Well. What a busy few months! Since May I've done several mini shows, moved to London, and started grad school. It's been a little while since I've had time for miniatures, but I managed to squeeze some in last week. Pics soon of what I've been working on.
Also, Happy Thanksgiving to all those celebrating today! I hope you have a wonderful day with family, friends, pets or whoever you spend your day with.
My gracious husband has volunteered to take charge of the Etsy shop so that I can open for just a few days this week. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday my shop: Botiny Miniatures will be open and I'm offering some special deals in honor of black Friday, small business Saturday and cyber Monday. Please do stop by and take a look. The shop will be updated often so if you keep checking back during these 4 days you might see something that wasn't available before.
So I had been waiting very patiently since early April to share these photos with you all. I decided this year, a little last minute, to apply for Artisan Member status with IGMA. I spent the last few weeks of March putting together my most complicated flowers that I've made so far. After several very long weeks due to the anticipation of hearing back, I'm excited to post that I am now an IGMA Artisan! I was so happy when I got the news I may have squealed a little ( Which is really saying something, because I am not the squealing sort).
Since the jurying is done, I can share my pictures with you all.
Here are my five IGMA Artisan submission pieces:
Trillium grandiflorum photo link : http://namethatplant.net/picpage.shtml?path=/Images/ImagesFire/rwl/rwl_tgrandiflorum.jpg&plant=1549&photo=10408
If you're in the area be sure to stop by the Hightstown's Women's Club 37th Annual Dollhouse and Miniatures Show and Sale this Saturday. It starts at 9:30 and ends at 3:30. I will have all kinds of new plants and some great spring flowers! Admission is $5.50.
First Presbyterian Church Hall
320 N Main St, Hightstown, NJ 08520
So, I originally had planned to post this right after New Year, but before I knew it we were halfway through January. I intend to be more active on my blog this year. Since I love garden history I thought I would try something a little different and talk a little bit about the history behind some of the flowers I make. The plan is to feature a little background information on a particular flower I've recently completed. The first one will go up next week. Stay tuned!
In other news, 2016 is the big year! In September I will be starting my grad program. It's very exciting, but there's a ton to be done, and because of the type of visa I'll be on while I'm there I won't be able to sell my plants at shows or online. Major bummer! In light of that I am attempting to participate in as many shows as possible. You can view an updated schedule of shows under the "Shows" tab at the top of the page.
Thanks for visiting, and I hope you come back. I'd love to hear ideas for mini plants and any that you'd particularly like to be featured in a blog entry.
Happy (belated) New Year!
So, I haven't mentioned it before, but for the last 5 months I've been training to run my first marathon. I've been running for a few years now and have run a few half marathons, but this will be my first full. On October 25th I'll line up with thousands of other runners for the 40th Marine Corps Marathon in Arlington, VA. While I've been training, I've also been raising money for the Semper Fi Fund, and America's Fund. They are highly respected groups that offer:
"Financial, emotional, and tiered support for our injured/ill service members and their families through the following programs: Family Support, Adaptive Housing, Adaptive Transportation, Specialized Equipment, Education and Career Transitioning, Rehabilitative Sports programs, and more."
In an effort to reach my goal of raising $500.00, I am holding a raffle for the three plants photographed below. These were all made by hand, by me, using paper and floral wire. For every $5.00 you donate to my fundraiser online, your name will be added to my drawing. For example, if you donate $25.00, you're name will be in the hat 5 times, and you will have 5 chances to win. Donations should be made by the 19th, and the drawing will take place 0ct. 20th.
If you have questions, feel free to contact me. You can learn more about The Semper Fi Fund at www.semperfifund.org. The link to donate to my fundraiser is here:
Hello! I'm Alex. I have been making all kinds of miniatures for about 5 years now. Recently I've moved from making dollhouses, to making flowers and plants to go inside and around them. When I'm not working I'm either making minis or playing with my two pups, Molly and Gav.
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