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I've been into dollhouse miniatures since the early 1990's now and when I realized how much I've learned during that time, I thought I'd make a blog to share my knowledge with others. I'm mostly auto-deduct, but always found help on the Internet and in specific books. The mini-world starts and ends with your own imagination, so let there be no limit. And never say : I CAN'T .... because you can, you just need to try and have the necessary know-how. And that's the main reason why I started this blog, because I wanna share what I know with newbies in the miniature world or anybody else who might be interested in sharing what I've learned so far. So, hopefully, I'll be able to provide some useful hints, tips and tricks for those of you out there just starting with this wonderful hobby

April 25, 2012

DIY : Posters, Pictures and more


Hi there

I wanted to talk a little bit about making your own posters and pictures for your dollhouses
And if you don't feel like making your own frames, this modern version of making some is 
simply perfect for you


I like black/white photos, especially the old ones showing NYC, or movies stars and singers. I have quite a few in my own house. And it's a real easy and quick project for your dollhouse too. 

For my miniatures pictures and/or posters, well I mostly find mine on www.allposters.de.
In the picture above, I chose a beautiful picture of a well known Jazz Singer, downsized it and printed it on glossy photo paper. Juste leave a little white all around the pic and glue on a black or dark grey piece of thick paper or cardboard and you're done.

My husband plays the guitar and the piano, must be the main reason why I have those in almost every dollhouse or room box I've made :-))


Here's another one I made for the Lavender Living Room in the Grosvenor Hall.
First I thought it would go very well with the already flowered wallpaper, but once I had it cut out, the more I looked at it hanging on the wall, the more I liked it
This picture was glued on a piece of balsa wood (use the thickness of your choice), which I painted lavender around the borders. After the paint had well dried, I glued on my poster (printed on glossy photo paper again) and there you go : you have another painting ready


Another example, posters printed on glossy photo paper, with a little white border, 



As you can see this is a very very simple technique and still, the end result looks really stunning



Have fun
See ya
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DIY Food (Polymer Clay) : Inspirations


I bought these wonderful Fimo creations back when I still thought that I was unable to make them myself. Of course it does take some practice to make them look this perfect, but it's worth trying and it is so much more fun to make your own.


If you're looking for food items for your dollhouse and you don't want or simply can't make them yourself, go visit www.mytinyworld.co.uk, they have many many other beautiful items online, such as flowers, china etc. ALL THE ITEMS in this picture (except the filled watermelon in the front) are from their online shop and they were my inspiration to give it a try at making my own out of polymer clay. It might take a while before my own will look that good, but that's no reason to give up !!

DIY Boxes


Hello again

when it comes to boxes in miniature, there are an awful lot you can make yourself


I found little wooden boxes in a hobby shop, I bought some in different shapes, round, oval, rectangular and also in different sizes. They are made of simple natural wood. The ones in this picture have around 2 cm diameter.

I painted the inside and added a little fabric to give it a more "cozy" touch. I then used wallpaper leftovers to decorate the outside of the box. 
You can add a little something on top of the lid if you want and then give it a few coats of paint (I always use acrylic colors).
To finish the box, you might also wanna add some trimming around the bottom and you're done

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Useful Tip :  When you paint the inside of the lid, try to use only 1 coat, because several coats risk to make the lid too thick and in the end it doesn't fit anymore on your box

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What you wanna do with these boxes is totally up to your imagination. You can paint them, fill the interior eventually with some fabric, add little findings and/or even wallpaper leftovers, trim with some lace f.ex. ...... just let your imagination flow and you'll end up with something pretty. I do have a few of those boxes in my bedroom, that's why I like to have some in my dollhouse bedrooms too.


I made these little vintage shabby shoes boxes myself.
Of course, you have to spend some time on your computer to make those
First I had to choose the design (I already have a lot of paper designs saved on my Mac) and then I wanted something special for the top, already integrated in the finished pattern when printing, because I really didn't want to glue something on top of my boxes

I made these with PAGES on my Mac


Another little shoe box I made ..... wasn't very pleased with the final result, but that's because I used the wrong paper when I printed out the pattern.


The round one in this pic is another one I made with these little wooden boxes (see below)

I also love making these little baskets .... here I used paper with a pattern I found (for free) on the Internet. This way, no need to paint or add wallpaper to your projects.

Be careful, if you wanna sell your creations, you'll always need to make your own patterns and not use somebody elses !!!!!!

VBS Spanschachteln, 6er-Set

(Picture copied from Amazon.de) ... see below for direkt link


Another cute project made with the same boxes --- > see below


There's more about these in the DIY section, check it out

Stay tuned 
See ya ...

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DIY Food (Polymer Clay) : Chocolate Cake

Hello everyone
and welcome back to my blog

After many many years of being afraid working with polymer clay, especially for making my own food for my miniature rooms and dollhouses, I think I can say that I'm no longer frightened

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and that's the least you can say, haha

When I started making all the items for my french bakery, I couldn't stop anymore


I made this chocolate cake yesterday and it looked so yummie I just had to post it. I added little flowers, hearts and leaves supposed to be marzipan (got all these tiny Kemper cutters, they are a great help when you get into a project like this)

It looked so nice I decided not to cut out a piece this time.

Oh ..... and once you gey started, it's highly addictive

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED !!!

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There is more of my polymer clay food to come, so stay tuned

See ya
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DIY Food (Polymer Clay) : Cakes and Cake Stands

Hello

You know, once I had made so many cakes, tarts, etc for my bakery, one big question came up :
won't I need cake stand ??

So I checked out a few tutorials (Pinterest, Youtube, etc.) in order to get ideas on how to make my own and I gave it a try .... I think they turned out quite nicely

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These cake stand are made with some metal beads, jewellery findings and with polymer clay and molds I made myself (out of old buttons .... see, never thrown old things away, they might be useful one day) and of course cake cutters for the different shapes


There are easier ways to make your own cakestands, but I went for this one and it was a really fun project which I enjoyed very much




If you want more details about how I made these cake stand, feel free to contact me by email at

dmzminiatures@gmail.com

Have fun
See ya 
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DIY : My Magic Box

Hi everyone

I bet you are wondering what this post is about ... My Magic Box ???

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Very simple rule : when you're into making miniatures, there are always some "little" things around the house that you have no use for. What I do is I put them all away in a box, because I know that one day I will use them. 

The box grew over the years and I call it "My Magic Box" because whatever I find in there, I can magically create a tiny little mini scene with it.

I even have a second magic box with all sorts of wooden parts, leftovers from older projects







As you can see, there are many things you can make with your leftovers, so remember to never throw things away, first make sure that it's not something useful for the mini world

Stay tuned
See ya
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April 23, 2012

DIY Food (Polymer Clay) : BBQ

Hi 

Today, we're going to talk about BBC miniature food

The pictures shown in this post go a few years back, when I was still a beginner at making food
with polymer clay, so just look from far away and keep the pics small

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I made a few hamburgers and hot dogs here, a fairly easy project ... but good for a beginner


Of course we need some buns to go with our burgers and hot dogs

Start little and grow into what you're doing and you'll be able to achieve beautiful things

Don't ever give up on yourself, just go for it

See ya soon
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