideas kept jumping up and it is changing into a "secret, enchanted garden".  It is taking me longer to finish, as it needs lots of time-consuming flowers but very soon it will be completed. 






The walls are from a disposable styrofoam plate. The ground is a green-dyed thin soft foam sheet. The gate is from 2 pieces of metal embellishments.

Remember the little wooden laser cut house? I bought a parcel containing 18 pieces, 6 shapes 3 pieces each., intending to turn them into tiny dollhouses for the 1/12" dollhouse.
I cannot see myself doing 18 tiny dollhouses but at least I'll see what can be done with each shape.


This one is my first tiny dollhouse.




There is still to make indoor rooms and maybe some teeny-tiny bits of furniture.



The house measures 5.5X3,5 cm.




The first one on the top left side of the photo was used in my previous vignette. The second one, 3rd on the top of the photo is what this dollhouse is made from.






יום ראשון, 17 במאי 2020

My first "Corona Days" vignette"


Hello dear readers

I hope you are all well and healthy.  Keep on taking care, safety is very important, especially now the quarantine is almost over.

I finished my first "Corona Days" vignette. I wanted it to be cheerful and represent spring.
Before the glass panel was inserted.




My green T-shirt reflected on the glass, hahaha...





The tree, from a dried-out stem of a bunch of grapes.



I hope the next boxes will be easier to make.  This one gave me a lot of trouble but finally, I managed to fit it into the frame.  It doesn't look nice from the back though, but nobody can notice and the good thing is that it sits tight even without gluing it permanently.

Have a great creative week ahead with blessings.














יום שלישי, 12 במאי 2020

A new scene in a frame

Hello dear friends,

The shops outside malls have been opened here, people are allowed to go outside, as long as they keep wearing face marks and gloves  The beaches are open again, but no big gathering allowed. No theaters, no concert halls no restaurants and cafeterias. It's hard to be happy while you realize that all around you, young people with families are losing their jobs.

No, I didn't get flowers for Mother's Day,  instead, I created a new flower arrangement.  The reason I didn't, is because we don't celebrate it any longer.  We celebrate Family Day instead, at a different time.




I completed the box to fit the frame.  It's not perfect, It was a lot more difficult to cut the wood than I guessed and I think it's too deep.  I am thinking of making a new box before going on and to
 use 3mm thick balsa wood.

It doesn't look bad when you look at it from the front but hanging on a wall it will stick out 6 cm
4 cm away from the wall will leave enough room for scenes.




I received my order from Aliexpress for tiny laser-cut different shapes of wooden houses. The idea is to make little dollhouses for the dollhouse from them. It's no big deal. I already made the plan.


I wish you all good health and blessings.

יום רביעי, 6 במאי 2020

Keeping busy while confined at home

Hello dear friends,


first of all, I want to thank you, dear friends, for your compassionate comments on my previous post. The situation is hard on all of us, each with his own problems.

I went through my stash and found these little frames that I bought on a sale long ago and forgot all about them.  I intend to make little vignettes.  I still have a few of those little chef magnets with which to make a new bbq scene or maybe a little kitchen. It doesn't hurt to have a few gifts in stock.

This little vignette was a giveaway back in 2011. (Thanks, Blogger for not deleting the photo.) I did several more but they were all gifted away.


Going through my stash is a time-consuming job. I got sidetracked and my head was filled with lots of plans and new ideas.  I found long-forgotten treasures. Here are two large transparent beads. Glued to each other they make an impressive flower vase. It's the first time I am pleased that I hoarded, there's enough to keep me occupied for months to come, now that I decided to work on smaller scales.




I haven't glued the flowers into the vase,  they're loose and turning about so you can't see my latest madness.
I dried baby breath flowers in a jar full of silica.  Plucked out the dried flowers and painted the stems and branches green. Then I glued on tiny white paper flowers.

The vase is a glass bead. The three stems are very thin but strong and able to go through the small hole in the bead. The flowers look very delicate and I am quite pleased with the result.




I hope all is well with you and yours and that you keep staying healthy. Blessings to all of you my dear friends and followers.






















יום ראשון, 26 באפריל 2020

flower arrangements

Hello dear readers,

The day after tomorrow will be our Independence Day.  I don't know how we'll be celebrating this year in view of the COVID-19 situation. We have to be thankful for what we have.

I finished the nutshells with an extra one. (16).  I know I'll make more but not too soon. Enough is enough.  Before I show you how they all look together,  I'd like you to see the flower arrangements which kept me calm and occupied these last days.




















As to Baalatova, I'm afraid I'll have to keep her two innocent admirers away from her for a while.
I'll let you know why in my next post which will be all about her.

The visit with my husband was emotionally difficult. My daughter Galia came with me. My other daughter was feeling sick and afraid to go out. After more than two years of not missing one day visiting or staying a few hours with him,  we were not able to come and see my husband for over 5 weeks. I am not sure if he or any of the other patients are capable of understanding how grave the COVID-19 epidemic situation is. The poor man felt abandoned, betrayed, and was clearly not happy to see us.  We couldn't talk clearly with a glass door between us. Because of his pacemaker, he can't use a cellular phone. It was a heartbreaking event/
For the sake of the patients' safety,  all families have been allotted 3 visits a week 20 minutes each.  Tomorrow we go again. Hopefully this time it will be less hard.

Stay healthy, keep crafting, We will endure!




יום שני, 20 באפריל 2020

Corona gnomes

Hello dear readers,

I hope everyone is well and continues to take good care of himself and his loved ones. Our government attempts to curb the epidemic is beginning to show a small success. Yesterday, for the first time, the number of recoverers was larger than the number of new patients.  Being confined at home for an elderly person like me is not so bad when I have the freedom to do anything that interests me and provisions are brought to my door. Soon my daughters and I will be able to visit my husband with a glass door separating us.

For a long time, everything went smoothly with posting and Google, now, all of a sudden photos from my blog disappear.  The computer wizards in my family can't come and see or explain to me what is the problem.   I've seen it happen in other blogs too, so I can't blame Baalatova, my witch, for being responsible. I'll have to bribe Baalatova.for help but she is too busy teaching Solly and Kitty a new language - Yiddish. Why Yiddish, a dying language? Very suspicious..... will have to check this out.

My present project, the nutshells gifts will be finished by the end of this week or before.  Most of the work, preparing the shells, emptying and scrubbing them clean, making the bases, painting, etc.has been done. The fun began with the greenery and flowers which was a time-consuming job. I also loved making the bunnies.  Today I finished and baked the gnomes. One gnome was broken.


This is how they looked before I baked them the first time, beardless.



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This is how they look after the second baking, complete with beards on.  It's good I made an extra one.


I've already filled a few shells today but I'll show them all (15) together.  I must confess, it felt like mass production and I'm not in favor of that.  I love working with tiny scales but one at a time.

Bless you, my dear friends. Stay safe and healthy!


יום שני, 13 באפריל 2020

Easter Bunnies and Flowers

Hello dear readers,  Happy Passover! Happy Easter!

I hope everybody is taking care of themself and staying safe.  We have an option to be patient or to be a patient.

After sculpting and baking seven more tiny bunnies, I discovered that instead of white, I used transparent Fimo.  Much as I hated it, I had to sculpt new bunnies again.

A TIP ABOUT SOFTENING OLD HARD AND CRUMBLY FIMO

I already mentioned how I hate kneading Fimo.  As I don't use it very often my Fimo gets old.
I almost threw it away but not having the option of going out to buy new ones I experimented with adding hand cream to the crumbles. First I added a drop and seeing that it held the crumbles together, I added a little more cream. Hooray! My white Fimo became soft like new. The idea is based on when I make cold porcelain clay, in order to keep it elastic I have to use cold cream.

I've been working several hours a day, crafting bunnies and flowers and thinking why is it when I have all the time for making miniatures, I spend it reading, on the phone or WhatsApp with friends and family in and outside the country, watching TV, etc. and time flies away with very little accomplished.

I had to reduce the bases of all the nutshell so that they could fit under the domes. Then had to paint them again. You can see how tiny the bunnies are compared with a bought 1/12" bunny.




Instead of throwing them away, the seven translucent bunnies (down in the photo below) will be given to Dana. My teenage great-grandchild has a very creative mind of her own.  I'll see what she's going to do with them.










Here is another frugal way to make leaves.  In the past, I used only the tiny flowers but painted green the half-moons can pass as floral branches for a flower arrangement.



Don't forget to exercise and do some workouts every once in a while during the long days.  Too much sitting down, is bad for the body, especially the bum.

Keep safe! Blessings to all!