Tuesday, 14 December 2010

I00 sales this year!

My little personal goal on Etsy this year was to reach 100 items sold, and last week i did just that! Woohoo! And it would appear it's just in time as the international deadline for Christmas deliveries is long past, so it's gone quiet for now in Etsyland. If somebody fancies increasing my yearly total to 101 I wouldn't complain though...

Have some celebratory cake!

Friday, 3 December 2010

It's snow joke...

My post office has opened again and it's business as usual at Little Time Wasters. Deliveries will probably take a little longer than usual due to the back-log at the post office. But fear not, your miniature food goodies are on their way!

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Snow delay

Sorry to my customers who have all paid straight away, and yet your package is sitting sadly in living room, wishing it was at the post office. But I live in South Yorkshire and we are experiencing record snowfall right now. And seeing as we cannot cope with 6 inches, how do you suppose we are coping with 23 inches!?

Badly, that's how! I haven't been to work in two days because there are no buses/cars/trams able to safely get about. And although I did trek through snow up to my thighs for 3 miles, when I got there the post office was closed. ARGH! This photo is the view out my back window. To give you an idea of the depth of the snow, the roof above the cream door is only a couple of inches thick. All that white stuff is extra.

So dear customer, I promise you, you have not been forgotten. Just as soon as the weather allows, I will be sending you miniatures to you and hoping they don't take too long.

Cheerio and keep warm,


Sunday, 28 November 2010


The snow on the ground outside is telling me winter has most definitely arrived, so what do I do? I go and make that most autumnal of foods - apples! I think this is my first batch of miniature apples that are even close to having a good colour. All previous attempts were too green or pale or red.

So after hours of messing around with fimo and sponges and paint, I finally came up with these:
And this is the 12th scale set that all that apple making was in aid of:

This 12th scale fruit and veg set is available to buy in my Etsy shop.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Healthy Miniatures

I've been making lots of miniature cakes recently, so I thought I ought to make something a little healthier for us miniaturists (and our dolls) to enjoy. I made a cute and colourful watermelon cane yesterday. I used it for some 12th scale dollhouse miniatures, but I don't have any photos of them yet. So for now, here are the earrings I made from the same cane. I especially like the green stripey skin. Makes me crave fruit, which during this holiday season is no bad thing!

These are all available in my Etsy shop, and hopefully the dollhouse miniatures will be finished soon as well.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Back from my travels

I've been away from blogland and my Etsy shop forthe past week, due to a business trip for my 'real' job. I went to Germany and represented my company at an exhibition for the micro electronics industry. That is about as exciting as it sounds. Lots of 12 hour days and busy underground trains and being polite all the time to old men in suits who assume I am a hostess and therefore don't know what I'm talking about. What fun!

But on a positive note, I got to eat lots of lovely german delicacies such as Schnitzel, Breze (pretzel) and Apfelstrudel. YUM! Perhaps it will inspire some german-themed mini making. In the meantime here is some real life german inspiration.

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Turkey Dinner

I decided to make some festive miniatures before Christmas was already over. Well done me! I even managed this turkey dinner set in time for Thanksgiving for our American friends.

These are all available in my Etsy shop. I was thinking of making some Christmas cake or pudding for dessert, but I'm pretty sure I won't achieve that level of forward-planning this year!

Friday, 29 October 2010

Say cheese!

I went on a cheese-themed, jewellery-making spree last week. The photos are pretty awful, in fact there are a few more pieces that I just couldn't get a decent shot off. So they will be winging their way to Jam Jar Beadsm some time soon, where my terrible photographic skills are not an issue! For you folk not local to Sheffield, these couple of pieces are available in my Etsy shop.

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Icing Chocolate Cupcakes

This is my latest dollhouse listing on Etsy - a 12th scale set of cupcakes being covered in delicious chocolate icing and hearts. YUM!
Nothing is glued down, so whoever buys it can rearrange it to their heart's content. I like that the two types of wood in the chopping board match the cupcakes and icing. Little things like that make me smile.

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Did I mention...

...I'm obsessed with jelly!!!
Available in my Etsy shop if you too share my obsession for the wobbly stuff.

Friday, 15 October 2010

How do you like your eggs in the morning?

I like mine in miniature! I've been busy making mini fried breakfasts in 12th scale for dollhouses and also as accessories to wear. I'm super pleased with the tomato slices, as this was my third attempt at a tomato cane (the others went in the bin). It's not perfect, but it's getting better. And the beans turned out just as I wanted!

Saturday, 9 October 2010

I have the food tastes of a 5 year old...

...and I LOVE jelly! Or jello as our friends over the pond prefer to call it. I'm sure I've already blogged about my love of real and miniature jelly, but here's some more I've just made and listed in my Etsy shop. Om nom nom...

Monday, 4 October 2010

Death by Chocolate...I can think of worse ways to go

A fellow miniaturist recently told me she tends to make better miniatures of food she really enjoys in real life. No truer word, was there ever spoken, considering my latest mini project. I don't drink or smoke or eat much fried stuff, but my one huge vice has got to be chocolate! I could give up pretty much anything if I had to except the sweet stuff. Here is my tribute to chocolate:

I've listed it on Etsy so hopefully there are some 12th scale dolls who are as obsessed as I am.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Miniatura 2010

I've just been to Miniatura 2010 at the Birmingham NEC for the first time. Squee! I don't have any photos to share as I always feel a bit weird asking people if I can photograph their stall. So I'll have to describe it to you instead.

There were lots of different types of miniatures on show and for sale, including dolls, food, houses, furniture and building equipment and tools. I was particularly interested in getting some new tools, as I don't have a dollhouse to furnish (boo!). There was also plenty of smaller scaled options as well as the usual 12th scale. The building merchants were especially helpful giving instructions on how to use their products (such as lighting, flooring, fireplaces etc). Great for someone like me who doesn't have a clue.

There were some amazing artisans on show, as well as cheaper options for the not quite-so-well off miniaturist. All in all, I'd say if you are at all interested in dollhouses, it's worth the £7.00 entry fee to have a look round. If you're organised you can book tickets in advance for cheaper. Miniatura is held twice a year in March and October at the Birmingham NEC and lasts 2 days. For more information check out www.miniatura.co.uk. I'm looking forward to March already!

Friday, 24 September 2010

Etsy 100 Sales Milestone!

Thought I'd share a joyous little moment in my life - I've reached 100 sales on Etsy! Well I never got to see that wonderful number in my shop as I was at 98 when a lovely customer bought 5 items at once, but I'm not complaining at all! It took me about 13 and a half months to reach 100. My original goal was to sell at least one thing a week, so I'm pretty happy with that.

Here's to another 100 sales!

Monday, 13 September 2010

More Candy...

Halloween is fast approaching, so I listed some more teeny tiny candy in my Etsy shop. After all, your dolls need to be ready, lest any trick or treaters come knocking.
I live in the UK, where we don't celebrate Halloween all that much. Especially not when I was a child as my mother is French and they celebrate Halloween even less. What exactly happens when they decide to 'trick' you?

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Miniature life can now re-commence!

As I mentioned, reality can sometimes get in the way of my miniature life, and this has been the case for the past few weeks. But hurrah, normal miniature-making has now resumed, and I have a new mini-making space too:

I don't think a person can ever have too many teeny, tiny drawers for keeping little things in. I'm hoping to add shelves above the desk at some point, but it's unfortunately pretty far down my to-do list.

I have finally started to make some scale dollhouse food, but I can't find the white background paper I use to photograph them, so they aren't for sale yet. Who would have thought white paper would be so difficult to get hold of? So in the mean-time here is one of my wearable miniatures which ais now listed in my Etsy shop.

Pink Cupcake Charm Bracelet

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Bye bye for now

Sadly I have to pack up my miniatures and close my Etsy shop for a few weeks due to real-sized life getting in the way. Hopefully I shall get everything sorted out and re-opened soon, and have lots of new miniatures to show off too!

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Halloween in August

I nearly always leave it too late to list holiday specific items in my Etsy shop, so I am attempting to be organised. If I don't remember to list any other Halloween-related items before October (which is highly likely), at least I will have these in my shop!

12th Scale Halloween Cupcakes

12th Scale Halloween Cupcakes and Black Stand

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

How many waffles are too many waffles?

It's a trick question, there is no such thing as too many waffles! Here are some of my recent waffle creations, available in my Etsy shop in sets of one or two. What a sweet way to start your 12th scale day!

Saturday, 31 July 2010

Exciting News!

My mini food jewellery is now available to buy at Jam Jar Beads, on Leopold Street, Sheffield, UK. If you are in the vicinity (it's right next to the High Street), go and check it out.

Jam Jar Beads is primarily a beading supply shop, with lots of cute and interesting little beads and findings. There is also a showcase featuring some lovely work by local Sheffield artisans, including *blush* Little Time Wasters! You can check out Jam Jar Beads at http://www.jamjarbeads.co.uk/. The shop also runs workshops and parties so

if you're nearby, I fully recommend checking it out.

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Many Firsts

This 12th scale set is my first attempt at salmon and at asparagus, and overall I am pleased at how it turned out.

I'm still too chicken to try a proper salmon steak or whole fish, but it's a step in the right direction!