Sunday, June 11, 2017

And moving again!!

We are moving one more time!

Last year my husband applied for a position in another city (Salamanca), and he got it.  We have been waiting for a year for the position to be officially made, as it depends from the Government, and finally we will be moving to Salamanca next month.

We just came back from there; we spent two days visiting apartments - we visited 9! - and we came back with a chosen one.  It is a beautiful apartment, very big, in a fourth floor.  We will be living downtown, very near were my husband will be working, and also in the old part of the city, which is full of old churches and buildings.  The University of Salamanca was founded in 1218 - we will be celebrating a centenary next year! -, and it is the oldest university in Spain, and the third oldest in Europe.  Hubby will be working in the CIC.  I am so, so proud of him!

We are very happy with this change in our lives; we still have a lot to do before we leave, first of all to hire a moving company, both for our home and one for my husband's lab equipment.

Looking forward to it!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Making boxwood planters

Remember that YouTube channel from We Love Miniatures I told you about? Yesterday I tried a tutorial to make boxwood and here are the results.  I am very happy with them.

The tall urn is my mother's; she bought it at last year's Tom Bishop Show in Madrid; the small one is mine, and comes from Innovative Miniatures.  Kassandra says she is putting it beside her entrance door:

 Here is the video tutorial I used:

Instead of cotton balls, I used dark green polymer clay rolled into a ball and hardened in the oven.  And instead of the bulgar wheat, I used raw cous-cous.

Annie is so talented; not only to make miniatures, but also to make tutorials so the rest of us can learn something new.  Thank you so much, Annie!

Monday, June 5, 2017

A gift for Claudia

Today I found Kassandra very busy.  She told me she was preparing a gift for her goddaughter, Claudia, whose birthday is coming up very soon.  She told me that Claudia is very fond of mermaids, and she was getting ready a gift basket as a surprise.  And what a gift basket!

A couple of coloring books and several boxes of coloring pencils and crayons.  I am sure Claudia will be very happy with them.


Fantasy apart,  I came up with the idea of the coloring book after finding by chance a printable in an Advent calendar with miniature tutorials for Christmas season (you can find the printable I am referring to behind door number 20).  I loved the idea, but I am not very fond of Christmas, so I decided to make my own.  For the coloring pages, I used the Mermaidens drawings offered by FinFunMermaid.  I made the cover using their own coloring book.  The crayon and pencil boxes come from PrintMini, and the gift box is my own creation.

On the next days I will be trying to learn how to make a bow-maker and how to use it to make tiny bows.  Hopefully the box will have a nice red bow!