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Friday, July 5, 2013

Three Years!!!!!

I want to take a few minutes of your time to say thank you once again for reading and watching what I have to say. We have now officially reached the third anniversary of that very first Youtube video (picture tour of The Harrison) that I was just sure no one would ever watch. I am absolutely blown away by the response that all of you have had over the years. So many of you watch the videos and read the blog and of course all the likes on Facebook too. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You have no idea how much your support of what I do means to me.

I want to try to make this post a yearly tradition of looking both back and forward. I hope you will give me a few minutes to do just that.

I am not planning any huge changes for the next year just trying to improve on what is already being done.

One thing I am going launch with this blog is something that I am hoping to grow over the next few months. I've shown all of you many projects over the years, now it is your turn. From time to time I want to post a challenge for all of you. In these challenges I will post a photo of an item that is (hopefully) easy for everyone to find, most of the time it will be something that would normally end up in the trash. I will give you a period of time to make something out of that item and then you will send me a photo via e-mail of what you made. At the end of the set period of time I will post a blog (and maybe a video slide show) of those pictures. This first time it is just for fun. If this gets enough of of positive feedback I will maybe offer some kind of small prize for future challenges, we will see.

I am at this point just going to call this the “T2T Challenge” maybe we need to put our heads together and come up with a better name for it too?

Anyway, for the very first T2T Challenge I want you to use one of these lids.

I got mine from a bottle of dish washing soap and I noticed that most of the bottles of dish soap had the same type of lid. To qualify you need to use one of these lids to make something for your 1/12th scale dollhouse. It can be anything for that scale. You have 1 month to complete the challenge and to send me a photo at my email ( these photos must be sent as a jpeg attachment, subject should be something like "t2t challenge", and must arrive in my email no later than midnight (Pacific Time) Monday August 5, 2013. I will send you an email acknowledging receipt of your picture. I will then post a blog (and maybe a video) sometime within the following week.

Good luck everyone and Thank You again for being here!


  1. Congratulations on your 3 year anniversary. I have been watching your videos for almost the 3 years and I would like to thank you very much for all the wonders that you share. I have tried lots of your tutorials and admired the rest :) This seems like a fun challenge. May there be many many more years.
    Hugs Maria

  2. OK putting my thinking hat on - Can not wait to see what everyone comes up with - this should be fun and it is the first time I have wanted to try this. Thank you for your posts

  3. I really like your blog! Have you thought of creating a you tube channel? I subscribe to several dollhouse and miniature you tube channels and visit you tube several times a week. It might increase your viewership!

  4. Congratulations on your 3 year anniversary.What a good idea that challenge.
    I love to see the results.
    Greetings Dorien

  5. Congratulations! I look at those tops all of the time and try to think of what I could do with it.

  6. Congratulations on 3 years! This challenge is going to be so much fun. My wheels are turning...


  7. Congrats on the anniversary! The challenges are a great idea.
    My aim is to furnish one for my great-granddaughter. I haven't had the time as I was mom's caregiver for several years. However, we've had to move in with a friend. Now I have the time, just not the space. Our friend has been very gracious, making sure I have an area to craft. (Tho it's not a large house, he shares it all!)I don't know if I'll take part in the challenge, but I will certainly watch! Your blog is the one I watch for mini's. Thanks so much for all your inspiration. Jess

  8. Hi Joanne! Three years probably feels as though it has flown by! Your tutorials are always informative and very practical and I have greatly enjoyed them. Thank you for all your dedicated work making them I know that they don't just "Happen" there is always work involved even if the work is the way we "PLAY!


  9. This sounds like fun. I am very busy right now and have no time to be creative and crafty (I also didn't see this post until the challenge is almost over). I hope you do this again though. I would love to participate. Once school starts, I'll have time to actually sit and think and get creative. Congrats on 3 years!