Re-exploring Key West

Monday, January 31, 2011

Sheila's Heart and Lace Cottage Quarter Inch Scale

Project still in package. I liked the example of wallpapers but decided I had others I liked even more. I can't resist making projects my own.
Building Done.

Layout of inside cottage. It was altered slightly when pieces were all glued in place. The Raggedy Bed was made by Cindy McDaniel and purchased on miniatures.only.

Don't you just love the little RA&A. I love the pine trees and birdbath. The bicycle is wonderful. The walkway is broken egg shells.

I love the little flower boxes on either side of the front door.

I certainly loved the little picnic table. I will eventually outfit with party items.

One of the online Internet groups I belong to had a project in January to finish an 'unfinished project'. Miniaturists seem to have a lot of those laying around. You only had to build the building Well, my personal belief is that its still unfinished. I believe I can hear a project mocking me when it is in that state. I thought I would finish it to display status.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

New Orleans before Christmas

Just before Christmas I decided I had to go somewhere. I was missing my son and knew he wouldn't be home until mid January. I asked my husband to pick one: New York, Washington DC or New Orleans. He picked New Orleans. We have always loved New Orleans. After booking our trip on Travelocity including staying at the Royal Sonesta, we were off. Our plan was to stay in the French Quarter because we wouldn't need a car; plus my husband was wearing a boot because he had strained his Achilles Tendon and was having trouble getting around.

When we got to the hotel and walked into the lobby, we were greeted with this great hall of decorated Christmas trees.. They all had stuffed bears on it. The afternoon we got there they had a tea with Santa for young children. I'm sure the kids had a great time. The little boys had on suits and the little girls, fancy party dresses. They were darling.

The hall just glistened. The walls were mirrored so the lights just bounced around.

Well the Oyster Bar was wonderful for seafood; but it was also great for Breakfast - Biscuits and Gravy were absolutely wonderful. Yum!!!

What's a trip to New Orleans without coffee at Cafe Du Monde.

Look at all that sugar. I was covered in it - but oh so great.

I love the antiques shops. We browsed through lots of them, but I am always searching for ideas for my miniatures so I really liked this antique shop. Think it will be cornerstone for a new project I am just now formulating.

Isn't it a great window. What great curtains to frame all the great items.

You can't do New Orleans without listening to Jazz. A great group and we totally enjoyed ourselves.

This has been a bit of a different post for me, but we had a great time. If you haven't been there, you should go.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Make Mine Chocolate - Quarter Scale Cocoa Container Shop

Who doesn't like Chocolate. It is clearly my favorite above all things. I am way behind others on a couple of Internet Miniature Swap Groups that I belong to in making a scene from a Cocoa container, but better late than never. Finding one in Key West was IMPOSSIBLE. Finally I had to look on eBay and found them. Bought 2, although I've only used one to date. They are the cutest little containers and certainly lend themselves to bakeries, ice cream shop, etc. Above is the front of the shop. You can see the name of the shop above the door "Make Mine Chocolate". Little bench outside although with the snow on the ground, no one wants to sit there.

You can see it's cold outside, through the frosted glass. Anticipation!!!

Small shop, 2 tables, but lots of cakes, brownies, cookies etc. What to choose?

Pretty simple interior.

Cases were made from task board (I made them) and they work great.

Another view of the interior.

Still another view.

This was certainly a fun project. Now what to do with the other cocoa container??