Monday, April 22, 2013

2013 Minutes, Dolls and Vases

Oly, who is the other member of the 'Smallest Miniatures Group in the World' came up with such a good idea and a great solution for me to finish all the projects I've started and not finished.
In the year 2013 I have to spend 2013 minutes working on the UFPs.
If my maths are correct it means less than 6 minutes each day - even I can manage that!
Last night I finished a kit of pansies which I bought from Bonnie Lavish and started four years ago! I know I'm terrible, especially as I dislike making flowers but I did it!
Here are the pansies in a beautiful vase turned by the very talented Bertie.
I've had a slow start to the year because my mother passed away. I'm trying to get myself together so little jobs are the way forward, nothing to concentrate on for too long.
 Lucy kindly sent me two of the little china head dolls she makes and a selection of very fine wool she uses to knit the clothes. I really appreciated her thoughtfulness which was a grateful diversion and gave me something new to think about.
My husband took me to Portugal for a few days and as it rained most days I was able to start knitting. I only got one set of underwear made, using Gutermann silk sewing thread using the basic pattern which Lucy shares on her blog
I'm now planning to finish more flower kits as they look so good displayed in Bertie's vase and I bought more from Bertie last year. Here are three more.
Here is a photo I took in Porto. Wouldn't these houses make beautiful dollshouses!
 Thank you for dropping by, have a good week,


  1. Dear Jill,
    I am very sorry to learn of the passing of your mom: I too have the elderly mother, and I can understand ... But creative people have an extra resource: a corner of their mind continues to come up with ideas and sooner or later they come out, and keep us occupied in positive thoughts.
    Also I hate to make flowers (at least for now), so I appreciate very much your result: violets are really nice :-)
    An affectionate hug

  2. Very Sorry to hear of your mothers passing Gill! Love to see your work!@

  3. Dear Gill.
    I'm very sorry to learn about your mother. It's a good thing you can keep occupied with working a little bit at a time. The flowers and vases are gorgeous.
    Hugs, Drora

  4. It is not the amount of minis but the quality of what you are doing. Your quality is sky-high, you're doing such fine things, and your pansies are wonderful. Enjoy the upcoming spring and summer and your concentration will return little by little. Very beautiful well-made minis.

  5. Dear Gill, I too am saddened to hear of your mothers passing, my sympathies to you, and your family.

    On a happier note, your pansies are wonderful, as are the vases! the 2013 minutes is a great idea! I wish I would have had that idea too, I insted opted to auction several unfinished pieces as a lot..all went well, but to finish would be more rewarding, so glad you did! xoxo Christel

  6. Dear Gill, I'm sad for your loss. Glad that miniatures are helping take you to a happy place. You've done a brilliant job of knitting for your dolls and the pansies are precious.

  7. I'm so sorry to hear of your mother's passing, Gill. The pansies are beautiful - and so apt. Did you know that in Victorian times flowers had special meanings and the pansy means 'loving thoughts'. What a wonderful idea to spend at least 2013 minutes on your miniatures this year. Keep up the good work and know that our thoughts are with you. Judith x

  8. Dear Gill, I'm sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family.
    Your flowers are wonderful.
    Bye, Faby

  9. Sorry to hear your mother passed away.
    A good idea to finish some small projects and spend 2013 minutes on miniatures this year. I might try that myself.
    The flowers look lovely and the knitting is so fine.
    Miniature greetings Aurora