Tiny World time

I taught a tiny world workshop last weekend. Two of the participants finished in time for me to get a photo-

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Lots of bright color choices during the gloomy days of winter! Teaching meant that I pulled out all my supplies and made some sample parts and all the rest. So, post class, I am working on my own Tiny Worlds this week.

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It is fun to be working on them again after such a long time!


notes and news

These cute couple is going to be in a show-


They will be part of a show called Don’t Play With Me. The gallery is in Pawtucket, RI at Machine With Magnets. There is an opening on Sunday, Dec. 7, 4 – 7 with lots of cool things happening. If you can’t make the opening, the show is up until early January. If Facebook is more your thing, there is a page with all the info about the show here.

The other thing I wanted to tell you about- My friends at Sweet Paul magazine gave me a link to share for a free digital subscription. Go ahead, check it out! It’s FREE!

I am working as much as I can to finish pieces that I promised and also have new things in the shop. There is never enough time before Christmas!

Good Mail Day

I have some postcards in a show at the Artstream Gallery in New Hampshire. I called them stitched doodles. They are all approximately 4″ x 6″.

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If you are interested in any of them, they are available here. There are lots of other amazing little gems of art available from artists around the world. Check it out!

This was the one that didn’t get sent because I needed to pick out 4 from the five I made.

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West Elm News!

WooHoo! Remember this? Me working on prototypes for ornaments for West Elm? Well, they are now available online! I am SO excited! I haven’t seen them in person yet but they look very close to my originals-

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Their version- girl, boy. Theirs are machine stitched but they are really close and certainly retain the look- I am completely thrilled! There is also a moose, a bear and a racoon.


In the Mimi news

I will be in San Francisco next weekend with all my wares- hope some of you can stop by for a visit!


And for anyone who plans way ahead, I will be in Chicago in September 6 and 7.

In other news, I revised my Tiny World pattern after all these years. Honestly, it’s been on my to-do list for at LEAST a year! It now includes the pattern for 2 little houses- one upright as shown in the photos, the other is a cottage style. If you bought the pattern in the last year and you’d like a refreshed pattern, send me something that shows when you bought it and I will send you a new pdf copy. mimik@pobox.com

Sweet Paul Makerie Weekend

It was amazing. Here is where I set up my teaching space-

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It was so bright and sunny and lots of elbow room. Everyone; teachers, students, organizers, was full of positive energy and enthusiasm. Everyone just jumped right in and got to work. It was so much fun to see what everyone came up with and the ways they made each owls their own.

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I had great plans to take tons of photos and document everyone’s owls but… I was crazy busy and as usual started out taking some photos and then… not a single pic from day 2. Oh well, luckily some other people did better- there is a Flickr photo set with some wonderful pics here.

I have never been around so many people who “get” what I do and it will take me a few days more to settle back down to earth and real life. Besides all the amazing creative energy, we were fed delicious meals for the entire weekend. Can you say SPOILED?? Oh yeah. I wish I could have been 2 people- I loved teaching but wish I could have also taken all the classes and had time to sit back and talk to more of the participants. It was fun to figure out who was there- I met a number of people who came with friends or daughters- meeting up in NYC from other parts of the country or traveling as a group. I did get to take one class- cookie decorating with Patti Page. I’m all ready to up my Christmas cookie game now!

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And here is Sweet Paul himself, giving my guys a hug-

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Thanks Sweet Paul and The Makerie! I had SO MUCH FUN!!!

Eleanor’s quilt

I made a quilt for my daughter who is having a rather big birthday this month. And, I flew to Chicago to deliver it. Some things you just have to present in person. Here are some pics from the process, most off my phone so they aren’t all that great.

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The center of the quilt is a Japanese gift wrapping cloth. I made a similar quilt in 2010. Using the Japanese fabrics and piecing, quilting and then assembling. There were 5 main pieces- 2 sides, the center, top center panel, bottom center panel.

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It was all together! I will confess that I am most certainly not an expert quilter and some of my machine quilting was wonky enough that I had to remove it and quilt some parts by hand. So, it’s a mixed hand/machine piece.




It’s fun to do something completely different, every once in a while!