Friday, February 24, 2012

Workshops in Texas and Sturbridge

In the upper Midwest, Spring is in the air! Or perhaps my burgeoning tulips are just being optimistic. This Spring, Mr. T2S and I will be busy preparing for several shows and teaching our first class, the Vintage-Inspired Christmas Hutch with Glitter Houses. If you will be attending the Texas Miniature Showcase in May, or the Sturbridge Miniatures Festival in June, I hope you will join us. We'll have fun working with LED lighting, paper techniques and assembling glitter houses. The lighted glitter houses and the decorations will be added to a hutch that has been beautifully painted and aged by Jo Dewane Miniatures (the QUEEN of mini aging techniques!).

Vintage Style Christmas Hutch with Glitter Houses 
1” scale Aged Hutch (prepared by Jo Dewane) holds 2 sizes of glitter houses which you will assemble and light.
Learn to work with LED lights to create this charming Christmas display. The light switch and battery are housed behind the cabinet doors, allowing you to easily add and remove the hutch from your scene. You will be given tips and shown techniques for working with paper, as we assemble 2 sizes of glitter houses and decorate them. Materials and instructions to make the decorations shown will also be included in the class.
Tools required: 6” ruler, sharp tweezers, x-acto knife with new blades, small paint brushes (old and new), small wire cutters, work light, small sharp scissors, white glue, magnification if needed.

Class registration for the Texas Miniature Showcase is available on their website. If you are interested in attending the class in Sturbridge, please contact me. We will also be teaching a class at Philadelphia Miniaturia in November. I hope you can join us!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Highlights from Orlando

Warm hospitality, greasy food, Carmen Miranda, and a good mattress. That, in a nutshell, was our weekend at the Orlando show. Several fellow bloggers and blog readers stopped by our table to say hello. It was fun to meet the people creating the posts and leaving comments! I had the opportunity to finally meet the blogger of Tabitha Corsica and view her stunning creations!

Mr. T2S and I went to Epcot on Friday and had a blast dodging raindrops and eating our way around the World Showcase! Perhaps I should have left out the bratwurst from the German village... but after a trip to the Italian village and a glass of Chianti, the grease in my tummy was soon dispersed and I was ready for the Chinese village. Mmmm...yummy!

A "shop window" scene from the UK village.

Our layover in Atlanta gave me some time to check out the exhibit on display–Recycle Runway. Artist, Nancy Judd, creates fashion from garbage to promote conservation. Truly amazing work!

Do you recognize the plastic bags from Target?
The Carmen Miranda style dress and head piece took 100 hours to create.

Coca-Cola couture

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A Preview of New Kits for the Orlando Show

We've rolled out a couple of kits to debut at the Orlando show. The first kit creates 4, vintage-inspired, French pillows. They are the results of my interest in French Country style. In creating the designs on the pillows, I took inspiration from vintage flour sacks. The pillows are reversible, with pretty blue back sides, and are already "antiqued" to perfection. Directions to complete the pillows are included. I had so much fun creating this kit, I'm sure that we will be adding more kits that have been inspired by French Country style this spring.

French pillows kit
The back sides of the pillows.

The second kit is a cute little set of 3 treat boxes. They assemble so easily and the heart-shaped window in the top frames the items you choose to put in the box. They complement the pink dessert tower and dessert boxes. They were photographed with Kim's sweet, little cupcakes with roses.

New treat boxes
I hope to meet some of you in Orlando. Please stop by our table and say hello!

Friday, February 10, 2012

50 Miniature Valentine Tutorials

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It's the weekend for romance and L-O-V-E. Between sips of wine, bites of chocolate and moments of amour, perhaps you can fit in a few of these titillating tutorials?

If you would like to add a link to the list, please leave a comment. Your suggestions are always welcome!
  1. Candies and caning Christine Green via CDHM
  2. Bear, sculpted Nathalie Gireaud via CDHM
  3. French desserts and macaroons Peiwen Petitgrand/Oiseau deNim via CDHM
  4. Valentine cookie casket Linda Cummings via CDHM
  5. Roses, cold porcelain Cynthia Howe
  6. Roses for cakes Cindy Teh/Snowfern via CDHM
  7. Roses, silk ribbon Cynthia Howe
  8. Rose bushes Polly Morris via A Small World's Big Buzz
  9. Roses, long stem True2Scale
  10. Column Mimicracra53
  11. Red hat Fabimini
  12. Waffle, heart-shaped Mamiblue
  13. Bag showcase Erie
  14. Small chest of drawers Jimena
  15. Carnations 1inchminisbykris
  16. Shabby chic bed 1inchminisbykris
  17. Corset Anna Hardman via
  18. Bra and panties Loes Snoodijk
  19. Jungle pattern undies mishellyzoo
  20. Stockings Regalia via Picturetrail
  21. Wallpapers
  22. Valentine candy boxes 1
  23. Valentine candy boxes 2
  24. Valentine printables Dolls House Nederland
  25. Chocolate candy 1 Madison
  26. Chocolate candy 2
  27. Heart topiary
  28. Memory board
  29. Valentine table for kids Miniature Collector magazine
  30. Valentine swirl truffles Garden of Imagination via YouTube
  31. Valentine's cupcakes Hummingbird Miniatures via YouTube
  32. Valentine chocolate truffles Garden of Imagination via YouTube
  33. Valentine hearts in polymer clay Garden of Imagination via YouTube
  34. Valentine cookies Garden of Imagination via YouTube
  35. Chocolate covered cherry Garden of Imagination via YouTube
  36. Heart-shaped cake Gentleman Bunny via YouTube
  37. Heart sugar cookies Gentleman Bunny via YouTube
  38. Layered cake with heart-shape icing ConfectioneryShop via YouTube
  39. Triple layer strawberry cake TheSweetSpotShop via YouTube
  40. Strawberry cane ToniEllison via YouTube
  41. Valentine bunny Gentleman Bunny via YouTube
  42. Chocolate cake ValentinaCharms via YouTube
  43. Valentine cards printable Jean Day
  44. Perfume bottles Lisa's Little Things
  45. Wine bottle 1 MiniMaker via
  46. Wine bottle 2 Pierre Piveteau
  47. Bottle molds
  48. Bottles from molded resin
  49. Oysters SugarCharmShop via YouTube
  50. Breakfast tray Juli

Saturday, February 4, 2012

A Valentine's Day Treat

Mary Broaddus is up to her old tricks — creating more beautiful, detailed miniatures! She sent me these pics to show how she used the Little House on Main glitter house kit and the Valentine's Decorations kit. As usual, Mary made everything else on her table, including the foods and candies. I adore the vintage style bobble head candy container! Please visit Mary's Etsy shop to see more of her delightful creations.

Mary kit-bashed the Little House on Main glitter house kit.

The basket is part of the Valentine's Decorations Kit.