Friday, 10 March 2017

"It's SHOW TIME!"

Last weekend, the Miniteers (minus our Linda), made a trek down to Seattle for the weekend to attend the Seattle Miniature Show.
Previously, Janine had convinced both Fatima and I that  we should enter a couple of our roombox displays, which would gain us free admission into the show 

and 
MAYBE we'd
 win a ribbon.  

A ribbon award came with mini show dollars to spend,  so we took her advise and 
pre-registered our displays.
I entered 

"GOTHICA"
and
"GREEN DOLPHIN STREET"

"Gothica" was pretty dusty and as I began sweeping it out I decided to make a few minor adjustments here and there and eventually got it to the point where I felt I could take it to the show. 
Most of the adjustments consisted removing the Blu-Tak and glueing things down permanently, but I also added some new wild roses around the doorway, which softened the overall look and gave more depth perception. 
For "GREEN DOLPHIN STREET" 
I gave it a light sweeping and checked the lighting-
but wouldn't you know, the lights were not working! 
I had a spare transformer which I swapped out then 
re-tested the connection, and the lights worked. 
HOORAY! 
So last Saturday, well before dawn, Janine, Fatima and I set out for the U.S. border, crossed it and continued on our way to Seattle,
*about Three and a half hours away by car *
The ride down went quickly with all of us chatting back and forth about life and minis,
and minis, 
and minis...
Once we'd arrived at our destination, both Fats and I set up our exhibits.  
Gothica was a quickie but GDS took more time. 
When everything was finally in place, I turned on the power and 
WHOA!
90% of my lights burned out! 
In my haste to get them operating, I neglected to inspect the output voltage of one of the replacement transformer, assuming that it was also a 12volt. 
 I had mistakenly connected a 20 volt transformer to a 
12 volt house! 
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You live and learn. :(
Nothing I could do about it, but accept it- 

then drown my sorrows in the Sales Room
with some
SHOPPING THERAPY!
YES, I Did some SERIOUS damage to my wallet but by the end of the day, I was pretty happy with my little bits and pieces. 


Later on the 3 of us did a bit of late night show and tell in our room, which was a fun way to end the day! 

The following morning I went back to the display area to check on my house lights again, and found that 

I had WON! 
TWICE!
Green Dolphin Street 
(with nearly all the lights burnt out) had received
BEST OF SHOW 
AND 
GOTHICA
had WON
FIRST PLACE! 

:D
HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY!!!!!!
 Almost the first thing I did with my show dollar winnings was to invested in a really lovely ornate chest of drawers from Julia Stewart of Aristocratic Attic which is pictured below.  I am looking forward to including this lovely chest SOMEWHERE inside Villa Leone! 
I know that the blue floral china tea service is very 
English Country and Not Italian, but I have a weakness for mini tea sets and this one needed to come home with me. ;P
Janine presented me with the tall green glass vase as a gift!


And although I went down with a shopping list, the only thing which really I didn't expect to find was the
Italian Coffee percolator, but I did!
  SCORE! 

the other 2 silver pots were an added bonus!

I LOVE 
mini tea pots! 

 The china ducks were from a vintage dealer and the assorted glassware was from the vendor
 Country Store Miniatures

The plastic chest above is another vintage piece made by Ideal.
It was a bargain at 5 dollars
Most of what I bought was tiny and much of it found in the discount bins, but not the books.
The 2 antique books were bought because of the
beautiful illustrations and because they're of Italian origin and wonderfully aged.




Another bargain basement chest of drawers
@ $3.00
And for no particular reason, I bought a pair of worn red cowboy boots?
and also a SHOWER CAP
 made by a dear friend of mine named Dena, who 
2 years ago, gifted me with one for
GREEN DOLPHIN STREET
  and is now making them for sale at
CJN Miniatures in Seattle.
This for sure, will be going into the bathroom of
Villa Leone! :D


I wanted a work table for the kitchen at Villa Leone so this one looked like it would fit the bill.
The drawers open and it is already distressed and 

well aged-

what more could a girl ask for?

another little gift from Janine
a vintage style kitchen flour sifter!  

here's A tiny potholder which I also couldn't resist

And I Found the perfect meat grinder for the table too! 
The mandarin oranges and the pears were treats I'd ordered from a vendor which I first saw on the blog of
"LATCHKEY AND JONQUIL"
The peeled oranges and sliced pears are from

 Yulia Yakobson, in Estonia.  
They are truly Marvelous, and I can't recommend her work highly enough!
Plate is from the Seattle Show
As a belated November birthday present, Fatima had previously given me a box of assorted tiny treasures.
Included inside was a Yummy Italian Panatone
complete with a paper wrapper! :D
Canned peaches from the Seattle Show as well as the glass bowl which I've filled with Yulia's oranges.

The ripe Fimo pears were made by me.  


Bottles, jar and the scoop from the Show
Canning by Janet Brownhill- U.K.
I simply Love her work! 

The bread and knife are by Pat___? from California, I lost her card and her last name, but hopefully Janine will have that information when she posts about the 
Seattle Show on her blog 
"MINWORKS" 
Pat makes many incredible things, but she specializes in orchids and fresh vegetables which are all sliceable and peel-able! 



The basket was another bargain from the show, but the breads I made myself with air dry clay. 

I have always been hesitant about working with Fimo or Sculpey but if your making cheese then air dry clay just doesn't cut it.
I made the assorted cheeses using polymer clay. 


Speaking of Polymer Clay...

Fatima made the wine jug out of polymer clay; part of my birthday gift and
I think it's Marvelous!
It, along with the braided garlic and the onions pictured below, are ALL destined for Villa Leone
and all by the Amazing Fatima!

I was told by both Miniteers that
Salted Cod was a MUST HAVE
for my Italian Kitchen



The oversized cutting board was another lucky find at the Seattle Show along with the ceramic asparagus.

Stoneware jug another show gift from Fats

I made the sausage varieties from Fimo following this youtube video.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JX8LIlqYB5U
I think that I am becoming obsessed with making mini food.
I've made tons of it and although 
most of it is pretty awful, there are usually a few items from the pile which are worth keeping.



After Day# 1 at the show, we made a short visit to the
Value Village thrift store which was located right next door to our hotel.  
I found this HofM table kit hanging on the rack, but 
the BEST THING of ALL
 WAS WHAT JANINE DISCOVERED THERE! 




A FANTASTIC BOOK of 
 ITALIAN VILLA INTERIORS! 

And inside is where
I FINALLY found my inspiration kitchen!!!

  Hopefully, if I plan it right I will have enough room to  display some of my
MANY MINI FOODS 

as well as the wonderful Kitchen Minis which I have been collecting which will include many of the 
 the cherished gifts from all of my friends.
 
Thank You 
Janine and Fatima, for a VERY Memorable Seattle Show weekend! 
Here's to the GOOD LIFE! :D


elizabeth

125 comments:

  1. Firstly.. A huge hug and congratulations for your two big wins at the Seattle show. It was well deserved. Your miniature builds and interiors are the best!!! So are your exteriors and stunning gardens. How you managed to make so many gorgeous flowers and plants for your garden is beyond me. One stinking vase of flowers kicks my proverbial. For some reason it just exhausts me. I am so thrilled for you! I was really confident you were going to walk away with first place when Janine said she was taking your work to the show. I just knew you'd clean up! :-))

    What a wonderful bunch of treasures you bought at the show. Plus those fantastic gifts! :-)
    You have done a great job creating all the food. No surprise to me. Your talent seems to be endless. Is there anything you can't do? ;-)

    Wishing you a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY... (though a bit belatedly).

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    1. Hi Catherine,
      Thank YOu Very Much for your Congratulations! :D
      I was surprised and greatly pleased to win for both Green Dolphin Street and for GOTHICA, but what made me REALLY HAPPY was being able to talk to some of the people who were seeing my displays as well as eves dropping on some of their private comments about them; shameful to admit, but true! ;P
      I am pretty pleased with the bunch of tiny treasures I was able to find, not to mention the various gifts from my very dear friends.

      After reading your comment, I had to back-track and re-edit my post to clarify that my birthday was actually last November and that Fatima's birthday gifts were belated ones which she had given me in January!
      Although we try to celebrate each others birthdays closer to the dates, we are not always able to do so, so Fats' was just catching up.
      But Thank you anyway, for your belated birthday wishes Catherine, just don't ask me my age because THAT's not mini! :((

      elizabeth :D

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    2. Hahaha No more mini birthdays for me either Elizabeth.

      What fun to be able to hear the comments from people who had no idea you were standing right there. I can see how it might have made you feel eves dropping. Still, I am sure the guilt was assuaged by the pure (high/joy) feelings of those gorgeous ribbons.

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    3. It was kinda like being a fly on the wall, hearing what people had to say, and since it was all good, the "guilt" was quickly forgotten. ;P

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  2. Dear Elizabeth, CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am not surprised that you won the awards.... your works go beyond the usual great buildings to the truly extraordinary evocative and impeccably detailed show pieces! You don't stop where so many do... you insist on the perfection of mood and the pursuit of your vision until it is crystal clear! You have a gift for making the "story" come alive in your creations. So Bravo for a well deserved win!
    As for the "collecting" you have done while there.... I am drooling! You have found so many gorgeous and unique treasures to add to your stunning rooms! I can't wait to see where they all fit in as you develop Villa Leone to its fullest potential! I am so glad you had a fun trip beyond the show too, and found that book! I have a weakness for big books like that....! As for the food you got.... (I am hungry now!) and that tea set! And that tiny vintage flour sifter that is identical to my RL one!!!! I don't know how you do it, you find the most wonderful treasures!!! I could go on and on.... Wow! And Happy belated Birthday Too! :)

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    1. Thank You Very Much Betsy! :D
      I think that when Janine found that book, it immediately became my VERY FAVORITE THING!
      I have found quite a few research books over the past number of months but this one book of Country Houses of Tuscany puts all of the others I have in the shade. The book is written in 3 language, which at first we didn't realize, but I would have taken it anyway just for the photos. But since the text and the captions are also in English, I am able to read the families and the historic details written about each of the 19 properties featured within.
      I am really looking forward to using the book as a guide as I begin work on the interior of Villa Leone.
      And I agree with you Betsy, the food items Always make me hungry too! ;P

      elizabeth

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  3. Congratulations on both wins! I am not surprised. Your miniature scenes are amazing!
    Plus I love all your purchases. Wow! It seems like I must try to go to the Seattle show. I love the peeled oranges, and the coffee pots, and the potholder and really everything!
    Sounds like such a fun time! So happy for you!

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    1. Thank You Very Much Penelope, it was a Wonderful experience! :D
      If you ever get the opportunity to visit the Seattle Show then I hope you'll take it! The show venue is spacious, the dealers plentiful, lots of variety, and the hotel itself is comfortable if you decide to stay the weekend. It was 2 years between the last time we had gone to the Seattle Show and so we were all really looking forward to it.
      I spoke to Janine today and she is hoping to post about the trip on her MINWORKS blog and show n'tell about all of her Fabulous Finds from the show, so stay tuned! :D

      elizabeth

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    2. I am also very impressed by the food that you made. I am looking forward to seeing the post on MINWORKS too!

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    3. Thank you again Penelope. :) It looks easy in the youtube videos, yet it is more tricky than I'd thought. Air dry is a more familiar medium to me but I'll get use to the polymer if I keep on practicing.

      And I'm looking forward to a new post on MINWORKS just as much as you are! :D

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  4. Congratulations! And it looks like you had a lot of fun. Love your loot. That glass...and those ducks! Gorgeous!

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    1. Thank You Sheila for your Congratulations and YES Indeed- I came home with a lot of loot! ;P
      And Thank you for noticing the ducks. I love those little critters too! :D

      elizabeth

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  5. Congratulations on two well deserved wins! Both are fabulous. Sorry about the transformer debacle but it didn't matter :) Happy Birthday and what wonderful items you have amassed. I just kept looking and seeing more detail. Very inspiring all the way around!

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    1. Thank You Very Much Linda! :D
      I have no one but myself to blame regarding not reading the label on the transformer and thus burning out all of those bulbs. Some I can replace, but there are some fixtures which will have to remain as is. :(
      When I got home, I took a good look at ALL of the transformers I have stored in a drawer and found a second one which was also unusable.
      This is checking them NOW is what's called closing the barn door AFTER all of the livestock has escaped. :/
      But I did have LOTS of fun at the show and again later in setting up the scenes for this series of photos. A small preview for some time yet in the future as well as to help me remember what I bought!

      elizabeth

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  6. Congratulations yet again! I'm certainly not surprised. And what treasures you found at the show. You have such a good eye for the greatest things.I love every one of them. And what a find the book was at V.V.!! I think the Villa Leone kitchen will be done before we know it. So glad you had such a good weekend. Will catch up soon.
    Hugs, Linda

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    1. Thank You for all of your Encouragement Linda! Needless to say, but that we wished you had been along with us, but you and Janine will have the SIMP show to look forward to this summer and how MARVELOUS is THAT!!!?

      I KNEW that you would be impressed with the book from V.V. seeing as how you and I are thrift store hounds.
      I have no idea how Janine spotted this book since the title on the spine is written in German, but I am over the moon that she did because at long last I have a vision for the kitchen which I can actually see! :D
      will be in touch with you very soon!

      elizabeth

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  7. Huge CONGRATULATIONS on your wins.....how absolutely wonderful!!!!! What an adventure you all had, isn't it wonderful to share such a passion with fantastic (like minded) friends. I adore (with a little envy) all the beautiful items you bought!
    Linda x

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    1. Thank You Very Much Linda! :D
      I'm feeling pretty Chuffed about everything too, and you're so RIGHT about being able to share a passion with Fantastic and like-minded friends. My friends are THE GREATEST!:D
      And we were all anticipating this little cross border excursion because our circumstances last year had prevented our going, so this year our excitement for the Seattle show was made that much the sweeter! :))

      elizabeth

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  8. This is all so wonderful! Your builds, the red cowboy boots, the sweet potatoes, and most of all the affection in your stories.

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    1. Thank You Very Much Nancy! :D
      I am always tickled to read which items others find the most intriguing and I have to agree that those red cowboy boots caught my eyes as soon as I saw them on the table. I was somewhat remiss about collecting business cards, but I know that the the vendor was
      Wright Guide to Miniatures and I also just checked and they have an on-line store too.
      The sweet potatoes by Pat, not only look edible but they can be peeled which I find fascinating!
      It took an extra bit of time when standing at Pat's table because she was carefully slicing her fruits and vegetables for each individual customer who requested it.
      Now THAT'S customer service! :D

      elizabeth

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  9. Toutes mes félicitations pour ces deux victoires ! Elles sont amplement méritées. Que de déboires et de stress ... Heureusement "tout est bien qui finit bien" !
    Les achats et les cadeaux sont de véritables trésors!
    Belle journée ! Bises. Joce

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    1. Thank YOu for your Congratulations, Joce! :D
      The stress came as the result of blowing the lights but it HAS taught me a valuable lesson- which is to slow down and to pay more attention to what I am doing.
      And also to READ THE LABEL!
      Other than that glitch ; our excitement throughout the rest of the show, was EPIC! :D

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  10. Hi Elizabeth, Bruce and I are over the moon with your photos - so lovely! All your treasures are displayed beautifully. I cannot wait to see the tablescapes in Villa Leone and I can tell you are inspired to continue.
    Thank you for a wonderful weekend and for sharing in detail all the treasures you found.
    Hugs Janine

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    1. Thank You Janine and Thank You Cameraman Bruce! :D
      I'm as PLEASED as punch that you both like the pictures! Initially I wasn't that hopeful but shooting in the light box helped A LOT, especially since there was A LOT to shoot- oh my!
      More than I had originally suspected and MORE than perhaps my wallet should have been subjected to, but in the end it was ALL GREAT FUN!

      Thanks to you and to Fats for such a lovely mini weekend excursion, and I can hardly wait to see all of your Many Mini Goodies featured SOON on MINWORKS! ;P

      elizabeth

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  11. Congratulations for the two prices! You deserve them ❤
    It must be fun to visit a miniature show with friends. You found small treasures that will enrich your Italian project. The pictures are artworks themselves.
    Thank you for sharing all this!

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    1. Thank You Ersilia for your lovely words of Congratulations! :D
      It WAS fun visiting the show in Seattle and being able to share the experience made it even MORE special!
      I am Stoked about finding the Italian percolator, as well as knowing that NOW I don't have to TRY and MAKE one- Whew!
      I am DELIGHTED that you also like the photos, because it felt good to be able to play around with all that food and then take pictures of it.
      Gluttony without the calories!

      elizabeth

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  12. elisabeth, what a great trip this must have been! the mini look absolutely outstanding on your photos - I probably would have come home totally broke ;-)

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    1. Hi Marion and YES it was a MARVELOUS trip and Enormous Fun! We each found things which satisfied our souls and made it all worthwhile.
      Not only that, but traveling down to Seattle gave us an opportunity to visit and catch up with each other's lives which made the
      journey feel shorter!
      And you are Right again, because no matter how good one might try to be- it's much too easy to come home again totally broke! ;P

      elizabeth

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  13. What lovely things you bought in Seattle. I look forward seeing them in the villa. But already you managed to make such interesting photo's, I really enjoyed everything.

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    1. Thank You Very Much Kleine Vingers for Enjoying the photos as well as enjoying the mini goodies in the photos! I had a LOT of fun setting up each display, knowing that I've FINALLY found a direction for my future Italian Kitchen.
      That fact has made taking the pictures, easier to compose. :))

      elizabeth

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  14. Félicitation Elizabeth pour vos victoires qui n'ont rien d'étonnant, votre travail est au dessus de tout ce que l'on peut imaginer.
    Quelle mauvaise surprise vous avez du avoir à utiliser le mauvais transformateur et de voir vos ampoules grillées.
    Vos achats et vos cadeaux sont magnifiques mais ce qui est le plus magnifiques, ce sont les photos que vous avez faites pour nous les présenter, chaque image me fait penser à ces "natures-mortes" des grands maîtres flamands.




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    1. Thank You Very Much Jean-Claude for such a Wonderful compliment about my photos and regarding my Awards from the Seattle Show! :D
      I LOVE the Old Masters and so your comment referencing their Still life paintings make me HAPPY!
      I am currently reading an Excellent biographical novel about the life of the painter Rembrandt, so perhaps subconsciously, the book has been influencing my photos? ;P

      elizabeth

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  15. Wow! First of all congratulations for your well deserved first prizes!
    Wonderful detailed photos of the fantastic minis purchased, especially as they will be perfect for your Italian project. Enjoy all.
    Hugs, Drora

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    1. Thank You Very Much Drora for your Congratulations! :D
      I am Delighted that you like the photos and I feel as you do- I was HAPPY with all of them!
      I do think however, that I may have more food than my kitchen can hold, but I shall wait to cross that bridge when I come to it! ;P

      eliizabeth

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  16. Congratulations Elizabeth, your achievements are fantastic and thank you for sharing photos
    The scenes of foods are wonderfully realistic but Gothica is an enchantment!
    warm hugs

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    1. Thank You Claude for your Very Kind Comments and for the special mention of GOTHICA.
      I too have a soft spot in my heart for this display. When I see it in the pictures with the back light coming through the door, it feels like a scene from a fairy tale.
      which I'll never grow tired of

      elizabeth :D

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  17. Gefeliciteerd met de mooie prijzen, wat heb je mooie duidelijke foto's gestuurd. En wat een geweldige volle schalen met voedsel.
    Geweldig

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    1. Greeting Thea and Thank You for your Congratulations! :D
      I am Very Happy that you like both the pictures and the food in the pictures. :D
      I think that I am getting better at making foods, but that is because I am starting with the EASY ones first! :D

      elizabeth

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  18. Congratulations Elizabeth! I'm not surprised because Your Gothica is like magic and Green Dolphin Street is gorgeaus! Your poor lamps received too much power but luckily you could do excellent finds on shopping. All food installations are feast for a eye,thank you for gorgeaus photos!

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    1. Hi Riitta! Thank You for ALL of your Lovely Words! I have to say that I am ALWAYS surprised when my work wins recognition, but ALWAYS Happy when it does! It is a Blessing from GOD.
      Blowing the lights was all because of my own hastiness and not reading the label on the transformer so GOD was trying to teach me something by it, but I think I'm a slow learner. :(
      Meanwhile, consoling myself in the sales room was Loads of FUN and I am Delighted that you not only like my purchases, but that you like the Food as well! :D

      elizabeth

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  19. Congratulations Elizabeth. I bet even without the lights, your GDS was a show stopper and worthy of the prize. So chuffed for you and so happy that you got more mini spends :0D Thank you for sharing your photos - it's the closest I will get to seeing the show in person :0)

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    1. Hi Pepper and Thank You Very Much for your Congratulations! :D
      After I was reconciled to having blown the lights out, I was SURPRISED to find that the organizers of the Show had provided a MEGA FLASHLIGHT for the public to use to shine into the dollhouse so that they could see into it better, which was incredibly thoughtful of them. It was weird to see the light from the torch shining through the windows from the other side, which gave the impression of mini Burglars casing the joint! :D

      elizabeth

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  20. Dear Elizabeth,
    Congratulations. Everything looks amazing. You could be very proud !
    Hugs Dorien

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    1. Greetings Dorien and Thank You for your Congratulations! :D
      I am so Glad you like the photos and are enjoying the minis from the Show, and you are quite right; I AM feeling Very Proud! :D

      elizabeth

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  21. Huge congratulations on your wins - SO well deserved!!!
    Thanks too for sharing pictures of the wonderful treasures you came home with - fantastic!
    Rx

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    1. Thank You So Much Robin for your Congratulations! I don't know about "deserving" but it makes me feel GOOD when others are enjoying the results of what I have done.
      Hearing the various candid comments from the public was tremendously encouraging and a Great Reward in and of itself.
      but having the extra mini money to spend at the show felt Pretty GREAT too! ;P

      elizabeth

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  22. Felicidades!!!! Sin duda mereces todo ese reconocimiento porque tu trabajo es maravilloso! Me encanta la forma en que lo celebraste :), entre compras y regalos regresas con un montón de preciosos tesoros. Nuevamente, felicidades!

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    1. Thank You VERY Much Zulueta for your Lovely Words and your Congratulations! :D
      I am really happy with the minis that I came home with and hope that I will be able to use the majority of them inside Villa Leone, although I do have plans for a few of them for other projects which I haven't yet disclosed.
      The Seattle Show was a Treat for me and for my friends Fatima and Janine and I am pleased to be able to share it with you too!

      elizabeth

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  23. Felicidades por el premio y por todas esas maravillosas compras y regalos.

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    1. Thank You Very Much for your Congratulations Isabel, and I am Very Happy that you like the gifts and the minis from the Show. :D
      I think that my eyes were bigger than my wallet, but the memories and the fun made the weekend worth every penny! :D

      eliizabeth

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  24. Congratulations... totally deserved! And you turned your well-deserved prices into some wonderful miniatures.

    Hugs
    Birgit

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    1. Thank YOu Very Much Birgit! I Really Appreciate your words of Congratulations! :D
      It was a Memorable Weekend in so many ways and I hope that each time I see any of the minis from these photos, that I will remember how wonderfully exciting that Seattle Show was! :D

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  25. Wow!! Everything looks amazing; what a haul! Love everything and especially your own hand made pears! They are just gorgeous (although in RL I don't like them much!). The Italian kitchen inspo pic looks just gorgeous and yes will be the perfect fit in Villa Leone. Glad you enjoyed yourselves, and CONGRATULATIONS on your wins - well deserved!

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    1. Thank You Shannon for your Congratulations and also for mentioning the pears! I don't care for eating them raw either but I LOVE them as jam! I have tried making Fimo pears before which looked like ugly blobs, so I was rather pleased with the way these ones turned out.:)
      The Italian Kitchen inspiration photo is exactly as you've described and the weight of NOT having to guess about the kitchen, is such a Relief that I'm actually looking forward to making one now! :D

      elizabeth

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  26. Elizabeth, OK,just got to your page. I see soo many stare worthy things and I have to go to bed. I will be back when I have time to drool over all of this!! Can't wait!

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    1. Hi Grandmommy! I know just how you mean! When I was beginning to take the photos I couldn't believe how much stuff there was! It didn't look like much until I began organizing and grouping it then- HEAD SLAP! May have to mortgage on the house!!!!

      just kidding! ;P

      elizabeth :D

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  27. Imposible sorprenderme por esas dos victorias Elizabeth,tu trabajo es fantástico,tienes manos de hada y gusto a raudales para toda la decoración,tanto interior como exterior! Por lo tanto doble enhorabuena!!!!!
    Tus compras y regalos son preciosas y me encantará verlas colocadas en tus pequeñas-grandes obras de arte!!!!!
    Besos.

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    1. What Lovely Words Pilar- Thank YOu Very Much! :D
      As I was sweeping the dust out of GOTHICA, I was reconnecting to it again and found that it Always make me feel like I'm in a magic space; an Aladdin's Cave or a fairy land where time seems to stand still.
      The idea for it is from a Bible verse in Isaiah 2:4 " and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their swords into pruning hooks..."
      I don't know if I have the "fairy hands" as you've described, but I Thank you for recognizing a Peaceable Kingdom where perhaps the fairies live. :D

      elizabeth

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  28. Congratulations! I am not surprise though, your are a true artist, your work is so, so special and unique. I now follow your blog and it has been a wonderful discovery. Your italian villa is a master piece.

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    1. WOW-Thank You VERy Much Alexandra for your Congratulations and also for following and enjoying my blog! :D
      I am Always Encouraged by the input from others, and your kind and thoughtful words are fuel for the fire! :))

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  29. Дорогая Элизабет! Я счастлива, что вы получили заслуженные награды. Ваши работы являются произведением искусства. Ваш "Готика" завораживает. Он такой волшебный! Ваш сад удивляет многообразием и реальностью. Я жду с нетерпением, чтобы пройтись по вилле "Леоне". Я очень, очень рада за вас!
    П.С. Ваши изделия из полимерной глины выглядят реально и аппетитно! Браво!
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    1. Thank YOu Very Much my Dear Tatiana! :D
      I Appreciate your lovely words about GOTHICA, and the Garden of my doll's house!
      I consider you as an Experienced Professional when it comes to working with polymer clays, as your INCREDIBLE Character Dolls will testify, so your compliment of my polymer food, is Greatly Treasured! ♥

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  30. Congratulations on your prizes, they are well deserved. Lucky visitors to have been able to see your work in real.
    Everything you bought or got at the show is wonderful.
    Your fimo food is perfect you are very talented.
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    1. Hi Genevieve!!! Thank You Very Much for your words of Congratulations!:D
      I am Very Happy that more people were able to see Green Dolphin Street too, however that may well be the last public showing for a while.
      However I enjoyed every minute of spending that mini money and I am DELIGHTED that you have approved my purchases, AND that you like my fimo food too! :D

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  31. Congratulations! And wonderful things you have bought, the books..... and food, the silver pots....

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    1. Thank YOu Very Much Merja! Your words of Congratulations means A LOT to me! :D
      YES, aren't those tiny books Amazing? I LOVE books and these were PERFECT for this Villa.
      And Thank you for liking my food too! I am still practicing and I am still enjoying the process as well as the discoveries! :D

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  32. Muchas felicidades!!! No me ha sorprendido nada tu éxito porque estoy totalmente enamorada de tus trabajos. Eres una artista y te mereces todos los premios.
    Un abrazo

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    1. Thank You Victoria for your Very Lovely words!!! :D
      It is Always Wonderful to have others Enjoy and Appreciate your work and going to Seattle was a Marvelous Experience for all 3 of us!
      Art is one of those things which you do by yourself, but is enjoyed more when shared with others! :D

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  33. Jackpot!!! What amazing finds. I cannot wait to see them in this gorgeous Italian kitchen you will design. And a heartfelt congrats on your wins! They are stunning

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  34. You Said it Kat!!! :P
    Shopping is one of my Favorite pastimes and shopping for minis is the MOST Favorite kind! :D
    It was fun looking for and discovering the various bargain bits and pieces, much like hunting for buried treasures and later having a private show and tell in the room was like a mini pajama party with each of us asking "where did you find that?" and "where is that piece going to go? ..."
    THank You for your comment and for your Congrats, Kat! It was a Memorable Weekend for Each of us! :D

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  35. Hello Elizabeth,
    CONGRATULATIONS! I am so happy you entered, not so much for the prize, which is awesome, but because other miniaturists got to see your amazing work! will do a happy dance in your honor.
    If I were to mention every item I loved, my comment would be as long as your post. I must say all the food is amazing...so well done and looks so delicious and realistic! The first chest is a favorite of mine. the detail is stunning and will be right at home in the villa. Another piece that jumped out at me is the meat grinder, but my absolute favorite of all is the magnificent tea set. I love it! Remember, Venice was a port of trade so I think English tea sets might have found their way there. I am so glad you won and I commend you on your shopping.
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    1. ‎Grazie mille signore Giac! I KNEW you would be pleased! :D
      And I am Very Happy that you like the assorted food items too!
      The chest from the "Aristocratic Attic" is a Wonderful souvenir of the Seattle Show and probably the most elegant looking of all of my purchases. I hope I'll find the Right place inside the Villa to do it justice.
      The Meat Grinder was the only one I saw at the show so it was meant to be, but the tea set was my very first purchase! I am hoping that Janine will have the name of the vendor when she posts on her blog since the husband and wife team had quite a lot of china tea sets and silver at their table.
      Thank You again for your Congratulations Giac, which I shall be sure to relay to my empty purse. :0
      Big Hugs Back! ♥

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  36. Congratulations on two well deserved wins! Your work is fabulous...always.
    The food is perfect and so real.

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    1. Thank You for your Congratulations, Very Very Much Faby! :D
      I am Very Happy that you are liking the looks of the foods. I really enjoyed experimenting with the polymer clay as well as my favorite mix of air dry clay.
      Following the youtube tutorial made it much easier than I had thought and has given me the confidence to keep on trying! :D

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  37. Elizabeth, you totally amaze me. I was too overwhelmed in my last comment to say anymore!
    Congratulations on the ribbons - we all know your work totally deserves them. ABSOLUTELY!!!!
    Now, most "normal" people take a quick picture of what they bought at a show, but....
    the amazing Elizabeth showcases her finds in beautifully composed photographs that look like old Master's artist paintings. Your photos are wonderful!!!!
    You are an amazing person with so much talent! Keep being awesome!

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    1. Thank You Very Much Sam for your Lovely Words of Praise! :D
      I had A Blast at the Seattle Show and what made it more fun than a barrel of monkeys was being there with my friends! :D
      But as for composing this post in this way, it was to save the readers from boredom- I got this,... I got this,... I got this.... AND besides, it gave me a chance to play with everything all over again, so there was a wee bit of selfishness snuck in there too! ;P

      elizabeth
      p.s. I think that YOU are an "Amazing Person" Sam, and I LOVE the direction you are taking with your current work- so Keep it going! ♥

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  38. I have to say I'm not surprised you won. Your work is so inspiring. With or without lights! If I get stuck with one of my projects I just type Studioe on Pinterest. And poof! Beautiful photos pop up. Seeing what you accomplish gives me encouragement. I get all excited about minis again. You are such a wonderful miniaturist. Congratulations on the ribbons.
    hugs♥,
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    1. My Dear Caroline! What a Beautiful Compliment and I Thank YOu Very Much for it! :D
      I must say that I feel Exactly the same way about your work and the character and stories which you are able to bestow within each one of your Dreamy cottages. ♥

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  39. OK. I am back...See, I KNEW IT! As usual, your post is terrific! I have a method to viewing your blog. First I stare at all of the pictures and read the captions making notes. That way I wont forget because the next picture took all of my attention. LOL
    Now, here are my notes. I am not surprised at either win! They are both beyond awesome. It is so cool that you found so many appropriate Italian accessories. Every morsel of food is unbelievably realistic! You reminded me I have a shower cap and meat grinder I must dig out. Did you notice the pot holder looks like a cabbage? Of course you did! If I weren't so fascinated I would be jealous of not just your great finds, but you wonderful mini friends (waving at them) Can't wait to see your villa progress with all of your new stuff!

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    1. Oh yeah, also the boots and your cheeses. The vases and teapots and and ....EVERYTHING! It must have been a real treat to see your award winning work up close and personal.

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    2. Thank You Grandmommy, and I only wish that you had been there at the Seattle Show too because I KNOW that you and I would hit it off immediately! :D
      I feel BLESSED with the ribbons, but more so with my Friends, and although I only know you through the blogs, I count you as one of them! :D
      And YES, I did notice that the pot holder looks like a cauliflower which is why I liked it so much and I WAS thrilled to be able to find a number of Italian items for my Villa when I hadn't expected to find any! How Neat is THAT!?
      The book was the proverbial cherry on top, because it has enabled me to see how to fit all the tiny bits together.
      I am looking forward to tackling the interior of the Villa again soon and so you and I will be able to enjoy the progress of it together! :D

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  40. Woohoo!!! Congrats on your awards! Very well deserved. You added so many fantastic minis to your collection.

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    1. Thank You Very Much Brae! I Greatly Appreciate your comment and that you are enjoying the additions to my mini collection! :D
      I am feeling impatient to begin playing with them again, but I'll need to make a kitchen first! :))

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  41. Hello, Elizabeth - and CONGRATULATIONS on your fabulous wins at the Seattle Show! I'm very happy for you - it's a well-deserved honor, and I'm not ONE BIT surprised! I hadn't seen your "Gothica" room box before; I love the detail, and the wild roses around the doorway set the room off to perfection. How disappointing for you to lose the lights in Green Dolphin Street! What a major blow! (So to speak.) But obviously it showed to great advantage even without lights. Green Dolphin Street is a wonderful work, one of my all time favorites, so I'm doubly happy that it won Best of Show, even without anyone consulting me! You made some gorgeous purchases; I love the Julia Stewart chest of drawers and cannot wait to see it in the Villa Leone. The antique books, too, are special, and all the food items are exquisitely made. The wine jug made for you by Fatima is lovely; I had just finished making a Sculpey urn when I read your post and saw the wine jug; made me want to start all over again! (But I didn't - it was hard enough the first time!) I know just how you feel about your new book on villa interiors; what a Fabulous Find! This was such a delightful post with all your new treasures arranged and photographed so beautifully. Thanks for sharing the fun!
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    1. Thank You Very Much Marjorie for your Congratulations regarding the results of the Seattle Show! :D
      I'm Glad that you have been introduced to GOTHICA because it remains one of my personal favorites!
      And YES, blowing the lights was Very Disappointing and knowing it was because of my own carelessness was even more galling, but as the saying goes- "the show must go on".
      Unbeknownst to me, the Show organizers provided a HUGE flashlight on the table where my doll's house was, so that people could shine the light into it and see more of the shadowed interior, which was a Kind and Thoughtful thing for them to do.
      Meanwhile, I had LOADS of Fun getting to see all of the Marvelous Minis that the vendors had on display as well as getting re-inspired in a BIG way before I made my various purchases. I'm Very glad that you are enjoying them just as much as I am. :D
      All in all, it was a Beautiful Weekend spent with 2 of my closest friends which despite all its mishaps, still turned out to be a Treasured and Happy memory!

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  42. Congratulations on your extremely well deserved wins! If I had known that both YOU and Green Dolphin Street and Gothica would be attending the Seattle show, I would have postponed my vacation just to see all of you! See ya next year with Villa Leone?
    Your new treasures are so lucky to be yours - they have won the lottery because to be included in one of your builds is a dream come true for minis! I am so excited to see what ideas get spawned from the serendipitous book!

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    1. Welcome Home Jodi and Thank You Very Much for your Congratulations!
      I didn't realize that you live in the Seattle area; which means that we're practically neighbors!!! :D

      I don't know how lucky my minis may feel about being mine, since so many of them never get to see the light of day; being stored in boxes year after year, but I hope that I shall be able to use the many of my newest ones for Villa Leone.

      Seeing the boxes of minis which were waiting for you when you returned home gave, me a good chuckle! I LOVE receiving parcels in the mail especially if they are mini, and so I know that you must have had a HUGE GRIN on your face as you walked through your front door!
      Looking forward to seeing your NEW LOG CABIN HBS project as it begins to take shape! :))

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  43. Ha,ha,ha,shopping therapy always works !!! Congrats for the prizes, both really well deserved.As somebody told above they have " a magic touch ", I love them. Good choice ( well, at least everything is ) the lovely ornate chest from Julia Stewart Villa Leone will be perfect for it!.Really beautiful the china tea service I also love them, and the 2 antique books are marvelous!The book about Italian Interiors.... I am looking forward to seeing the results in your scenes! I am always delighted reading your posts and watching your beautiful pics.
    What a funny and worthly weekend !!!! Congratulations once again!. !!!

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  44. Thank You Very Much Luli, for your words of Congratulations as well as for understanding my NEED for some Shopping Therapy! :D
    I Love the china tea service too,( no regrets there) and the tiny books STILL leave me in awe, but I'm with you about the RL Book on Italian Interiors- A MAJOR SCORE from my favorite chain of thrift stores! :))
    I certainly agree- it WAS a "worthy weekend" and now that it is over and the dust has settled, I am really looking forward to getting back to work on my mini Villa once again. :D

    elizabeth

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  45. Congratulations with winning twice! it is well deserved! i wish you much fun with the gorgeous miniatures you bought.

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  46. Greetings Tessa! :D
    It was a Wonderful Surprise for me to have won Twice and so I Thank You Very Much for your Kind words of Congratulations. Having new toys to play with is Always Fun! :D

    elizabeth

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  47. Wow congratulations on your wins! At first glance, I thought "Gothica" was a beautiful painting. I really love what you did there. Thank you so much for posting so many of your show finds and purchases! We do not have as many local shows in the NYC area, I really miss them.

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    1. Thank YOU Very Much Ketsia, especially for your compliment about GOTHICA! :D
      Re: the Seattle Show- it had been 2 years between attending any miniature show and like you, I miss them too!
      The excitement of being able to see a variety of merchandise and talent collected under one roof, as well as being able to talk to the vendors where you'll often learn something of the history of what you are interested in purchasing, makes going to a show a Unique Treat! :))

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  48. OMG Elizabeth - I am so pleased for you! You have such an incredible vision in your projects and an unsurpassed ability to bring them to fruition. Those awards are so well-deserved. Your purchases have left me so envious - as if I wasn't already envious of your ability to drive down to Seattle for the show to begin with! Some day I might make it to the Chicago show but I doubt if Seattle is in my future. Right now, I'm just looking forward to the Montreal show - a much smaller deal, for sure, but still enjoyable for us mini addicts. - Marilyn D., Oromocto, NB, Canada

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    1. Hi Marilyn! Thank You Very Much for your Good Wishes, I appreciate all of your Kind Words regarding the awards! :D
      The Seattle Show is always an Indulgence as I'm sure the Montreal Show must be too, but when you are a "Mini Addict" as you've said, you'll enjoy your " mini fix" regardless the size of the venue! ;P
      My friends and I have the same ambition as you, which is to one day to be able to go to the Chicago Tom Bishop show And/OR the Kensington Show in the U.K., both are currently out of my reach but it is ALWAYS nice to Dream isn't it? :))

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    2. Oooh Elizabeth!!! It sounds like it's time to put together a group of Canadian mini addicts and book as a large group for a trip to England!!! Better prices once you can book 10 people or more together!!! Of course, I'd still have to save up. :-( - Marilyn

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  49. Fabulous! Congratulations on your wins!!!! You deserve them both!! Such great work! Carriexx

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  50. Many Thanks Carrie for your Enthusiastic Congratulations! :D
    It is ALWAYS a Huge Boost to the ego to receive praise from someone whose work I also Greatly Admire in return! :D

    elizabeth

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  51. Absolutely not surprised at all by your success in the show - even when I KNOW I'm on your blog and looking at minis my eyes are still routinely fooled!
    (Oh and I think your tea set can definitely fit in there - that shade of blue and gold is so opulent!

    Mini foodmaking is SO addictive! I go through phases where its all I'll make for weeks! XD

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    1. Hi Christine! I'm with You! I LOVE making mini foods and not only do I find it "addictive" but I also find it relaxing, and I also will make them week after week with more "wasted food" than "edible" but it keeps me happy - and is a good way to fill in the time whilst I am waiting for Mojo to show up for the Villa. ;P
      I Thank You for your Most Welcomed comment and for your Enthusiastic Support- because That makes me HAPPY too! :D

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  52. Hi Elizabeth,

    Congratulations on your wins! It sounds like you had a fantastic time with your miniature friends! A wonderful way to spend time. Gothica is beautiful! :)

    Pei Li

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    1. Thank You for your Congratulations Pei Li! :D I DID indeed have a "Fantastic Time" at the fair and with my mini friends AND Thank YOu for your compliments on GOTHICA, it has and continues to be, a personal favorite of mine. :D

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  53. Congratulations, I think you deserved your wins, your work is brilliant. You bought lots of lovely items. What a great day.

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  54. Thank You Very Much Polly! :D
    I don't always enjoy building stuff in miniature, but I certainly enjoy Spending money on minis as well as taking pictures of them! ;P
    And it does make a nice break as well as re-ignites the Mojo flame, when I get to see other peoples Amazing work in miniature, so I am glad that you have enjoyed seeing some of their artistry too! :D

    elizabeth

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  55. Congratulations with winning twice :) Beautiful minis you bought and gifts, but also your minis from fimo..... you are talented :D beautiful pictures ♥
    xx marlies

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    1. Thank You Very Much for your Congratulations Marlies! :I felt Wonderful to win but it was even more Gratifying to be able to share the experience with my friends!
      I LOVED shopping and to see all of the talent on display as well.
      Since I have been home, I have been making more foods which I don't need but find that it is a Great way to relax and unwind. Yet with so much extra food for the larder-
      I think I'm going to need a BIGGER KITCHEN! :O

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  56. Here's to the good life indeed! Beautifully deserved wins at the miniature show in Seattle as they are both gorgeous displays of the highest calibre...congratulations! What fun to be able to attend a miniature show with dear friends and find such detailed treasures that will surely bring Villa Leone to life. The kitchen is the heart of the home and the inspiration kitchen will challenge you to create a kitchen worthy of the rest of home...it will indeed be a miniature home that radiates warmth, charm, and captures the essence of Italian life! Your personality is effervescent and all your work is inspirational as a result...you are so admired! Cheers, Alayne

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  57. Thank You Very Much for all of your Lovely Words, Alayne! :D
    I had such a good time at the show and I was happy with everything I bought, which is not always the case once the euphoria wears off.
    It was Great Fun to be able to share that special event with my friends as well. Each of us have different projects either in the planning stages or current builds which meant that all 3 of us were busy scouting out items for each other at the show and having those extra pairs of eyes later at the thrift store, was how Janine discovered the Marvelous book of Italian Villas! :D
    Having now found my inspiration kitchen I have a clearer vision of what I'm striving for even though the construction of that room is still a long way off.
    Up until I saw it, I felt stuck in a mojoless rut.
    Once again, I Greatly Appreciate both your comments and your words of Encouragement, which helps to keep me moving forward towards that mini
    "GOOD LIFE!" ;)

    elizabeth

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  58. Hello Elizabeth,
    congratulations for your two big wins at the Seattle show!!! I love both of your scenes. Great work as always!!Fantasic gifts you get.
    Greetings and a big hug
    Melanie

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  59. Thank You Very Much Melli, I Really Appreciate your comment and your Kind words!
    The Seattle Show was a Wonderful experience and I am Thrilled to bits that I was not only able to display my work but also that it was so well received by the viewing public.
    Winning the 2 ribbons was the icing on the cake.
    The Seattle Show attracts many Talented Miniature Artisans and by the end of the day it feels like sensory overload yet I wouldn't have changed at thing; except perhaps- my electrical transformer. :((

    elizabeth :D

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  60. Wow, congrats and well deserved! I love the room box scene, its right up my alley. The house scene and all the work you put into it is fantastic. I love the garden for it. Glad you had such a good time at the show.

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  61. Thank You for your Positive Feedback regarding the Seattle Show and in particular GOTHICA, Jennifer! :D
    This roombox is a Favorite of mine primarily because it is filled with homeless favorite things which I've had for decades and which have all come together to tell their story.
    And making the garden for GDS although a challenge, gave me another opportunity to try my hand at it again.
    It is always a Great Pleasure to hear that other Miniaturists enjoy seeing them too! :D

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  62. HI Elizabeth,
    It has been awhile since our paths have crossed and I lost your address, but saw you posted on someones blog...think it was Caroline's and scooped up your blog address so I could come for a visit.
    Congratulations on your wins and Ribbons, very cool and can only
    imagine how exciting that was for you.
    Your houses and interiors are just amazing. Loved all the cute things you found on your shopping tour too. I love love love tiny
    things especially food items. They are just so darn cute.
    Hope you are doing well hon.
    Always enjoy seeing what you have been up to.......you do such an
    amazing job on these tiny houses.
    Happy Easter Blessings to you and yours,
    Nellie

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  63. Thank You Very MUch Nellie and YES! winning the ribbons was very exciting for me!!! :D This kind of reward I consider as a Blessing from GOD and that makes it even more special for me :D
    Caroline's blog is one of my favorites and so I'm sure that our paths will continue cross when visiting her there.
    Many Easter Blessings to you Nellie

    HE IS RISEN- HE HAS RISEN INDEED!

    elizabeth

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  64. preciosas escenas, muy merecedoras de ser premiadas, y preciosas compras las que has hecho ...felicidades!!

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    1. Thank You Carmen for your Lovely comment and also for your Sweet compliment!
      It made another Wonderful memory to have achieved these two awards, as well as spending time with my friends, as we spent money on minis! All were Enjoyable!
      I wish you a Very Happy Easter weekend Carmen and thank you for visiting! :))

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  65. Wow! Gongratulations, Elizabeth! I love your fine and detailed handiwork - You really have earned Your Prizes. There is so lovely atmosphere in Your rooms. You've made great findings, too!

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  66. Thank You Paulakum, I Am proud of my work (as faulty as it is) and it gives me pleasure when other people enjoy looking at and take the time to express their enjoyment in it too! :D
    Although, many of my purchases will be spread out into other projects, I was able to find several PERFECT items specifically for Villa Leone and I am looking forward to the opportunity to feature them inside a finished dollhouse; whenever that happens.
    Thank You for your Lovely comment, Paulakum! :D

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  67. WOW!!! You really scored HUGE at the show! The oranges are INCREDIBLE! And BIG congratulations to you for winning not one, but TWO prizes! I am not surprised at all that you won, as your work is truly impeccably detailed.

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  68. Awwww, Thank You Very Much Lindsey! There is a lot of personal satisfaction which comes from winning ribbons and being able to spend extra money on mini things was a Wonderful accompaniment to a Perfect weekend away with Friends!
    The entire experience was counted as a Blessing. :)
    And you are so right about the mini oranges Lindsey- they ARE indeed Incredible!!!! :D

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  69. So lovely to see your fabulous 3D masterpieces appreciated properly and how lovely to be able to share them with a wide audience. I can just imagine the oohs and ahhs they would have fetched. So incredibly beautiful and such detail. Your finds are equally gorgeous and will all go towards creating the next beautiful work of art. Marilyn

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  70. Thank You for your Very Lovely comment regarding the responses from the audience, Marilyn!
    As it happened, whenever I ventured over to the display area where my projects were, there was always a small crowd around my entries taking photos and making comments about them. It was personally gratifying seeing how much people were enjoying them, and there was one lady in particular, who practically camped out around the Green Dolphin Street and never stopped smiling for the entire 2 days it was there. :D
    I am looking forward to being able to use many of my purchases for the Villa, however I know I bought more than one dollhouse can reasonably hold. Nevertheless it is always good to have options especially since ideas shift and change directions as does any project as it continues to develop.
    Many Thanks for your visit!

    elizabeth

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