This mini change jar was made by both Melissa and myself and it took over an hour to complete. The change is made from paper and it's completely removable and can be placed anywhere else around a scene. We love the over-sized jar, only we wish ours in real life was this full.
Cookies, cookies, on a tray, on a tray, on a tray, cookies, cookies, on a tray, My Fair Lady! OK, so I made these while watching My Fair Lady. Punched out about 1,000 cookies, I'd say and then I've decorated about 300 of them. Whew! It's a good time-consumer but really you've got to have something else to think about while doing it or you'll go insane.
I've been punching out cookies like mad ever since Betsy Niederer posted the secret to making cookies so perfectly on CDHM's forums. I am so glad she did! Mary Jo lent me a bunch of punches but one of them was too large to be a normal cookie. It had to be a big cookie. A flur de lis cookie. What could I do with it? I stared at it repeatedly and never found the answer, and then it struck me. BIRDS! I made four little birds and have put these two at auction this week on eBay. I hope they are enjoyed!
Inspired by the girls at CDHM, I decided I might have a go of making a gingerbread house. What I ended up with was this little cutie and a bunch of candy canes (I just cannot stop making them! So much fun!).
I plan to offer the gingerbread house on eBay and the candy canes on my website soon. Look for new eBay auctions tomorrow (link at my website) and two brand new artists will be premiering their items in my auctions. So cool! Welcome, Travis and Bonnie, to the world of miniature art.
This is what we did tonight at Mom's new kitchen table in her brand new home. We watched the Railway Children on DVD and I painted while she enjoyed the film (the remake with Jenny Agutter as the Mom not the daughter). Then we sat and decided where to put all of the furniture. It was a lot of fun, especially after Melissa scolded me for buying this shadowbox to begin with. She said it was a waste of money. I only wish I had taken a photo of it before and after as it looked so much different without the paint!
Here's another part of Christine's commissioned order for her daughter's American Girl doll. This is tea in a tea set made completely from polymer clay. It took a while to get the sugar to look sugary but I'm happy with the end result. :) One of the cups of tea had a little bubble but it looks good, still.
Here's the newest offering on our website, ham dinners. These little dinners are presented on paper plates by Icklebits and are in 1/12th scale for dollhouses. Each plate contains ham, gravy, beans and mashed potatoes. no two are alike.
Pecan pie was another request by Christine. I must admit I'd never eaten this type of pie or seen in up close (or remembered seeing it) so it was a bit guess and check but I think it came out OK. It fits into the same platter as the cake and pumpkin pie do.
Another commission for Christine. I completed this one just before the end of October. It's a Pumpkin pie in 6 pieces with whipped cream on each slice, as requested. The slices are all removable and the pie plate is actually a glass cake case that holds the cake and pecan pies I will post shortly.
Another miniature food dish for Christine, this piece is for 18" doll scales (my second piece in this scale) and I'm very fond of how it turned out. The only things that are attached are the food in the roast pan, the rest of them are all unattached and can be placed on any type of plate that Christine's daughter chooses. The center plate contains potato peels, how cute is that? I loved making this although it did take me the better part of 2 hours to complete.
I've been making some miniatures for my friend Christine who works with my sister. She commissioned a ton of pieces for her daughter for Christmas only I couldn't work on them until now because I was so busy with the AGAIM show. Now that I have had some time to sit down, I made this. It's not attached to the plate and the four pieces of ham on the end can be moved anywhere while the rest are attached to each other. This is my first venture in miniature for the scale of 18" dolls. It's for American Girls.
Well, we did it. I struggled for months to make enough food for the show. I was staying up until 3-4am every night trying to get enough done for this. I had no idea what to expect, other than a table and some potential customers. We received a great reception. :) I met some CDHMers (some who did not realize who I was and I was too embarrassed to introduce reveal my CDHMness) and I met some really prominent figures in Michigan and National Miniatures.
The first day was hectic but we soon settled in at our table and we even enjoyed ourselves a little. We were disappointed with sales on Friday (partly due to our inhibiting setup which was changed on Saturday), but we figured that Saturday would be better and it was. We met loads of folks from the area and hopefully we'll get a bigger Miniatures group going than what we've already got. I learned a lot about show etiquette, dealers, etc. and most people were friendly with us although a few didn't seem interested in chatting and were not very open to us newcomers until later on Saturday. I met so many new people and I'm horrible with name and face correlations but I hope I can remember them all when I see them next.
The question remains now, do we go to Chicago? Time will tell, I'm still in a flutter about this show let alone another one! Where do we go from here? I hope the answer is up! :)
I made 15 loaves of miniature French bread from polymer clay last night. Each loaf has 2 slices cut from it, one of the slices is the butt of the loaf. I then spent some time organizing the miniatures on the display rack for my show. I have not nearly enough stuff for the show but I'll keep on truckin'! I hope to make some peanut butter cookies tonight. I also made approximately 30 miniature garden snails for the show, too. The display rack is looking more full than it has in previous weeks but it's still not enough. I found out my best friend won't be able to help run the show as she's going to be in surgery that day, but my niece has planned to come and help me with the booth. Halloween this year is going to be so much fun! Go check out my sister's blog at pumpkinsnthings.blogspot.com to see all of the cool stuff we're building. Harry Potter here we come!
These adorable little candy apples are so fun to make. I make as many as I possibly can, the only downside is shaving down the scraps of wood to make the faux popsicle stick handles. The apples themselves are made from polymer clay, a stick is inserted and then they are baked. How I get that lovely red candy coating is my little secret. I have a feeling these will sell well at the show. Paper plates by icklebits.
I am not sure how many of these plates of cookies I have made for the upcoming show but I know I'm tired of individually gluing each cookie to the plates! The jackolanterns are made from a cane that I made myself. It took a long time to make each little slice of sugar cookie Heaven but I'm glad they turned out so well. This is my second cane experiment. Paper plates by icklebits.
I have been trying to make many things for my upcoming show in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It's three weeks away from tomorrow and I am trying my best to get ready. I have made approximately 35 of these little peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on paper plates, and I want to keep them at under $5.00 apiece. Paper plates by icklebits.
These little chocolate chip cookies are one of the most painstaking things I have ever made. Not to mention I spent two hours last night working on pineapples for a customer. I wasn't entirely happy with the result of the pineapples, but I did my best. If she doesn't like them she is not obligated to purchase them because the challenge alone was really fun. The pineapples were tough, but these cookies are no fun either!
The texture, the individual chocolate chipping, whew, I am exhausted and I need about 500 more cookies just to make 50 plates. Absolutely the most draining thing since heart tart cookies. Paper plates by icklebits.