To all of you dear miniature friends and followers of WeLoveMiniatures
Just a brief update to you. I am currently going through a divorce which means that Finn is no longer part of WeLoveMiniatures and I will be taking over maintaining the website and doing the layouts and stuff.
I am packing down my home and studio and moving to a smaller condo, I will have a room for my miniature work and video making and I will be back soon making my miniatures and tutorials for you guys. But I will need a lot of work unpacking and having to set up my new studio before I am able to do mere tuts.
Thanks to all of you who have commented recently, I love your comments, so please keep them coming and I´ll do my best to answer you when time allows.
Tasha and I have been making miniature Hosta and a video tutorial for you folks to enjoy.
She is quite content with the Hosta but she is even more proud of her new garden apron. She has been going on and on for me to make her a garden apron with pockets for some of her tools. I had a scrap piece of linen from an old skirt I had once, That scrap piece was just enough for making her an apron. Tasha is also wearing her new spring green shawl for today´s photo shoot.
We are still waiting for spring to arrive here in Denmark and the days are quite chilly. The last few days we have had snow again and it feels like spring is still far away.
One of the plants in my 1:1 garden which I love most and long to see is Hosta. I have a wide variety of them and I enjoy them more for the leaves than for the flowers. In the beginning of summer last year I picked some leaves and photographed for making a print sheet. This is Hosta Sieboldiana “Great Expectations”.
Did you know that Hosta is edible? I didn´t before, but I read somewhere that the young rolled up leaves are very delicious steamed and served with butter. I have to try that this year in the early summer before the slugs takes over the plants.
You will find the print file for the leaves in the “Freebies” section above. You can print as many as you like and you can sell the finished plants if you want. If you do make my Hosta, I am always happy to get a photo or a link to your blog post to see what you have done. I will also be more than grateful if you pay tribute to my work and post a link to my tutorial and free print file.
To watch the video tutorial just poke the picture and you will be send directly to YouTube. I hope you´ll enjoy it and feel inspired to have a go with the Hosta making.
I made this antique shop a few years ago and had it displayed at a miniature fair in Denmark. It is a standard unfinished wood shop box from the danish dealer Vega. I plastered and painted the walls in shades of grey and painted the windows, door and railing to look as it has been painted, aged during time and repainted several times. I used a dark green as base color, a coat of crackle medium and the dusty blue on top, sanded and then I gave it a wash with my own blend of dirt water solution. Let me know if you would like me to do some close-up shots and a detailed post on this.
Beneath the window I made brick wall. I gave it a good layer of plaster and drew the brick lines before it dried and added texture with a toothbrush. I then made a concrete floor using plaster, made some cracks with a knitting pin and glued in moss here and there.
The shabby french chair I won long ago in a giveaway. The chair is made by Marie from Le Petite Monde Merveillleux. The wire basket is a gift but unfortunately I cannot give credit today as I don´t remember who gave it to me. I think she is dutch and it came with a bike rack she made for me. Please let me know if you know who or if you is she. The cage is an old metal one that I painted and rusted as shown in my rust tutorial.
The shop is open as the door sign says. Welcome and please enter the door…. si vous plait. The “open” sign is printed on paper, glued on card stock, lacquered and given a piece of wire to hang on a tiny nail.
The old cash register is an old pencil sharpener. The dollhouse on the floor is a tiny jewelry box from the 80´s. On the table in front is a filigree stand that I received as a gift from Finnish Ira who used to blog on Merry Jingle Crafts. Unfortunately she hasn´t done for a long time and I don´t know how she is today. The lovely filigree stand contains a ladies lace collar which is also made by Ira. Thread spools is my work. If you would like to see the old blog post on my gift from Ira click here.
The shop also has plastered walls inside in pale shades of grey. The old sewing machine table I painted with a granite top and aged the metal part. The cage, crosses and metal frames I aged using a gold paint mixed with black to make it antique looking, then I gave it a patina effect with a turquoise paint. A simple way to age the look of shiny brass or gold alloy.
This pretty shabby storage chest with drawer and french decals is from “Another Cosy Shop” and makes a wonderful display box for a lot of vintage frames and photos. It has lids and can be closed and a top insert with small compartments.
On the old writing desk some curiosities are displayed. An old crystal ball, an inkwell with feather pen, an antique viking drinking horn, A sea urchin that a friend found on the beach and brought me. And a rare shark tooth collection in display case made by Lauren Delaney.
More curiosities. A creature in a glass dome, A magic bottle from Glenda Howell from Peppercorn Minis. If you want to read an old post and see more pics of the magic bottles go to my old blog here. In the back a display box with an old pirate dagger, a glass stand with birds nest, an old picture and a bust with a hat that might have belonged to the danish author H.C Andersen himself.
In the corner behind the dress form is a couple of antique Aubusson carpet, and old iron fence, a garden urn with ornamental decor sticks. On the shelves some silver trays, pretty floral plates from TwelveTimesMoreTiny and ALavenderDilly. The tiny silver cup with two handles is a jewelry charm from my childhood silver bracelet.
The radiator is cast resin that I painted silver and dusted by dry brushing on a white paint. The black hatbox is made of a paper roll from kitchen towel and card stock. The brown “hatbox” is a vintage pharmacie box and a gift from my daughter which she found in Paris. It is the smallest of a set of 6.
Plastered wall, some birdcages, a deer´s head and ballet painting in gold frame. Seeing the photos of the shop that I made long ago, makes me want to fill in a lot of more stuff. I might do that one day very soon and then make an update to this post. All photos are taken by my husband Finn and he also did a cute video of the antique shop .
Poke the picture to go to our YouTube channel and watch the video.
Finn here, with a new video from Annies adorable La Brocanteuse Miniature Antique Shop. Long time ago I asked Annie if I could make a small video from her lovely miniature shop with antiques – and here it is. Click on the picture to watch the video.
In the shop you find beautiful miniatures. Creations from Annie and many of her miniature friends. Annie has promised to make a new blog post with pictures from the shop and credits to all who has made items for her shop.
As most of you have noticed, I have made a lot of video tutorials the past weeks. I am having great fun doing this and I truly enjoy sharing my tips and tricks with you guys. And even more I love seeing what you have made out of my tutorials.
I have made some small zinc flower pots from the same template as i used for the clay pots. Doing that I decided to do a tutorial on how to paint zinc effect. You will find a link for the zinc paint effect under “tutorials”.
A couple of years ago I made lanterns and I used to sell these as a kit for sale. Now I have made a tutorial on how to make them and a free template for you to download. I recommend to print the template on card stock. You can print more than one template on your card stock, just turn the paper around and print again. That way you don´t get that much paper waste.
This lantern is aged as shown in the tutorial and then rusted with “Scenic rust”. You can also rust your lanterns using the cinnamon method from one of my previous videos.
And then a few flowers and herbs Tasha and I potted yesterday for an upcoming fair. I am going to exhibit my flower shop and Tasha is of course going with me. More about this in another post, where I will also show you her new suitcase and spring green shawl.
I have been making Auriculas or Primulas. I am not sure of the English name and not an expert in the difference between Auriculas and Primulas. Anyway I have a new found love for these flowers and I might start a small collection of the flowers in both miniature scale and scale 1:1.
I have made three different colors, but I think I´m going to make a whole range of colors and types and make a miniature auricle theater. And for that I will need a lot of flower pots, and since I cannot afford buying the wonderful clay pots from Clive Brooker, I have to do my own. I found a description on Amber´s House for her wonderful pots made using card stock. Thanks Amber for sharing your tutorials and beautiful work.
Since my over all favorite material is paper and card stock, as it is both cheap and easy to work with, I decided to make my own interpretation of the clay pots.
It is no secret that I am a perfectionist and mostly have to make several attempts on a new miniature project, before being satisfied with the final result. In this photo you can see my attempts on Auricles. From the left my first, second and final result. I tried different types of paper and ended up using copy paper that I hand colored. These pots are not the card stock ones, but real clay pots I bought from Minipot in Denmark. Visit their website to see the pretty post and ceramics that Lisbeth does.
I punch out the flowers, soak them and color them with watercolor or diluted acrylic paint before I shape them with a stylus and foam sheet. I might make a tutorial on how to do one day if you guys would like to know how to make them.
Back to the pot talk…. Here you see a range of the pots I have done so far. If you want to make your own miniature clay pots, you can see how I do in my latest tutorial here.
Though it is still winter here in Denmark, the days are getting longer and gives promises of spring arriving soon. I miss working in my garden and while longing for the weather to permit me to do some garden chores, I have to settle with doing some miniature garden preparations.
Tasha is also longing for spring, and she spends hours looking through some of her old botanical magazines and seed catalogs. She has for years and years studied these magazines again and again and they are pretty worn by now.
Tasha is also preparing for this seasons seed sowing and she has imported a pallet full of her favorite organic potting soil, which she will be selling from her flower shop “La Petite Rue Sauvage”.
Tasha and I are making a roof garden on top of the flower shop. We have done some ground scaping work and putting up an iron fence.
Today we planted a lot of boxwood in pots and urns. They are a special sort of boxwood which is developed and grown by me and Tasha using wheat bulgur.
We would love to share with you how to grow these boxwood and have made a video tutorial on how to do.
To see how you can grow your own boxwood, go to our YouTube channel here.