Wednesday, May 30, 2012
|A traveling salesman takes a nap in a boat after his wagon wheel breaks-click on picture for details-Undereneath the mermaids are rocking the boat|
|Click for details of wagon contents|
|Elves living underneath the mountain|
|Elves carting off contents from the wagon click on picture for details|
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
|1910 Family Reunion picture|
Monday, May 28, 2012
Apply glue to the inside of the eyeglass case. Line with drawer liner or other material. Push and fill into all corners. Let dry and trim off excess material. Cover all around raw edges with bunka or other trim
Trim off chess pieces or dowels to make legs . Apply with glue to bottom. Tea dye long strips of the cheese cloth. Put tea bags in hot water and soak the cheese cloth in for about 15 minutes. Wring out with your hands and let dry naturally. It will have blotches of color that way. Cut in strips about 1 inch wide. Wrap the plastic skeleton in the cheese cloth and glue the ends.
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|Right click to save to picture file-Halloween bag|
|Right click to save to picture file- Halloween bag|
|Right click to save to picture file. Labels for bottles|
|Right click to save to picture files-treat box|
|Save to picture file and reduce to mini size|
|Save to picture file and reduce to size|
Right click on any of the pictures above and save to picture files. Reduce if necessary for your own use in your own Halloween box. Have Fun!
Sunday, May 27, 2012
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Saturday, May 26, 2012
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I will blog on each side separately as not to make the days blog too long. The little house is one that was a kit about 15 years ago, one side is a porch and the other is the inside room of the house.
The Elvis is from a mold by Janna Joseph, made by me. The acorn wreath on the wall is real, tiny acorns, glued into a wreath. Cornstalks are real cornstalks cut to side and tied up with a string. Fence is a plastic fence that has been aged with thinned down black paint. The plastic skeleton was put in very hot water and then formed to sit down on the hay bale. The tree is wire covered with floral tape and painted shades of brown and beige, fall leaves glued on, and then covered with a sting, a necklace, of pumpkins. The ghost is a Kleenex with a Styrofoam ball tied with string around its neck.
The picnic table is covered with pumpkins being carved. They are Fimo formed over a large marble. Baked in oven, eyes and mouth carved out, use an exacto knife, then the lid, remove the marble. The best stems for the lid on the pumpkin are real tomato stems. So if you like tomatoes, remove the stem and it will dry like a pumpkin stem. For the guts inside that have been removed, use orange fur, found at a craft store, and toasted sesame seed for the pumpkin seeds. Mix all together with some Modge Podge and put on a newspaper with a small knife.
The apple filled metal wash pan has been coated with clear glue first, allowed to dry, and then resin added about half way, allow to dry . Add apples that you have made out of fimo clay. Mix up a small amount of resin and pour over the apples. Doing this in two parts allows the apples to stay or float on the top instead of dropping to the bottom.
The other children dolls are made my me, but the heads or masks are made from rubber picks found at a craft store to make mini dolls, or to put into cupcakes as picks. They have been cut in half and a small piece of elastic poked into a hole on either side to make into a mask.
Other trinkets and doo-dads were picked up at a cake decorating store, close to Halloween. Some leave out their items all year ,others do not.
The attic of this house that is covered over with a white hair net, to resemble a giant spider web, is a mouse house. It has mice and 1/144 furniture inside. A kitchen, bath, bedroom and living room, all with plastic premade furniture. I found black ants at a Magic store and cut the head and bottom to make the giant spiders on the web. They used to carry these ants at the dollar stores a few years ago, but I have not saw them recently.
This is side #1
I tried to get the name of the artist, since the dolls were unsigned, but all the owner would tell me is they were made by a man named Mark that lives in Canton, Ohio, and he prefers to stay in the background. He was a set designer, and clothing designer for a traveling acting troupe. He is retired now and prefers the arrangement of making what he wants and letting someone else sell them. He is so precise with his stitches, nothing is glued, all parts of the clothing are made as the real ones, underwear and all. They have tiny earrings, rings and necklaces. purses and suit cases, parasols. The detail is unbelievable. The mans jacket is lined, no raw edges anywhere. I would have liked to get them all!
He made a lot of Edwardian dolls and Kings and Queens, but that is not my era. A toy maker with a table of toys, a lot of Mother and Daughter together. There was one 1950's doll that almost looked like Lucy.
It is so refreshing to find something like this. It is an unbelievable miniature find and I shall
truly treasure these.
The Vault in Wooster Ohio has an online presence on the web.
Friday, May 25, 2012
|A very happy dog--- The deer is gone|
Thursday, May 24, 2012
I had an unexpected surprise today across the yard from my house. The dogs were playing with this new born fawn. It was still shakey on its legs, so it must be only a day or so old. I have a field across from my house that has a ditch that runs next to my drive. The mother must have thought this was a great place to hide her baby in the weeds, next to water. It was not much bigger than the Chiwawa that my daughter brought home.
I took a staycation this week. Its a vacation that you stay at home. Lots of yard work, painting, planting, and getting the porches ready for summer relaxing. I have to admit even though it is the country it is not quiet.. We have a donkey across the street that is very vocal when it sees you. He is talking all the time. The farmers all around are planting and plowing the fields. My neighbor planted mine with soy beans last week, and this week I awake to the sound of wild turkeys. Such curious creatures all over the fields picking up the beans out of the holes. My daughter has a Cockitiel that talks and sings all the time. Now that the windows are open the wild birds outside are mocking the bird inside. Who's teaching who?
The chickens are glad to see me everyday and be outside in the pen. I mix up special treats for them to pick at all day, and of course lets not forget the quacking duck who loves his own kiddie pool of water.
And last but not least, the dogs are happy to be outside during the day supervising whatever I am doing. Carting off my tools, gloves and weeds and sticks, making yet more work for me. What is life without play. At the end of the day, I brush off the dirt, and go play with my miniatures, dogs at my feet and the bird singing all my favorite tunes. I love when he talks to me. He wolf whistles and lets me know I am a pretty bird. And on that note I know life will be OK.
|Completed cakes from Walgreen's Face Serum lids- click on picture for detail|
|50th Anniversary cake|
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
|A face cream Wedding cake?|
A miniature Greenhouse in 1/12 scale -A tiny retreat to escape to where everything is blooming and growing and no weeds. Relax with a good book and a glass of ice tea. The fountain is spraying water on your face in the corner, and the birds and butterflys are happy you are there. In the corner is a mouse and frog just happy to be in your company. The gold fish never demand to be fed . No phones, deadlines to be met, or annoying people. Just you and Mother Nature.
This little greenhouse is about 12x8 inches. It is made from wood and clear plastic on the windows. We have a store named Marc's in Ohio that gets lots of deep discount items. I got this a few years ago and only bought 1. It was only 3.99 What was I thinking, I should have bought more. It has a lot of items in it but this one was very hard to photograph. I painted the floor to look likes rocks. I built all the potters tables out of wood coffee stir sticks. All the plants were made by me. The wicker lounge chair was from a friends estate. The little cherub in the corner peeing is a fountain. This came from Christmas displays about 10 years ago. I bought all they had at 75% and sold them all on E Bay. The roof is clear glass as well and from the peaks I hung small spiders hanging from clear thread, they look like they are suspended in mid air. Plants and greenhouses are my favorite to make. They are so nice to have out in the winter when there is no green or flowers.