Thursday, 8 October 2009

Food Preparation Boards

I listed my first food preparation boards last week, one for making ham sandwiches, and one for making eggs. I love it when all the little components come together! Finally! The ham one is glued in place, but I left everything loose on the egg one, so you can rearrange it as you wish. Which do people think is better? If it's loose it's more fun, but if it's stuck down, it's generally more intricate.

Cheerio,

A-M

Saturday, 26 September 2009

Mini Mona Lisa

This is my first ever attempt at a miniature scale painting, and I was quite pleased with the result. Mona Lisa is exactly 12th scale to the original, and done using watercolours. It may not be an exact likeness, but I think most people would immediately guess what it was. Recreating a piece by Da Vinci was probably a bit over-ambitious, but never mind! The frame was kindly made by Ray of www.minibuilder.etsy.com and is simply wonderful! How pleased was I when that came in the post! I'm going to have to paint loads more now, merely so I can justify buying more of his excellent frames.
Cheerio,
A-M

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

I love candy!



I love candy! So I just finished off my candy shop, with lots of different things in it to please any 12th scale sweet-tooth. You can view it in more depth at http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=30920978. It was fun to do, especially the chocolates and liquorice. But it does make me hungry.

I'm also celebrating a mild milestone, passing my 10 sales mark in my Etsy shop www.littletimewasters.etsy.com. How exciting! My next milestone is 25 sales, so I think I have a little way to go yet.

Cheerio,

A-M

Friday, 4 September 2009

Busy Busy Busy


It's been a busy week! I made my second fruit and veg selection. I was happy with the first one, but I think this one is better. I've paid more attention to scale (I measured things and did maths! This goes against my very nature.), and added a basket of leeks. The leeks took a long time, and I wasted a lot of material, but I tried out a few new techniques and was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. I'm sure I'll look back later and think, they were rubbish, but for now it has been a fruitful (excuse the pun) week.


I'm off to France tomorrow to celebrate my french Granny's 100th birthday! How exciting. I won't get any mini-making done, or even be able to get online, but it will be worth it. I haven't seen the french family in aaaages.


A-M


Monday, 24 August 2009

First Custom Order!


Well today is a milestone! I have done my first custom order. It was lots and lots of lollipops, although not in 12th scale as I usually do. It was a challenge knowing I couldn't just make things up as I go along (as I usually do), and that I actually had some criteria to follow, but I very much enjoyed it. I might do another if someone suggested it...


Bring it on!
A-M

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Fruit and Veg Bonanza!


I have now sold this item! Whoopee!

I've been slowly teaching myself how to do fruit and veg, and my fruit and veg shop now up on etsy (http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=29155671) is the fruits of my labour (sigh, I'm a sucker for a pun)!

It turned out ok in the end I think! The tomatoes took ages but are my best effort at tomatoes yet, so I was pleased. I get a weird feeling of accomplishment after I've individually rolled out all those grapes too!

Let me know what you think, and ideas for improvement. I really need to invest in some matt varnish too. Yet another thing on my list of stuff to buy. Argh!

A-M

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

My mini debate


I was wondering to myself, is it better to try and sell small, cheaper individual items, or is it better to sell larger, more expensive 'sets'? I try to have a range of prices available in my Etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=7535562 but I find that the smaller items just get ignored. The larger items do get more attention, but obviously they cost more, so that could put more people off.

What do you think? Do you prefer little one treats, or comprehensive sets?

Hmmmmm...

Hello

Hello,

I've never done a blog before so I am a bit of a novice. I also just recently opened a shop on Etsy.com, so I am a bit of a novice in that department too. To be fair, I haven't been making things out of polymer clay all that long either. All in all, this is new to me!

I've posted a couple of photos of my offerings to the right, which will link directly to my site at http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=7535562. Let me know what you think of them and if you have any tips for improvement. Constructive criticism is welcome.

As for me, well I got into miniature making because I have always enjoyed making things. That unfortunately took a back seat in the recent past, as I was studying full-time for a degree in modern languages and my brain was too tired for anything more complex than menial tasks after several hours of learning grammar! Well I graduated about a year ago, and luckily found a job pretty quickly. Not having coursework occupying my evenings was incredibly novel (I went straight from school to uni) so I needed to find something to do, and I found polymer clay. It has somewhat back-fired as now I never have enough time to do everything I want! I long for the day I'm retired and can play with my clay all day long! Only 42 years to go! (Sigh, probably more, the way the retirement age keeps getting pushed back. Ah well.)

Thanks for reading, and I'll do my best to update every so often!

A-M