Stranger Things

If you are a fan of the Netflix show Stranger Things, you’ll 100% understand this little shadowbox I made for a friend.  If not, never mind.  🙂

 

 

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My Cabinet Of Curiosities

I was super excited that I got a Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts French Millinery Cabinet kit for my birthday.  I immediately assembled and painted it then started planning what to display in it.  As it turns out, I’ve been collecting tiny awesome things my entire life.  I am over the moon with how it came out!

It’s my favorite thing I’ve ever made!

I’ve had the porcelain beaver since I was a teenager. I bought the crystal skull during our 25th anniversary trip to Asheville. I made the zombie display from an HO scale train figure. The green stone glows in the dark!  The shelf below has a glass rubber duck, a copy of the first Harry Potter book and a model of the Enterprise.

The shark’s tooth display on the wall was made from treasures I picked up on Daytona Beach when I was a kid. Below that is a metal pin from my first Prince concert during his Purple Rain tour. The jar on the left contains animal teeth, the one in the center is a realistic doll eye. The toad was purchased at Disney World the year it opened.

I love the metal box with a vintage sideshow poster. The fighter figurine is one I used often when playing D&D. The metal chocolate kiss was purchased during a visit to Hershey when I was 18.

The shelf on the right has a ouija board and a blue glass amulet I got in Greece. Of course, there’s a cup of black coffee.

The little box has black pyramid salt, a jar of preserved ladybugs, a Herkimer diamond crystal and a tiny sheep.

The feathers in this section include one from my favorite chicken Nugget and a hummingbird we found in our greenhouse. The jar has some of my kids’ baby teeth (sorry girls!)

I’ve had this brass diver’s helmet forever. The crystal ball is a marble set onto a silver bead.

Towards the back is a polished rock I set for my microscopy class at Georgia Tech, an animal jawbone given to my by a friend and a scarab I picked up in Cairo.

And of course there’s a jack o’lantern!

 

 

 

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Christmas In July

This little hutch came from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.  It was easy to assemble and a lot of fun to work on!  The top shelf has a tiny Christmas tree, some porcelain mice I bought at Disney World when they first opened, a book of bedtime stories and a snowman snow globe I made out of polymer clay.  The middle shelf contains a jar of peppermints I made from poly clay, a tiny tea set, a tin of Christmas cookies and a JOY sign made from painted scrabble tiles.  The bottom shelf holds a glitter house village made from poly clay.  The della robbia spray has poly clay oranges and nail art fruit slices.

The drawer opens and contains miniature Christmas tree decorations, including lights, tinsel, icicles and ornaments.

The wreath is made from beads and nail art glitter.

 

 

Felt Play Mat

For Dominic’s fourth birthday, I made him a felt play mat featuring some of his favorite places/things.  On the left hand side is our garden and green barn, along with our pond.  At the top is a fire station and a construction site for trucks.  In the center is a neighborhood.  I couldn’t resist making one of the houses a haunted house then decided it could just be Halloween in the neighborhood as that’s his favorite time of year.  At the bottom you’ll find some of his favorite places to go.  McDonalds or ‘The Restaurant’, Target (one of my favorites, too) and Sea World.   His Mom and Dad have annual passes there.  Finally, a parking lot.  Along with the mat we gave him a bunch of Matchbox cars and tiny farm animals.  And some Star Wars vehicles.  🙂

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Kiln Opening Day

It’s always super exciting to open our kiln to see the results of what we’ve been working on for so long.  It takes us a good while to make enough to fill our kiln.  Brian does wheel work while I hand build in another room.  Once everything has dried out for a few days it gets the first bisque firing which takes a full day plus cool down time.  Then we have to glaze everything and that takes a day or two.  The final firing is a full two day process, including cool down.  For someone like me with limited patience, this can be very trying.  🙂  Here’s a sample of what we made this round.

A sampling of Brian’s bowls. I love his double glaze technique.

I’ve been goofing around with melting glass. The larger pieces are ring dishes. The smaller ones will be used in my miniature work as platters and dishes. You can purchase tiny dishes online but they’re super expensive. The smallest bowl is about the size of a dime.

I’ve been playing around with pottery stamps and my newest glaze. I love the blue highlights.

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Harry Potter Crafting

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This Harry Potter tea party Christmas tree ornament lives in Ireland now. The cookies are made from polymer clay.

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Someone emailed to ask if I’d remake a Severus Snape ornament I had made a few years back. She discovered it on Pinterest. How cool is that?

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I made this Molly Weasley clock for Claire for Christmas. I was inspired by the amazing Knickertwist. You should check her out at blog.pixiehill.com

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Chocolate frog card ornaments.

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One of them went to my friend Shannon in Savannah, along with this Hufflepuff Christmas stocking. The emblem was done on my embroidery machine. This is her photo because I either forgot to take one or lost it when my laptop crashed last month.

 

For Christmas this year I received all of the Harry Potter movies on DVD and digital, which inspired me to post some of the Harry Potter crafts I made in 2016.

A Miniature (Actual) Bakery

La Farm 2Brian and I delivered a present to one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet today, Lionel Vatinet of La Farm Bakery.  When we lived in Cary, NC it was our favorite neighborhood business.  Who wouldn’t love an authentic french bakery within walking distance of their house?  Fast forward 5 or so years and we started running into Lionel at various food and wine festivals.  I was thrilled to surprise him with a mini representation of his business.  I’ve had the mini baker’s rack for about 30 years waiting on the perfect use.  I made the breads and pastries and that’s his cookbook ‘A Passion For Bread’.  I highly recommend it!  The very best part about this story is he ships the most amazing breads and pastries.  Make sure you check out his website  http://www.lafarmbakery.com

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