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Sunday, 4 September 2016

Five Exchange Gifts Finished, and Tidbits In Progress

No photos until just before I leave for Camp MiniHaHa, however! The exchange gifts are ready to be packaged up, just have to print some gift cards/bag tags.

Today I began on my tidbits, of which I have to bring at least 31. This involves making opening books as well as closed books and magazines. The hardest thing has been to find miniature prints of books that actually have spines and titles on those spines - so many are just front and backs. One of the books will be upside down and open, as if someone has just put it down for a moment and left the room, and wasn't able to find a bookmark.

Not everyone likes having a doll in their miniature settings; they feel it distracts from the realism of their scene. But there are ways to suggest that there are "people" in the scene, like the book idea above. Others include a partially eaten snack or meal, a cup of partially drunk beverage, a cross-word visible on a newspaper, partially filled in and with a pen or pencil handy, or an afghan draped casually over a couch or chair; all suggest that the miniature inhabitant has just left the room for some reason.

Once the tidbits are done, hopefully by tomorrow evening, I intend to go back and dress the Tudor ladies destined for the market hall, which is about to go on display again. That would also clear a pile of magazines, files, sewing notions and a box of fabric off the floor of my sewing room!

It is a well-known fact that untidy spaces are a given, wherever creative people are working....


  1. These are great ideas! Looking forward to seeing your work.

  2. I love the idea of open books left to be picked up later and books are something that will go in just about ANY scene so I know that your Tidbits will be highly prized! :D


  3. Well Marijke - if what you say about workrooms is true then I must be the most creative person in the world!!!! - Marilyn D., Oromocto, NB, Canada