Monday, January 27, 2014

SNOW DAY FUN.



This past weekend I had snow days.  In Ohio we got 7 inches of continuous snow, in addition to sub zero tempertures.  Often I have dreamed of being snowed in and the wonderful things I would do with that time.  This was such a week end.  I started out with  a 5 volume DVD-15 episodes of a 1970's BBC series called The Duchess of Duke Street starring Gemma Jones and Christopher Cazenove.  You might find it at you local library or thru an inter library loan.  This is 15 hours worth.  I enjoyed every minute of it, not in one setting, but I fit it in over the course of the weekend.  The era  is Victorian England and a young girl who sets out in service with the aim to be the Best cook in England. 
She is plucky and over the course of years ends up just where she wants to be.  This might be based on historical accounts because she is involved with Royalty and the future King of England. 
 
They went to the outside food  market everyday, and  a bell went off in my head.  Remember all those NAME Day  market cart kits you got for a rainy day?  This involved moving and pushing things around to find the carts and the supplies to do them, which will now be another day to clean it all back up. Who takes time to clean when there is fun to be had!
 
I set up shop in the warmest place in the house  and over the course of the weekend, made 3 wood carts for a Victorian Market from laser cut kits.  One is cherry wood, one is black walnut, and the other is Maple wood.  These are laser cut and the detail is so super fine and intricate. Each kit was put together in a short time, all the pieces and parts fit perfectly and I was thrilled with the completed projects.   The glue that was used was Instant Grip by Bond.  I get it at shows but recently noticed that Hobby Builders Supply in Georgia carries it on line and in their catalog.  It is a thick tacky glue like Eileens, but it grips instantly and you don't have to hold it.  This is great on paper when making flowers.

The website on the brochure said please visit us at lasercreationsminiatures.com
However when I tried that website is not up yet.  dbjminiatures.com of South Bend and Jack Kosinski is the person who makes these wonderful carts and other creations.  I met them at a wholesale show in the Summer and they were cutters for the NAME Day yearly project.  This year was the carts as shown above.  I had totally forgot about these carts and this movie series made me remember them, now they are finished and ready for the real work of stocking them with wonderful flowers, fruits and vegetables, and it looks like beer and wine.  That one I plan on planting a grape plant in a pot and have the vine drape all over the top trellis and have grapes hanging down.  I have to imagine and plan what type of vendor doll to make for each one.
 








Notice the detail of the baskets.  Each ring is very thin and alternating rings produces the basket weave pattern.  You can not see it in the picture but the top of the handle has a tiny cut out  pattern on it.

After completing the projects and movies I still needed busy work, so I went on the internet and googled miniature food tutorials on u tube.  Wow, hundreds of items came up and I spent a great deal of time learning how to make all kinds of foods in Fimo.  I feel schooled and ready to tackle some more projects.  Sugar Charm Shop has some really great step by step  clips for some good looking canes, cakes and cookies.  You just scroll the pictures and click on the one you want to play.  If you like one and would like to see it again, right click on your mouse and save it to your favorites and it will stay there until you are ready for it.

 


Sunday, January 12, 2014

FIRST MINI FINDS FOR 2014

The area where I live we have Deals which is a store owned by the Dollar Tree.  In the children's section they had these neat game boards.  Four to a pack with tiny checkers that will become something in my miniature making.  I have saw these in larger sizes but this I can see as a sign board with pop or wine bottles.  In the center see what they look like on the side.  Not tipsy - 2 inches high and  1-3/4" wide with 9 holes.  This would work in a kitchen as well.

Meinards, a building supply store had these wood slices, about 50 to a jar for $2.99.  Thin wood slices from 1/2" up to an inch. These would be easy to make myself from a branch, but these are so even and dried out and won't crack.  They will be Fairy garden stepping stones or walls in a rustic cabin setting. They could be used as plates, or bases for tiny Christmas trees.     Also available in  the same size containers are tiny pebbles in every color of the rainbow that could be used for garden paths.

The first month of the year is  clean out of drawers time.  All the kids are gone now so its time to get rid of things.  I found this amazing pair of foot socks that were pulled back out of the donation bag.  By cutting each color out on the line there will be an assortment of rainbow scarfs for dressing winter dolls.  Cut the fingers off the gloves and you have little hats for the heads.  If the black glove is cut down a little further the hat will be black and the bottom portion will have another color on it.
 
These are coasters for glasses.  Looks to be handmade from wood and black walnut wood.  The other side has a ridge.  Would these not be beautiful tables for a mini tea shop?
 

Blocks called hexblocks.  Right now these  seem to be all over the place at resale shops.  Plastic, small like a stepping stone.  The centers are hard to see but they have rings going all around.  Look like tree rings. Cut the loops off and glue down for a garden path for flooring.
 
Fairy gardens seem to still be popular this year.  At Christmas time I took a trip to Olegabey Park Christmas tree Lighting  and they had a large greenhouse(the size of a large doll house)
filled with fresh plants and furniture and fairies.  The best  and most breathtaking sight was the tiny led lights they put all over the plants and mini trees.  I never thought about changing the scenery in my Fairy Garden to reflect the Holiday.  The display of mini furniture and accessories were so interesting.  Miniatures have found their way into the hearts of all ages once again.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Printable Miniatures

I thought this was just beautiful.  This would be a good idea for a cat in  miniatures.  It would be a scene stealer.

And while we are on the butterfly's subject this would be a great printie to put on velum paper so the butterflies would still be in color but transparent.  Right click on picture and  save to your picture file.  Cut each out for attaching to  garden flowers or pin to a board for a picture.

 
 Right click on the candy bars and save to picture file.  Print a tad bit smaller for 1/12 scale  Perfect candy for Halloween and some of my favorites.  Go to my  blogs in  October 2013 for a web site location that has hundreds of candy bar wrappers available.


Love these cans, some are very old looking  Right click on picture and save to picture file.  Print out in color and resize if necessary.  Cut out dowel pins for the cans and glue labels on to them.  Would be great in a garage or basement work shop
 
Vintage pattern envelopes  Right click onto picture and save in picture file. Glue onto a tiny folded paper to look like pattern envelope
 
I hope you like these mini printables and can use them somewhere.  We are under a winter storm watch today, I don't mind a bit.  It gives me an excuse to relax and get caught up around the house and work on some mini projects.
 
January seems to always be an organization month to me.  I go through files and make sure they are in order, pilfer in my miniatures and put them in order.  No telling what I will find to share with you all.