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.

Friday, July 13, 2012


One of my non-miniature interests is refinishing wood. Several years ago I saw a picture in a magazine of a double wood door painted teal blue, which I hung on my fridge where it stared back at me for quite some time. I very much liked that it was different from the normal red door, which I also like, but that it was unusual and would make my dull front facade pop out with color.  My 70-year-old wood door was painted black, chipping, splitting, and an embarrassment.  Buying a new one was out of the question after trying to install a new screen door.  The opening was not square and whomever installed it long ago apparently didn't think about the poor souls who might have to eventually replace it.  But refinishing a front door had to be done during warm weather because the door had to be removed to strip the paint and remove the old varnish on the interior side (which was restained and varnished).  Then there was the privacy and security issues of no front door. 

After much discussion over choosing the color that looked right in shade and sunlight, I settled on a color. The new properly locking screen door, and my large dog, provided security. I made a cardboard door for privacy, with the words 'Speak "Friend", and Enter' written on it, but only my family recognized and appreciated the "Lord Of The Rings" reference.

So here is the finished project, without the brass hardware that I also refinished.  I really love it, and although many people thought I was making a mistake, they have grown to appreciate my choice. I just wish I didn't have to cover it all up with the screen door.

Friday, July 6, 2012


If I left you in suspense with my last post, wondering about the fate of my ill-shipped plants, I can now report that it all turned out ok, thanks to the efforts of Teri Aaron of The Lawbre Co, a wonderful, sweet, and awesome lady who bailed me out, revived the plants at the Guild Show in Castine, and gave a happy ending to my story.  I will be forever grateful.  Thank you, Teri!

Although I saw the photo of the mis-shapen plants, seeing them in person was a shock.  I hadn't thought about how much they would be transported and handled if I was awarded Artisan, and I should have made a contingency for that. 

They say every dark cloud has a silver lining, and I have found several silver linings in my cloud.  The best is being the recipient of a very kind act by Teri Aaron.  Another is the opportunity to back up my own words about the longevity of my plants.  And yet another is the chance to re-examine my new designs before selling any plants to ensure they are up to my standards.

Here are a few BEFORE and AFTER pics.