Tiny Treasures (a few of my favourite things)

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A nice wine cart and some other purchases. A cake display I have been holding on to until I finish building my bakery. Some second-hand furniture I got at a real bargain.

Recently I attended a miniaturists retreat here in Nova Scotia. It is called Camp Mini Ha Ha and it’s an annual thing. This year was my first time going. I hope to return again.

For 6 days we all immersed ourselves in making miniatures  and nibbling on chocolate. The workshop was open day and night for the campers enjoyment. There was a workshop on sculpting and furring tiny cats. And one of the camp’s highlights were ‘tidbits’ and ‘gifties’…which meant every day at lunch and in the evening we exchanged gifts. We all gave fabulous gifts (mostly made by ourselves) and went home with fabulous gifts.

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And a bag with the camp logo!

It kinda felt like Christmas. But Christmas when you were a kid. Remember the anticipation of getting some secret shiny new toy? That’s what it felt like everyday at camp.

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An original pencil drawing I purchased  

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Another beauty by an artisan/camper who is great at whimsical pieces

 

I’m sharing some photos of my partial collection of minis, which has grown much bigger since camp! My photos include a few things I’ve made this past year, the wonderful gifts from my fellow campers, and items I purchased at camp from fellow artisans and Grandpa’s Dollhouse, which was onsite. Liz, the owner, is also a camper. This is a real treat because in Nova Scotia there are no stores that sell more than a handful of miniatures.

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Gifts will compliment what I already have.

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Some of my ‘tidbit’ contributions

I loved each and every gift, but some stood out in intricacy. Like the stereoscope complete with slides, that, if you were 5 inches tall, would actually work. A very tiny mouse that almost disappears on the tip of my finger. A hand painted glass suncatcher of a waterlily. A miniature pencil drawing of a horse by one of our IGMA certified campers. A needlepoint of flowers that is 80 years old. Miniature puzzles, miniature adult colouring pages, and a clever coloured pencil set made with the metal eraser cap from a pencil. A set of books with printed pages. And the list goes on and on. There are so many wonderful minis that to give mention to them all would take more time than I have.

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This embroidery is 80 years old! The  sunflowers is a print done by one of the campers. 

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The potting bench and lavender pots are done by myself.

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Squeek Squeek! Look how tiny!

 

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This stereoscope has changeable slides! The viewer is made from silver.

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Center: The aquarium display has a goldfish made from a double samaras seed (helicopter seed) from a maple tree.

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A delicately knotted toy for a small kitty

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A pretty hand painted glass piece of a waterlily, done by a talented camper. This will proudly hang in my dollhouse window. 

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Some books, colouring, and Cinnabuns for a leisurely afternoon

Take your time and enjoy the pictures!

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