Sunday, April 6, 2014

My Miniature version of Tea at the Empress








First I would like to welcome my new visitors and followers to my blog, without you I wouldn't be here. I really appreciate your comments.

I woke up at 5:30 this morning inspired about a miniature scene I'm still working on but started a few years ago. I have often tried to go back to sleep when that happens but I know it is better to get up. Life is very short and it is best to strike while the iron is hot or I might forget what I had in mind altogether.

Tea a the Empress in miniature is the name of this room box. This miniature room box came about because of my love for the Empress Hotel here in Victoria B.C. Canada. I knew I didn't want to do a replica but more of a feeling that I have when we go for tea there. Once a year for quite a few years John and I have gone for tea with a lovely group of friends. It is fun to reunite with our friends and we always have a wonderful time and come home with a lovely box of Empress Tea. We are both gluten free and the Empress always graciously accommodates us. For those of you who haven't had a chance to visit the Empress tea room it has a beautiful view of the inner harbour, very high ceilings and Victorian furnishings. Such a terrific atmosphere for a tea party.

The Empress brings back so many memories, when we first moved to Victoria with my grandparents when I was 9 yrs. old we used to go to the Empress cafe for Sunday brunch. I don't remember what I ordered but I always knew it was special and I loved the atmosphere. I do remember what my mom and grandmother ordered and that was a My Lady Fruit Salad, they loved it...fruit and cottage cheese on a bed of lettuce. After lunch we would sit among the plants in the conservatory by the waterfall on the wicker furniture with the tile floor.

In my teens I used to go to various dances there that were always special and fun. After finishing High School I needed a job to help pay for University and I had a friend who was working there and suggested I might like it. I worked at the Empress all through University and it paid my way from answering the phone for room service to waitressing.  I worked in the still room for a while which was part of the kitchen with the loud but likeable French Chef. I used to prepare the crumpets for the afternoon tea.  After that I worked in the Garden Cafe many years as a waitress and hostess. It was a great experience and wonderful to help me get over my shyness.

My fist Steampunk convention was at the Empress too, great venue and it inspired me to make my Steampunk Inventors room in a microscope case http://jdayminis.blogspot.ca/2010/07/steampunk-inventors-room.html

While I worked at the Empress, I would often think that I would like to come back to stay for an evening and we did for one of our anniversary, we had a view of the inner harbor and it was perfect!

A few years ago I decided to make one of the room boxes I made in a Brooke Tucker workshop into a tea room. The wonderful food is mostly from Janet Uyetake who's business name is Tiny Town Hawaii http://tinytownehawaii.com, I thought Janet's work was perfect for this setting.  The plates are very similar to the plates at the Empress. I still want to make fruit salad in glasses for the scene and some bowls of Devenshire cream for the scones.



The lovely wooden turnings were by Mike Rowe.  The Raku pottery I purchased from Jon Almeda at a couple of shows. His business is  Almeda pottery. Such terrific work!! http://www.etsy.com/shop/AlmedaPottery  I loved being  able to buy Raku pottery in miniature since I love it full scale too.
I painted the watercolour painting from a vintage image. The cottage teapot and tiny house I made  and china painted years ago when I was sculpting porcelain molds. The lovely rose
glass is from England. I hope you have enjoyed my trip down memory lane.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Free Printables from the Golden Anniversary issue 50 AIM Magazine


Hi Everyone, Here is a free printable I created for the 50th issue of Artisans in Miniature Magazine. Here is a link to 4 shared.com to these images with higher resolution the right clicking to save the pages. http://www.4shared.com/folder/ILtK6LJE/_online.html
Please watch where on the page you down load these pages, there is a lot of advertising on the 4shared pages because I have not paid for a premium account.

Have a lovely weekend, Mini Hugs, Jean

Friday, March 21, 2014

New Little Red Riding Hood Toy Theater Kit

New Miniature Toy Theater Kit

For years I have loved Fairy Tales and have collected many antique Fairy Tale books. I really have enjoyed finding many variations of the same fairy tale from about 1860 to 1950. Only the images from before the 1930's are the ones I use in my projects, digital and kits for copyright reasons.

I used many of my antique children's books for the images in this toy theater which I designed with inspiration from antique toy theaters.  My favorite Little Red Riding Hood book is from 1896 and that is the one I used for the front header and images on either side. Another book I used has a fabulous rose cottage on the cover and I used it for the granny and then wolf in the window scenes. I also used photo shop to design the scene behind the mother and Little Red. This theater is something I've thought about designing for a long time so I found it really exciting to make.

This kit is nice to make up because it is a fabric panel and glue doesn't stick to it, the scenes are on photo paper. It would look great in a child room on a desk in one twelfth scale or in an outdoor scene in half scale.

Shelly's Show, A Mini Miniature Show


Shelly's wonderful Show started yesterday and goes on until Sunday. I've been having so much fun looking at each of the tables. It is free to view and shop and you don't have to leave home!
Here is a link to get into see the show http://aminiminiatureshow.weebly.com/ Just click on the dealer link in the top header and you can choose by alphabet or dealer by scale.

I have many new miniature kits I'm offering this year at 25% off and since we sell in Canadian funds on our website it offers US customers an extra savings. The new kits are in both one twelfth and quarter scale. My new kit include a mini Little Red Riding Hood Toy Theater, Quarter Scale Memory Trunk and French Sewing Kit. Here is a direct link to our show table.


Hope to see you there! Mini Hugs, Jean

Monday, February 10, 2014

Romantic Rose mini Album digital project and other new digital downloads













Here are some of the new French Postcards that are up in my Etsy shop. I have really enjoy working on these, painting and trying to bring them to life in Photoshop.

Today I finished a Vintage Romantic Rose miniature Photo Album digital download project which is now on Etsy here.
http://www.etsy.com/listing/178999350/vintage-romantic-rose-photo-album
I have included many of these postcards in miniature in the Romantic Rose Project. The frames are cut out and the antique images are placed behind the cut out shape to give a realistic look. The cover was a scanned image from my antique albums but I made the background rose.

Happy Valentines to all of you. Hugs, Jean

Thursday, February 6, 2014

2014 Calendar and Valentine Free Printables, New AIM Supplement out now.




The most recent AIM Project Supplement is now available on Scribd.
http://www.scribd.com/doc/205104250/49-February-2014-Supplement
There are so many interesting projects plus the 12 Makes of AIM Christmas are included for handy downloading. For this issue, I designed a miniature Calendar for a dollhouse or miniature scene with vintage images from my postcard collection in 3 scales. I also designed some miniature Valentines from some old Valentine Cards that I thought were so lovely and I used some of the images for Valentine paper as well. You can right click to save these images to your computer or visit
http://www.4shared.com/folder/ILtK6LJE/_online.html
to download larger DPI versions of these image pages.
I hope you each have a special Valentine's Day, always great to treat yourself to something special too, like flowers or other romantic gifts of your choice.


Monday, January 6, 2014

2014 A Year of Choices with free printable





2014 A Year of Choices and Free Printable Above

We have so many choices in our lives and I’m always very aware of these at the start of a New Year! For the New Year I would wish for you joy and happiness. 

Joy and happiness are choices, especially with everything that is available on the web or to watch on TV. This year I’m going to try even harder to just watch TV shows and movies that are filled with laughter and joy. My choices should reflect the best part of who I am.  I would like to be more generous. I like to express this through free projects or printables when time permits for AIM magazine as well as my blog. Quite a few years ago I chose to sponsor two children through World Vision, every time I look at their pictures and wonder how they are doing, it makes me feel good to know that I have maybe helped them in some way.
   
Another choice that makes me feel good is taking time each day to read a good book, a book I have chosen, not because it is on the best seller list but because the author is enlightening and makes me feel good.  Ballroom dancing brings joy to our lives as well both physically, socially and mentally, entertaining, and spending time with our children feels so good too. Going to visit beautiful gardens and long walks is refreshing and so uplifting to my spirit.

Finding more time and ways to be creative is so important too. Designing for my miniatures and digital downloads, sewing and cooking. Last year I tried to take time each day to learn something new about Photoshop that was a great choice that has really had lasting benefits.

Whatever your choices are for the New Year, I hope they make you feel great!!

You can find a higher resolution version of the printable page on 4shared with other images you might like to download. Please note that the download link is near the bottom of the page.
http://www.4shared.com/folder/ILtK6LJE/_online.html

All the very best, Cheers, Jean

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Free Printable Page and AIM 12 Makes of Christmas Link


AIM, Artisans in Miniature Magazine has a special 12 Makes of Christmas for miniaturists publication on Scribd. I contributed the gifts and wrap project and printable above. All of the projects in the 12 days are wonderful, you can view them here. http://artisansinminiature.com/photo3.html
You can find a higher resolution version of the printable page on 4shared with other images you might like to download. Please note that the download link is near the bottom of the page.
http://www.4shared.com/folder/ILtK6LJE/_online.html

Wishing all my friends and family and wonderful New Year!!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Happy Holidays! Joyous Noel White Christmas Digital Download Project

Such a busy time but I just wanted to share a digital download photo album project I have just put up in my Etsy shop. Here is a link if you would like to read more. I designed this photo album to accompany the my Joyous Noel White Christmas kit. The download contains 16 mini photos from my antique French postcards to place behind the cut out windows. Still time to make it as a gift for Christmas. Thanks for looking.

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