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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Happy Easter!

Anastasia's Dreams Easter Basket.
 I hope everybody is getting ready for a fabulous Easter break. I have been incredibly busy over the past couple of months so my dollhouse has come to a standstill.

One thing I was able to do was attend the ACT Miniature Enthusiasts show. I didn't go crazy at the fair…even though there was lots of tempting products. I thought I'd save my money for the Sydney Miniature Fair in May.


 I did buy a couple of small items. The first photo is a small basket with easter eggs. So cute! It's from miniature food maker Anastasia Grogan. (anastasiasdreams.blogspot.com.au) She had several lovely food items to choose from. Yum Yum.















My second item is a fern. I was unsure of the maker's name but I think it's Dianne Cotterill. (Any reader who did attend the fair, can you let me know if this is correct?) This is the third plant that I have purchased from the same seller. (Anyone remember the daffodils and iris?) I love the detail of the tiny "babies" that the fern has….a nice detail.
These were a gift with purchase….all ready for Christmas.













I also purchased an item for an experiment. After much research I had decided to do a trial of Magic Brik for the basement. I really, really, really wanted to use real stone from Richard Stacey http://www.richardstacey.com/welcome.html.

Unfortunately due to the enormous amount of square inches I need to cover I was looking at nearly $1800 just for the stone. That wasn't including the postage. They are such a beautiful product, and I am so disappointed, but, when making dollhouses you still have a budget!

So I'm going to try Magic brick with a cement type paint product. I will try a small sample before fully committing to it. If anyone has any suggestions for a brick/stone finish or links to ideas please let me know.



 My last photo today is of the newest member of my family. Many of my readers might remember that my beautiful great dane Indy died last December. After much discussion with my boyfriend we decided to have a break from great danes. Don't get me wrong. I love them…they are probably my favourite breed. But the fact is you get such a short time with them. Most make it to 8, if you are very lucky they make it to 10.

So with all this is mind, we went with a very different breed altogether. Introducing Ksenia (Kenzi) the Border Terrier. Kenzi is our first Border terrier so we are learning heaps about the breed. She is full of beans…..all of the time! She is a chewer of all things…so you need to keep your miniature collection in a very high place!

Here is a list of her favourite chewables:
Baby wipes
Hair ties
Paper towel
Pens and pencils
Plant tags (especially the really important ones that show my Mum where her rare bulbs are located!)
Hoses
Leads
Blue pegs (really does only eat blue ones!)
Bread bag tags
tea towels
Apple TV remote (it's perfectly bite size!)
Skirting board corners (this is her latest treat!)
Snails
Duck poo!
Thong (You would call this a flip flop in the USA)

So as you can imagine….she has turned the house upside down. Fun Times!
Kenzi came to us from a Breeder in Tasmania. So we think she probably has a bit of the Tasmanian Devil in her!

Well have a great Easter everyone. Talk Soon IndyPoppy



35 comments:

  1. What beautiful miniatures you purchased at the show..
    I hope you will let us know how the magic Brik works out for you.. Sounds very interesting..
    Kenzi is truly a Terrier all right... and what a sweetheart she is!
    I hope she brings you much joy for years to come.
    blessings,
    Penny

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    1. Ive had a small attempt at Magic Brick over the weekend. I'm unsure about it.

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  2. Kenzi is so cute. We have a Highland Terrier and he likes to chew things too, especially plastic things. Our other little dog has a sock fettish and steals socks to snuggle into! Your spider plant is gorgeous as is the little bunny in the basket.

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    1. Socks are definitely not safe at my house!

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  3. Son una minis muy chulas. Esa cestita de pascua es ideal.

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  4. Kenzi es preciosa , todos los cachorros alteran la tranquilidad de la casa con sus travesuras y su curiosidad por todo ,
    veo que hiciste buenas compras en la feria , es dificil retenerse con las compras
    en cuanto a lo de los ladrillos , has probado en Pinterest,? seguro que encuentras tutoriales para hacer distintos ladrillos

    besitos

    Mari

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    1. Pinterest is fantastic isn't it? Very addictive. Lots of miniatures.

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  5. Sounds like you scored some sweet stuff! Hope you're doing well,
    Ruth

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    1. Thanks Ruth, I am saving for the Sydney Miniatures fair which is Saturday week….So excited.

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  6. Has comprado unas minis muy bonitas. Tu pequeño amigo, es como todos los cachorros muy juguetón y necesita ejercitar los dientes, pero es una monada.

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    1. Kenzi does seem to like to "exercise" her teeth on everything!

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  7. oh he's so cute we had a Terrier too but he would just whine a lot for food, have fun with your mini purchases :)

    Hugs
    Marisa

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    1. Kenzi just does the head tilt to try and get what she wants. It's rather convincing!

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  8. I like your mini purchases.
    Kenzi is so cute. Congratulations for the new member of your family.

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    1. Thanks Faby. She is a wonderful addition to my family.

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  9. Wonderful miniatures!
    Happy Easter to you!
    Hugs
    Kikka

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  10. Congratulations on your new dog, it looks so cute, irresistible. Lovely purchase you made and I wish you a nice trip here in May.
    Happy Easter to you and your familie.
    Hugs
    Wyrna

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    1. Hi Wyrna, I am excited about the fair. It was fantastic in 2012 so I can't wait.

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  11. Lovely miniature purchases! Kenzi is soooooo cute! Congratulations on your new fur baby! xo Jennifer

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    1. She is definitely a "fur baby" she is a mischief maker!

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  12. Congratulations for Kenzi! She is beautiful! Great purchases too!
    Hugs, Drora

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  13. Wonderful new purchases.
    Your baby dog is so cute!!
    Greetings and a hug
    Melanie

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    1. Thanks Melanie, Kenzi is a cute trouble maker!

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  14. Hope you had a great Easter with your new family member! Kenzi looks very cute and I can just imagine the energy level on a dog like that ;) My fist dog, a small mixed breed, (That preferred my mum, so he still lives with her, even after I moved) was a real chewer when he was younger, and he still tear his toys to pieces.. He still has the energy like a puppy, at 10 years of age =)
    Hannah

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    1. Kenzi definitely doesn't stop. She starts at about 5:30 and doesn't stop till about 8:30!!!

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  15. HI there, It is funny that we are both trying out bricks at the same time! I have thought about using Magic Brick in the past, but you can't get it in Australia, and postage is too expensive. Have you tried the cardboard brick method? It would be fun to see a direct comparison side by side to see which has a better finish. Good luck!

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    1. You can get the Magic Bric tape from Victorian Dollhouses in Canberra. But I'm not sure about the mix. I have made a sample with a cement style textured paint. But I'm not completely happy with the finish. I haven't heard of the cardboard brick method. Is it using egg cartons or cardboard?

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