Hello and thank you for visiting my Blog! My miniature passion lies in making houseplants, but since most are viewable on my website, this blog will often feature wonderful treasures by other artisans, with a few diversions I hope you will find interesting.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


It's not perfect, but it's in one piece! The biggest problem is the scratched acrylic and the original smeared glue. I would love to remake it with glass, but the thin wood might not take the weight. Another 'wanna do' that will be a 'never did'.

I filled it with some of the plants I have, which really don't all belong in this type of greenhouse. It needs trays of starter plants and some flowering hanging baskets. I didn't even try to hang a fern from the ceiling for fear it would all come tumblin' down! So, you'll have to use your imagination.

Oh darn, I forgot to put in the watering can, tools and the hose! Too late!

Maybe I'll replace the missing trim pieces, but for now the greenhouse is back in the box.

Saturday, April 24, 2010


Here is my new project. Not a major one, but that still doesn't mean I will finish it!

This greenhouse belonged to my Mother. I used it for displaying my plants for a few shows in Denver some time ago. I thought it would be nice to use it again.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


The show was great, although I didn't get to see much outside my room. There were two other rooms and a long hallway full of dealers, and there just wasn't enough time to see everything. Unfortunately, six dealers didn't make it due to the volcano in Iceland. Some of the European dealers that did make it, might still be in Chicago waiting for a flight!

I didn't even get pictures, other than a few of my table, and one of my helpers. He wasn't enthralled by the show, but he spent the entire day watching my table when I had to leave. What a good son, and how handsome in his Versace sunglasses!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


I just got a call from Tom Bishop. He's in Chicago getting ready for the show this weekend and found that one of his dealers is ill and can't make it. So he called me! I did several of Tom's early shows back in Denver in the early 1980's, so he knows me and my work. I live an hour away and can get there in a hurry, so I lucked out! Thank you, Tom!

I'm so excited, but very nervous about driving by myself in Chicago. And I have no helper, so I'll be on my own, unless I can convince one of my kids to help me. Doubtful. It's a three day show and it will take me two days to dig my old display things out of my basement. What have I gotten myself into?

Hoepfully, something wonderful. We'll see!

Sunday, April 11, 2010


These are commissions that I made in 1986. The Ivy covered trellis has 300 leaves, each one hand cut. I found that I couldn't make the vines and wrap them around the trellis, so I had to wind them on first, and then paint them without getting green paint on the white trellis. It was awful! It had to be pried out of my hands to send it off to Canada.

My only photo had a big, dark, rounded shadow at the top, so I tried to fix it in Paint. If the top leaves look odd, it's because I did a lousy job.

I don't remember where the wicker plant stand went. Does it look familiar to anyone?

Monday, April 5, 2010


Here are a few of my plants. The top pic shows a Devil's Ivy, an Arrowhead Vine cutting, and an Aloe Vera. The bottom pic has a selection of cactii, a Dracaena, and another Arrowhead Vine.

Saturday, April 3, 2010


Before I start posting pics of my work, I must say thank you to Kiva Atkinson, a very special friend who featured me on her blog (http://kivasminiatures.blogspot.com/). She doesn't need an introduction, but if you haven't visited her website you are missing a real treat! Her eclectic taste in miniature foods runs from the basic food groups to Harry Potter mandrakes!

I only wish my human meals would look half as appetizing as her miniature versions! Below are two of my favorites.

Oh, and Kiva, since I accidentally set up this blog while trying to comment on yours, I expect to see you here often!