Friday, September 20, 2013

100 Dollhouse Miniature Halloween and Fall Tutorials

Enjoy these links to dollhouse miniature tutorials for Halloween and Fall while sipping a mug of hot apple cider! These are a followup to the 50 tutorials that I posted in 2012 (below). If you would like to share a link to a Halloween or Fall theme tutorial, please leave a comment below. Suggestions are always welcome!

  1. How to find spooky bits Cauldron Craft Miniatures
  2. Pumpkin fairy house Cauldron Craft Miniatures
  3. Make Your Own Spooky Dollhouse Cauldron Craft Miniatures
  4. Spooky shutters The Addams Family
  5. The Witch's Kitchen Joann Swanson DIY Miniatures
  6. Mossy steps and fall leaves otterine
  7. The Consummate Bibliophile Joann Swanson DIY Miniatures
  8. Halloween lollipops agdollcrafts
  9. Halloween cake AkameruKawaii via Youtube
  10. Witch Hat Gina Bellous Dolls
  11. Thanksgiving postcard printables
  12. Paper mache decorations The Paper Mache Resource
  13. Leaves Tweety Petie Products
  14. Acorn nut pie for woodland miniatures  Julie Old Crow
  15. Mayflower boat from a walnut shell
  16. Corn husk doll Julie Old Crow
  17. Fairy mushrooms Julie Old Crow
  18. Potion bottles MiniMaker via squidoo
  19. Witch hat Wee Little Delights
  20. Felt hats Tony Barton via
  21. Pumpkin on a vine minttumeirami
  22. Rag rug minttumeirami
  23. Pumpkin lamp (in French) Creamalice
  24. Candelabra (in Spanish) Sole Garcia Zamora
  25. Mince pies Lisitza's Mini Kawaii
  26. Apple pie momyrun via
  27. Fantasy trees 2paintminiatures via youtube
  28. Apple pie and Apples SugarCharmShop via youtube
  29. Lemon Heads candy jisfruit via youtube
  30. Pumpkin pie Garden of Imagination via youtube
  31. Halloween garden miniaturegardenshopp via youtube
  32. Spider cake collbn via youtube
  33. Pumpkin teapot Garden of Imagination via youtube
  34. Pumpkin Garden of Imagination via youtube
  35. Phantom of the Opera mask Garden of Imagination via youtube
  36. Ghost animals Garden of Imagination via youtube
  37. Face jars Garden of Imagination via youtube
  38. Melted candles Garden of Imagination via youtube
  39. Caramel apples joannesminis via youtube
  40. Pears joannesminis via youtube
  41. Wood stove
  42. Country style buffet from matboard 1 inch minis by Kris
  43. Cattails
  44. Quarter scale pumpkin house
  45. Scary trees
  46. Quarter scale candy corn house
  47. Jack o Lanterns lit with LEDs
  48. Masks
  49. Skeletons - bending plastic figures Maple Leaf Miniatures
  50. Dragon skin Maple Leaf Miniatures
Tutorials posted in 2012:
  1. Tree stump house Laura Miller
  2. Apples Barbara Dezza via CDHM
  3. Candy apples GardenofImagination via YouTube
  4. Halloween candles collbn via YouTube 
  5. Jack-o'-lantern collbn via YouTube
  6. Candy corn collbn via YouTube
  7. Chocolate candy bars GardenofImagination via YouTube
  8. Halloween candy joannesminis via YouTube
  9. Halloween flowers (black roses) collbn via YouTube
  10. Grinning pumpkin cauldron Pixie Dust Miniatures
  11. Witch's brew Mary Eccher
  12. Spider chrysanthemums
  13. Fall decoration (bucket planter and pumpkin) joannesminis via YouTube
  14. Bonsia/spooky tree technique
  15. Braided mat
  16. Bushel basket joannesminis via YouTube
  17. Ghost joannesminis via YouTube
  18. Potion bottles MiniMaker via Squidoo
  19. Harry Potter Jawbind Potion Toni Ellison via YouTube
  20. Harry Potter Mandrake Restorative Draught Toni Ellison via YouTube
  21. Harry Potter Drink of Despair Toni Ellison via YouTube
  22. Harry Potter Skele-Gro Potion Toni Ellison via YouTube
  23. Cider and cinnamon donuts Mary Eccher
  24. Canning vegetables Mary Eccher
  25. Canning pot 1 inch minis by Kris
  26. Wine rack 1 inch minis by Kris
  27. Witch's broom Jody Raines via CDHM
  28. Ladies boots
  29. Corn stalks
  30. Dried Corn
  31. Needlefelted cat
  32. Kitten made from wool lapappadolce (in Italian)
  33. Flying bats
  34. 1:48 Scale Moonshines smallpackages via webshots
  35. 1:48 scale lilies/fall arrangement Wanna in El Paso
  36. 1:48 scale Laura's roadhouse Wanna in El Paso
  37. Skeleton joannesminis via YouTube
  38. Fixing up a cheap skeleton Wanna in El Paso
  39. Rat Alice Zinn via webshots
  40. Wizard's set Collector's Club
  41. A Halloween peddler's cart Joann Swanson
  42. A bit of Autumn Joann Swanson
  43. Potatoes Barbara Dezza via CDHM
  44. Pumpkins Sandra Keller Palesch via CDHM
  45. Pumpkin needlework design
  46. Pilgrim's hats
  47. Simmering stews Mary Eccher
  48. Thanksgiving dinner GardenofImagination via YouTube and My Small Obsession
  49. Thanksgiving printables Sherree via Picasa
  50. Pumpkin pie Mary Eccher
Additional tutorials suggested by readers:

Monday, July 1, 2013

Preparations are Underway for Tucson

Are you packing your toolkits for Tucson? Hopefully, you can join us for the NAME National Convention starting next week! We are introducing many new kits (the most we've ever brought to a show)! If traveling to Tucson isn't in your schedule, no worries... these kits will be available on our website in late July. I'll send out a newsletter announcement when they are ready, so you may wish to sign up for the newsletter.

Hope to see you in Tucson or another upcoming show!

Creepy Coffin Kit may be decorated with 5 new Halloween glitter houses and blue LEDs.

Scream and shOuthouse with blue LED.; 1 of 5 new Halloween glitter houses for the Creepy Coffin Kit.

Quarter scale, vintage style stove kit.

Quarter scale Pyramid Kit, in conjunction with Stewart Dollhouse Creations.

Quarter scale party scene for mummies; kit by Stewart Dollhouse Creations

2 quarter scale kits: fireplace with icicles and glitter houses.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Inspiration from Giverny

On our recent trip to Giverny, it was easy to see how Claude Monet drew inspiration from his amazing gardens and the surroundings of this quaint village. Now a home to the Giverny Museum of Impressionism, gift shops, and restaurants, Giverny is abloom with enchanting fragrances and colors!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Tucson Workshops Still Have Openings!

This is your last opportunity to sign up for our workshops at the NAME National Convention in Tucson, July 8-14. Registration closes May 31. This year, we are offering two workshops:

A Night in the Museum
Mon., July 8 - Tues., July 9. This is not your typical Egyptian pyramid; it’s a Mummy’s Day party complete with tiny treats! On Monday, students will build a 1:48 scale pyramid, age, and apply a “magical mummy mixture” to the exterior, construct the Egyptian style furnishings, electrify the room with a battery-powered LED, and apply the wall, ceiling and floor designs. Students will learn different aging and finishing techniques. On Tuesday, students will create quarter scale treats with Ruth Stewart. She will teach polymer clay blending techniques as students make cake pops in pyramid and mummy shapes, create a cake decorated with Egyptian motifs, and tiny cupcakes with a mold that will be yours to keep. A menagerie of tiny laser cut mummies and camels will be provided to decorate the scene. Contact Carol for registration info

A quick and easy technique for finishing the exterior will be taught.
Students will create Egyptian-inspired treats in quarter scale with Ruth Stewart.
Silent Night Fireplace with Glitter Houses
Wed., July 10. Create an all-white, snowy, village scene on a beautiful, 1” scale fireplace. Make a winterscape on the mantel; add an ice skating pond, trees, and a hill for the church to rise above the village. When the LED lights are switched on, the snow sparkles and the houses glow warmly! Sparkly icicles and a snowflake garland complete your fireplace decor. Contact Carol for registration info. Hurry, there are only a couple of spaces left!

Create and light 3 houses. Winterscape a mantel with an ice skating pond.

Fireplace is included.

Texas Miniature Showcase 2013

Arrangement by Helen David.
Mr. T2S and I enjoyed returning to Dallas and seeing the friends that we had made last year. It was the one year anniversary of my miniature teaching career! This year, the class made little wreaths with a glitter house inside. 

The exhibits drew crowds all weekend. These are some talented ladies!

A porch scene in quarter scale by Karen Carter.
One of the clubs exhibited their chocolate shops. We enjoyed seeing how they incorporated the Eiffel Tower chocolate display kits and the chocolates made from the molds. It's a good thing that the scenes were protected by cases because they looked so decadent!

Chocolate Shop by Susan Sanchez.

Chocolate Shop by Susan Sanchez.

The Little Village glitter house kits and icicle shelf edging were incorporated into a cheerful market stall.

Market stall by Kendra S.
I met Helen David last year in Dallas. Sadly, she passed away this spring. The remainder of Helen's floral arrangements were being sold by her daughter. Helen was known for creating historically and seasonally accurate floral arrangements. Her legacy will continue as her daughter will make the laser cut flowers available through the website,

Floral arrangements by Helen David.
Lisa Engler (Lisa's Little Things) offered kits and finished items to complete a 1:12 coffee shoppe. It is l-o-v-e-l-y!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Another Chicago Show Post

How can I describe this year's Chicago International Show? Hmm... an event that brings together so many wonderful people and amazing miniatures in a great setting! Mr. T2S and I were excited to meet new faces and say hello to our mini friends. And then there were the miniatures... each artist showing their beautifully crafted pieces in carefully arranged displays. From the finest miniature pieces to the affordable do-it-yourself items; the show offered something for everyone.

I was awestruck by the work of several artists who incorporated our kits into their pieces. Taller Targioni, from Spain, set our Snow Village glitter houses (1:12 and 1:24 scales) into gorgeous cabinets! Whitledge-Burgess used our Heirloom Roses decals and dishes in their new workshop, A Culinary Classic. I felt truly honored!

It was fun to meet so many people and put faces to names. Thank you to everyone who stopped by our table. We hope to see you again next year!

Taller Targioni (Spain) offered this cabinet with the T2S Snow Villages.
Whitledge-Burgess incorporated the Heirloom Roses decals and dishes  into their new workshop.

"A Culinary Classic" workshop by Whitledge-Burgess.

Mr. T2S oversees the table while I went on a brief photo excursion!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Preview of Our New Kits

Finally, I've seen the first robin of Spring, the tulips are poking up, and the brown snow is disappearing! It has been a long, but productive Winter. Mr. T2S and I are looking forward to sharing what we have been working on during those bleak months. 

Here is a preview of the new things that we will be bringing with us to the Chicago International Show, (April 19-21). These new items will be added to the website soon after the show. Hope to see you in Chicago!

1:12 Scale Glitter House Tower Kit

Up on the Housetop Vintage Decorations; workshop and kit

1:!2 Scale Glitter House Wreath Kit

Kitchen Shelf with Decals Kit

1:48 Scale Peel and Stick Wallpaper. Many designs are available now

Friday, March 22, 2013

100 Miniature Spring Tutorials

If you would like to add a link to the list, please leave a comment.
Your suggestions are always welcome!
  1. Easter Egg Prep in 4 Scales Janet Smith, Dessert Minis
  2. 1:12 Daffodils
  3. Teapot Shelf Christel Jensen via YouTube
  4. Mouse Tea Pot Christel Jensen via YouTube
  5. Faberge Egg Butterfly Dreams
  6. Victorian Birdcage Sue Heaser via
  7. Living Miniature Container Garden Cotton Ridge Create
  8. Flower Arranging Table Cotton Ridge Create
  9. Garden Accessories in Basket Cotton Ridge Create
  10. Daisies Cotton Ridge Create
  11. Geranium
  12. Casting Bricks Jan’s Dollhouses & Miniatures
  13. Bricks George the Miniguy
  14. Stone slab steps
  15. Easter in a Shadow Box, DIY Dollhouse Miniatures, Joann Swanson
  16. Sheep and Lion Pull Toys DIY Dollhouse Miniatures, Joann Swanson
  17. Kite DIY Dollhouse Miniatures, Joann Swanson
  18. Faucet Planter and Daisies
  19. Round Basket
  20. Easy Rugs
  21. Rag Rug on a Beading Loom
  22. Rug from Bunka Christine Verstraete
  23. Spring Blouse Janet Harmsworth via AIM
  24. Nest Basket of Tulips Catherine Davies via AIM
  25. Aprons Kathi Mendenhall via AIM
  26. Felt Roof Deb Jackson via AIM
  27. Straw Hat Dragonfly International
  28. Straw Hat
  29. Marie-Antoinette Hat BJD Magazine
  30. Gainsborough Hat
  31. Victorian Hat Gina Bellous
  32. Feather Dyeing Gina Bellous
  33. Cold Porcelain Flowers Gina Bellous
  34. Open Parasol
  35. Closed Parasol
  36. Easy Parasol/Umbrella Wasting Gold Paper
  37. Umbrellas DIY Dollhouse Miniatures, Joann Swanson
  38. Picket Fence Butterfly Dreams
  39. Plant Container Butterfly Dreams
  40. Dressing a 1:48 Scale Bed Karen Benson
  41. Wicker Etagere (in French) Création Sudéne
  42. Strawberry Cane Toni Ellison via YouTube
  43. Water Features
  44. 1:48 Flowers and Plants
  45. Baby Booties dollhouseminiaturesclub
  46. Iris Design Stained Glass dollhouseminiaturesclub
  47. Fountain dollhouseminiaturesclub
  48. Balloon Shades Merriman Park
  49. Lettuce dollhouseminiaturesclub
  50. Watercolor Workshop Jean Day
Additional tutorials suggested by readers:
50 Tutorials from 2012:
  1. Customizing a plastic sheep Paizley Pawz
  2. Needle felted sheep
  3. Grass Steve via
  4. Stone wall Carol Jones via YouTube
  5. Cold porcelain daffodils Diane Harfield via YouTube
  6. Baskets from paper Alice Zinn
  7. Wicker basket Miniatures & maisons de poupées
  8. Oval basket
  9. Bunny-shaped wooden basket babsiluv
  10. Hat straw basket Doll Artists' Workshop
  11. Opened parasol Gisele's Miniature Creations
  12. Easter Peddler's Cart Joann L. Swanson
  13. Leeks Angie Scarr
  14. Pansies Alice Buerkle
  15. Roof thatching Earth and Tree
  16. Hats Cynthia Howe
  17. Straw hat Jean Day
  18. Printable hat box Jean Day
  19. Fantasy fairy wings Deb Wood via CDHM
  20. Watering can 1inchscaleminisbykris
  21. Coloring Easter eggs Mary Eccher
  22. Baby in a christening gown Doll Artists' Workshop
  23. Printables for baby Erika via Picasa
  24. Duck or bunny slippers Doll Artists' Workshop
  25. Chocolate bunnies
  26. Hat-shaped cake
  27. Easter cookies
  28. Ham cane and slices drn7ztfsj via YouTube
  29. Scene inside of egg
  30. Chocolate Easter eggs
  31. Marshmallow Easter treats
  32. Easter cupcakes
  33. Easter lilies
  34. Vintage seed packets printable Jean Day
  35. Chicks
  36. Easter egg tree MsMiniLover via YouTube
  37. Bread ring Joannesminis via YouTube
  38. Birdhouses Joannesminis via YouTube
  39. Birds nest
  40. Bird cage Court of Gypsies Miniatures
  41. Wicker bird cage
  42. Paper tulips Brenda Shahzada via My Small Obsession
  43. Tulips
  44. Irises
  45. Pussy willows
  46. Narcissus (in Italian) Pressature con il microonde
  47. Jonquils (French) Les Maisons de Miki 
  48. Printable flower pots True2Scale
  49. Easter bunny mold clayminis 
  50. Bunny cross stitch pattern Minna
Additional tutorials suggested by readers:

Friday, February 22, 2013

Chicago International Workshop

We have been working feverishly to prepare new items (I'm really excited about!) for the Chicago International Show. If you will be attending the show, please stop by our table to say hello and take a look at the items that we will be introducing.

If you interested in taking a workshop, we will be teaching the vintage style Glitter House and Sleigh. We'll light it with your choice of a white or red LED, construct a tiny little sleigh and create an itsy bitsy Santa made from a real pinecone. Just like the antique versions from yesteryear! You'll learn techniques for working with LED lighting, paper and wood veneer. This will be a fun, shorter class. Students will likely leave with a finished project. How often does that happen?!? 

Glitter House and Sleigh workshop at the Chicago International Show.

Friday, February 1, 2013

So Sweeeeeet!

I am enthralled by vintage valentines. I find their designs, colors, and text irresistibly charming! So, I decided to celebrate the season of love by capturing the nostalgic feel of those vintage valentines in this decorated hutch.  Of course, the scene wouldn't be complete without a few luscious chocolates and a lighted glitter house!

Kits for Valentine's Day are available from

Cupcakes pops from Kim's Mini Bakery.
I wanted to give the glitter house a sweet, alluring a Betty Boop sort of way. See the rosy cheeks and detailed mouth? Tiny window awnings give the appearance of eyelashes. A path made of heart-shaped pavers leads up to the door and the heart-shaped base is decorated with a fence with the tiniest details. Perhaps it's a bit over-the-top; but isn't that what Valentine's Day is about?

I hope your Valentine's Day is extra sweet (and a little spicy too)!

Glitter house kit, LED lights and other Valentine's Day kits are available from

Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Sarasota Show and a break from the Icicle State

Even though the locals called it cold, the weather in the Sunshine State felt really lovely to us! Along with a bit of sunshine, we enjoyed yummy oysters, a wade in the Gulf, and some great miniatures. It was a fun-filled weekend! We were fortunate that our table was next to Karon Cunningham (England) and Mike Barbour. And Molly Cromwell did her best to talk us into the Danube Cruise. Oh dear...

Some of the lovely pieces from the show:

Karon Cunningham showed dolls from Silke Janas-Schloesser.

Barbara Sabia

Laura Collum-Silverstein

Ruth Stewart

And here are the items that went home in my suitcase:

Painting: Josephine Meyer; Wood items: David Krupick; Pottery: Jason Feltrope
On Monday, we enjoyed a tour of the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota. Completed in 1925, the home was inspired by... you guessed it... Venetian architecture.

Ca' d'Zan, home of John and Mabel Ringling.

Settee from the art museum.

My favorite from the collection of fans in the art museum.

Before going to the airport, we stopped at Lido Beach for a wade in the Gulf. Upon returning home, we were greeted with a temperature of 7 degrees F. Even Mr. T2S was unhappy!