|Pom Pom chickens click on picture for detail|
I did not like the picture I had first put on and now I have to rewrite everything because it went by-by. Still learning how this blog wants to work. The pom-poms are yellow 3 mm in size. You need 2 for every peep. Glue 2 together and let dry. The eyes are the little dots inside every sequin package. They are the knock outs from the holes. The beaks are little pieces of paper cut in diamond shapes and folded in half. The wings and tails are little scraps of tissue paper yellow or white scrunched together and glued on. The legs and feet are thin orange wire doubled over and glued to the bottom of the body. After dry add another set of feet by gluing a U shaped bent wire onto the back of the leg.They need at least 3-5 toes. This picture gives more details to tiny size of these. This is a mini fairy garden in 1/12 scale. Each one is less than 1/2 inch including the legs and feet. I used tweezers for constructing these because they are so tiny and hard to hold.
My real peeps are doing well. They have grown triple in size and are no longer yellow. Blotches of every color and ready to roost. I am converting the kids playhouse into the chicken coop. It has been a playhouse, converted to potters shed, tools shed, storage shed, dog shelter, racoon home .It is the same size and setting on the spot where the smoke house used to be. I think it fitting for a chicken house. The bunk beds inside will
be perfect for the chickens to roost in their storage crate containers turned on the side. An old bunk bed ladder will be a handy roost for them. When all is finished I will share a picture.
It started out as a beautiful sunny day. Time for mowing the grass. Nothing wanted to start for the first time since fall. Took a couple hours fixing, oil checking and putting gas into everything. Started to mow, started to rain, continued to mow, finished the grass just about the same time as the rain stopping. I guess it was my April Fools joke on myself.
|Daisy on my shoulder with my Grandson|
|Daisy and the rest of my peeps.|
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|Actual picture on website|
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|Tea bag holders I am going to use for something else.|
I went to the Chicago International show last April. I have never been there so I included extra time to see the city. My favorite place was of course the Art Museum with the Thorn Rooms. Across the street is a gift shop Chicago Architectural Foundation. They have a lot of very interesting things in this gift shop. The pictures above are tea bag holders by Donkey products. They had tea bags attached to the bottom of each. The principle is the arms of the people go over the tea cup and hold the tea bag. I makes it look like a person in a tea cup. The head is aprox 1" and the arm span about 4 inches. If you click on each picture you can see the famous people on these beautifully done heavy cardboard. The Royal Family, actors, poets, scholars, Presidents etc. I drank the tea but I thought these would look great as chair backs, drape over a fence, like the guy in home improvement, Put in a dressed bed . I could cut the arms off and reverse them for the arms of chairs. I just thought they were too cute to not get them. So they are in my inspiration stash. They are printed in Great Britian and very detailed. They also have a sense of humor.
|Miss Feloney says HAPPY ST. PATRICKS DAY!!!|
My favorite miniaturist and floor sweeper just being a Ham. I thought you all could use a laugh.. Feloney is an American Bulldog and weighs over 100 pounds. She thinks she is still a pup and tries to crawl up onto my lap every night. If I really am really tired, she succeeds. She also helps take care of a rescue dog during the day. Quite a mother.
I have quite a few new projects to share with you, but I do not have the pictures taken yet. So today I will share a few more of my favorite websites.
If you go into a search engine just put in the main words and the website should come up. I noticed that not all search engines will bring up a web address, like mine for instance. Yahoo seems to be a problem, but google comes right up.
Zooplies.com or Zooplies.org. This may come up as being repaired, but look for the tabs(black) at the top of the page, This is not the easiest site to figure out, but once you get in there are all kinds of printies-file storage box, frankenstien stand up, the coppertone girl, pizza boxes, crate labels, fans. There are furniture patterns to print out, Morris chairs, apothacary chest, flip top Williamsburg tavern table, picnic table, deck chair..
Jims printables: Can't say enough about this site. When you sign in you have the option to choose what size you prefer. This is an all inclusive site. Just about everything you are looking for.
Theminifoodblog.blogspot.com Fimo food and beautiful print outs
Treefeathers.com Wonderful free printies of just about every area you need printouts for. Beautiful art work.
beadyeyedbrat.com I was going to save this for Halloween but I couldnt wait. If you like potion labels for bottles check this one out.
beautifulminiblessing.blogspot.com--This one has quite a few printables and links to it. She has a few of the Betty Boop free printables under a link. .
The Free Betty Boop website is not available anymore. It has closed down. It was page after page of printables for everything new and old. I think I printed out every page about 5 years ago. It is such a shame that web carrier closed down. You just don't find sites like that any more.
Well this should keep you busy for a while. Make sure you mark whats in them for future reference.
I'm currently working on plants for a tiny greenhouse and table gifts for a State day function I am going to. I found the neatest holder for a fern at the Dollar store in the Wedding section. I will share it with you when I get the chance to take pictures.
|Cheater cloth fish mounts- click for detail in picture|
These are too cute and so easy to make. The material store is where I found these. The fish are material flats found in the novelty section of the material area. Each little fish is just begging to be caught. I found a fat quarter with this on, sometimes it is a border. I did not have the name of the material, but know it is still available.
Before cutting out the fish put a thin layer of Modge Podge on the back so it will not fray when cut. Cut out fish. Make a snake out of clay and fit underneath to shape fish. Now glue snake of clay onto board. Coat the underside of the fish with the Modge Podge and shape over the clay form. Then coat the top of the fish with the Modge Podge and shape and attach the sides to the bottom of the board. When dry it will look and feel like a mounted fish.
You can add a bead to the eye if you want it more realistic. The boards are odd pieces I had, or you could use tongue depressors cut to size. These fish are about 1 inch.
I can't say enough about Modge Podge. I use it about every day with my miniatures. It comes in gloss and matte finish. It is sort of like glue but thinner and dries clear and protects the surface. In the 1970's is was solely used for Decoupage pictures. It is an investment everyone should make. You can use it to wallpaper, lay carpet, use underneath gravel, attach grass, tile, and the list goes on. Another use is to make a magazine print look like an oil painting. By cross hatching with the Modge Podge in different directions it looks like oil paint strokes when dry.
|Crock Pots click on picture for details|
What can you make with this stuff? Making a project out of odds and ends. A Crock pot for your mini kitchen. These are too cute!
You will need a clear suction cup, like the kind for windows 3/4" in size. I found most of this stuff at the Dollar Store. 5/8" size cane or chair tip, the white cup as shown. 2 small seed beads black, 4 small black sequins, 1 larger silver sequin, scrap of thin gold wire or silver, 5 beads slightly larger than seed beads, 2 small scrapbook brads black or white, thin electrical wire for handles, flexible wire for the plug in. I found black leather at the jewelry craft area. The electrical wire you can get off any old appliance or tv you are getting rid of. The inside wires will be red, green, black, white, and sometimes blue.
Lid: Remove any hanger that may be on the suction cup. A seed bead goes on top of the tip. In the lid handle area I glued a black sequin and a black scrapbook brad with the tips cut off.
On the white chair tip drill a small hole in the center of the front and another at the bottom for the plug in on the back. Also 2 small holes on either side for the handle wires to go into.
In the front hole I glued a large sequin, then a small sequin and fastened with a black scrapbook brad inside the crock pot. Cut electrical wire to a length to fit handle holes. I rolled my wire over a pencil to get it round first. Glue dabs of glue on the inside to hold the wire and then it wont pull out. The flexible cord is glued in the back hole and fixed on either side with a small sequin. The plug in is a larger black bead with a small piece of gold wire folded over to create a plug. glue the other end of the flexible cord into the plug end. To finish glue 4 larger black beads to the bottom for the feet. My only problem with this project was the glue. Tacky worked most of the time until the feet. I used hot glue, then super glue. The plastic seems to be too smooth for glue to adhere to.
For the cook book: Go to Google-Images-Crock pot cookbook.
Find the image that you like. Right click and save to your photo gallery. In the photo gallery select print. I scroll down to the thumbprint 35 of each. By selecting this one it usually makes it 1/12 scale. Experiment make less if you think it is not scale. Print out and glue onto a block of wood or a ready made blank book. Now you have a crock pot book to go with the new crock pot, and 34 others to give to your friends. I use this method with all things I save. Pictures are reduced, boxes,labels, posters, without having to go into paint or another program.
I hope you enjoy this project. I just finished making 21 of these for a swap I am in. It does take some time for 21 of these, but one would go well for an evening class at a club. Have fun dreaming up what will be cooking inside. If you use resin, I suggest you experiment first on a blank. Resin will melt plastic. I think if you coat with glue first it should stop that but I have not tried it.
|Flower Pot mini person for you garden scene|
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This is a cute and easy item that can be made for a swap or club project. You've seen these in magazines in the large size, now its time for the mini man. The entire thing is 2" high and 2" from front to back.
I used unfinished wood flower pots from my craft store and then painted them terra cotta. Joanne Fabrics used to carry real tiny terra cotta, so check your local store.
You will need- two =2" pots, 1 for the head upright, and 1 for the body turned upside down. glue together.
You will need- ten -1/2 inch pots. glue 3 inside each other for each leg and glue onto the bottom of the pot. glue 2 inside each other for each arm. Let these dry and when dry sand a slight slope off the back of the arm 45degree angle so it will lay flat to the body. I used tacky glue for this, but you could use hot glue if you were in a hurry. I then painted with terra cotta paint. The plants are grass that I found in a clump. It would be a great place for flowers and vines of some kind, but that would take another class for that. A small animal of some kind or a watering can would look great in the lap. Also a sign of some kind like Garden of Weeden, Thyme started in a garden.
|Dollar Tree Miniature Finds-click on picture for details.|
|Peanut Tote Bag Favor click for details on |
Anticipation of going to a miniature event always first includes the planning and making of Tote Bag favors.
Tote bag favors are as much fun to make as they are to receive. Before a convention or State Day-tote bag favors are made to be given to each registar for that function.
Usually individulals or clubs get together and do the favors. Sometimes there is a theme. I made a peanut man, sorry cant use the real name, for a recent State Day. 140 of these tiny men were made all by my self.
The inspiration was the picture. I found the peanut bunch at a flower shop. The pipe cleaners are very thin and I used for the arms and legs. The bottom of the legs have a small bead for a shoe. I drilled holes for the arms. The white gloves I cut with my cricut cutter and glued 2 together. The hat is a small plastic hat, and each has a monacle on his eye. It is about 1 " high. It is designed for a shelf sitter.
The tote bags are filled with wonderful items. Each carefully and beautifully made.
It is fun to sit around with others and look at each one together, and plan where each will go in a current or future project.
If I can stand it I like to not look at mine until I get home. Then I have something exciting to look forward to and can extend out the wonderful time I had at the function.
|Easter Bunny Work Shop Room box click on picture for details|
|Easter Bunny Chairs and Tables|