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Monday, August 21, 2017

My holiday in a tin.


No trip for me this year so I had to find something else to get some of that holiday feeling. I saw a beach scene in a tin and that inspired me. Just a beach is not enough for me so I added a bit of landscape as well. Here is how I did it.

 This is the tin  I used, It was the only kind I could find around here. There were tiny sweets in it.  The size is very nice to work with 6 cm by 3 cm. But the tin is really very shallow : just 1 cm deep. That leaves very little room for the stuff to go inside. I actually broke the hinge trying some things for size. So if you can find a deeper tin go for it.

Here is step 1 : trying out the clay that will become the beach base. You can use any type of  clay . I used air drying clay because I happened to have some  but you can use Fimo and bake the whole thing.

Step 2 .When the clay was dry I painted it  a very pale sand colour and sprinkled some sand on it. ( use craft sand or bird cage sand). I  painted the see area in acrylic paints. Used blue and white. the sea is lighter  in color near the beach so that will give the best look. Paint the sea with Mod Podge or varnish for a nice shine.
 Step 3 . I added some white mini pebbles to the right hand top corner and some plants to the open space at the left. I used bits of plastic plants, and model rail road moss.

Step 4 . Added a little hint of pink paint to the pebbles and added some tiny bits of  the green stuff to them to make them look more interesting.

Now for the landscape in the lid. I printed  4 copies of the photo I found on line ( Passport  photo size) .  One copy was cut to fit inside the lid and glued in place with Mod Podge.

I cut  out the pergola with the flowers twice and also the chairs and table in the front. I know the chairs are not very visible but they do add some depth to the whole thing. I  added double sided foam tape to the back of the pergola cuttings  and layered them on top of the pergola in the lid.

  I used one   of  the set of chairs and table to do the same thing.  From the second part I only used the backs of the chairs so they would stand out more.

Added some green moss like stuff ( in the bag on the right of the photo available at Minikitz .com)   add some details to the landscape. I also used flower foam  to make the flowers stand  out more. I just glued it on top of the flowers in the picture.

Finishing touch were some bits of flower foam in various colors to give the idea of flowers and some gravel to create a little path to the beach.

Had a lot of fun creating this little holiday for me. Hope it will inspire  you too.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Tiny landscape under a dome.

This tiny landscape can be displayed with or without the dome.  It is pretty easy and fun to make, Let me show you how to do it.

For the base  :
A metal plate ( 12 th scale)

For the dome :
Plastic bottle cap or something similar. Try to find something that is really clear.
A press stud to glue on the top ( optional) 

Glue a piece of dried bark to the plate. You can also  use a piece of wood or a stone or whatever you like.

Use some green paint ( I used my watercolors)  to add a bit of  a moss effect  to your tree bark base.

 I also added some green fluffy bits.

I used a lot of different bits of greenery for this project. I always find the most intersting ones  at

They have stuff that looks like tiny plants and grasses, stretchy vine which is great to make trees with and lots more.

 I used some very fine dried twigs to make the tree with. You can replace this with fine wire  twisted together and painted.

  Poked a little hole in the bark base and planted the tree.

I little bit of the stretchy vine material ( see above) made lovely greenery for the tree. Just lightly glue on top of the basic tree.

Decorated the base with some mini gravel and some flower foam and more greenery in different shades of green.

In the end I used a different bottle cap for the dome.  Here is the final version .

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Five minute project

I made this crochet bear and I wanted to have a little background for him so he could sit on my bookshelf and look nice.  Had no time to do anything fancy so this is what I came up with :

This is a little screen kit  that  I found at Action's  ( the nearest thing to a dollar shop we have in the Netherlands). It is wood and it comes with cut outs to decorate it and even the ribbon and the paint.

I did not like the pics that came with it but I had some ready made 3 D stickers from another shop that had a garden theme .

This is a similar set to the one I used. 

Stickers glued to the wood. They did not stick very well ( there is foam at the back) but that is great for they will be easy to remove and I can use the  screen and the stickers for something else later. You will find stickers like that at places that sell items for scrapbooking or cardmaking. 

Here are some pics of the bear I used.

Added a little bench and a box tree that I had in my stash and I am pretty pleased with how it  looks.

You can ofcourse do this as a permanent thing and add a floor and do much better on  the paintwork and the decorations .  I just wanted to show that a few cheap items, about 5 mins are enough for some mini fun.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Eraser petit fours

Petit fours are usually covered in fondant , icing or chocolate in white or pastels. White erasors are brilliant for making petit fours with. The ones you find on the top of pencils are the right size. If you can find pencils with colored erasers they are  brilliant too.
 I also found erasers  that are the same shape but in longer lengths. They come in small boxes and are made in Japan. If you can find them they are totally awesome for they come in lots of colors. I found mine on   There are also little boxes of these erasers in kits with stationary for kids. 

What you will need to make petit fours:
Narrow silk ribbon ( your choice of colors)
Tacky glue.

For decorations :
Matching silk ribbon and a rose maker
Paper or plastic mini flowers
Flower foam ( optional)

Cut the erasors off the pencils just above the metal thingy.
Wrap and glue a piece of silk ribbon round the erasor at the bottom. Be very careful when gluing silk ribbon : the ribbon absorbs the glue , but the glue also stains it.

Decorate the top of your petit fours. Silk flowers to match the ribbon look very elegant but paper flowers can be just as nice. If you like you can add a little bit of flower foam next to the flowers or even instead of the flowers.

I did an all white version too and decorated the tops of the cakes with no hole pearls.

 Here are some more petit fours to inspire you . I used erasors, ribbon, nail art items like stickers and micro beads and paper flowers.

Chocolate petit fours.

Ingredients :
Per Petit Four one eraser like the one we used before.
Acrylic paints in a nice chocolaty color.
Tacky glue
A pin for a handle and a clothes pin 

To decorate your Petit Fours:

Very fine gravel ( from the train shop) mixed with some slivers of green plastic or the smallest green bits from a bag of floral foam.

Dried pepper seeds

White eraser grindings

Cork grindings

Mustard seeds. You can use them in their natural color ( light brown or black) or painted in an  other color like : dark brown or white.

Paper flowers ( or really small plastic ones) plus a tiny bead for the flower center.

Cut the erasers just above the metal ring on the pencils. If you like smaller petit fours you can cut them smaller or slice them in half like I did for the ones on the white plate.

To get a nice chocolate coating do what a real baker does and do dip your petit fours into chocolate ( paint) instead of painting them. Use the pin as a handle and the clothes pins as stands to keep them standing while drying. If a drop of paint forms at the bottom of the petit four, wipe it away carefully before it dries.  If  you are happy with the chocolate coating you can move on to the decorating part if not just repeat the chocolate dipping till you are happy with the result.

There is tons and tons of decorating options for these little cakes. A lot of fun are seeds from sweet bell peppers. Just save the seeds and dry them whenever you use a bell pepper in cooking.

There are several ways to create nuts for your decorating.  Model train shops often sell little bags of very fine gravel. Another option is making your own by using a cork and a nutmeg grinder. A white eraser given the same treatment makes lovely dried coconut.  Mustard seeds make great nuts or chocolates depending on the color.  Bags of flower foam offer tons of possibilities. The smallest bits of green make great chopped pistachio nuts. Other colors of the foam look splendid on different colors of petit fours.

Decorations can be glued on with Tacky glue. Start with the nuts or coconut and do not use too much, just a little looks best. Pepper seeds, mustard seeds and flowers make great final touches. Once again do try your own variations using different colors and different types of paint etc.

You can buy colored erasers to make different colors of petit fours or paint them.

Coloured  erasers decorated with paper flowers, no hole beads and nail stickes 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

The story of my Brambly Hedge kitchen

I just love the Brambly Hedge books and wanted to do  a scene inspired by them. I made this one using  3 D techniques in paper and combined them with real furniture and food to make a picture from the book come alive.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Cat tea cozy part 1

The first tea cozy is done in crochet . The second one will be a knitted one.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Topiaries the easy way.

For these topaiaries I used bunca thread and I found it looks very well. I made cats but you can make any shape or animal you like by following the basic instructions.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Lovely shawls in knit and crochet.

Shawls are very much back in fashion . Here are my mini versions : one for people who like to knit and one for the crocheters. Have fun.

Just in case you are looking for the right knitting needles . I sell handmade knitting needles in my Etsy shop :

Needles for miniature knitting