Sunday, 21 December 2014

SEASONS GREETINGS

I've not posted on here for such a long time - my poor blog has been quite neglected - all for the usual reasons - real life gets in the way!   

I've not been sitting doing nothing though - Lake View has had a quick revamp - I took the brick paper off the walls in the lounge and dining room and the whole house has been painted white.  The inside is still a work in progress - I will post photos very soon (I promise).   

Hubby and I are going away for Christmas - we finish work on Tuesday 23 December at about 5ish and are heading off to the Cairngorms (praying for snow!).  I'm really excited about it - today have been busy packing as we won't have time Monday or Tuesday as we are both at work.    

We are hoping that the Santa Parade in Aviemore is on, on Christmas Eve as last year it was cancelled because of severe ice and gale force winds.    

I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays where ever you are.


Saturday, 10 May 2014

Gifts and New Purchases

Once again I've not been very good at blogging - sorry! 

I received the most wonderful gifts from Marlene of Poppy Patchwork blog - a rug and a heart.  I've been watching Marlene's progress on the rug and it looked lovely but to see it in person is totally different - as it is even nicer than the photos show.  I have a project in mind for the rug and Marlene had asked me about the colours that I wanted and now I cannot wait to get started on the project.   

The heart has also found a home and hangs from a shelving unit in our bedroom and looks really nice. 

Thank you so much Marlene.   If you haven't read Marlene's blog you will enjoy it.

The wonderful rug and heart + card


The Rug 

When I was 'surfing the internet' looking for items for my new project to go with the new project, I find some lovely items for Lake View from Mitchy Moo Miniatures - a chair, whisky crates and picture frames.   These are beautiful and the chair and crates are in place but not the picture frames yet.  One of the crates has had a slice of agate put on top and made into a coffee table but I need another piece of agate as this one is not quite the right shape.  I'm very pleased with all of them and will definitely be buying more from Mitchy Moo.  Thank you.

The Chair, Frames & One Crate

The Chair and one crate in Lake View 




Saturday, 1 March 2014

Announcement & A New Venture


Today is the 1 March 2014 and it seems a good day to tell you all what I've been up to and also explain part of my absence from blogland! Nothing naughty before you all jump to conclusions!   I've also been hesitating as I wasn't sure I wanted to say anything!  Even more intriguing!  I just wanted to add that whilst I haven't been here much, I've enjoyed reading all your blogs.

A few months ago I decided to do a small business course on an evening run by our local council and one of the things I learnt from that was in starting up a small business do something you know about - well apart from being a Senior Secretary/PA the only other thing I knew about was either driving my husband round the bend and miniatures.............................so with hubby we've started up a small on-line business selling miniatures. We've designed the website ourselves. It does need tweaking and we want to change our header/logo slightly but as the saying goes ‘Rome was not built in a day’.

Our stock level is small but steadily increasing. Marlene sews beautiful rugs and supplied us with two very different and gorgeous rugs. We are still sourcing goods and that’s really quite enjoyable too. We are trying to encompass all aspects of miniatures and all periods and every time stock arrives and we open it, I say “I want....”!  Our sales have been small but steady.   I’m still working and not enjoying it but this little business has given me something to focus on and I find myself during the day thinking minis again. Hubby came up with the name – Insh Miniatures. Insh with a slightly different spelling - it’s a wonderful place in the Cairngorms, Scotland and my Grandfather was born near there so with a slight play on words the name came about.

The site is www.inshminiatures.co.uk and we’ve also set up a blog to go with the online shop www.inshminiatures.wordpress.com and if you don't see your blog name on our new blog don't worry it will be on soon - work in progress.

You’ve probably noticed I’m using Wordpress for the blog linked to the business. I really like Wordpress and find it so easy to use. They had such a wide variety of templates too and as they say a change is as good as a rest! I’m debating whether or not to change to Wordpress for My Wee Life! Decisions!  I will still be continuing with My Wee Life as it's been a part of me for some time but hopefully will do a few more posts.  

Setting this up has also given me the motivation to work again on Lake View and I finally ordered my kitchen from ELF miniatures – it’s not quite finished yet, still got the cooker hood and some shelves to go up but oh I love it. I ordered a bed and bedside table from ELF and just a couple of weeks ago bought the most divine bedding from Miniatyrmama. Again the bedroom is not complete but getting there.

I’ve also done some work on the very top room in Lake View and although still need to purchase a few little items it’s about finished - just a bit of tweaking here and there. The lounge is finished I think apart from a new TV and a few bits and pieces. The dining room needs new chairs for the table so I’m just using the existing ones at the moment and bits and pieces.   You will see the wonderful ghost chair I won and I’m thinking of purchasing another three for the dining table.  The dining table was made for me and I love it.

The bathroom is a work in progress but........I’ve got the shower unit ready to build and as you can see the sinks are in place.  One day it will be finished but it's a bit like our own old house - never quite done!





 



Friday, 3 January 2014

Happy New Year!

Wanted to wish you all a Happy New Year for 2014!  


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We had a fantastic time in Aviemore for Christmas.  The weather was not good on the way up, very snowy and the Santa Parade in Aviemore was cancelled due to the adverse weather conditions but a smaller parade took place on Boxing Day night.   

We couldn't fault the hotel and the food was lovely.   Christmas day was quite wet - sleety to be correct but we did have actual snow for a while - cold but lovely.   Lunch was delicious - 5 courses!!  This was the Christmas pudding which was the smallest choice in sweets.  



Boxing day was a lovely day and we went up to the Cairngorms for the snow.  



We came home on the Friday via Glasgow to see my Aunt and cousins.  We had a lovely meal with them and arrived home again through dreadful weather.  

Here's a couple of photos of my mantle piece and tree - they are not good as they were taken with the I-pad and I'm disappointed in the photos:  




Unfortunately when we came home we had to face the wrath of hubby's sister - she was one of the reasons we went away.  Several times a year she makes our life a misery and always does it on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (we have hubby's Mum, sister, her partner and nephews round every year).    Anyway she was particularly nasty this year and if I'm honest ruined our New Year but it has done us both some good because I think we've finally toughened up and will not put up with any more nonsense from people (including the bullies from work!)   She even managed to upset me over my dolls-house and love of miniatures and thinks its time we stopped spending money on something so needless!!    

Anyway I had come across this idea of a memory jar and thought what a great idea - so have got myself a lovely Kilner jar and am going to fill it with good things, including nice quotes, tickets, photos of days out, etc and thought it will keep me positive this year.   


Lastly here's a photo of Lake View ready for Christmas that I quickly took with my i-pad and not happy with the quality but .......!!  The eagle-eyed amongst you will see that I've got my old dining table and chairs in place.  I am waiting to purchase some new chairs for the lovely new table I got from Michaela and her husband so put my old one back in just for Christmas!!  The kitchen is not finished yet but I love it so far.  

I got a new bed and bedside tables from ELF miniatures  but still lacking something for the corner and also for the bedside tables.  I also bought two lovely sinks from ELF for the bathroom - these are in situ on the other table that Michaela and Gareth made for me which fits perfectly in the bathroom.   Hubby also bought me a shower from ELF which hasn't been done yet (work in progress).  

I am still not happy with the top room so just quickly put a desk, etc in for Christmas but I am now thinking of just putting a lovely designer style chair in there and this lovely rug that Marlene sent me - I love the colours and think that will lift the room upstairs.   

I absolutely adore the fireplaces in Lake View which came from Jen Smith from JS Miniatures 



And lastly I just wanted to say that I know I didn't leave a lot of comments on your blogs in 2013, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading all your blogs - they gave me a lot of pleasure during what was a tough year for me - so thank you.   Here's to 2014.