Wednesday, 29 April 2015

More miniature canes

I posted about my miniature citrus fruit canes a little while ago. There isn't much more satisfying than spending a few hours making miniature canes and then slicing through the middle to see how they turned out (assuming they turned out well!).

Here are a couple more 12th scale miniature canes I have made in the past - tomatoes and cucumbers. These were a bit more fiddly than the citrus fruit ones.




Monday, 27 April 2015

Zig Zag miniature quilt

Here is my latest 12th scale dollhouse miniature quilt

https://www.etsy.com/shop/littletimewasters?section_id=16981447&ref=shopsection_leftnav_5

 This patchwork piece was entirely hand-sewn using the English paper piecing technique. This is out and out my preferred method for making miniature quilts. It's so important to get uniform patches so the seams line up, and being even a couple of mm out is really obvious in miniature. I find the paper piecing method makes it so much easier as I am terrible for cutting out uniform seam allowances when sewing patchwork the normal way. Look at those corners, I'm pleased with them!
https://www.etsy.com/shop/littletimewasters?section_id=16981447&ref=shopsection_leftnav_5

I went with blues and yellows in a mottled fabric as I've noticed all my previous quilts are either floral or feminine colours, and I wanted something a little more unisex this time.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/littletimewasters?section_id=16981447&ref=shopsection_leftnav_5

There is also some tiny quilting, although it's hard to spot from the front. You can see it from the back more easily.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/littletimewasters?section_id=16981447&ref=shopsection_leftnav_5

So that was the zig zag quilt and I hope it finds a home in someone's dollhouse soon.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Jelly Jewels

Following on from my recent dollhouse miniature jellies, here are some jellies you can wear. So now you don't need to be a dollhouse enthusiast to indulge in some miniature cuteness.


Annoyingly I have run out of red. When I get some more, 
I will definitely make some more red jellies as they are so cute and remind me of Summer.



Thursday, 23 April 2015

Happy St George's Day

I'm English (well half) so today I'm wishing you a Happy St George's Day. We don't really make a big deal out of this in England - it's not any kind of public holiday. But it is an excuse to celebrate some very English miniatures.


https://www.etsy.com/shop/CalicoJewels?ref=l2-shopheader-name
St George Medieval Sconce by CalicoJewels
https://www.etsy.com/shop/willane?ref=l2-shopheader-name
An English bulldog by Willane


https://www.etsy.com/shop/littletimewasters?section_id=12733662&ref=shopsection_leftnav_1
English fry-up by me!
https://www.etsy.com/shop/Davisbrothers?ref=l2-shopheader-name
Metal Dragon Sculpture by DavisBrothers

Not a dollhouse miniature, but it's not really St George's Day
without some mention of dragons!

Monday, 20 April 2015

Quick Sews

I made a couple of pot stands for my mother-in-law a while back. 



I love doing these mini-projects as unlike most of my sewing projects, they are a very quick sew. They're mostly machine sewed, although I do finish of the binding by hand to keep it neat. Still, you could easily complete them both within a couple of hours even if you did hand sew the binding. Plus I used up a few pieces of scrap fabric, which is a double win as I'm incapable of throwing little scraps away. Hopefully these pot stands will look very fitting in my mother-in-law's country kitchen.


Saturday, 18 April 2015

Fruity Fruity Hot Patootie

I've no idea what the title of this blog post is supposed to mean, but I was humming hot patootie from Rocky Horror the whole time I was making these, so there you go.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/littletimewasters?section_id=12733656&ref=shopsection_leftnav_4

I had a busy Sunday morning at the weekend making lots of fruit canes - orange, lemon and lime. It does seem to take longer to slice them than to actually make the cane though, and I've only sliced a tiny proportion of them.

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If you're new to making dollhouse miniatures, or playing with polymer clay in general, citrus fruit slices are a great place to start when learning to make canes. There are already loads of great tutorials out there on this subject, with various different methods. I follow a combination of the one from Angie Scarr's book 'Making Miniature Food,' (online demo here but I much prefer the book) and also a tutorial by St├ęphanie Kilgast of PetitPlat, who adapted Angie's technique to suit her own way, which you can find here

Super useful book for beginners
The best thing is to practice to find what works best for you - I don't follow either tutorial to the letter, having found techniques I prefer and others I don't. But with a bit of practice, my canes have definitely gotten better!

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Pretty Pink Miniature Quilt

I went all girly and made a pretty, pink, 12th scale dollhouse miniature patchwork quilt.


Pink is not my usual style, but perhaps it is your doll's so why not. Plus I had an adorable miniature pink gingham fabric in stock, which I figured would be just perfect for a scale miniature quilt.


As well as miniature patchwork, this quilt also features some tiny quilting, all done by hand. 


Fiddly but fun! 



Monday, 13 April 2015

Wibble Wobbles in miniature

I made some 12th scale dollhouse miniature jellies recently.
 
https://www.etsy.com/shop/littletimewasters?section_id=12789284&ref=shopsection_leftnav_2
 
I really enjoy arranging all the little fruity bits on the plate.
 
https://www.etsy.com/shop/littletimewasters?section_id=12789284&ref=shopsection_leftnav_2
 
I made several different flavours.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/littletimewasters?section_id=12789284&ref=shopsection_leftnav_2
 
And here it is with a penny for scale:
 
https://www.etsy.com/shop/littletimewasters?section_id=12789284&ref=shopsection_leftnav_2
 

 

Friday, 10 April 2015

Chocolaholic

I love chocolate, either in real life or in miniature. As if I hadn't had enough chocolate over Easter, here are some chocolatey miniatures!



I hope to start making some new dollhouse miniatures soon. Life has been getting in the way, what with my never-ending list of DIY chores and work and all that jazz. Somehow I've kept the stock level in my Etsy shop at a reasonable level by making lots of miniatures on the rare opportunities I had, but it's time for something new soon. Watch this space!

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Purple Miniature Quilt

Here is my latest 12th scale dollhouse miniature quilt. This one was also made 
using the English paper piecing technique and was very fiddly!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/littletimewasters?section_id=16981447&ref=shopsection_leftnav_5

I'm still obsessed with hexagons, as you can see.
 
https://www.etsy.com/shop/littletimewasters?section_id=16981447&ref=shopsection_leftnav_5
 
Each tiny hexagon side measures 1/4".
 
https://www.etsy.com/shop/littletimewasters?section_id=16981447&ref=shopsection_leftnav_5
 
I managed to make the binding on the edge quite fine,
which I was pleased with.

 

 
 





Monday, 6 April 2015

Summer is coming (I hope)

After Easter I start to think about Summer, which is daft really
since Easter was so early this year we're not halfway through Spring.
 
Never mind, I live to disappoint myself! But it can be Summer in the dollhouse world,
so here is a miniature salad to help us think of sunnier times.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/littletimewasters?section_id=12733656&ref=shopsection_leftnav_4
 
https://www.etsy.com/shop/littletimewasters?section_id=12733656&ref=shopsection_leftnav_4
 
I'm pretty pleased with my cucumber slices, if I do say so myself. The tomatoes aren't bad either, although this particular tomato cane took three attempts to get the colours right. There was a lot of unsalvageable polymer clay in the bin while I was making that! Thankfully I made enough of the good tomato cane to last me a couple of decades. I guess it just means by the time I need to make a new one I will have forgotten which clays I used in this and we'll be bake to feeding the bin Fimo.
 
Oh well!

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Etsy Coupon Last Chance

Just a small reminder that if you want to take advantage of my Etsy coupon, you'd better be quick. 
It expires on Easter Monday, so this weekend is your last chance!

It entitles you to 10% off your order for orders over $35.00 (exluding postage).
Just my way of showing my appreciation! 

The code you'll need to enter at the checkout is:



Friday, 3 April 2015

Wednesday, 1 April 2015