Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Dollhouse Miniature Three Tier Hydrangea Cake

Hello everyone. My latest work for this week is a dollhouse miniature three tier hydrangea cake. Since I started practicing the new technique for making hydrangeas, I've been making them non-stop. I wanted to incorporate them into many different things. It is no surprise that I would end up putting some into miniature food :) I'm very sure I'm not done yet. I'm thinking of smaller cakes, and maybe even with ganache. But maybe with different color themes.

It is also of no surprise, that a hydrangea cake is most time consuming of all the cakes I've made, because for this particular concept, I wanted to line the edges with hydrangeas :)

This is a very soft, muted color tone. The cake buttercream is a very soft light pink. As for the hydrangeas, there are various soft colors of green, mauve, pinks.

There are tons of hydrangea cake inspiration in google images and honestly, a few too many that I want to try out eventually, one at a time :)

This is my first three tier cake of 2017, I can't even believe that myself! Actually I hope to revisit some of the earlier ones I've made, by incorporating new flowers into them. Here are the links to the other three tier cakes I've blogged in the past. 

I hope you love my new work. :) Have a beautiful week everyone! 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Dollhouse Miniature Pink and Green Hydrangeas

Hi everyone. I'm feeling better this week. Sleeping earlier and walking tons help. Yesterday I walked over 14K steps. It's been way too hot to jog, so I changed to walking instead. And it helped that I talked to a friend while I walked, and before I knew it, I clocked 14K steps. I didn't feel tired as well, so all is good!

This week, I worked on refining my technique on making miniature hydrangeas and I'm really pleased. I researched a bit on hydrangeas and found that they do change color based on pH level of the soil. That's interesting. I love these pink and green tips hydrangeas

What I'm liking with these new refreshed hydrangeas is definitely how more natural they look. I've also made the petals more thin, and that made them look even more delicate. 

I also changed the stem color to a lighter green, which brings out a totally different feel. With a couple of changes here and there, the whole hydrangea has been transformed.

I'm one who looks to continuously improving myself. And I'm happy with these new hydrangeas.

I'm working on a more ambitious theme with hydrangeas, we'll see how that goes.

One of my favourite pictures, where you can see the color changes. :)

I took this early in the morning and wanted to give it a try, with the sun shine hitting on it.

Even though the shadow is a little distracting, but I'm liking how it looks in this warm sunlight. :)

Have a beautiful Thursday everyone!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Back with some lace cake slices

Hi all! I'm back after a short vacation. I'm not sure why I had such fatigue after I was back. I think it is probably due to the humidity. So I've been resting a fair bit and trying to get back into the swing of things.

It's been a while since I made some cake slices. But I did wanted to show how nice intricate lace cake slices can be as well. New lace molds are available here.

These miniature cake slices are made with air dry clay. And I think there are still many people who fear using air dry clay. With air dry clay, you naturally get realistic cake texture without needing to "poke" or texture it with a needle or sharp tool. Just let them dry naturally and be patient. When it's dried, all you need to do is to cut them out.

I think air dry clay is good for those who are suffering from arthritis or weak joints on your wrists.

This once off cake slices set is also available here. I felt that the intricate lace on the top speaks volumes, and adding anything on the top would have covered its natural beauty. So I have left the top design shine on its own.

Wishing everyone a happy weekend! :)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Dollhouse Miniature Rabbit Plate

Hi everyone, I have something new to show this week. :) Had fun making some miniature macarons to go along with this dollhouse miniature rabbit plate. What attracted me was the beautiful baby blue color. The edges are also intricate.

The trick with displaying this cute rabbit plate was the sizing of the desserts. Bigger desserts or treats just would not work. Not only does it cover the cute miniature rabbit, the whole proportion also did not work. So everything has to be kept small.

Measurements of the miniature rabbit plate is 1.8cm tall and 3cm at its widest.

And of course a view of my fingers holding the plate. :)

Please stay tuned for a vacation sale over at my etsy shop starting on Sunday. The discount code will be found on my shop banner, so do visit my shop then!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Fake Whipped Cream Glossy Finish

Hi everyone! April went by quickly, and now it's already 5 months into the new year!
I've been busy here still, working on some assorted projects. I've had time to finally finish another new magnet design which I'll release soon. I'm so happy because it's been something I had always wanted to complete since my last release of the Strawberry Macaron Dessert Magnet which was getting popular! I was widely surprised, but equally delighted that it's gaining popularity.

If you don't know how it looks like, here it is:

This is a life size magnet by the way.

So while making my new raspberry macaron design, I experimented with the fake whipped cream in glossy finish

I've tried capturing a closer picture of the piped cream. Although it doesn't really show up as glossy, but it is. 

I also wanted to talk about how to clean the piping tool once you've used this. Since this particular cream is made of silicone, I don't recommend washing. It's just too much hassle and creates a mess.

Simply wait out for an hour, and use tweezers to pull out the cream. Those parts which are dried will be released from the piping tool, and it doesn't stick onto the tool. Not the entire cream will be pulled off, so you need to wait for another hour or so for the next part of the cream to be dried. Repeat  the process, and you'll get a nice clean piping tool again. No stains, all cleaned!

I hope you like this little tip! It's easy and no hassle. :) 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Dollhouse Miniature Mason Jar Flower Arrangement

I have been playing around with making more of the new geraniums flower which I experimented to go along with the mason jars. And if you've followed my instagram or facebook page, you know that my UV lamp retired for good. But I'm so glad that this isn't a hard item to source, and it was delivered to me the next day.

I've been dying to make my miniature mason jars in opaque for flower arrangements as I've been inspired by the many pictures I see online.

So I was really excited when I could come up with something like this. :)

I've been making and creating a few of these miniature mason jars now, and I can say that they are time consuming to make, even with the help of a mold. After you get the shape of the mason jar, there is still work like sanding the edges down. Sometimes you have to check for other imperfections and may have to remold some parts.

But because I love the effect of how they look with flowers in them, this wouldn't stop me from making these miniature mason jars. :)

I wanted to add a small rustic element to these jars, so you'll notice the tiny rustic string tied to the neck.

I have a feeling my next one will look a little different. We shall see. :)

I hope you have a beautiful week ahead!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Experimenting new flowers...Found the name of the flower

This week, I was back in experimentation mood. So I made some flowers. Sometimes I have a photo for reference, but sometimes I don't. The flowers that I made this time round was based on my imagination. I think I've seen such flowers before.

After making them, I tried to look for its flower type name on google images and pinterest. But I couldn't find anything close.

So I went to my instagram and asked my friends for help :)

And someone mentioned Geraniums. I did a search and yup they do look like geraniums! I'm so happy that I have received help with identifying this flower type. It made me really happy :)

I think they look pretty lovely being displayed in this miniature mason jar mug. I love it so much that I am working on releasing a series of them, in mason jars. :)

I also particularly loved this shade. :) They have been painted on.

I hope everyone had a lovely Easter holiday, for all of you who celebrate Easter. 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Dollhouse Miniature Pink Potting Bench

Hi everyone! I'm sure most didn't even notice this, but I was down without internet for almost a day. It wasn't too much of an inconvenience since I could still work on other things that doesn't require internet connection. But I'm glad to be back up and running.

Just a few days ago, I completed another dollhouse miniature pink potting bench. It's now on its way to its new home :)

I love this sheer light pink really. It isn't too "pink". I'm sure I'm going to make another, and trying another new color for the next piece.

I've also been busy updating my Etsy store. For those of you who aren't aware, Direct Checkout (now it's called Etsy Payments) used to be optional. But coming 17 May, all shops in eligible countries that has Etsy Payments option must comply and have it offered in their store. I've since been busy setting that up. I guess one has to embrace change. At the same time, I'm looking forward to some new roll outs in the coming months. One of them is the guest checkout option. Right now, one has to sign up, get an account in order to purchase something on Etsy. But soon, they would have a guest check out so it doesn't require one to sign up. So I think that's a cool feature. Updated: Apparently, there ARE already some guests checkout for some lucky buyers who get to experience it first hand. It will be labelled as (Guest) underneath the person's name.

Although there's one feature that exist right now which I probably won't adopt... just because it's not my shopping style. It's called the Multi-Cart Item. Now, you can add a bunch of stuff from different sellers into your shopping cart and then check out all at once at the same time. Previously, you can only shop with one seller at a time. I don't know about you, but I am not that kind of shopper who goes around and add a bunch of stuff from different sellers and check out at the end. It's too confusing for me. But I guess different people has different shopping patterns. I'm curious. What's your online shopping pattern?

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Dollhouse Miniature Mason Jar Mug Silicone Mold

Hello April! How time flies! April...has traditionally been known as a slower month. And I think it's largely because everyone is busy filing for taxes. I know at least three countries have their tax filing returns date due in mid April, so I suppose everyone is just busy with paperwork. Most of the time, I have mine done in April. However this year, I started doing that in March and I am proud of myself doing it in advance and not leaving it to April. It just makes me feel more relieved that I've completed it way earlier than most years, and that alone makes me really happy.

Now, on to more fun things! I've new miniature molds stocked! Introducing the dollhouse miniature mason jar mug silicone mold and the dollhouse miniature drinking jar silicone mold.

The only difference is, one is with the mug handle, the other without. I find both equally charming!

Without mug handle

With mug handle

I don't know when mason jars became a popular item in the kitchen. But it was in the recent years. People use it as a water glass, or even for flower arrangements. Some serve desserts with it.

These molds are slightly more complex to use than other molds, because it comes with 3 removable parts. However, English instructions and personal tips will be included when you purchase the molds from my shop. I have personally tried making them and wanted you to have a great experience with it, hence I think my personal tips will help you to eliminate some frustrations that come with trial and error.

The smaller size mold will be what you will be using more IF you're making it for 1:12 dollhouse miniature scale scenes.

See photo below to have a gauge of the size of the mug and in comparison with other 1:12 scale miniatures.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

New Workshop "White Anemones"

Hi everyone, I hope all of you are off to a great start for another fresh week. I am excited to say, I finally completed a piece which I am including in my suite of craft courses. I'm really happy to be able to add this new "White Anemones" to the list of flowers that I will be teaching. :)

I will still require students to take a pre-requisite before they can learn this, because the truth is, anemones are harder to make compared to the daisies. They require more steps, more sculpting and definitely more patience. I believe one should be able to complete this in one lesson, but as always, there may be instances where one can't complete and have to come back for another lesson. And if that's the case, I'll update the sessions required accordingly after I've gotten a few students taking this class to do a gauge.

Happy mid week everyone!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Dollhouse Miniature Potting Bench

Hi everyone, I hope everyone had a great weekend. I relaxed, and also packed orders. First, I have for the longest time been wondering why I am lacking a reply button in my comments section. It made replying comments difficult. I finally got down to investigate and realized I needed to set my comments to "embedded' before the reply button would appear. There you go! I'm always learning something. :)

Earlier last week, I was working on a potting bench. This piece is inspired by my vision of a french flea market, where old pieces of furnitures are salvaged, refurbished and given a new lease of life. They are then used to display an array of carefully selected eclectic ornaments and knick knacks, curated by the shop keeper. I love such themes dearly.

Here, I just displayed it with a few of my favorite pieces at the moment.

But if you could just see beyond it as a potting bench. it can be used as a dessert table as well. So there is no limitations of using this - which is the beauty of such versatile pieces.

It will be going to its new home! I may be making another piece. This time, how about mint green? It seems to be a favorite color among many people. 

I'll show you when it's done! Meanwhile, have a beautiful week everyone!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Old piece new feature

One of the fun moments is when you open your cabinet and saw an old piece of work and thought it would be a great fit for a photo opportunity with some new stuff you've been working on. I've been painting on some milk and sugar jars lately. One set in pale pink. And when I saw my old shabby shelf, I knew it fitted in there. So I had to take a photo before mailing some items out to my customer :)

I love that the condition of all the other miniatures, despite it being in my cupboard for many years. Almost forgotten I had this.

The pale pink sugar and milk jars fit here nicely. :)

I have also been working on a potting bench. I hope to take some photos tomorrow.

Have a great week everyone!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Dollhouse Miniature Green Fern Plant

It has been a while since I last made a dollhouse miniature green fern plant.

While visiting this, I had a new discovery of why I enjoy making these so much. It occurs to me that every green fern plant has its own characteristics. No matter how many times I make it, each one is different. The crazy ferns reminded me of "hairstyles". How each hairstyle is different and gives character...that concept pretty much applies to the green fern plant. It amazes me sometimes, that how I can draw concepts in real life and somehow link it up with what I do.  It makes me giggle as I think of the ferns as hairstyle.

Yesterday I had a little mishap. As I was just a few minutes out from home, one of my shoe broke. Thank goodness I have not walked very far from home! So I walked home, changed into my comfortable pair of walking shoes and brought another pair of working shoes to change into when I reach my destination. At that very moment, I thought of the scenario of what I would have to do if my shoe broke in the middle of no where and it's hard to get home or to my destination, plus there's no shoe shop nearby. What would I do? What would you do? Please share with me in your comments! I would love to hear. For those of you who have experienced that before, I have deep empathy for you...it must have been a very tough situation.

It also occurs to me, as I see this miniature plant sitting on my desk, how these little tiny fake green ferns really lits up my desk. Especially for someone who stares at the computer working all day, green is something soothing to our eyes. And perhaps, you work in an environment where it isn't possible to have a plant or a vase of flowers nearby - I can think of laboratories! These tiny ones would be great to have around so that your eyes can relax when it's tired from staring at the screen. Best of all, it doesn't require watering! 

I hope everyone has a wonderful day! 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Dollhouse Miniature Pink Anemone Flowers

Hi everyone! Finally back, and typing from my new MacBook Pro.
I have to say, that transitioning is slowly taking place. There is a bit of an adjustment period which I am just taking it day by day. I used to work on apple computers back in school, but it's still very different from what it used to be.

I'm so glad I can finally convert and edit my photos properly on this computer. :)

Bringing you these pink anemone flowers in 1:12 scale. They have been adopted :) I love the color of the planter. I forgotten how pretty porcelain doll was...

It brought me an idea for a new workshop...so I will work on that. 

I still have a bunch of other photos that I want to convert and edit properly before blogging them, so I shall work on them :)

Wishing all a beautiful day!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Free Online Programs I Use For Photos

For the past week, I have been working from my mom's old laptop. As mentioned in my last post, I didn't want to install too many programs on this old laptop.

So during the past week, I've been editing photos using free online programs I can find on the internet. I think they are a gem, and definitely a useful resource for those who don't have the means to purchase licenses to use Photoshop. If you're looking for free online resources, that are EASY to use, you certainly should consider the below:

Converting CR2 to JPEG Files
Anyone who has a Canon camera would probably need a program to convert their files to JPEG. Ordinarily I would use the software that comes with my camera to do the work, but for now, I'm using RAW Pics.io This FREE software is so easy to use. They also convert to many other formats as well. I tried using their RAW format conversion, but I didn't like how the pics turn out. I don't know why they have a grey overcast over my photos. I asked for a refund and got mine back without questions asked. I am using the jpeg converter that comes free during this time. Good enough for now.

Online Photoshop Free
I was also using this to edit my photos after that. Absolutely free and the layout is exactly the same as Photoshop, so this worked perfectly for me. I wouldn't know what to do without a program like this.

I hope this helps!

Friday, March 3, 2017

The Blue Screen Of Death

Sorry for my lack of updates! I had meant to blog earlier, but then my laptop decided to retire for good. So you can imagine that bit of chaos going here. My old laptop has been working well for me for the past 5 years. I am thankful. It helps that my brother made some minor upgrades to it over the years and therefore it could stretch its lifespan to 5 years. When it comes to IT equipment, it's unlikely we can use the same one for over 10 years...so I was mentally prepared that mine will retire any day. I am glad I have the habit of saving my photos and work on 2 external hard drives, so if anything happens, I won't suffer a panic attack from trying to recover my work. But of course, I will miss my old laptop. I'm waiting for my brother to order a new one for me...I'm changing to Macbook!! It will be a huge change for me. We will see.

At the meanwhile, I'm working from my mom's old laptop.

There are still some inconveniences while waiting for the new one to arrive. Because my mom's laptop is old, I didn't want to install it with too much programs. So I learning how to work even without having programs installed here.

This precious photo. How I had to transfer the photos over, and then convert the files to jpeg. Then, I had to find a free program online (without downloading or installing) to resize and edit a little. But I'm glad I worked it out!! I'm soooo proud of myself. :)

Another photo of the daisies. They will be going to its new home. :)

I was going to take more photos today, but every time I wanted to, the clouds darkened and it was just impossible. Today is not a day for photography.

Wishing all a happy friday! :)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Discounts for my workshop?

My latest dollhouse miniature hydrangeas are placed in the metal pitcher pot. This time round, I decided to glue them in, which I had to as I wanted to display it evenly in the pot. It's something different from the usual ones I've made. I'm still loving the purple shades!!

As you can see, I am still posing the pot of hydrangeas with my mini decorative iron wrought fence. I'm loving it so much! Also, I'm intending to teach a workshop on making these decorative iron wrought fence, but I would like to come up with at least another design before advertising it, so stay tuned.

It takes a bit of planning to come up with designs that are not too difficult but still look really beautiful. I'm also mindful of the fact that most people want to accomplish everything in one class. We'll see...

Also, I'm in the midst of updating my Q&A section of my classes webpage. Lately, I've been receiving the same question - Do I offer discount if I bring a friend along for the workshop?

Ordinarily, I don't teach in groups, and it's only for the really basic classes that I can take in 2 people at the maximum.Teaching is fun, and getting to know my students on a personal level is gratifying. This isn't something that I can do if I were to teach a group. I also believe there is also an exchange of energy when teaching.

Although one can make more money teaching in a group, I prefer to do it in a way that personalizes the experience as much as possible for the student.  I feel my students get the most out of my classes by structuring it this way, and it is most enjoyable on my end as well.

So back to the question...due to the highly personalized nature of my workshops, I cannot offer a discount if you bring along a friend. The amount of time I spend with each student, along with the supplies and materials, are the same per person, regardless if one or two people attend. For a more detailed answer, you can read it here or here.

I hope I have attempted to answer this, and you can understand why discounts aren't applicable for my workshops. If you have further questions, feel free to contact me here.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Dollhouse Miniature Bouquet - Spring Morning

I'm back! This latest dollhouse miniature Spring Morning bouquet has taken slightly more time than usual. A little story about this bouquet. I was working on each individual flower type one at a none. At that time, on their own, none of them really “stood” out. I was wondering if this bouquet was going to work out. As I continued, everything just kind of fell into place...they belong together.

I also made a little miniature decorative iron wrought fence to go along with this. I have been inspired by many Japanese real life florists, and their flower pieces are often accompanied by a little iron wrought decorative piece.

And the bouquet in my hand...

Auntie passed me her Playmobil Florist Doll. I had to take a photo of it with my bouquet.

I hope everyone is having a good week!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Pink Macaron Earrings

I've been busy trying to complete the large custom order of pink macaron earrings here. Feeling really happy that they will soon to be completed.

Now that the large order is going to be completed soon, I can start working on other things.

Looking forward.

The other day, I received a negative feedback about a doily mold that I was selling in my shop. The customer wasn't happy with the depth of the center of the mold, which according to her, was deeper than the edges. It wasn't as flat as the edges. I took the same mold that was sent to her, and made another doily so I could scrutinize it.

I tried understanding what she was talking about. Unless my eyes are playing me, the depth difference we're talking here is really minuscule. But I accept her opinion. I've retook photographs, so that there isn't any mis-interpretation moving forward. We live and learn :)