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.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Jellybean Easter Cake

The name in the title says it all. :) My experimentation with making microscopic jelly beans using translucent clay colors. Enjoy!

Trying out different cake stands too. I am seriously obsessed with cake stands! Ha!

Last years Easter eggs - I rolled oodles of 'em. :)

My Glass Cake Stand Finally has a Cake!

Oh, what's it been now? Almost a year since I purchased a darling miniature glass cake stand with a cover tall enough to clear the top of a 1:12 scale multi-layer cake, at Lynlott Miniatures in Pittsburgh, PA. And while I've been sidelined by joint problems and bone weakness for all that time, the cake stand I'd hunted down for so long sat in my craft room collecting dust. Awwww. :(

Well hang onto to your Kemper Kutters kids. :) I finally made a cake for it!!! Just simple, nothing fancy like those super duper creations I'm always admiring on the blogs I follow. Just whipped cream icing and strawberry slices. And just like my tomato canes, I worked on improving my strawberry canes as well. I'm satisfied with the end result, but they could be better. More skill and experience working with canes will help.

Thanks again, to the technique demo on Shay Aaron's flickr Photostream: Making a Strawberry Cane.

I always believe in giving credit where credit is due :) Thanks to one of the blogs that I follow, Christel Jensen's Cake Doily Tutorial, I finally made my own doily from polymer clay! Thanks Christel! Your blog is so awesome!

The cover and cake stand are a perfect fit for a three-layer 1:12 scale cake!

New and Improved Tomato Cane

Not perfect. Not by a long shot...but...better! And that's what all us mini-blogsters are always striving for, am I right? :) Better! I can't take credit for this technique. All the kudos go to a Flickr favorite, Shay Aaron's flickr Photostream: The New Tomato Cane, whose latest interpretation of the tomato cane completely nails it!

After soooooo many hours work, and it is a LOT of work (with lots of breaks in between for my arthritic hands), I finally achieved something much more similar to a real tomato slice than say....the "old" tomato slices I made last year after my first attempt with tomato canes...

Old tomato slices on the bottom of the photo - yuck! NEW and improved tomato slices on top of the photo -  much better! The green seeds, meh, I'm not too happy with those colors. Will work on muting the brightness of the green the next time I attempt these. 

Tomatoes in progress - hard to believe that massive cylinder can be rolled all the waaaaaay down to 1:12 scale size for dollhouse size slices. 

I think using Kato clay made a LOT of difference this time. It's a much harder clay. It takes much longer to condition but the end results are worth it. Premo and Sculpey are easy on the hands for conditioning, but too soft for the cane to keep its shape as you roll it (in my experience anyway). Even the end piece pictured here still maintains the integrity and structure of the cane design. I have to give props to Polymer Clay Express for always stocking loads of fresh clay in all the niftiest brands and colors! :)

Out with those old tomato slices, and IN with the NEW! Yay!! 

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Strawberry Birthday Cakes

I'm trying to get back into the swim, my fellow blog-ettes. :) Spring has almost sprung in the Mid-Atlantic and the moderate weather will be much kinder to my hand joints. So I can play with my clay again! Yay! We had a few birthday celebrations recently and I decided to copy the cakes we baked, and make similar treats in polymer clay.

Strawberry cake with chocolate ganache and whipped cream frosting.

Full size real thing - berry yummy!

More strawberry cake!

Finally used one of my new cake stands! Ain't it purdy? :)

More strawberry batter, comin' right up!

Sure feels good to be creating again...next up - Rainbow Cake!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Birthday Cake Mystery Box Competition over at Hummingbird Miniatures

Hummingbird Miniatures is at again! Another awesome cake competition. This lady is so seriously talented. I love her work! Click on Hummingbird Miniatures for details on how to win, and learn how to spread the good word about the competition. :) The contest runs from today, March 8, 2012, till midnight PST on March 22, 2012. Hurry over and check it out!