Saturday, November 27, 2010

Chocolate Cabinet Finished

This Chocolate cabinet kit is by Lisa Engler of Lisa's Little Things.
She doesn't have all of her kits on her website. 
 If you e-mail her, she can e-mail you brochures of kits that she has available.
Her kits are exquisite.  I did bash this kit a little by adding some of my own items.
The chocolates I made from polymer clay.

The tulips were a gift from Maurice from my miniature club.
I made the bunny teapot from polymer clay.

The little glass jars are filled with sweets.
Have a chocolate and enjoy!
Mini hugs,

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Le Coeur de la Maison Roombox

 This picture is of the original Whitledge Burgess room box that our workshop was modeled after.
 The class was held in Glendale, Wisconsin.  There were 10 students in the class.  Here is a photo of the box when I was installing the ceiling.
 The floor was 300 cut pieces of textured wallpaper that I individually painted to look like Terra cotta flooring.  The wood was all faux finished with burnt umber oil paint and liquin on book board. 
The rectangle holes in the wall will have two 144th scale room boxes boxes for my room box. 
 The cabinets are being installed.  We built all of the cabinets, stove, refrigerator, etc....The marble counter top and back splash are wallpaper that I gave a high gloss glaze shine. 
 This is the back of the box for access to the lighting.  In the large space, I am building a greenhouse that you will be able to see from the french doors.
The kitchen is looking good.  At the end of the class, I still have most of the upper trim and crown molding to install.  Ray and Scott are wonderful teachers.  The students learn so many techniques and skills. 
I look forward to showing you more photos as I progress with the finishing details.
Mini hugs,

Friday, October 8, 2010

Halloween treat Giveaway Winners

Congratulations to the winners of my Halloween treats platter and candy corn dish.
This morning, before school, my daughter drew the two winners names.

Karin F
Fab Shabby Rose

Please stop by and congratulate them!

Mini hugs,

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Halloween Treats GIVEAWAY

Just in time for Halloween, I am having TWO "Halloween treat Giveaways".

Both platters offer pecan topped fudge brownies, cinnamon sugar powdered donuts, caramel and candied apples along with an assortment of candies.

Each tray comes with a bowl or dish of delicious candy corn!
For a chance to win one of these Halloween treat trays and candy corn bowl,
please leave a comment on my blog answering the following question.
If you were to dress up for a Halloween party this year, what would your costume be?
Two winners with be announced on October 8th.
Good Luck!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Gifts From my New Friend

I would like to share with you a pictures of these beautiful gifts from my new friend, Jeanette.
She e-mailed me with a question about a workshop that I had taken. After e-mailing back and forth a few times, we realized that we only lived about 20 minutes away from each other!
Now, what are the chances of that!
And to makes it even more ironic, she is a teddy bear artist like myself!
How thrilled I was to make a friend that lives so close to me with so much in common .
Please stop by her blog for a visit

Thursday, September 9, 2010

More progress on Fair Rosemond's Bower

Painting the stone and brickwork was a fun but tedious task.

In this photo I am starting to work on the many shingles on the roof.
They are made of paperclay.

Now that the painting is done, I will finish the roof and then tackle the landscaping and
add the water under the bridge.
Rik Pierce is teaching another wonderful class at the Chicago International in April 2011.
I highly recommend his classes. You learn a great deal and have fun too.

Friday, May 21, 2010

New Purchases for my Roomboxes

I fell in love with this crate of grapes from Tiny Towne Hawaii at the Chicago International.
They look perfect in my wine cellar.
The tray of cheese, wine and grapes were from Janet at Tiny Towne Hawaii also.
She was so kind to add more of the purple grapes on the platter while I waited.

These exquisite desserts are from The English Kitchen. If I buy two or three of her desserts a year, my patisserie should be filled ......eventually!
My favorite is the center cake which has a chocolate grand piano on top.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Taste of Chocolate kit finished

I finally finished a kit from the wonderful Lisa Engler of Lisa's Little Things.

This kit is called "Taste of Chocolate".

The display is placed in my patisserie.

Lisa's kits are wonderful. I might be her biggest fan.

I just received a package in the mail today with a few more of her kits for another bakery room box that I am currently working on.

Here is a closeup of the pretty chocolates that are displayed in the heart candy box.

MMMMMmmmm. Have a chocolate and enjoy!

Mini hugs,


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Chicago workshop with Rik Pierce

"Fair Rosemond's Bower" is the name of the workshop that I took at the Chicago International.
Rik Pierce is a kind, down-to-earth man and a great teacher.
I learned so much in the class that I feel it was well worth the price of the workshop.
We worked from 8 o'clock in the morning until late at night for four days.

In class, I completed some of the paper clay on the exterior of the structure. Here at home, I am working on finishing the stone work. After I complete applying all of the paper clay, pressing in individual stone shapes, and cleaning the grout lines, I will be ready to give the stone a watered down wash of black and dark burnt umber paint to tone down the white of the paper clay. Then I will start to add washes of color to the stones.

Rik supplied everything for the class. He gave us all of the paper clay, the tools, and even the board, tile and a piece of plastic pipe to roll the paper clay to the right thickness.

This photo is of the ground floor interior that I finished in class. The base of the structure is just foam core board and surprisingly lightweight. I still have to add the flooring.

This photo is of the upper level. We learned to distress the timbers in class with a make-shift saw blade. We also leaned to make the stained glass windows. One of my favorite techniques is the plaster covering some of the brickwork.
I will keep posting photos as I make progress. When it is finished, the house will sit in a wood base supplied by Rik.
If you ever get a chance to take one of his workshops, jump at the chance!
Have a great day,

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Finished Old Shoe House

These are photos of the Old Shoe House that I completed. It is a Quarter scale house kit from Suzanne and Andrews Miniatures. They make wonderful kits in quarter scale.
The third floor is the dormitory and bathroom for all of the Old woman's children.

The second floor is the living room. The kitchen is in the shoe part. You can barely see in there unless you have a flashlight but I put a stove and dry sink in there anyhow.

The landscaping was so much fun. I added grass, a brick path, hollyhocks, vines and even made some trees from twisted wire.

Now that I have finished this project, I am working on the Pickett Hill in Quarter
Scale from Suzanne and Andrews Miniatures and Fair Rosemond's Bower from a workshop that I just took with Rik Pierce. I will be posting photos of my progress soon.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Old Shoe Quarter Scale House in Progress

This is my first attempt working in quarter scale. What a joy!
I have had so much fun making this Old Shoe House from a kit by Suzanne and Andrews Miniatures.
I still have quite a bit to do.
There are trees and shrubs, more flowers and yard furniture to add.

For the brick work I used a quarter scale brick mold and spackling paste.
This is glued over a foam core base. Then I added lots of moss, grass and dirt.

Some of the interior is completed but not enough to show yet.
I will post photos when I finish.
If you haven't tried quarter is fun!
The best part is that you can fit several houses on one shelf!