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Monday, March 14, 2016

Long, Long Ago....

 I was looking through one of the early albums of photos this morning... I ran across this one that I thought might be of interest to someone that wanted a fast project.

It was built from one of the unfinished wooden plaques that you can get just about anywhere craft supplies are carried.  I think that I got this one at Walmart.  It was at least twenty years ago that I put this together.

I found the candlestick light at a thrift shop.  I combined the two simply with glue... Finished the plaque and then glued on the light with plain old white glue... That was it.

It made a well lighted display for a few minis and could sit almost anywhere in the house.

Next, I ran across a lot of photos that Pam Throop sent me when I was doing people and wicker for her. 

Since I mentioned that someone was selling them at a show a week or so ago, I thought that you might like to see some of my first people.

This was a cook and a retired sea captain. 
This one was done from an actual photo of the man.  Clothes and all were copied.

I especially liked the stirrup pants. 
This young lady and a gardener went with another house.  I don't remember which one.  The photo was taken outside of the Witches Warehouse. 

The gardener's smock actually has miniature smocking on the front and shoulders.  Hard to see in the photo.
Here are two pieces of my very early wicker. 

It is very straight laced and not very comfortable looking. 

I do believe that those are about the third and fourth pieces that I did... Not sure.

Some of these pieces and people made it into Nutshell News...

I have two medical appointments today.  So, I will probably not get a lot of mini making in today... The appointments are a couple of hours apart, so we are going over to see April and Amare.

Back to cleaning in the workroom.  The sign is still up. "Do not disturb!  Cleaning in progress!" I may as well get something done until we have to leave.

See you tomorrow.


Unknown said...

You may say these are early pieces, but I can't believe how good they were for a "beginner"! I love your work, especially the people. I'm just starting to try to make clothes and, let me tell you, they definitely look like the work of a true beginner. But, as my husband tells me, if you want to be good at something, you have to be willing to be bad at it first. Easy for him to say! LOL

Good luck at your appointments. Prayers.


azteclady said...

:sending good wishes:

Here's hoping you only get good news from the doctors, Casey! (and, as always, that you enjoy visiting with your favorite mini)

Caseymini said...

Connie, I firststartedmaking doll clothes when I was about ten. I learned to sew on my grandmother's treadle sewing machine. I guess that Just keep could say that I have been making clothes for little people for a long, long time... I also took a lot of fashion design classes in college. I was an art major. That's a definite advantage. Just keep at it. Always save a couple of early pieces of anything new that you try. When you make new pieces, look at the old ones once in a while. You will be surprised at how fast you advance! Just keep going.

Caseymini said...

Azteclady, I already got the good news of being cancer free. The doctor stuff now is just routine. Soon it will all be over... Sometime in June.

Giac said...

Hello Casey,
Your early pieces were fantastic. The dolls are great! Did you do a lot of craft before you got into miniatures?
Big hug

Caseymini said...

Giac, you name it. I have tried LOT of different crafts. My favorite is any kind of needlecraft.

one of my daughter's friends paid me the best compliment years ago. She said that, if she was ever stranded on a desert island, she would want me along. She figured that with materials at hand, we could survive... I doubt that it's true but it was a nice thought at the time.LOL