Tuesday, April 24, 2012
|Windows of Provence click on picture for details|
The ladies of the T.A.M.E. club in Toledo do a great job of putting together a special project each year that is open to others outside their club. This piece is a companion piece to the Doors of Provence I did a blog on earlier. This is a window of Provence. It is done in a deep box picture frame, about 3 inches in depth and about 12x15 in size. It is available at Michael's Craft store. A stucco Styrofoam wall is the back and a window with shutters is the feature. The rest of the items are made from Japanese water color paper and punches for the flowers. I added a bike with groceries from the local market. I plan on putting in a brick street under the bike. These hang on the wall and do not take up a lot of room. I plan on doing more of these using the wonderful pictures that are on line as inspiration. Just google Doors or windows of Provence. . I took the glass out to take the picture, but it is all enclosed in a box with just a hint of brown as a frame with a glass cover.
The stucco is made of acrylic spackling on a Styrofoam base. Then antique with a brown glaze, allow to dry and use caulks to add more aging. An exacto knife can be used to add cracks.
This was an all day project. A lot of preparation was necessary. The techniques were all new to me, and the flowers and the finish work I finished at home.
This was a great project that could be taught over a couple of evenings for a club.
This same type of frame would be wonderful for a street vendor scence or store front. It is just deep enough to get the idea that there is more behind, but a lot of window space could be used for fruits, cakes, bakery, antiques, dress shop etc. The time to purchase is when Michaels has a 40 or 50% coupon on line or in the paper.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
|Car planter garage sale find - Before|
Saturday, April 21, 2012
|Goldilocks and the 3 bears before painting|
Monday, April 16, 2012
|Raggity Ann and Andy chairs before|
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Saturday, April 14, 2012
|Little Shop of Horrors Plant click on picture to enlarge|
The pot can be antiqued with paint, fill with child's modeling clay and on top coat with glue all over. Apply dry coffee grounds for the dirt and stick the wires from the pods into the clay and dirt. Apply tiny eyes. The teeth are cut from jagged lace in a small strip and glued onto upper or lower jaws. Cut floral tape in small strips and curl the ends , apply to the wire as arms curled over on to the hips. This would be perfect in a greenhouse or a Halloween room box.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
|Wood cut outs found at Hobby Lobby|
|More wood cutouts found at Hobby Lobby|
A recent search and seek mission at Hobby Lobby turned up the wood cut outs of people. I found them in the children's department. The first set of people are 1/12 scale and are going to be Raggity Ann and Andy chairs. I did an article for American Miniaturist a few years ago using dollar store chairs and made them into the famous duo. The only problem I let them have the set to give as a giveaway and now can't show you the originals. So shortly I will have these done and show the end result.
The next set are more 1/2 scale and I am going to do Goldilocks and the 3 Bears chairs out of these. I love the challenge of making something great out of simple things. I am sure this isn't every ones cup of tea so to speak, but isn't it great there are coffee drinkers as well. Some people love to purchase other peoples miniatures and get gratification out of saying "Oh this is so and so's" and its signed. I like to get gratification out of saying I made it myself and I signed it! Only by making it can you know how much time has gone in to it to complete the project. Only by making it can you know the steps back you had to take because it did,'t go as planned. Example, glue not right, falling apart, paint not right color, paint crinkles up because undercoat not right, dog eats whole project for supper, drops on floor and you step on it, coffee cup falls over and now its tea dyed. The list goes on.
A recent Convention in Cleveland I precommitted myself to an Elvis and Friends in a Convertible. Project got finished, I started to pack the my car with all the luggage, garage sale boxes and in the excitement I was not paying attention to the dog. When I picked up the Elvis car, he and a girl friend were missing. Not the right time to go out on a date! Backtracking my steps to the house to locate the missing subjects I found them laying on the floor with no clothes on!!!! Elvis's head and guitar were rolling around in the dogs mouth. My obligation was already printed in the souvenir booklet. No extra dolls laying around. Being a person of my word, I grabbed a pink Cadillac and a piano for a raffle item. I don't think they were very happy at the check in. I happened to sit next to someone who said they were looking for the Elvis and Friends House party helper and couldn't find it. I kept my mouth shut hoping the evening went by fast. Moral to the story; Always believe when someone says "My dog ate my homework."
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Sunday, April 8, 2012
|Supplies needed for making bread|
|Wine with your cheese?|
Saturday, April 7, 2012
|Making an easy tiled table|
|Easter Bunny Redo|
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
|Unexpected mini find at 1.00 store|
Monday, April 2, 2012
|Materials needed for dome and table|