Re-exploring Key West

Thursday, June 28, 2012

CHOCOLAT - Lakeland Miniature Guild - Fun Day 2012

When I saw the prototype photo of this project, I knew I had to be involved. I love chocolate and rarely let a day go by without a little chocolate in it. I do give it up for Lent - exercise in willpower. I like miniature scenes full of goodies. I want something new to look at from any angle. Same way I decorate my home.

One of the reasons I love shops like this is because you can pack tons of stuff into them.  

This is inside the shop, looking out thru the window.
Looking out another window.   
Horseshoe cabinet to display the goodies.  
Another view.   Hard to get a good picture thru plexiglass.
Cakes, Cookies, Fudge, etc.   
Of course you will have a sample.
My chandelier needs a bit of work, didn't know it was not hanging straight, but easy to solve.   Don't you love chocolate fountains.   
The view of the whole shop.  

Outside the shop.   A place to sit and eat some chocolate and a trash can so you don't litter the wrappers.  

The exterior view.  

Just a little sign in the window in an empty cake stand - of course we have cake!

Some scenes take a long time to work out, this was just the home for all the things I've been collecting over many years.   It was really great fun.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Those were the days tavern!

I have wanted to do a tavern for a long time.   One of those "those were the days" type taverns with a little diner flavor thrown in.   I wanted people in it that showed the characters that hang out in those places.   Years ago my husband and I owned a bar in Kansas City in the stockyards.   It was the Genessee Inn, across from the Golden Ox and we had lots of characters.   I was really glad we did that and am really glad we are no longer in that business.   

Let me introduce you to the characters.  There's Joe the bartender.   He likes his job.   He really was educated to do other things, but this pays good and he likes the customers.      There is Max at the end of the bar.   He dresses like a slob but always has money for the daily special.   He is there nearly every day and very little is known about him.   There is Red who has a high powered job and loves to come in occasionally and has stuck up a friendship with Max.   She brings her paper to read if Max isn't there or her timing is off.   She also loves the specials.   That is Grandpa  in the back.   He loves his beer, burger and fries.   Sometimes he has his granddaughter with him, but not today.    Last is Betty.   She loves being a waitress; makes lots of money in tips and has been there for as long as anyone remembers.   Sorry, you missed Jim, he ate and left.   Check back later, he might be there.

Oops, I forgot Lucky - he's behind the bar in his basket.   He just showed up one day and Joe takes him home with him every night; but insists he's not attached.   Lucky loves the attention he gets.   

If you can't stay for lunch, come back, they will all be here.   

The scale of this scene is 1/12.   

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Little Garage for your Little Car

My Little Garage

This project is in 1/4 inch scale.   The car is slightly different, but it works well.   

 The gentleman of the house and his dog are home from a ride.   Mom's been working on her plants and has the train out to do a little painting touch up on it.  

I got this garage several months ago and just haven't had time to work on it.   I am in a 'finishing projects' mode now and it got finished this week.