Monday, December 31, 2012


There's a fun "pop!" to this scene, in anticipation of the new year and the many corks that will be popping all over the world.

I love yellow, and this cute new Pop! mini figure from Kid Robot really helped to inspire the rest of the furnishings. Certainly reminds me of Jeff Koons' Balloon Dog.

Courtesy of AnOther
My ever-resourceful daughter found the Pac-Man game, which is actually a candy dispenser! It works great in this scale. And it holds some serious nostalgia for me...Pac-Man was definitely my game of choice as a tween, and I spent many hours after school playing it in one of the food joints near my house. I got pretty good, too!

Happy 2013, all! 

Many good wishes for the new year, and I look forward to another year of blogging and celebrating modern minis with you!

Credits: Wallpaper is Heroes and Villains wrapping paper from the Paper Source; credenza is by Cyd of My Mini Mod Pod; speakers and stereo are eBay finds; rug and magazines on desk are handmade by The Shopping Sherpa; Pac-Man video game is a candy dispenser from Kid Robot; chair is Reac; desk top is by Dragondee and base consists of two AMAC boxes; lamp is AG Minis; plant is vintage TOMY; artwork is Lundby; balloon figure is Pop! by Kid Robot. Accessories are Re-ment, Kid Robot, random eBay finds, and AG Minis.

The time it took me: 27 minutes

Monday, December 24, 2012

Holiday Cheer

Spreading a bit of holiday cheer, as 2012 draws to a close.

Snow fell here on Christmas Eve...a nice touch to a lovely evening! Here's wishing you all a very happy holiday and a great new year. It has been a fun journey connecting with you, especially new followers, and I hope this continues into 2013!

Thanks for all of your support and encouragement. It means a lot and really keeps me going!

C H E E R S!

Credits: Tootsie Roll couch is minimodernistas; pillows by The Shopping Sherpa; trees are Design Ideas, and angel toppers are wooden ornaments from Jazams; chairs are vintage eBay finds, likely are from an Add-a-Room set; table is an eBay find; plant is vintage TOMY; artwork is Bozart; nativity scene is a handmade "matchbox" set from Peru, purchased at Ten Thousand Villages; flooring is from the Paper Source. Accessories are AG Minis, CB2, Jazams, Re-ment, ELF, and Manor House Miniatures.

The time it took me: 50 minutes

Tuesday, December 18, 2012


Can't quite remember the last time I took a relaxing soak in the tub to just slow down and indulge. The Cubebot challenge was such great fun, but it really took a lot out of me. I enjoyed it all, but kept myself quite busy and focused on making it a success. Mini Modern posted about her win, and Fran let me know that she already received her goodies! Congrats again, gals, and thanks again to AREAWARE and to all the entrants.

A quick recap of this scene: the modern tub is a soap dish from Bed, Bath, and Beyond or Target, don't remember, with a faucet from a large scale kitchen set. I always hunt the clearance section for random bath accessories and other adaptable pieces. My rule of thumb: always take a look, and then a second look. If you see something you think you might just use, pick it up!

The side of the stairwell is covered in strips of yellow flowered washi tape. I love the stuff, and always pick up rolls when I see them. They adhere well and even come off quite easily. The flooring is wonderful paper from Lee's Art Shop. Heavenly!

The cork backing is actually a flooring sample from Lowes. They are not free, but are quite affordable at .99/each. The towel is cut from a piece of adhesive-backed felt from Jo Ann Fabrics; it can be shaped and draped quite effectively.

I hope to post some more updates on a few other mini projects soon...I've been getting crafty! Perhaps I will get to completing some work over winter break.

By the way, speaking of projects, if you have been looking for an Artply Highland and are up for some light renovating, Lori has one for sale for pickup in Jacksonville, FL. It's in great condition and just needs some updating. You can see an album of photos on the Call of the Small Facebook page. Lori is asking $150/OBO. Please email me if interested at call-small(at)call-small(dot)com.

Credits: Tub is a soap dish; plant is Manor House Miniatures in a Playmobil planter; side table is brinca dada; chair is by Pepper of MitchyMoo Miniatures. Accessories are AG Minis, Re-ment, Petite Princess, beads, and random eBay finds.

The time it took me: 57 minutes

Friday, December 7, 2012

Cubebot Challenge: The Winners!

The results are in for the Call of the Small/Cubebot Challenge

First, I want to thank AREAWARE for being true collaborators in the challenge. They were invested in the process, enthusiastic, and appreciative of all the Cubebot love. I also want to thank all of the entrants. The submissions, which came from all corners of the world, were all so creative and fun, and made great use of the new Micro Cubebot, as well as other Cubebots.

Congrats to all the entrants for their thoughtfulness, time, and humor (alphabetical by first name):

Anna - Italy

Jaz of Jazzi Minis - Australia

Mandy of Mini Modern Mind - The Netherlands

You can view all the submissions in the Call of the Small/Cubebot Challenge Flickr stream - there are more than sixty lovely photos!

The folks at AREAWARE and yours truly had a difficult decision to make in choosing the overall winner of the challenge and the runner-up, but we did come to a unanimous decision.

D R U M R O L L . . .

The WINNER of the challenge was cited for her incredible photography, natural lighting of the scene, and inventiveness in using her bot in a realistic-looking, chic, modern environment. We wanted to LIVE in this space. The WINNER is...

Mini Modern! Mini Modern wins $200 to spend on the AREAWARE website. Enjoy!

And the RUNNER-UP was noted for her creative use of the bot, with the environment cleverly reflecting the bot's cubed existence. And it is very festive, too, with wonderful photography and styling. The RUNNER-UP is...

Fran of FranMadeMinis! Fran will receive an assortment of bot-related goodies from AREAWARE! Have fun!

Congrats to the winners, and thanks again to all for participating and following along these past few months. I had a blast, and continue to be amazed by the depth and range of creativity in this mini community!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Keep Calm

This is intended as a super-quick post, mostly because I am sleep-deprived and should go to bed!

This bold wallpaper of stacked houses from the Paper Source is so great...I love the saturated color, especially the inky black background. It set the stage for the rest of the scene. Cyd of Mini Mod Pod  created the awesome pillow, perhaps a sentiment shared by many out there???

Good night!

P.S. Stay tuned for the winners of the Call of the Small/Cubebot Challenge. The announcement is coming very soon! Until then, check out all of the submissions on Flickr.

Credits: The bed is made of a soap dish, coasters and a lucite drawer pull; white coverlet is handmade by The Shopping Sherpa, topped off by a Chilewich placemat; the lamp is vintage Bodo Hennig; side chair is Creative Playthings; stool is brinca dada; mirror is a craft store item; wallpapers are from the Paper Source. Accessories are AG Minis, Manor House Miniatures, and toy store and eBay finds.

The time it took me: 44 minutes