Sunday 18 August 2013

Popcorn movie time!

Happy Sunday!

There are a few things to share with you today. Let's start with a new menu item - BUTTERED POPCORN! It is listed in the Sweets Boutique menu however there is no set price/minimum order. I managed to make a whole big bowl (1:6 scale sized that is) of buttered popcorn which took forever so I will be packaging them into smaller boxes with a better pricing structure.

Buttered popcorn in a big glass bowl. Perfect for movie night!
Each popcorn was hand-shaped and hand-painted individually for realism
Mixtures of hundreds of unique popcorn miniatures
It's obvious that the Puppen Haus is still a work in progress (I have to admit, I haven't even started!). Sadie has no choice but to live in the Littlest Sweet Shop diorama while waiting but I gave her some new IKEA furniture. This set is called HUSET and it is basically miniaturised IKEA products to fit 1:8 scale. Sadie seems to fit quite comfortably with this set but it's more of a temporary set-up before I build wooden furniture for the Puppen Haus.

Sadie is featured in the spoof IKEA catalogue
If you are commissioning anything from the Littlest Sweet Shop, and it happens to be a gift for someone else - make sure you get it gift wrap for only £1. Our gift box is a cute miniature panettone box that should fit most miniatures (1/3 and 1/6 scales).
Complete with ribbon
Enough space for a lot of 1/6 scale miniatures
Big enough to fit a few 1/3 scale pieces snugly
Doll haberdashery. I'm currently obsessed about sewing dresses for Sadie that I actually made miniature buttons because I can't seem to find any button smaller than 6mm in the market.
Miniature buttons, 4mm, perfect for doll dress-making.
Managed to make a big box of buttons - some of which are going to be auctioned off on eBay!
Lastly, the new dress I made for Sadie. At first, I thought this dress was easy to make, but I ended up spending 3 days doing it! I'm just glad it is completed because the whole ensemble (including the teal ribbon from Hobbycraft) matches her special custom eyes.

Fabric is from Tilda's 'Country Escape' collection.
So that's all for now! I hope you enjoy your long bank holiday weekend. I will be making more minis as usual :)


Tuesday 13 August 2013

More 1:12 scale doughnuts!

Hi again,

I have to admit, it's been a slow week in my Littlest kitchen. The Puppen Haus didn't survive the long trip from across the Atlantic so I have been spending a lot of time mending and repairing parts. I'm also waiting for a more detailed plan-book for it so it will be a few weeks until I receive that. Until then, I don't really want to assemble it yet. It's a very big, very expensive project so it's actually better that I take my time with it.

I have also been making another new dress for Sadie. I'm quite terrible at sewing so it takes me longer to hand-make a dress for a doll. Not to mention, the instructions are all in Japanese and I don't understand Japanese (I know a few words from watching a lot of anime and reading mangas growing up, but nothing helpful in technical sewing instructions).

So anyway, I thought I would show you more photos of another commission I did in 1/12 scale. Strawberry jam doughnuts covered in sugar. It's SO tiny!
Served on a 20 cent EURO coin. Same size as a pound coin
Frosted with powdered sugar

Unfortunately I'm still just using a semi-automatic camera that doesn't help me capture the finer details on this 1/12 scale model. The strawberry jam even has tiny bits of seeds in it! I added more 'jam' after taking these photos since I felt that the doughnut must look like it's been over-filled with too much 'jam'. Worked a treat since my client loved it!

I also found more photos from my other commission with the 1:12 scale glazed doughnuts. They appear more clearly in these photos.
L-R: 1:3, 1:6, 1:12 scale

Looking at these photos just makes me feel like modelling more things in 1/12th scale!

If you feel that this post was too short - fret not as I will be posting a new blog entry later this week.


Sunday 4 August 2013

Not suitable for Vegans

Hello again!

I hope you had a nice weekend. I had to work all weekend since I'm off on a little holiday from Monday to Friday next week. If I don't do any crafts for just a few days, I can't feel calm and these voices in my head (ideas?) keep telling me to just make something.

Before going on my holiday, I managed to sew a new dress for Sadie, finished up another 1:12 scale commission, sorted my new Puppen Haus parts and now I'm updating this blog when I'm actually supposed to be packing! I'm quite knackered today so this is a short one with pictures.

New in - Burgers, French fries AND hotdogs in the Brunch menu

Sadie loves premium fast-food done right
Gourmet burger
Trio of hotdogs
It's actually fun making savoury food for a change. These are actually my first attempt and I'm really happy how they turned out! The buns are made from the special light polymer clay which gives it a more realistic feel and texture.

New in - new selection for Pick'n mix and new fruit lollipops in the Sweets Boutique menu
Fruit lollipops in all fruity flavours. Made from resin (UK brand)
Fluffy white marshmallow (goes well with a mug of hot-chocolate) and strawberry meringues
A little about the dress I made for Sadie:

The perfect vintage summer dress for Blythe dolls!

Sadie is wearing a dress that was handmade using Laura Ashley 'Strawberry' vintage fabric from 1980. I even made her the red sandals and rainbow brooch. It's a simple dress but she is looking sooooo much more sophisticated! I'm definitely getting into sewing now and Sadie can expect more new outfits! The new Puppen Haus will have a big built-in wardrobe for her so I will really need to make more soon.

OK, now to start packing for tomorrow. If you have any commission request, please use the order form or email me. I will still have access to my emails and I will definitely have time on Saturday onwards to start work on a new commission.

Signing off now - bye!