Tuesday, September 13, 2016

WIP: Gift in progress

I have been making minis for a couple years and have 
found much inspiration from Joann Swanson's blog.  
I saw the tutorial above and was inspired to use some of her 
tutorials to make a gift for someone who loves Halloween.  
I bought a faux book, and intend this a piece to be used 
both to display the scene as well as to store the minis inside when not in use.  
This is where I am headed, but make changes every day, 
and sometimes every time I pass by!!
I found this gnarly dog and felt he needed a nice collar 
and a little something to eat so I made him a hand to gnaw on. 
We will have games to play.  This game image is all over pinterest.  I copied, 
sized, and printed, all in MS Word.  I do everything in MS Word
or MS Publisher.  I have limited skills :)
I am not a Ouija person but the person I making this 
for is so we must have a Ouija Board
 There are lots of books.  All are made from images found on pinterest, 
none of these books open. 
There are lots of anatomical charts scattered about our room.
 Mr. Skellie is reading the NY Times, wearing his fluffy slippers, and 
resting his feet on an ottoman I made with a matchbox; 
the feet of the ottoman are tiny skeletons.  
I bought the chair from Alpha Stamps.
 Mr. Skellie has a pet crow sitting over his shoulder.
 There will be a side table next to Mr. Skellie's chair.  I dressed the table, 
and on top is a skelton candle holder, a crystal ball, and a "shrunken head".
I'm loving the "shrunken head" in a tiny jar resting on stacked books. 
This was fun to make and my first ... very first ... 
attempt at polymer clay ... why???  It's fun !!
Mr. Skellie will have a snack that will rest on his ottoman.  I made the drink, cupcake,
and napkin; the tray is a button.  There is much work to be done here!!  
the inside of the "book" has a hutch filled with potions, books, 
owl bookends, a dish, and an hourglass. 
On top is a gargoyle, a candelabra, and a jar
filled with "eyeballs" 
Above the hutch there is a friend of Mr. Skellie's floating into the 
room from the framed mirror.  A fun project with much left to do.  
I can't decide what to do with the interior walls and floor ?? ... decisions decisions.
Thanks for stopping by.  E 

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Excitement in the 'Hollow

The Bushytail's have been very busy getting ready for summer.  They found a great deal on a new/old camper; today Mr. Bushytail went to pick it up.  Mrs. Bushytail took advantage of the sunny day and took baby to the beach with friends.  
Mr Bushytail sent a picture of the camper, he says it needs a bit of refurbishing but believes he can have it ready for the July 4th holiday.

THE really BIG news here at Honeysuckle Hollow is the arrival of my first grand-baby to my daughter, Laura and her husband Graham.  
On March 25th we welcomed our new "mini" Hudson weighing 7lb 7oz, 20 inches.  
All are doing well and baby Hudson is "perfect" !!   
He is the first grandbaby on either side of the family 
so will be appropriately loved on and spoiled rotten!
Getting back to Mrs Bushytail, you may have noticed her accent table ...
It is 2" tall, the top is 2.25" and the base 2".
The seahorses were cut using a Silhouette and are about 1.75"
The items on top the table were also handmade, except the starfish, its a sticker.  
The "fruity coconut drink" is paper clay
 with paper flower and umbrella.  It was made with wire and tissue paper, 
the pink "straw" is also wire.  
The SL magazine is made from a scan of the "real thing"
the sunglasses ... holy moly the sun glasses  
I'm not sure I would ever mass produce these suckers again!!  
They were cut using the Silhouette BUT it is not designed for tiny intricate 
work so I destroyed several in the process. 
The lenses were glazed with "Glossy Accents".  
This touch really did make them appear very realistic. 

Again thanks for stopping by I am always happy to have visitors!  Hugs, E

Thursday, December 24, 2015

" ... and there were in the same country shepherds 
abiding in the field, 
keeping watch over their flock by night.
 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the 
Lord shone round about them...: 
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, 
I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.  
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."  
Luke 2:8-14   KJV  

Monday, December 21, 2015

Honey Run Baptist

The annual Christmas Pageant  is just around the corner and Mr. Bushytail and cast are busy with rehearsals and last minute adjustments.  Tonight the crew successfully finalized the rigging so the angel bearing "good tidings" could fly.  If you can't be with us at Honey Run Baptist we hope you enjoy Christmas Eve services at your place of worship.  
Merry Christmas  

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Instead of using a pre-made wreath I used the stems below to make mine 
To form the wreath I use a bottle (puffy paint), wrap the stem around the bottle, cut, and fold over a bit to secure, I added glue too.  
The first step was adding the loops of gold cord
Then I decorated using beads, glitter stars, and tinsel garland.  I cut the beads from this pick and the tinsel is larger than a plain chenille stem, hand punched glitter stars 
The House: 
The foam board shape is cut to fit into the wreath, and painted. When dried I cut out a door and window and glued them on.  The wreath above the door is made from twine.  I didn’t have green twine, so I painted the twine with acrylic paint, curled it around a regular tooth pick to dry; when it was dry I cut and glued the ends together.  The bow on the wreath is embroidery thread.  The roof is paper cut to fit, glued on and white puffy paint added for snow, then glittered. The door knob is a gold seed bead.  Final touch is the ribbon, mine is red, 1/8th inch grosgrain. 
Glue the house inside the wreath and your finished ... not a quick project but fun 
end product !

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Wreath Making Marathon

I am on a mini wreath making marathon and its addictive !!
Wreaths with deer
Wreaths with snowmen
Wreaths with snowflakes
Wreaths with snowballs
Wreaths with sleighs ... and my favorite 
 wreath with a tiny little house
Now what to do with all these little wreaths .... hum   XO E

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Christmas Miniatures

This is a collection I made for an upcoming party of mini friends in Nashville.   I bought the rocking chair (3 inches tall), and decided not to finish it but will let the person who gets it finish as they want.   
I made the flannel throw, rug, pillow, wreath, and gift filled bag.  

Recently I've seen large gift filled bags for children and thought I’d make a mini version.
I filled the bag with packages and a candy cane
I used a graphic on the bag from the Silhouette Design Store online, by Samantha Walker, called “North Pole Postmarks”. 
I added the words “naughty and nice”, and check boxes.  I re-sized the image I created to fit the little bag then printed onto transfer paper.  Then image is ironed onto the bag.  I use Microsoft Word or Publisher to create most of what I do including this project. Using Publisher when your image is finished, you can choose the “save as” option, then click “jpg”, this allows you to edit in Pic Monkey, etc.  

Hope you enjoy the idea, let me know if you make a mini gift bag.  XO E