Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Onwards and Upwards

Progress, progress, progress!

I've put many hours into the last couple of days and I have a great set of stairs to show for it! I built them from tinfoil and each stair is glued to the next and each stair I added was fitted for the spot on the tree. I started at the bottom and worked my way upward.

Onwards and upwards!

Once I got the stairs in there was one thing that just couldn't wait no longer....

Sunday, January 25, 2015

You Owe Me Gnomey

The Gnome has been deciding if he wants to move in and he told me he wanted a balcony off the master bedroom so he could have a better view of the forest. And he didn't like the bland color of the interior walls so suggested I paint them. Then he'll decide if he'll move in. What a demanding little man!
(Read the previous post here)
But I obliged him and painted the walls.. I have to admit, he was right! The walls do look better.

Then I worked all day on this balcony..Gnomey checked it

Friday, January 23, 2015

Revisions And A New House


I am currently working on revising (making easier) my fake bark tutorial and in doing so I had to make more bark. My last tutorial was done with a big coffee can so this time around I chose to work with a cardboard box. The box is now a tree. So now I have one happy happy Gnome! He's thinking about moving in. He'll keep us all posted.

Most of the bark part has been filmed already.  I want to include the roof in the tutorial as well so that might take a few extra days. We'll see as I'm not quite positive how I'll do the roof. Today is Friday so I have the whole weekend to figure it out, yay for weekends!! I keep everyone updated on facebook with progress photos so if you're over there please stop by. Have a great weekend!

This morning I came into my kitchen and noticed how the light was streaming through the tree windows...


Saturday, January 17, 2015

Gnomey Goes Fishing

Happy New Year everyone!

This is my first post of 2015 on this blog and it feels so great to be back! I've been busy busy writing and posting up amigurumi patterns on my other blog but now I'm so ready to craft my little heart out and play a bit with my miniatures :)

Just before Christmas last year (2014) my very sweet and talented friend, Dawn Pragnall, surprised me with a fishing pole for the Gnome I made in 2013 (wow, I can't believe it was that long ago when I made him!!).  She made the pole and the fish with polymer clay. She sent it to me here in Canada all the way from the UK!  It arrived safe and sound and what a fantastic gift, I was so excited when I opened the package it just made my whole day. Merry Christmas to ME!! Oh yes, let's not forget Gnomey! Merry Christmas to him too :)  

The pole is exactly the right size and look at that awesome fish, it looks real!! Great

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Inky Cap Mushroom Tutorial

Inky Cap Mushrooms,

I wasn't planning on a tutorial for these mushrooms but after my last dollhouse update I was asked if  I'd be willing to show how I made them to which I replied, of course!
I originally made the mushrooms for the grounds surrounding my tree stump dollhouse. It's a series I'm doing here and on youtube. See the mushrooms and the dollhouse here

This tutorial will give you a basic Inky Cap mushroom but you can

Friday, November 21, 2014

Revisit The Nut House Now With Video Tour

Today I revisited the dollhouse I made from a walnut and thought I'd invite you along to visit too just in case you're new here and haven't seen this tiny nut house!

I made the furniture, fireplace mantle and stairs from polymer clay. The books from real canvas book spines and the 2 rugs I crocheted with sewing thread. Many hours I put into the tiny details and it was all trial and error with a whole lot of error but perseverance does pay off !
View a short video with before and after pictures here
or see the blog post of the fully furnished walnut here
I hope you enjoy :)


Friday, November 7, 2014

Sculpting A Riding Snail WIP

My Riding Snail Work In Progress,

Last week I introduced you to Ukki the Mushroom who will live on the grounds of the Gnome dollhouse. I made Ukki out of tin foil and paper mache then I sculpted his face from glue soaked tissue paper. Well I'm so in love with Ukki I decided to add one more character that will also live on the grounds and that will be a riding snail. Because every Gnome needs a riding snail, right?!

I'm making the snail the exact same way I did the mushroom.
The beginning stage always has me second guessing myself and there's this constant tug of war going on of  if I should keep working  on it even though it looks ridiculous or throw it in the garbage!
I worked until 2am last night and twice this guy was thrown away! Then