by brae  

Last week, I was at the pet store and just had to go by the hamsters.  :]  I was looking at the Robo hamsters when one little guy in the next bin over came up to the glass.  I just melted.  :D  I've named him Milo, and he has the sweetest disposition.  He likes to be picked up and cuddled.

He's a Russian hamster, so slightly larger than the dwarf breeds I usually have.  Here he is nibbling a morsel on his first day home.

What's in Your Attic?

by brae  

Real Good Toys is having a mini mini contest.  :D  The kit is a pre-finished tower attic room.

I have some big plans for this tiny room.

We have until November 9, so not that long.

The Haunted Heritage in Miniature Collector

by brae  

First, thank you for all the kind words about Sydney's passing.  It means a great deal to me.  :]

I have news!!!  The Haunted Heritage has not only been featured in the October 2014 edition of Miniature Collector, it made the cover!!!  :D

Miniature Collector, October 2014

I was so excited when the writer contacted me about writing an article on the Heritage and even more excited when Miniature Collector accepted our work.  I had no idea my beloved house would grace the cover.

Many of you also pop over to my sewing blog to see me in my creations, but here I am with the Heritage.  The camera was giving me fits with the autofocus (I was taking the photo solo with a tripod), and I ended up with an "alright already" look on my face.  Oops.  :D


I wrote a tutorial for my folding suitcase valet, which is featured as well.  :]

Thank you so much to Renee Biermann for writing a splendid article and to the staff at Miniature Collector for the feature and amazing cover!

Sydney at the Rainbow Bridge

by brae  

My little hamster friend Sydney crossed the Rainbow Bridge tonight.  He developed a large tumor a few months back but continued to move around, run in his wheel (until a few days ago) and seemed to have no pain.  He was unsteady on his feet in his final days, and this morning I knew the time was near.  He was slightly cold to the touch and taking shallow breaths.  When I returned home tonight, he had made his way back into his wood hut and died peacefully sometime today.  He looked as though he were sleeping.  I could not have wished a kinder passing for him.

Here he is on his first day with me.

And, here he is snoozing away not too long ago, a little old guy.

I'm sorry he won't see our new home, but I feel like he gave me a wonderful gift tonight.  On the way home this evening, there was a beautiful sunset and I had the most amazing feeling of utter peace.  I even said Thank You aloud.  I'm sure it was his message to me.  Goodbye, my sweet friend...see you someday!  :]

Bishop Show - Fall 2014

by brae  

The smaller Bishop Show is in town this weekend, so I popped in for the preview show last night.  Here are some of the goodies I brought home.

Wild rabbit from Weazilla.  Jessica had a wonderful selection of realistic animals, toys and curiosities.  I'm going to need a vegetable garden for this cute fella.

Creamsicle cocktails from Karen Aird Miniatures.  She had a huge table of miniatures in a wide variety of themes and categories.

I'd love to have this in real life!  And, it's a good thing I bought this shutter table at the show because all the ones I already have are packed and I would have had nothing to use in these photos.  :D

Tin Man and Mr. Scarecrow from Sir Thomas Thumb.  I got these incredibly cute dolls because they remind me of my friend Blondie.  :D

I think Mr. Scarecrow needs a chiropractor.  :D  I'll have to see if I can give him an adjustment so he stands tall.

Watermelon bowls from The Little Dollhouse Company.  I always enjoy seeing Maria and John, and they have such wonderful miniatures.

I have a set of small bowls like these in real life; only mine have the seeds painted inside.  :]

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