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

Zombie Chase

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Mousetrap Crime Scene

Mouse1 Mouse2 Mouse3Here’s what I made my son in law for Christmas… because I’m awesome.  🙂  It was made with HO 1:87 scale train people.  It’s amazing what kind of figures you can find once you put your mind to searching.  They have an entire Fun Fair line that’s discontinued, dang it.  I did snag a few Fun Fair spectators on ebay and have had a ton of fun placing them in peril.

Vincent Price’s Living Room

VP1Here’s a tiny diorama I recently finished.  It’s set inside an Altoid mint tin.   There’s popcorn sitting beside a chair made of wire, there’s a ‘tingler’ lurking underneath.  I love the spooky night outside the window!

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