Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happy MINI Mother's Day!

Happy MINI Mother's Day! This is a very important day on my MINI calendar-you see, it was my Mum that introduced me to miniatures. I am the youngest of 5; she jokingly told me as an adult that she kept trying until she had one artistic child! We all have our talents, don't misunderstand me, music, math, sports, etc....but, I was the one that got loaded with her art and craft genes. Many of you may know her from her days of teaching school. While others may remember her teaching children the art of miniatures at my shop.
As I have said before, I am a huge fan of the long standing Chrysnbon Miniature line. Along with typical reasons that the products are beautiful, affordable and great to scale, I love the line because my Mum finally achieved the honor of being published for her miniature work in Chrysnbon Cut-ups, Vol. 2. It was the year my dad passed. It was such a happy moment to divert her from her sadness. If you have the book, you will see her beautiful face and creative project on page 33. She would have so enjoyed this whole Facebook thing and connecting with miniaturists from around the world. In her last years she was teaching herself to use a laptop so she could email her many grandchildren and look up mini ideas!
Again, Happy Mother's Day MINI Style! And thanks Mum if you can hear me: I always remember you saying for me to balance my talent with good business and I will be happy every day doing what I love to do! And thank you to all of you for supporting my business to add to my happiness! ~judy


Thursday, April 5, 2018

MINI Changes and Some Fun!

I have spent the past 2 months making changes to my website!  I took a step back and viewed it as a shopper.  I added new MINIS and I am relentless on the chore of adding as much product info and good pictures as I can get my hands on!  Now back to a 'little' fun.  I miss the writing aspect of my online presence.  I don't have more than a minute this morning but here is a fun tidbit:

A 'little' fun today (and I dare 'ya not to get this song in your head!). Did you ever notice the Real Good Toys Dollhouses' Vermont Farmhouse in Meghan Trainor's 'All About That Bass' music video? Always fun to see our wonderful MINI world pop up in the real world !  Have a MINItastic Day!



Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Compare MINIS please!

I haven't posted in awhile.  It seems my Blog posts always get put on the back burner in relation to all of the other duties of my store and product line. (and I am not quite sure what all the picture changing means on Blogspot) I feel compelled to reach out today.

I want to take a minute and wear my shop owner hat this morning. I consider myself a well educated miniaturist and business person. It is important to me to step back sometimes and study the miniature retail world on venues such as websites, Amazon, Ebay, etc. I am not making reference to individual, handcrafted miniatures such as Etsy. I spent the morning comparing trends, looking at traffic numbers, popular products, and other statistics online this morning. I encourage you to know whom you are buying your miniatures and supplies. It is not necessarily the big box top sites that have the best pricing, shipping and service. For example, I and other reputable miniature retailers carry this sled for anywhere from $1.90-2.99: http://www.justminiaturescale.com/Red-Flyer-Sled-P1899.aspx
I will not give you the links to these other examples because this is not intended to get into any online arguments-but, this same item is on Ebay & Amazon for as much as $27.25 plus shipping. It pops up first because those venues are usually based on the person who pays the most gets listed first. I am not saying they are wrong; I am saying to you just don't assume! It does not have to be me ( :) although I would appreciate it), but please buy your miniatures and supplies from businesses following fair practices. Give your star ratings on Social Media sites and Google to products and websites. Do not let false paid ratings get ahead of those of us that really know the miniature world. I like answering questions, providing product information and even being honest when I know you can find something some place else if I cannot get or be competitive.

So be wary friends.  In everyone's haste to get things they want we all, including myself, don't pause and consider the big 'little' picture!  Stop by the site today if you want some MINIS and supplies!


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Cutting Miniature Molding

Here is a quick tip for cutting molding.  www.justminiaturescale.com


Friday, June 23, 2017

Freebie Friday!

Ok, something is just not right....I am giving this book away with all MINI orders this weekend! Yup, FREE. I normally sell it for $7.88. I just looked on Amazon and there is 1 new copy for $599 (not a mis-type) and 2 used at $63.98. Um, I am thinking one more reason to know who you are buying your MINIS from in today's world! Or, I am thinking maybe I need to rethink this promotion!! 

So, order the MINIS you need and want before midnight, Sunday June 25 and I will tuck this valuable gem in with your order! No code needed.* www.justminiaturescale.com

*and although I do not have a minimum purchase on this Freebie, please be considerate.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Dollhouse Miniature Wallpaper

Did you know we sell #dollhouseminiaturewallpaper by the sheet? We realize you don't always need a package of wallpaper; so, we offer all dollhouse miniature wallpaper by the sheet! www.justminiaturescale.com


Monday, June 19, 2017

Magic Systems Masonry DIY

Have you tried the Magic Systems Brick, Stone and Stucco DIY?  It is a great, inexpensive product for various effects in Dollhouse and Model Building; Model Railroad projects and Fairy Gardens!  Check it out: Magic Systems Masonry