Sunday, 30 December 2012

So long 2012. Long live 2013!

As 2012 draws to an end, I'm feeling the urge to be nostalgic. It has been a fairly busy year for me, as well as for the UK in general.

We had the Diamond Jubilee, which I, erm, missed. Like the good patriot I am, I accidentally booked a fortnight holiday abroad while it was on, so far in advance it never occurred to me I would be missing anything. Never mind. It was constantly on tv where I was, and it looked like the British (well the English at least) were having a good time, and I had a brilliant holiday too!

Then we had the Olympics. Yet again, I must confess to allowing this to more or less pass me by. I watched Louis Smith just miss getting gold on the pommel horse (sobs of 'you'll do it in Rio!' echoed through the room) as well as a few other gymnastic events, but other than that, I just couldn't get very excited about it. I was always picked last for P.E (on account of being unable to catch, throw or run with any success whatsoever, I don't blame the other kids!), and no amount of flag waving is going to make me enjoy athletics. It was good watching the Queen parachute in though.

Now it's getting to that time of year again when I think I really ought to make some plans and promises for the coming year. In my case, I shall keep my New Year's Resolutions few and simple.

1) I will wash my craft work tiles straight after I've been varnishing/gluing/painting, rather than let it dry on and ruin yet another blade scraping it all off. (I already broke this one today.)

2) I will try not to let my Etsy shop run pathetically low on stock. Of course, if I miraculously sell 50 items in one day, I will let myself off the hook. You can't complain you're low on stock if it's due to high sales! But if I'm selling at my usual steady rate of one or two things a week, then I've got no excuse for not listing anything for 6 weeks!

3) I will attempt a new design or technique once a month. And here is January's new piece in advance (this totally counts?). I've also made a step by step tutorial for this, but you'll have to wait a little longer for that to be finished! Happy New Year!

How do you like your eggs in the morning?

Saturday, 22 December 2012

I made some real food!

Today was my Christmas baking day! I made some real, edible food for once. It even smelled nice. My baked creations included mince pies, almond florentines, peanut butter cookies, fairy cakes and gingerbread cookies.

By the time I'd done with the mince pies and florentines, it was all getting overly festive for this Scrooge, and my gingerbread cookies fell victim to my sad sense of humour.

Behold the troll cookies: 

I should have waited until the icing had dried for a better, non reflective photo, however a couple of them never made it that far. Om nom nom...

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Hands up who doesn't like Christmas pudding?

If, like me, your 12th scale dolls loathe and detest Christmas pudding (and Christmas cake, that's gross too), never fear, there are always options. I've been making some decidedly unseasonal pavlova fruit desserts.


Here's one with an american penny to show you the scale:
Now I am craving meringue, which is unfortunate as all we have in the house are mince pies.

Friday, 14 December 2012

Merry Christmas

I'm no good at making seasonal miniatures. It's not that I don't have any ideas, it's just that I nearly always get inspired to make them about 3 weeks after the holidays have ended. So with that in mind, I hope you appreciate the forethought that went into making this tea set!

This is the only properly Christmassy miniature I managed this year, unless you count turkey dinners which I like to make (and eat) all year round.

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Learning to sew

This year I decided to learn how to sew. My lovely fella bought me a sewing machine for my birthday, so to say thank you I made him a quilt to remind him of his childhood. The squares may not all line up, and it's certainly not the same size as what I initially measured for, but it's my first quilt and I am pretty pleased with it.

Letsa go!
And here is one of the cushions I made for my nan for Christmas. The fact that the triangles all have points is an achievement for me. My first attempt at triangular patches ended in what were technically hexagonal patches. The central square on this did turn into a central trapezium, but never mind.

Saturday, 1 December 2012

There's no such thing as too much cake.

This weekend I was mostly icing miniature cupcakes. I raked some leaves in the garden too, but this was by far the more interesting activity. For some reason I am now craving butter icing...

The little chocolate swirly ones are inspired by the pralines at Hotel Chocolat (oh my heavenly chocolatey goodness). But due to the child in me my favourite ones are the simple rainbow sprinkle ones. Hopefully there's something to suit every miniature pallette.