Monday, 24 February 2014

What A Year!

Hello everyone!

As my title may say A little bit about this post my year has not really started great!
I'm not sure if I’ve ever told you. But my real life day to day work is with a childcare organization.
Over the past few months our government has decided to really cut back on the help and support for parents in the child care system. And because of that a lot of our parents can’t afford child care anymore. Causing our centers to go empty and losing even more parents because they have lost there jobs! Needles to say that our centers have to deal with the blow to! Earlier in 2013 my work hours got reduced with five hours less every weak. And in January I heard that there taking another five hours away from me! Causing me to not have enough money to pay fir my home and bills. So I went searching for an extra job on the side witch is not that easy, but I found a few. Causing me to work four jobs now in order to pay my bills. I don’t have to tell you that I don’t have a lot of spare time left to spend on my minis and the time that I do have I’m usually to tired to do anything and I use that time to spend with my dog (yes I bought my own dog before this whole drama started) her name is Loortje (short from Dolores) and she’s a real cutie.

Lately I’ve been able to do a few miniature things and  she seems to be quite curios to see what I am doing and after thutalli sniffing every item I hold she settles down and go's to sleep. I also owe a huge apology to Kristine over ar papperdollminiatures for I still havend been able to send her her winnings from my contest. To make it up to you Kristine I’ve added a few items extra and as soon as my paycheck arrives it will be on its watt to you! I promise! In the time I’ve been giving myself I’ve been working on a few items if my loft of witch I’m hopping I’ll still be able to finish even though I have so much to do! I've also found some wood print sticker at a local arts and craft store and I’ve used it to cover my yellow IKEA furniture planks. Here's what it looks like!

 I’ve also been working on a few swap items because I still had one planned with Megan. And I want to make it right! And something you will actually be happy with. Also I’ve been looking for a way to make a cornered sofa because buying one is out if the question now! Anyone got any idea's let me know. Well that’s it for now I need to walk my dog and get ready for job one and two today.
 Mini hugs Mandy


  1. Hi Mandy,

    Good for you to go out and do all that when you've lost a total of 10 hours! I know it's hard times for anyone starting out in ' a proper ' job. My eldest son is having the same kind of problems.

    Have a look on Josje's blog ''A Beatiful World'', she showed in great detail how she made a modern corner sofa some months ago.
    Your dog is so cute! My cat just wants to sit on whatever I'm working on....

  2. Hi Mandy, Your dog is adorable. It looks like she has a beard! Mitchymoominiatures has a great tutorial on making an upholstered sofa. It's not a corner one, but I think you have the skills!

  3. Hi Mandy
    your place looks great and Im sorry to hear that your hours have been cut, I too may soon be out of work but it's something we will have to deal with. I found a chair tutorial that I plan on using but you can expand it to make a pretty good sofa (you are a clever girl so I know you can do this) here is the link

    good luck and dolores is cute :)


  4. Life may be hard now but I won't always be. Be thankful for your minis to enjoy.

  5. Hi Mandy! I've missed your posts the last few months. I'm really sorry to hear your job situation, it must be super stressful! I hope things start to turn around for you. And don't you dare worry about sending me that prize! You have so many other things going on right now. I love what you did with the wood sticker, it has a really nice pattern and colour. It's nice that you were still able to make time for minis, it must be so hard to focus when your dog is looking so ADORABLE!

  6. So sorry to hear about your work situation, I hope it improves soon. Good thing miniatures are stress relieving. :)