Friday, 18 August 2017

Catching up

I'm concious that I haven't posted in a while and it is not for lack of things to say. I have a lot of news to share with you all.

The Gothic Manor is home and made it with very little incident. 

It's ready to work on but I haven't been able to get to it because of this

I had builders in for ten days, skimming walls with plaster, replacing ceilings, renovating an out building for my new workshop and generally making a huge mess that I'm still cleaning up. But despite the mess, I've had a first visitor to the Manor. Catherine of Kilmouski & Me made and sent me this most generous gift.

A beautifully crafted Raven. Thank you again Catherine, he is just the perfect addition to any Gothic home. If you click on the link for Catherine's blog you can see better photos since my photography doesn't do it justice

Then I got an email from a miniature friend in Lithuania, Lena, who has asked me to give a shout out to her new Etsy shop
She makes unique wicker items in many miniature scales. Go on, take a look 

Workwise - I have made the decision to take voluntary redundany from my current employer and will be finished on the 31st August. In the end it was an easy decision to make. I had always wanted to make miniatures for a living, though I planned to do it closer to retirement age. I also needed to be available for my family since my Sister had become gravely ill. Everything seemed to be falling into place. My Employer kindly gave me severence money so that I could build a workshop at the back of my home. I found a second hand Proxxon planer/thicknesser, (the last tool I needed to be able to size my own wood), for sale in Kilmarnock.

After a seven hour drive there and back, I had it and it works perfectly.

But, my dear Friends, my plan to have some quality time with my family was cut short. My dear Sister passed away.


I will be absent from my blog a little while to grieve the loss of my beautiful Sister. I will be back however, to honour one of the last things she said to me - you have one life, live it!


  1. Know that I am thinking of you in friendship and sympathy. My deepest condolences. I'm sure time spent in your new studio willl offer you some comfort. Love to you and your family.

  2. Carol, thank you very much, mentioned me. And I'm so sorry :(

  3. I'm so sorry to hear about your sister. The house is coming along nicely and I know you will be able to create beautiful things with the new wood planer. Keep up the good work and follow your sister's good advice.

  4. I'm so sorry for your loss. I hope in time it will become easier to remember the good things about her life and the pain of her being gone will ease.

    Keeping busy always seems to help so I hope your workshop progresses well and you'll be able to enjoy your new full time miniature career soon. Congrats on the awesome new tools and the house making it safely home.

  5. So sorry to hear about your sister xx The passing of a sibling changes the whole family dynamic, I feel for you. Take care of yourself.
    (PS. I thought you had stopped comments to your blog posts?)

  6. Oh Carol, I am so sorry to hear of your sister's passing. She was far, far too young. My heart and thoughts are with you as you face so many transitions all at once. Your craftsmanship is the center of who you are, a true artisan. I hope that immersing yourself into your talent and creativity will help you find peace, purpose, and healing. Take good care, and we'll see you when you're ready.

  7. I don't know you apart from blog news but I wanted to pay you my condolences for your sister's passing. It's truly terrible when a young person passes away and living without a much loved one seems unbearable. I hope that your new work will relieve you of some pain and that' you'll never regret your choice. Best wishes and warm feelings, Rosanna

  8. How Heart-breaking;
    a bitter/sweet post for you Pepper

    I am feeling very... very... sad.

  9. Some life transforming events recorded here...let's all take the gift of your sister's words to heart:you only have one life, live it!

  10. Dear Pepper, I am so sorry to learn of your loss. Sisters are not replaceable. I only hope that you will be able to find comfort in her words to help you move beyond the pain. She would not want you to hurt, and while we all know this, it is impossible not to ache anyway. :( My heart and thoughts are with you.
    As for your other news, I am glad it was an easy decision to start your business. Your incomplete studio looks wonderful (love that light fixture) and the Gothic Manor awaits your talented attention. Take all the time you need.... your minis will be there when you are ready.

  11. So very sorry to hear about your sister Carol. Please know that my thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. I know we will all look forward to hearing more about your new adventure as a professional mini maker when the time comes. Until then, sending you lots and lots of love and hugs.

  12. I am so sorry for the loss of your sister. No words can take away pain......So I will talk about the wonderful Manor, it is just gorgeous! The raven is perfect on the roof, and the thickness-er is WELL worth the 7 hour drive---

  13. Oh I am so sorry for the loss of your sister. that is just heartbreaking, especially since she was so young. It's a lovely photo of her - so warm and full of life.
    Congratulations on your decision and the manor looks amazing.
    Lots of love, sympathy and a big hug via the internet.

  14. I feel your pain. Thank you for letting us know what is going on with you. You and your family are very much in my heart and mind.

  15. Dear Pepper. I am so sorry for your loss.

  16. Lo siento muchísimo. No me puedo imaginar la tristeza que debes tener, pero como decía tu hermana la vida sigue y no estaría bien desperdiciarla. Hay que ir hacia adelante ¡Mucho ánimo!

  17. Sorry for your loss thinking of you and your family.

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  19. Pepper,

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your sister. You have my deepest condolences.

    So many changes all at once. I am glad to know you are building a work shop to give you something to look forward to. Thinking about a new future making miniatures, is a happy spot for your mind to rest in now.

    You house is just gorgeous. I love everything about it. I think I can safely say we all will look forward to your return to blogger when you your feel up to it.