Thursday, April 21, 2011

Just a little bit of an update...

Life and school have been quite demanding as of late, but I'm hoping to have a bit more spare time now that I am done one of my courses.  Here are a few things I've been working on in the miniature realm....

I was playing around with sculpting again a few weeks ago, and I have again come to the realization that I have far to go.  ;)  I'm thinking I'll call her Madame Soleil.
I have a few other small projects on the go, like this dresser.  It was actually a dollar store piece that I painted and aged.  I'm debating adding some details or embellishments.  My hope is to start posting a little more regularly, but I must admit, I seldom have time to spend on my hobby.  Such is life! ;)

Saturday, February 19, 2011

[Almost] Finished 1:24 Courtyard!

We've been blessed with a few crisp, sunny days lately, so I was able to get outside to take some photos of my 1/24 scale courtyard roombox. I'm really excited to see the final product of my long and tedious labour! I'm not sure I'll be doing egg carton stones anytime soon, although I do like the effect.  Everything you see in this scene was made from scratch by me. 
I'm planning on adding some "dirt" and moss here and there.  It's a little too pristine at this point.  Anyone know how I could make the bricks less shiny? I'd also like to add some plants... perhaps some sort of flowering vine coming in the window?
When I last posted about the courtyard, I was only at this point.... it's nice to look back and have that sense of accomplishment :)
The old wooden door was made from craft sticks whittled down with my exacto knife, with a handle made from a crimp bead and a jump ring.

The rabbit hutch is almost finished - I just need to finish painting the rabbit from the last post and then I'll be gluing down the roof.  The chair by the window seems like it would be a great place to sit and read or daydream on a lazy summer afternoon.
~ Until Next Time ~

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A Sculpey Adventure

I took out the sculpey the other night and decided to try making some mini goodies.  After making the valentines cookies I shared yesterday, I got on a bit of a health kick. ;) It's been far too long since I've had a taste of watermelon - I succeeded in making myself hungry for summer as well!

My poor little albino bunny is still in need of some fur.  At least he has some celery to munch on now!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!


I'm back! I took a bit of an unscheduled leave from this blog for a while because I've been too busy with everything else.  I have had a bit of time in the past couple weeks to work on some projects, however, so stay tuned for pictures! :)

Happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Candy Canes

I've been wanting to try making candy canes for a while, so even though it's only November, I couldn't hold myself back any longer!

Honestly, this was just way too much fun! ;)  And pretty easy too..  It felt good to start something I could finish the same evening.

Oh, and I made a couple pumpkins too, although they didn't turn out quite as well.  I noticed afterwards that I made the leaves wrong for a pumpkin.  In the pictures I can see that I was getting lazy and there are some fuzzies in the clay.  That's ok though, it was just an experiment.  ;)

Thursday, October 21, 2010


Obviously, I haven't had much time to post lately... the story of my [busy] life.  Sunday night was pretty much the only time I really had time to work on my miniature projects.  I got a tiny bit more done on my courtyard project, but mainly just worked on painting the the features on my doll's face.  Don't laugh, this is pretty much my first attempt. ;)  I think her mouth is the worst part- I'll pay more attention to that next time I try sculpting.  I'm still trying to thing of a name for her..

I took a few pictures of my progress... sorry some of the pictures turned out weird- her skin colour is actually closest to the picture at the top of the post.  I'm still not sure how to costume her... I want something flowing and elegant I think... it's just so hard to achieve that with the fabric I have in my stash.  I'll let you know if I come up with any ideas or make any more progress! ;)
I found this silky fabric from a sash/belt thing that I really like.  It's pretty narrow though, so I'll have to see what I can come up with.  No, the dress probably won't look anything like this, I was just seeing what the fabric looked like on the doll! :)  As you can see, I have made a tiny bit of progress on the courtyard.  It's really slow going though, especially when I only have about 20 minutes of free time per week!  Sorry for the pity party, I'll stop now. lol! 
Until next time! 

Monday, September 27, 2010

New Horizons...

As you probably already know, I have mostly worked in 1/2" scale.  Although I still don't have room for much else, I have dreams of building a 1" scale dollhouse someday... so I summoned up all my courage and plunged into sculpting a 1:12 doll.  Technically this is the third doll I've made... I made one for practice years ago that isn't really in any scale, and I tried (key word: tried) to sculpt a doll in 1/2" scale but that was a little too tiny for my fingers.  And even more difficult to paint details!

Anyhow... I finished the sculpting of my new doll last night, and I thought I'd share so that it doesn't appear that I've vanished off the face of the earth.  Although with all the things I'm involved in this year, sometimes I feel like I'm going to be drowned in it ;)

So here she is! Right now, bald and bland, she's a doll only the creator could love.  Makes me grateful for my Creator who so lovingly made me, "imperfections" and all. :) 
I wrapped her in a scrap of a lace handkerchief for the photos.  I'm really looking forward to dressing her for real, albeit a little nervous about it.  I think the lace suits her though- her costume might end up incorporating some of that lace.  She's kind of an elegant, old-fashioned type I think. 
Here she is with the 1/2 scale doll I did before.  It's amazing how much difference there is in size! Unfortunately the 1/2 scale doll's hands broke off, what with all that adjusting her for different poses and crushing her in drawers.  Yes, she's bald too. :(  Poor thing.  My goal for this week is wigging both of them.  One thing I'm pretty happy about is that both of them can stand without any support, which is handy.