Friday, 27 February 2015

Is this the real life, is this just fantasy?

I stumbled across this beauty of an Etsy shop while wasting time in which
 I should have been doing something productive. How's this for a fantasy dollhouse?

I will admit to being a sucker for this style of dollhouse. 
I don't even care if it's not 100% to scale, just look how intricate and stylized it is!

All these were made by Debbie and Mike Schramer and can be found along with lots of other beautiful pieces at Sunflowerhouse on Etsy.

A tiny fairy ironing board!

I could spend hours looking at all the little details. 
They have a book out too, I could be sorely tempted.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Old habits

I used to write poems
When I was a little kid.
Almost every single day,
I thought everybody did.

But then I got older,
And I'm always short of time.
I can't find a decent rhythm.
I can't make a proper rhyme.

So I've set myself a challenge.
I will learn to write once more.
And I'll make myself enjoy it,
It will not become a chore.

Once a week I'll pen a poem.
Could be almost anything.
Here's hoping it's a habit,
And not just a silly fling.

If you like then you can join me,
Let your creativity shine.
Doesn't matter if we're rubbish.
In my head I'm super fine!

Thursday, 19 February 2015

My cupboard obsession

I'm mildly obsessed with kitchen cupboards at the moment. I'm not even getting my (desperately in need of it) kitchen renovated any time soon, however we are creating a utility room from scratch, so it's not entirely random. I've been researching kitchen cupboards for the utility room that I can afford and that are simple enough that when we do finally do the kitchen too, they might almost match. 

If I had infinite money, here are some lovely miniature kitchens from which I would steal inspiration! Click on the images to find the source, some are just to look at and some have Etsy shops.

In case you hadn't guessed it, I rather love the country kitchen look of painted cabinets, wooden work surfaces and pastel walls (I'm even partial to a spot of gingham). Here's hoping we find something similar for our real-sized house!

Monday, 16 February 2015

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Happy Miniature Valentines

I should begin this post by admitting I don't actually celebrate Valentines Day myself. The anniversary of when my fella and I first got together is 12th February, so I'd rather celebrate that instead as it's more personal to us. Plus who wants to got to a restaurant when it's rammed?

But never mind that, miniature Valentines goodies are just adorable, 
so here are a few I found on Etsy.

Heart cookies by MiniHoliday

Roses by Cosediunaltromondo

The Little Quilt Shoppe

One of my miniatures, always makes me hungry!

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Pizza fun

Here are a couple of jewellery pieces recently renewed in my Etsy shop. These pretty much follow the same technique as the Pizza Tutorial. I don't even like pizza in real life (I'm weird, I know) but these make me hungry!

Friday, 6 February 2015

Our house, in the middle of street

Well done the Madness fans who got the title! My house isn't actually in the middle of my street, but oh well it's a good song.

My latest quilting project involved making a likeness of my house from whatever scraps of fabric I had lying about the place. I didn't make this one for any good reason other than I fancied doing it. It's not like you can give a picture of your own home to someone else! It's nice to enjoy one's own efforts for once.
This isn't in any way proportional (or even from one view - it's all gone a bit Picasso on this one) but people who've seen my home were able to see what I was getting at! Anyway, I'm pretty pleased with the final result, and will hang it up somewhere to make myself smile. I especially enjoyed doing the little button flowers.

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Miniature Pancake Tutorial

You will need:

For the pancakes:
Beige polymer clay
Chalk pastels in ochre tones

For the syrup:

Liquid polymer clay
Ochre and brown oil paint

Various toppings

Other tools:
Rolling pin
Sharp blade
Soft bristled brush
Ceramic tile to work on
Gloss varnish
Ceramic dollhouse plate

1. Before you begin, you need to ensure your work area and hands are clean, because unbaked polymer clay is a fluff magnet. I like to work on a large, blank ceramic tile, as this can go straight in the oven when it is time to bake the clay, without having to move your work and risk unwanted fingerprints. It helps to use a white tile, as fluff shows up better on it.
2. You need to condition the beige clay really well so it doesn't crack later on. Roll it in the palms of your hands to get it nice and warm and malleable. Roll roughly into little balls approximately 4mm in diameter.

3. Using you middle or index finger, flatten each little ball out into a disc that's thicker in the middle, with an overall diameter of no more than about 10mm. Use you fingertip to gently rub away any finger tips. If the discs crack on edge, just condition the clay some more to try again.

4. Now it's time to add some colour and depth to your pancakes. Using an old scrap blade, scrap a little ochre pastel dust and give each pancake a light dusting. Be sure to get all the edges, but don't worry too much about the centre.  

5. Stack up 3 pancakes at a time, saving the best looking one for the top. Don't try to pick the unbaked pancake off your work surface with your fingers. Slide your blade underneath it and it will come up just fine without losing its form. Then add a little darker red/brown pastel dust just to the centre of your top pancake. Be light-handed with this darker dust as you can't take it off or cover it up once it's on there!

6. Once you're happy with the colour, bake according to the polymer clay maker's instructions. Allow to cool before handling again.
7. Now to make the syrup which also acts as the glue to hold everything together. Mix some liquid polymer clay with a teeny tiny amount of ochre and brown oil paint. I mean a teeny tiny amount! Add the paint one pinprick at a time, you really won't need much.

8. Use a blob of syrup to glue the pancake stack to the miniature ceramic plate. If you pancakes have become un-stacked, you can use a dab of syrup to glue them back together too. Now comes the fun part. Dribble a little syrup on top and down the edges of your pancake stack, and add plenty around the base (it always disappears into nooks and crannies while baking so you can be generous). Pop any air bubbles that may appear with your pin, it sometimes helps to let the whole thing stand for 5 minutes so they become apparent.

9. Add whatever toppings you want. I have added swirls of whipped cream and lots of fruit. The easiest fruits to make are things like blueberries and cherries. Strawberries are a little more fiddly but the main skill you need is patience. I also used a couple of orange and kiwi slices which came from canes I made earlier. I made the cream swirls from silicon caulking and a very small cake frosting nozzle believe it or not, but that is a tutorial unto itself.
10. Once you're happy with the arrangement, bake according to the polymer clay maker's instructions. Allow to cool before handling again. Once it's completely cool, use some gloss varnish to highlight the syrup and fruit. It'll really make them pop!