Over 40 authors, agents, editors and others have donated manuscript critiques, personalized books, and other goodies to an online auction that anyone – reader, writer, booklover – can bid on and buy. The auction will run throughout the month of October, and all proceeds go to the Family Violence Prevention Fund.
I have donated several miniatures to the auction, including handpainted miniature toys, a 7-volume set of the Chronicles of Narnia, a full-text miniature of the Victorian children's book Jolly Animals ABC, and a hardbound miniature version of Swati's own novel, Split!
In addition to the auction, Avasthi is making a 26-stop, month-long blog tour, coordinated by Kari Olson at Teen Book Scene. Visit Teen Book Scene to see the list of blogs she'll be visiting. For each comment left on these blog posts during the tour, Swati will donate $1 to the Family Violence Prevention Fund. If we reach the goal and cap of $250, she will double the donation!
The CDC estimates that one in four women will experience intimate partner abuse during her life and UC Davis estimates that a child who grew up witnessing abuse is four times as likely to perpetrate abuse, 25 times more likely to commit rape and 6 times more likely to commit suicide. Family Violence Prevention Fund has some great initiatives, including 'Coaching Boys Into Men' and 'Start Strong,' that are about breaking the intergenerational cycle and preventing abuse.
So, follow the tour, get stuff you want, and make a difference!
A recent commenter asked about places to find out about local miniatures shows, and I thought it deserved its own post. Shows are a great place to meet fellow hobbyists, stock up on hard-to-find mini supplies and tools, and see some amazing work! Many shows also offer workshops and "make-it-and-take-it" projects where you can learn new skills and have some fun. So check out these eight websites, and hie thee to a miniatures show!
- TreeFeathers - Show Links
- icklebits Events Calendar
- My Miniatures: Doll House Show & Event Calendar
- My Small Obsession: Dollhouse Miniature Shows, Fairs & Events
- National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts (NAME) - Club shows, houseparties, conventions, state days, and special events nationwide
- The StoreFinder: Dollhouses & Miniatures Events
- UK Dolls House & Miniatures Fairs
- Wendy's World Fairs: Doll House Miniature and Teddy Bear Fairs in the UK
This weekend was the 10th Annual Museum of Miniatures Show in Indianapolis, where I had the pleasure of being a dealer. I signed up at the last minute, so it was a mad rush to get ready for it. It was SO nice to do a show that was only an hour or so away rather than halfway across the country!
There were a lot of beautiful miniatures to drool over, and the crowds were pretty good. It was really nice to meet miniaturists from the area. There was an exhibit room, which I did have a chance to see, and workshops, which I didn't, but the people who went to them seemed to have a good time.
Unfortunately I wasn't able to go see the museum itself, so that will have be another trip. They took great care of the dealers, with a dealers' lounge set aside where they provided drinks and snacks and a lunch on Saturday. If anyone knows who made that delicious potato-broccoli-bacon salad, let me know, because I'd love to get the recipe!
So, now for my treasures...I restrained myself and only got a couple things - that's the hardest part about doing shows, not spending your profits!
The table across from me was Dorothy Stewart, of Hickory Grove Studio in Ohio. She does the most amazing tiny crochet work. I immediately fell in love with her little dressed monkey dolls, who were displayed riding in a ferris wheel, and right away I knew I had to have one. When Dorothy suggested a trade, I nearly jumped up and down for joy! I chose one in a bonnet and a pink and blue dress (she even has tiny crocheted undies, though for modesty's sake I didn't photograph them. Although I suppose modesty is pretty low on a monkey's priority list.) For some reason her hands look extra-large in my photo, but it's just some weird foreshortening effect.
My other treasure is from Jane Graber, who lives right here in my town. I was very happy to meet her at last and see her beautiful Early American pottery in person, having only seen photographs before. Believe me, photos don't do it justice. She does the most delicate work, in absolutely perfect scale. I picked out two pieces, but it was immediately clear that this is the beginning of a collection - I'm already saving my pennies for her open house next month!
I'm hard at work right now getting ready for the 10th Annual Museum of Miniatures Show next weekend! The show is sponsored by The Museum of Miniature Houses of Carmel, Indiana. There will be exhibits, make-it-&-take-it projects, and workshops in addition to the sale. My first show in over a year! I'm very excited, and also can't wait to see the museum. If you're going to be in the area I hope you'll come by, and be sure to stop by my table and say hello!
10th Annual Museum of Miniatures Show
September 17-18, 2010
100 W. 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN
I've updated the shipping charges in my webstore, and that's good news for customers!
Previously my method of figuring shipping was dictated by eBay, with their per-item charge. It's always been a problem because I sell some items that are very light and some that are much heavier, so setting a standard per-item shipping charge was difficult. It could also get expensive quickly for customers buying multiple items, even though I capped it at a certain point.
But now I'm free to use the much more versatile methods offered by my website's shopping cart. I've changed it over to a flat shipping charge based on the value of the order; an hour or so of weighing various combinations of items has confirmed these values are in line with the average weights and, thus, actual shipping costs of such orders. (Because I am just that
anal detail-oriented, which is why I now know that a customs form weighs exactly .01 of an ounce.)
What all this means is, lower shipping costs for you! An order that might have cost $3.15 before will now be only $2.50, and the savings get bigger as the order gets larger. International buyers will see big savings, too!
Been busy at work on new miniatures this week, and first up I've got three new books sets for you! You can fill up the shelves of your dollhouse with these beautiful volumes of Agatha Christie's "Miss Marple" detective stories and Herman Melville's novels.
There's new Nautical minis and a slew of Christmas stuff on the way, just as soon as I get the photos done!
This month's theme is Childhood Nostalgia and features a look at childhood pastimes, fashion, and memories. 144 pages packed with articles, galleries, tutorials, and miniature news! I LOVE Jean Day's article about Noah's Arks - one of my favorite childhood toys, and they're just amazing in mini! There are gorgeous examples by Patricia Paul and Linda Master for you to ooh and ahh over. Jean even includes a few printable Victorian children's book covers for you to enjoy.
Free projects this month: a leather school satchel, a sailor blouse & sun suit, fried chicken, knitting patterns, and a Steampunk-inspired ceiling treatment.
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