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Happy Mother's Day! Get 15% off your entire order plus free shipping on all orders over $50. Valid thru Sunday May 12th, 2019

We are always excited this time of year. The weather is warmer, winter is in our rear-view mirror, and we get to celebrate a special person in our lives; or celebrate ourselves with a little gift.

Here are a few quotes about mom, from some famous names throughout different times of history:

"To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow." ― Maya Angelou

"My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent" ― Ruth Bader Ginsburg

"I think my mother... made it clear that you have to live life by your own terms and you have to not worry about what other people think and you have to have the courage to do the unexpected." ― Caroline Kennedy

"I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity." ― Eleanor Roosevelt

"My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it." ― Mark Twain

"My mother was the greatest mother in the world. She thought I was the greatest thing on two feet. I'd come home with a little composition I had written at school, and she'd look at it and say, 'It's wonderful! You're another Shakespeare!' I always assumed I could do anything." ― Stan Lee

"My mother was really my partner in every project that I had. She was just the great enabler of my dreams." ― Diane Keaton

"My mother said to me, 'If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.' Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso." ― Pablo Picasso

"I tell my kids, ‘I am thinking about you every other minute of my day." ― Michelle Obama

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Late last year we learned that the artist and maker of the River Root Planters & Furnishings had retired. After more than a decade of creating this beautiful line of unique planters, River Root Gardens closed.

The artist had created several dozen designs over the years. Each planter was hand created based on one of those designs. So while each planter followed a pattern, no two were alike.

It is disappointing to see the production of these unique works of art end.

As our inventory has diminished to a hand full of items, we are discounting the price by 25% on the remaining inventory. Since we can not replenish our inventory we must make room for newly discovered products and unique product lines.

These planters are available for purchase in-store only. Due to the size and unique shapes, it is cost prohibitive to arrange shipping.

Please visit our store in Oviedo, FL to take advantage of our inventory clearance and own a unique piece of artistry.

Visit us at:

Miniature Expressions
87 Geneva Drive
Oviedo, FL 32765
(adjacent to the Post Office)

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Christmas in Beartown

It was a crisp, clear Christmas morning in the foothills of a snowy mountain where a forest dots the land.

I paused for just a moment… to my ear I cupped my hand.

Turning in a circle, is that caroling that I hear?

Laughing, and sleigh bells, a celebration sounds so near.

Sneaking and peeking through the evergreen trees,

I took in a sight that was wondrous to me.

It is Christmas time, as you are all aware

But these festivities were in a town… inhabited by Bearfoots Bears!

Down by a frozen creek,

Papa Bear has caught the Christmas feast.

Hither and thither Mama Bear ran

Serving Christmas cookies with frosting and with jam.

Sledding down the snowy slope two cubs shouting, "Weeee!!!"

Another plops the Christmas star atop the Christmas tree.

Entertained, I watched them play all types of winter games.

But now it was time for me to take my leave.

And just as I turned, another bear grinned at me.

He held up a sign and I squinted to see

And read just one word which said... "BELIEVE"


Festivities in Beartown

Papa Bear Catching Christmas Feast

Mama Bear Serving Christmas Cookies

Placing the Star on the Christmas Tree

Our Beartown Christmas Day

About the Bearfoots Bear Beartown

We created this Beartown using the Jeff Flemming Bearfoots Bears Christmas Ornaments and a few select items from our Miniature Garden collection. We also added some fluffy snow and miniature village forest trees.

Below is a list of the Bearfoots Bears used in this layout and the Miniature Garden pieces:

SNOWMOBILER BEARFOOTS ORNAMENT

TREE TOPPER BEAR BEARFOOTS ORNAMENT

BEAR CAROLERS BEARFOOTS ORNAMENT

SAUCER SLED BEARFOOTS ORNAMENT

BEAR SLEIGH RIDE BEARFOOTS ORNAMENT

FISHERMAN TANGLED BEARFOOTS ORNAMENT

BEST COOKIE MAKER BEARFOOTS ORNAMENT

BELIEVE BEAR BEARFOOTS ORNAMENT

SNOW COVERED CHRISTMAS STONE BRIDGE

LED CHRISTMAS PINE HOUSE

MIRROR FAIRY GLASS

The Bearfoots Beartown resides in a River Root planter. While we do not have that particular planter available for sale, you can find several other very unique River Root planters available for sale in our store. Browse our full collection.

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Shop Black Friday Deals at Miniature Expressions

- Save 15% on any order online. Plus FREE shipping on all online orders over $50.

- Save 20% on any purchase in-store.

Shop early for your Spring 2019 Fairy Garden, give that someone special a little gift this Christmas, or add to your collection of figurines or fantasy collectibles.

Discounts apply to any purchase of any size.

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Halloween Sale - thru October 31st, 2018

2018 Halloween Sale, take 15% off Halloween Figurines, Collectibles, and Decor. Plus all orders over $50 ship for free.

Discount applied to items in your shopping cart.

Discount valid thru October 31st, 2018, only. Can not be applied to future purchases of out-of-stock or back-ordered items or combined with other discounts or coupon codes. Delivery only to the 50 US States. See our shipping policy for more information.

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Miniature Expressions is excited to announce we now carry collectible dragon figurines crafted after the art of Stanley Morrison. Shop our site and select from the complete collections of Garden Dragons and the Drinks & Dragons.

The dragons from the Garden Dragons collection are whimsical and mischievous. Each Dragon in the collection has characteristics of different plants found in the garden.

The dragons from the Drinks & Dragons collection appear in a glass and has elements of what makes that drink.

Collect one, several, or all. Check back on our site to find new designs as additional figurines are created from the original artwork of Stanley Morrison.

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Halloween is such a fun holiday. As children we looked forward to dressing up as funny or scary characters. Of course there was the candy. But part of this fun time of year were all the sights and sounds created by all the adults, for us to enjoy.

Now as adults this holiday becomes our time to recapture our inner child and create all the sights and sounds that surrounded us as children.

We've had a lot of fun this year at creating Halloween at Miniature Expressions. The store is all decked out in fall and Halloween colors and decor.

The masterpiece of our Halloween is our swamp themed fairy garden in one of our River Root planters.

Swamp miniature garden fairies and trolls relax in the comfort of their dark and spooky surroundings; all the while the spiders make their home at the entrance of our eerie garden.

For those interested in what we used to create our Miniature Swamp Fairy Garden, here is a list of items:

Mystic Marsh, Swamp Outhouse, Clementine, Swamp Fairy Ladybug, Swamp Fairy Gretty n’ Gator, Chomper, Sneaker, Fang, Green Alligator, Glowing Stepping Stone Pond, Twig Ladder, Swamp Boat with Lantern, Swamp Lanterns, Happy Halloween Sign with Crow, Ray Troll with Bird, Spanish Moss – Black, Spanish Moss – Coffee, Sheet Moss – Natural Green

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A nondescript Friday in August; the day started out like most any other, except I was a little late opening the store. After unlocking, entering the store, and placing my computer and lunch on my desk, I returned to the front to continue the opening process. As I prepared to place our unique planters out front for display I found a very nice women patiently waiting outside the door.

She had a nice smile and politely asked if we were open. I apologized for being late and held the door as our early shopper entered to browse all the adorable hand painted pieces. I continued the opening process and then quietly took my place behind the register as the shopper browsed.

After some time, she came to front to ask me a few questions about fairy garden products. And this is where the story became very interesting, and sweet!

My shopper’s name was Alma. She is the grandmother of a delightful young girl who was about to have an 8 th birthday. Alma had a very bold idea.

I’m sure as fairy gardeners somewhere along your travels you’ve spoke with or heard about or even been a parent or grandparent that wanted to gift a fairy garden to a child or grandchild. Well yes, Alma wanted to do that. But in the most glorious way.

Alma was making the birthday cake and wanted to place the fairy garden on top. We are not talking a few pieces scattered around the cake. This was going to be a full blown fairy garden with a house, fairies, furniture, animals, accessories, fence, moss, signs….all you could do and more!

One of Alma’s first concerns was the weight of the pieces and the issue of them sinking into the cake. Of course, once she mentioned it to me I had the same exact concern. I had never encountered such a grand imaginative use or way to gift a fairy garden, especially one that would include a house on a cake.

We talked for a bit more about that problem. I showed Alma some smaller lighter pieces and even discussed the micro-mini collection; that would be easy to put on a cake. No dice! This had to be the real deal full scale miniature garden stuff.

A little more conversation and the topic turned to wedding cakes and the way they are layered. Sure enough the answer was in how multi-layer wedding cakes are constructed.

The main birthday cake would be topped with a platform held up by pillars. But instead of the next layer being more cake, it would be a fairy garden. From here, Alma was off and running.

A while later and a few more conversions about what looked nice together, Alma had it all. About 20 pieces, including Fairy Picnic Place (who would have thought it was going to appear on top of a cake!).

Alma was very sweet and of course as she left I wished her luck and was left with that warm feeling you get from unexpected pleasant encounters. My day resumed as expected and I told a few others about my morning visit from an eager grandmother looking to surprise a little girl with a very special birthday present.

After that, I didn’t think much more about it. Then a couple of days ago while I was out in the store planning some re-arranging ahead of the upcoming holiday seasons, in walks Alma.

“Remember me?”, she asks. Honestly at first, I didn’t (sorry Alma). Alma proceeded to take out her phone and began to discuss “the birthday cake”. It all came back to me.

Alma had come back to share pictures of her creation. And it was grand. Words cannot describe the masterpiece. There is so much detail involved here. There are even areas in the fairy garden where dirt is made of chocolate sprinkles and rocks made if white chocolate covered almonds!

Alma has shared her pictures with us and has given permission for us to share them with everyone else. So, attached to this post you will find Alma’s creation for a special granddaughter’s 8 th birthday.

Enjoy!

From the Top

From the Front

Close-up

Fairy Garden

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