Saturday, 31 December 2016

A Smashing Year 2016 for My Miniature World.

Hello everyone,

I hope you and your loved ones had a wonderful Christmas. It has been a busy week for me, mostly enjoying and playing with the kids with the new gifts Santa has left them. I am not sure if Santa got the toys only for the kids as I enjoyed playing with them as much as they did.

Greetings from Miss Leah and new acquaintances 

Once again we come to an end for the year......and what a Smashing Year it has been especially for My Miniature World. I still can't believe all the achievements I have accomplished within this year. What can I say I have reached all the goals that I have planned out for, so I am very thankful that 2016 has been kind to me.

Like every year a run through of what I have accomplished for the year 2016 and what to expect for 2017. Before starting I wanted to thank you all for your constant support and encouragement. I just don't know what I will do without you. My Miniature World Blog has reached 211 known followers and 137 new followers on Google +.  The blog has been very successful as it has reached over 192,300 views. Just for 2016 it had 100,000 views. I still can't believe it! Thank you so much. I don't have words.  I hope you enjoy it and I will do my best to keep it interesting.

The love for this hobby has never dimmed I guess. I love it. I just enjoy making miniatures and building dolls houses. A big thank you goes to my wonderful husband Gilbert for his love and support. Even if he is not into miniatures he does help me in so many ways so I can keep up with my hobby. He is really working hard on the new premises which finally we have accomplished. Cross fingers it will soon be ready and I can't wait to move the dolls houses in it.  Also a big thank you goes to my family and friends for keeping me strong when I start doubting myself.


So we started 2016 continuing with the lovely Tudor project Kate's Cottage. I love this project. It make me smile thinking how many times I backed away from it because I was to scared to start it. In January 2017 there will be an Article about Kate's Cottage on the Dolls House Miniaturist Magazine. 

In February we had started working on our Vintage DHE Dolls House The Tudor Manor. I have decorated it in a 1930's style with some nice pieces. My Tudor Manor has also been featured in a published book and I have to admit I love it more as it was built by the DHE founders themselves.

In March we also got to celebrate my 20th Anniversary since I started the hobby in dolls housing. So far I have over 20 built dolls house projects and a few minor displays. There is still so much that I need to build. If health and life permits they will all have their turn in the coming years.


In Summer I got to renovate the Summer House called Sea Shells. It looks summery as it should be. I have to admit I loved every miniature of it and I finally got the look that I wanted for this house and so there will be no changing it for only God knows how many times I changed the furniture and moved things around in this house. I was never satisfied with it but now it's perfect. I wish I could shrink and live in it myself.






Out of no where and definitely not in this year's plans came Rose Cottage. Another lovely 3 room vintage DHE Dolls house that I have managed to get and add to my collections. I have left most of the wall paper and flooring but I added lights, changed most of the furniture and added more detail. Even the lovely couple that lived there remained in the same house and had a new addition to their family. 



After that I started the Queen' Mary's bedroom Diorama.  It is not complete and there is some more detail that I need to add.  Also next July I will be visiting the original Queen Mary's Dolls House in Windsor Castle. I am so looking forward to that.



Finally for December I got to decorate an old DHE Shadow Box for Christmas. I love it and my family enjoyed it through out the month.




While building these project I got to make some wonderful miniatures to add to them and I also made a few smaller scale projects. And so that is a wrap up for this year!

Through this year I had several articles and tutorials printed on various dolls house magazines. The Dolls houses featured were Miss Leah's Boutique, No 35 Leah's, The Toll House, The Coffee Corner, Santa's Work Shop. You can all read the articles in the Media Section.


My Miniature World Shop at etsy has the best year ever since it's opening. We offer over 400 miniature items to choose from. We have quite a selection of hand painted miniatures, decorative ceramics, unique hand made miniatures, furniture and over 65 miniature readable books available in download and in kit form which you can also find on our blog in My Miniature World Books section. A big thank you goes to my wonderful father for the lovely detailed hand painted miniatures. Thank you for your love and your wisdom. It is a blessing to work and be so close to you xxxx. I am working on a new range of miniature and books for the coming year.

A big thank you goes to all my friends and fans following from My Miniature World on facebook for your support. We have reached over 15,000 likes. Also a big thank you goes to the members of My Miniature World Group on facebook which has reached over 950 members. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely creations and friendship. This group is meant to share projects, difficulties and friendship. You can all join in!


And just like the previous years we also had the Advent Calendar for 2016. A small treat for you friends, followers and fans that I am sure that you all enjoyed. We had an amazing feedback this year and just for the month of December it has reached over 4,500 views just for the Calendar. There is a big chance that we will be having something different for next year that you will enjoy. 

Santa came early this year and once again I got another lovely discontinued dolls house by the Dolls House Emporium. I am so looking forward to this house. Pembroke Grange a lovely property that I have some great ideas already for it.

Pembroke Grange

So what are you lovely people are to expect from me for next year.


The Start of Woodcutter's Cottage with the Old English Garden. There is a good chance that a little barn will be added to it as well. Next week I will be sharing with you some great progress on it.





Miss Leah will be returning with us with a new adventure and a new property for Regent Street. New folk have moved in too and my my Miss Leah is drawn to young gentleman. 





Hopefully I will also start off Pembroke Grange. My heart is so set up on this one but only time can tell. I know I have a very busy year ahead of me especially with the new premises for My Miniature World but step by step we will get there.



This is all planned out for now and before ending the year it is good to end it with a Free Give Away.

This time we have the miniature readable book called The Dolls Christmas Party.

Free Give Away 
All you have to do is:

1) Be or Become a follower of our Blog
2) Leave a comment on this post so I'll know who wants to take part.

Closing date will be 7th January 2017 and the winner will be announced shortly afterwards.

Wishing you all and your loved ones a very 
Happy and Prosperous New Year 2017.

Take Care and see you soon in the new year with the progress of Woodcutter's Cottage. Keep tuned!

Hugs,

Rebecca xxx




38 comments:

  1. Wow! Te felicito por todos los éxitos del 2016 y deseo que 2017 los multiplique; me encanta venir por aquí :) Y gracias también por tu sorteo!
    Feliz Año! Un abrazo!

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    1. Muchas gracias. Realmente aprecio tus amables palabras. Buena suerte con el sorteo. Abrazos y deseándole lo mejor para el año nuevo xxx

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  2. Congratulations for all you have accomplished this last year! I wish you and yours a Happy, Creative, Prosperous New Year.
    I love your giveaway. Please count me in. Your link will be on my blog. Thanks and hug,
    Drora

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    1. Thank you so much Drora. I really appreciate it. Hugs xxx

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  3. Thank you for all your lovely work. I always enjoy seeing it, and learn alot. I too love the book giveaway and hope you will include me.

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    1. Thank you so much Sherry. I am so pleased that you like my work. Hugs xxx

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  4. As a newbie to the hobby I am delighted to have found your blog. I would love to be included in your giveaway.

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    1. Thank you so much Carol. It means so much to me. Hugs xxx

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  5. always SOMTHING NEW ,DON'T KNOW IF I CAN KEEP IT ALL IN , love the wonderous ides x

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    1. Thank you so much Linda. Sometimes I have difficulty myself to keep up with my work xxx

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  6. So pleased to have found your blog! I'd love to have your giveaway book in my French Doll Shop. *fingers crossed* :)

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    1. Thank you so much Sandra. I hope that you will find my blog useful. xxx

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  7. Love your items! Loved the gingerbread man in the teacup tutorial. Thanks for sharing!! Would also love to win a copy of this cute little book. I am not sure how to follow blogs though.

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    1. Thank you so much Tona. I am glad that you enjoyed my tutorial. xxx

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  8. Well nevermind that last comment, I figured it out! ;)

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  9. Love your stuff you are so good 😊 happy new year 🎈🎆

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    1. Happy New Year Marie. Thank you so much. xxx

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  10. Happy New Year Rebecca! You certainly have achieved Many of your goals successfully and a lot of new readers too!
    Glad to see that the Lovely Miss Leah has her cap set on the new guy in town; there is nothing like a new romance to begin a New Year with :D

    elizabeth

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    1. Thank you so much Elizabeth. It has been quite a year. I am really looking forward to start off a new adventure with Miss Leah. Have to start working on some ideas but that will only happen after this project xxx

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  11. Grandes éxitos en tu trabajo en miniatura durante el año pasado,espero que el nuevo sea aún mejor!!
    Feliz Año Nuevo!!
    Besos.

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    1. Muchas gracias. Hay mucho trabajo por hacer para este año. Esperemos que este año sea amable y fructífero. Abrazos xxx

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  12. Thanks for your roundup and your inspiring blog. I have very much enjoyed seeing your advent calendar projects - I just LOVE the little doors they were behind as much as anything (yes, weird I know!).

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    1. Thank you so much Susan for your kind words. I am pleased that you find my blog inspiring and also the advent calendar. xxxx

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  13. Congratulations on your successful year in miniatures! I have enjoyed reading your blog and learning new tips for my own new obsession of miniature making. Happy New year to you and your family.
    I would love to take part in your draw.

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    1. Thank you so much Yvette for your lovely comments. Happy New Year to you and your loved ones. I am thrilled that you enjoy my blog xxx

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  14. You've certainly had a busy year, hope 2017 is another good year for you and your family xx

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    1. Thank you so much Janice. Yes it has been busy. Lets hope that the new year will be kind and fruitful xxx

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  15. Congratulations for the last year and Happy 2017!
    Beautiful giveaway. Please, count me in.

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    1. Thank you so much Faby. I really appreciate it. xxx

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  16. Thank you for the precious moments I have had following your blog and all the wonderful projects you have done and shared with us. Have a wonderful 2017. Ah! and thank you for the give away xxx

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    1. Thank you so much Alexandra for your kind words. It means so much to me. xxx

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  17. Great news 2016 was such a good year for you, and hoping 2017 is also good. Please add me to the giveaway list.

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    1. Thank you Judy. Let's hope for the best. xxx

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  18. Happy New Year - And hopefully a very good miniature year too :)
    I'd LOVE to enter your lovely draw - hope you'll count me in.
    Love your works and would be more than wonderful to win this little treasure, so keeping my fingers crossed that this year would be a wonderful miniature year for me too *grin*
    Hugs, Irina

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    1. Thank you so much Irina. I am so pleased that you love my work. Off course you will be part of the draw. Sending you warm hugs. xxx

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