November 1, 2012

the key to success ...

... is exposure. Among other things of course, but in the end, probably most important. And that's what I got thanks to Kathi from Beautiful Mini Blessings, who proved to be a real blessing to me. Thank you SO much Kathi for your post on your blog about mine and the very kind words about my work!

I am truly overwhelmed by the fantastic, heartwarming and great comments by so many of you since then and the new followers it generated: the number was going up by the hour from 21 to 79 in less than 2 days! :)

A while back I thought about wanting to do a give-away when I reached a 100, since I noticed that's often done, which I think is a great thing to do. At that point I already cherished every single one of my followers for finding and following me and was thrilled every time for a new follower I saw had joined. But I did laugh in myself thinking that in regard of the 100 mark I 'needed' for a give-away with the former rate of new followers, I still had a couple of years to think about that. And was fine with that, because had no idea yet. Now, with Kathi's very nice gesture I might reach that number by this weekend!

So I need to think of that a little faster, but I'll do that with great pleasure and gratitude!
Kathi: THANKS again! Also I would like to give a very warm welcome to all of my new followers, but also like to express my gratitude to my followers who already somehow found me and decided to follow me somewhere along the past 1,5 years.

A nice bridge to the titel of this post (or actually the bridge I thought up because it fits so well with what I wanted to show in this 'thank you-post') is the set of keys I 'made' for the entrance of the Oldtique Store that I am finishing and will show you soon. The keys are from Le Mini di Pierluigi (the silver and black one (=a silver one I painted)), and The Dolls House Mall (the tiny brass one and bigger brass one). The blue thingy Dutch readers will probably recognize as an 'Albert Heijn Bonuskaart'  I made, a keychain-customercard from the most famous supermarketchain of The Netherlands.

The second photo is from the keyplate I'm making, For that I punched out three rounds of tinsheet, glued together and filed in order to get the bevelled edge. Now I need to drill a slot so I can actually place the key in the door of the store, but hope that I'll manage since my bits keep falling out of my bithead from drilling in metal too much (head is worn and doesn't hold the tiny bits no more..). Will thicken the bit with tape and hopefully that works. Lastly I scaled a picture of a keyplate for a decal that I'll place on the keyplate for added realism.


  1. found your blog the other day and I am amazed at your work, will be followering with interest and looking forward to seeing more of your work

  2. Hi Monique! Leuk om te lezen dat je zoveel volgers erbij hebt gekregen in "no time", jouw blog verdient het zeker om gelezen te orden :D!!
    Ook met deze sleutels (heb ze ook gezien bij Pierluigi in Apeldoorn, wat maakt die aardige man mooie dingen, hè?) heb je weer iets aparts gemaakt. Nu is het maar de vraag of de giga-scanner van Appie jouw mini BONUS-kaartje wil bliepen: zou dat wel eens willen zien ;D!! Erg leuk idee, bedankt voor het delen.
    Een hele fijne dag toegewenst. Groetjes, Ilona

  3. Hello Monique,
    I can't wait to see the finished Key Plate. I am amazed at how small the pieces are.
    big hug,

  4. wow- the detail is amazing! I love the grocery keychain card- brilliant!

  5. The keys are fantastic. I'm curious to see your key plate finished.
    Bye Faby

  6. Now I am your Number 80 !! - thanks to Kathi.
    I like your little key and also many other little things you made.

  7. Wonderful keys. I cant wait to see the key plate. Fantastic work.
    Hugs Maria

  8. I can not imagine how you do this. Incredible. Huhgs


  9. Great keyring and very ingenious use of metals. Congratulations on your increase in followers. I am sure you will reach 100 in no time at all.

  10. Que pequeñas!!!
    Es una pasada, me encanta.
    Feliz fin de semana.
    Mil besos...Julia.

  11. Mayor realismo sería imposible!
    Maravilloso trabajo
    Un abrazo

  12. un trabajo impresionante , esas llaves son diminutas



  13. cool stuff, especially the bonus card. It's these little extra's that caught my eye way back and made your creations stand out for me. Im thrilled for you that more and more have found you through Kathi's post, although i blame myself it wasn't me who wrote about your work. ;-S Doesn't matter, best thing is you got to start thinking bout a give-a-way soon :))) That's why i like the header of this post too, cos yah, it's spreading the word and exposure that make more and more people enjoy your blog and find inspiration here. You deserve it :D
    enjoy the weekend

  14. tnx guys for your great comments! The keyplate (with door attached to it and the rest of the entrance as well) will be coming very soon and I hope you'll like it.

    Ilona: haha, of de albert heijn blij zou zijn met deze bonuskaart.. en of ie 't zal doen? Zou wel lachen zijn eens te kijken wat men ervan zegt en het scannen ervan te proberen :)

  15. I am thrilled to see that you have so many followers now! :D Your work is incredible and I can't wait to see more!

    This little lock and keys is priceless! I am so happy to have discovered your blog!


  16. My friend Rosamargarita, invited me to see your blog.
    I'm delighted with your art. Congrats for these wonderful miniatures. ;)