My New Mini!

So it has been awhile!  I have so busy...but not with the usual kind of minis....I have been busy with this mini....

10 months ago we traveled to Taiyuan,  China to bring our son home....that face.  He was 5 at the time. He has kept me busy these 10 months and the mini making, well, it had to take a huge backseat.  I have been slowly making time to check out a lot of your blogs and see what you are all up to! (Looking great by the way)  To say it has been an easy year, would just be a lie!   In the middle of our adoption of this little guy, I lost my best friend and sister and we decided to parent her son we brought our 5 year old from China home to a new brother of 16....we are a family of 9 now, a  For the last year we have just been trying to find our 'new normal."
Part of that "new normal" is me sending two kids to school and only homeschooling two, tutoring Orton Gillingham at night and a decision to 'clean' up our home from any toxins in the things we use in our home and on our products, perfumes, make-up...etc (download the free Think Dirty App and you can scan all of you products!)  I have lost my grandmother, mother and sister to breast cancer, we are trying to clear out things that may be contributing to the cancer.  I had no idea that when I decided to buy a bottle of cleaner it would change my life in so many areas!  I bought  Thieves Cleaner and used it once and was sold!  The cleaner led to other products, oils etc. and that led to my new business!  So here is an example of what I have been using my minis for lately!

It has let me dabble in the mini making a little and really work on my Oil business at the same's a win-win!  If you  would like to follow our adoption/homeschooling/ getting healthy/etc journey you can check it out here:  

Thanks for dropping in and keep up all of your great work!!!



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


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!! involves a book and food.....
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