Sunday, 1 April 2012

Tea, coffee & sugar canisters

Hi all,

I can't believe I have 99 followers.  Thank you all so much for sticking with my blog and the lovely comments you leave me. I am currently on my easter break from school so looking forward to some miniing and will hopefully upload a DIY project for you to have a go at too.  

My latest mini is a set of tea, coffee and sugar canisters.  They are made from cardboard tubes and open so you can put things inside.  I have covered them in a Cath Kidston style paper for that shabby chic look.  

Hope you like them xx

P.S In case you think you are experiencing deja vu I have resubmitted this post as it mysteriously disappeared :o)

Sunday, 18 March 2012

What can you do with a box file?

Hi all,

Our latest club project involves using a box file to create a scene.  Hence the question.... what can you do with a box file?

Everyone was given a box like e one above.  After much deliberating I decided to make a shabby chic scene inside mine.  I chose some suitable wallpaper and stuck that on.  I used lollipop sticks to make a shabby tongue and groove along the bottom with some wooden trim as a small ledge. 

All of the wood has been painted and then sanded back  to give it the shabby appearance.

I tiled the base and intended to continue tiling the rest but came across a problem in terms of opening and closing the box so I used a piece of white felt to represent carpet to cover the remainder.  This way I can close the box for storage. 

It also struck me that this would be a good way to make scenes for photographing minis for sale.  You can fold away the box file and store it easily, plus the scene will not get damaged. 

I need to make some more bits and pieces for the scene so will let you know how it comes along. 

Natalie x

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Wizards Trunk

Hi all,

At our recent club meeting we all started to make trunks.  We were given a pattern and a piece of 1m thick card.  I was a bit unsure about the card at first as it was quite difficult to cut, but after I put my trunk pieces together I found that it could be sanded like wood.  It also takes paint really well and sticks well too so I will be using it again, if I can find some more that is!

I only finished the basic trunk at the club so after I brought it home I continued to work on it.  It was supposed to have a domed top but I didn't really like how that looked so I made a flat top.  I decided to cover it with some lovely snake skin effect paper I bought a while ago and I trimmed it with pieces of brown leather.

Here is the finished trunk...

It has a leather buckle at the front to keep it closed.

It has handles on each side for carrying.

As you can see it opens up and there is a place to hold little items in the lid. 

There is also a tray which fits snugly into the top of the trunk which can hold little bits and pieces.

I will show you some more pictures when I have made some things to put inside the trunk. 

Hope you like it for now


Sunday, 5 February 2012

Dragon Rug

Hi all,

I havent really made many minis recently, not helped by the fact I broke my finger last week so it is all strapped up.  Luckily I can still type, and use my camera.  My sister made me a rug for my Hagrids hut a while back and I have finally got round to taking a picture of it to show you all.  I tried to take one in situ but it didn't come out well so here is the best picture I could take.  I hope you like the rug.

Natalie x