Hey everyone!  We are having a great auction to raise money to bring home our little guy from China!  We will be auctioning, beautiful jewelry, dollhouse minis,  artwork, quilts, antiques and sooooo much more!  The auction will run from Aug 12th to the 19th.  If you get on now, there is a raffle going on until Wed. for a great gift card!  Get on facebook and type in Heart's for Chay.  Thank you so much! 

                                                            Blessings!  Kim

Another Kind of Mini

So this is the mini I have been working on this last month.........

 The mini is in the middle......

Look at that face.....

This is him just a over two weeks ago......he had just flown over 20 hours from an orphanage in China.    
 Doesn't even look like the same boy...amazing what love will do.
We signed up to host this little one and try to find him a family.   He was assigned by China to the program,  they pick resilient kids  who they feel may have (or are having) a hard time getting adopted.
 They stay for about 20 days and hopefully in that time a family can be found.....the child still has to return to China while the adoption process takes place.   

 We found him a home!!!!!!

So now he travels back to China and we begin the paper-chase and fundraising....!!!  
Blessings, Kim


Just a quick post to add a link to a great mini imag, AIM.  You can see lots of great minis and there are always awesome tutorials...all for free!  My Koi can be seen on page 21.  
I have some new minis in the works so check back soon! You can check out some of my minis for sale on my Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/kimmilou?ref=hdr_shop_men


You Guessed It! More Koi!

Here are the latest in my fish making.....these are true minis (meaning approximately 1/12th scale)

 The lily pads were dried and sealed before added to the resin.

                     The penny to give a little perspective...

This is a little larger wash tub, I actually repurposed this from a common household object...
                        Koi swimming under the lily pads.

                                  Here is perspective again....



         Last post was fish in a bowl, this week, fish in a tin. 
                                  A pond in an Altoids tin.

Still obviously not 1/12, that is still in the works! 
But I love finding different containers for my Koi to swim in.....

Koi fish pond in altoids tin
Sometimes the simplest shapes are the hardest to make...the lily pads took a while!

Koi fish pond in Altoids tin

Wish you could see the bottom, it looks like the bottom of a real pond, it is hard to get a picture through the resin!
Great fun to make, thinking about making a tutorial...what do you think?  :)


Fish Bowl

We were at Target the other day and they had the cutest little bowls on clearance...
        Liberty and I knew exactly what we would put in them......

polymer clay Koiin bowls
  Fish!.....  Koi to be exact!

The bowls were the perfect size for....

 for one...

or two Koi!

polymer clay Koi in bowls

These fish are not 1/12th scale (those are coming) but they were so much fun to make, especially with my side-kick! 
                                               Mini Blessings, 

Brightly Colored Books and an Assortment of Small Things

I bought a new book the other day.....I didn't know what it was about but I loved the name and the color!  Who isn't curious about a hot pink book titled "Candy?!"                    

miniatures in a book
                        So, I brought it home and put it on my shelf.......

miniatures in a book

A couple of days later I decided to open it up and see what this book was all about.....

What a surprise!!!!

miniatures in a book

A little pastry and gift shop!  Cupcakes, candy sticks, macaroons, sculpted chocolate Eiffel towers, doughnuts............ 

miniatures in a book

miniatures in a book
                             Someone had even been eating the cupcakes!!!

There were paper dolls to play with, beautiful Paris signs, an old fashioned Cinderella book, chocolate rabbits, vintage bird tins with chocolate birds....

miniature dollhouse candy

and beautiful pastry signs on the wall....
I took it all in then gently closed the book and put it back on the shelf ....

I just love a good book, don't you??

Mini Blessings,  

Look what I found in my attic!  An old suitcase and you will never believe what I found in it....

It was full of treasures....

Letters written long ago.....

Pictures that have survived the years...

                       All beautiful reminders of my parents....

Did I fool you?   I had so much fun recreating all of the wonderful letters and pictures I am blessed to have of my family.....this little suitcase full of memories will be part of my daughters' dollhouse....and it will not be kept in the attic!
                                          Mini Blessings, 
*so this is not what I have been working on, that is still to come.  This is something I made quite some time ago and thought it would be fun to share!

                                  I'mmm Baaackkk

Hi everyone, I have been out of the mini community for quite some time!  I have been devoting my time to chocolate my real life minis  kids and am ready to jump back into my love obsession of all things small!    I am working on a mini project now and can't wait to post it!  Keep your eyes open, it is coming!!  hint....it involves a book and food.....

Fungus Farming....

Last blog was carrots and potatoes and so this  blog I would like to tell you about another kind of gardening I do...fungus farming.  Here are pictures of my latest mushrooms I have been diligently caring for over the last month....okay, not true.  Here is my latest mini though, started out as mushrooms to eat on pizza and well, I strayed! 

Wish I could get a close enough picture to show you the detail...
Hope you are enjoying a wonderful                                   start to summer!  

Mini Blessings, Kim
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