I have decided that my real life house will always be in a state of chaos as I am a permanent sorter and we definitely have too much stuff. So, I am going to find time every day to enjoy my new workshop and play with my toys. All I have to do is walk down the garden and leave the washing behind, perfect.
This is how my little box looked this morning.
A few gaps to fill but the interior shelves are on the wall.
I have made a little wreath for the door.
I bought the raffia centre a few years ago at a fair and the roses are simple paper ones from my stash. They are a little over sized but I think they look ok.
These are two basic whitewood shelves painted white and covered with some wall paper off cuts.
This shelf is full of the work of some of my favourites artisans. The lovely tea for one set is from the lovely Ana of Mundo Rosa whose stand at KDF inspired this mini project. The doughnuts are from Paris Miniatures. All the baking books are from Baking in Miniature, I know I could have made these myself but they were really reasonable and I wanted some witchy cookbooks from this seller so I just popped them in my basket, like you do.
The white vase is by my favourite potter Elizabeth Causeret whose work I have only ever seen at the big shows.
This shelf is slightly less glamorous! With the exception of the cute cupcakes by Nikki Rowe of course. The lidded pots are plain bisque pieces that I have painted white and decorated with flower punches and the jar of sweeties has been 'borrowed' from my Honeydukes stash.
The top window shelf is full of goodies including the wonderful bamboo cake by Lory. I love the tiny cupcake dome but I can't for the life of me remember where I bought it. The little jar of pink biscuits has also been liberated from Honeydukes. I have a definite tendency to over dress my projects so some of these items may not stay........So hard not to fill every gap but I will try and resist. One more piece for this shelf maybe.
The middle shelf is only half full with goodies including a jar of cake pops by Paris Miniatures. While I like to collect beautiful miniatures I do like to have a go myself too so I have also made my own jar of cake pops. I am not sure where this stands in the whole copying vs inspiration debate but as I both collect and make for my own personal use I feel using pieces I have bought for inspiration is ok. I am sure there are many people who might disagree with my view point and I don't want to offend any artists out there but as a collecting hobbyist I like to shop and to make.
Every time I play with Fimo my admiration of those who create beautifully scaled miniatures increases. Today has be no exception. I had some round, pink lollipops that were given to me by Nikki Rowe a while ago so I decided to play with these. The first problem I had was the glue. I thought dip the pops in glue and then dip them in glitter or fluff or caviar beads. So naive.
The first dipping was with PVA that was much to think and I ended up with some very strange shapes and the caviar beads just slipped straight off.
Eventually I worked out that a thinner PVA mix worked much better but I could not get the beads to stick at all. The jar is still a bit glue damp in this photo but not too bad for a first attempt. Will certainly making some colourful jars of cake pops for Honeydukes.
I also made some mini meringues for another jar. I cannot tell you how long this took me, well I can, two and a half hours!! I ran out of time, dog walking duties beckoned, to actually put them in the jar so I will save that for tomorrow.
The sun has been shining all day today so I am really feeling 'in the pink'.......