Saturday, December 16, 2017

Christmas ornaments, Dollar Tree mini Mason Jars, Seeing the Possibilities in throw away items

Christmas Cookie Ornament up close.

Made Three more cookie ornaments from left over cookies from last weeks tutorial.

These are being given as gifts.  

Small picture frames for miniatures used as the back drop, added a piece of Christmas paper on the back and glued a ribbon loop in between the paper for a hanger
This was a gingerbread house that I did a Tutorial on earlier in December.  I made 5 more and found these small plastic mason jar ornaments at Dollar Tree.  A heavy cardboard base was cut out to insure the fit.  The houses were glued and allowed to dry on the rounds before inserting them into the jar.  After inserting the house, holding it upside down , tacky glue was applied around the lip on the opening and then drop the round with the house on top of that.  The hanger on the top needs taken off so you can put a long piece of flexible wire in from the top to tap all along the sides to seal down the cardboard.  When dry the top can be put back on and the lid screwed on.  A little pine was added with Holly and berry's at the top and pine pipe cleaner around the lid area.  I made 5 of these for gifts and found a tall gift box at Dollar tree of a Gingerbread cottage to put them in.  They had a whole village of gift boxes in old style buildings.  Sold out within 2 days.

See the  Possibilities in the trash.  I am real excited about this one.  As I was waiting for pictures to download I happened to look into the trash can and see a large hand held calculator that  had been  purchased at Dollar Tree.  It has large keys for visual, but I got it for the large keys, those small ones don't cut it with my fingers.  It had fallen on the floor one day and I forgot to pick it up.  My office chair accidentally rolled over top of it and broke the back.  Disgusted with myself and not the chair, the calculator was thrown in the trash.  Rediscovering it and with plenty of time while waiting for the pictures to download, I retrieved my mini screwdriver and tore this thing apart.   Inside was  found about 14 mini baking pans with sections in them, or small mini windows for my fairy cottages with paper clay.  The cellophane circuit board is really neat and the top component has a few mini bulbs and wires on it.  Of course the button battery inside fits my watch.  The top cover I see a screen door and several window frames.  The best part is the rubber sheet of circle dots.
I found a cork which has a shape like a carry out coffee cup.  The little button cut out fits right on top and looks like a lid of coffee.  Same indentation on the outside and the inside.  A slot and flap could be made and cut out of the excess plastic on the rest of the pad.


Side view on a cork. Its cut  out a little crooked, could not find my micro  cutters.    Print out some labels and make card stock cups, latte to go!  All these items for only a $1.00.  Also in the tear apart there were about 15 tiny screws that can be used in mini doors and furniture.  
Stopping at McDonald's for the Seasonal soup they have new carriers this year.  I cut out the interesting shapes. from the bottom.  Plus the sides on each cup have textured  areas that are large enough to get several stones for a walk way out of.  Several years ago I did a work shop making floors out of textured cardboard cartons and egg trays.  Cut out the shapes you want, drop in water with paint added and them drop the cardboard in.  The paint soaks in very well.  Take out of the water and put between paper towels to  get rid of excess water and immediately apply glue to the area to be covered and glue the wet tile down.  Apply a book with paper underneath to weight it down.  Let dry overnight and take off the book .  When completely dry apply a waterproof varnish over top, let dry and then if  you left cracks between the tiles, grouting can be added with a sponge and wiped off.  We used Spackle between the cracks.  It has been 5 years or more and the tiles are still just like they looked when made.  Several pans of different color water were used to give the look of natural stone tiles.
The center  of this carton is a stone looking pedestal and would great in a garden with a stature on top of it. 

This wood truck  found this at a craft store.  It is not miniature but  3 of them were made for gifts.   I am going to put them on a Burlap frame for the door.  It was unfinished wood, and a lot of time went into painting each one.  A Welcome sign will be added to the top along with a  rustic tie of cord.

I also made an ugly Sweatshirt this week for my Daughter.  It was the Leg lamp from the Christmas Story.  Leg was made out of paper clay.  Did not get a picture, but Dollar tree supplied the tinsel, the lighted leds for the lamp and 2 necklaces that light up to look like old fashioned Christmas lights.  They continue to get in some of the neatest things to Craft with.  I went back to get more Mason jars and 3 Dollar Tree in our area were out of those.

My Grandson and Grand pup are coming this week and we will be making a few mini crafts that  will be  shared with you.  If  time  runs out  for the rest of the tutorials  that were  promised, we  will just pick up after Christmas and finish them off.

Have a great week!  Cold and Snowy here so don't feel guilty at all about not being outside.

Friday, December 8, 2017

No bake cookie baking tutorial and ornaments

Ornament made from 3" Christmas picture frame.  A small table of thick cardboard was made to stick out from the bottom of the frame.  The Heart of the Home is from scrapbook items from my stash.  Glued to the top of the table is a bowl of chocolate chip cookie dough from paper clay and colored with paint, dotted chocolate chips on with paint.  A turned tooth pick painted red on the end is inserted before the clay dries.  A gingerbread button cookie, wooden spoon, rubber blade, rolling pin 3 candy canes and tree cookie cutter are glued on the top of the table.  Underneath the table an apron was glued on with 2 pot holders and towel.  This gives the table extra support.  The gingerbread men are from the apron material, reinforced on the back with Mod Podge and cut out, glue onto material folded into a towel shape.  Fray the ends.  The back of the apron has a card stock sticker to reinforce the material front and make it rigid.  It has a saying on it about the kitchen.  Forgot to take a picture of the back.  Silk ribbon was attached and tied on the back into a pretty bow for apron strings.  I believe the back should be as pretty as the front.  I was taught that at a young age when learning to sew.  The seams are just as important and the rest of the item.  I look at the construction of a handmade item or garment, just a habit.

Another 3 inch picture frame to go with the one above.  This one was made into a cookie tray with all the cookies I made this year and some from other years.  Both of these are ornaments with red sheer silk ribbon in the molded ribbon on the top.  These ornaments were just plain gold and to change the look were dry brushed green and wiped off so that the green went into the veins.  On the back I covered the frame hole with a hard card stock with embossed designs on it.  Then bronze alcohol inks were applied on the back and the molded ribbon.  I do have a red truck cookie in there but I will cover that in another tutorial.
Now on with the no bake cookies:
I made these from paper clay and cut them out with Kemper cutters found in the clay area of any craft store.  For the round ones you could use erasers cut in thin slices, or take eraser out of a pencil and use the round metal to cut the cookies out or shape the metal into a star form.  You could also use paper punch outs in different shapes out of foamie sheets or  card stock.

From the circles I made:
Chocolate Chip -paint tiny chips on cookies and dust with baked looking chalks

Peanut butter cookies-while still wet cross hatch the clay with a tiny fork to resemble peanut butter cookies.  Use a golden brown chalk dusted on top for  the right look.

Snow men-The color of the clay is white.  I used puffy paint for the icing and applied tiny black beads for the eyes and puffy paint for the nose.

Reindeer-the ears are tiny shells glued on to the top.  In between the ears are antlers made from the gold centers  flower picks of poinsettia tutorial of 12/07/2017.  Glue on top between ears.  Grape stems dried out have interesting antler type texture.  Paint brown and when dry apply beige muff.  The eyes are tiny white beads with a toothpick dot of black paint to the center.  Top it off with a tiny red bead for a nose.  Grape stems dried out make unusual plant bases and don't break apart.

The stars: I used white puffy paint on the ones next to the snowmen and topped while still wet with no hole gold beads.

Poinsettias on top right corner-Red paint and tooth pick striped yellow  from center out while red paint was still wet.  Gold no hole bead glued to center

These tiny wood animals are from a bag of assorted size animals found in scrapbook area at Joanne 'Fabrics.  There are about 4 sizes, the smallest size is by the toothpick.  These would make great cookies painted in detail and icing with Mod Podge.   Joanne's Fabrics  also carry a package of assorted people in unfinished wood.  The tinest could be used on a rest room door in miniature.  Markers or paint could be used.  I prefer the 3-D puffy paint because it has height to it and also a small applicator makes it easy to do small areas and looks just like Royal Icing when dry.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Poinsettia remake, salvaged remake of Metal plant tree

Poinsettia tree makeover-measures out with the flowers at 7-1/2 inches tall.  This would look good in a shop or an old Victorian house with higher ceilings.   There are 14 pots of flowers that had to be made to fill it.  Unfortunately the picture doesn't give the good detail and glitzy sparkle of the flowers.   Mini Holly leaves were used  around the front of each table made from cardboard.  The 9 mini snowmen are from Michael's, maybe last year.  These are so tiny and so cute.  Glitter sparkle snow on each one. 

Detail of the bottom with Dept. 56 Icicles found at thrift store.

 The white metal Christmas tree flower pot holder was  found a few years back on sale.I know why it was on sale.  Each metal loop was uneven and not the same size. My pots would not fit, and the smaller ones fell through. A heavy cardboard a circle was cut to  fit on top of the metal loops and secured with glue.  When dry it was painted with gesso- two coats and then white paint, sanding in between each coat.  Now the pots can be glued on and I found the Holly and the icicles in my stash.  It adds a little Christmas touch.  The garland Happy Holidays came from the scrapbook area, Jolene's brand.
This poinsettia tree was inspired by a real one seen a few years ago at Ogelbay light Festival in West Virgina.  It was a site to see. Front and back was covered with colorful flowers each row a different color.

Sturdy cardboard tables covered with 2 coats of Gesso and then sanded, painted white for final coats.  Glued right on top of round metal circles.

The supplies needed to remake poinsettias in 1/12" scale.  You will need a paintbrush, wire snips, small sharp scissors, tweezers, Matt Mod Podge, and the red poinsettias above are small mini picks found at the craft store.  They are about the size of a quarter.  Tooth paste caps for the pots, tacky glue and  coffee grounds for the dirt inside the pots. The tooth paste caps were painted  terra cotta, and then afterward found some candy foil in red, silver and gold and wrapped the pots just like they do in the store.  The little gold center I saved for reindeer antlers in my cookie baking tutorial. The wire from the flower pick can be saved for a future flower making adventure.
Tear apart the flowers.  These are silk.  Paint a thin coat of Mod Podge on the red flowers and leaves both front and back sides and let dry.  This gives them a very transparent  real look to them and also makes the silk not ravel when cut..  Now cut all the petals and leaves apart from the rest.  The leaves and petals are a little big so trim about 1/8" off the petals and cut each leaf in half cross wise.  This will make 2 nice size leaves out of every one.  Notice the shape the leaves are and cut down and shape into new smaller leaves. 

Next to the tooth paste caps are  the pips I found for the flower base.  They are bumpie,yellow and light green and attached to a wire already.  Any pips(flower centers ) will do as long as they are shaped like this.

Using tacky glue and tweezers start going around the pip with 5 petals.  The next row will be 5-7 petals glued in between the gaps created from the first row.  I used between 3-4 leaves of green for the next row evenly spaced.  Let dry.  After completing I put a little glue in the inside on the pip and used green and gold no hole beads to enhance the inside.  Paint the pots, or use ready made pots.   I resorted to toothpaste caps because all the craft stores in the area don't carry them until spring.   Put glue to the top of pot, cover with coffee grounds for the dirt, overfill and pat down, shorten the stems of the flower or flowers and insert into the dirt.  Allow to dry and shake off excess coffee and no hole beads.  I applied a bit of glue around the top of the pot and sized the candy foil so that the corners of the front and back extended over the pot.  I then wrapped the foil so that it covered each pot and left  4 corners evenly spaced on the pot.  It will look just like the ones in the store.  Candy foil papers have a color on one side and and silver on the other.  A pack of these goes a long way and can be used for a variety of things,  wrapping tiny gifts for one.

The pink poinsettias are made out of one large poinsettia in pink and white.  I found it on the floor of the craft store and they gave it to me.  It had leafs attached as well.  Mode Podge it all over and cut out small leaves and flower petals and repeat the process of the red ones.  Could not find any more toothpaste caps so will have to make the rest out of paper clay or Fimo.  Not even the Fairy Garden area had pots.
This well made sturdy wood stove and cupboard that opens up was found at a thrift store.  It is maybe Barbie size.  I decided it would hold items I'm making up higher for me to work on  and I can store them in the cupboard until finishing the project.  It would also make a table to photograph things on.  Not real big  and wish there were a few more .  This might be Melissa and Doug.  It is very well made.

Well there are a few more Christmas How-To's on the drawing table.  Cookie baking without baking them in the oven, ornaments using small miniatures, Jello desserts, and if you are a Red Truck fan, I have some real treats for you in that area.  

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Christmas Mini Dessert Table tutorial, Finished Log cabin, New Book for Miniature Pets

A Miniature Dessert table ready for the Christmas Holidays  1/12" scale
These are the supplies needed for the faux cookie star tree.  Assorted size stars in wood available from the local craft shop.  Thin foam sheets that can be cut with scissors or cork , these shown are for under neath ceramic dishes to keep from slipping.   Got them at Dollar Tree. Sprinkle glaze that looks like sugar, Scribbles 3-D paint and a tiny metal star bead for the top of the tree.
This project is very easy. The object is to make every layer a little smaller than the one underneath.  You will alternate each layer between the points on the star underneath so the points are alternating.  When you run out of wood or cardboard stars you will take the last star size you have and draw on cork or foam sheet.  Cut it out just a bit smaller than it really is and continue on until you are real small at the top.  Cut each layer a little smaller than the one before. Mine shown has 12 layers total.  Use glue to attach each layer and allow to dry overnight. 
When completely dry use a beige paint and color all the stars, let dry.  I used a color called Buttermilk.  With a damp brush with water start brushing a golden baked color of chalk over the entire tree.  When that is covered with a damp brush use a brown baked brown for on the ends.  They should look like a baked sugar cookie.  Glue on the tiny star or bead now.  It will help when you are putting on the puffy paint and glitter. Brushing with a damp brush in the chalk will keep the dust down and you won't breath it in.  If you have respiratory issues use a mask.  I have a cold and didn't use a mask and Really should have.  A lot of coughing followed.
Using the tip applicator  or a brush or tooth pick apply the puffy paint onto each branch end.  I did mine in tiny sections and let dry because of the size my fingers kept messing up the paint on the other side.  As soon as you put the paint on in a section sprinkle with sugar sparkle glitter.  Don't worry how much, you will shake the excess off in a tray and reuse again.  Let dry and do another section until done.  Remember to shake off excess glitter before starting a new section.  Find a plate or tray and glue tree onto it.  This was so easy and so pretty when finished.
The 3 desserts on the front of this table were from a class I took at a NAME convention.  It was taught by Carl Bronsdon.
They are all Fimo and very delicate on very fragile glass plates.

This tree is another easy project and looks very festive on the Holiday table.  It is 1" high total with the base.  Sisal tree found in a pack with about 6 others.  The red balls are tiny beads, bead star and the gingerbread men are paper punched.  They are about 1/4" total.  I punched them out of brown textured paper and then with a tooth pick put eyes and buttons on each and white paint was rolled on the out side with tooth pick as well.  I believe this punch is a Fiskers multi set and  will let you know for sure as well take a picture of them when  making  the cookies tutorial.  Joanne  Fabrics carried them.  These are really cute and would make a cute and fast gift for a mini friend.

The cake in the half size bottle cap(found in the scrapbook area) is an eraser found at Dollar Tree.  They have packs of about 8 and there are snowmen, trees, other Christmas features.  3D paint can be iced on the colors already there or Modge Podge can be dabbled on top for icing like texture.  The tree in the back is a flat but yet 3D tree.  Cut a triangle from cardboard in the shape of a tree.  Apply glue to both sides and wrap green, red, gold, or silver tinsel pipe cleaners around to resemble and aluminum tree.  Wrap and glue small bead strings all around to the top.  Add a star or other jewel find on the top.  I used hot glue on the center bottom and ran a piece of stiff wire into the bottom of the tree.  Find a small log section or block of wood and drill a small hole in the middle and insert  and glue the wire into it.  Makes a great table tree or floor by the door, or top of steps.  Easy and fast and very inexpensive
Another Trash to Treasure Log Cabin.  This one was in the free bin.  It was very dry looking and a roof was added and  re nailed  the logs here and there.
The front is about 12" and the back about 8" across and about 12" high.  This is an estimate because its upstairs and I'm not.

The back of the cabin shingles were added to the roof  and   paper clay was used  to fill the large cracks between logs.  Inside a piece of Styrofoam was glued into place to make sure the paper clay was flat and would stay in place.  A texture brush was used to make the paper clay look rustic.  The final touch after the shingles were put on was a brown paint on the shingles, each log was painted and then Matt  Modge Podge was applied to seal and now it looks like new.

This book was found  on a road trip to another state with my daughter.  Sometimes a chain craft shop in another area has way different items than the one close to home.  It was very exciting to find this book. 
It is published by Design Originals No. 5431 and the author is Takashi Morito   This is the website all in Japanese but you can right click and translate it.  The pictures in the header are animals that are made and they are too cute.   The book is all in English with detailed pictures and instructions for each animal.   I was really impressed with the selection of pipe cleaners available now.  Have not been to that area of the store  in a long time.  Soft long furry pipe cleaners large size.  They had variety packs of all colors and all thicknesses in each.  I got a bunch in case they forget to order more  and  plan on creating some of these  cuties at the New Year.  All my Grand pups are represented in there and my Grandson would probably enjoy creating these as well.  There are even some with little sweaters on.   The chain store is Pat Catans, Michael's bought them out, so Michael's might have this book as well.  Pat Catans is still in Ohio, Pennsylvania.
The new pipe cleaners could be used for very convincing fur on dolls clothing.   They are long a fluffy, black, white, beige, gray and other colors.  They just aren't short and stubby anymore.

There are  sooo many projects on my work table at the moment.  I work in stages on each one until finished, but  have been photographing each step so they can be published as mini tutorials. A much needed organizing and cleaning in my work room is going on right now  and in the process finding things to make How-to;s out of.  Out of site-out of mind.  

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Faux Gingerbread Cottage-No bake,

Gingerbread House 1/12" scale using Dollar Tree nail charms and paper clay, puffy paint and plastic canvas, and miscellaneous miniatures.  Oh don't forget the glitter!

Side view of the cookie roof made out of paper clay and colored with chalk

Other side view of house

Back view with tree and tiny snowman charm

Detail of nail charms used on the roof peak.  Fruit slices, lemon, oranges, and limes, and other candy charms from Fimo clay found at Dollar Tree.
 Last year I made a Gingerbread  Cottage  out of real Gingerbread and Icing and Candy.  It was a lot of fun  with Family and Friends making one as well, and when Christmas was over thrown out to the birds.  With the time and investment in it I decided to make a mini one this year.  No investment but it did take some time but it can keep it and enjoy for many years to come.
To make this tiny house, print out  the free pattern from   She provides the pattern every year for a contest.   Print it off and cut it out.    Look at other years winners for inspiration. The house is made of card stock or you can draw it on cereal box to make it more sturdy.  The size of this house is  1-1/2/" high-1" wide and 1-l/2" long. Real tiny!
After assembly it was painted gingerbread brown and the base white.  I cut the size down on the base because I wanted to put it on a mini table.

Items used  to complete the house
Here are the items needed to complete this house.  Being a miniaturist  all the items were  on hand from other projects.  The only thing  not shown is  the paper clay  cut in small circles using a Kemper cutter. These were  glued on in shingle style when they were slightly wet.  If you don't want to go paper clay you could use paper punches out of manila file folders.  After dry I used dry chalk  on a damp paint brush and covered the shingles to look like fresh baked sugar cookies.  When cutting  the paper clay a texture tool was used to put tiny dots on them and they look like crackers after the golden chalk was added.
For the top of the roof  puffy paint was applied  down the center and added nail charms in fruits and oranges and the other colors purchased at Dollar Tree.  The puffy paint can be added to the sides and pulled out with a tooth pick.  Before it drys sprinkle with the white sugar type glitter and let dry.  Trying to do  this before it is  dry will provide a lot of frustration and re dos.  This house is so small, your fingers will get in the way.
The windows and doors are small  plastic canvas and cut to look like window panes and doors.  You can add a solid paper behind or just paint.  I chose green and painted the windows white, you can get another color. These are very inexpensive.  The fence is a larger plastic canvas cut to look like fence with posts on top.  Cut to the size of the bottom platform and glue onto the cardboard with the puffy glue, while still wet apply sugar glitter.  When dry shake and the excess will come off.

Glue on the doors and windows and  then start adding the nail charms from Dollar Tree that come in the little bottles.  I found hearts and a little flower that was  used all over the house. No hole beads in the center in red to each design were added to add color. For the bottom of the house  colorful beads at the base were added.  Snow was added to the rafters and using a tooth pick I pulled some down for ice drips.  The large candy canes were used for the corners of the house.  I used 3 sections, one on each side of the corner  and then one in between on the corner.So each corner will have 3 pieces to it.
The small candy canes were  flattened out and glued onto the fence to add extra color before  starting with the snow and glitter.

Glue the house onto the cardboard, add any extra trinkets and the trees.  The pattern has 3 trees, I made the smallest one out of index card, used white puffy paint all over and then sprinkled with no hole multi colored beads. Do this while it sits on  top of a pointed glue cap and let dry.

Well that's the first Christmas project made this year.  If you use a little imagination you can smell the Gingerbread baking.  I used a gingerbread candle and that was enough realism for me.  No kitchen to clean up just glitter and a few craft items to put away.   I hope you give it a try.  I have already been looking in Christmas magazines from the library and see a Village that could be made in this tiny size.  It was lots of fun and put together with what I had around the house.  Also Pinterest has a lot of patterns for houses you can use.  If you do a Search of miniature Printies  everyone that saved a printie will come up.  You can choose to save to your own notebook for future reference.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Gnome Home out of Gum container-See the PossibilitiesGnome

Gnome Home made out of a plastic gum container and Air dry Clay.  Easy and inexpensive to make.  This would be a great project to do with children.  The house is 3 inches high and the little Gnome is 2 inches high from Darice, at our local craft store in the Fairy Garden section.

Here is the gum container.  3 inches high with a flip top lid.  Car container it says because it fits into the cup holders.  I have kept quite a few of these to put tiny things into.  After throwing one into the trash it kept calling me.  OK, what can I make out of you?  It wasn't long before the answer came to me.  I had long forgotten about the little Gnomes in my craft cupboard.  Their  time has come.

First take all labels off and tear off the lid, remove the top and turn upside down

This model house the lid is underside to the top. I cut with an exacto knife the back side of the lid so the container slides over it and removed any nibs that prevent it from being flat against the container.  Hot glue lids to container as shown above.

This model home has the lid right side up and has more room on the front for a patio.  Hot glue together as shown.

This is the zip opener in the oval hole where the gum comes out.  It looks just like a toilet lid and seat attached.  I will keep for another project in my junk stash.  It might come in handy someday.

The clay used is  Polyform Model Air Dry Clay.  It is a 2 pound block and will keep for a long time if left in the foil packaging it comes in and sealed and put in a plastic bag.  This is $7.99 at Joanne Fabrics and with  a 40% off coupon it was in the $4.00 range. This is comparable to Paperclay brand which is a lot more expensive.  I really like this clay.  It is a real joy to work with, cool to the touch, does not get gummy, but you have to work in small sections at a time.  It starts to set up 15 minutes and dries overnight.  Fimo clay is hard to get softened sometimes and my hands get tired before even get started making a project.  This clay can be colored with small amounts of paint kneaded into it.   The other tools needed are  Aileen's tacky glue, and Wilton's Fondant tools found at Joannes in Cake supplies and a small stencil brush, paints of desired colors.  I like the Wilton Fondant set  because it has a ball tool, knives, and each tool has texture on the ends and when used as a rolling pin, it adds little dots to the clay.  On top of the Air clay package is a pencil with the eraser taken out.  I used pliers to make the metal into a square.  This is what you will use to  punch the stones into the clay.  

I usually start with the roof, and then make snakes to go around and fill in around the door section.  Roll out to 1/8 approx thickness and use  the pencil as described above to punch out the stones.   Use Ailene's Tacky glue to make a thin layer of glue on each section of the house before applying  the rolled out clay on top of the glue.  This can be at random or some upright with the pencil and some sideways. After scoring stones in the section use a tooth pick or ball tool and press in between the rocks to smash down the grouting.  I then use a small stencil brush to add texture of rocks by pouncing lightly on top of the clay. 

Let dry overnight

Here are the two models of houses with different front porches

After drying overnight apply a wash of the first coat of paint.  This will be the color you want your grouting to be.  Thin down with water acrylic paint and scrub into the crevices and all over the house.  I found in my trash stash the piece of a broken candle ring and it looks great on top of the grey house as a roof.  The chimneys are mini chess pieces with the top cut off and the hole enlarged.
The next step is to dry brush several shades of coordinated paint-dark to light just on rocks not in the grooves.  This makes it look like sandstone   The picture does not show it very well but it has high contrasts.

To finish off the beige house I painted the door a persimmon color.  At this point it was discovered if you want a person looking out the door or paper curtains you need to put it on the inside before you glue the front on and put the clay on.  I used a  small  picture frame and inserted some screen into it.  The base is the underside of the lid, so I had side panels exposed.  I used Deer moss for a garden and small Joleen's flowers.  The sidewalk down the center has a set of steps at the door.  I found some interesting pine tree sticks and cut them  to cover the panels next to the door and down over the panels on the base.   Jewel finds make up the door knob. When dry these are very light weight

I think the Gnomes off to the left side are jealous of this guys new home.  Next blog will be the grey Gnome home.  I ran out of time today and did not finish it.    Then another style  will have to be made for the other guy.
These are really cute and don't take up a lot of room.  They are sturdy like paper mache and won't break like the glass ones.  You can hold them in the palm of your hand.  The nice part about working with these is you can have your hand in the inside container to maneuver it around the whole time.  I plan on putting them into my larger plant pots that are on the floor with all the accessory's of course.  By changing the design and roof you could make a whole village of these small houses.  Gnomeastay!