Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Catch-Up Time

Hello my dear blog friends! Yes, I'm still alive and healthy--I've just been too busy to post. So much has happened since my last post that it's now catch-up time. ;-)

First off, I had that little pick-a name-for-the-bird giveaway contest, and this is what I sent to Fabiola for picking the perfect name, Bluebelle:




I made the items in the first two photos, and the kitty was from my personal collection. Fabiola has written a beautiful post with photos of my gifts on her blog. Thank you, Faby!

Next, many of you have asked about the Portland Miniature Show. It was such a fun weekend! I like to search for bargains in the "garage sale" baskets on many of the vendors' tables. These are usually accessories or furniture pieces from the vendor's own collection that she no longer wants, and the prices are marked very low. I found many wonderful treasures in these baskets, and I bought very little else! ;-)

One item that I bought at full price was this tiny shabby chic doll bed made by Milestone Miniatures:


The pink chair (both items shown in Cupcake Cottage's bedroom nook) is from the same artist, but from last year's show.

Another purchase was a small cottage dollhouse kit (the Sweet Heart dollhouse kit by Dura-Craft) for just $10:


Buying this dollhouse kit led me to realize that I don't want large dollhouses anymore. Instead, I want several small, lightweight dollhouses, like a little village of dollhouses for my critters. After thinking it through, I sold Sophie the bear's Brambleberry Farmhouse to a good friend who will take wonderful care of it. And now Sophie has moved back to Cupcake Cottage with Flossy the bunny. Sophie was getting lonely in that big house all by herself, and now Flossy and Sophie can spend more time together again--yay!

There were no ribbons at the show for my "Puppy in the Cake Shop" exhibit, but it was still fun and a good learning experience. I'm not sorry I brought my exhibit to the show. I met wonderful people as a result, and I saw a different side of the show by being a little more of an "insider."

Why have I been gone so long? First, I was on a short vacation, and then I'll let you in on a little secret. I've found a new interest that has taken me away from blogland for the last few weeks, but not forever. This new interest is very compatible with the things I already do on my blog. So next post, I will show some photos of this new hobby of mine. I think you will be surprised! :-)

OK, that's enough catching up for now. I've missed you all and your wonderful blogs. Thank you in advance for your precious comments. I read them all, and they really make my day. Until next time.... xoxo Jennifer

46 comments:

  1. wow! precious shopping and at a great price!. I like you. I like small houses more than large! What will your new aficcion?? ... Wait for the next time!
    Your beautiful work, as always . Hugs!!!!

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  2. Привет Дженнифер!
    Замечательные покупки!! Я бы тоже хотела иметь несколько маленьких домиков! Большие дома меня пугают. Они тяжелые и установить их в маленькой квартире очень неудобно!
    С большим нетерпением хочется увидеть ваше новое хобби!
    Объятья
    Татьяна

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  3. Great job shopping at the show. The bed is darling. I like the idea of smaller houses or room boxes as well, especially for you adorable little critters. New interest huh?....you'll have to share this secret soon...we all want to know! lol
    Hugs,
    Lisa

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  4. Many and nice news! :) exciting to wait for news on the new interest!!! :) Many greetings Anne

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  5. Hi Jennifer! so nice to hear form you!
    The items you made for Fabiola are so adorable and wonderful as always made by you!
    I'll be waiting to hear about the new intersesting areas! It is always great to be creative and to look foreward and find something new, new areas! :)
    You have found Lovely items from the show!
    :)
    Hugs
    Kikka

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  6. Your little items for the show are wonderful I love the little bed. Great idea a whole village of small houses that should be fun :) Fabiola's prize gifts are fantastic. A new hobby now that sounds interesting lol don't keep us in suspense too long I cant wait to find out what it is :D
    Hugs Maria

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  7. Glad you had such a great time at the Portland Miniature Show. I wished I could go to such an event! The little house is beautiful *_* (and the price tag makes it even better!) I am like you, I don't want big dollhouses but small ones only because it fits my "village" better :) I am so curious now as to what your new hobby would be!!! Would it be dollies? ^_^

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  8. Hello Jennifer,
    It is great to hear from you and I am glad you are well. I cannot wait to see what the new adventure is.
    Big hug,
    Giac

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  9. Can't wait to see your new hobby Jennifer! Knowing your blog I know it will be something special!:) Great shopping and it's good to know you had a good time during the show.:)
    Hugs

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  10. I'm glad to hear from you.
    Your gifts are fabulous and the kitten is adorable. I'm very happy to have received them.
    I really like yuor purchases, especially the house.
    A new hobby? I 'm very curious..........
    Hugs, Faby

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  11. Welcome back hon!

    I hope you are charged up for creativity this season. You found some great minis at the show and Fabiola is a lucky gal to receive such wonderful gifts!

    I can't wait to see your new hobby:P

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  12. Wow, Jennifer! You have been busy! Congrats all around though. I'm glad you entered the show - always a good experience and it sounds like you made new friends - besides fabulous shopping finds!!
    I'm glad you're back - I have missed you too! Looking forward to your next post!!! :)

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  13. I am very curiois to hear about your new hobby! Exciting! Just love your little dollhouse bed, so tiny and so perfect. That cake, now THAT looks totally edible, yum! I have come a little further in my planning of a mouse house. I have wanted to make one for years, ever since l was a child. I now have a cupboard for the task and quite a lot of inventory collected. Hope you have a lovely week, Pam xx

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  14. Привет, Дженнифер!
    Ты замечательно провела время. Произошло много событий и новых впечатлений. Ты приобрела замечательные вещи. Мне тоже нравятся маленькие домики, они намного уютнее.
    С нетерпением жду новый пост, чтобы посмотреть новое хобби :)
    С наилучшими пожеланиями из России. Елена.

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  15. You are as busy as a bee, Jennifer :D! Great to hear and see you had a gorgeous show! The miniatures for Faby were wonderful, I've read about it in her blogpost.
    And now you have made us so very curious: a new hobby, what would that be???
    Hugs, Ilona

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  16. Hi Jennifer! I also have been gone for a while from blogland.
    But her I am with you. :) Y
    ou sent beautiful items to Fabiola. Surely she is happy!
    I am disappointed cause you did not have a ribbon. I send you on now..sending-sending-sending-Got it?
    I can't wait your news about the new hobby of yours!
    Hugs!

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  17. So many wonderful news and so much going on - but best of all: You're back to blogland. But if you let us wait too long until you tell us about this new passion of yours then I will blame you for my chewed off fingernails, yes, I will! ;O)

    Hugs
    Birgit

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  18. Hello from Spain, I really like your purchases. I'm glad your back to your blog. .. Keep in touch

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  19. It sounds like you have it so lovely, with all that you are doing. Great to hear. Lovely scenes you've made, and so beautiful colors, in the picture with your little chair. I'm so nosy, to hear what it is, you have been busy whit.
    See you soon.
    Hugs
    Wyrna

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  20. Hi Jennifer
    Im glad you had a great time and you got a wondeful house to work on :)
    I can't wait to find out what your new hobby is *truthfully I have a hard time working on this mini hobby, I cant even think about doing another type of hobby* so Kudos to you!

    I'll be watching

    Hugs
    Marisa :)

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  21. Hi Jennifer, Nice to see you back! I look forward to seeing what your new hobby is. I love those tiny little sylvanian families (calico critters?) you have- they are adorable! Sounds like you had a great time at the miniatures fair! :)

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  22. Great to see another post, Jennifer. It sees that most everyone had a busy summer! I wonder what new hobbies you've taken up?

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  23. Welcome back! I' m looking forward to knowing about your new hobby. Everything is delicious
    Kisses
    Alessandra

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  24. Seems like you have been having fun being busy. I look forward to seeing your new interest and your small house projects.
    A Big Mini Hug

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  25. Me encantan tu compras! y tus miniaturas son preciosas!
    Besos de las Malu´s.

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  26. Hi Jennifer! I have missed you and so I am glad to see your cute little Pussycat face in the blogs once more! :)) I am so glad that you had a good time at the show your little toy bed is a perfect fit for your nook. The $10 Sweetheart dollhouse kit is one that I also have, and it has been sitting half finished for over 13 years! :( ( my bad) The kit is really sweet and although compact, I am certain that it will fit right into your mini neighborhood without any trouble at all. It can be a tough decision to sell a dollhouse, but if you have a direction in mind that suits you better, then there is no looking back, only straight ahead towards fulfilling your dreams!

    elizabeth

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  27. Great finds Jennifer! By the way, do I know the friend you sold the doll house to? Was it Baby Cat?

    I hope you had a good time at the Miniatures Show.

    - Momma Cat

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    1. Yes, and I am so happy to be the one who got to buy it! It is super cute and my miniature furniture fits in it nicely! Hopefully soon someone else will move in, maybe some miniature dolls or amigurumi...

      -Baby Cat

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  28. Hi Jennifer, how many news!!!! What about the little adorable bed and the inexpensive cute dollhouse kit...... I'm curious to read your next post :o)

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  29. de vez en cuando va bien desconectar incluso de lo que nos gusta, me alegro de que la feria haya sido una experiencia valiosa para ti , esas compras son muy buenas
    cuando uno tiene una mente creativa siempre encuentra nuevos intereses

    besitos

    Mari

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  30. Hello Jennifer sono curiosa di vedere il tuo nuovo hobby! bellissime le tue minies! kiss!

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  31. Hi Jennifer, of course I am dying to know about your new hobby.....I have a few hobbies too, next to my dollshouse hobby. Sometimes I can't choose on wich one I will spend my spare time :-)
    Thanks for this lovely update of yours!

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  32. Hi Jennifer! Nice to have you back. Sounds like you had a great time at the show and it's always nice to pick up a load of bargains! The dollhouse kit was a real steal! It's a shame you didn't win anything but, like you said, the experience was worth it. I'm intrigued by your new interest, can't wait to find out what it is! Kind regards, Brian.

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  33. Le gâteau fait très envi!!! le petit chat est adorable!!
    Isabelle

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  34. I love the little pink bed and chair. So sweet! I wonder what your new hobby is...
    Geneviève

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  35. Dear Jennifer,
    It's nice to know you had a great time at the show. Your purchases are great too. I love the little bed and chair. I am sure you have a wonderful project in mind and shall be here to follow it.
    Hugs, Drora

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  36. Desconectar muchas veces es necesario, las compras geniales, es como buscar tesoros escondidos, buena semana.

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  37. Sometimes it's neccesary to take a rest... You made great purchases, enjoy! Hugs

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  38. Welcome back! I'm always happy to see your posts in my mailbox. Now I'll have to wait in suspense for your surprise :-)

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  39. Un buen intercambio con fabiola y unas bonitas compras.
    Besos, Narán

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  40. That's some great purchases! And I love the picture of the toys! I'm crazy about toys ;)
    Hannah

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  41. Wow! Fabiola really scored and so did you! Very cute finds at the show. Riveting post, by the way, and we're all waiting with great anticipation for the next one.
    P.S.-Rufus is way too precious!!! Give him a hug for me.

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  42. Hello Jennifer, This is very lovely as always. Your creations are always beautiful! Can't wait to see what your new hobby is.
    Felma

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  43. I'm a little sorry to know that Sophie been left homeless, but I console myself by thinking that now she can spend all the time with her ​​friend. Also, I'm glad you've sold the dollhouse to a person who will take care of it :-)
    You make our day with your blog :-)
    Flora

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  44. What wonderful finds, Jennifer! Now I'm in suspense about your new interest, wondering what it could be. I can't wait for your next post! xoxo Maureen

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