Monday, November 26, 2018

Christmas Tree Trims and Garlands

Easy Mini Tree Trims and Garlands


NOTE: I shared this idea several years ago on one of my groups and apologize if you've read this T2T already, but with Christmas coming up it may be helpful to some.
Here are three easy steps to make teensy silver tree garlands and curly-cue icicles:
1) Find a guitar player who uses metal wound strings on the 3 or 4 lower strings and ask him/her to save the old strings the next time the strings are changed. (Classical guitars strings are the best source because they are real silver wound over a fibre core, but any metal wound acoustic guitar strings will do the job. I haven't tried using violin strings, but the G and D strings should work as they are close in diameter to the higher guitar strings.)

2) Cut one end of the string off at the point where the string straightens out, find the end of the metal strip and gently pull it to unwind the metal from the core. Hold the core end in the other hand and go slowly so you don't stretch the 'spring&# 39; out of shape.
3) For icicles, cut the spring into 1/3 to 1/2 inch lengths stretching the springs if needed to open them up a bit. Attach a loop of sewing thread to one end with CA glue. For garlands, slightly stretch a long piece until it looks good to you and wrap it around the tree, outdoor pillars or railings, a mailbox or whatever you fancy.
BTW, you can also use the metal strips in jewellery both RL size and mini, and it can be soldered.
Chris in Canada

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Mini treasures 5th advent calendar opened today

Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail and Peter and the Fir Tree  1/2
A christmas tree by Redrickshaw
We opened our 5th advent calendar on Mini treasures wiki today.

The new thing is that we are encouraging people to contribute during the calendar, e.g. today we are asking people if they have mini villages as Christmas decoration in their home.

Come and see it now! :)


Saturday, November 16, 2013

How to fill our advent calendar pages

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I have been busy with my several projects and have not been hanging around on Mini treasures wiki for awhile.  Now I saw that only 8 calendar pages have been reserved so far. Haven´t you got any Christmas projects to share with us? If you don't I do :).

Just a warning: in the end of this month I am going to reserve all the remaining pages and fill them with stuff I find, e.g. from our Flickr pool or some nice YouTube videos about (e.g.
about miniature villagesand so on. So think creatively: you can use also stuff created by other people. Do you have a favorite miniaturist artisan you would like to interview or whose minis you would like to showcase for us? Or maybe you have a favorite Christmas poem (or story) you could write and use other people's mini pictures in it?

So if you now got a new idea, go and reserve your page before I take them all ;).

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Time to reserve your page on our advent calendar


We are starting to reserve the pages of our traditional advent calendar. 

It is a fun way to promote your miniature projects - for free.

Last year some of the people also organized a lottery. One of the people who had left a comment on their page won the mini on that page. Hopefully this tradition continues this year too :). 

If you need help with reserving, we have a Yahoo group for giving support to each others.

Basically you need to 
  1. log in to Pbworks (for that you need a PBworks account)
  2. choose one of the days from  http://minitreasures.pbworks.com/w/page/62245469/advent_calendar_2013
  3. open the page with that date 
  4. press edit
  5. write your name on that page
  6. wait until Linda or I hide the page from others (change the security of the page)
  7. fill your page
  8. wait that Linda or I open the page for others again just before your own date
  9. enjoy the comments and link traffic you are getting :)

Friday, May 31, 2013

What are the most popular topics on miniature projects currently

I just learnt about List.ly and wanted to try it out. And you can be my test bunnies. :) I want to use it to learn about what kind of mini projects you are currently working at. I added 10 proposals but hope you continue to add topics. For me, a kitchen is not a topic as there are kitchens in almost every dollhouse but a restaurant would be a topic. Hope you get the idea. :)
You can also promote the projects you are working on by pressing the arrow up.

Friday, May 3, 2013

The MTW Awards are here again

I just finalized our list of 25 biggest traffic bringers to Mini treasures wiki. In the beginning of MTW most of the traffic came through miniature blogs, sites and forums but now the situation has changed. People have bookmarked our site and most people visit it via Google and other search engines. So now I needed to go back to 255 biggest traffic bringers to get this list. The links on this lists are mainly blogs or website hosted by either private people or companies. They are sites where I can leave comments telling them about the prize they have gotten. I also found some inactive blogs and secret blogs which were left out from this list as I could not reach their owner.

I want now to thank these wonderful sites for the promotion efforts you have done for Mini treasures during the last year. Keep on the good work :).

I added all these award winners on our Pinterest board dedicated to MTW Awards. They are all nice sites worth of your browsing too :).

  1. casita-mini-1.jouwpagina.nl
  2. poohbeers.eigenstart.nl
  3. true2scale.blogspot.com
  4. inchscaled.com
  5. mysmallobsession.com
  6. littleroomers.blogspot.com
  7. greenleafdollhouses.com/
  8. tusminiaturas.com/
  9. miniaturemavendiaries.blogspot.ca/
  10. jazziminis.blogspot.com
  11. nukketalo.vuodatus.net/
  12. vame.org.au/
  13. minisonja.blogspot.com
  14. vesperminiatures.blogspot.nl/
  15. debbiestinytreasures.blogspot.com/ 
  16. mindymaxminiatures.blogspot.com/
  17. theminifoodblog.blogspot.com/
  18. dollhousebrazil.net/
  19. monique63.jouwpagina.nl/ 
  20. a-miniature-life.blogspot.com
  21. cinderellamoments.com/
  22. linnanneito.blogspot.fi/
  23. stalbertmini.blogspot.ca/
  24. tiina2005.vuodatus.net/
  25. candidcanine.blogspot.com/

If you want to be included on this list next year, start promoting our wiki now. Add a wiki button on your site and tell your blog's readers about our wiki and what it means to you. :) The winners are found also on our 4th birthday page.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Winners of our birthday contest

Hi there

We have had a very nice birthday party on our site :). And we got quite many participants on our big contest where we had 9 (NINE!) the cutest mini prizes.

I just did the lottery and here are the winners.

Saara Vallineva, Hegemony77, gingeranna, Pat Wareing, Linda McD, Micaela Lehtonen, Danielle LeBrun, A.Dourou and Wendy Riggins.

Congrats to you all and check our site to see what did you win :). I would love to see the photo of your prize when you get it, so please leave a comment below.

The people who have donated our prizes have now been contacted. I gave them the winners email address (the one they use for logging to our wiki) so they can ask for a snail mail address and be enable to send them to right destination.

Thank you for all the nice people who took part in our contest this time. :)