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.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Creating 1/12 Scale Cake Stands!

Easing myself back into the polymer clay sculpting pond is a lot like an Olympian swimmer having to tiptoe into the shallow end of a swimming pool. I'll get there, but it will take some time. Last fall, I spotted some lovely earrings in a local consignment shop. I'm always on the lookout for anything that might enhance my miniature food displays, so I bought the earrings for a kewl buck and some change. And put them away.....

I would have soooo worn these about 30 years ago. :)

Cake stands, interesting, unique, and fancy ones like the ones I have admired on so many of your fabulous miniature food blogs, have been hard to come by. By chance, I found a neat glass cake stand in Pittsburgh last summer at Lynlott Miniatures that was large enough to hold a fully frosted miniature cake with room to spare under the cover. And then I found glass stands with covers online. These two are smaller, but they will totally rock a frosted cupcake or two - or maybe some gourmet mini-cheeses and crackers?

Glass stands with covers are my faves!
Now here's where those earrings came in handy. They were the perfect size for 1/12 scale cake stands! Easy to make...and inexpensive! I simply separated each 1 inch filigree circle with a jeweler's needle nose tool. And then glued each circle to one of the jewelry findings that I purchased at our local Michael's Crafts...sprayed them with a little spray paint...and voila! Colorful, fanciful cake stands in 1/12 scale!

These two are unpainted, for an "antique" look.

I love color!

Can't wait to top these with mini cakes.

I even had enough to make a two tiered stand for super tiny desserts and petite cookies. Every miniature scene needs a different style. Fancy, for some dollhouse kitchens and dining rooms....

And more rustic for other scenes and dollhouse settings. Last year I made a few super simple cake stands from miniature wooden bowls (that I bought in a package of about a dozen different sizes at Michael's) and miniature wooden disks (also at Michael's, in the wood craft section).

A little glue, a little spray paint...and...all done!

My next challenge - figuring out how to make the perfect 1/12 scale doilies to go with these cute little cake stands. 

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Merry (Belated) Christmas Everyone!

...and a Happy New Year to all the mini blogsters out there. Once upon a time, hmmm....like...last fall, I had some big visions to complete my autumn grocery display. But then another health crisis struck and I've been "out" more than "in" over the last few months. So I finally hobbled down to my craft room the other day and scrubbed the autumn display. I carefully tucked my finished pumpkins and autumn veggies into their neat little cubbies in hopes of using them in a huge mondo display next autumn. Once I battle this recent wrinkle in my health odyssey I desperately want to get busy with some very pink and red Valentines stuff. (crossing arthritic fingers for that one) It's kind of disappointing to have all these awesome miniature ideas stuck in my head without being physically able to execute them. Yet.

What HAS sustained me however was being able to visit all your wonderful websites over the holidays while my own endeavors are temporarily in limbo, and just seeing what everyone has been up to with their amazing Christmas and January minis has really lifted my spirits a lot! Thank you all so much! :D You all are so awesome and so talented.

Here's to another year, and, hopefully, new minis from me...soon.

Our multi-colored tree 

The O scale train town that "lives" under the tree.

I painted these ceramics eons ago...I always loved minis