donderdag 21 juli 2011

Molly by light

"Hi honey, what are you doing?" "Oh, I'm electrifying a walnut."
I think I might be overdoing it this time, and perhaps I remove the light. But I thought to glue some very tiny glow-in-the-dark stars inside the walnut, and they would need light to glow.

Here's the walnut by daylight:

It needs a stand to hang it in, still thinking on that. In the meanwhile I started working on a new project, without finishing the previous ones (again)...


dinsdag 19 juli 2011

Welcome new followers!

A warm welcome to my new followers:

Basteltante Burns (no blog?)
Ivolga (no blog?)
Barbara Gutierrez (no blog?)
Sherry Raines (no blog?)
Gls2007 (empty blog?)
Anarniel (no blog?)
Rocio (no blog?)
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Valentina (no blog?)
Britt (no blog?)

I hope I have something to show you on my blog soon!
Bye for now,

woensdag 8 juni 2011

Meet Molly Walnut

I haven't spend much time in blogland or working on miniatures lately, but when I found this walnut in my shed, I had instant ideas, that needed to be done. The hole has been made by the teeth of little mice.

I think this is the perfect cradle for a baby-fairy. I made a small baby-fairy of Fimo, painted her, and added a few fluffy hairs. I tried to give her wings by glueing some fly-wings on her, but they got damaged too often. I guess her wings will grow when she's a little bit older.

I have never had any interest in children, not even when I was one myself, and I never made a baby or child before. My first attempts were looking more like a devil, than a baby. Freud would certainly have an explanation for that ;-). Being busy on a 'living' creature forms an idea of her character, and I like to give them names. I named her Molly, Molly Walnut of course.

The cradle is not done yet. It still needs curtains, a rope to hang on and some things to keep the little one happy. But Molly can sleep warm and safely now, if she doesn't wake up, crawls out and falls down. But I'm sure she doesn't..


maandag 25 april 2011

(A late) HAPPY EASTER!!!

A bit late, but I hope you all had a

I didn't have time to take pictures yesterday, but my Easter-themed bell jar is ready. Well, sort of. I wanted to add flowers, and a cat, and... I guess there will be another Easter next year, and how nice will it be to be able to add some things to it then. :-)

Branches of the curly willow with thingies hanging in it, are used as Easter decoration here. I used wood of my grape for this (the 'grips' of the climbing vine), as it curls in the same way.

View on the table:

I've put the chocolat bunny in a basket, I like that more than on a plate, where it was before.

All is made by me, except for the obvious things (glassware, plates, basket and cutlery, except for the butter-knife). It's my first miniature scene, that is finished, ready, done! I'm so proud of myself ;-).

Have a nice week!

donderdag 21 april 2011

With ornament & nest

With ornament, you all said, so here are the chairs, with ornament and pillows:

I hope you like them. Indeed they do match the table better with the ornament.

In the meanwhile I also have been busy to fill the upper part of the bell jar. I made a branch with a nest, with two little birdies:

The two bare birds are made of Fimo. There are a few real feathers in the nest, only 2-4 mm long. I find those in my garden, when the newborn birdies have flown from their nests. Not this year though: the birds seem very lazy in nest-making, not one of the nest-boxes on the garage has been occupied yet, while the weather has been perfect. :-(

The branch hangs in the bell jar:

And this is how it looks in total now:

Still much to do, but I'm getting there!

Thank you all for you thinking with me!


woensdag 20 april 2011

With or without?

Easter is coming soon, so I need to hurry with my Easter-scene. But this week my time-off from work started (well, I still need to do a few things at home, but the weather is too nice to spend much time inside the house), so I have more time now. I made two of these chairs:

They will be painted white and get a pillow to sit on in the same fabric as the table-cloth. I had planned to give them the same ornament as the table:

But now I'm not sure, I also like them without ornament:

But with ornament is nice too:

I need to make up my mind before I can paint them. So what do you think: with or without ornament?


zondag 3 april 2011

Progress on Easter table

Not that I do that much, just made some sweets, croissants and pains-au-chocolat of Fimo.

These Fimo-eggs are wrapped in real Easter-chocolate-egg-wrapping. They look so big on the photo, but they are only 2 mm! I also made the bowl.

I'm not totally happy with how the croissants and pains-au-chocolat look. They look good enough on the photo, but I think I over-used transparent Fimo. A good, crispy croissant is a bit transparent trough the layers, so I thought transparent would add realisme, but I'm not sure. Oh, I can always try and make more.

And I made a chocolate Easter bunny. It is surrounded by little sweet eggs, and two small sugar ducks.

Another view on the table:

Soon I will have more time for miniatures. With my health not improving the way I want to, and my job getting more stressful and demanding very day, I decided that it's time to take a step back. I'll take 3 months off. At first I felt heartbroken, as I leave my collegues behind with even more work to do. But the decision is made, I can't wait to get some rest. Well, 2-3 more weeks before I can go.
Do you know the serie Pride & Prejudice? The moment where Elizabeth gets a tour in the Darcy-house and is shown the room where the late mrs Darcy wrote her letters in the morning? It always sounded so peaceful to me. Now I dream of surfing through your blogs after breakfast, getting inspiration for the day :-).

Bye for now,

zondag 20 maart 2011

Look what I got & progress on Easter table

I don't know the English word for this kind of cupboard, in which one can display small items, but isn't it a beauty? I thought it was a bit too expensive, but when my husband saw that I had a hard time putting it back on the shelf, he bought it for me :-). It was totally white: I've put pieces of scrapbookpaper in it.

I've been busy on the Easter table for the bell jar.
I thought it would be nice to have breakfast outside, so I've put grass on the floor. Then I made the table. I displayed it here with some tableware. It was good to try that out, as I had many plans (coffee, easter-bread, easter chocolate thingies, etc), not realizing how limited the space is. I need to choose what the miniature people may eat/drink on Easter-morning!
The legs of the table are made of metal strips, with an ornament glued on them. Between the legs is a wooden bar, screwed on the ornaments with amazing tiny screws, just like in the real world. I glued the table cloth on the table to make it hang. Even though the fabric is thin, it won't hang on itselve.
To be continued...


woensdag 16 maart 2011

Woodburning stove

The beach-house needs a wood burning stove, I think, to warm the miniature people after a beach-walk on a windy day and to lengthen those long summer nights. I'm in the proces of making one after the example of our 1:1 woodburner.
It can open, like the real one.
This is the example: our real woodburner. You can see the miniature one on the top of it.
And this is what I made it from: a tictac-box. You might notice the English flag: we bought it on holiday in Wales and that was in the period of the world championship of soccer. I just love to go through my boxes with stuff that might be useful someday for my miniature-making!

About the bell jar of the previous post, I think I'm going to do the idea of Gonda: an Easter table. I really like the idea of still doing something with the Spring-theme, but without having to make many flowers. I do need to hurry to be ready in time with all the plans I have!

Bye for now,

zaterdag 12 maart 2011

Advice wanted on bell jar

When I saw this bell jar, I had to buy it. It's perfect to display a scene. But what kind of scene will I make?

My first idea was a garden in spring: a white swing bench, pink roses, butterflies, birds, ... I do love the idea, but miniature flowers are not really my thing. Will I enjoy making this?

I wish I could sculpt so well, that I could make a fairy, like Rose (Elven Slippers) or Liliane (My dreams about fairies), or a fairytale scene like Silke (Silke's Miniatures), but I find it very difficult to sculpt a realistic face, even with the on-line-help of Hannie Sarris. I had wished to attend one of her courses, but she died much too young! (if anyone knows an other good course in sculpting fairies in the Netherlands, I would love to hear it!)

A part of a room maybe, of a medieval Scottish castle, or a palace in India, or a shabby chic brocante shop ...

I'm sure that you all have ideas of what would work well in a bell jar, and I would love to hear your opinion. What would you make or like to see in a bell jar? Or perhaps you already have filled one: I'd love to see your pictures!

Please, inspire me!

donderdag 10 maart 2011

Potted houses & Welcome!

My husband and I love to walk and take photograps, old gardens are perfect for both. The estate 'Gooilust' in 's Graveland (in the Netherlands) has a little extra for the dollshouse-lover. There's a little shed in the gardens, with a small round glass in the door. Who would not take a peak inside?

The view is unexpected:

I really don't by who and when these little potted houses were made, but aren't they cute? 

But let me welcome the many new followers during my absence!
Nschaaf (no blog?)
ekaterina.beluzina (no blog?)
Alennka (no blog?)
Maddie (can't get on your craft-blog though)
Carolien Booms (no blog?)
Strawberry Milk (no blog? I thought I remember one)
Nadia (no blog?)
Gonda (well, old follower with a new blog, but worth a visit)
Irene (no blog?)
Treefeathers (your blog seems to be empty?)
Marina (no blog?)

A warm welcome to you all!

dinsdag 15 februari 2011

It's been a while...

... since I blogged! I have some issues on my mind lately, and also my health has taken a wrong turn again (I'm sure the two are related), so it just doesn't cross my mind to make time to do fun, creative things. But I guess it also works the opposite direction: I need to do fun things to be happy. I tend to forget that.

Anyway, I started small, very small, projects of just a few millimeters: a key with a keyring, and a metal flower.
I haven't visited your blogs as well, need to update myself on what you all have been doing too. I hope you'll bring me my needed inspiration! And I need to welcome my new followers soon too!

Bye for now,