Bunny’s First Christmas

It’s Bunny’s First Christmas and all of his wishes
have come true!
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This is made by using a model tree, green Glass Glitter and our miniature carrots.

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Here is the parts list, if you are interested. Click on a link to go to that item:

Green Yellow Glass Glitter  and Glitter Glue

Model Trees

Bunny  And of course Carrots!

We took a piece of stiff cardboard as the base. Mounted the Tree with Hot Glue and then decorated with Glitter and Glue’d on Carrots! We thought it was cute and just wanted to share it!

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Penguin Says, Have a Great Weekend!

Tb_2040617602_3Mr Penguin and I were going to start the weekend with a small glass of bubbly!Tb_2040617602_2

After all it’s been quite a week, launched the blog, wrote some stories,  got some good feedback, have more ideas to work on, got interviewed by CNN. Ok, the CNN thing did not happen, but who know, maybe Martha is going to stop by, see our great stuff and will want to add it to her craft line! Or maybe not.

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Either way, we’ll have fun. How could we not have fun, we have a huge warehouse full of miniatures waiting
to be played with!

Have Great weekend!

Playing with Hats, Hats and more Hats

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What would you do with whole lot of hats? That a question I find myself asking today, because I am the owner of a whole lots of hats. Top Hats to be exact. Well, miniature Top Hats to really exact.

And when I say I have a lot of Hats, I mean like Thousands and Thousands of Hats. In different sizes. All Top Hats. All Black. All Miniature.

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The reason I have so many Hats is an interesting story.
  It turns out that Martin (Martin Meyer, founder of the company – currently 95 years old) had a very simple purchasing philosophy. "Over time, the value of money will decrease, and the value of inventory will increase". What this really means is that Martin used the 1960 purchasing power of the dollar to purchase huge quantities of East German products (thousands and thousands of items), knowing the price of these products would only go up over time.

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The result of this purchasing strategy is that, in 2007, I still have thousands of items that seemed like a great "steal" in the sixties,that now leave me scratching my head. So, what does one do with all these hats?

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Well, they are too small for my guinea pig.

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And too large for my Babies.

So, I was thinking that maybe you might have an idea.

To spur your thinking, send me an email with your mailing address and I’ll send you some hats. Free of Charge. I’ll even pay for shipping. Maybe you will put them on your fingers (like olives) and have a good laugh. (I did) Or maybe you will have a great idea that you will want to share. Or maybe you will just say "What a sucker – I just got free hats!". And that is ok as well.

Just to protect myself, I may stop this offer at any time. I may give you a large handful of hats, or just a couple. I do ask that you share with me (and the readers of the blog) any cool ideas you create with these hats. In fact, if I get some interesting designs, I will have Elaine choose one as the "Tippie Top-Hat Design of 2007" and will  award the winner with riches beyond compare. (Such as a free kit of four bottles of Glass Glitter).

So, if you act fast (like within the next month) you can score some free Miniature Top Hats! And you might even double your score by getting free Glass Glitter for being the coolest of the cool designs. But don’t try to put your free hats on your guinea pig, they don’t fit. I’ve already tried that one……   

Ducks – 10,000 Cute Little Ducks

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When we took over the German Miniatures from Martin Meyer Imports one of the first orders we received was for 10,000 Ducklings. These are cute little 1/4" ducklings that are used (mostly) as "yellow rubber ducks" for miniature scenes or for Doll houses.

I was curious where 10,000 ducklings would be heading, so we looked into it a bit deeper. Turns out that these duckie’s were part of an art school project, where they were designing a piece depicting  the struggles of wildlife,  made entirely of little tiny 1/4" ducklings.
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Apparently from a distance, one could not tell the material that was used, but as you got closer you started
to see that everything in the piece was a duck. A little tiny duck. Some were painted and some were not. But they were ducks.

That’s what I like about this business is seeing the creativity of artists, craft’ers and designers at work.

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And to celebrate the "Duckling Piece" as I offer you a photo gallery of ducks. Many, Many Ducks. 

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Let’s meet Elaine

I am not most artistic or creative guy in the world.

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That’s why I work with Elaine. She is part of the team here at Martin Meyer Imports West and is the one who comes up with our designs and the (soon to be famous) project sheets.

(By the way, this is a great example of our miniatures in use on a card)

Elaine has a great job. She wanders the aisles of ourHalfpage shop, taking a little of this, a little of that and then disappears into her studio. A few hours (or days) later something really beautiful is revealed to us mere (non-creative) mortals

(And here is our glass glitter in a wonderful Thank You Card)

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We are working on some step by step design sheets to share her designs. The plan to offer them for free to anyone who wants them.

Watch our blog for information on how to get your Project Sheets.

(And here are more Meyer Miniatures in a small "wish" box design)

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Click here to goto Elaine’s Blog to see more!

Maybe you have a Design that use some of Glitter or Miniatures? If you do, send me an email. If you give a little write up on what you created and how (and allow me to post it on the Blog), we will send you some Treasures.

On Location – German Miniature Factory

On Location Presenting the Partners that make us unique!

Roughly an hour from Nuremberg, Germany and two hours from the French border, nestled in a small village that is every bit a picture from a postcard, is a small manufacturer of extremely detailed miniatures. A Martin Meyer Imports partner for many years, this was our first visit to his factory since taking over the business. We traveled here to learn more about their operation, their history to see, with our own eyes, how these great items were produced. And to plan our purchases for 2008!
 
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Very much a family business, the owner was actually born on the site where his factory is today. On the walls of his office hang pictures of the old mill that use to be at this location.

Nl_2_augustThe owner and founder is a stately gentleman who spoke very little
English, and we spoke very little German, but still were able to have a
delightful 4 hour tour and meeting with his staff.

The business was started back in the 1940’s and was really built around the founder’s ability to carve. If he could envision it, he could carve it. By Hand. In painstaking detail. From these models he could create plaster molds and then final hard metal dies. A fascinating, labor intensive process that creates the wonderful detail seen in our European miniatures. The Walt Disney company even tracked him down in the 1970’s to create models of the famous Disney Characters.

Nl_3_augustDuring WWII, the US Military would stop by and trade for items of interest and after the war they were lucky enough to end up in Western Germany (Unlike some of our partners who, after the war, lost their business to the East German Government). 

Over the years the factory has expanded to it’s current size (only part of it is pictured) and in typical German fashion, it is clean, organized and busy with production. They currently have about 20 full-time employees and 20 distributors worldwide.

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We are proud to be the exclusive importers of their products into the USA! Check out our European Miniatures on the website to see the incredible items produced by our German friends!Dingeldey_2007_122a
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