Wednesday, May 4, 2016

caged Alice...

Today, May 4th, is Alice Liddell's birthday. If you are an Alice in Wonderland fan, then you know who Alice L is... for those of you who don't know, she is the little girl who inspired Lewis Carroll to write Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Alice L would have been 164 today if she had not died in 1934 at the ripe old age of 82. Anyway... in honor of Alice L's birthday I have created a silly version of the Queen's croquet ground... complete with hedgehog balls and flamingo mallets.
I used a wonderful shabby chic birdcage as the base of my croquet ground...
 then added a bit of moss...
some fussy cut collage images...
 some paper flowers and a wonderful resin-faced flower I painted with artist pastels...
then I topped it all off with a cute little hedgehog that's trying to escape the game ;)
If you'd like to create your own version of Caged Alice, you can find my supply list here.
Thanks for dropping in!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

a miniature fairy garden specimen under glass...

It seems like everybody and their sister has gone nuts over fairy gardens lately. I'm not complaining as I think they are a lovely way to decorate your garden but, how about shrinking it down a bit so you can display it on your desk, shelf or table?
I did just that when I created this tiny little fairy garden specimen...
It may look complicated but it was really very easy to do... although there are a lot of steps to doing it, lol. I wanted to share my process with you so I created a Snapguide to show you how you can make your own miniature fairy garden under glass. Click here to view :)
Most of my supplies came from Alpha Stamps, of course, and you can see my supply list here.
Thanks for stopping by... now go make something!



Saturday, March 12, 2016

the forgotten garden...

For the last three months I have been working on a miniature garden scene. It started out as a simple garden shed, an idea triggered by the arrival of the Wooden Market Stall Kit, but it soon grew to included two Cottage Bases, an arbor, a platform base, stairs, the skeleton of the gardener, a huge wisteria vine, shutters, window boxes, and lots of garden accouterments...
As I was photographing the garden for this blog post I decided I really need to add one more Cottage Base in between the two existing bases so I can add a water feature... Yes, I may have become a bit dotty from inhaling too many glue fumes...
Let me show you some of the things I like best about my overgrown garden...
 The back of the shed has lots of "ivy" growing up it. I cut apart a plastic vine I got at a craft store to make the ivy...
 Inside the shed is a wonderful potting table stocked full of garden supplies. I used "soil" made for miniature railroad enthusiasts to fill my potting soil bag and make a dirt pile on the potting table. I find lots of useful stuff in the miniature railroad department of the craft store!
 I made this heather plant out of Flower Soft, Lycopodium, and floral wire.
 The wisteria vine was made from a plastic flower bush (from a craft store) I cut apart and combined with lots of Fern Garland to make it look overgrown.
 If you look closely you can see a cat peeking through the arbor at that nest tucked into the wisteria...
 A drippy faucet is easy to achieve with a bit of Making Waves Resin Water...
 Take a peek through the window and you will see a little rat watching the cat napping...
You can find my supply list here for all of the great products from Alpha Stamps. Speaking of great products... let me show you how easy it is to put together that potting table...
 I paint my pieces before I glue them together.
 All you need is a bit of white glue.
 Before I glued my table top on I decided to change the color...
 When the glue on my potting table was dry I touched up any spots I missed while painting...
 After the glue dried on the table top I gave the whole table a good sanding to make it appear used...
Then I applied a bit of darker brown paint here and there to age it even more...
Such a fun and easy little table to make! It could be used in a garage or workshop too :)
I hope I haven't put you to sleep with this loooong post! Thanks for stopping by and have a great and artful day!



Wednesday, February 24, 2016

a little bit of Easter art to put you in mind of Spring...

I always look forward to Easter and Spring because everything is so colorful and sweet. Fuzzy little bunnies and chicks are adorable! So with this in mind I put together a quick little tutorial to show you how to make a sweet miniature pull toy with a bunny,
  or chick,
 or hedgehog, oh my!
They are super easy to make and just take a few basic tools and supplies
Start by cutting out a rectangular shape approximately 11/16" x 7/8" from a thin piece of balsa wood or a piece of heavy chipboard.
 Check the edges for smoothness
 and lightly sand them so they look more finished. I used my Metal Reliefing Block, but an emery board works just fine too.
 Pick out some pretty pastel colors of paint. (Mine are from Martha Stewart Crafts.)
I painted two coats on my rectangles, letting the paint dry completely between coats.
 Add a bit of decoration to the painted rectangles and let them dry completely.
 Make a small bow and glue it to your bunny (or other animal, if you want).
 Using a pair of tweezers (I use these tweezers for everything! In fact I often use two pairs at once as my "hands" when working with tiny things.) glue two 6mm doll buttons to one side of the rectangle as shown below.
 When they are completely dry, glue two buttons on the other side of the rectangle.
Once those buttons have all dried, you can glue some contrasting 4mm doll buttons on top of them for added dimension. 
 When everything is dry flip the rectangle over to the undecorated side. Cut a piece of baker's twine or rayon cording about 4.5" in length.
 
Knot one end of the cord then glue it to the rectangle.
 When the glue has dried flip the rectangle over and glue your animal in the center.
Ta-da! Now you have a cute miniature Easter toy to add to a doll house or shadowbox or maybe to a diorama... Speaking of dioramas, I just finished working on this one...
 I used air dry clay to make the eggs and "painted" them with Copic pens.
 I love the way they look in that cute little basket!
While I was making Easter things, I though I would try my hand at making a tiny little scene in a bottle...
 I think it came out pretty cute :)
 I was really glad I had my tweezers when I was working on this!
Thanks for reading this really long post! I hope you enjoyed it and want to make your own little pull toy. I you would like to know what I used to make the Just Believe diorama or the Bunny Bottle my supply lists are below :)

Just Believe Diorama Supplies:
Bunny Bottle Supplies: