Sunday, March 9, 2014

A Lovely Miniature World

Dear Readers.

My baby was very ill these past two days so I hardly slept.  She woke up often in the middle of night, unable to sleep because of her stuffy nose. And I was unable to rest, staying awake and worried , because of her fever.  This resulted in a major headache that prevented me to do anything constructive this weekend.  My husband actually cooked for us which is a good thing because he is a better cook than I am.

But there was one positive that happened: a marvelous book that I had ordered did arrive just in time for the weekend!  I knew it would be an awesome book even before I got it but I waited until I had it in my hands so I can write a proper review.

I found out about the book thanks to Jennifer from PlushPussyCat, who introduced me to a fantastic website: Mouses Houses by Maggie Rudy.  Maggie has created a miniature world with mice living in houses that she has created herself made with all kind of recycled material.

It is truly a magical world.  Her photography is incredibly beautiful!  I did not hesitate to buy her book THE HOUSE THAT MOUSE BUILT which I ordered from Amazon.com.


The picture above is from Amazon.com and I don't want to post any of my own because I feel none of my pictures would do any justice to this beautiful book!  

If you want to get an idea of what kind of world she has created, I would recommend browsing her blog Mouses Houses because it reflects very closely the spirit and charm you will find within her book.

The story is simple but oh so lovely.  The rhymes are easy to read and a delight for children to hear.  And the biggest pleasure is to admire the miniature objects in each pictures.  You will be amazed at the author's creative genius!  She transformed so many common and otherwise uninteresting objects into miniature furniture and ornaments, making you wished you could live in such adorable little houses.

Her mice are lovable characters.  They show so much emotions in their features and movements!  I just couldn't get over how much emotions they could convey in one single picture.

The only negative thing I could say about this book is that it is too short.  I wanted to read more about her mice and more about their world!  I heard there will be a second book in the making so I will be impatiently waiting for it to be released!  

In the mean time, I console myself by reading her blog because she does post pictures of her mice on it and she also talks about the process of creating the miniature props she uses!  I feel very inspired thanks to her!  

Have a great week everybody!



17 comments:

  1. I'm so sorry your little one has been so sick! xoxo

    This book is adorable. I've looked at her website before. I would like to see it in person someday! :)

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    1. I think libraries should buy it and let people get a chance to see how wonderful it is :)

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  2. That's bad, I'm so sorry for you. I hope your littly one is feeling better now:).

    Thanks for sharing that wonderful book. I'm really impressed by such awesome craftsmanship! It looks so peaceful and charming.

    Many greetings,
    Kyra

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    1. Hi Kyra, I am really amazed by her talent! I wished I was that creative LOL

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  3. Hi Jane Cherie, So sorry about your baby's illness. I hope she (and you) feel better soon. Thanks for mentioning me in your post--so sweet! I love this book so much too. Maggie Rudy lives in Portland, so I got to see one of her dioramas in person, and it was wonderful!!! I even got to follow her once: she created a diorama in a local bookstore, and then I created a diorama in the same bookstore just after hers was removed. I've written about it on my blog on these three posts here: http://www.plushpussycat.com/2012/01/mouseshouses-at-green-bean-books.html ,here: http://www.plushpussycat.com/2012/01/celebrating-success.html ,and here: http://www.plushpussycat.com/2013/04/miniatures-and-my-new-cards-at-green.html Maggie even left me a comment on my blog once! I'll cherish it forever (as I do all my comments!), but oh! how exciting! Sorry to go on and on. Back to Maggie's book: One of the wonderful things about it is that you never get tired of looking at it. After owning it for a couple of years now, I still love to look at it, and it always makes me smile. Thanks for a fantastic post, Jane Cherie. Hope you feel better soon. xo Jennifer

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    1. All the pleasure was mine Jennifer! Thanks for introducing me to such a great website! I think I remember you mentioned the bookstore but I somehow don't recall the website! Oh well, it's a good thing you have mentioned it again :D

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  4. Sorry to hear your baby was unwell. I hope she is better now. Thanks for sharing your book. I have looked at her blog it is beautiful.
    Hugs Maria

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    1. Thank you Maria! Hopefully she will be better soon :)

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  5. So sorry you have been up and the baby is sick. I hope you both feel better soon. Thank you for sharing the information on Maggie, her blog & wonderful book. So adorable.
    Hugs,
    Lisa

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    1. Oh I can't wait for the weekend to rest! Thanks Lisa!

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  6. THIS BOOK LOOKS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! simply amazing!!! oh i will go right now to see that other website!!!

    sick babies, so so sad. :( happy healthy thoughts coming from me to your house! xo

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  7. I hope the little one is on the mend! I know how terrible it feels when the littlest one is sick you feel helpless ...and then mom usually needs a rest for a day or two ;)

    The mice are so cheeky looking! I shall look at the squeaky blog,

    Best to the family and rest up!

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    1. Thank you Jane! I think all kids have to get sick at some point. I just wished it didn't happen so often!

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  8. Jane Cherie, I nominated you for the Liebster Reward. http://aprilperlowski-ofdolls.blogspot.jp/

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  9. I follow the blog, but I had no idea there was a book too =) The pictures on the blog are great, I have to write that book on my very long list of books I want =)
    Hannah

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