Monday, August 22, 2011


This morning I used the random number generator to choose the winner of the watering can. The number was 27. Congratulations Peiwen!!! Please email me your full name and address. Catherine XXX

Sunday, August 21, 2011

A Brand New Kit by McQueenie Miniatures

I have been playing with kits because I haven't been able to go to work. I am waiting for all the medical restrictions to come to an end. Bored out of my mind!!!

I thought I would share a new butlers tray-table made by McQueenie Miniatures. They offer two styles. I like their kits because I don't have to stain them. I just sand them, apply Tung oil and finish with #0000 steal wool & Johnson's paste wax.

You can adjust the height you want the table to be and the tray is removable.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

20/20 A Special Thank You & GIVE AWAY!

I want to thank those of you who crossed your fingers & toes, sent good vibes, prayers and wished me well. To those people that left me such kind well wishes for my surgery...Thank you so much!!!! It meant a lot to me, more than you can imagine. More than I thought it would.

I wish I could send each of you a gift but I am going to draw one name from those 31 people who took their time to leave me a comment. To the winner I am going to send the last miniature watering can I made. If the winner should not want it for some reason, I will draw a second name. I will announce the winner on August 22.

My doctor said today I would only have 80% of the sort of vision I will have a month from today. It will continue to improve as the swelling goes away and the healing is complete. Today in the eye I had surgery in.... I have 20/20 vision! HOW COOL IS THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Catherine XXX

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Monday Morning.

I never would have believed it. Two weeks ago I went to get some glasses, I took all the tests with the all the new fancy machines and left without being able to get a prescription and had appointment with a surgeon.

Loosing your sight happens so slowly. I spend so much of my time looking at something very tiny, sometimes as long as 12 hours. I just kept increasing the magnification, while trying to look through waxed paper basically! I was so shocked to find out I have cataracts. I thought it was something that happened much later in life but I have a friend that told me she had hers removed at age 33.

Tomorrow morning is the day. Keep your fingers crossed for me. What is my biggest problem with something this quick & simple...I hate handing the over the tools!!! ;-)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

I Repaired the...Link & My First House (never finished)

I thought some of you might enjoy seeing this.

I am so sorry! I have fixed the link and you should have no trouble clicking on it now.

Loooooooong ago....I bought the first house pictured here Pat & Noel Thomas sold as a kit. It arrived already put together (ready to finish) in a huge box from Seaview, Washington. Sadly...It still looks just as it did the day arrived and is sitting in my garage.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Dressing The Bed

Please double click on photos for a close up.

I am working on dressing this Phoenix kit bed I painted. This is the first time I have ever played with fabrics to use in a miniature setting. At this point nothing except the bed skirt in fixed in place. I still have choices. I also haven't used any hairspray on it yet. Luckily I was able to end the scallops at all the cornes in the same place on the pattern.

I am not sure pure silk was the best choice for a duvet cover I don't like the sheen I am seeing in these photos. I think if I use it I will fluff it up a bit using fiber fill under the covers to make the bed look like a feather one. I still need a folded blanket at the foot of the bed. Hopefully in cotton with a pattern of some sort. Oh... And lots of small pillows.

To those who do not speak English my apologies for the Google Translator. I will reinstall it as soon as possible! It seems to be broken in several of the blogs I read too.