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I was so surprised and excited to win First Prize in the Beginners Category with this garden at the WAMA Annual Show 2014.

The container is a frozen yogurt tub and I made pretty well everything except the rocks, and the sticks and chain for the swing. To give you an idea of scale, the swing is 2" high by 1" wide. The trees and bushes are made of jute (hairy string), wire and coloured (by me) sawdust (which was created by David). The grass is sawdust coloured with acrylic paint as well. The blossom tree and flowers at the back are wire and finely chopped kitchen sponge. The white trellis was carefully cut from a plastic tray that a cake was on. The bull-rushes are jute and brown paint. Oh and I made the birdbath and bird of polymer clay.
The new resident of this garden is the lovely :iconthedewdropfairy: and she tells me that her pet :iconpiplupflyplz: (seen here on the birdbath) is named Blaze. I hope you have many peaceful and happy days looking at the flowers and swinging on the :iconswingplz: Dewdrop!
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:iconurahameshi:
UraHameshi Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Student Interface Designer
This is very cute, love it! So many little details :)
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MayEbony Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Winny and porcinet by Digithalie Thank you so much!
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Carlsbergensis Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
So many pictures from you I had to wait until the weekend to make some comments and to look at them all. I rather like the waterfall and assume it is made from a glue gun. Must remember that when I go back to railway modelling.
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MayEbony Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aawww thanks so much for hanging in there Mel.  Yes, glue gun trails - you're right :icondragonnod1:  If you want to make trees let me know and I can point you to a great YouTube tutorial (and tell you how I made a little change for the better).
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Carlsbergensis Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Indeed May, please point me in the right direction. While I am not actively involved in model railways at the moment the information will come in very useful in the future.
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MayEbony Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually just came across this one www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YWVTW… which looks really good.  And actually a lot easier than the one I really was looking for.  However, here's the real one www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5jPBz…

I've learned a few things doing these.  Firstly, you don't have to mess around microwaving the acrylic paint and the sawdust mixture to make the leaves.  Just pour your paint into the sawdust jar and let it dry naturally, giving it a stir about hourly or so to prevent it clumping.  Secondly, if you want a tree with thicker foliage, you can actually do a double trunk (so 4 strands of wire that form a 'square' with more fibres than you could fit into 2 wires).  This method also means you will have 4 wires that you can bend at right-angles to form a self standing cross for your tree.
Do use pliers to hold the wires while you turn the handle otherwise the wires pinch your fingers - yup - learned that :iconteheplz:

www.youtube.com/playlist?list=… is his whole crafting playlist.  Not bad for a Kiwi ;)  (Aussies and Kiwis pick on one another like the English and the Welsh :D)
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Carlsbergensis Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much May. Some great ideas there which I will certainly follow through. Interestingly enough the chap with the bare feet sounds more South African than Kiwi. Behaves a bit the same way also.
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MayEbony Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No worries.  His accent isn't strongly anything is it?  I can hear the Kiwi but can well believe there is anything/everything else in there too.  The bare feet are unusual around saws and whatnot these days ;)
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Sasa-Van-Goth Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Congratulations on the win!! This is really beautiful :clap:
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:iconmayebony:
MayEbony Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much dear Sasa Cute Kitty by LOVEMAYU
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SweepingSand Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so beautiful! I love your breakdown of how you made it. I never would have guessed that was a frozen yogurt tub! It looks just like a metal bucket. Everything about this piece is beautiful and so creative. Definitely deserving of the win. Congratulations!
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MayEbony Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so very much Sweetheart Cute Kitty by LOVEMAYU
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Minifanaticus Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is so absolutely beautiful, whimsical and fantastic..Congratulations on the win! So well deserved hon!Clap 
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MayEbony Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so very much Jane, it means a lot that you like it :iconteddyplz::iconflyingheartsplz:
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Florhalie Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cute , i like you're création :)
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:iconmayebony:
MayEbony Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so very much dear Nathalie :iconteddyplz::iconflyingheartsplz:
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TomFawls Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Professional Photographer
Congratulations!!!
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MayEbony Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you dear Tom :iconteddyplz::iconflyingheartsplz:
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Edited Aug 26, 2014
:w00t: :highfive: Congratulations!!  It is very worthy :love:

Thanks for telling us how you made all the pieces...really creative!
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MayEbony Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for your lovely words Ruth :iconteddyplz::iconflyingheartsplz:
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ginas-cakes Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That's lovely May :heart:
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MayEbony Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much dear Gina :iconteddyplz::iconflyingheartsplz:
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ginas-cakes Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Most welcome :aww:
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sojala Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wow!!!!!
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:iconmayebony:
MayEbony Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh thank you :iconttaasst:  I didn't realise that you had not seen my other miniatures yet.
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sojala Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
no I hadn't. I looked for your photos before and didn't think you had a gallery,  but then I saw it was a tab option on your profile yesterday. I still haven't looked through your whole gallery.. I will do some more looking later when I come on to browse
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MayEbony Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I understand the shortage of time.  I'm positive you're the same as me, wanting to do 50 things all at the same time.  If only we had more hands :iconmeizfastplz:
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sojala Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
haha!! I say this all the time!!! My head has me in 50 directions but I only have 2 hands, dang it! I work a lot on my crafts once the kids are sleeping so I can craft more but then I don't sleep much, lol so I really love Fridays!! Late nights and NO early morning, yay for Friday!
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MayEbony Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My children are grown now of course, and with children of their own.  Yet I still don't have the time I would love for creating.  I have one crochet mouse complete, 1 complete body awaiting ears, tail and face, and 1/3rd of a body.  I really should have done rabbits because these are for Easter.  I only give them a tiny egg each - they get far too much chocolate from everyone else.

I was actually watching your magic circle YouTube in the car as we travelled today (on my phone).  I did one magic circle successfully on the way out but could *not* get another to work for the 'homeward journey mouse'.  It just wouldn't let the tail slide long to use up the slack :iconshakestickplz:  Typical of me, I'd done it correctly, just wasn't being rough enough with it :rofl:

Do you get time off for Easter?  Our schools are on break this week and next, plus Friday and Monday are paid public holidays for all full-time employees (in most jobs).  Those that do work get extra pay.
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sojala Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, how awesome to be able to watch a youtube video while in the car! Technology is so great sometimes.

My children are 22, 12, and 11. I had my last 2 just as I turned 30 and 31. I enjoy having them and I wish time would slow down! It goes by so so fast.

Yes we do get a short break for Easter. Tomorrow is last day of school until Tuesday the 22nd. It will be a relaxing time, I'm looking forward to it!

I can't seem to find enough hours to do everything I want to do. I want to make so much and my brain is always thinking of the next project. I have my 2 pages on facebook and sadly my dollhouse page seems to get neglected lately. I want to change that very soon and start another dollhouse project! Once I get one started I won't be able to stop, lol My crochet page is always active and I have a new pattern in the works all the time. I will force myself to stop with the yarn once I get one more Easter pattern up and then I'll get busy with some miniatures again. I have a couple ideas in mind already. I recently made a few paper mache characters and I want to build them a place to live..  I can't wait!

Keep me posted on the magic circle. It gave me troubles too when I first started and that's why I made that little video. Soon it will be 2nd nature to you and you'll be doing one without even giving it a thought Nod 
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MayEbony Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, technology can be so amazing (and so frustrating!) :D

Oh wow, that's quite a gap.  I bet the second and third were easier.  I have found grandchildren to be amazing!!!  Mostly because I'm older and wiser and more laid back (as well as the fact that I can give them back of course!) :nod:

I hear you - soooo well - on the million things at once.  I've nearly driven my husband mad today, yanking him from one task to the next; showing him things on the computer; making him dispose of a massive spider in the garden; take test shots with 2 lenses to see which is clearest; looking up winners pictures from my camera club and a heap more besides.  And even then he cooked our main meal while I played.  He finally said that if he buries me in the garden his life will be a lot more peaceful :iconhardlaughplz:  He leaves for work soon (it's 3:30pm)

Oh yes, I meant to say.  I was pulling at the thread at the top of the magic circle, which meant it was closing up so I though I was correct.  Then the tail wouldn't pull because I'd just pulled *it* tight, instead of the other loop.  So, MayEbony, pull from the *bottom* like Sharon told you in future hmmm? :stupidme:  It works every time now ha ha!
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cality Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is gorgeous! The swing is especially amazing and I love how you made the blossom tree; it's a really neat idea. :D

I love how colourful this miniature garden is. :love:
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MayEbony Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so very much for your descriptive review, it's so good to receive helpful opinions Steph :icononicheer:
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cality Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
No problem. :love:
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Tortations Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Professional
This is utterly amazing. Seriously. How long did this take you? And how did you place everything so perfectly? Tweezers? I am in awe!
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MayEbony Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, thank you Erin.  I made it in bursts over a 3 week period.  Each new step needed to be thought through, and then I had to get up the courage to actually do that item.  And indeed yes - my precision craft tweezers got a *serious* workout.  The next item is well into being finished and if anything it's smaller still :sherlock: :rofl:
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FaerieBert Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
May! This is so adorable! Now you just need to put it into your garden and let a faerie move in. :D
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MayEbony Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much dear Bertie!  I actually have another miniature in the making that I think you will like as well :iconrubcheeksplz:
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FaerieBert Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohhhhhh, I can't wait to see it! :iconifeelfluffyplz:
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MayEbony Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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FaerieBert Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That is so beautiful! :wow:
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MayEbony Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much Bertie :iconpenguinsnuggleplz:
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FaerieBert Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very welcome, May! :iconkirbykissesplz:
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auto64 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:clap: Nicely done!
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MayEbony Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Naaawww thanks Auto.  No mowing, no leaf blowing... ;)
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Sasa-Van-Goth Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Aw this is so pretty! <3
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MayEbony Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much Sasa - and it's lovely to hear from you, I hope all is well?
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Sasa-Van-Goth Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!
Yup all is fine thank you :D I'm just not being very active lately! ^^;
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MayEbony Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's good to hear Sasa.  As long as you are well and happy, that's what matters :iconrubcheeksplz:
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Lovely, all of the little details are wonderful. I especially like the trees - they are quite convincing!
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