dinsdag 13 februari 2018

Crafting together - February

Yesterday was our monthly craft afternoon. And again we wanted to play with Fimo :)
We'd decided to make plates using the Youtube tutorial I'd found after our previous meeting.

It was a very enjoyable afternoon, and even a productive one. Well, at least compared with the last time ;) We started with the plates and then had fun experimenting a bit.

Different sizes, different stamps, but all very nice with the white Fimo.

Jolinda tried different kind of plates and deep plates, Wil made a coffee pot, milk jug and a tray and I mixed some Fimo to made lilac platters for an etagère and used the leftover to make a mould.


We'd do the polishing and varnishing at home, and I did that later that evening. This morning I made the etagère, cutting one of the platters because I wasn't happy with the edge :')

I'm very happy how these plates turned out. And at least Little Penny and her mother will be able to have a decent meal now ;)

maandag 12 februari 2018

Productive weeks, more or less.

"Now I'm going to stain the door and then glue the hinges and nails to the door. Keeping my fingers crossed in the mean time," I said a month ago. Well, that didn't help :')

I've tried and tried and tried but every time I got it wrong and I got so frustrated that I almost threw in the towel. But of course I didn't :')
In the end I decided to remove a part of the jamb, made a new one, and made a new (wider) door and a (sturdier) treshold.

No visible hinges anymore, but (needle) pins to open and close the doors :') Not as realistic as I would've liked, but ah well ... ;)
I've already done all four jambs yesterday, stained them too, and started on the other doors.

Besides my struggles with the doors. I was very productive these weeks :)
I sold my last macrame planthanger, made 4 new ones and already sold two of those as well.

I also sold the first shawl I crochetted, so I thought I'd start making a new one. For this one I will be using Venne Nm70/2 Terra Cotta (7-3010) and crochethook 0.60. 

There are also a few things I've made that I can't show you yet, since I made them as a birthday present for a good friend. And of course she's not supposed to see them before the parcel arrives by the end of the week ;)  Hope to show you then.

Last but not least; I've sorted out my craft supplies and tidied my craft room (again :P). I should probably call it my storeroom, since I'm always crafting in my living room ;)

Lot of unfinished, or nearly finished projects besides the cottage.

zondag 28 januari 2018

Crafting together - January

Last week Jolinda and Wil came for our monthly crafting afternoon, which reminded me of the fact that I hadn't even written about our meeting in December :')

Crafting together in December

We've put our garden/roombox project on hold for the moment. We wanted to do something for Christmas last month and decided to make a christmas cake together.
The crafting morning/afternoon was lots of fun, as all ways, and productive as well. We didn't finish decorating a cake because we first made quite a few with the moulds Jolinda brought along. 
Wil had to leave before we were going to figure out how to make the icing but at least she made some cakes and gingerbread man :)

Photo & miniatures by Wil
After a lot of mixing Jolinda and I made a batch of icing for Jolinda's cakes and it looked good .... untill we baked it. For some reason all the icing dripped from the cake.
Somehow I'd forgotten dat the Translucent White Fimo needed to be mixed with a tiny bit of vaseline before and adding Fimo Liquid :') Only later that evening did I figure that out and when I tried it again it worked ^^

Crafting together in January

So this last Monday we wanted to do another Fimo project, because we don't give up and don't give in ;)
We had decided on making tea cups/mugs and/or plates. We struggled a lot. Wil mad a tea cup she was happy with, but Jolinda and I started over and over, and over ... :')
In the end I decided to make some mugs with the moulds I'd made for the Christmas mugs, and Jolinda started making some moulds for tea cups.

After they had last I started looking for better Youtube tutorials for plates and found this one which used a stamp. I remembed I had bought that same stamp some time ago but never used it.
So I've tried it and the first attempt wasn't that bad :) Not sure about the colour, and they need polishing and other finish, but I see potential here ^^

You can see Jolinda's second attempt on her own blog.

dinsdag 16 januari 2018

Doors for the Hogsmeade Cottage, part 3

It has been a while since I worked on building the Hogsmeade cottage. I've done lots of other things, and also spend time with making miniatures for my Etsy show. And of course then it was time to start crafting Christmas miniature :)
I'd promised myself during that time that January would be the month to continue building my cottage. So, with all Christmas decorations, big and small, put away again, and all the wooden walls and parts of the cottage waiting for me on my large dining table, it was time ^^

The hardest part now, was to figure out where to start :')  I knew I was struggling with the doors but I was not sure if I'd found a solution already. It'd been four months and I'd changed the plans so many times already. And on top of that, I have a terrible memory (a)

I decided to reread the previous blogs about the cottage to jog my memory.
For those who are interested, here you'll find the first blog and the background story for the cottage: A new project!

Before continuing with the door and those evil hinges I made the other door frames/jambs. I glued them in the openings, sanded them and stained them.
(you can find a link to the original tutorial for jambs here)

I showed you in August about the small slat of Balsa I'd use to fit the door. I still rather use that method instead of carving the openings for the hinges in the door, and probably ruin it :')

After checking it multiple times (a) I glued that slat to the door and sanded it.

Now I'm going to stain the door and then glue the hinges and nails to the door. Keeping my fingers crossed in the mean time ;)

This door is the one for the first floor, between the (attic) landing and the bathroom btw. The door will open into the bathroom.
The doors for the entrance hall will have little windows.

zondag 17 december 2017

Aprons, lanterns and candles :)

After taking photo's yesterday of everything that was send to me by Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo, I also took some time to take some of the new Christmas miniatures I've made :)

With all those mugs of chocolate and the candy I'd decided I needed an apron :) First I'd made the one with the white ruffles, then I'd made two more masculine aprons, for Harry and Draco ^^

I'd made a wreath with one of the gingerman and some peppermints. And since I'd made so many peppermints and candy canes, I decided to decorate a christmas tree with them.
Doesn't Harry look handsome? He has just baked an apple pie ;) 

Next I wanted to make some lanterns for the Christmas market stall I've made last year.
The inspiration came from this blog called Pequenece.

I've made them from cardboard and some ornament, painted everything black with acrylic paint, and then added some brushes of azure blue acrylic. For a finishing touch I brushed a little bit of goldenbrown eyeshadow on the corners.

For the candles I used translucent white Fimo, blended with a (very) tiny bit of caramel Fimo.

I mixed some Christmasred Fimo with some of the translucent white/caramel mixture to make some more candles :)

The candles with the three candleswicks didn't turn out as well as I hoped, and I think the bigger red candles need a red wick instead of a white, but overall I like them.

zaterdag 16 december 2017

Christmas has come early!

This blog isn't about any miniatures I made, but about a parcel I got yesterday.
I'd expected it for a while and was looking forwards to finally see all the wonderful handmade miniatures I'd find inside :)

Everything inside was made by my dear friend and very talented miniaturist Kim from Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo.

I can't begin to tell you how happy I was, when I got to open each little item ;)
Photo's don't do them justice but I want to show you anyway ^^

First of all, those gorgeous Kneazles. I can't even begin to express how much I adore them. So cute, I would cuddle them all day if I wasn't afraid I'd loose them somewhere :') For those of you who don't know what a Kneazle is, it's a cat-like magical animal from the Harry Potter universe.
I think Bianca and Penny will have to make a trip to the Magical Petshop because these cuties will definately be living in the Hogsmeade cottage, whenever that will be finished (a)

The bookstand is made for little Penny. She'll love it!! It's even more wonderful than I expected, so glad I can finally see that amazing 'tree-work' for real 🙂
Some little twig branches are sticking out of the side of the bookstand, they are handy to hang a little potion bottle or some herbs.

For now let's pretend this is the front door of the cottage. Parcels delivered by owls, the Kneazles waiting for Bianca and Penny to return :)

The blackbird is so very tiny and yet realistic, I can't believe it. I needed to put on my magnifying glasses to even see it.

That cheeky Mandrake made me smile, so happy with that.

And then, last but not least, the apple baking board. I've loved it from the moment I saw it in the Etsy shop shop and it will look great in the cottage kitchen.

I am as happy as a clam at high water:)
As soon as the holiday season is over, I want to start working on the cottage for real. I feel very inspired ^^

So, I hope you've enjoyed looking at these photo's. If you want to see more of Kim's miniatures, you should definitely visit her Etsy shop.

dinsdag 28 november 2017

Hot chocolate and whiped cream :)

I've filled the mugs with hot chocolate (a mixture of Fimo Liquid and soft pastels), whiped cream (which turned out better than expected eventhough I didn't have the right tools for it) and marshmallows (which turned out not as good as I'd hoped xD).
I also handmade an mini minature version of the gingerbread man, but he's still a bit too large for the mug :')

And now I'm just a bit in love with those cute little mugs :) I can't believe I managed that, so I'm especially grateful for all those miniaturist who take time to make and post tutorials <3

Tutorials I (partly) used: