Miniature Valentine’s Day Hutch

For my latest project, I was inspired to decorate the GSL 3 Panel Hutch with some sweet pink and white goodies for Valentine’s Day.

As always, I started this project by laying out all the pieces.  This really helps me with assembly.

The shelves of the hutch are put together from these three notched pieces.

Here is what the shelves will look like when glued into place.

Before gluing, I cut a piece of paper from the Graphic 45 Botanical Tea collection for the interior back wall of the piece.  I like this paper for the hutch because it’s nice and neutral, and who doesn’t enjoy a subtle botanical print?  I adhered it onto the interior wall of the hutch then used an X-Acto knife and nail file to expose the assembly notches.

The hutch pieces were painted with black acrylic paint then glued into place using tacky glue.

The hutch needs something to sit on and I had this perfect little table from the dollar store.  This was also painted black with the exception of contrasting cream colored knobs.  The two pieces were then glued together for a finished piece.

Since I made this a basic black and cream, it can be decorated for any season. Since it’s February, I chose a few pink and white accessories. I used some miniature porcelain dishes, pink resin flowers, a large diamond crystal, Swarovski beads, a tiny molded clay cake and a small glass bottle containing nail art hearts. I plan to change it out for Easter, Halloween and Christmas.

The hutch also comes with easily assembled drawers but I decided I like the look of open shelves to show off a few miniature platters.

The finished piece is one I’d love to have regular sized in real life.  Thanks for stopping by!

Gypsy Soul Laser Item Used

3 Panel Hutch

Other Items Used

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea paper – Fauna

Tacky glue

Acrylic paint

Miniature porcelain dishes

Resin flowers

Molded clay cake

Crystals and beads

Small glass bottle

Nail art hearts

 

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Not Messing Around

I got tired of having to drive 45 minutes to eat in a Thai restaurant that is maybe a 2 on a scale to 10 so I ordered Andy Ricker’s Pok Pok cookbook, drove an hour to an international grocery, loaded up and started on a 3 day Thai cooking fest.  This is destined to be bouncy pork balls that will go in a pork neck bone soup with jasmine rice, pickled ginger and fried garlic and I’m just getting started…..

The Babysitter

This doe has apparently settled into our pasture for good.  I’m not sure she realizes she can jump the fence, or maybe she’s figured out there is food and water available there at all times and decided to just make it her home.  We’ve not seen her inside the barn – yet, she found a low spot she likes to sleep in. It appears that our sheep trust her with the safekeeping of their lambs.  Isn’t this adorable?

A Day At The Circus House Pins

Happy Saturday everyone! I’ve been playing with the super versatile GSL House Jewelry Pieces. I considered using them as a focal point in a larger assemblage but kept coming back to the idea of turning them into actual jewelry and decided on a trio of quirky circus themed pins using tiny train figurines.  If you’d like to see how they are made, hop on over to Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Blog.

A Tiny Glitter Village

Here’s a happy little project I did for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.  We enjoy having a few winter decorations up for a month or two after the holidays.  I adore a glitter village but have no place to set one up so I decided to make one in miniature using the GSL Tiny Plant Table

This one is so simple to put together, just 5 pieces!

I decided the stand should be white to enhance the snowy scene so gave  each piece a few coats of white acrylic paint on both sides then assembled the piece using tacky glue.

Using an X-Acto knife I cut tiny house shapes from polymer clay and used a square match to indent windows and doors before baking them off.

I also rolled out some cone tree shapes and dug out my stash of nail art supplies, aka polymer cane flower slices, to give the houses a bit of decoration.  You can find these in nail supply stores and on Amazon.

After baking, I applied a thin coat of tacky glue on each piece then tossed them into a container of superfine glitter to get them nice and sparkly. When the glue was dry, I added a bit of chunkier crystal glitter onto the rooftops for some sparkly snow.

They were then glued onto the top of my assembled table to form a tiny village.

 

I wanted to make sure not to get glitter on the sides of the table so I used painter’s tape as a barrier before coating the village floor with a thick coating of tacky glue. Then came the fun part…. dumping a LOT of crystal glitter to make a thick blanket of snow!

To finish the look, I used some of the GSL Snowflake Shape Set Minis as a decoration. I got white acrylic paint into the little crevasses using a soft bristled brush.

When the paint was dry, I applied a thin coat of white glue and tossed them into the same superfine glitter to give them some sparkle.

I glued them onto the front of the winter scene and finished it off with a bit of blue bling.

Once it’s fully dry, tap off the excess glitter and enjoy your winter wonderland!

 

Gypsy Soul Laser Items Used

Tiny Plant Table

Snowflake Shape Set Minis

Other Items Used

White acrylic paint

Tacky glue

Polymer clay

Polymer clay cane slices

Superfine glitter

Crystal glitter

Rhinestone

Painter’s tape

First Lambs

We have two little ewes on the farm.  I’m thankful they weren’t born when our weather was down into the single digits!

House Shrine Box For A Vacation Treasure

Well I have some exciting news… I’ve been asked to join a design team!  I am going to be posting a project twice a month on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog

For my first project, I was inspired to make a home for a pretty little religious statue I recently picked up on vacation in Valetta using the GSL House Shrine Box. It’s a really great size to show off lots of treasures and this one fits perfectly inside.

 

The first thing I do when I start a project is lay out all the pieces. This house shrine box is super easy to assemble and straightforward as to where the pieces fit together.

 

Before I glue anything in place, I cut my scrapbook paper. I use the front and back pieces as a template, which makes it easy to lay out exactly which parts of the paper I want to use.

Here’s everything cut out and ready to glue down.

 

 

I start by gluing the interior rear and side wall papers in place using a tacky white glue. I then glue the back, front, floor and side walls together. I use rubber bands to hold everything in place while the glue dries.

The base of my figurine is a little bit too wide to fit inside the shrine so I glue a domino for her to sit on. It’s the perfect height for her base. Around the domino, I glue a grassy green felt scrap into place to serve as the shrine’s flooring.

Shingles and roof come next. I used GSL Chipboard Shingles- Pointed to jazz up the roof.  I painted the shingle strips with brown acrylic paint then give them a thin wash of quinacridone azo gold paint. I painted the roof brown before gluing the shingles in place just in case any tiny section of it peeked through after I glued them in place.

 

Next I cut the shingles into 1 3/4 inch strips, which I then glued in place. This project required four of the shingle strips in all.

 

 

 

Once I glued my scrapbook paper on the outside shrine walls I was ready to get into my crafting flowers and embellish away.

 

 

 

She’s a beauty!

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