I know, I know, October is almost GONE but I wanted to share a seasonal item currently at Michael’s that has quite a bit of possibilities. They are clearing out the Halloween things at a deep discount now so you might be able to still find them. Here is a Halloween trick for you using one object to create something new. Happy Halloween!
The JACK-O’-LANTERN straws !!! They come apart!!!!
They can be taken off the straw!
The 4 stacked pumpkins can be separated! Ummm… Use a sawblade to separate them into 4 individual jack-o’-lanterns. Yes, the tops of 3 of them look ugly but that is easily fixed. Just sand lightly with FINE sandpaper and use an emery board for the inner edge. The sanded area looks dull at first but fine when wiped with water.
Here is some of them doctored up. SO COOL!!
First one is stuffed with a cotton ball wrapped in a double layer of black panty hose material. It fills the pumpkin so only one face shows.
The second one I covered both faces with black tissue paper inside the pumpkin and made a paper base since there is no bottom. Using a large needle heated by a candle I poked a hole on each side to attach a piece of black cording for a handle. I then filled it with Halloween treats.
The third one came apart at the seams but seems like it could be used when you wanted a flat back. A wall planter? A light (remember to only use LEDs with that idea, so no overheating issues with regular bulbs)? Who knows???
Here is a couple of them in my pull cart ………
Hopefully you can get a bag of the straws before they are gone and have fun exploring their potential. ENJOY!
Sometimes I am enchanted with a single piece or vignette that I am not ready to put in a larger scene of a dollhouse or roombox so a small display under a dome is just the ticket. I can also rotate my treasures so things aren’t stale in my displays and my eyes can seek out the details up close when I am in the miniature mood.
This fall I discovered some small glass domes at Michael’s that allow me to display a seasonal favorite or special miniature. They still carry them but they keep moving them around in the store. Currently they are in the fairy garden section. They are inexpensive, running about $5 to $7 with several sizes.
Another cover for a small grouping is a cheese tray. I got this one at the thrift store for $3. I will admit the glass is thicker than a dome and distorts things a bit but the price was right. A footed glass cake stand is another option. Garage sales and estate sales can provide some interesting covers if you keep your eyes open.
Re-purposed Cheese Tray
Grouping of luggage
The luggage trio is by Bobbie Johnson of Colorado. I made the other 3 pieces many years ago. I am not sure who made the green trunk but I love the aged peeling affect it has for a well traveled look.
Since I am on the subject of small displays, I wanted to share some of my favorites. Not all are dome covered but I wanted to share some eye candy.
Some great polymer clay creations
Closer view of display
A captured gnome in a dome
Gnome figurine in a garden floral
The spring garden display and gnome floral is by Laura Crain of Dollhouse Land. I love her use of color. Well balanced and feels like a bit of the outdoors captured. They always perk me up in the winter.
The doll and 2 bunnies are some old favorites from the late 90’s. I have two of the dolls by the same artist that I got in 1997 when I was on the East coast at a miniature show. I have never seen her work since but love the detail. They have viscose hair, lace trim and ribbon added to the pinafores. All the rest is polymer clay. Here is the two dolls and their markings. If you know the artist’s name, I would love to know it.
The bunnies are by Becky Delk. She made lots of sweet children and animals in the 90’s. She was at the Denver show and NAME conventions when I was able to get some of her creations. The detail is incredible with the dresses having checkered pattern, strips, etc all created with her manipulation of the clay. They amaze me. I think she burned out due to her work being so popular.
The small gatherings under a dome or cover is a much better way to enjoy your miniatures than tucked away in a drawer until you have a place for it in a scene.
In the creating of seasonal plants for my floral shop decked out for Thanksgiving I explored the aisles of the hobby shops for bits that I could use to add the proper seasonal colors. I found the nicest sprays that have a wide range of colors to work into the arrangements.They made great clusters of grapes in my turkey cart and were another texture/filler in the bouquets. It looks like something the floral department has for each season, just different colors, so I am checking for them this spring too.
You may find some uses for them too.They were inexpensive and took acrylic paint well for touch ups.
Magical transformations from one thing into something different is always a thrill!
floral sprays from hobby lobby
mini grape clusters cut off the spray for use in cart and arrangement