Monday, December 21, 2009

Vignettes Created in 2009

Not sure why the top photo is so tiny. It is the first vignette I made in Jan. 2009. This is a 25th anniversary gift for my sister and her husband. The chair and table are kits; everything else I created by hand. The walls are decorated with wedding photos from their big day, as well as our parents' and Joe's parents' weddings. A photo album on the chair has photos from their wedding day to the latest grandchild. A six pack of Joe's favorite beer rests on the floor. I'd have to say the champagne glasses were the most difficult to create. I made them from clay. Now that I know the splendors of lite brite pegs, the next time I need champagne flutes I'll carve clear pegs.
This is the vignette I created to commemorate my Mother in Law's 90th birthday in May. She loved it! The chest and chair are kits though my husband had to craft new legs for the chair - the originals were lost in my moves over the years. Thanks Jim! The wallpaper I've had forever and the rug is a printie.

And last, but not least, I created this vignette for my Mom's birthday in July 2009. She loves to garden and has quite the green thumb. I thought with this she could enjoy a touch of summer even when it's snowing outside. There's an inchworm in there! That was my first tree and I'm rather proud of it. There's a nesting robin in the tree and a cardinal. Two chickadees are bathing. The birdbath bowl is the bottom of a bubble gum machine ball. The fence is made from wooden stir sticks (thanks for the cafe raids, Meg!!) I hand painted the background to match the paper on the sides. On hindsight, I wish I had handpainted the sides as well.
All in all, I was very pleased to get these projects done. They were lots of fun. I have several more in the planning stages.
Toodles til later!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Santa has a dog!

So Jolly Ol' Saint Nick is up to his eyeballs in toys, reindeer and elves. Why not add a puppy to the mix? This little dog - complete with Christmas hat - will fit right in. I can picture him eagerly awaiting to sample Mrs. Claus' baking... Also pictured are the wreath earrings mentioned in my previous post, and the wreath that came with the puppy - spent another quarter on the two of them. Now what can I name this doggie?

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Santa's House

This is my Santa's House which I created several years ago. The kit was sold by a local hardware store. I made my Halloween haunted house from the same kit; it's not nearly as pretty.

Not that this is particularly pretty itself. When I moved to GA in 2006, I had to leave behind non-essentials (ie: my miniatures, for starters). In my absence, a family of real mice moved into my dollhouses and shops. They chewed on furniture and polyclay veggies. (Does that mean my mini potatoes look that authentic?) They ate baskets and gnawed shelves. They made mousy messes everywhere. Even Santa's roof.... That was tackled first with a good scrub brush and lots of soap.
So, you see, all my buildings are in desperate need of rehabilitation. I am starting with Santa's house. You can see I didn't do such a great job of sanding and there are gaps at the tabs and slots (tsk! tsk!) And the spots I missed while painting! Thankfully I have a new eyeglass prescription now.

These are some goodies I've found this year for Santa's house. A nice Christmas-y plaid fabric (2 cloth napkins) for 75 cents; the packages and sign are button covers I picked up at a yard sale for a quarter. Another find from yesterday's thrift store shopping: a pair of mini wreaths with bows and golden bells (they began life as earrings) - again, a 25 cent purchase. (I don't know who loves my finds more - me or my DH. It just goes to show, miniatures don't have to be costly.)
When it's all said and done, Mrs. Claus will be in the kitchen, removing a cookie sheet of freshly baked Rudolph cookies while Santa studies his world time zones map in his upstairs office. (Or maybe he'll be napping in front of the fire in the living room.) I'll keep you posted on my progress!
Real life has been hectic of late. I don't know if I'll get back here soon, so I'll take this time to wish one and all the very best this Holiday season. However you may celebrate, I send blessings to you and best wishes for health and happiness in the New Year ahead.

Monday, October 26, 2009

More Baking

Another busy weekend with polyclay! This little cake is one of my new favorites. It may become a ring to wear on my finger.
I skipped around the holidays quite a bit this weekend. I couldn't not pay tribute to Thanksgiving.
I'd like to create some little pies one of these days. I will have to craft some pie pans. And it's not Thanksgiving without a batch of Mom's mincemeat cookies!
Being vegan, perhaps a mini tofurkey is in order ;)
Of course, Halloween will be here in just a few days, so my last minute contributions are:

While I was making the little ghosts, DH was peering over my shoulder saying, Oh, they are so small! What would he think if I started working in 1/2 inch or 1/4 inch scale?!
Baby Boo Cakes

My daughter will love this black cat cake. The paper plate is from Icklebits - isn't it cute?
On Saturday, I participated in a CDHM tut and here's some of the little guys I created:
Hope you enjoyed these little treats! Have a great Monday!

Saturday, October 24, 2009


I finally got this little guy to the sidebar...Techno nerd I'm not. Click the center of the wheel to make him climb on! Clicking elsewhere gives him a food pellet. Just something fun to do. Hope your Saturday is going well.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


My poor laptop at work - it's old, it's tired, it's overworked. And I've about filled the hard drive to capacity. Yesterday I downloaded all my pictures onto a zip drive and freed up a whole KB of space. And then I promptly misplaced the zip drive. Yes, of course I deleted all those photos off the 'puter. When I least expect it, it will turn up. In the meantime, I will meditate on this gorgeous GA sunrise and calm down. Hope you're having a great Wednesday!

Postscript: I wasn't home five minutes and remembered where I had tucked the zip drive for safekeeping. Feeling even more foolish now LOL Got to love those 'senior' moments!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

My Mini Baker has been working hard

Just some of the little pastries I've been making lately. The chocolate glazed choux buns are approximately 1/4" in diameter.

It's the haunting season, so why not an appropriate cake! The bones and skull glow in the dark too.

I love these little pans! It's an empty eyeshadow tin - perfect for a mini 9" square pan.
This is just a sampling of the mini baking I got done over the weekend.
More to come soon!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Welcome to my blog!

This cornucopia was made as part of a four seasons swap/contest I took part in. It now belongs to a dear lady in Canada (who was exceedingly patient waiting for the package to arrive.) It was lots of fun and while I didn't win the contest, I'm very pleased with the items I created. Everything here is crafted from poly clay. Believe me, I was tempted to trash the cornucopia on more than one occassion. This - like the majority of my miniatures - is in 1/12th scale. I have made some 1/24th scale items but they were accidents! Creating foods and plants seems to be what I'm best at and I enjoy it immensely.

Thanks for dropping by!