It’s January and for the most of the United States it is really, really cold and misery outside. Time to stay inside and find some place warm, for me that’s my workroom.
I’ve been tinkering again and cleaning out some bins of bits and pieces that time forgot. This year I am trying to make time to do some of the pins from Pinterest that I am always adding to. I will never get to all of them but love the creative mood it creates for me as I am scrolling through the pictures.
Miniaturists do have a hard time tossing things. I kept saving the candy/cough drop tins over time. Now is the time to transform them into something. One pin that catch my eye was the stovetop transformation.
So I decided to make some for grand kids and recycle some minis that were tired of being in a forgotten drawer. So the fun began!
Its a small surprise to send in the mail when the live far away. A reminder that Grandma was thinking about them. I like to imagine their faces when it is opened. It is always a treat to have something come just for you in the mail, especially for kids!
Here is the pictures of one of them.
Umm? What IS cooking???
View of the stovetop
Inside the tin is plastic bags are the pieces to make this fun!
Here is the graphics for the stove top that I mentioned in the video below.
Here is a video for further explanation. Hope you find this as entertaining as I did.
Playtime is always good for lifting your spirits on cold, cloudy winter days.
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
Here is a closeup of the cabinet. Carl designed it and was part of the shoppe class. It is a very nice display cabinet for foods. Anne Caesar from the Kitchen Captive made the cookies on the cake stand and boxed ones on the right side of the shelf. The boxes are mine, named Old Castle boxes(not the most creativity title). They are great fillers.
On the third shelf are my clover boxes filled with meringues that I made. The boxed rose candies are beads but look great as molded chocolates. The belingot container on the left is a favorite. The subtle coloring of the bonbons always draw my eye to them.
Here is more photos of the previously mentioned shop. With an open side and no roof it allowed all the individual foods to be visible and not hidden in the shadows. All the bits that I had treasured have a home! So many treasures and memories tied to them.
I loved the wicker table. I recolored the table top to blend better to its companion pieces. I created the doilies. Draped doilies always seem to add elegance and warmth, at least to me. The cabinet on the right was from Philly show a few years ago. Brought it on a whim but had no immediate home for it BUT now it is looks perfect in here.
The tiered wire stand allows the individual foods to shine. Love miniature foods especially the sweets. Yummy without the guilty pounds!
I started this blog about a year ago and really just let it set idle. I think the problem was no set purpose to the blog. I wanted to share some of my thrill of creating miniatures, I just didn’t have a clear vision how to present it. The internet has allowed people to share far and wide. It has became our community. Due to all the inspirations I have found helpful, I want to give back some of that.
I love the journey from a mere idea to a captured mini version of some object or scene. I relive the journey when I look at it, all the time spent making it or all the things I have purchased to fill it. Perfect contentment.
I took a class from Carl Bronsdon at a NAME convention in 2014. It was a structure that captured a beautiful facade but allowed you to really see the inside well. One side and roof is absent so the detail of my minis really shine.