Saturday, August 29, 2009

Back from Vacation

And what a wonderful time we had! Camping, boating and a visit to a museum in Blue Mountain. We really had a lot of fun and probably spent more on gas for the boat and truck than we did anything else. It's crazy! Here are some pictures. One is a picture of Blue Mountain taken from the boat out on Raquette Lake. Beautiful view out on the water!

Also here is a picture of a Blue Heron we watch feed on the other side of the river by our campsite. He was only about 30 feet from us and couldn't have cared less. Be sure to pole the pictures to see them enlarged so you can check out the detail.

And to stay on a mini note here are a few pictures of some miniatures showcased in the Blue Mountain Museum. Completely handcrafted chairs and tables, hutches and more. Crafted by Bennie Arnold. I purchased a pamphlet about him and his work. It says that each miniature was executed with dentist's drills, files and a jackknife and each was an exacting scale copy of a real object. Just amazing. I wish I had taken a few more pictures of the collection. Bennie's wife donated 800 pieces of his work after Bennie had passed away. This represented 25 years of his work. It mentions that he sold a lot of his work too. i wonder if anyone out in blogland has a piece of his work. Please tell me if you do or know someone who does. That would be so interesting!
OH MY I think I made a mess of this post! The pictures don't correspond with the writing......please excuse my errors as I try to figure this posting stuff out! What a mess!

Sunday, August 16, 2009


I can't believe how hot it really is!! We're having a heatwave here in New York. Here are the temps recorded on the wall in our den. It shows the temps inside and out. And that is in the shade. I can't even imagine how hot it is in the sun!
Guess this is why I haven't been on the computer long enough to post an entry or to work in my workroom on the bread box bakery. I need my husband to tear off the one side so that I can get the round closing lid off. I want to replace that with a piece of plastic to keep the contents dust free. It will also give me some added height with that removed. So as soon as I get him to do that for me I can get started on that again. So picture soon I hope!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

A Challenge

My first blog challenge.....and it's an easy one at that! Casey from Casey's Minis has sent me a challenge. Post the 4th picture in your 4th file, explain the picture and then pass this challenge on to 4 other people.
The picture I'm sharing is of a roombox I finished last year. It's a little girls room. Filled with all her toys and treasures. Don't forget to poke the picture to enlarge it and enable you to see all of her toys. Most of the miniature toys in this roombox were made either by myself or my mini friends.

OK now the hard part....I need to pass this on to 4 others. Not an easy feat for me....I need to figure out how to include that info here and connect to others blogs. I'm sending this challenge to Jaime from Lil' Roomers, Diann Minis By Diann, Katie from Katies Clay Corner and Tarkus from My Miniature Adventure. I apologize if any of you have already recieved this challenge. Being new to this I'm trying to figure out who is who and what is what. Haven't figured out yet how to post links inside the message. For now it won't let me so I'm sure i have to activate or poke at something to let me do it. I'll go figure that out now!

A new follower, summer flowers and a new project

Wow I was away for a few days, feeling under the weather.......which is a terrible place to be in the I come back to find a new follower....Hello Kim...Welcome...I'm so happy to see you here. I absolutely loved visiting your blog and seeing your gardens. You look like you live in the country like me!!!! We have a small farmette in between 2 large dairy farms. I've attached a few pictures of some of my flowers.

I've also attached a picture of the base of my next project. It's a wooden bread box I bought at a flea market a couple of years ago. This will be the future home of a bakery. I have a plastic shoe box tote full of wonderful bakery goods and it's time to get a display built to show them off. And now that I have conquered the lighting demon I'm ready to light up this bakery too! So follow me along as I attempt to accomplish this. Since it is summer and we still have lots of real life things going on during the nice weather I'm not sure how fast this project will go but I promise to do a little bit of something on a regular basis.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Summer Garden Harvest

Ahhhh it's absolutely awesome to be able to walk to the garden and gather our bounty for dinner! Really! We walked down and picked this zucchini and I cooked it for dinner last night. Delish! Slice it thinly, dip in a mixture of egg and milk whipped up and then coat with flour. Fry til nice and crispy! Awesome! For us it makes a meal......not to mention that we went out for ice cream around 4pm so we weren't very hungry. Shhhh don't tell anyone. That's one of the perks of all the children being grown and we don't have to follow the rules anymore. We can have ice-cream for supper if we want to. HA! And sometimes in the summer, we do!