1. Partake in a healthier life style ~ So far this has been accomplished by watching joggers from the comfort of my car and sympathising with them
2. Learn to use a camera properly ~ My best, soon-to-be-ex mate convinced me to join A photo a day for a year group on Flickr with the delusional idea that this would improve my limited ability. This seemed a good idea given that practice apparently makes perfect and that miniatures demand good photography in order to show them at their best. I offer my apologies to anyone who is privy to my photo stream. They tend not to be of miniatures =0/
3. Spend less time at work ~ I am committed to this resolution however my boss does not share my enthusiasm
4. Spend one hour a day catching up with everyone's blogs ~ Sooooo isn't happening
5. Last, but not least Make one miniature a week ~ this has been extended to include 'make or purchase a miniature a week' I am happy to say this is on schedule and after the Spring Miniatura, I should be three months ahead =D
So enough of broken resolutions.
This is part of a swap package for Snowfern It's okay, she's already seen it so no spoiler alert necessary. I still can't get to grips with the distortion you get with a camera lens, so the vertical parts always seem to bow even though they aren't. Dangnabbit! Any ideas?
There are two silver charm bracelet charms in the picture from my 'purchase a week' resolution. The link for the bracelet is easy enough to grind away but since the silver oxidizes over time, I'm expecting they will be a pain to keep clean.
My next 'purchase a week' was a scale replica building from Finch and Fouracre They have an Etsy shop if you follow the link. This building is a Scottish tenement and is perfectly formed. They're sent out flat and in kit form so you need to follow the included instructions to fold the aluminium into shape. So cute!
Last year, the fabulous Shopping Sherpa sent me a miniature knitted pouffe which I had long envied. Despite the fact that I do not speak fluent knit, I decided to try my hand at making one. I can just about knit...nothing so fancy as cable stitch you understand, but I thought it was doable. I knitted a rectangle, 24 rows long, 20 stitches wide with size 2 1/2 needles. I think the trick to these is stuffing them outwards so they look dumpy rather than cylindrical.
Lo and behold, in my long absence from blog land I discovered Margaret_Loves had not only started a blog but had also discovered a fabulous knitted pouffe of her own *yay*. Margaret_Loves is another cool modern miniature maker so have a mosey on over to her blog for some more mini eye candy.
Okay, short post but it's a start. I'll be playing catchup-blog tomorrow so get the kettle on, I'll bring the cookies =0)