Friday, May 27, 2011

Vulture's Roost....New friends and old ~

Marie and Clarence her bat minion are tending to new dragon hatchlings who just arrived from the UK ~ Marie had ordered dragon eggs from the Dragon Queen and they had hatched enroute ~ The babies are a mess so Marie and Clarence are giving them a bath ~

Clarence a ooak bat minion by Celtic JuJu friend Julie Rodgers ~
The new twin dragon hatchlings getting a good bath ~ they were sure stinky after being cooped up in that crate all the way from the UK ~

The Dragon Twins by The Mini Dragon Queen friend Nicky Cooper ~ She also made Titan my big dragon head ~  
Marie finally was able to get back to her cleaning ~ Marie worried as she swept ~ What does Hattie want ? why is she coming back here? I don't even have a bed for her to sleep in, what am I going to do? Just as Marie finished her cleaning of the small potion room she heard a knock on the door ~ Marie jumped in fright, could it be Hattie? With dread Marie started down stairs to answer the door ~

Who is at the door ~ is it Hattie?  Knock, Knock, Knock ~

Lucas looks down from his roost on the balcony at the visitor knocking on the door ~ Lucas calls out " Hello old friend, long time no see "

Marie flings the door open to find an old friend ~ it is Nigel a nobel and gentle werewolf ~

Nigel am so glad to see you. What brings you back to Vulture's Roost?
 Nigel explained with a toothsome grin, I have come to help. I heard Hattie was on her way back and thought you could use some help.
 Marie cried in relief, Oh Nigel I could sure use a strong wolf's help around here.
No need to worry Marie, you have more help coming in a day or two. Cousin Carlanne will be on the next train.

Cousin Carlanne is on the 3 o'clock train ~

Nigel the werewolf is my first animal doll in polymer clay ~

Till next time........


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Welcome Christine Verstraete....

Today, I welcome miniaturist and writer">ChristineVerstraete.  
Hi Victoria, thanks for letting me appear on your blog! I'm happy to talk (and talk!) about minis (what else, right?) - and celebrate release of my latest book, <a href=""> IN MINIATURE STYLE II.  The book is available in eBook/pdf, Kindle, iPad, other e-formats, and print. 
The book includes updated and new features, photos & dozens of new how-to projects in various categories by talented miniaturists and IGMA artisans. See above link for photos, details and where to buy.
I have to say that I LOVE Victoria's imaginative cabinets, and the house she's working on is so cool! Funny thing is if I had to pick a couple favorite things in that house, it's the floor and the coffin-shaped cabinet. A while ago, I was working on the same thing, but in half scale. Done, except to glue in other shelves. What threw me off was being unable to decide on the setting... I have this neat Gothic-looking clock I found, love it!, but it's only a few inches deep with glass in front and a front opening door, so I have to figure out how to expand it. Ideas/suggestions are welcome! I really do want several rooms and it'll probably be on two floors. Don't you hate when something stops a project?
Anyway, I'll let Victoria get in here... 
Welcome to my blog Chris! I just read your new book this weekend and throughly enjoyed it. You have included many easy DIY projects in this book, great for the beginner or for a reference  on how to do something you have forgotten. I love all the pictures of the dollhouses and smaller scale miniature scenes in unusual containers, How cute is a kitchen in a toaster. I would recommend this book for anyone who enjoys miniatures and would like to mention the small price if you choose to download it to your computer.
So, on to... The Contest!

Each blog on the tour features one question for a kind of online scavenger hunt. The answer may be at Chris's">blog (type the words in the search box in left column), but will most likely be on her">website. Hint: click miniatures, a good place to start, or see the >IN MINIATURE STYLE II book page and video.
Comment on that day's blog (DO NOT post the question's answer!) to be eligible to win the day's prize. Then collect all 7 answers  --- EMAIL all to me with Blog Tour in subject line to chris @ (remove spaces or click contact at website or on blog) - DO NOT POST ANSWERS ONLINE!!. There's a new question and prize each day. Names will be drawn from correct entries.  **See Chris's">blog for the prize list and tour schedule.**
Today's Contest Question
Question 6: Name one of the flowers in the book (other than the hydrangea on the cover! Too easy!) 
Christine Verstraete
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Monday, May 16, 2011

Dilemma at Vulture's Roost......

Before I present the dilemma I must introduce you to Marie ~  Marie is an old witch of 103...she has lived at Vulture's Roost her whole life ~ Many years ago Vulture's Roost had many inhabitants but over the years everyone moved away except Marie ~ Marie has always loved Vulture's Roost, she couldn't imagine living anywhere else ~ she has cleaned out the old house and is restoring the grand old house on what little money she can scrape together ~

Marie's hat made by Kat the Hat Lady ~ please visit Kat's wonderful blog Here and enter her  monthly drawing for an exclusive Kat creation ~

Marie is my first polymer clay sculpt doll ~ I knew I wanted dolls  to live at Vulture's Roost but knew I couldn't afford to buy the kind of dolls I wanted so I pulled out my clay box and started sculpting heads from very old clay just to practice and use it up ~ I watched hours of tutorials on making dolls and would like to Thank all the artists who so generously share their knowledge ~
Marie is named after a very old lady who I knew for years, she always had interesting stories and lived her life to the fullest for over 100 years ~

Steampunk witches broom by myself, for sale in my Etsy shop Here ~

The Dilemma ~ Marie has just received a telegram from her younger sister ~ Hattie will arrive in 2 weeks for a visit ~ Marie has just had Vulture's Roost cleaned out and was redecorating ~ She has no extra beds and the kitchen is so bare she can hardly mix potions ~ 

Marie is in a panic ~ the house is not ready for company ~

What shall I do? says Marie in a panic ~

Why is Hattie coming back for a visit? Hattie is the youngest and wildest of Marie's sisters, where Hattie goes trouble follows ~

Victoria ❤