Thursday, March 22, 2018

Miniature Fairy Garden in 1/12" scale using Dollar Tree Figures

This is a 1/12" scale Fairy Garden.  Click the picture to enlarge for detail.  This is the first ceramic bath set I ever poured and a crackle glaze was used.  It was going to be used in a Haunted house, but this came to mind after purchasing the figures at Dollar Tree.

In this picture you can see the crackles.  The back was a little heavier than the front so I found a silver chess piece that fit perfect for the back and it looks like part of the drain plumping.    The flowers in the toilet are all paper, and the fern in  the sink is a  plastic  palm tree cut to pieces and glued into a basket made of needlework cloth. painting a coat of brown over wash to  take the plastic look away.

The garden plants are all fake sedum plants.  A store had balls of them and I picked the parts off.  The tub has been filled with floral foam, a layer of glue and them sand.  The plants and people are glued on top.  The other pieces that Dollar tree had to go with these little ones were too tall for this scene.  They will be used in the larger garden.

Dollar General has a lot of Fairy Garden items.  The Easter egg tree has the basic bones but needs a little work.  The large cactus is great, but I will doctor it up a bit too.  This was a new experience for me and I was really impressed with the variety of Home Decorating items they have there too.  If you like Farm County decorating they have a really nice selection of things and not as cheap as Dollar Tree but most under $5.00.  This store is in a congested area and they lack parking, so I never stopped in.  This day I went by right when they opened and no one was there.

I finally found a set of truck tires for my Red Truck.  In the Boy's toy area for $1.00 they had cardboard race cars that can be built from a kit.  The tires have axles and a wind up device to make it move.

Here is the egg tree remade up next to my 25 cent thrift store bunny bear.  The eggs were painted with acrylic paint and then several coats of glittered nail polish  (Dollar Tree) were added to give it shine.  Silk ribbon bow was added on top of the resin one.

The cactus pot was painted Terra- cotta, silver sand was  added to the base and a coat of Mod-podge was painted on the cactus part and green flocking was sprinkled on top and allowed to dry.  After it was dry I added a coat of matte spray varnish on the flocking.

St. Patrick's themed Chair-just for fun.

This chair was created just for fun.  A bit of green material and lace plus a dog head cut from material .  The legs and arms are from a game called Cootie bug, from a thrift store.  I don't know how old it was.

The chair is from a pattern taken from Bentley House Production Minis.  If you go on You tube, she has a video on how to put a basic upholstered chair together.  She provides a link to go to and print off the basic pattern of the chair. I made the basic  one she has the tutorial on and added my own designs to it.  I enjoy her tutorials very much.

If you watch you tube there is a Documentary called Of Dolls and Murder.  This is an hour long and you get tours of the mini forensic displays built by Francis Glessner Lee in the 1930's and 1940's.
They are called Nutshell studies and are still used as teaching tools for  CSI forensics and detectives today.  This documentary was filmed  while they were on display at the National Library of Medicine. 
Francis Glessner Lee was a child and women of privilege, inheriting the  International  Harvester fortune.  She was not allowed to go to college, only the men in the family.  She could contribute her talent for a worthy cause, and started building these mini scenes of murder as teaching tools at her own expense.

Another You Tube worth checking out is Certainly Caroline.  This talented lady is a Fimo artist in love with Fairy Gardens.  She makes every thing in 1/12" scale, but displays them in the real outdoors and sets the scene up with a Fairy tale.  She includes her miniature art tutorials in each episode.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Antique lace and doily -1/12" remake couch and mini finds

Antique lace and doilies cover this  old wood couch piece from the early days of miniatures
Underneath is a small pink rose calico  Click on picture to get a larger version

Back side of couch  click on picture to get a larger detail
Wood couch before curved back

Cotton batting was applied to front and back with tacky glue.  
Extra layers of batting were applied to the back and the arm were built up with a couple of layers since there was no padding in the arms

After batting dried I used calico material and glued onto each section to cover the batting. It does not have to be perfect because the lace and doilies will be glued on top of the calico.  Next I pulled out my stash of antique laces and doilies.  I once got a huge bag of dressmakers lace and I used a lot of that.  It was like working a jig saw puzzle to find just the right placement.  Fabric glue was used on the lace, it does not dry hard and is not shiny or stain when dry.  The legs were painted white.  The underside was lined with calico.  This remake will be in my Daisy  Shabby Hill .  
A treasure from Dollar Tree.  Remember the light Bright pegs?  This is a mini version.  3 x 3" square on the box.  Batteries go inside and a light lights up the little circles and the pegs.  Well this got torn all apart to see how this works.  The box will now be on my work table.  You know how you need something to hold tiny wires, flowers toothpicks  until they dry?  These little holes do the job.  Inside is a panel board that holds the batteries.  Attached is a  LED light  This could be built into a project that needed a little light

The pegs are incredibly small.  Not the same size of the original ones.  These are not for children under 3 but state 5+.
I think they could be adapted into nail polish bottles, or glue bottles.  Many colors are inside each box of 50 pieces.

This is from Walmart in the Easter section.  It says it is a basket tutu but I see at least 2 skirts for 18" dolls or a lot of material for miniature design.  It is all one piece and each color blends into the other.  It is tulle and has sparklies all over it.

This string of beads was found at Walmart in the basket stuffer section.  36 colorful plastic crystal beads and  silver beads in the center of each.  Bottles of perfume for the dressing table?

Dollar Tree in the hold your glasses on section.  Beautiful colors and the selection of just this one would make quite a few bottles and potions.

Hobby Lobby in the Fairy Garden, Floral section.  Forest Naturals.  These are tiny, seasoned and dried birch logs with bark.  There are 10 pieces total.They are very light weight and easy to saw with a band saw.  I am going to make some rustic  wood platters for cake plates and stepping stones for my Fairy Garden.  Good deal with 40% off coupon.

I found these  2-1/2" square hand embroidered ornaments at a thrift store.  The whole lot cost me 25 cents.  Someone put a lot of beautiful work into these and someone did not appreciate it.  I plan on making seat covers for chairs with them.  The beads on 2 of them are swaroski crystals and lots of them.  Once again bottle tops for potion and perfume bottles.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Signs for miniature Farm House Decorating and Book Organizer made with Dollar Tree items.

Signs made with wooden laser cut animals and scrap wood
1-1/2"x 3/4" 

Signs made with laser cut animals and people same size as above and covered with scrapbook paper. Ducks in a row, chicken in front of a white picket fence.  The We are Family sign is using 2 sizes of the people.  This idea could be used for a family to reflect all the children in the family.  The sign could say Welcome and the Family name as well.  The little fence was cut out with my Cricket Cutter.  Hertiage cartridge has the fence, it is 1/2" in size. 
These are the people and animals used.  Studio Calico Wood Veneer die cut wood pieces. I purchased them at Jo-Ann Fabrics, but most craft shops have these.  The people have about 57 pieces and 4 sizes of the men and women.  The animals have about the same amount of pieces and 4 sizes of multitude of animals.  I like the animal set, so many sizes make it possible for many projects.  These paint easy with acrylic paint, I used magic markers for mine.

Now these are the same wood but covered with scrapbook paper..  I drew up a tiny bunny and painted it on the paper.  A 3mm white pom-pom was used for the tail.  The plastic carrot was in my stash.  This is a miniature version of the sign at Dollar Tree that sells out as soon as they get it in.    

This little Bunny Butt is only 1" tall.  It is a bunny digging out the carrots.  This was popular last year.

The feet and ears were cut from foam sheet from craft store.  I just realized I put the ears on backwards.  The pink is just a marker drawing the ears and pads on the feet.  3mm white pom pom for the tail and 5mm for the butt.  I did not have grey so I painted it with acrylic paint.  The carrots were from my stash and the green is deer moss from Dollar Tree.  Styrofoam in the inside with coffee grounds on top will hold the carrots in until dry.  Glue the Grey pompom on and feet.  Ears go on last, but don't put them on backwards like me.  I was just so excited in all the items  being made and wanted to post them today.

This is the beginning of my tool organization area for my work table.  They are all sturdy gift boxes found at Dollar Tree.  The lid has a magnet in it so it snaps shut.  When I saw so many different sizes I instantly thought of a book shelf.  So my mind started creating something right there in the store.  It took 4 graduating each smaller in size boxes to do this.  The little one on the end I already had.  They were in the Stationery and gift box area.
I cut the end out of each one, which is the top where you will put tools in.  The scrapbook paper is from Authentique collection.  The books are on 2 sheets of this paper and the rest all harmonize with it.  The fronts were covered in the books. The sides and inside were lined with paper.  All raw edges including the tops have washi tape to seal them off.  Hot glue all together.  The trinkets are from Tim Holtz, available at Joanne Fabrics.  I love how this turned out.  It is a pleasure to have all my tools right in front of me instead of spread all over the table.  I could never figure out what washi tape was for.  Now I know and I really like it.  Many uses in miniature work as well as scrap booking.  

The back side is lined with a gold striped paper in the same collection to resemble pages.    I have more I will share with you when they are completed.  It is so wonderful to have an organized space.  I am still working on it all, but it is so easy now to do a project knowing where everything. is.

The news says we are in for another big snow storm.   I have plenty to keep me busy and like last year I have an unpaid border again living in my chimney.  It is a lot quieter than last years border, but I think there are marbles from my bowling ball fail that it is playing with.  Raccoons like to haul pretty things back to their nest.  The other evening, the moon was full and I noticed a shadow out the side of my eye in the window.  I pulled back the curtain and there was a  Raccoon sitting on the window sill.   It waved at me!!  Then slowly turned and crawled up the tapered chimney right next to the window.  I recon its pretty warm in the chimney since it is over the furnace right below.