April 29, 2013

A to Z Blog Challenge - W to Z - White Hutch & Yellow Dollhouse

 * The posts are part of the A to Z Blog Challenge 2013. **
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I fell behind so I'm doubling up a few posts to catch up.

I wanted to share some of my favorite dollhouse projects. Hope you enjoyed seeing some different minis this month.


W- for my White Hutch and White Cabinet 

  
 I am planning a large ladies shoppe and a smaller display room so am painting some furniture. The first is the Michael's wood hutch. I used scrapbook paper and a Paris graphic from the Graphics Fairy. Love how it turned out! I put regular gold knobs that I painted, too.



X -  Extremely - dare I say it? Cute.  Joy Cox makes the cutest faces on her mini dolls like this half scale witch on ebay uk. 

Y - See Yellow House below.  Z: Zombies, of course. I want to leave this post up a few  days so Z will be for Zombies and a Walking Dead mini scene made by miniaturist Dorothy, which will be featured shortly at my other blog, GirlZombieAuthors. And check back here for a Story a Day for May. Well, I'll try.




The cabinet was the standard mahogany color. It simply looks better painted and papered! I plan to fill it with miniature shoes and purses. (Ignore the fingers and dirty mirror. ha!)





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Y - My Yellow House 




This is one of my favorite miniature projects. Had some pix up a loooong time ago, so this is probably new to most.


The house was a kit I bought years ago which though half scale was sold as a children's playhouse. (Wish I'd bought the other kit as they're long gone; forgot who made it.)


(One of the sides.  Lilies were handmade. Other flowers were a kit; resin birdhouses on wall.)

  I didn't stick to scale as at the time I had these kits which were a smaller 1" scale and filled in with other things, which to me still fit. I did use a half scale chair and items on the porch. 

The stones in the chimney and outside of front porch  are those polished rocks you find at museums attached in stucco (lightweight Spackle - wall compound.) 

I tried to do other different things like use a small wood birdhouse topped with a woodsie for a table.


(Other side has iris, trailing vines and a bench where someone stopped for a break. And  had to have a flamingo!)



(Just about every house I build has to have a dog, of course. The flowers were made in a film canister (remember those?) that is scored, painted and has gold metal tape attached.) 

Hope you enjoyed seeing the project! 




April 27, 2013

A to Z Blog Challenge - V is for Miniature Violin -the real thing

  * The posts are part of the A to Z Blog Challenge 2013. ** 

I fell behind so I'll have to double up posts next week.


(Photo: David Edwards)

Today I wanted to share an amazing miniature violin, handmade by UK artisan David Edwards. It is an incredible 2-inches long.

Edwards made the 1/12th scale violin last year in pearwood with fingerboard, tailpiece and pegs in ebony. The bridge is recycled ivory. The strings and tailgut are real gut. There is a sound post inside just like the real instrument and it is resting on a full-size violin peg. 

See more of Edwards' work at his blog or Facebook page.

April 24, 2013

A to Z Blog Challenge - U is for Unusual Minis


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Today's letter is U for Something Unusual in Miniature ....

Sharing a little Halloween bed I made - Love the bat pillow!  This is half scale (6 inches = 1 foot)



April 23, 2013

A to Z Blog Challenge - T is for Miniature Christmas Tree


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Today's letter is T for Miniature  Christmas Tree


'Tis not the season, but you can't have Santa (see yesterday's S post) without a Christmas tree...




April 22, 2013

A to Z Blog Challenge - S is for Seeing my zombie book Girl Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie in person!

A second post I have to add! for the A to Z Blog Challenge 2013!

  Got the advanced reader copy today for GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie!

A teensy slight change - and it looks really cool!




A to Z Blog Challenge - S is for Miniature Santa


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Today's letter is S for Miniature Santa

Couldn't think of a better fit than Santa for S, right?

See my Santa's Christmas Cottage on the website, click miniatures. 



April 20, 2013

A to Z Blog Challenge - R is for Red Miniatures


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Today's letter is  R for  Red Miniatures

Thought I'd share a couple miniatures in a fun color -  RED!


Cake in a red tin for the Queen's 60th anniversary
Victorian purses with a red lining.


April 19, 2013

A to Z Blog Challenge - Q is for Quick Miniature Jars and Canisters



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Today's letter is Q for Quick 
Mini Canning Jars and Canisters


Tough one! I wondered, what to do for Q? Then I thought of the quick, easy project I wanted to share. So here goes:

Mini Jars and Canisters - C. Verstraete 

Materials:

 * Round beads (the beads are in a package with several colors from the Dollar Tree.) What's neat  is that unlike pony beads, these beads are cut "straight" on the sides and across the top, almost like a straw, which makes them perfect for jars. (They are 1/4" high.)

* Standard 1/8" round hole office punch
* Thin clear plastic, like from a package covering
* Colored clay - I use air-dry, Crayola Model Magic clay, which I paint with acrylics.
* Bits of herbal and black tea from tea bags
* Small flat-backed black bead.
* Canning label printies, shrunk down with names written on
* Printed cotton, tacky glue
* Thin cardboard or box card (tea or cereal boxes work well)
* Smallest size gold brad
* Smallest pony beads
* Silver alphabet bead
* Printie tea label

 NOTE: These are all smaller beads so I made the jars for my half scale house. Use larger size beads for 1-inch scale.

Directions:

* Canister:


1 Punch out round piece of plastic and glue to bottom of bead. When dry, fill with tea from a tea bag.

2  Punch out second round plastic piece for top and glue to bead. Glue small flat-backed black bead to top for "handle."

3. Glue label to front of jar. (which was on but I have to re-glue them. ha!)


* Canning Jar:


(Photos: back row, from left: Pony bead, dollar store bead.)

1. Form pieces of clay into shapes like vegetables, and paint desired color with acrylic paints. Note: these are so small that you don't have to be exact; it's just to give an illusion of something being in the jars.

2. Punch out plastic circle and glue to bottom of the dollar store bead (as in first jar in front.) Fill with clay "food" shapes. Punch out three circles from card. Stack and glue together, then glue stack to underside of desired fabric.

3. Cut fabric around stack in a circle shape, leaving a slight edge. Glue stack to top of jar. Put dots of glue on fabric edge and fold around jar to make a fabric covered lid.

(You can try gluing a piece of string on fabric edge and glue on a separate small bow to give the illusion of a closing tie, but the jar is pretty small.) Add a canning label to front with desired name penned in.


* Small pony bead jar - Square tea tin:



(Photo: left regular, larger size pony bead, smaller pony beads for half scale topped with smallest brad; silver alphabet bead)

1. Pony bead jar - stack and glue together two of smallest size pony beads. Use different colors to match  contents if possible. Glue smallest size gold brad to top. Print out reduced canning or fruit label. Wrap around beads and glue.

2.  Square alphabet bead tea tin: I had a bunch of these beads and realized the size is perfect for a half scale tin. Print out reduced tea package art or scenery for a label. Glue label to all sides of bead. Glue smallest size gold brad to the top.  (I use a small square piece of wood for a 1" scale tin.) 
(--From Candid Canine)




April 18, 2013

A to Z Blog Challenge - P is for Miniature Pumpkins


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Today's letter is P for Miniature Pumpkins

I love these. Pumpkins are fun in real life and in miniature, of course!






April 17, 2013

A to Z Blog Challenge - O for Other things in miniature but real


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Today's letter is O for Other Things in Miniature - but real

Since I already scheduled S I thought I'd share  something else you might like to see.
We also raise dwarf seahorses.  You can friend me on facebook to see more pix and videos -  (christine.verstraete) Here are a couple pix:



  

April 16, 2013

A to Z Blog Challenge - N for Miniature Notebook


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Today's letter is N for Miniature Notebook

This was  fun project. Even in miniature you need to take notes, right?  I should make a totebag to go with it too...and matching shoes, and.... you know how that works in real life.... ha!



April 15, 2013

A to Z Blog Challenge: M is for Miniatures, of course!


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Today's letter is M for Miniatures, what else?

It's easy to post about what you love to do  -and I love creating new things or thinking up new projects It's just getting them done that's the problem. haa!

Today I'll share some miniature books I've made. The books in the bookends are free miniature book printies on my website, click miniatures. Coming: mini zombie book covers so check back!





 ** So, what's your favorite hobby? 

April 13, 2013

A to Z Blog Challenge: L for Miniature Lingerie


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Today's letter is L 

Here's a small corset in a box I made a while ago. Love this stuff!

More minis and stuff are my website.


April 12, 2013

A to Z Blog Challenge: K is for Miniature House Kit


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Today's letter is K  for Miniature House Kit

Thought I'd share the before pictures of a miniature house before it's all pretty.

This is a half-scale house I bought partly built. I usually like to build it myself from the beginning - and now I know why as I made several changes! I blocked in some windows and had to remeasure the front windows as I wanted more wall space. I didn't want the house to be colonial but am giving it more of an old stone-stucco house look. I'm adding a base to build a shed with a pantry on the one outside wall and a small greenhouse for plants on the other side. 

The living room was stained dark so I lightened it up by painting the walls and part of the fireplace ivory. The ceiling will be stuccoed after I paint the staircase opening. I also am adding a staircase but had to make a small landing that has to be turned since the stairs enter from the back instead of the front. A lot of planning. You have to keep steps in mind when you're doing a house like this. But in the end it's worth it!  In case you're wondering, the strip on the outside of the wall is electric tape for lighting the house. 




April 11, 2013

A to Z Blog Challenge: J is for Miniature Jar


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Today's letter is J

I have a couple easy tutorials I want to add yet, and hope I'll find a day to fit them in.

For now, here's a fun tea display stand I made... 

The easy display includes a jar made by gluing two pony beads on top of one another. Top with a gold brad, fitting the prongs inside. Then glue an appropriate label to the front. You can use this method to make food and perfume jars. Use clear, colored or the frosted color beads for perfume jars.    

The square tea jar uses a small square wood block covered with aluminum tape. Add a jump ring on top to simulate the opening. Add a small food or other label to the front. The tea box was purchased.





April 10, 2013

A to Z Blog Challenge - I is for In Miniature Style II


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Today's letter is I 

The most fascinating part of creating in miniature is, done right,
 it can be enough to fool the eye into thinking it is real.

It's a unique experience to enjoy the trappings of real life shrunk down to Lilliputian size.
It's even more fun to do it yourself.

I love decorating in miniature, figuring out the interior design, picking the colors and the items that make a miniature house a home. The top view of my logo includes two room interiors - the left is part of a small scene set in a birthday card. The right is one of the rooms in a half scale shadow box house. Below is my favorite room from my miniature "Dogcatcher's House."





The room is one of the projects featured in my book, IN MINIATURE STYLE II. The book includes profiles of other miniaturists' work, photos and over 40 how-to projets. Available in print, eBook and PDF. 

April 09, 2013

A to Z Blog Challenge - H is for Miniature Handbags and Purses


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Today's letter is H for Miniature Handbags & Purses



Many prefer modern styles in miniature, but Victorian and past decades are always popular in miniature. There's something appealing about making super frilly and feminine items  that you see only in a museum or in old photos. (See more of my miniatures.)

While the thought of corsets doesn't sound too appealing, (though the steampunk crowd has made them look really good,) you have to wonder what it would be like to dress in the silkiest, prettiest, most feminine of Victorian gowns with all the accessories, even if just for a day, right?




April 08, 2013

A to Z Blog Challenge: G has to be for GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie

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Today's letter is  G for  Girl Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie!

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention my upcoming zombie book, being published in August.

Check the GirlZombieAuthors blog for the cover reveal contest.  
(Last pieces  being shown today; contest ends 4/10 with full cover)

But here is one of the title cover pieces:





For fun, here're the puzzle pieces  of the cover (part of them): 



Here's the synopsis:


Life can suck when you're sixteen. It can suck even worse when you're not-quite-dead.

Sixteen-year-old Rebecca Herrera Hayes faces every teenager's biggest nightmares: bad skin, bad hair, and worse . . . turning into one of the living dead.
   Becca's life changes forever when her cousin Spence comes back to their small Wisconsin town carrying a deadly secret—he's becoming a zombie, a fate he shares with her through an accidental scratch.
   The Z infection, however, has mutated, affecting younger persons like her, or those treated early enough, differently. Now she must cope with weird physical changes and habits no girl wants to be noticed for. Then she meets Gabe, a good-looking part-Z like her, and fears falling for him. After all, how can he, who shows hardly any Z symptoms, be interested in someone like her?
   But time is running out... Becca needs his help as she and her cousin Carm search for their missing mothers and fight off hungry Zs.
   Most of all, she needs to find something, anything, to stop this deadly transformation before it is forever too late...




April 06, 2013

A to Z Blogging Challenge - F is for fancy miniatures

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My friend Kitty has a knack for making all kinds of things, as well as working in clay. Here are a few things she sent me in one of our recent swaps. We're both working on lady's shops which let you indulge in all kinds of fancy and feminine things no longer in style (or you would't be able to afford or maybe wouldn't want to wear!) She, of course, is much further along on it than I am!








April 05, 2013

A to Z Blogging Challenge - Everything gets made in miniature


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Today's letter is  E for Everything Miniature!

Yes, eventually everything gets made in miniature. Honest.
I had to share this: I was watching The Hobbit movie (pretty good, tho too-much-fighting! and again was struck at how amazing that hobbit house is.

Well..... someone actually made it in miniature.

You have to see this!!! 

Miniature Hobbit House 

The cool thing is it will be touring libraries in Australia.
Wow, would be incredible to be able to see this in person!



April 04, 2013

A to Z Blog Challenge 2013 - D is for Miniature Dresses


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Today's letter is D for Miniature Dresses

The fun of miniatures is making things that look real, but are much smaller. There's is something amazing about seeing a fancy ballgown or dress in miniature. Here are some simple sundresses I've made and I hope to try my hand at some fancier dresses yet. 

My dresses below are very simple compared to some work by some other artists,but I had fun making them (and they are for sale - link at website). For fun,  - check out these amazing Miniature Dresses by Felma  (scroll down for more photos in the right column on her blog.)

(See my other miniature dress with links to a few more.)



April 03, 2013

A to Z Blog Challenge 2013 - C is for Miniature Candy Room


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(I feel like the Romper Room lady.  (Holy cow, that's a You Tube clip.... haven't seen her in years!) Remember her?)

Today's letter is C - for candy box. A Miniature Candy Box Room, to be precise. 

My friend Gigi gave me this box one year for Christmas which was great for two reasons, 1. Belgian chocolate! and 2. the box. It made a great room once hubby cut a hole in front. The furniture is half scale (a half inch equals 1 foot so a "person" is about 3 inches tall.)  I made the furniture from a d. Anne Ruff kit for those who know the hobby. The furniture is made of cardboard and fabric. Those are real family pix I shrunk and put on the mantle, too.

See more pix at my website miniatures page (see Candy Box Room link).



April 02, 2013

A to Z Blog Challenge 2013 - British flavored Miniatures

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So today is for.... British.

Here are some of the miniature albums I made for my Tudor Tea Shoppe. And yes, they also have miniature photos inside. See the tea shop and the other British items I made here.



April 01, 2013

A to Z Blog Challenge 2013 A is for ....


The only fool today may be me (ha!) since I decided to sign up again for the A to Z Blog Challenge (click link to see the 1,000+ blogs enrolled. yes that many!)

But it is a great endeavor, encouraging you to blog daily from A to Z during the month of April.

(And if you like horror and all things zombie, I and my co-bloggers will also be blogging daily over at GirlZombieAuthors so be sure to check it out.)

Here at this blog I'm going to concentrate on my miniatures and other crafty type subjects, probably with some dogs thrown in.

So to start it off... nothing too fancy - A is for .... all my miniatures.

I've been creating in miniature for 10+ plus years and I still love making things.  
See a few of things I've made at my website - click on miniatures.

This is one of my favorite projects, The Dogcatcher's House. (click link to see all the photos.) Feel free to guess - how many dogs are in the house?)





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