Sunday, December 30, 2012

Miniature Shopping Finds

Martha Stewart stickers on After Christmas sale.  Puffy stickers- the smallest less than 1/4 inch.  Great colors could be used for cookie baking scene

Mini trunks for doll house doll -found at a store that had lots of 1.00 items but not a dollar store.  This was in the children's birthday-party area with the pirate theme.  1 inch high lid opens and 1 1/2 long.  These could be done up cute for a mini doll trunk, treasure chest with gold or jewels.  8 to a package for 1.00.  If you do 1/2 scale would be just about right for a regular trunk for that size.
  I enjoyed a new version of the Borrowers on tv as a Christmas special.  I was spellbound with ideas.  The series of books in my childhood were truly unforgettable.  A few years ago I got them all at the library and reread them all.  I would like to do a scene someday as the Borrowers living quarters.
A great way to use those treasures you just don't know what to do with except store in a box.
Plastic bubble containers for wedding.   2 1/4 inches high  4 to a package for 1.00
Paint and gesso could be applied to make into the perfect miniature wedding cake.  Great detail
Great detail on these cakes.  The heart top is the stopper and can be removed and something else added to the top

If you remember my blog on the Walgreen's face creme lids that I made into cakes, just after doing that article for about 6 weeks I could not find anywhere that face creme.  I complained to the stores and one of the purchasers said they were remaking the bottle design.!    What, do they have someone searching the Internet and discover someone using their designs for possible monetary gain?  Since they only keep 2 on the shelf at any time I had to resort to the other brand name creme, did not like it as well.  I have plenty of lids  in my stash Walgreen's!!!`  That is sad, the lid design was perfect as it was!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

A finished Dog Kennel Project-Picture frame room box

The dog Kennel in a picture frame room box.  My cousin Adrianne works at a dog kennel on week ends.  She wanted to give a gift to her friend.  We made the room box from 8x10 picture frames from the dollar store.  The only glue we found that worked on the plastic was Gorilla Glue.  It expands when drying so a lot of trim to remove excess was  necessary.  Click on each picture to enlarge and get detail inside.  The floors are made of bamboo strip place mats glued to a sub floor of poster board.  The dog pens are from The Dollar store in kids toy department.Various dogs were found at craft stores.  Desks in the corner are from my stash.  Many printables from web sites were used for the dog food packages, bulletin board and files and letters.  Small jars with pencils and Qtips are on the tables. 

Front view of Kennel.  Mop bucket with handmade mop was from a found object painted yellow and wheels from a child's car applied.  Click on each picture to get enlarged detail inside.

Dog food was made from mustard seed and painted brown.
Click each picture to get enlarged detail inside.
Top view of the Kennel  Click on picture to enlarge details

Sink was made from a plastic box and cardboard folded over to produce legs
Metal faucets and handles are metal miniatures, hose for water is electrical wire.
Notice the grey dog in the front.  I had to produce some humor into the box.  The turquoise trash can in the front is a toothbrush cover from the Dollar Store


A dog has to do what a dog has to do  This dog is from the Hood Hounds that I blogged about in the fall.  Found in a gumball machine.

This project was  a lot of fun and it used a lot of things in my recycle box.   The room box from picture frames  was from  Go to that site for detailed instructions.  Wood frames are a better substitute because the plastics frames did not glue very well.  It took a lot of tries until I used the Gorilla glue.  Buy this glue in the smallest bottle because it expanded in the bottle after using, which made me have to saw the bottle in half to use the rest of the glue which after being exposed to the air expanded and got hard.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Mini vacation

The true reason for the Christmas Season
If you never have tried these Hershey Kisses on top of Chocolate covered cherries with the stem for tails, you are missing out on a real treat.  Almond slivers for the ears and I put eyes purchased from the cake decorating store.  They will bring a smile to everyone.   I thought this would be a good mini idea as well.  

This is not my display but I thought it was cute and could be adapted for miniatures.  I finally found 3 sizes of round fish bowls like this for my mini ice skating display.  The lid is cute for a hat, but I will use a stocking for black stove pipe hat for mine.

This is cute and probably from the 1950's.  Could be saved into your picture file and miniaturized. 

Another great idea for those large jars.  Put a mini scene inside.  The large pickle jars like the schools or restaurants use would be ideal for this.

My new years resolution.  My only New Years Resolution.!!!

I could not say it any better way.  So much can happen in a year to change your life forever.
I found this picture off of pinterest.  I thought what a neat idea.  Could be adapted for a Fairy house or a way to decorate a tree.  If you have never checked out the web site of Ann Arbor Fairy doors, please do.  It is fun and I enjoyed looking for the doors when I went there.
Another year is almost over.  It has been a most interesting year.  I make no apology for any of it.  I have been taking a mini vacation for the past month or so.  Occasionally my brain stops functioning on the creative level.  Its times like these I try to glean creativity from others.  I have been searching the web sites and have found a couple that will keep you busy for a long time.  If you go to the website Pinterest- go to the search box in the website.  Type in one of these names at a time and enjoy the gifts of others obsessions.
Lerryn Meza=Printibles
Donna Post- first one that comes up.  Red box with a thumb tack-click on it and it says she loves minis.  All organized in categories.  Will keep you busy for months
Kundry-Wow! A site for everyone.
If you find something you like repin it.  If you want everything new they will be posting repin and mark follow. 
This is an amazing website with something for everyone. 
As this year closes and we approach a New Year 2013 I wish for you all mini new ideas and inspirations.  I wish the childlike joy we all feel when we discover something new, and share with others.  I hope this year you can finish old projects, and start many new ones.  Learn and grow and share.   Pass it on.  Pay it forward.  We were designed to never stop learning, and so by doing we can share by teaching.  I hope you exceed far beyond what you ever thought possible for yourself.
This year I plan on taking classes in the banjo and fiddle.  I inherited both from Great Uncles and they have been sitting in the closet ever since.  Why not I say to myself.  Serendipity comes to play, and the restoration and classes, teachers all come to existence in the same week.  It will be another adventure I am sure.
If you remember the blog I did  on projects I started and failed, you will remember my failure in the knitting area.  Well I am happy to tell you that I now think I got it.   I found this beautiful yarn called Starbella at Joanne Fabrics.  They had a scarf made out of it and I just fell in love with the colors and look of this scarf.  The sales girl said it was knitted, but not to fear on the Joanne Website there is a video showing how to do this.  The lady doing the demonstration was seating in the same direction I was with the yarn and needles and I caught on really fast.  Amazing!  My brain must not be able to convert the concept if they are facing me.  I have made 3 of the scarfs and feel I can start my mini knitting projects this winter. 
Thanks to all for  visiting my web site this year.  I love looking at the maps and seeing where everyone is from, or where I have been that day.  I pray I will continue to inspire in some SMALL way each time we meet on this blog.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Christmas time Already?

I could not agree with this more!

A cute idea for mini Christmas trees from pine cones.

A fast and easy idea for mini trees and thimbles.  I inherited a lot of old button boxes, and inside were a lot of old thimbles.
Quick and easy ornament for family and friends that knew the owner of the button box.  A nice remembrance.

A cupcake older from old records.  This would be easy to make in miniature using tiny records, Hobby Lobby, and build the tower for cupcakes in a bakery window.  I have made bowls from records and you could miniaturise these as well for a 50's sock hop or pj party.

The same tiny tears I had, right down to the red cheeks where my brother threw her out of his bed.  I think the tiny fingers are chewed off as well.  I would like to  make a mini version of this for a Christmas display.

A great idea for a cake for miniatures from Pinterest.  Would not be hard to make from Fimo clay

Shirley Temple, my favorite girl growing up.  Even though she was as old as my mother at the time.  With the new colorized  versions of the old favorites, a new generation can enjoy the same favorites.  Timeless.!

The above pictures could be miniaturized for mini packages.  The ornament box is just like the ones we had as kids.  Right click and save into your picture file.