Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Dollhouse Miniature Macaron Tower with Peony

Sometime last week, I completed a custom request for a dollhouse miniature macaron tower. I was really honoured to work on the macaron tower for her. And I've mentioned many times here, when it comes to macaron towers, no two are ever the same. As such, I'm extremely grateful that she gave me the creative freedom to use colors and flowers to give life to each unique piece. My mind was filled with gratefulness as I worked on this piece. The best kind of work is when I can play with colors and flowers. What more can one ask for?

It certainly doesn't come to a surprise that I came up with this. The good thing was, my customer just gave me a broad direction - Laduree themed colors. As I've still been bitten by the peony flower fever, it found its way into this piece as well. Again, I am grateful that my custom liked it when I showed her.

"Do more of what makes you happy."

This sentence has been appearing in my mind many times this week. I probably have a new sentence each week. The sentence, or quote reflects my state of mind, or a lesson for that particular week. During this week, this particular sentence just appeared numerous times. 

Absolutely true. 

In my case, when I'm really happy, hopefully that happiness seeps into my work. And hopefully my work reflects that. 

I'm pretty sure this isn't going to be the last macaron tower I make. It's fun to see the pretty colors piling up. It makes me happy, and because it makes me happy, I need to do more of it. 

One at a time....

(Looking at my to do list).

Happy mid week everyone!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Dollhouse Miniature Vintage Pink Kitchen Scale

Last week, I completed making this dollhouse miniature vintage pink kitchen scale.
I pop it right on top of my shabby shelf and it fitted well with the rest of the accessories. Hence I had to take a picture.

Also made some potatoes as props for it. 

The pink color one was sold quite a while ago, but it took me a while to remake another one. Pink is still a popular color for these vintage scales.

Wishing you all a great week ahead! 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

How my jogging routine has changed over the years

I've been trying something new lately with my jogging routine. I still remembered when I started jogging, I basically jogged empty handed. Then I got an ipod shuffle by chance where I could put music in. I started listening to music while I jogged. When that gadget died, I started holding my phone. I thought that was a good idea as I started longer distances and it's just safer to have a phone around for emergency. I'd still listen to music, but when I'm bored, I would switch it off and just enjoy the sounds of nature.

And then, apps such as mapmyrun was created and I found it handy to track distances, calories burnt. I started to use it as well.

When has jogging become a "game" of some sort? Now, there are even apps made to make jogging more fun. They make games, and you listen to a game scenario while running. You collect "things" that will be useful in the game while running. To increase the fun aspect, you can select the option to "chase off" where zombies will chase after you. You'll need to outrun their pace in order to win.

So last week, I decided to try zombie run. The GPS component is still wonky and doesn't always track accurately. For instance, there was once I was on a path but it tracks me as running in the canal. It was quite fun for a change, to listen to a story scenario while running. However I didn't try the "chase off" option as I'm just focusing on my own pace.

Honestly, I did find it fun - it provided a different distraction or purpose. But I just don't think I would subscribe as it is something I can live without. My next game scenario can only be unlocked on 17 July unless I subscribe. I'll wait instead.

Meanwhile, I'm back to running listening to music, or just plain sounds of nature. :)

If you do jog, what is your routine?

Saturday, July 8, 2017

On a Peonies Roll

I'm pretty much down to the last bit of that colored clay I showed you in my last post for making miniature peonies. After that, I might probably be switching to another color.

I made another bouquet of peonies by request :)

I wanted to quickly show these pictures before I "archive" these photos.

I love those green bulbs. I don't have a name for them...but I saw similar ones in an artificial flora bouquet and I just loved that idea. So I'm putting some into this bouquet.

Also, the light green helps the pink to "pop".

Here's another view of the peonies. Loving the full petals. :)

I'm quite liking this new method of working, which is making as many peonies as I possibly can with one color I've mixed and then come up with various items with that. I'm still not sure if I will stick to it, but I'll try different ways and see what works best. Knowing myself, I like to switch things around so that I don't get "bored" with one way.

I like to make another bouquet before the color "runs" out, but I'm not sure if I'll be able to have enough of this color to, if not I'll have to mix some more of it. We'll see :)

I hope you're having a great week!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Practising Making Peonies

Over the last week, I practiced making dollhouse miniature peonies using the new technique.
I am trying to make as many as I can, while the air dry clay remains fresh :)

I'm loving this color very much, so I'm trying to use up all of it. It looks like a fairly large chunk of clay, but in actual fact, it isn't really. But the color is hand mixed, and I just didn't want to waste it. So I'm going to make peonies out of this. Besides, the color of the peonies that I made did turn out looking really nice.

We had a fair share of really hot days and some cool rainy days here for the past week. When it's really rainy, it's a great day for just staying home and making peonies. :)

I use this small cup to place my peonies to dry. These are small sample cups where you'll find in supermarkets where they'll put samples of drinks or even sometimes food. I used to stick it in the flora sponge, but in this way, I can really inspect all the petals while letting it dry. It also helps to give me a sense of how they'll look in a bouquet or vase arrangement. 

While letting it dry, I noticed that there were some gaps in my peonies. See the above circled one.

So I filled up the gap again. Yup - I did managed to do just that! 


My last Miniature Pink Vespa and flowers bouquet post received a huge amount of likes and probably the most comments of all my posts on my facebook page

It blew me away... I'm so grateful for all the likes and comments. I didn't know that many people love the Vespa and flowers :) Thank you so much! 

Wishing all my US friends a Happy 4th July! 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Dollhouse Miniature Peonies and New Leaves

Over the past week, I have been practicing making new dollhouse miniature peonies using a new technique, and slowly I made a bouquet of them.

With these new peonies, I love how busy the petals are. It was what I was aiming for as I went along. 
I want to keep practicing and fine tuning the technique in the coming week, I can't wait to see how they will look like :) 

The leaves are also new. I've made them even thinner. I'll try another color next round.

Flowers and bike is off to a new home. :)

Happy mid week everyone! 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Dollhouse Miniature Three Tier Hydrangea Cake

Hello everyone. My latest work for this week is a dollhouse miniature three tier hydrangea cake. Since I started practicing the new technique for making hydrangeas, I've been making them non-stop. I wanted to incorporate them into many different things. It is no surprise that I would end up putting some into miniature food :) I'm very sure I'm not done yet. I'm thinking of smaller cakes, and maybe even with ganache. But maybe with different color themes.

It is also of no surprise, that a hydrangea cake is most time consuming of all the cakes I've made, because for this particular concept, I wanted to line the edges with hydrangeas :)

This is a very soft, muted color tone. The cake buttercream is a very soft light pink. As for the hydrangeas, there are various soft colors of green, mauve, pinks.

There are tons of hydrangea cake inspiration in google images and honestly, a few too many that I want to try out eventually, one at a time :)

This is my first three tier cake of 2017, I can't even believe that myself! Actually I hope to revisit some of the earlier ones I've made, by incorporating new flowers into them. Here are the links to the other three tier cakes I've blogged in the past. 

I hope you love my new work. :) Have a beautiful week everyone! 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Dollhouse Miniature Pink and Green Hydrangeas

Hi everyone. I'm feeling better this week. Sleeping earlier and walking tons help. Yesterday I walked over 14K steps. It's been way too hot to jog, so I changed to walking instead. And it helped that I talked to a friend while I walked, and before I knew it, I clocked 14K steps. I didn't feel tired as well, so all is good!

This week, I worked on refining my technique on making miniature hydrangeas and I'm really pleased. I researched a bit on hydrangeas and found that they do change color based on pH level of the soil. That's interesting. I love these pink and green tips hydrangeas

What I'm liking with these new refreshed hydrangeas is definitely how more natural they look. I've also made the petals more thin, and that made them look even more delicate. 

I also changed the stem color to a lighter green, which brings out a totally different feel. With a couple of changes here and there, the whole hydrangea has been transformed.

I'm one who looks to continuously improving myself. And I'm happy with these new hydrangeas.

I'm working on a more ambitious theme with hydrangeas, we'll see how that goes.

One of my favourite pictures, where you can see the color changes. :)

I took this early in the morning and wanted to give it a try, with the sun shine hitting on it.

Even though the shadow is a little distracting, but I'm liking how it looks in this warm sunlight. :)

Have a beautiful Thursday everyone!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Back with some lace cake slices

Hi all! I'm back after a short vacation. I'm not sure why I had such fatigue after I was back. I think it is probably due to the humidity. So I've been resting a fair bit and trying to get back into the swing of things.

It's been a while since I made some cake slices. But I did wanted to show how nice intricate lace cake slices can be as well. New lace molds are available here.

These miniature cake slices are made with air dry clay. And I think there are still many people who fear using air dry clay. With air dry clay, you naturally get realistic cake texture without needing to "poke" or texture it with a needle or sharp tool. Just let them dry naturally and be patient. When it's dried, all you need to do is to cut them out.

I think air dry clay is good for those who are suffering from arthritis or weak joints on your wrists.

This once off cake slices set is also available here. I felt that the intricate lace on the top speaks volumes, and adding anything on the top would have covered its natural beauty. So I have left the top design shine on its own.

Wishing everyone a happy weekend! :)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Dollhouse Miniature Rabbit Plate

Hi everyone, I have something new to show this week. :) Had fun making some miniature macarons to go along with this dollhouse miniature rabbit plate. What attracted me was the beautiful baby blue color. The edges are also intricate.

The trick with displaying this cute rabbit plate was the sizing of the desserts. Bigger desserts or treats just would not work. Not only does it cover the cute miniature rabbit, the whole proportion also did not work. So everything has to be kept small.

Measurements of the miniature rabbit plate is 1.8cm tall and 3cm at its widest.

And of course a view of my fingers holding the plate. :)

Please stay tuned for a vacation sale over at my etsy shop starting on Sunday. The discount code will be found on my shop banner, so do visit my shop then!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Fake Whipped Cream Glossy Finish

Hi everyone! April went by quickly, and now it's already 5 months into the new year!
I've been busy here still, working on some assorted projects. I've had time to finally finish another new magnet design which I'll release soon. I'm so happy because it's been something I had always wanted to complete since my last release of the Strawberry Macaron Dessert Magnet which was getting popular! I was widely surprised, but equally delighted that it's gaining popularity.

If you don't know how it looks like, here it is:

This is a life size magnet by the way.

So while making my new raspberry macaron design, I experimented with the fake whipped cream in glossy finish

I've tried capturing a closer picture of the piped cream. Although it doesn't really show up as glossy, but it is. 

I also wanted to talk about how to clean the piping tool once you've used this. Since this particular cream is made of silicone, I don't recommend washing. It's just too much hassle and creates a mess.

Simply wait out for an hour, and use tweezers to pull out the cream. Those parts which are dried will be released from the piping tool, and it doesn't stick onto the tool. Not the entire cream will be pulled off, so you need to wait for another hour or so for the next part of the cream to be dried. Repeat  the process, and you'll get a nice clean piping tool again. No stains, all cleaned!

I hope you like this little tip! It's easy and no hassle. :) 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Dollhouse Miniature Mason Jar Flower Arrangement

I have been playing around with making more of the new geraniums flower which I experimented to go along with the mason jars. And if you've followed my instagram or facebook page, you know that my UV lamp retired for good. But I'm so glad that this isn't a hard item to source, and it was delivered to me the next day.

I've been dying to make my miniature mason jars in opaque for flower arrangements as I've been inspired by the many pictures I see online.

So I was really excited when I could come up with something like this. :)

I've been making and creating a few of these miniature mason jars now, and I can say that they are time consuming to make, even with the help of a mold. After you get the shape of the mason jar, there is still work like sanding the edges down. Sometimes you have to check for other imperfections and may have to remold some parts.

But because I love the effect of how they look with flowers in them, this wouldn't stop me from making these miniature mason jars. :)

I wanted to add a small rustic element to these jars, so you'll notice the tiny rustic string tied to the neck.

I have a feeling my next one will look a little different. We shall see. :)

I hope you have a beautiful week ahead!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Experimenting new flowers...Found the name of the flower

This week, I was back in experimentation mood. So I made some flowers. Sometimes I have a photo for reference, but sometimes I don't. The flowers that I made this time round was based on my imagination. I think I've seen such flowers before.

After making them, I tried to look for its flower type name on google images and pinterest. But I couldn't find anything close.

So I went to my instagram and asked my friends for help :)

And someone mentioned Geraniums. I did a search and yup they do look like geraniums! I'm so happy that I have received help with identifying this flower type. It made me really happy :)

I think they look pretty lovely being displayed in this miniature mason jar mug. I love it so much that I am working on releasing a series of them, in mason jars. :)

I also particularly loved this shade. :) They have been painted on.

I hope everyone had a lovely Easter holiday, for all of you who celebrate Easter. 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Dollhouse Miniature Pink Potting Bench

Hi everyone! I'm sure most didn't even notice this, but I was down without internet for almost a day. It wasn't too much of an inconvenience since I could still work on other things that doesn't require internet connection. But I'm glad to be back up and running.

Just a few days ago, I completed another dollhouse miniature pink potting bench. It's now on its way to its new home :)

I love this sheer light pink really. It isn't too "pink". I'm sure I'm going to make another, and trying another new color for the next piece.

I've also been busy updating my Etsy store. For those of you who aren't aware, Direct Checkout (now it's called Etsy Payments) used to be optional. But coming 17 May, all shops in eligible countries that has Etsy Payments option must comply and have it offered in their store. I've since been busy setting that up. I guess one has to embrace change. At the same time, I'm looking forward to some new roll outs in the coming months. One of them is the guest checkout option. Right now, one has to sign up, get an account in order to purchase something on Etsy. But soon, they would have a guest check out so it doesn't require one to sign up. So I think that's a cool feature. Updated: Apparently, there ARE already some guests checkout for some lucky buyers who get to experience it first hand. It will be labelled as (Guest) underneath the person's name.

Although there's one feature that exist right now which I probably won't adopt... just because it's not my shopping style. It's called the Multi-Cart Item. Now, you can add a bunch of stuff from different sellers into your shopping cart and then check out all at once at the same time. Previously, you can only shop with one seller at a time. I don't know about you, but I am not that kind of shopper who goes around and add a bunch of stuff from different sellers and check out at the end. It's too confusing for me. But I guess different people has different shopping patterns. I'm curious. What's your online shopping pattern?

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Dollhouse Miniature Mason Jar Mug Silicone Mold

Hello April! How time flies! April...has traditionally been known as a slower month. And I think it's largely because everyone is busy filing for taxes. I know at least three countries have their tax filing returns date due in mid April, so I suppose everyone is just busy with paperwork. Most of the time, I have mine done in April. However this year, I started doing that in March and I am proud of myself doing it in advance and not leaving it to April. It just makes me feel more relieved that I've completed it way earlier than most years, and that alone makes me really happy.

Now, on to more fun things! I've new miniature molds stocked! Introducing the dollhouse miniature mason jar mug silicone mold and the dollhouse miniature drinking jar silicone mold.

The only difference is, one is with the mug handle, the other without. I find both equally charming!

Without mug handle

With mug handle

I don't know when mason jars became a popular item in the kitchen. But it was in the recent years. People use it as a water glass, or even for flower arrangements. Some serve desserts with it.

These molds are slightly more complex to use than other molds, because it comes with 3 removable parts. However, English instructions and personal tips will be included when you purchase the molds from my shop. I have personally tried making them and wanted you to have a great experience with it, hence I think my personal tips will help you to eliminate some frustrations that come with trial and error.

The smaller size mold will be what you will be using more IF you're making it for 1:12 dollhouse miniature scale scenes.

See photo below to have a gauge of the size of the mug and in comparison with other 1:12 scale miniatures.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

New Workshop "White Anemones"

Hi everyone, I hope all of you are off to a great start for another fresh week. I am excited to say, I finally completed a piece which I am including in my suite of craft courses. I'm really happy to be able to add this new "White Anemones" to the list of flowers that I will be teaching. :)

I will still require students to take a pre-requisite before they can learn this, because the truth is, anemones are harder to make compared to the daisies. They require more steps, more sculpting and definitely more patience. I believe one should be able to complete this in one lesson, but as always, there may be instances where one can't complete and have to come back for another lesson. And if that's the case, I'll update the sessions required accordingly after I've gotten a few students taking this class to do a gauge.

Happy mid week everyone!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Dollhouse Miniature Potting Bench

Hi everyone, I hope everyone had a great weekend. I relaxed, and also packed orders. First, I have for the longest time been wondering why I am lacking a reply button in my comments section. It made replying comments difficult. I finally got down to investigate and realized I needed to set my comments to "embedded' before the reply button would appear. There you go! I'm always learning something. :)

Earlier last week, I was working on a potting bench. This piece is inspired by my vision of a french flea market, where old pieces of furnitures are salvaged, refurbished and given a new lease of life. They are then used to display an array of carefully selected eclectic ornaments and knick knacks, curated by the shop keeper. I love such themes dearly.

Here, I just displayed it with a few of my favorite pieces at the moment.

But if you could just see beyond it as a potting bench. it can be used as a dessert table as well. So there is no limitations of using this - which is the beauty of such versatile pieces.

It will be going to its new home! I may be making another piece. This time, how about mint green? It seems to be a favorite color among many people. 

I'll show you when it's done! Meanwhile, have a beautiful week everyone!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Old piece new feature

One of the fun moments is when you open your cabinet and saw an old piece of work and thought it would be a great fit for a photo opportunity with some new stuff you've been working on. I've been painting on some milk and sugar jars lately. One set in pale pink. And when I saw my old shabby shelf, I knew it fitted in there. So I had to take a photo before mailing some items out to my customer :)

I love that the condition of all the other miniatures, despite it being in my cupboard for many years. Almost forgotten I had this.

The pale pink sugar and milk jars fit here nicely. :)

I have also been working on a potting bench. I hope to take some photos tomorrow.

Have a great week everyone!