Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Miniaturists Have More Fun

*It may not look it from the photo, but we're having a bit of a party ... a miniatures crafts day in the messiest corner of my home. I get together as often as possible with other crafters to do projects. Sometimes we work on our own separate creations; other times (as here) we work on the same project. Three friends and I (on the empty stool!) are putting together a bookstore. You can see a corner of the finished product in the other photo.

We hash it all out. Do we put the books on the lower shelves randomly, or put like volumes together? I wanted them placed in any old order because it would be a lot of trouble to sort them and keep all the same spines together. I lost the vote, and the effect was much more true to what you would see in a life-size bookstore. It WAS a lot more work, by the way!

The larger pieces, like the comfy chair and table were bought. They are the cornerstones of the scene, but the fun and uniqueness come from the other touches. The book covers (downloaded from the Internet and shrunk to size) happen to be all from my new publisher, Berkley Prime Crime! The rolled up "maps" in the left corner are really scraps of newsprint. The holder for the maps is a plastic cover from a small spray can of ... I can't even remember what. I keep anything that looks remotely like it might be useful someday.

After this photo was taken, a few more things were added: a sign that says "Mysteries," a poster of Agatha Christie under the one of Edgar Allan Poe, and more books on the table and floor.

We spread all my junk on a table and browse through for added touches. I forget who thought of placing a dime on the shelf for scale, instead of the usual ruler. It doesn't matter; it's a joint creation.

Part of the fun of doing projects with friends is that they see things I might not see. Now that I think of it, it's not too different from how my writing critique group works!


Deb Baker said...

I love the photos you post! One day, I'd like to try this.

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love the bookstore in miniature! I think I'll take a page out of your book (pun intended!) and make a small one in a shadow box for the "library" in my home. The sign of a true crafter is that you can see multiple uses in ordinary things (such as the pizza thing and the hairspray cap for a mapholder). Can't wait to see more!

Camille Minichino said...

The library idea is a great one. Allison. I'm making smaller ones to give out at venues where I sign.
This one is too big ... the floor is the under side of a melamine placemat. [Turn your stiff placemats over and see what color carpet you have!] I now have the problem of packing it for shipping or carry on to New York.

Joanna Campbell Slan said...


I'm drooling. Love this.