Friday, October 10, 2014

Bluebelle and Sophie Give Thanks!

Poor Bluebelle! She was working all day in her cake shop with nowhere to sleep after a hard day's work! Now she finally has a sleeping nook in the rafters of her shop where she can sleep at night or even take a cat nap in the middle of the day, when there are no customers, of course. ;-)

Look how peacefully she rests on her perch in the rafters! I think she's snoring! tee hee!

And then she can fly down to the cake shop to start another day! Bluebelle is definitely doing a little happy dance and giving thanks for her new bedroom, and it wouldn't have been completed nearly as quickly if I hadn't seen Jane's post on using foam core board in miniature building. (Shh! I didn't even have to glue in the loft, since I cut the foam core board slightly large and squeezed it between the walls of the cake shop! It's very stable and so simple! ;-))

Next, Sophie is giving thanks for two things. First, we won Lisa's amazing autumn "Give Thanks" giveaway over at Mini Addictions blog, and Lisa wrapped everything so beautifully and sent so many gorgeous prizes and extra gifts! Mmm, look at that tasty pumpkin pie and those gorgeous Georgia peaches in a handmade basket!

But that's not all! Lisa also sent all these goodies, including this incredible dollhouse miniature Halloween rug:

Can you believe how tiny the stitches are?! Lisa used a magnifier to make it--what a very generous and thoughtful gift! Thank you so much for all of these autumn treasures, Lisa--we love everything you sent. Check out Lisa's blog, Mini Addictions, if you haven't already. She's a very talented miniaturist with a fun blog and amazing giveaways!

There's one more thing that Sophie is giving thanks for: my husband cut some extra windows in Sophie's house:

Now I can get better light in Sophie's cabin for taking photographs. Sophie loves her new windows and is planning to put some pretty curtains up next. Where's Flossy? She's ecstatic with the gifts she received in the mail from a very talented artist. One of the gifts is a pretty new outfit, which Flossy is trying on right now. :-) You'll see Flossy in the next post! Until then, keep it fun! xoxo Jennifer

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Flossy and Bluebelle Beat the Heat!

We've been having a heatwave again here in Portland. It feels like the summer has been one long heatwave. Luckily for Flossy and Bluebelle, they've got yummy tropical drinks to help them beat the heat.

The coconut drinks are so cooling, in fact, that Flossy and Bluebelle feel as if they've been transported to a tropical paradise:

Meanwhile, Flossy has been baking again. This time she made chocolate chip cookies and strawberry waffles...

...AND two kinds of cake!

Mmm, if the drinks aren't enough to take their minds off the heat, these tasty treats will do the trick! Bluebelle makes a mental note to come visit Flossy's Cupcake Cottage more often. ;-)

Hope you all are doing well! Making mini food is a lot of fun! Until next time, keep having fun, whatever you're doing! xoxo Jennifer

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Fun New Blog Friend!

I felt really lucky the day I found Ann Sanz's fun blog, El arte de Angelina. She makes beautiful miniature foods and more, and I love looking at things like that, so I was happy.

Look at that yummy whipped cream!

Soon I became a regular commentor on Ann's blog, and then I received a wonderful surprise. Ann wrote me that she was so grateful that I was her first follower that she wanted to send me a gift. Then Ann sent me the gorgeous mixer above plus these Re-Ment donut set goodies:

Ice cold drinks on a hot day!

And all of these treasures too:

So many yummy things!

Wow! So many cute Re-Ment minis plus sweet handmade miniatures made by Ann herself! I was in the middle of sending a thank-you note, when I decided to go through all of Ann's blog posts. There I found the sweetest little brownie scene. The brownies were luscious looking, and the heart-shaped table was so adorable. Then I noticed that the whole scene, including the table and chair, was available in Ann's Etsy shop.

For sale NOW in Ann's Etsy shop!

I made my order quickly, before anyone could get to my prized set, and when it arrived, it came with the sweetest gravy boat filled with chocolate and an extra pink tablecloth (equally adorable). Plus, just as I had imagined, this set was the perfect pick-me-up for Flossy's little Cupcake Cottage sitting room--yay!

Mmm, look at those yummy brownies! Flossy is taking a well-deserved break from baking cupcakes to sit back and enjoy some fresh brownies for a nice change of pace. :-)

Thank you so much for everything, Ann! It was already enough to follow your sweet blog, but all of your gifts are wonderful icing on the cake! ;-) I'm so glad to have met you, my fun new blog friend!

If you haven't seen Ann's blog or her Etsy shop, I highly recommend them. She's got that homemade, shabby thing going that's so adorable, plus she regularly has tutorials on her blog for how to make mini foods! And she's selling some fantastic Halloween items in her Etsy shop right now--check it out! Until next time, keep it fun! xoxo Jennifer

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sylvanian Families Squirrel Friend!

You've seen my 1960s Instant Dollhouse ranch house before, but you haven't seen the new hamster family that moved in! Father hamster and the kids are finishing chili dogs for lunch in the living room...

...while mother hamster starts cleaning up in the kitchen:

Oh! There's someone at the door! It's a new squirrel sister in the village who has come over to see if the hamster sister can play.

It doesn't take long before the two girls are fast friends having a blast playing dolls together. Mama hamster caught the two by surprise when she took this photo of them mid-play:

Sweet squirrel sister was a gift from sweet friend Jane Cherie of  Jane Cherie blog. Squirrel sister is a great addition to my Sylvanian Families village! Jane Cherie also sent all of these gorgeous gifts, including a beautiful Little Mimi Little Red Riding Hood doll from Korea, mini food erasers, Totoro and friends figures, an adorable kitty figure, and some sweet stickers:

Thank you so much, Jane Cherie. You make blogging such a joy! Check out the fun and interesting Jane Cherie blog to learn more about Sylvanian Families, dolls, Re-Ment miniatures, and so much more! Until next time, keep having fun! xoxo Jennifer

Sunday, August 17, 2014

New Sylvanian Families "Orphans"

Today I'll show you a little more of my Sylvanian Families village while introducing some new SF friends that have arrived from a sweet blog friend far, far away. It's a beautiful summer day, and father and son beaver are grilling hot dogs for their family in the local park:

Father beaver is teaching his son how to grill.

Recently, though, a couple of naked "orphans" arrived in the village from far-away South Africa:

Sweet "orphan" skunk  sister and tiny baby beaver.

But soon the chocolate rabbit family donated a dress for the little skunk sister, and she has already made friends with another couple of local girls...

Yay! It's time for a doughnut tea party!

...while everyone in the village wants to see the new baby beaver:

Mama beaver adores her new tiny baby!

Yes, things are falling into place for these two sweet critters, as the whole village has helped to make them feel at home. Eaton Blackberry of Sugarbush Valley: An Ideal Life blog sent me these darling Sylvanian Families skunk and beaver, along with a sweet handmade bear and some delicious rooibos tea. Thank you so much, Eaton Blackberry! You make blogging so much fun! If you haven't seen her adorable SF stories, you really must check out her blog here

There's still another new addition to the village, which I'll show you next time. Until then, keep it fun! xoxo Jennifer

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Sweet Swap With Sanne, Plus Cakes!

I'd wanted to do a swap with Sanne for several years, and recently I finally had my chance! Sanne made the cutest, most wonderful gifts, including some fun, colorful drinks with tiny umbrellas and straws. Flossy and Sophie just adore them, especially during the heat wave we've been having:

Plus Sanne sent all of the other goodies too (two pretty buntings, a tiny book, a yummy cherry cake under glass) and the wonderful shabby chic butterfly blackboard and framed pictures below. Mmm, that cake looks so tasty to Flossy and Sophie. Flossy is planning to rip open the cover and start gorging on cake as soon as we all look away. I hope it doesn't turn into a brawl! That would be so unladylike. :-D

Oh, we can't wait to start decorating with all of these cute things! But there's more! As soon as Flossy saw these adorable tiny stuffed bunnies and cat that Sanne sent, she had to steal away to her bedroom with them for a fun snuggle:

Aren't those tiny stuffed animals the sweetest?! Have you seen Sanne's blog, Sannen vintilla - In my attic? If not, you're missing something. I love Sanne's special style, and I see pictures of her dollhouse interiors frequently on Pinterest. Her blog is not to be missed! If you'd like to see the swap gifts I sent Sanne, check out her post here. Thank you so much, Sanne! This swap was a total blast!

Then I just have to show you these wonderful cakes and ice cream from Jane Smith of Minifanaticus blog and Minifanaticus on Etsy. All we can say is yum, yum, yummy:

Sophie has nearly gotten the cake nearest to her into her left paw. If she eats the whole thing in one bite, do you think Flossy will notice? ;-) Is it my imagination, or have Flossy's eyes narrowed at the sight of Sophie's paw near the cake?

Seriously, Jane made these wonderful treats with my birthday cards in mind. She even looked through my Pinterest boards for ideas. How thoughtful! Thank you so much, Jane! You're the best! I'm putting on weight just looking at these delicious treats! :-D Next time I'll have some Sylvanian Families scenes to show you all, plus more. Until then, keep it fun! xoxo Jennifer

Friday, August 1, 2014

Flossy and Bluebelle Featured in New Calendar!

For the third year in a row, I was honored to be asked by The New Fat, a creative graphic design agency located in Nottingham, UK, to supply a photo for their calendar. This time my work is featured in the August calendar, the perfect month for picnics! Here's a small image of the calendar:

To get your own copy of the calendar (in a larger size for better viewing), which you can save on your desktop as wallpaper, go to The New Fat web site and follow the instructions for downloading.

Flossy and Bluebelle are so excited about this opportunity to be seen by people all over the world. This is Bluebelle's first time to be featured, and Flossy's second. Last year Flossy was preparing for a picnic, and this year she and Bluebelle finally get to eat some cake--yay! Here's last year's calendar for comparison:

I really enjoy working with The New Fat. Every year I love seeing how they transform my photo into a fun calendar. I love their style and creativity with the fonts and other calendar details, and they always fit their final touches with my work so harmoniously. Thank you so much, The New Fat!

Do you have a fun weekend planned? I hope it's not too hot or too cold where you are. Tomorrow our temperatures are supposed to get back in the comfortable range (mid-80s F). I'm doing a little happy dance just thinking about it! Plus my guinea pig, Rufus, looks like he's feeling a lot better this morning. That's a huge relief, after several rounds of antibiotics did a number on his gastrointestinal tract. I'm looking forward to our next visit. Until then, keep it fun! xoxo Jennifer

Monday, July 28, 2014

Meeting Maggie Rudy of MousesHouses!

I've written about Maggie Rudy here before. Perhaps you already know this talented creature maker, author, illustrator, and photographer from her MousesHouses blog or from her first book, The House That Mouse Built. Her latest book is called I Wish I Had a Pet, and I was able to meet her in person for a book reading at Green Bean Books! Here the two of us enjoy a casual moment:

Photo taken by Jennifer Green of Green Bean Books.

We were blog friends, but we had never met in person. I enjoyed a little bit of private time with Maggie (it pays to arrive early!), in which she offered guidance and some oh-so-appreciated praise of my work (which I will treasure forever!). Do I sound a little bit starstruck? Probably because I am. :-) What a kind, gracious, humble, and gifted person. Thank you so much, Maggie!

Maggie Rudy reading from her latest book, I Wish I Had a Pet.

A number of fans, both young and old, came to hear Maggie speak. We were treated to a reading of her new book, a short lecture about her creative process, and a question and answer period, followed by a book signing. I could have stayed there for hours soaking up her humor and wisdom. What a thrill to meet someone whose work I admire so much!

Maggie's creative process: first she sketches out her ideas.

Then she creates her creatures and sets.

The House That Mouse Built is one of my all-time favorite books, and this new book, I Wish I Had a Pet, is destined to become another classic loved by both children and adults everywhere. It is so sweet and a fun way to introduce the responsibilities involved in having a pet to children (adults too, actually!). Maggie even created a diorama for the bookstore with part of one of the scenes from her book:

Maggie Rudy's diorama at Green Bean Books. Come see it!

My diorama had been in the bookstore's main diorama box since April 15, but I gladly made way for Maggie's display. Now you can still view my diorama, but it's in the second diorama box, near the back of the store:

My diorama, a scene from one of my early greeting cards.

Be sure and check out Green Bean Books if you're in the Portland area. It is one of my all-time favorite bookstores, and there are dollhouse miniatures and Re-Ment miniatures for sale, as well as books and toys. Maggie's blog is MousesHouses and is not to be missed! Her books are available from bookstores everywhere, including Green Bean Books. Until next time, keep it fun! xoxo Jennifer

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Special Gifts From Special Friends!

Hi All! How has your summer/winter been going? We are coming out of a heat wave here in Portland, Oregon that had us living in a darkened house to try to keep things cool. I'm so glad it's back to comfortable temperatures now. Hope everyone is doing well. I'll have some fun diorama news for you this coming weekend, but first I want to show you some amazing swap gifts and prizes I recently received. Flossy and Sophie are at the ready to show you all the goodies from these talented artists.

First up, if you haven't found Todd & Lindsey blog yet, you're missing out on some fun! There are lots of miniature tutorials plus fun posts on both dollhouse and real-life decorating, tasty recipes, and so much more. Don't miss it! So Lindsey and I arranged a fun swap together. :-) We told each other our favorite items made by the other person, and we tried to limit our gifts to five handmade ones plus some fun extras. Lindsey sent me my favorite things (there were so many to choose from!), all in my favorite colors! Flossy received a number of darling mini items for her bathroom plus some yummy cookies:

Sophie has already started nibbling on one of the black and white cookies that Lindsey sent, and Flossy is overwhelmed with the cute bowl of homemade soaps, the sweet pedestal stand with toothpaste and two toothbrushes, the pretty pedestal stand with three adorable nail polishes, and the fun Yankee Candle for relaxing soaks in the bathtub. And below the table, Lindsey also sent two sweet green plants and two adorable floral pillows:

She also sent a beautiful sunflower card (not pictured) and these fun mini holiday decorations, including mini candy canes and snowflakes:

Thank you sooooooooo much, Lindsey! This was a really fun swap, it has been fun getting to know you better, and I love the things you sent me. Let's do it again in the spring! You can see what I sent Lindsey on her blog here.

Next up, Monica Castillo of Kitchen Miniature blog and I sent each other some mini gifts. Look at this exquisite cherry pie prep board with tiny Chinese-style metal tea pot. Flossy sneakily cut herself a piece of cherry pie while Sophie was focused on gnawing the delicious dried pork leg Monica sent. Sophie is so happy that for once she can eat some meat at Flossy's house. Flossy's food, including her cupcakes, is all vegetarian (she's a rabbit, after all!). ;-) Notice the vintage Polaroid camera too?

And look at these darling items in front of the table. Mini ice chest with ice, potato chips, and beach towel for a perfect summer day; red polka dot watering can; and special shelf for Flossy's bathroom (see the "F" for "Flossy" and the queen sign?):

But that wasn't all. Monica sent a precious paper mache lapel pin of her Rabbit Queen, and Monica's daughter, Neus, sent a Special Card and two gifts for Flossy in Flossy's favorite color:

Here's another shot of these special gifts:

Monica also sent some pretty fabric and ribbons (not pictured). Thank you so much, Monica and Neus! Everything you sent is so special! I'm so glad we're friends! You can see what I sent Monica on her blog here.

Finally, I was one of the lucky winners of Carmen of Pekevasion blog's recent surprise giveaway. The top five commenters on her blog each won a miniature baby and baby blanket, both handmade by Carmen:

The detail on the baby is exquisite! The soft lavender blanket looks like it needs to be draped across the foot of someone's bed, and it will be soon! ;-) Thank you so very much, Carmen! You're so talented and generous, and all of your giveaways, swaps, and tutorials make blogging really fun!

OK, that's it for today. Whatever you do, keep having fun! I'll be back next weekend with an update. xoxo Jennifer

Friday, June 27, 2014

Sylvanian Families Vintage Tin Litho Dollhouse!

Remember the 3/4 scale vintage 1960 tin litho dollhouse my dad gave me a year and a half ago? I finally decorated it, and a few other houses, with Calico Critters / Sylvanian Families (SF). In fact, I made a small village in 3/4 scale that's threatening to take over my bedroom! ;-) It all started with the tin litho house and some cats and bunnies:

Mama cat vacuuming the living room.

Baking bread and frying eggs at the same time!

Breakfast time in the tin litho dollhouse kitchen.

Mother and daughter bunny are serious about finishing the laundry!

Looking after Mama cat's baby.

The children's bedroom has two sets of bunk beds. I made the bedding.

Knitted sweater by Baby Cat of Laughing Cat Creative Enterprises blog.

Unattended babies on the veranda?!

In the middle of making the Sylvanian Families miniature village, my friend Jane Cherie of the fun and interesting  Jane Cherie blog sent me a darling SF plant set for my birthday. It's perfect for a community center with park that I built. I just love this set! Thank you Jane Cherie! You'll see this set in action in a future post!

Sylvanian Families stock photo from

And then I won a fantastic giveaway from Eaton Blackberry of Sugarbush Valley blog. Isn't this SF tableware set cute? I'll be able to use these dishes in all sorts of mini scenes. Eaton also sent two darling mini flower bouquets as extra surprise gifts, and it all arrived from South Africa--how exciting! Thank you Eaton Blackberry! Be sure to check out her blog for fun and humorous Sylvanian Families stories.

OK, that's it for today! Hope you had as much fun as I did! In future posts, I hope to show you some more of my Sylvanian Families mini village. Until next time, keep having fun! xoxo Jennifer