Sunday, December 27, 2015

Minis in the Tree, pt. 2

 I hope everyone had a lovely holiday. I'm making this short and sweet. It was a long weekend of driving for us.

Happy holidays!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Minis In the Tree, part 1

It's sorta busy around here right now. FH and I are busy taking it easy and trying not to stress about the holiday.

I need to get back to it, but first I thought I'd share some of the decorations in our Yule tree.

The first is a bag I put together especially for this tree. I used the piece of bag that I cut away as part of the interior decorations. I bought the fireplace and fireplace tools, but everything else cam out of the stash.

The colors fit in well with the new ornaments this year.

I was having so much fun seeing minis out that I haven't seen for a while, I scrounged up another small bag and put this one together. I made the wreath, but th other pieces were stashed.

I also went and brought up "Joy!" which has been in hiding since Artie like to steal minis that aren't behind plexi-glass. It fills up the largest gap in the tree's branches quite well.

I haven't dug out the tree skirt, or wrapped packages yet. But here's the tree, complete with some of Mercedes' toys underneath.

I have two more mini scenes to finish up and add. I'll post about them next week. Until then, I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Quilting Commission, Mini Style

It's been a busy week. A friend of mine has a mother-in-law who quilts and love miniatures, so she asked me if there were any bits from the stash of items for the Patchwork Peach quilt shop that I'd be willing to part with. Other than a couple of fat quarter bundles, I really didn't have anything available. Luckily for her I love her dearly (I was there the day she was born as her brother and I were in kindergarten together) and had some time after the Festival of Trees dollhouse was done.I finally finished everything yesterday and can mail it out tomorrow morning. I'm so excited!

The big quilt's design is from the Venus A. Dodge mini needlework book.

I should say here that none of the printies are being sold, because the original images aren't my own. However I'm gifting them to my friend and what she chooses to do with them is her choice. I'm betting they end up in her mother-in-law's dollhouse.

One of my favorite quilting books in print!

Can't have a mini quilting studio without rulers!

I used scraps of white flannel for the batting. I tea-dyed it to be the right color.

 The rotary cutter started out being a charm for a bracelet.

This is my favorite... a hand sewing/quilting project in progress. The top of one pillow is sandwiched and basted while the other is still being put together. The project that I based this on is by Pamela Warner and is in her Victorian embroidery book for minis. I made a printie of the "pattern" for this using an image from the book. It's got her name on it, just like real life quilting patterns have, and on the back there is a tiny materials list.

While I waited on the last of the glue to dry yesterday, I started some orange springerle cookies. My neighbor gifted me for a lovely bunny-themed mold for an early Christmas and I wanted to try it out.

They're still drying, as springerles need to dry for about 24 hours before you bake them. I'll be baking them tonight and then tomorrow I'll start another batch of dough with another flavor.

That's all for now. I need to get some laundry done and perhaps have a chance to walk Mercedes in between periods of rain. See you next weekend!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Not Even Halfway

But it's a start! Here's what I'm putting into the storefront build. The boxes are from the blog,  Amber's House. She made the printies for personal use only. Poke the link to see her instructions and check out her other tutorials while you're in the the neighborhood.

For the icicles, I ended up using metallic embroidery floss. It's laid out evenly across a piece of double-sided tape, which is attached to a scrap of cardstock. The cardstock is glued directly to the piece of transparency film I used to close up the box.

The boxes of "snow" have a section of glitter-covered scrap booking cardstock showing through their openings. I thought the glitter looked enough like fake snow and I wouldn't have to worry about it leaking.

There are still more boxes to fill. Most of the others are made though. But I've got a long way to go yet. Only one box of lights is done and there are many more ornaments to make.

I doubt it will be finished by this Christmas, but it will be a fun thing to work on and maybe get finished in time for next year.

Right now, I've got a commission that is taking up my time. Quilting miniatures for a friend's mother-in-law. I'll try to have them finished by next weekend. See you then!