...well, only of this year!

As you can see I have a new layout on my blog. I hope you like the bigger photos!

Yesterday I was taking some pictures of my pretty Stokesay tea set which I bought for the bedroom at the Arnhem fair back in October, when I noticed I have a bit of a theme going in the bedroom. Can you see what it is (apart from the toile and soft red colours)? A small clue: I don't have any problems going to sleep...

A wonderful 2011 to all of you!
You may remember when, back in August, I posted about an interesting cabinet which was going for auction at Christie's in London. I wrote about it:

" I would love to have this cabinet. It would look great in my kitchen holding my favourite china, or in the bedroom full of linen. Or even better: it could go in my work room, holding all of my materials for miniature making. Of course it could become a 12th scale dolls house, I think the measurements would be just right for that!"

Unfortunately the cabinet was too expensive for me and even if I had been able to buy it, getting it from England to Holland would have been a major undertaking.

Fast forward a few months, it is now December 2010 and I get an email from Madelva, the editor of the Spanish miniatures magazine 'Miniaturas'. Madelva had seen my post about the cabinet and cooked up a little surprise for me... She had contacted Christie's and with their permission, published the building plans for the cabinet in 12th scale! (Miniaturas año 16, No 155)

Such a wonderful surprise, thank you Madelva! I will certainly build my own cabinet now.
Thank you all so much for entering my small 100th post give away and for leaving such lovely comments! I have drawn the results this morning using the online random number generator. I started laughing when I saw the who the first person was to be picked by the generator. I thought I'd better take photos so you can see for yourselves...

First winner is ...Linda Carswell!

The second winner is ...Marion!

The third winner is...Angelina!

And the fourth winner is...Tijm!

Congratulations to all of you! Could you please contact me with your addresses? You can find my email address in my profile.
It rained all day yesterday, but today I woke up to a beautiful white world! Perfect weather to start on my Christmas decorations.

At the Arnhem Fair two months ago I bought a few wooden animal miniatures from Reifendreherei Flath. Hans-Günter Flath is a German toymaker from the Erzgebirge (Ore Mountains). I want to make a little nativity scene with the wooden animals. Of course this should not include Rudolph, but I thought he was so cute, I just could not leave him behind!

100th post and a small giveaway

Last week St. Nicholas gave me a fantastic set of Le Creuset casseroles. The smooth enamel finish of Le Creuset cast iron is durable and hygienic. Everything you cook will taste just as good as you intended. They are the must haves for every cook.

As this is my 100th post, I thought it would be nice to have a little celebration giveaway. I will have 4 large casseroles to give away to four of my readers, each in a different colour. You can see the colours in the photos below.
Now please note that these are dolls house scale and not full scale casseroles ;) They are cast plastic and the lids do not come off. They're actually fridge magnets but are just about the right scale for the 12th scale dolls house.

If you'd like to win one of these miniature casseroles, please leave a comment on this post and state which colour you would like (green, cream, orange or red). You can enter until December 19th, I will draw the names of the four winners on Monday December 20th.

Remember the beautiful shoes and handbag by Patrizia Santi I showed you a month ago? Many of you asked me for her website and I thought she didn't have one. Well, good news, Patrizia has a blog called Patrisan. And even better news, she is hosting a giveaway where one lucky person will get the gorgeous shoes in the photo below. Aren't those heels just perfection?

The giveaway ends December 18th, so hurry over there, become one of her followers and leave a comment...Who knows you may be the owner of these gorgeous shoes before the year is over!

About two months ago Marsha from Sassy Mini Dolls organized a Christmas Ornament Exchange. Not a miniature thing per se, but I loved the idea and decided to join in. My swap partner was Sherry, someone I have never met, but judging by her blog and the emails she sent me, she's a very sweet person.

Have you ever tried to make something for someone you don't know? I can tell you, it is soooo difficult! I read Sherry's blog back to front to try and find out some more about her....still difficult ;)

I finally decided to make her an angel. The little bird she is holding refers to the birds on Sherry's birth announcements.

Unfortunately the ornament Sherry has made for me is still stuck in the mail somewhere between the USA and Holland. The fact that the Dutch mail has been on a strike I'm sure hasn't helped the matter...I am confident that it will arrive before Christmas though (don't worry Sherry!). I am still in full Saint Nicholas mode here and don't start my Christmas decorating until December 15th usually so I am very patient. Of course I will show you my gift here when it has arrived!

Check out Marsha's Blog Party to see the ornaments made by other participants!