A couple of months ago I read about a competition Dolls House Emporium were running. You had to take their dollhouse kit, The Cabin, and transform it.
Wanting to get back into serious mini making this was just what I needed as a challenge. I didn't tell anyone as I wasn't sure I could do it.
But I did.....and I came 2nd place :-)
I never thought I stood a chance of winning anything. Aside from messing about with a couple of things this was the first house I'd made. Just making it was enough for me so I was over the moon when I heard I'd come in second place. I still haven't stopped smiling.
….a fantasy plant laboratory owned by Dr
Morpheus T. Seedbender PD (Plant Doctor)
T.Seedbender P.D is a botanical geneticist.
Due to the highly controversial nature of his work he lives high atop
the mountains. This location was picked, not only because of its remoteness,
but because he has access to all the weird and wonderful flora and fauna that
has been left untouched by people who never venture so far.
lack of oxygen at this altitude, the absence of other humans and the foraged
wild mushrooms he eats has slowly sent him somewhat deranged
his mind he is totally fearless and will fuse all manner of plant life never
knowing what, or how dangerous the final result will be.
the outside of his lab you will see a Hysteria tree.
A wisteria with the added
bonus of screaming banshee flowers
which alert him to any intruders.
the front entrance to the lab are
Papahi and Peyton Pumpkin.
mischievous, is incredibly smart and partnered with Peytons’s reputation as the
village warrior they make formidable guards.
lab are some extraordinary specimens.
cage he keeps the Pyromandible plant.
A most dangerous example of science gone
wrong. With the ability to unhinge their lower jaw they are able to bite with a
force able to break bones. This plant must be kept constantly sedated.
miss while changing the drip feed recently left the professor with a bleeding
hand and broken thumb.
window you will see Amanita. A beautiful red and white petaled plant. Created
using Fly Agaric mushrooms to forcefully induce a symbiotic relationshipwith the Pyromandible.The drool of Amanita has psycotropicproperties used primarily for the sedation
next to her is Marley the Rastafarian plant.
Strategically placed that his
deadlocks are out of reach of the Pyromandible but that the smoke from his
cigarette is not. This also has a sedative effect on the Pyromandible.
The 2 plants
under the round window are part of the genus Floozy.
Floozies are an impish breed, which have a
tendency to torment and tease. With their huge toothy smiles the professor
finds them hard to resist and rarely chastises them.
professor claims that the 3 headed plant in the corner is a distant relative of
Or was it an experiment gone wrong ?
Whilst a true mandrake will scream when
picked all this plant is capable of is singing constantly. In the absence of
any electricity the professorlets him
stay for entertainment.
tree in the corner is a Carrow tree.
Bred primarily to provide food for the
professor, the marrow and carrot fusion apparently makes a wonderful soup.
professor has a head full of ideas so I am sure this won’t be the last we hear
How do you follow the hardest blog post you ever had to
Every time I thought about blogging again I just couldn’t do
it. The words just weren’t coming. I am struggling now so apologise in advance
for this jumble of thoughts. I can’t
think on it anymore and just have to take the proverbial bull by the horns and jump
Until this morning I have not logged on to blogger, my email
or Facebook since I got back to England. I can see there are loads of messages
and did start to read some. I am sorry that I haven’t replied to anyone, I do very
much appreciate everyone who was thinking about me but it is just too upsetting
for me to go back and read them now. Grief is a strange thing and everyone
handles it differently. My personal coping mechanism is to tuck it all away
into a corner of my mind. Probably not very healthy but the only way I have been
able to deal with it. One day, when I am
ready, I will revisit it. This is not to say I don’t think about Mick…I
think about him all the while…but only the happy memories and not the events of
that day 2 years ago. That part I still can’t deal with very well.
My life with him in California seems like an eternity ago
now. Looking back I have no idea how I coped but I guess your survival skills
just kick in. I was alone; things had to be done so I did them.
In retrospect, moving back to England was a panic reaction.
Could I have stayed there alone? Who knows. I try not to dwell on ‘What If’s’.
But I didn’t. I moved back ‘home’. I went back to work and was
working crazy hours doing 2 jobs. I didn’t want to go out. I hated the dismal weather.
I missed sitting in my sunny workshop
making miniatures. I was living in one room and had no way of even thinking
about making minis. I was miserable.
A dear friend of mine told me to keep putting one foot in
front of the other and remember to breath…..that is what I did.
But it got better. And I discovered a lot about myself. I found
out I could do it, I would survive and knew one day I would be back blogging
and making minis. And that day did come, just as I hoped it would.
I am now settled in a lovely village near Lichfield in
Staffordshire and have met lots of new friends.
Unfortunately I am no longer working, I lost my job 3 weeks
ago but something will come up I am sure.
The upside of this is that I now have the time to blog and
make minis. And have been doing so :-) Tallulah Belle is back in business. Especially now I have no other job !
I just wanted to get this post up to let you
where I was at. I will shortly post pictures of a pretty big project I just
I am doing well, I am back and I have found my new normal.