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!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Seeing the Possibilities in all things miniature-Dollar tree and cast offs from thrift store

My Halloween Shoe project from last month is now landscaped, with all the Dollar Tree  figures from the past few years.  They are all repainted. The landscaping flowers and shrubs were made from a discarded to the trash candle-ring form marked  1969 on the bottom,  found at a thrift store.  Click on the picture and it will get larger.  Notice the eyeball flowers all around the front side and inside by the fence.  This has a large rectangle  glass top to cover it  up.
These are eyeball flowers!  The little sprigs on the right came from the candle ring below.  I pulled them off to throw away, but had a eureka moment.  

Close up of white peppercorns, stamens and finished eyeball flowers.  The pepper corns have a natural dent on either side just like and eyeball.

I enhanced the ends of the stamens with a little orange and topped it off with white peppercorns.  Use a tacky glue and let dry overnight.  Paint each with white paint, then using blue, green, brown and the end of a paint brush I dipped in paint and dotted the eyeball on.  When this was dry the end of a tooth pick dipped into black paint made the iris.  When all was dry a tooth pick dipped  into clear nail polish was  dotted on  the iris.  Let the nail polish set on a piece of paper for a few minutes so it will stay in a dome on the eye top when dry.  You can see how they sparkle in the light.
Here is the candle ring from 1969.  It was dirty, dusty, but I saw the possibilities in this thing.  I saw thousands of tiny rose leaves and bushes with a lot of vein detail.  It was dunked in bleach water as soon as it walked in the door.  As plastic fades and turns pale over time it gave me a better pallet to work with.    Most people would look at that and say   Gross!!  Not me,  I am saving myself  from doing a lot of punching out paper leaves.

Dry brushing different shades of green on this enhanced the leaves and also brought the veins to life.  You can see by the tooth pick beside it how small the leaves are.  One stem pulled off the ring was cut into 3 bushes.

This is from Dollar Tree.  Gel stickers for the window?  Nah I see jello molded into Christmas colors.  I will do a short tutorial this month.  You will see it too and then make your own.  I am planning on doing a cookie tutorial with out the usual Fimo clay if time permits.  Here it is  time for December already.
Dollar Tree in the boy's section.  Super hero's, Captain America and Avenger on pedestals.  Less than 2 inches high but the size of a real mini guy on top.  With a little sanding and paint these will be mannequins for in a  shop on a table or counter.

I will do these up and share How to in January.

Do you see the Possibility!  I see shirts and ties on these guys, maybe a boater hat.

Dollar Tree children's toy.  Mater from Cars movie.  I have made one of these already but my Grandson is coming in December and we are making this into one of the red pickup trucks with the Christmas trees that are so popular right now.  Dollar tree has the truck theme on gift bags and gift boxes as well.   They are carrying an octagonal mason type jar with a silver lid.  These trucks fit down into them, along with some snow and trees, and a string of their led lights, you have a great table decoration or gift..  I will share the results after we make them.

For those of you who asked about the paper minis  blogged about last week.  I have found the numbers of each kit so if you want to order you will have them. is the web site.  You can see everything she has available.  A newsletter received this week said  the prices are going to go up soon.

The 4 Barbie type dolls in the package that look 3-d are t1isoo6a.  skipper, midge, ken and barbie

Pin the tail on the Donkey game and box  t1is004

The assorted antique doll  in box 3-d looking , Shirley, another Barbie and other dolls- 8 total is t1iso13

13 assorted high quality wine labels htis025

Peddlar Doll Wares Kit   qp1is001  comes with fabric for material bolts, paper for wall paper, boxes, printies, and CD with wall paper of brick and street scene as well as how to make a box to put her in.  I am adding some items from my stash and keeping some of the items for other room boxes.  This is a great all over kit for a Womens Victorian or Edwardian room box.

Well Everyone, where ever you live, enjoy Turkey Day.  I am thankful for each and every one that reads and enjoys my blog.  I enjoy the possibilities of everyday items and the simple pleasures that we often take for granted.    It is a big world we live in with a lot of problems, but one thing we have in common, we can come together and make our own small world.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Paper Miniatures Haul, Remade miniatures, Dollar Tree finds

This month has certainly flown and is half over already. I have been busy cutting and gluing some paper printies purchased from Ann Vanture Paper minis last year.  Packages for under Christmas trees, books, wine labels and other dated items for a shadow box.  She has a kit available for a Peddler Woman' items that was needed  to use in a Old world Christmas Display.

All her printed items have the line scores on where to cut and where to fold.  To make this go quicker  Quick Grab glue was used.  This is the best glue I have ever used to do paper, flowers and cardboard.  It is almost instant.  If you go to a show usually dealers have it but it sells out quickly.  It can be purchased from as well.  Another thing necessary  is a small metal ruler, and a sharp pair of scissor  and curved tip tweezers .  The ruler is handy to use for the bending of the paper folds, and to secure the area by right away rubbing the ruler over the area like the corner tabs.  The small scarp scissors help in cutting the tiny corners and tabs without cutting them off and the tweezers help in turning tiny corners and turning the edges down. .  In addition to all her items to purchase there  are  pages of free items you can print out in 3 sizes.  Choose what size you want.  Membership to this is by subscriber only so that is why I can only give you her Email.  It is free of charge and the paper items are very high quality.  Email Ann at and ask to be put on mailing list to Paper minis.

Above are the items cut and assembled over this week.  A large variety at a small cost.  The paper is high quality, and in the case of the dolls and paper dolls books, it is a high gloss heavy card stock.  The dolls in the box almost look 3-d.  They will look terrific under my 1950's Christmas tree.

I watched my Grandson and Grand pups for a couple of days and we made some miniatures for Christmas as pictured below.The small lunch box is from Dollar Tree as well as the red pickup truck.  The truck is a tow truck from the movie Cars and it was altered to look like the popular red truck with the Christmas trees in the back by spray painting red and removing the towing gear. .  The white snow is cotton quilt batting and the rocks are from the fairy garden. Small log slices are the side walk, and the trees are small ones from a large bag of train items from a resale store.  The log cabin is an incense burner without a roof that I found at the Goodwill pound store.  A light bulb package became the coagulated  roof for this gem. A cardboard chimney covered with tiny rocks tops it all off.  I was hoping to forgo this feature, but the little guy would not have it.  The smoke had to get out of the house.  We used a bit of pulled cotton for the smoke.  The  Snow man is a holiday ornament found item.  This turned out really cute.  A block of wood on the underside by the lid evened it all out and made it level.  I later found a few deer in another box and will take them over to attach on to his creation.  He was so excited that I found small shell and rock collections that he made when he was about 6.  Since the ocean and the beach is his favorite,  December he is coming for a week and we will make a beach shop with all his favorite things in it.

The other item is a glass dome tree with a hidden music box playing Oh, Christmas Tree.  I found this at a resale shop.  The tree is green tinsel and we enhanced it with glitz colored balls and wire candy canes.  This gave it a lot of glitz.The  wood bottom base was enriched  with a stain pin from Dollar Tree.  Cleaned up the glass globe and glued it down.  This turned out very nice from what it first looked like.  I paid $1.00 for the whole thing.

Looking for the items for our projects sent me to the Dollar tree for Shoe box style storage containers. I now have started to organize all those tiny items in categories so time isn't spent ruffling thru things. In the process I found all the Dollar tree figures from 3-4 years from Halloween.  Quite a collection and that inspired me to finish up the Halloween scene around the Witches cottage on the shoe that was assembled  last month. Also found a roll of plastic brick for the sidewalk and about 30 tiny figures  to walk on it.  They need a repaint definitely, but not one is the same.  I am going to landscape with flowers, fall trees, and a fence around the house.  In my search a lot of little furniture to furnish the house was found as well.  Pictures of the finished project are to follow in a few weeks.

Repainted Halloween figures collected over 3-4 years.  Some are very detailed, but needed a paint redo.

In the process of searching  an old women doll was found  that can be  transformed into the peddlers doll,  but have been giving a lot of thought in starting to pour porcelain dolls again. There are plenty of molds, but have given thought I would like to sculpt some faces and make molds from silicone.  If you are interested in dolls and the makings of them,  the following You Tube videos are all quite interesting

Miss Pittypat from Gone with the Wind will soon be a Peddlars Doll with Paper Minis from Ann Vanture Peddlars Doll Kit
Colvins Miniatures, Creagers-has lots of sculpting tips,   Search with  mbackst00 is the late Marcia Blackstrom  She shows how  she finishes the  resin figures she made.  Many years ago when she first started making dolls, I made dolls as well and at a  Firehouse in Pa. there was a miniature show.  I purchased a few head molds from her and have just found them as well.  She was the greatest doll maker and such detail to her clothing.

For flowers  Farm2market has quite a few in depth videos on how to make hydrangea, and Angie Scarr has a few new ones on flowers  made with stencils using thinned down Fimo goo, and making your own flower head molds  from Dremel heads.

A Dollar Tree find for food makers.  Round disc of fruits and vegetables of  Fimo canes found in the nail art area.  The  office supply area had these pencil Kooshies but cut in tiny pieces they can be used in food preparations as carrots, onions, sprinkles on icing, candy.  Lots of little sprinkles for just $1.00.