Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Ladies Emporium ....etc.

After a very, very long absence Elizabeth and Janine have helped me do a post again. This time from Canada.

Here is my beautiful English-style tea set which is hall-marked sterling silver made by Dmitri Shevchenko from Saint Petersburg, Russia. Dmitri can be found on Facebook.

This was a special gift from my daughter for a very "special" birthday. No, I won't mention which decade!

It is absolutely exquisite. The hot water pot is chained to the frame which also supports a removable burner. Each piece is very finely made and will be a family heirloom.

The following are photos of my (supposedly) completed - are they ever finished, Ladies Emporium.

The hat on the left was made by Fatima, the tray by StudioE. Elizabeth also found the mannequin on the left and the one on the right was a Thrift store find. Norma of MakeMineMini made the cushion.
The pink ensemble was purchased at the Sydney Miniature Show a couple of years ago.

The red bench in the centre was made from a sectioned round plastic pill box from the dollar store and the hat supports are stems of plastic flowers.  The shoes are by Judith Blondell purchased in Toronto.

The Chanel suit was made from fabric given to me by Elizabeth of StudioE  from a REAL Chanel jacket. Yes, she actually cut it up for minis!

Another beautiful vanity tray by Studio E displayed on a wood pillar given to me by Fatima of Beauxminis. The tray even has butterflies on it to reflect the name of the shop Papillion.

This is a 56 hpi cushion from a kit by Nicola Mascall. On this chair I removed the needlework canvas on the backrest and replaced with caning using linen thread - a bit difficult to do as the back is curved not rectangular.

I love doing petit point so I designed some cushion patterns, others are a combination of patterns from pinterest and books. It takes me approximately two days to stitch the design. It's like eating peanuts - once you start it is hard to stop.

Petit point 50 hpi slippers made for the Miniteers.  Christmas for Fatima - Vitoria, centre slippers for Villa Leone and bee slippers for Minworks French House.

Hopefully I will get back on my blog soon. Wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas and New Year.
Happy mini-ing!

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Miniteers of Vancouver

I was thrilled to be welcomed to Elizabeth's for lunch in January with the Miniteers of Vancouver.
It is an honour and privilege to be associated with such talented people.
We, of course, talked (a lot) and exchanged ideas. Miniaturists are the nicest people!
 Janine, Elizabeth and Fatima
Linda, Elizabeth and Fatima

I'm now back in Australia after 5 weeks in the ice and snow (in Whistler, not Vancouver), and am anxious to get back to my Ladies' Emporium, "Papillon".
Hope you are all enjoying your minis.
Cheers, Linda

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

A New Start for a New Year

Happy 2016 everyone.
I will make an new start on my Blog and resolve to work harder at it.
My florist shop and Salon de The are happily awaiting their new neighbour, "Papillon" - a Ladies Emporium. Progress is slow due to too much travelling in 2015.

These are espadrilles I made for Janine of Minworks for her future project.

Here is Flora and Salon de The awaiting the new neighbour. Of course they are both still "works in progress".

Here is view through the door of the Salon de The. The "real" canework on the chairs was a real challenge. Some of the cakes were a gift from Elizabeth of StudioEMiniatures.

This is a thread holder made from very old brass mirror mounts and a pincushion from another brass turning. The Australian 5 cent piece is about the size of an American dime.

This will be a counter-top display in the Ladies Emporium. The two rings in the crystal and black blocks are real diamonds from the Argyll Diamond Mine in Australia - one being canary colour and appropriately tiny. The counter-top base is made from a plastic picture frame and the "glass" lid is from a Ferrero Rocher chocolate box.

Today, being in Canada, I'm heading for a much anticipated meeting of the Miniteers!
Greetings to all, Linda

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Well, Hello again at long last.  As promised, here is another look at my florist shop "Flora".

It was my first attempt at a room box, so I have learned a lot, especially on the construction side of things. As you can see, it is side-opening, with two removable brass pins (nails) which allow the whole side to come off. On the outside is my version of a climbing rose on a trellis. The trellis is actually part of an old coffee machine. The boxes, made of mat board and drinking straws, contain hyacinths make with bunka. Also in the boxes are box hedges (ha ha) made of dyed sesame seeds.

Inside, the florist's work room is at the rear. Not a room I would want to arrange flowers in but the florist is tiny! The work table is made of mat board and a cheap plastic picture frame. On the wall, the rack is made with florist wire and parts of an old umbrella.

The down lights in the front windows are actually metal icing tips. They look quite good at night!

Behind the work room, and opening on to the front of the shop is the store-room where the florist also takes his lunch. It should have had a door to the outside as it is impossible to access now that the roof is in place. I made the roof permanent as the wires for the lights all run across it (under the "metal") and down the back into a box in the "back alley". As I said, I am learning!

In the shop, most of the flowers were my own invention, but I have also been given some by my Mineteer friends, Elizabeth (Studio E) and Fatima (Beauxminis). Janine (Minworks) gave me many treasures, including the book of botanical prints on the florist's table.

Outside at the front of the shop is the delivery bike I made from a Pheonix Developments kit. So challenging!!! In it is the wonderful basket made for me by Lidi at Basketcase Miniatures.

As you all know, a project like this is never really finished and I will be tweaking it for ever I feel but
I couldn't wait to start on Salon de Thé  while I was supposed to be really finishing the florist shop. I will try to do another post soon with more photos but in the meantime here is a little peek of the entry...

It is nearly finished, but not quite, and already I am deeply thinking of the next project. I can hear my mother saying to me "Finish one thing before you start another!"

Thanks for having a look,

Cheers, Linda

Sunday, 1 March 2015

A peek at the Salon de The, and how 'Flora' got her name

Just a peek through the Salon de The (which is a work in progress) into the florist shop. I will go back to square one shortly and show more photos of the florist shop, "Flora". 

The name Flora came about because I had some vintage metal letters which I brought to Australia when I moved here as a young bride 43 years ago!! My father, in Canada, had an iron foundry and these metal letters were used to imprint the name "City of Vancouver" into manhole covers. Of the 15 letters in that title, I had only 7. What could I spell, for a French florist shop with F, T, O, R, U, C, Y??? Well, the T was changed into an L and the U became an A. If anyone, especially you French speakers, has a better name, I'd love to hear about it! And who can use a C or Y?
I hope you are all enjoying Spring or early Autumn weather - nothing too extreme anywhere. 

Happy miniaturing!

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Thank you all!!

Thank you all so much for visiting and for all your lovely and encouraging comments. I'd really like to be able to thank you all personally but what with life being rather full at the moment, and this blogging business being a rather steep learning curve (to put it mildly!), I hope that this little 'after dark' peek through the florist shop window will serve as a token of my gratitude for the time being. 

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Welcome to my little world!

Greetings friends and welcome to my blog. 

I have only been seriously into miniatures in the last 3 or 4 years but it has become a passion (obsession?). Although I have a small dollhouse in Canada I decided to try a room box here in Australia so my French florist shop "Flora" was born. It is still a work in progress but it is now being joined by a Salon de The next door. I will endeavour to post a few photos as I continue and hopefully some of you might enjoy looking at them?