Saturday, November 22, 2008

Plans for Victoria's Farmhouse

Found Around the Web, Shabby Chic Decor

Here are some shabby chic items we'll need to find in miniature for Joanna's Victoria's Farmhouse. The few pieces I happen to know Santa is bringing can't be shown here, of course, until after Christmas.

And I'd like to thank Rosezanne from the Greenleaf forums for sharing her PDF Victoria's Farmhouse building log, She gave me persmission to share it here and it is perfect. I love the stencil she used for the door and shutters and the trimwork she did on the banister railings and the way she stained the shingles. And I've never tape wired a house and she shows and explains it step by step.

In other news, I have been bitten by the Christmas bug (as a chronic procrastinator this is unusual for me) so am making lycopodium mini wreaths and creating a lycopodium tree from one of the bottle brush Lemax trees I bought in a package at Michael's when they were 50% off. Now to hope the ceilings in Joanna's house accomodate a 9" tree?! Watch them only take a 7" or 8" one! That might threaten my Christmas spirit! I'll post more pix--maybe one of Rosezanne's finished house when I don't have to get dressed for work . . . on a Saturday . . . when my Dad, husband and oldest DD are headed to the football game, Joanna is going to be dropped off at a birthday party and we have a huge out of town wedding this evening. Working on Saturday's in retail is sometimes a big old bummer.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

What 'We're' Getting For Christmas!

Joanna is Getting a Victoria's Farmhouse for Christmas!This beautiful dollhouse by Real Good Toys is going to be left at our house by Santa this year for Joanna, nine. I have advised her to decorate it in Shabby Chic style like the beautiful room featured on Calamity Kim's blog, I think she wrote that this is a neighbor's cottage interior?! Wow--great neighborhood.
These two rooms in shabby chic style are by Kim Saulter (you can visit her blog from my links and buy her exquisite creations through CDHM, Custom Dollhouses and Miniatures in the galleries section. Her style is so wonderful and she mainly specializes in bakery roomboxes.

This is my favorite, a Christmas room. It is perfect in every detail.
And now that I am finally getting the hang of punch needle after purchasing a needle and weaver's cloth in Utah when Becky and I went out for HandiQuilter training, oh, three years ago, I will have to order this pattern form Joan Grimold, see her link in my listing! It is divine. Oh, aren't I . . . I mean Joanna and I . . . going to have fun decorating our, I mean, her house?!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Betsy & Mini's on Martha Stewart!!

Follow the link to see Betsy Neiderer on Martha Stewart! What a great way to promote mini's:

Copy and paste the link in your search box to find it or go to Martha Stewart's site and search Betsy Neiderer or mini cookie ornament.

And here is Betsy's video:

The Fabulous Works of Betsy Niederer, IGMA Fellow and CDHM Member

The Exquisite Works of Betsy Niederer
The first pix is of a cheese and fruit tray by Betsy Niederer, IGMA fellow and member of CDHM based on this one featured in Martha Stewart magazine. Betsy began making food for her children's Barbie house and decided she had a knack for it. You can see more of her beautiful works on her website, and in her CDHM gallery where you can purchase them for your own!
I know that Betsy uses paper punches to punch out her cookies from polymer clay and then glazes them with liquid sculpey and/or textural paints and glazes.

When I get this good at mini foods from polymer clay, maybe I'll be an IGMA artisan, too! Betsy has been very generous to share some of her tips on CDHM and with me in an e-mail and I 'd like to thank her for giving me permission to share some of her photos here. And also to Kerri Pajutee who did not yell at me (haha) for posting her gorgeous, realistic animals. That's me--living vicariously through other miniature artisans!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Kerri Pajutee Miniature Animals

These are a few of Kerri Pajutee's exquisite and beautifully detailed miniature animals. You can find more on her website, She is one of the IGMA (International Guild of Miniature Artisans) who regularly contribute their tips, tutorials, and advice on CDHM, Custom Dollhouses and Miniatures. She has answered my questions after my feeble attempts at sculpting realistic animals. It's just one of the things I would like to master. I so admire her work and wish I could take a class from her.
Basically, she sculpts the animals over a wire armature using polymer clay, often in subsequent layers between baking and, if necessary, she refines them using carbide scrapers available from Rio Rondo, and then she flocks and furs them using mohair, alpaca, wool and other natural fibers. Beautiful!

Also, found on CDHM this week, I had to share what Jinny wrote about the hazards of working with miniscule little parts and pieces in a thread she titled The Horrors of Fat Finger Syndrom:

Finally the weekend...I decided to ignore my mountain of schoolwork and my majorly sleep-deprived state and ice the handful of plain, already baked doughnuts I made a while back.

Of course, fat finger syndrome stopped me from doing so. After mixing up the clay-TLS combination, I found that my too-wide fingers could barely hold the tiny doughnut, let alone ice it. But somehow, I managed to spread the icing on a little doughnut.

After making about three doughnuts this way, I set the fourth doughnut too close to the rest on the aluminum foil. And my horrendously fat finger brushed against the icing of another doughnut, causing it to stick to my hand. Frowning, I removed it with my other hand and dropped it on the baking sheet again. As my luck would have it, it landed icing-side down.

Annoyed, I pried the doughnut from the aluminum foil, but in doing so, my fat fingers accidentally nudged against the icing of two more doughuts. After finally getting rid of the little pink leeches, I almost gave up and went to sleep. But decided to try to finish one more.

Bad mistake.....

It was almost as if my fingers had gained weight in that short span of time. And finger obesity is a horrible thing, folks. I was entangled in a horrible pink mess. I gave up, washed my hands, and went to go take a nap.

Stupid doughnuts.

Friday, November 7, 2008

As Seen Around The Webosphere

Angela, who is a miniature artisan and regular contributor at CDHM, Custom Dollhouses and Miniatures, has posted a You Tube video of her beautiful Tudor style house, Ravenhurst Manor which I assume is named for the mystery game.