Thursday, October 29, 2009


The time has come and everything as finally come "Up from the basement!!" If you have no idea what I am talking about you can click here and read about the swap that myself and 5 other bloggers have participated in.

And now for your viewing pleasure I present the swaps:

From Sans to Karin F.: Karin F. gave Sans a story of a party going on in a hollow pumpkin with brooms skattered everywhere. And this is what came of it:

Please visit Sans blog to see the whole story of the 3 witchy women! Full color pictures and slow-mo effects are included! And Karin tells how the witches arrived to her home here.

From Karin F. to Jodi: Jodi's favorite Halloween characters included skeletons, ghosts and witches, yet little did she know Karin F. had the perfect character in mind for her:

Please visit Karin F's blog to see more on how she created this delightful mop who's squinting from the light and Jodi's reaction to it! He now sits proudly on Jodi's Nightmare Before Christmas shelf!

Jodi to MiniKat: Minikat told us that she is planning someday to create a Haunted San Fran scene. Jodi sculpted this frightful lady:

Please visit MiniKats Blog to see more on this ghostly lady. She has been given the honor of becoming the future mistress of the Haunted San Fran. And stay tuned to Jodi's blog for her post on this lady too!

MiniKat to Sans: Sans has one of the most interesting projects in Blogland... the Maharajahs Palace, and she told us her favorite Halloween characters were Dead Maharajahs!! Here is what MiniKat made for Sans:

This is actually the face of the goddess Kali. This bust was sculpted and hand painted by MiniKat herself. Please see MiniKats blog here and stay tuned to Sans blog for a post on this rare mini!

Rosanna to Ara: I told Rosanna that my favorite Halloween characters were, of course, the Addams Family! And here's what she sent me!

I couldn't be more thrilled! The stitching even glows in the dark! Helpful on those picnics under the moon. Please see my post or Rosannas post on this beautifully haunting picnic set!

Ara to Rosanna: Rosanna told me that she liked pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns. And suddenly an idea sprang to mind, this guy:

I hope she still likes Jack-o-lanterns as the are crawling 'Up from the Basement!' Please check out my blog post here for more pics of this guy!

Thank you all so much for participating! I know I had fun and was really challenged by having to think about what other people liked and how to bring that to life in miniature! Please leave a comment (whether you were a participant or not) if you liked doing this, if you have any suggestions on how to run this better, and if you would want to do participate in the future. I had fun hosting this swap and wouldn't mind doing it again if enough people were interested.

I must commend all 5 people who did this, everyone was on time and very responsive through the whole process and you made hosting this very easy (and from what I've read on other swap blogs this may be a first ever..... but its prob because mini people are just great people!!)

Thank you all again and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!


  1. Wow! What a talented group we comprised. :-)

    Congrats to everyone on these wonderful treasures. I would do this again in a heartbeat. It was a lot of fun.

    Thank you, Ara, for making it possible for us to play together. :-)

  2. What fabulous swaps!! Every single one of them is wonderful!!


  3. Every one has been good and made lovely gifts but...mine it's better and I want it! Ara, I love him to bits and I cannot wait to have him at my home. Thank you very very much, Rosanna

  4. All the gifts are absolutely wonderful. What a succes! Congratulations to all of you!!

  5. They are all amazing, I wish Id had the time to do this swap, so definatly up for doing the next one Ara. I love anything spooky and its fun to have people doing it that arnt just into spooky things too so like you say its even more of a challenge to please!
    Im sure everyone was delighted with their swaps, and they had the perfect hostess to run it :-) Kate xx

  6. Wow, I have to admit we all did well :)! Ara, yours is the last of the lot and I am very very impressed. If I may say so, I think this is a roaring success of a circle swap! Everyone did something to to the theme of the beneficiary and the pictures all came up great too! Thank you Ara for doing this :)!

  7. Hi, Ara! I sent you an email the day after I got yours, but it must have gone into the spam folder. Anyhow, how are you? I'm looking forward to this swap too. The rule about no red and green will be a challenge, but that's part of the fun!!! I saw your work online. I can't believe that you just started working with clay- your work is great! Your work looks like you've been working with it for a long time - you're very talented. I look forward to seeing more of your work! As for the swap, there's nothing in particular that I need for a project, but I like the furniture idea. Custom furniture is always fun. I also am a big fan of mini food (I'd love to take some classes to improve my clay skills). I'm sure whatever you make will look great, and I'm so excited to see it! I hope you have a great day!

  8. So neat! I love seeing what everyone did!! On my way back to have have another peek!! :)