Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Sixteen Succulents, Three Baskets, Two Days and A Whole Lot of Fun!


In my last post I shared both the joyful anticipation and the trepidation of the arrival of a new PC. Thank you all for the luck and good wishes sent. Most of the process was flawless, and the couple things that were a little less cooperative gave in soon enough. I am up and running and can't believe how ~F~A~S~T~ the new computer is!

By Sunday afternoon I was on pins and needles to start on the succulent and basket kits from our wonderfully creative and ingenious mini community member Nancy Enge!

I had ordered a set of sempervivum with green leaves, but Nancy was very kind to include an extra set of white leaves in case the green was a little too dark. This was very serendipitous; because I would need to color the leaves myself, on her blog recommendation, I ordered a set of Winston & Newton Promarker alcohol based markers. These things are ~F~A~B~U~L~O~U~S~! Just wait until you see how the pink blended into the green on my leaves! I vow to never be without these markers the rest of my whole life! (a bit dramatic, I know, but they are just that good!)


Do you know how many varieties of succulent exist in the world? Me neither! But I found this photo and suddenly realized that I could go with pretty much any color combo I liked! In miniatures, we are the creators!


I got my leaves all colored and stylus-ed (a great time to space out while one is stylus-ing) and began assembling. With each step, as I saw these little succulents become, I became more and more giddy!
They~are~just~so~adorably~beautiful! I suddenly KNEW exactly what colors I'd use for the baskets and accessories!



Have I mentioned that these markers are amazing?


I can't say enough good things about the kits - the paper is a perfect weight to work with, the kit instructions are packed with great step-by-step directions with photos, they go together like a dream and Nancy must be the fastest Etsy shipper I've ever experienced! If you haven't gotten the kits already - Go Shop Now! If you have and are waiting to dive in, Do Them Now! Just look at how wonderfully they turn out!



These are the first set of display botanicals for the flower shop, and getting to enjoy them so much has reinvigorated my passion for the project as a whole!

Thanks, Nancy! We are so lucky to have you in our mini world! Now get busy on the Hen & Chicks! I Want! :O)

20 comments:

  1. The plants turned out great! They look like fun to make as well.
    I totally understand your love for the new markers. Art materials that work well become an artist's best friend.
    Glad to hear that your new computer is working well. I have to get a new one this year as mine is old and filled to capacity.

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  2. Thanks, Sam! They really were a fun little project!
    Good luck with your new computer! I found some really great information about Windows 10 key logging, bloatware, preference set up and pop up ad blocking that really helped a lot. Let me know if you'd like some links!

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  3. Aw man, I have such pen envy at the moment. Look at all those lovely colours :D The kits came out fabulous! :0)

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    1. Thanks, Pepper! If the pens were scented I wouldn't be able to do anything else! It was very therapeutic!

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  4. these promarkers are great and the color choice incredible! thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. Thanks, Marion! Isn't it great that just the color of something can make one so happy? Especially when you've found the perfect one!

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  5. Wow! They look wonderful! I'm going to buy those markers. I bought two basket kits but haven't put them together because I didn't have anything to color them with. Can't wait to try them out now!

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    1. Thanks, Sheila! You are in for a treat! The only hard part is picking the colors because they are all so wonderful!

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  6. Pen envy. hahahahaha!!! You did a great job!

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    1. Thanks, Brae! Pen envy was a pretty good one! Especially when you picture Pepper saying it!

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  7. Fab!

    I'm off to the marker store....

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    1. Good girl! You'll be happily coloring everything in sight very soon!

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  8. Hi Jodi!
    I can't think of enough adjectives to describe the Beauty of your succulents and the Wonderful colors of your baskets! Everything has turned out soooo incredibly well! The saturation of the pigments on the baskets is just right and the blending of the inks into the leaves of your plants looks as authentic as Mother Natures. FABULOUS results!!! :D

    elizabeth

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    1. Thanks so much, Elizabeth! You know this - there is no greater feeling in miniatures when things go well and you love the results! Happy, happy, happy!

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    1. Gracias Isabel! Su jardín es tan detallado y hermoso que este es un gran complemento!

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  10. I'm loving your succulents and I agree Pro markers are fabulous pens.

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    1. Thanks, Jane! And welcome back to the blogospere! Can't wait to see what you've been up to!

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  11. Hello Jodi,
    Amazing work my friend! Your succulents are just beautiful. I am glad you went for color because it really brings them to life. well done!
    Big hug
    Giac

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    1. Thanks Giac! The color and texture are addicting! I just want to keep looking at them!

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