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A couple of days ago I was on the front page of Etsy!  At least, some of my miniature apothecary bottles were.  (First column, third row down.)  Amazing!  They sold quickly, and then I got several messages from other people who wanted to buy some, so I whipped up some new ones.  I feel really undeservedly lucky in my Etsy endeavor.  But I've just had my first repeat customer, so that's great!  I'm so glad people like my things.

Also, I forgot to mention that recently my miniature books were featured on Fluffy Bricks!  Thank you, longlongwaytogo!  I feel special and famous!




nid_dabeille: bee (antoine-laurent lavoisier)
I just stumbled upon the most amazing website that's all one lady's collection of doll houses that she's made and filled - Mary's Dollhouses.  And I mean it when I say the pictures are breathtaking!!!  (Of course, having really good photography goes a long way to help, as pictured here.  The same room photographed with a flash would still look awesome, but not as amazingly realistic.)  I love this description (written by her husband):

 
Her interest is mainly in the furniture. She scratch-builds everything from basswood, using photographs or drawings from books and old catalogs as a guide. Fixtures and knobs are selected from her drawers full of thousands of scraps of cheap jewelry bought at flea markets. She makes pottery, her dolls' heads, and all the food in her kitchens and the fully stocked bakeshop, from Sculpy or Fimo brand clay!

Wow, just jaw-dropping wonderfulness.

Also, I'm so excited because, with the British pound being so low in relation to the dollar (and it's about time!!!) I just ordered a bunch of tiny chemical glassware from British artisan Ray Storey.  Just look at his things!  They're brilliant!!!!!!  (Click picture for bigger image.)

 And I talked to him on the phone just to make sure my order had gone through - I was confused because it wasn't showing up on my credit card yet - and he was just about to make my cobalt blue poison bottle.  He was so nice, and he lives near Newcastle so we chatted about that, and his son went to the same uni as me.  I also asked if he ever makes carboys (big stock chemical bottles - like what Stephen kept his main laudanum supply in, down in the hold) and he said yes, he does, so he's going to make me one.  I'M SO EXCITED!  I've wanted one forever.  And I've wanted to order things from him forever.  And he's going to make a carboy from scratch for me!  And also, he has brown bottles which nobody else has - at least, not that's suitable for me - and I like the look of brown for chemical/medical bottles.  So he's going to give me a mix of clear and brown ones.  YAY!

Randomly, if you haven't noticed, I LOVE miniature bottles.  I'm a little jealous of people who do witch and wizard miniatures and get to use bottles - jealous in a possessive "that's not fair, all bottles belong to ME" sense.  And watching "Merlin" and especially "Perfume" really made me want to make miniature rooms with bottles.  And of course I'm infatuated with Stephen's dispensary, which was the whole reason I started my M&C miniatures at all.  At first it was ONLY going to be a dispensary.  But Ray Storey has all these chemical utensils and stuff that wouldn't really fit in Stephen's world - he's a physician, not an experimenting scientist.  But that arc lamp really makes me want to make a miniature Enlightenment era lab, like for Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier or Sir Humphry Davy.  <3
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I've just been informed by a friendly visitor Josje that my Aubrey-Maturin miniatures are featured on her blog, Josje's Poppenhuis!!!  Her blog is so beautiful and full of such wonderful pictures that I feel humbled to be mentioned there so kindly! 

Dank u zeer, Josje!



PS - I love the word Poppenhuis.

Last night I dreamed about dollhouses, which is rather unusual.  I dreamed I was trying to finish the construction of an attic room with impossible angles and mitering and bits of molding that wouldn't quite fit, and pieces that kept falling off before the glue was dry, and argh!  It was so realistic.
nid_dabeille: bee (stephen giggly)
I'm famous!  Regarde!  Mini Rivoli, aka [profile] claireric wrote a lovely post on my Aubrey-Maturin miniatures in her blog.  I'm her featured miniaturist of the month!  And reading about my minis in French is just so... lovely. 

But LOL, clicking on the instant Yahoo Babelfish translator at the bottom gives a really funny translation.  For example:

Original:
Grace Poppy tient un journal sur la fabrication des vitrines qu'elle réalise d'après le film "Master and Commander" : il y a la cabine, le bureau et la "cellule de sommeil" du docteur Stephen Maturin -  médecin-chirurgien de la marine anglaise de l'aube du XIXe siècle...
My rough translation:
Grace Poppy has a journal about the creation of display boxes she makes based on the film "Master and Commander":  there's the cabin, the study, and the "sleep cell" of doctor Stephen Maturin - physician-surgeon in the English navy at the dawn of the 19th century...
Yahoo Babelfish:
Grace Poppy holds a newspaper on the manufacture of the windows which it builds according to the film “Master and Commander”: it there with the cabin, the office and the “cell of sleep” of Doctor Stephen Maturin - doctor-surgeon of the English of the paddle of the XIXe century...
ETA:  I was wondering where the word "navy" went in that babelfish translation, since he's supposed to be in the marine anglaise, but it simply says that he's a doctor-surgeon of the English.  Then I realized it was in the part of the paragraph I left out.  Where the original ends with:
...Stephen Maturin - médecin-chirurgien de la marine anglaise de l'aube du XIXe siècle, autrement dit également entomologiste, zoologiste, dessinateur et humaniste.
the full translation should say:
...Stephen Maturin - doctor-surgeon of the English of the paddle of the XIXe century, in other words also entomologist, zoologist, draughtsman and humanistic navy.
Such an admirable navy!!!!  Just the sort of navy that Stephen would belong to!  They probably even paddle their boats facing their destination!  They sail past inestimable prizes bent solely on enlightenment and furthering the study of natural history.

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