This month I am featuring Hanna and Leijone Miniatures, who make wonderful scale needle-felted animals. I am completely ignorant of this technique, which makes me all the more amazed by these little creations. Their realism is wonderful, and they're cute to boot!
Leo, the Old King
12th Scale Bernese Mountain Dog12th Scale Foxes
Hanna and Leijona Miniatures are available from their Etsy shop at www.hannajaleijona.etsy.com so check it out!
Today is the 110th anniversary of Antoine Saint-Exupéry (thanks for reminding me Google), aviator and author of one of my favourite books 'Le Petit Prince'. This was one of the first books I read in french and understood when I was a kid (I moved to France for a year when I was 10). And having re-read it as an adult, it seems to only get better as I noticed lots of new nuances. I highly recommend it to anyone who listens to their inner child. Don't worry if you don't speak French, it's been translated into over 180 languages.
I finally decided to re-design my banner. The old one had a photo of some of my first, not really to scale minis, and didn't really reflect what I now enjoy making. So I made a new banner to show what my Etsy shop is all about. Currently there are only photos of scale food, as I'm still undecided about splitting my shop into two - one for scale minis and one for foodie jewellery. But that is a debate for another day.
I hope you like my new banner. It's ok for a girl with no graphic design experience and only access to Paint! One day I will bully my brother into making me a better one!
For some reason, everything I made today was tomato-based. This is odd, because I loathe tomatoes in real life. And I don't just mean actual, raw tomatoes - those are probably the least off-putting form of tomato - I mean anything containing them such as pizza, ketchup, lasagne etc... People often react with disbelief. Cooked tomatoes just smell disgusting to me!
12th scale salami, chorizo and black olive pizza
12th scale tomato soup set
Close-up of a bowl of tomato soup and bread (I'd like the bread part!)
So I am moderately pleased with my efforts today. Bearing in mind I don't spend much time looking at these dishes in real life, I think they turned out ok. These are all available in my Etsy shop.
Anyone who follows my rantings in Teammids on Etsy will know I have recently become obsessed with peas! I don't know what inspired me to roll hundreds, possibly THOUSANDS of 12th scale peas out individually, but I did and here is the result:
As you can see, I was also making rare beef, carrots and potatoes at the same time, but it's the peas that despite being the easiest thing to make, took the longest. So it is the peas that will forever stick in my mind! Now that this piece is finished and listed on Etsy, thank goodness this pea obsession can at last come to an end. Except I've got lots of pea coloured clay mix left over. Well I can't waste that...
I finally decided to start making a little food-based jewellery. I still love scale dollhouse miniatures, but so many people had asked if I could convert something into a wearable accessory, i thought why not try it? So I've got myself some pliers and some findings and started making and listing.
Rainbow Cupcake Ring
Fried Egg Studs
Purple Jello Studs
There's much more to come, but I haven't yet figured out how to take decent photos of them!
Go vote for your favourite miniature alien at www.teammidscompetitions.blogspot.com.
TeamMIDS (Miniatures In Dollhouse Scale) are a fun team of miniature enthusiasts made up of sellers and buyers on Etsy. Anyone on Etsy with an interest in scale miniature is welcome to come and say hi.