A short break notice

 

Hi there! How have you all been?

I’ve been having the busiest September ever! I didn’t realize having a kid go to school was this much work…obviously, I’m terrible at time management!  LOL

I was hoping to have a post ready for today, but I couldn’t quite get there. 🙁  I think I’m going to take a week off from blogging just so I can catch up with things.

Before I go off with my break, here is a little update photo of my Halloween miniature crafting.

It’ll be a Halloween goody stall visiting downtown.  But I don’t think I can do much else  this year for Halloween.

I can only hope things start to settle soon….

Either way, I promise I’ll be back next Tuesday, and continue on blogging, so no worries!

Love,

Mimi

 

ballet theater railings

 

Hiya, friends!

Today I’m going to write about how I made the funky curly railings of my ballet theater entrance.

I can’t imagine many of you wanting to make the same design as these, but I think that the basic idea might help someone come up with fun designs of their own.  It’s not that hard, so take a look!

First I cut bamboo skewers (the kind used for barbecuing) into the length I wanted.

Then I glued the bamboo sticks into bundles of 3 each.

Columns are made out of foam boards.  It’s not whole a lot of durability here, so if you need more structural integrity, I would coat each columns with resin once it’s done shaping, before paining.

Anyway, I used sand paper and added some textures and lines on each column.

Then I curled the foam like this…

And hot glued them to the bamboo bundles.

It looks pretty strange, but I wanted something curly for my railings for some reason. lol

After painting the railing pieces with acrylic paint, I glued them on the theater base.  It’s not that bad…I hope!

 

paper plates

 

Hola! Have you started making Halloween decorations for your Sylvanians yet? I kind of have, although I’m not planning on doing it whole a lot like a couple of years ago.  These new Halloween posts will come out later this month.

Oh yeah, US ToysRUs is selling their exclusive gift set bundles, by the way! Both of them are $49.99 each.  When I consider I had spent $150 for the stuff in the “Country Doctor Gift Set” importing them from Japan, this is a great buy!! I bought “Forest Nursery Gift Set” with a HUGE smile on my face. 😀

 

So you know how I made mugs out of straws last week, right?  After seeing how well it was received, I thought I’d make plates, too.

Well, this time I’m not using straws.  I’m using card stocks. You can use origami or other kind of paper as well, but I prefer something slightly thicker than thin origami.  It makes making plates much easier.

First, find yourself some card stock thickness paper pieces.  You can even do plain colored paper.

I happened to have a 1 inch size circle puncher, so it was a breeze for me to cut out the circles.

Of course you can just trace the circles shapes, and cut them out with scissors, too!

To make the flat circle into a shape of a plate, we will use a miniature plastic plate from Sylvanian Families.  If you are visiting my site, you probably have a few already! The plastic plate I used is from a treasure box of Captain Seadog. 😉

Place the paper circle on your plastic plate, facing up.  This is how it looks like from the back of the plate.  Center the plastic plate, looking at the two stacked pieces this way from the back.

Use the surface of a small ball or anything ball shape, press firmly along where the dip of the plate is.  Doing this will turn the paper circle into the same shape as the plastic plate underneath.

See?

You can just use the shaped paper plates as paper plates, but if you prefer more thickness and shine on your plates, coat both sides with layers of clear nail polish. 2-3 coats should do the trick.

Finished! Easy, right? You can use the same decoration ideas as the mugs, so this should be a pretty fun!

Oh, by the way, these colorful treats on the plates in the photo below are made by my friend, Okenoruk in Japan!

They came in a cute box, too!

It’s awesome to have good miniature crafting friends, you know? 🙂