Thursday, January 18, 2018

Past Creations

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Good afternoon everyone!  From time to time I will be sharing some of my past creations, which have sold.  But if you should see something that you just must have, I'd be happy to make something similar just for you! 

 These are some of the miniature ceramic items that I have made.  A few are still available in my Etsy shop.

 I was inspired to make a roadside Honey Stand after I first saw the country music video by Blake Shelton - Honey Bee.  I knew I just had to make something with all those honey items in it!  This is a one of a kind miniature.  

 I am often inspired to make miniatures that are similar to vintage life sized items that I remember seeing.  This is a handcrafted wooden canister set that I made with roosters.

 I love working with country style hutches!  Never know when you will see a new one in my shop!

 Country style wall shelf for the kitchen. 

This was a super fun mini that I made along with my best mini friend!  OOAK.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing some of my past creations and I will continue to share many many more in the future!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Recipe - Mama's Fudge

Hello my friends.  Today I wanted to share with you one of my most treasured recipes, Mama's Fudge.  My Mama use to make this every year for Christmas.  Now I make it at Christmas in her honor and memory.  Most is given to family and neighbors as gifts.  This is a creamy delicious fudge and I hope you will enjoy it as much as my family does! 

1 18 ounce bag Nestles Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 Stick of Margarine
1 Stick of Butter
1 tsp vanilla flavoring
4 1/2 cups sugar
1 can evaporated milk

Butter a 9 x 13 glass dish, sit to the side.

Mama always stirred her fudge completely by hand, but I use my mixer for this fudge as it just makes it easier and I have found it does make it creamier as well.  Put the chocolate chips and then cut up the margarine and butter and put them in as well.  Sit to the side until hot mix is ready. 

Hot mix:  In a large pot add the sugar and evaporated milk, on medium heat stir until it comes to a boil.  Boil for 8 minutes, stirring constantly (if you don't stir constantly during boiling it will stick!).  Then remove from stove. 

Add the hot mix to the chips and butter that's in your mixing bowl.  Mix together until creamy smooth, add vanilla.  Once you see no lumps from the chips, it is ready to pour. 

Pour into the buttered 9 x 13 dish and sit on the counter to cool.  I usually let it sit for an hour, then I put it into the refrigerator until it hardens completely.  Once hardened you can cut into squares and enjoy! 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Working With Mini Ceramics

Hello and welcome to my blog!  I wanted to share with you my favorite medium to work with in dollhouse miniatures, which is ceramics.  It is a time consuming process, but the end results are well worth it.  As with most dollhouse miniatures, it is very tedious work.  I'll share the process below so that you can see what goes into making the miniature ceramics. 

First the clay slip is poured into one of my many miniature molds and allowed to "sit up" to a "leather hard" stage so that they can be removed from the molds.  Working with miniature ceramics is basically the same as working with larger life size ceramics, you just have to time it all a bit faster.  

This is a picture of my ceramic studio, which is growing and changing constantly.

These are just some of the miniature ceramics that have been poured and allowed to dry completely.  They are waiting to be cleaned.

The next process, once the ceramics have dried is cleaning.  I use sponges and tiny sanding sticks to clean at this stage.  Some mini ceramics are so tiny that I have to fire them to a cone 04 before I can clean them for fear of breaking them. 

 My "ceramic" glasses - extra magnifacation is much needed LOL!

 Miniature vases and many other miniature items waiting to be cleaned and then fired for the first time.

Kiln is loaded with cleaned greenware and ready to be fired.

 After the first firing, which takes about 3-4 hours, the mini ceramics are now at a bisque stage, having been fired to a cone 04.  They are now ready to be glazed or painted with acrylics. 

I mostly glaze my ceramics, a process which requires them to fired for a second time to a cone 06.  The glazing comes out beautifully.

The kiln is now loaded with glazed bisque and is ready to be fired for a second time, about 3 hours.

The finished product can be just about anything you may need for your dollhouse!  The final step on some of the mini ceramics is applying decals.  You can find all manner of dollhouse miniature ceramics in my Etsy shop.  

Thank you for visiting today and learning a bit about the world of miniature ceramics!  I hope you will stop by often!  I do take commissions on ceramics, just contact me with your request!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Woods Edge Cottage

This little dollhouse kit has gone through so many idea changes and name changes, but I have finally settled on "Woods Edge Cottage".  At first it was going to be a witch house, then a haunted house, then a shabby chic cottage, LOL, many ideas.  This is my first dollhouse build and it has taken several years to get to the point it is at now.  I work on it as time and life allows.  Perhaps, if all goes well, it will get finished this year!  

I didn't like the door that came with the kit, so I made my own.  I've also made my own windows because I didn't like the ones that came with the kit either.  I doubled the size of the side room for a bigger kitchen area.  

I have thoroughly "bashed" this kit and still making changes every time I work on it.  I wanted a stone fireplace, so I made one from styrofoam, painted, covered with stones and made a hearth and mantle for the inside.  I think it gave the cottage a lot more character.  

It was actually a lot of fun fitting the stones in place.  It took a long time, but well worth the end result.

The inside fireplace was done in the same manner as the outside.  I added a wood mantle. And the hearth is made of paper clay, painted and glued in place.

It all finally came together quite nicely.  Now it's ready to be dressed with all manner of vintage looking fireplace items.  

The roof and upper floors are in place and this is as far as I have made it to date with the build.

I recently started on the little kitchen and this is where it is at this point.

I plan on filling the entire cottage with not only my miniatures, but also those made by many of my miniature friends.  Sitting on the shelf you can see canned goods made by Nina Eary.  And the colander hanging on the side of the shelf is made by Susie Martinez.  

I hope you will enjoy following along as I finish the Woods Edge Cottage!  

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Printies For January

Each month I will be sharing some of my favorite "printies" that you can use for your dolls house!  I hope you will enjoy using these for private use only.  You can either pin to one of your Pinterest Boards or save it directly to your computer.