I'm sure that there's been some sort of a time warp and it's Christmas already because I'm overwhelmed with gifts, and this one comes from near Santa's home - it's from dear Ira (merryjinglecrafts) in Finland. And if you think I've been good and resisted that chocolate bar you're very much mistaken - that's only the empty wrapper - it was delicious!!
Now for the eye-candy ...
Looking good enough to eat is the bread selection (in fact Ira's dogs think this stuff IS good enough to eat which is why her 'top secret' bakery product, the "nadas" are missing and were substituted for by the chocolate bar!)
and the sweet treats selection
AND the black and white 'home wares' selection (the little thread just right for Rosanna's sewing box)
AND the fabric and trim selection (the 'basket weave' is wonderfully soft silk)
AND the most incredible selection of filigree 'findings' I've ever seen (largest measures 5 cm, smallest 1.5)
AND a selection of art that I just adore and is perfect for the Boutique d'antiquités et brocante, and the apartment above - there's a mention of that as yet unseen apartment again... ;)
AND a selection of the TINIEST things
The little Eiffel Tower is teetering on a piece of Ira's handmade figue-coffee soap, and the little 'gold' cup on a piece of Marseille soap. The little 'ink-well' will go on the desk in the study of the 1:16 house. Isn't that little copper wagon just the most gorgeous little thing you've ever seen? And the wheels go around! Ira tells me the wagon and the metal findings are from Etsy stores. Ira perhaps you could make a comment here that includes the web address for these sellers because maybe others are interested in 'shopping' there - unless of course it's your 'secret' source!! LOL
AND one of my favourites of Ira's handmade pieces - a 'rustic' birdcage
The variety of these gifts reflects Ira's diverse tastes and talents. She is the Donald Trump of the mini world - the only woman I know who bought several mini properties, at once, on a whim! Click here to read the post confessing her shopping extravaganza :) If you don't know Ira's blog then you don't know what you're missing - visit her soon - she'll entertain you, motivate you and amaze you - often all at once.
Thanks again Ira - with so many wonderful things scattered about my mini rooms (many no more than mini-plans at present LOL - you know me - expert procrastinator and perfectionist all rolled into one - a hell of a combination!) there will always be something nearby that says "Hello, I'm from Finland" :)
I'm not sure if I should describe miniatures as a hobby or an obsession, but it's the best escape from the cares of the world that I know - and an opportunity to indulge a love of vintage decor without breaking the bank.