Thursday, 20 January 2011

Fabulous Christmas Pressies and Treats ! Part One

Well, Im here at last, abit late for my First New Year post!
I thought Id share my Christmas and New Year presents with you before I go backwards to show off some of last years miniatures that I bought and had as gifts and still havnt got round to showing!

Firstly a parcel arrived before Christmas, a huge big box and inside were the most fabulous tree decorations made as a gift for me by my dear and talented friend Nicky Cooper. Nicky not only treated me to these darling 2 dragons in my favourite colours purple and gold to match my tree , but also made all of the children their names in fimo hung on gold baubles ( sorry I forgot to take the pics of them and now they are safely packed in the loft doh!) together with giant mint chocolate santas which I had huge problems prizing from their mouths!!!
Nicky is a treasure and so thoughtful and kind so sending her the biggest hug for her pressie!

We had a lovely albeit quiet Christmas and I was treated to some much wanted minis from my wonderful hubby John. Firstly, take a look at my newest haunted household members, the maid and butler!

Made of course by the amazing talented hands of Julie from . I spied these 2 on Julies blog and as they came back from her fairs unsold, so well, i figured they were just supposed to be for me then!

Recently my haunted house has been given a major overhall as it started out with mostly spooky, gory minis. I have either sold or boxed up these to sell, as my house has a new story. It will be a regular house that suffered a tragedy wherin all the occupants died and now still haunt the house as their own. No one will move into the house because of the ghosts so it has been left as it was but completly run down and dusty ( good excuse not to have to dust it as its a back opener house!)

I have my mother ghost who comes out of the dressing table mirror, calling to her daughter Faith, now these wonderful 2 new dolls for the sitting room. ( all dolls by Julie, I like to keep the same artistes work in one house, so it has the same 'look' about it!) In the pics they show up with a bluey tinge , thats my camera as they are actually very white and ghostly and I think its becasue they glow in the dark which is very eery at night as this house backs onto our bed!

So the plan this year is to add a cook, father and son ,so Im planning some serious selling of unwanted houses/projects and minis and loads of materials, fabrics, trims etc I no longer need or want, to fund this! Julie, I know how busy you are so on top of my wishes for my Alice dolls Im sure keeping you busy in the future, I hope you Never decide to quit!!

The new additions look so amazing in place in the house Im sure you agree, as always Julie has outdone herself and I love them!

For my Potter house, John took my hints very well on looking at the new minis that Debie of put on Etsy before Christmas! I think I went on about them just enough for him to go and order me one of Debie's amazing elf heads and he chose my favourite one at that! This will look awesome in the Potter house, Im putting all pictures, frames, etc on the door walls so as you open the house theres lots to look at on both the inside rooms and the inside of the opening doors too! He is a total treasure thanks Debie!

Im still working, albeit slowly on my Alice projects and am collecting minis for them both when I see the perfect pieces. And this cake by the lovely Vesalina of of was one of those perfect minis I had to have! Vesalina made this for me especially as the one she had put on her blog was her own. It is the ideal fancy cake to place in front of the White queens table at the tea party. Beautifully made and so detailed, I cant wait to add more of Vessy's work to my collection. Here is her Etsy shop for you to check out, Ill be back there for sure this year !

Hope you like them so far, I've had some parcels delivered this week, 2 from overseas, that Ive been eagerly awaiting and we even had a Sunday post as they are trying to catch up with the terrible backlog at out local depot! So will take some pics and show off these , other gifts from blogging friends and the other 2 dolls that have been my New Year purchases with my familys Christmas money! I know you are going to love these too! I love Christmas and February when its my birthday as I can ask for minis that I cant afford myself when anyone asks me what Id like!

Oh and if you are on facebook and are a friend of mine or have sent requests but not heard back this is because Im phasing out my own personal page which I only ever set up to keep an eye on my children!! Now as Ive had so many miniaturists send requests and I like to keep up with you all and your work, Im going to change my facebook page to The Whittakers Miniatures own page which is set up but Im still working on photos etc so will start adding to it slowly when I can and stop my other page. So dont be sad if you disappear off my page as Ill send you a request for my new miniature one. I dont go on facebook much or have much time to comment or post on it but its nice to keep in there as a few of my friends sell from there and post on there more than blogging so I have to keep my hand in or I miss out!! Ill figure out how to add the link again soon!

So more soon, and I think Im going to have another giveaway soon to find some names for these fantastic dolls and you know Im useless with names!


Janice said...

Hi Kate, thanks for the link to the new young man on the block. His work looks really special.
I love it when you do a post about all the pieces you have been stashing away, it makes me feel so much less guilty!! Ha,ha!
The ghosts are beautiful aren't they. I do like your idea about keeping the dolls together to create the same feel in each setting. I know Julia does that with her couples and it looks really good.
Like you I have so many things going that I really must get on with but I do like a shop......the first thing I did on my return was check out Jain's Etsy store and found two cuties for my toy shop! Gosh some people are so talented.
Looking forward to seeing your other pieces.

Michelle's Mad World said...

I love everything, but the ghosts are my most favourite! The maid with the trolley is gorgeous and I remember when Julie first showed her on her blog! These look perfect in that house. :o))

The dragons are adorable and so very thoughtful of Nicky to make and send them to you. ;o))

I love the stuffed heads, I have one too, just amazing!

I did laugh at the natural and real dust excuse though, I have real dust in Hogarts too....but I like it that way! lol ;o))

I can't wait to see the new dolls...I've only been waiting forever to see them!! (foot tapping!) ;o))

Michelle xxxx

Dark Squirrel Victoria said...

I love your ghost doll! Nicky's dragons are the best, I love the purple. Debie's face and the cake are excellent! Can't wait to see the rest.

Victoria ♥

Whittaker's Miniatures said...

Janice welcome home! I dont feel guilty with all these things as they are all pressies other than the cake which was a pre Chrismtas treat to myself....well you have to dont you! My other dolls were bought with Chrismtas money from Mum and my sisters so I have been very good lately not spending! Theres lots of tempting goodies out there right now though so watch for a sale of things on ebay from me to get the funds going again he he! Look forward to seeing your new dolls then! xxx

Michelle, I adore the ghosts, cant wait to add some more, they give the house such a wonderful feel! I just need to pull my finger out and get these projects decorated so I can actually use the minis!
I do dust the house occasionally but thats the best thing about the style, it adds to it ha ha!

Victoria, the dragons show up blue here, but they are a lovley purple and looked beautiful on the tree! I know you love Nickys dragons like me! We have good taste eh! xxx

Julia @ bearcabinminiatures said...

I adored Julie's ghosts when I saw them on her blog and I'm so glad that you have them, we can all keep up to date with their antics now :) Your dragons are lovely, very cute with their little hats :) Love all your pressie's, lucky you :0) Can't wait for part 2 :)
Julia xxxx

Ara said...

I love your new ghost tenants! They would totally freak out my sister who hates dolls lol. She afraid to sleep in our guest bedroom that has an EMPTY dollhouse in it! I can only imagine her waking up to glowing dolls lol! Hugs, ara