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Old 08-12-2013, 04:25 PM
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I think the lady you are thinking of is Theresa from Ladies Mile Miniatures. She was at York and Kensington and I know she was doing demos. I know her personally as she lives not far from me.

She has a nice Wisteria kit but there's plenty of others.

Ladies Mile Miniatures - Original handmade dolls house miniatures, flower kits, plants, trees, furniture, pictures, books, ephemera, dolls house accessories

Georgie Steeds from Miniature Garden Centre as previously mentioned also makes nice kits and I've used some of her weed kits previously but I think Theresa will be the one you saw.

Hope that helps.
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Old 08-12-2013, 06:29 PM
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The lady at York was Ladies Mile Miniatures. I've had a couple of her kits and they were easy. She's very helpful too. I've also had kits from Templewood which were Bonnie Lavish kits and they are easy too. Georgie Steeds from The Miniature Garden blog does some lovely kits and her stand at Miniatura was gorgeous. Georgie is also very helpful. Her kits are quite easy to do too. And lastly for me is Pascale Garnier.
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Thanks everyone,
I've ordered a couple of the georgie steeds kits, 2 of the purple pansy kits (1/2 price this month!) & the anemone kit as those seemed to be the best sized flowers for windowboxes. I've also ordered fine nosed tweezers and tacky glue from her (so much for not buying anything else before Christmas). I've also added Teresa's name to my supplies list.
And now I've seen the art in miniature kits I now need to save up for a shop kit as I have fallen in love with all the perfume display kits, hat boxes, corset boxes etc. etc. THANKS GUYS!
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Next time you want flowers, try this method.

Buy a 1 pound box of silica gel. Next, choose the colors and types of flowers you want to use. Colorful weeds when they first start to bloom are often perfect sizes for dollhouse flowers. Many also look like flowers and not weed blooms. For other flowers, find a garden that has whatever you want, roses, tulips, etc. Make sure there are no insects hidden in the folds.

Next use a VERY sharp pair of scissors. I have a pair of Fiskars just for this purpose. The small size. You want roses. You will only need 1 blossom. It will make several. Study the shape of the petal. Cut your petals from the real flower's petal. Repeat for the leaves. Try to get young leaves so the veins are tiny. Now you are ready to form your flower. Take a small piece of styrofoam peanut to glue too. Form your flowers. Leave about a 1" stem.

Pour about 2 inches of silicone gel into a tin. Place your petals/leaves/flowers on top. Then VERY carefully layer over the petals with another layer of silicone gel. Place all your pieces in one general location, or use toothpicks to mark where the flowers are. Cover with lid and let sit for 3-4 days. Usually with these tiny pieces, 2-3 days does the trick.

After you have carefully removed the pieces from drying. Flick off any little crystals with a small, soft bristle paint brush. Lay them all flat on a piece of wax paper. Spray a light and from a distance a coating of mat polyurethane. Repeat a 2nd time, letting it dry thoroughly. Turn over and repeat on back. You are now ready to small your arrangements.

Silicon is a desiccant. It draws all the moisture out of the real flowers. In essence, your flowers are preserved for a VERY, VERY long time. This method does not diminish the colours whatsoever.

I usually buy my silicone from Jake's Market Place Jake's - Flower Drying Silica Gel - Discount Prices. You may be able to find it locally though. It HAS to be the fine sand like silicone. Since it is a bit dusty, I wear a mask. A cheap painter's mask does the trick.
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Old 04-09-2014, 10:27 PM
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Thanks everyone,
I've ordered a couple of the georgie steeds kits, 2 of the purple pansy kits (1/2 price this month!) & the anemone kit as those seemed to be the best sized flowers for windowboxes. I've also ordered fine nosed tweezers and tacky glue from her (so much for not buying anything else before Christmas). I've also added Teresa's name to my supplies list.
And now I've seen the art in miniature kits I now need to save up for a shop kit as I have fallen in love with all the perfume display kits, hat boxes, corset boxes etc. etc. THANKS GUYS!
I forgot to tell you scatterbrain; hat boxes are sooooo easy to make. When I can get some pics taken, I will show you some that I have made. As to the perfumes and other lady's boudoir items, the absolute best I have found are from a lady in Spain. She has the most delightful selection. They are so tiny, but you can still read the labels. Syreetas Miniatures https://www.etsy.com/listing/1059877...-shop-header-0
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