Blog Changes

On 8 September 2015 the URL for Megan's Tiny Treasures changed from www.meganstinytreasures.blogspot.com to www.blog.creativeme.co.za This will not affect readers in any way, and saved links to the old URL will be redirected. In the near future the name of the blog will change to Creative Me. This is in line with the direction in which my business is growing. Thank you to my loyal readers!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Rowena Rabbit

I received a lovely letter this morning.  The picture that came with it actually tells the whole story.
Naomi chose the Rowena Rabbit pattern to make a doll for her little girl.  It was her first ever attempt at making a soft toy.  She says the pattern and instructions were easy to work with  and she's happy with the result.  I think the purple Rowena looks stunning.  Most important of all is that her daughter adores the rabbit and has a new treasured friend.  
When I see pictures like this, I'm keenly reminded why I'm a toy designer and maker.  It's not about stuff, it's about creating joy.



Monday, February 29, 2016


Hello from all the teddies at Tin Soldiers.  They want to tell you about our Etsy sale.



To celebrate leap year, all patterns in our Etsy shop have been marked down 50% for the next 24 hours.  We will be adding new patterns as well, so keep checking back. 
Go on, use the opportunity to get yourself a little treat. 
Happy Leap Year Day!



Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Miniatures Festival




Hooray!  I know that all lovers of toys and miniatures are looking forward with me to the Parkhurst Miniatures Festival this coming weekend.  This annual event is all about scale miniatures.  Dollhouses and miniature scenes made by club members are on display.  At the sales tables you can find everything from a miniature rose bush to a racing car.  Refreshments at the tea garden.

Saturday 29 August 9am – 4pm
Sunday 30 August 9am – 2pm

Parkhurst Recreation Hall
Corner 13th St & 5th Ave Parkhurst
GPS:  S 28 02’07.0  E 26 07’22.0

Claudia and I are sharing a stand this year.  We have almost exclusively new stock and we are very excited to share it with you.
Please help us to promote the exhibition by forwarding this email to a few friends, and do come and say hello to us at the fair. 
I’m looking forward to seeing everyone.


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A time to help and to be kind

Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work.
--William Arthur Ward


Three weeks ago today my mother in law fell and broke her leg, a dangerous fracture of the femur.  It was a traumatic experience transporting her to hospital and having her admitted to a high care ward.  She has since been operated on, been in ICU and an ordinary ward, and was discharged from hospital a week ago.  Home nursing a senile, incontinent completely bedridden person is more than a full time job.
My life is once again on hold.  I am doing my best to help and to be kind.  There are times when life is all about living for the needs of others.  I know that I will have an opportunity and the energy in future to dream again, and to work towards my own goals.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Friends like magic

I had a magic time this last week.  My friends made it so. 
Last Saturday Carlien McPhee and her husband Bruce visited me.  I'd never met them in person.  We've been corresponding for years though.  What a delightful couple.  I feel privileged to know them.  They are intelligent and witty and interested in so many things.  We talked for hours.  Carlien brought a fairy door that she made and stacks of magazines to share. Thank you for the visit Carlien and Bruce, you really lifted my spirits. 
On Tuesday Dawn and I took a drive out to visit Other Dawn in a town some distance away.  I had made a tiny clay Tilda for each of them, both Dawns are Tilda collectors.  The Tilda tiny doll idea is something new I'm working on.  You will see them again. 
There was a very tasty home made orange cake and we spent hours chatting and kicking around ideas.  We drooled over Dawn's craft stash and were awed by the number of projects she has on the go.  I received a set of Tilda books, an early Valentine and a crochet cupcake as a gift, can't tell you how excited I am over my little treasures.   I came home feeling dog tired and very inspired.
Wednesday saw me early out of bed and off to Ceramix.  (I have this thing going on Wednesdays at Ceramix).  Margaret and I had a productive day working in the glaze room.  While our hands are busy we are putting our worlds to rights by being each other's sounding board. 
A bunch of glorious yellow roses came with Thursday's visitor. I owe Marlize a debt of gratitude for lending an ear and offering good advice in the days after my illness.  Being a woman and a pharmarcist, I think she understands quite well how I feel.
This morning when I went to the post office...  Lo! A parcel from Nancy in the US.  It's a beautiful woven leather strap for my glasses, and ingredients to make a few more.  Nancy, you are a marvel.  How did you know that after months I still haven't got around to making one? 

Tomorrow we have a play date at Ina's house.  We have a doll and teddy bear making group that get together every once in a while to work on our projects.  Lots of creative talent and inspiration there. 

I'm looking forward to the weekend.  Wishing you a good one too!