Tuesday, January 2, 2018

King Sized Bed

There have been a lot of photos on the Net referring to a manger as a king-sized bed.
It was a simple Christmas project,starting out with some stir sticks and toothpick.
First the frame, 4 sticks and a toothpick.

Once the basic frame is dry,it is easy to fill in the sides.
Note: the sticks forming the x shapes were not thick enough,so extra strips were added
This is a picture of the finished manger, painted a Dresden blue and dry brushed with tan.

The base beside it was started using the video below

The base was cut to fit into this container, from the grocery store.

The finished project...

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Toy Xylophone for Santa’s workshop (Let there be noise!)

Made following directions from Joanne’s Minis on YouTube

Replaced the dots of grey paint with circles punched from silver cardboard used for cakes. The punch also is useful for tiny buttons on doll clothes.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Let them Eat Cake!

Got a birthday or holiday cake? Don’t throw that container out.
This little scene fits inside nicely for storage.
Start out with a little house.

Fill in the back panel with windows, doors and windowboxes to blend in with the front and sides. Landscape, using moss. The windowboxes are filled with green Bunka and clippets of red.
The base is foam core covered with quilt batting.

The snow effect is quite wonderful, a train modeler’s trick. Use diluted glue with a drop of dishwashing soap, and spread where you wish to have snow. Then sift baking soda over the area. Shake off excess once dry.

Then cover.

Monday, December 4, 2017

In Flanders, Remembrance Day 2017

In 1914, the war-torn fields of Western Europe became a natural breeding ground for the Papaver rhoeas or poppy, as it is more commonly known. It was in these fields that Canadian soldier John McCrae wrote “In Flanders Fields”, probably the most widely known poem of the First World War. It was McCrae’s words that turned the poppy into a powerful war emblem and the symbol of Remembrance Day.
In what has become the signature piece of Brian Lorimer’s Project Remembrance collection, In Flanders carries on the tradition of the poppy. Depicting a moment of calm before the quiet field is transformed into a battlefield, the painting hints at the destruction to come; the soldiers who stand waist deep in the scarlet poppies will soon stand in the blood of their fallen brethren.

This is a room box with poppies in the foreground using Brian Lorimer’s painting as backdrop.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Teapots and cakes.

This is a Niagara minis project. The teapots are from air dry clay, as well as the cakes. Some of the frosting is dimensional paint. The cake rack was made from bits and pieces of wood, shelves slightly slanted for display.
The roof is a glass insert from a picture without the frame. It lights the room effectively, adding shadows and light.

For more info, go to Niagara Minis Tea Room

Thursday, June 22, 2017

West Coast BC Big House

Edith Newman from Sooke British Columbia, has completed an astonishingly detailed replica of a big house.
This is the front of the house, with the dugout canoe and nets. The lady is splitting salmon to dry on the drying rack near the front door. The children are carrying fish from the canoe to the bentwood box.The girl with the basket on her back has just come back from digging clams. Can you see the Hudson's Bay blankets through the front door?
The totem has an eagle atop a copper which is shield shaped and is a sign of great wealth. 
The design on the front of the house is of the killer whale. 
The design on the dugout canoe is of the sisiutl or double-headed sea serpent. It is a protector. 

The mats on the ground are old worn mats that are dampened and put over the canoe to keep it from drying and cracking when it is out of the water.
The drying rack on the roof, where small fish are dried.
The elder is teaching the youngster how to spear a fish.
Interior view from roof
Man climbing ladder and view of various storage baskets.
View from the front.
Man is filling bullkelp with fish oil to store for the winter

Salmon being cooked on the fire, an elder weaving a mat and the kids are singing and drumming.
Smoke is rising from the fire.

This gives an idea of the size of this unique project.

Edith is a member of Small Endeavours, Miniature group in Victoria B. C.

Simple chandelier

Making things from a stash. I bought a bag containing some large sequins.
 Already had a 3 prong fish hook and wire, along with necklace chain.
Put them all together, make some air dry candles and voilĂ !