|Christmas Cookie Ornament up close.|
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Friday, December 8, 2017
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.
Now on with the no bake cookies:
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
|Detail of the bottom with Dept. 56 Icicles found at thrift store.|
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.|
|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.|
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
|A Miniature Dessert table ready for the Christmas Holidays 1/12" scale|
|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.
|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.|
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. http://ameblo.jp/harinezumi-s/ 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
|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.|
To make this tiny house, print out the free pattern from www.paperminis.com. 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|
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
|First take all labels off and tear off the lid, remove the top and turn upside down|
|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.|
|Let dry overnight|
|Here are the two models of houses with different front porches|