Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Veg Out on Halloween

I've been making some dollhouse miniature vegetables recently. It's kind of the opposite of Halloween I suppose! Didn't even make any pumpkins. Oh well.
Teeny little peppers
A crate of fruit and veg I made a while ago.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Oreo o'clock

I've finally made some more miniature oreos! They'd been out of stock for ages in my Etsy shop, but no longer. Get them while they're fresh (metaphorically).

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Blue Hexagons

I am still obsessed with hand sewing small hexagons together. So I made a cushion. The front is entirely hand sewn using the English paper piecing technique, of which I am a fan!
I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out:

I went through my fabric stash and made this from several blues.
The backing is an envelope opening in gingham,
because I always seem to have loads of blue gingham for some unknown reason.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

24th Scale for sale

I've decided to put a couple of 24th scale (half inch scale) dollhouse miniatures in my Etsy shop, which is a departure from my usual 12th scale (one inch scale) format.

Here is my 24th scale tea set. It's so teeny, this was a real trial to photograph.
I've made a pan of tomato soup and a pan of vegetable stew. I really like the tiny little details in the onion and carrot slices.
With a penny for scale

I also made this chocolate cake originally thinking it would be 24th scale, however I think it turned out a little large for that. So I'm selling it as a small 12th scale chocolate cake, but if you 24th scale dolls have particularly large appetites, I think it would just about fit in!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Never too early for gving thanks

I was featured in a Thanksgiving miniature treasury. I'm not 100% sure when Thanksgiving is off the top of my head (I'm British!) but it strikes me as a little early. But who cares, when the miniatures are this cute? Go and check out all the beautiful miniatures (I especially love those tiny cornucopias), clicking on the image will send you to the treasury. And thanks for including one of mine!

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Finish up your fruit and veg

These fruit and vegetable magnets are the last ones I ever made and are now in my Etsy shop. I might make some more one day, but I don't plan to just yet. They are very cute, and hopefully might remind you to eat some more greens!

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Breakfast (in bed would be nice)

Time for a breakfast miniature. Who wouldn't love to be brought a waffle with fruit, cream and syrup in the morning? I didn't discover the joy of the waffle iron until I was in my mid twenties and visiting the USA. And what a joy it was!
Close up fruit - om nom nom!
With a penny for scale

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Piece of Cake

I have lots of little cake pendants available in my Etsy shop right now. You could use them as pendants, or on earrings or charm bracelets. Lots of possibilities. I just like looking at them because they're cute.

Here are my rainbow cake charms, and my pastel cake charms:

Wednesday, 8 October 2014


I recently finished off these real-sized matching cushions. These were requested by my nan with the simple brief of one green/fawn cushion and one red/black cushion. I decided to make them match as it wasn't clear if they were meant to or not so I thought better safe than sorry. I also went for a rose theme because I know nan would like that, and whichever mate she gives them to (I think they're going to be a gift) will probably enjoy that too.

The background squares and borders are machine sewn. I'm pleased with how neatly my squares' corners match up. This is a huge improvement for me! The petals (I think it's called a tobacco leaf design) were hand appliquéd as I am apparently a glutton for punishment and obsessed with this technique.

I really enjoyed picking out the fabrics for this one. I especially love the green and burgundy roses with black fabric, which I got here.

As you can tell, I love matching fabrics for I am easily pleased. I quite like these individually, but really do prefer them next to the other fabrics on the cushions.

I also loved the cream fabric I used to back these and on the red/black cushion. You can't really tell from my rubbish photography on the cushions themselves, but it has a subtle flowery pattern which continues on with my rose theme nicely. It's very pretty in real life! I got this fabric from the same place as the rest:

Saturday, 4 October 2014

A new section

Since I hardly ever seem to be able to get my mini-making kit out due to home renovations, I've been doing a fair bit of sewing, especially hand-sewing, as this is something you can pick up and put down for 5 minutes at a time. Ever tried doing that with polymer clay? Not a good idea!

Anyway, with that in mind, there's a new section in my Little Time Wasters Etsy shop for my patchwork creations. Just a couple of pieces I'd already made in there for now. Please note, these are not scale miniatures!
I still prefer small things, each hexagonal patch
 on this piece is about 15mm (2/3") across.
An exercise in hand appliqué,
I love me some appliqué!
Hopefully more to come soon, along with some miniatures at some point!