Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Dreaming of Sweden - A Miniature Dollhouse Room Box

For my special miniature project this Christmas, I thought I'd try to do a better, more elaborate room-box. Of course I designed it at 1:12, my favorite scale :).



All said and done, I tried to think of what makes me happier than anything, and Sweden came to me straight away. And with shabby chic and Sweden on my mind I began working. 

After I had decided on a good sized box, came the hard part, of deciding what to put inside of it. I tried to carefully select each and every item, and make sure that they were worthy of my tiny dollhouse room-box.

But selecting them was not everything, as I would soon find out. Once I got them, I started the long process of transforming them, and giving them my own personal touch. And this is how, in the end, none of the outside miniatures have remained the same. Whether it is patina or paint, I have changed them all.




























I then added my own creations, peach cupcakes on a shelf, along with a toffee apple, a jar of jam and some bread, some apricots and even a lemon. All miniature food made out of polymer clay.


Coming on to details, I really wanted to get the "lived in" feeling, so I handmade a bunch of super small stuff. The calendar on the wall, the kitchen towel on the hook, and a selection of books, out of which one is standing out - "Dreaming of Sweden". It turned out to be the perfect name for my dollhouse room box.


  


There are plenty of other details, but I'll let you discover them by yourselves - I have uploaded quite a few pictures to help you out.


I'll just say that the shelves do not lack wooden chopping boards (handmade), books, glasses and even some fine china.  

      


Hanging from the wall above there is even a working lamp to turn on at night - it works on a small watch battery. The floor is plywood, handmade of course.



And since I like to play with my miniatures, I have attached a hinged wooden frame, that one can open and close every time one feels the need to play with this little wonder.

For me this shabby chic dollhouse box is a reminder of the Swedish design culture, and for their constant attention to each and every detail. I hope I managed to convey the same feeling to you. 

:)

Friday, November 1, 2013

Miniature Cherry Season

So I know we are far from cherry season, but that isn't stopping me from making these pretty miniature fruits. 

I like cherries, and whether I am using a bunch of them, or even just a few, I really enjoy giving them a front role in a lot of my dollhouse dishes. So, don't be surprised if you'll find them on cakes, biscuits, and even in bowls.

For some reason I absolutely love making them, and be it winter or spring, summer or autumn, I think they are always in season. 


And since I am making them out of polymer clay, I am pretty sure they'll never go bad.








Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween Dollhouse Fun

I haven't really prepared the dollhouse for Halloween this year, but that is only because I have been so busy with custom orders...not that I am complaining :).

Anyway, I couldn't let the festivities pass me by, and since less is more, and miniatures really say that better than anything else, I thought of getting you in the Halloween mood with a fun picture. 

Can you spot the ghosts?...no?...I thought so :)

Happy Halloween everyone!





Monday, October 21, 2013

Honey, Yogurt Panna Cotta With Pears and Pistachios



I am especially proud of a miniature delicacy I have just finished a few weeks ago, therefore I couldn't resist the urge to share it with you guys. 

I set out to make something especially delicate and sweet, and could think of nothing better than  yogurt panna cotta, with pistachios and delicious pears. It took some extra time on my part (that I have to admit), and I couldn't quite tell you how I managed to produce the tinniest pistachios in the world, but somehow it was all done, at the usual 1:12/1'' scale.








And in the end I was really sorry to see it go (as you guessed it, the piece has already been snatched away by a true dollhouse aficionado), but I snapped some pictures just in time, so I have something to show for it. 



Monday, September 30, 2013

Miniature 1920' Stove

You must know by now how I love a good challenge every once in a while. This being said, I just couldn't resist the urge of setting a new one for myself.
A 1920 miniature stove, made from scratch, at a scale of 1:12/1''? Sounds a bit hard, does it? Or should I say close to impossible?

It may be so, but as you collectors probably know, these things are so damn expensive, that one has to find some loopholes, right?





















I'll let you in on my little secret to creating your very own, inexpensive, but really nice looking miniature stove. Just get yourself some old, good for nothing cardboard, some polymer clay (I chose fimo), some paint and don't forget to allocate a good few hours' working time - it may take more or less, depending on one's patience, determination and skill. :))

Oh, and lest I forget, don’t start anything without a good model in mind. Research until you find the stove you love (God knows the internet is full of great pictures), scale it down on paper – you must not start without a sketch, or you won’t get very far.


 


Long story short, I started with cutting the cardboard into shape, I then glued it together (tried to leave my fingers out of it, almost made it), I prepared all the tiny handles out of fimo, and then started working on the patina.

I used an older re-ment grill for the cooker (which I think was a perfect fit), and there it was, 10 hours later, my "close to perfect", 1920 miniature stove was ready to take its place in my dollhouse kitchen.


























I won't deny it, it was not the easiest thing I have done, but it was most rewarding, and I have to say, I am quite pleased with it, being my first try and all. :)

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Taste For Cake

I suddenly developed a taste for cake, sweet, melt in your mouth cake, and my first thought was to go to the kitchen, and bake the...miniature version of course. Like I said in my previous posts, it can all be resumed to this: desserts do taste jolly good, but miniatures are forever, so take your pick. :)

All said and done, I got right down to it, studied the real thing up closely and decided to go for a sliced bundt cake and a delicious frosted sponge cake, with two tiny tea cookies. It's really everything you need for a successful dollhouse party.




























When it comes down to these popular desserts, the main thing to consider is color and texture. If you manage to get those right then you're home free. So, I fiddled and played around with colors until I got that brownish, fresh out of the oven look I was going for. And there you have it, delicious bundt cake and sweet frosted sponge cake, polymer clay replicas, but just as good looking as the real thing.









































Now it's all up to the tiny dollhouse guests to judge the result, it's just too bad they can't talk. :)

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Crusty Rustic Bread Miniature

I made this one thinking about all those times I was longing for the smell of fresh baked bread. 

And since it's a little bit tricky to always be baking bread - and by tricky I mean hard :) I decided to "bake" the miniature version of the ever so popular crusty rustic bread.

One can never have enough bread, especially when it is fresh out of the oven, so I made two, and even cut a slice for those who want to savor it with a little bit of butter. 



























Downsides: it's not edible, however delicious looking it may be.

Upsides: it never goes stale.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

On an unrelated note, we made the local magazine...

In case you were wondering what we look like, here's your chance, cause we are proud to say we made the local magazine!!

We were featured along with a few of our miniatures in the August edition of our local "Femeia" (Woman) magazine.

So, here are the two girls behind the miniature project that wants to take the world by surprise. :)




Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Miniature Custom Cakes To Go

So we got a custom order from our most loyal customer yet :) Apparently she was having a miniature dollhouse party, and wanted not one, not two, not three, but four different cakes to serve to her tiny guests. That must be one classy party for sure - we thought to ourselves.



And since we always love a good challenge, we immediately said yes and started working on these miniature custom cakes. I studied the pictures up close, and in keeping with the real life cakes, I tried to capture the texture, detail and color that make them so very cute. And they are cute, there is no doubt about it. 

But, since every challenge is supposed to be hard, this one made no exception, and I have to admit I took my sweet time. The trickiest ones were the pink macaroons cake and the pastel one. It wasn't easy to replicate the tiny multicolored candy inside the macaroons one, or the delicate pastel layers of the other one, but I like to think I did it alright.

And to keep things interesting we also had a rose petal cherry cake, and of course a chocolate cherry one. All in all we think we did pretty well. Check out the "before and after" pictures, what do you think, have we lived up to the challenge?


 




















  



















 



















                                         


















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Monday, July 8, 2013

Old Fashioned Coffee Sponge Cake - The Miniature Version


I got nostalgic for those quiet summer afternoons at my grandma's, with the great desserts and the long talks, and the feeling of sheer joy it all gave me. And I suddenly felt the urge for some old fashioned sponge cake…

But you know me, miniatures are my specialty, so what else could I be making, if not a tiny sponge cake? And in keeping with my grandmother's tradition I have given it the works: coffee frosting and cherry confiture on the side - or should I say on top?


















Ok, so maybe it doesn't smell like the real thing, maybe it is not edible, you've got me there. But it's a miniature that captures the moment, and that will definitely last in time - not like the real cake that would disappear the moment she'd take it out of the oven :) 

































I guess with polymer clay things really can last forever, and I made a cake that will remind me that memories do last forever - at least good ones that is…

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Miniature Tea Party

It has been a while since my last posting, and I know I said I'd be back with part two of the Chrysnbon kit, but here I am, carried away with my latest creation: sugar tea cookies and caramel cheesecake cupcakes.

Dollhouse miniature tea parties are the best, and when you have the right cookie selection you can't go wrong, right? :)

I wanted to make quite a few, so that everyone can pick their favorite. So amongst them you'll find different shapes and sizes, all of them smaller than even I could have predicted they'd turn out.






















So, I let my imagination get the best of me, and created some funny shapes, that actually remind me of my grandmothers' cookies, which I so much loved to eat. And although this batch is all polymer clay and pastel colors, I can't help but feel the smell of sugar frosting and fresh cupcakes in the air.























I can't really tell which is my favorite, I'll let you be the judge of that. So pick out from the miniature mushrooms, tiny white ghosts and pink peaches and let me know if you fancy any of them for your dollhouse party guests.
























PS: In case you were wondering, the ceramic stand used for the serving is made out of two plates and an old earring stud I happened to stumble upon. Pretty ingenious, right? I told you I really let my imagination run free.

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Sunday, June 9, 2013

My First Chrysnbon Kit

Let me say that ever since I have started to constantly dedicate time and thought to my passion for miniatures, starting with six months ago, I have been time and again changing my take on a lot of things. 

At first I started to collect miniatures. That was enough for me. No matter the object, no matter the scale, just randomly, without any discernment, I really, truly loved each one of them, and it made no difference to me that the finishing touches were rough, or that the scale was not precise. They were just pretty in and of themselves, or so I thought.

But now I feel I have more refined taste, and my appreciation for finer things is starting to kick in. And that is how I came about to buying (on eBay) my first ever Chrysnbon kit.





















I have to admit that I had my doubts from the beginning, and with good reason, it's made of plastic. But once you see the elements, even unassembled, rough, without any paint, even then they look so delicate that it's impossible not to love them. You just can't get the same detail with wood, not on that scale. All other wooden miniature pieces simply pale in comparison to the Chrysnbon kit - plastic as it may be. All of a sudden it becomes clear that the other miniature furniture you once owned is simply chunkier, rougher, and what's worse, that it has proportion flaws.

But let's get back to my kit, it's for a miniature kitchen cabinet, and it is just like a swan (for lack of a better word), swimming amongst little geese in my tiny, unfinished kitchen (which I will write about at one time, when I feel ready). 

So, I ordered it, I got it in the mail, I opened it, and I started to read the instructions carefully. Easy enough right? Well, not quite, as I have always had a problem with patiently and thoroughly reading the instructions - even when it comes down to medicine :)). To be honest I get the very distinct feeling that there is nothing anyone can teach me that I don't already know, or can make a logical assumption of. How many times I have been mistaken on this account, I couldn't possibly know, but one time too many, that's for sure.

Long story short, turns out you were supposed to paint it first. Meaning, all those tiny pieces, with all those tiny accessories glued on top had to be sprayed on first with paint - that is before assembling them. Made sense, as it did come with a small paint box, but since I couldn't even stand having it brown, I painted it white.






















As you can imagine, it took some time, mostly because of my crappy glue. But after gluing my hand to my hair, my hand to my chair, two fingers together, well, let's say practice makes perfect, and after a while it was done. First thing I learned though - throw away the crappy glue (it was an a+b epoxy) - goodbye and good riddance.

On account of my impatience, which we have already determined somewhere above, I am missing intermediary pictures :(. So we'll have to do with whatever I was able to document, my hand trembling with the excitement and emotion of getting to the patina stage, which, for me is the icing on the cake.























Now I am waiting for my second kit, for which I will be better prepared - The Miniature Bathroom. I promise I'll have more details, and hopefully more pictures. :))