Welcome to my collection of 1:12 scale miniature food made with love (and polymer clay) - for dollhouses or admirers of all-things-mini.

In life, it's the small things around you that matter the most. Embrace, enjoy, and savor every second with all your might.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Spring Piano Recital

Sooo....even moms with health problems gotta roll with the tide once in awhile. Especially when spring time brings a zillion performances, concerts, and school activities that the kids are involved in, and that I love attending no matter how awful I feel. Well, one of our daughters happens to have the best piano teacher in the world. And I was wracking my brains trying to think of something special to give her teacher after the spring piano recital to show her how much we appreciate her. And then I thought! - a Mini Scene! But what kind? What would it include??? So I started trolling my favorite websites and mini-supply connections. And lo and behold! There it was! A lovely miniature grand piano that plays music - at Gibby's Dollhouses and Miniatures in Westminster (the last of a dying breed around these parts - a real brick and mortar dollhouse store where you can still shop in person and peruse the minis). 

Before I knew it, the idea started to grow! The scene would include the piano, and a "teacher" and a "student" eagerly paying attention....

Click on the photos to make them super big! :)

The "tree" platform is a salute to the lovely woods that surround us along the drive to lessons. 

The piano plays Beethoven's "Fur Elise" - ironically this was the song my daughter played for the December recital! I was so psyched when I realized it - what better way to really personalize the gift?
And, the piano teacher's beloved boxers - Kitz and Carly. Kitz (the tan boxer) passed away this spring, but I thought it appropriate to still include her. These are the gentlest dogs, always greeting us at the door when we come in for lessons, furiously wagging their little stumpy tails and waiting to be petted and adored. 

Some of the music my daughter has played for previous recitals. Another way to personalize. 
It wasn't easy finding boxers with ears that weren't cropped (like Kitz and Carly). And I had to apply a coat of dark paint to match the real life Carly's dark brindle coat.
Treats and confections for the piano teacher's book club meeting later that evening. 

The books are there, ready for discussion time. (I'm not great at book making, the pages do not open or turn, they are simply a block of polymer clay with page indentations made with one of my polymer clay knives.)
Our piano teacher always gives her students a huge Hershey candy bar at Halloween time. I thought it would be nifty to toss a few into this scene. 
I went a little crazy with the mini foods. ;) Think I have enough? The rainbow cake is there again too! It's one of my mini "specialties." 

I am also in the process of catching up with all of your delightful blogs. I made some progress the other day and got to quite a few but my health is still dogging me pretty badly so I'm making my way to commenting on everyone's outstanding work, a little at a time. Looking at all of your lovely blogs really brightens my day! :) As do your comments on my blog!


  1. Jackie your mini scene is fantastic, Your daughter's teacher is definately going to know how much you appreciate her when she recieves this!
    All of the details are beautiful and your mini food always makes me smile, all that colour, it's wonderful!!!
    Hugs and I'm sending love and hoping you will have better times with your health xxxxx

  2. A fantastic scene. I love to think what a feast awaits both teacher and student when the lesson ends....
    Hugs, Drora

  3. Perfect! Heaven! You have thought of every detail, and they are wonderful! Everything, absolutely everything is beautiful and perfect! Dear my blog is a draw. Congratulations and many kisses in your heart

  4. Thank you so much! All of your wonderful comments mean so much to me. I'm sorry it's taking me so long to get my head above water with this latest flare, but I'm feeling a a teensy might better today (not much, but I'll take it!) so I'm going to try and catch up on some of my well overdue responses. The piano teacher loved this scene! I so love making these items for people we care about, especiallly those who have been so supportive and done so much for our children by inspiring and motivating them to great musical aspirations. When I gift someone with one of my mini creations, rest assured, it comes straight from my heart. :)


  5. P.S. - I promise, I will get around to visiting and commenting on all the wonderful creations I've seen on your blogs....if the fingers are willing to type, I'm more than ready! :)