Saturday, July 28, 2012

Miniature Ideas from Pin Interest


The web site PinInterest has always been an inspiration to me.  The following might be ideas you can use as well.  I thought this snowman idea was a great find.  Three different sizes of fish bowls stacked on top of each other to make a winter scene.  I think a ice rink on the bottom would be great.  A snowman building party on the middle and a table of hot coco and cookies on the top one.  Or maybe a Christmas tree in one, Santa Claus and fireplace in another , toys and packages in the top one.  There is a lot of ideas with this one.  It is just too cute!

These are little pie magnets made out of bottle caps.  Would look great on the refrigerator and the kids could make for gifts for the teachers.  If you have miniature items around you could make these from the left over beads, fimo, and paint.  Perhaps package in a pie box?

For those of you who liked  the Japanese item swap blog that I did a few days ago, the paper umbrellas would look great in this door wreath.  It is so colorful and would look great on a porch.  Looks like some tiny twinkle lights are on it.  The new battery operated LED lights would work great with something like this.

A great idea for a dollhouse for a child.  A simple bookshelf made into a doll house.  The roof and chimney are painted on to the wall.  I think this would be a great idea.  When the doll house is no longer wanted, turn back into a book shelf. 

I hope you can use these ideas somewhere in your busy life.  The rain has stopped and the sun is out again.  I have postponed my lawn mowing long enough.  This time I have pen and paper  to write down all those ideas that pop up.!

Congradulations to my Daughter!




Allow a Mother to share a momentous occasion in her life.  My daughter is graduating from college this month.  She is celebrating by flying to California for the first time this week with friends.  She had a degree in Cosmetology and after that  decided  she wanted more and proceeded  to get  a Business Communications degree.  It makes a Mother proud to see her children accomplish  more than I could ever have thought possible for myself.  Both of my children have far exceeded what I had ever thought possible.  I am so proud of each of them.   Despite roadblocks and obstacles hard work and persistence have paid off.   Frequent  prayer availithe much!
After blessing her on her way, I reminded her don't forget to be on the look out for miniatures!

Mini hair tie slipper Tutorial

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My inspiration for the day!   This expresses my sentiments to the T.  Thanks  everyone who has responded to my blog with your kind comments and suggestions.  It means more to me than you know.  I get a thrill to see everyday how many all over the world are looking at MY blog, and hope it inspires you  as well.  When I see the response in a certain area, it spurs my imagination on to create other things. 
A tool I could not do without. A large prescription RX bottle. Put in your glue and store it upside down and the glue is always ready to go. No time spent squeezing the bottle to get the glue to come down!

These Key tags are just the right size for pizza pans  They are 1 inch in the round. Found at a resale shop.  Could be used for cookie trays for baked goods as well.  Office supply stores would have these

Found this bath mat at Big Lots.  I did not see a bath Matt  at all.

What I saw was about a thousand little glass looking bowls on a tray and a bubble that will magnify on words or pictures.  Maybe a bubble over a picture and then a frame over top?  These would be perfect for a salad bowl 1/2 inch in size.
Dollar store large bag of children's hair ties in assorted colors  I think they look like fuzzy slippers.  So below is a mini tutorial on what I made
 

Each hair tie is about 3/4 inch in length.  After gluing onto cardboard they are 1/2 inch.  Glue pushing the sides so there is not gap in the center.
We have Frogs, using 3mm pompoms for the eyes and then using small black beads for the eye sockets and nose holes.
Pigs:  3mm pompoms in pink, for the nose, google eyes in 3 mm and quilling paper cut in and ear shape and glued on
Rabbits:  3mm pompoms for nose in light pink, 3mm google eyes and 3 mm white pompoms for the tails  white quilling paper with a little pink stripe for inside ear, glue onto slipper and then curl slightly.

Duckies:  3 mm Google eyes  and orange quilling paper, fold in half and make a beak.  Glue onto the mouth area

Salmon color slippers are enhanced with a gold diamond bead

Another use for the hair ties.  I work with paper all day long and get a lot of paper cuts on my fingers.  I am allergic to band aids, so these work really good to cover the cut until it heals.  Also I can color code with my outfit.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

NAME online Japanese item swap


My inspiration picture.  Click on all pictures for details  NAME online group has just finished up another swap called Japanese item.  This picture I have had for a long time.  It was the inspiration for my items for the swap.  We had to make 12 of everything.


I chose to do the kimono after reading an origami book.  Instead of paper I did my kimono in material using a different pattern on the back.  The wall hanging of a kimono is from a yardage of material I had gotten a long time ago.  I cut the shape out and glued on cardboard.  a paper punch made two holes and then I put gold cord for a hanger.  Modge podge in a matte was applied to add stiffness.
I used Fabric tack to hold in places and ironed as I folded.  A small straw is the hanger, I could not find my bamboo sticks, I got them just for this project too.


Details on the back fold

The little sandals are buttons that I painted with nail polish and then used a foamy sheet on the bottom.  A small nail decal covers up the holes for the button.  The plastic fan I trimmed in gold and then glittered nail polish.  The wall hanging is on cardboard and was from a piece of material that had all colors of kimonos on it.  The parasol is from a paper drink stirrer that I painted with glittered nail polish and trimmed in gold.  The polish makes the paper look like lacquered paper.


I purchased some lovely handkerchiefs that were hand painted with trees, birds, and flowers in Amish country from a store that has missionary's in all areas of the world.   I plan on doing a couple pictures with deep frames with the hankies as backdrops, a kimono and a picture from a postcard book I got of Geisha's.  I will intersperse items I get in the swap within the pictures.  

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Mischief in the Hen House

If you go back on my blog to March and read ahead you will learn of my  Baby chicks I purchased .  Always looking for new adventures I got 6 chicks that were guaranteed to be all Girls.!  It has been an adventure raising them, watching them grow and see what makes them tick, so to speak.  I researched all the books available, Internet searched and was not anticipating any eggs until late August or September.  It is  a pleasure to go out in the morning to let them out and see them start their day.  Sunday I went to the hen house and they were all in the corner looking down at something.  I wish I had a camera to take a picture of their faces!  Mouths open in surprise and clucking  like none I have heard before.  Even the duck was excited.  They did not want to go out, just kept looking at the corner.  Well, I had to go check it out.  If the chickens are brave enough to be there and aren't dead, I can at least look too!  There in the corner was a very small brown egg!  I found the culprit, she pecked at me when I reached to get the egg.  She was a little mixed brownie chicken, fluffiest feathers I ever saw.  I thought the others would get the hint and start laying.  So far none of the others  have, but my little brownie is giving me an egg every day, just about the same time in the afternoon.  

One of the chances you take when purchasing chickens is putting too much trust in the signs that say Pullets.  Some how a rooster got in my batch of pullets  (Hens) .  I ignored it hoping it was a fast developer, but the noise was a little too much at 4 AM in the morning.  Finally facing reality and  wanting to keep my neighbors on the friendly side, I explained the situation this morning to Mr. Rooster and  packed him up on the seat for a trip to Amish country. The girls in the pen didn't seem to care, they are very independent modern girls that can get a long with out a man, Thank you very much!  I drove to Amish Country, hoping a house would pop out and say I want that chicken.  I stopped at a fruit market and low and behold there were about a thousand chickens in the back.  Free range egg layers!  I asked if they would like a rooster, No I begged,  please bless me by taking this rooster off my hands!  She said she would be happy to take the rooster.  I must admit a few tears fell as I left him behind.  It was easier than having him for dinner!
I found this at a resale shop on my way back home.  I think it is a suet house but I think it looks like a chicken coop. It is about 12 inches high with a little landing and a fence.  With a little work I can turn it into a chicken house.  It already has chicken wire in the door.

Tomorrow morning a special omelet with the 5 brown eggs we have collected since Sunday.  Whole wheat spelt bread from Amish country and Fresh fruit from the garden. My  French Coffee Press is absolutely the best! 






Elmers Rubber Cement glue icing onCinnamon buns

Tutorial for cinnamon buns with Elmer's rubber cement glue icing that looks like real white confectioners sugar  icing.
You will need for the cinnamon buns white Pluffy Modeling clay or the Crayola brand that is comparable.
This clay can be molded and stay soft or bake in oven 275 degrees for 15 minutes.  Polyform (Sculpty) makes this clay.
I choose white, rolled out real thin on a piece of waxed paper and then thinly coated with brown chalk scraped over course sandpaper.  Use a paint brush and coat the entire flat piece.  Start on the end and roll very tightly like a roll of dough. Make it the circumference of the finished size of the roll you want.  This does not expand or grow in the oven.  Use a razor blade and cut the desired size and place in  a mini  pan you will be using, or individual rolls on a baking sheet.  Bake in oven for 15 minutes.  Using chalks in various golden and brown colors and a paint brush, lightly coat the rolls to give a baked golden brown look with browner edges.



Icing: On a piece of cardboard place a small amount of Elmer's No Wrinkle Rubber Cement glue, which will be clear and add slowly about a teaspoonful of the Cornstarch. Mix and add more cornstarch until you have a texture of spreading icing. Spread on rolls or use a monoject glue gun to place in thin strips. The glue drys like real confectioners sugar  icing with no shine.


The finished cinnamon buns.   Click on picture for details.  The top left has been spread on with a small knife.  The next one was a monojet glue gun applicator.   The bottom are buns in a pan without the icing.

This was an experiment that turned out to be a great look.  This could be spread on cakes or a Christmas log.  Perhaps color with a drop of paint.  It has a fondant look when dry.  It does not crack and stays smooth and soft.  I found the glue while waiting in the grocery aisle and remember it from my childhood days.  It says on the back it is a natural rubber latex.  I like the look and texture. It would be great for little cupcakes if dipped and little curls could be created on top.  It does have some work time, but it does start to set up quickly from the outside in.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Update on stone head planters

My inspiration for the day

I have found a website for the head planters that I blogged about the other day.http:/stonefacecreations.homestead.com.  It is a delightful site with stories of each of the heads.  You can also purchase them on their site.   If you still want to make your own another site Dellsmolds.com  gives some information about how you could do this.

Look up hypertufa, a light and durable and inexpensive mixture you can make and mold into a very porous stone mixture and mold over pots to create other pots.  Martha Stewart did this on her program using large bowls, covering with garbage bags.  After dry you can carve this very easily.  It is made of Portland cement, peat moss, and perlite.  I made a pot a long time ago of this and it is still around.  If you go onto Dells molds a suggestion is made to use a Halloween Mask for the face.    I also thought a Styrofoam head that beauticians use for wigs and hair setting could be used for the face.  Very inexpensive to buy and I see them at garage sales all the time.  My daughter has a plastic life like head she used in Cosmetology school.  I think that might work as well.

I have decided to pour my heads from the molds I have and make miniature versions.  It will  be easier to cut the top of the heads off while the slip is still wet for the planter portion.  I have the Gone with the Wind molds.  I think I will do a Gone with the Wind Garden. I also have The yellow brick road molds, that would look really good also.  As song came on the radio today called, Its raining Men.  What a hoot that would be to do a garden with just men's heads!    I am starting to pour today because it is cloudy and rainy.  I will keep you updated on my progress.
  I love when new inspiration comes into my path.  I do not feel guilty to abandon a project to start a new one.  I know it will wait patiently  until my new love gets old, and I once again lovingly resume the task of finishing up the abandoned one.

Yesterday as I was mowing the grass all kinds of new ideas popped into my head.  However by the time I was done (3 hours later) they had all left my head.  I guess I will have to take paper and pencil along on that chore and write them down.  I really do like to mow the grass.  It is like taking a mini vacation riding around and observing every little thing that has changed from the time before.  It is sort of a meditation time.  Thoughts come into my head and memories I had long forgotten as well as inspiration for new projects.  Perhaps it is the  drone of the mower engine or the blades twirling  that changes the energy patterns.  I do know that a full or new moon sharpens my  creative processes.  I am glad for that, sometimes I feel like there is nothing new in the world, other times I can fill a whole page of paper up with ideas.  I find if I write things down it is easier to recall the original idea.   I do this with wants and needs as well.  If I am looking for something I write it down and then forget about it.  Months go by and I look at my list and start crossing off the items that have materialized.

 This was the case of a French Coffee Press recently.
Martha Stewart always raves about them.  Expensive, but I put it on my list anyway.  A weekend ritual is a pot of coffee, and a special breakfast to start the day on the deck watching the birds and other animals.  On a  recent visit to a resale shop that benefits spade and neutering animals my French Coffee Press announced its presence before I walked into the door.  The word French Coffee came into my mind on the staircase.  I was alerted and when I walked into the door, Eureka, there it was.!  I love days like that!



Saturday, July 14, 2012

A few shopping finds for mini treasures

This tiny toy animal train is just 6 inches long. Each is on wheels and is 3/4 inch long.  A rope adjoins each car and appears to be a child's pull toy.  Click on picture to enlarge.  I think this would look good in front of a Christmas tree.  I found this in a box, no markings at a store that has been around forever.  A mom and pop type store.  Its a root thru box after box to find what you want.  The original owner used to do Egg design way back when.  She had a lot of minis from the 1950's and 1960's.  Not many of these type stores left any more.  The store is in a deteriorating neighborhood and so is the store.  Hope it stays a while longer.  The kids still have the attic to go thru yet.

These I found at Target and are magnetic paper clips.  They are soft and cushy.  Look real close and see if they don't look like miniature toilet seats!  I have molds for the toilets but not seats.  These are too cute.

Wine rack from throw away medical container

Front view of finished wine rack.  A well stocked wine cellar.  Glue a cluster of 3 grapes to the corners of each and cut out leaves from green paper for the grape leaves  Twist wire around a toothpick to get the vine curls.
Supplies needed for the wine rack.  A plastic container that insulin and antibiotics come in .  Get in touch with your favorite Nurse.  These are 4 1/2 x 2 1/4" in size.  They have 50 small holes in them.
Plastic wine bottles, beads in the shape of small grapes, rolled wood trim,(in forefront of black box, scraps of green paper for leaves, scraps of thin green or brown wire for the grapes and thin bead board, to cover the plastic box and desired color of paint.

Side view of wine rack   click on picture for details.  I glued bead board on each side and held with a vice until it dried..  I choose gold paint for mine and when dry I thinned down brown paint to a water consistency and dry wiped it over the gold to antique.  A thin stripe of brown in the groove to look like vines twisting gives it the finishing touch.  This is very colorful depending on the wine bottles you use. 

This is very quick and easy.  All it needs is a table with wine glasses and some cheese.  I already did that one on a previous blog using pizza lid holders the sole of my shoe and some styrofoam,  and dental floss. 

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Inspiration is Free

My inspiration today was found free on the website Pinterest.  I love the inspirational verses found on there.  I can quickly adapt this for my life . The pictures of the heads in the garden I think are just a hoot!  I could see myself doing this in my real garden, but more than that I will be doing this in a miniature garden.  No Weeding or upkeep, and it will last forever.!



If  a person was real handy in paper clay these would be easy to model  in that medium.    Allow to air dry and then paint with grey and turquoise paint. Make the plants out of miniature landscaping items. If you are handy in fimo, heads could be modeled  and then baked.

If you can pour in ceramic or porcelain make your own heads and add a bust onto it with air dry clay or Terra cotta.


I did something similar to this once on a statue outside.  Whip up buttermilk with some already growing moss and slather with a brush onto the cement statue.  The buttermilk acts as a growing medium for the moss.  It does work and should turn green within a week.  If slightly dry mist with a mister with water.  Keep the Dog away, especially if they love buttermilk.

My love of unusual things comes from my Mother's mother I am sure.  No one ever told her it can not be done. She loved plants and gardens.  She built her own goldfish pond by herself long before any one ever thought of it. The garden paths had little elf furniture and ceramic elves all over the place.  Her garden was full of unusual plants that did unusual things.  A gas plant that exploded when lighting a match around it, plants that smelled unusual, plants that grew eggs, plants that peanuts and tomatoes on the same plant.  She went to college to learn how to graft plants.  She had apples, pears, and peaches growing on the same tree.  Roses of different colors sharing the same bush.  Money plants that grew quarters and smaller change( I think she helped on that one).  Sensitive plants that closed when you touched them, and of course the flesh eating plants that loved to eat flies. We kept busy the whole visit trying to catch fresh flies.  Her inside was full of house plants from all around the world.  She had lemons and limes growing inside.  My Grandpa built a greenhouse for her connecting the garage to the house.  To me she was an extraordinary woman who lived and extraordinary life!


Saturday, July 7, 2012

AN EXTRORDINARY DAY IN AN ORDINARY LIFE

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OF FINISHED JULY 4TH ROOM BOX.  HAD TO MUCH STUFF FOR THE BASKETS I WANTED TO USE

I USED A PAPER MACHE HOUSE WITH SIDE OVERHANGS.  I FOUND THESE AT CHRISTMAS TIME 75% OFF AND BOUGHT QUITE A FEW.  I THOUGHT THEY LOOKED LIKE THE PICNIC SHELTERS AT THE PARKS.  I HAND PAINTED THE WOOD SIDING ON AND PAINTED THE FLOOR GREY AND COATED WITH A LITTLE BROWN TO ANTIQUE IT AND GIVE IT A WORN LOOK. THE INSIDE IS BRICK PAPER AND THE TOP BACK WALL IS SCRAPBOOK PAPER WITH FIREWORKS GOING OFF.

CLOSE UP OF THE TABLE INSIDE THE PICNIC SHELTER

ON THE OVERHANG I ADDED THE BUCKET OF WATERMELONS, THE CHARCOAL GRILL AND THE BAG OF CHARCOAL AND LIGHTER FLUID.  I USED THE ANTIQUED TIN MADE FROM EGG CARTON CARDBOARD THAT I BLOGGED ABOUT IN ANOTHER BLOG.  CAN'T TELL FROM THE PICTURE BUT IT HAS A LOT OF BROWN AND TURQUOISE IN IT.

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BUILDING HAS THE GARBAGE CAN I BLOGGED HOW TO EARLIER THIS MONTH A COOLER MADE FROM A FILM CONTAINER, AND THE BIRD HOUSE WITH FLOWERS I MADE FROM ROUND TABLE PROJECTS FROM CONVENTIONS

TODAY WAS AN EXTRAORDINARY DAY BECAUSE IT WAS READY TO TIP 100 DEGREES OUTSIDE.  I DO NOT NEED PERSUADED TO STAY IN ON A DAY LIKE TODAY.  JUST ME AND THE DOGS TRYING TO KEEP COOL.  SO I DUG RIGHT IN TO THIS PROJECT AND FINISHED IT.  AN ORDINARY DAY BUT I ACCOMPLISHED SOMETHING AND REALLY ENJOYED DOING IT.  EVERY MINUTE AND EVERY HOUR UNTIL THE WHOLE DAY WAS DONE.   I DO NOT FEEL GUILTY ABOUT NOT MOWING THE YARD, OR WEEDING OR NOT GOING SHOPPING.  I DO NOT FEEL QUILTY ABOUT THE LAUNDRY THAT NEEDS DONE, THE DIRTY DISHES AND THE DOGS LITTLE TOYS ALL OVER THE FLOOR.  THIS MORNING THE CHILD IN ME SAID LETS PLAY TODAY, AND THE ADULT IN ME SAID GO AHEAD!!  TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Firecracker packages for the 4th of July

Fire cracker packages for the 4th of July.  click on picture to enlarge for details

Right click on this picture and select print.  It will come up and print 1/12 scale   Select a card stock to print it on, cut on lines to create a box.  Use a razor blade to fold lines over and apply glue at the seams.  If you want real fireworks, use beads and  carpet thread or dental floss for smoke bombs, wire for sparklers, wrap colored paper around tooth picks for firecrackers.
There are a lot of free mini printable sites with fireworks and  fire crackers.  Just google fireworks, miniature free printables.  

This is a Cracker Jack box that has been collapsed.  I found it on Web searches.  It can be saved into your picture file and adjusted to size.  If you have Windows picture programs select print and go down to 35 per page .  Should be just about right. 
Happy Birthday America!
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A paper umbrella for drinks found at The Party Store
Swimming pool done with star bottom, beach ball from small bouncing balls at party store
Nutmeg pods painted green in a small metal pan with clear plastic doll filler crystals for ice.

 A eureka moment when making the drink glasses. The bendable area on the large straw has ridges. Stretched out the bend has texture on them. What neat looking glasses. I can get 2 glasses out of each bend with the nicest ridges on each one. I glued the glasses onto white paper so you can see them better. I will cut out the bottoms of each when dry with small manicure scissors.

  The charcoal bag was cut from a newspaper add  and glued onto stiffer paper and made into a bag. The jar in the center of the table has clear plastic crystals inside and resin with a little yellow glass stain added. The lid is a scrapbook brad with the bottom cut off. 

The cooler decorated with plaid scrapbook paper is from a container that used to hold film for a camera. Kind of hard to come by now, a Diabetes test strip container could be used instead.  Also a small bottle from a RX.  Everything was plaid in the 1950's.

The small florescent pink rings in the center of the table are from the paper umbrella to keep it shut.  I thought they could be the light stick necklace and rings that are so popular right now with the kids.  Back ground are printie paper plates.

Close up of the straw used for drinking cups, charcoal bag and cooler

My next door neighbor, cousin and friend Adrianne, and I started on the July 4th room boxes this week.  She turns 14 this week.  So full of ideas and such an inspiration.  She wanted to know if they would be done by the 4th.  Maybe by the 4th of 2013! 

The dogs and I are keeping cool indoors and I am working off and on with the project.  Even though is is daylight I hear fireworks and explosives going off.  It keeps the dogs busy with their barking skills because of it.   As I am working I have reflected on July 4th of yesterdays. I am proud to be an American.  I am proud of my ancestors who made that Freedom possible.  I have had relatives in the Civil War, WW1, WW2, Korean War, Vietnam.
We were so fortunate they all came back safe and sound.  They all went willingly for our Freedom and those around the world . 
  
To the many that have fought, and some have sacrificed their lives, I Thank You!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

July 4th miniature finds





Looking thru my stash and visiting stores I have found a few treasures to use in my July 4th room box.  The first is brads in red, white and blue  stars.  So tiny, they could be used as nails or some other decorative item in the box.  Michaels scrapbook aisle had these.

Next is Wilton cake decorating Uncle Sam Bobbling Toppers.  This cute little guy is 2 inches high and his head bobbles.  I thought it would be cute on a door step with a tiny flag in his hand.  I got this at a cake decorating store, 6 in a pack for 2.99.  The owner said she thought they were discontinued.  If you do not have a store near, check online.  They are really cute!

The stars are made by the red white and silver, very small by 4th of July crafts, found at Hobby Lobby in the July section  They are self stick for  scrapbooking.
Close up of the Wilton Bobble Head Uncle Sams Click on all pictures for details and to enlarge.  He looks dashing against the fireworks going off on that scrapbook paper.

More scrapbook finds that can be used.  The round bottle cap images could be used on coolers, cakes, cookie tins.  The long glitter strips are really splashy and would make a statement on anything.  The long swags and flags are stickers in a continual strip 12 inches long and would look good on a porch rail or from the ceiling of the porch.

I plan on using the bunting on JoanneSwanson's blogspot.  She has a project posted right now Americana Cart.  The buntings could be printed out on material or on heavy cardstock and look just like the ones you see on peoples porches.www.joanneswanson.blogspot.

I also love the other things she has posted there too.  I might borrow a few ideas from her for my room box.  She has been such an inspiration over the years.  I  took out all her articles from the many magazines over the years and threw the rest of the book away.  She has done so much for the miniature world.  She and I think the same way. I prefer making my miniatures from other wise worthless things.  It is a satisfying experience to say I made it mself.  Thank you Joanne for saying  it is possible and quite acceptible.