Sunday, 25 January 2015

My avatar

A few people asked me about my current social media avatar, 
so here is where it comes from:

I painted this a few years ago, it is a 12th scale version of the Mona Lisa (hopefully the subject was obvious!) done in water colours. I was pretty pleased with the result. The whole picture is about 3 inches high to give you an idea of the scale. I had to use a very small brush!

The lovely wooden frame was made by MiniBuilder on Etsy who does wonderful miniature carpentry such as this:

Friday, 23 January 2015

Blue and Brown

Here are a couple of patchwork cushions I made on request recently, with a blue and brown theme.
I hand sewed all the triangles and squares, then hand appliqu├ęd the petals on. I used a machine to add the brown and cream borders, and to make the envelope openings at the back. I enjoy a bit of peaceful hand-sewing, it's a nice way to spend a few dark winter evenings indoors.
I need to work on the placement of some of my petals,
I suspect investing in some disappearing chalk/pens would help!

Monday, 19 January 2015

The Tutorial Page

I enjoy making the odd tutorial, or if not a full tutorial then an insight into how I make my miniatures.

Hopefully you enjoy reading them too, so this page right here is going to be where I list all the tutorial posts on this blog so they are easy to find. I'll will add new tutorials as I make them.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Winter nights

The winter nights are technically getting shorter, but they still feel long and cold to me.
Here's a treasury in which I was featured on Etsy to help us get through those dark evenings.
How sweet is the dollhouse miniature tea cosy!?

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Better late than never

Here's a rather late festive post! I'm not as disorganised as I first appear, because this cushion was made with leftover scrap fabric from my tree skirt, which was ready in plenty of time for Christmas.
 I only started making this cushion after the big day,
since I wasn't anticipating having so much leftover fabric.
Lovely fabrics.
Here's what it all looked like together 10 minutes before we took the tree down
and packed Christmas away for the year.
Oh well, at least I will appear super-organised next Christmas.

Monday, 12 January 2015


I went on a miniature cherry making spree!

Can you see each little dimple in each little cherry?

Here are a few of the ways I have used my dollhouse miniature cherries:


Friday, 9 January 2015

Never too old... celebrate your own birthday! Happy Birthday to me! 

I'm still in my 20's, but only just. I'm not quite sure how I feel about this. Anyway, it's rubbish having your birthday in January. It's cold and dark and grey outside, it's so soon after Christmas no-one feels like celebrating anything and even if they did someone near and dear always has some horrible winter bug so all planned events are cancelled! But who cares, it's my birthday so let's have some cake.