And the winners are…

 
Hey, everyone!

The oracle has spoken…just kidding…

The winner of the 2017 giveaway have been chosen!  They are….

“リサ” and “ひーな”!

If I remember correctly, they both entered the giveaway on the Japanese site.

I had 219 entries this year, and as you can imagine, about 2/3 of the entries were from Japan.

I was eyeballing about a hundred entries, so I felt very under prepared when the numbers were going up.  I promise I will have more winners next time!! It breaks my heart to think I let so many people down…. 🙁

If anyone is interested, I have videotaped the drawing process, so you can see I really tried to be as fair as I could to everyone. (Yup I set up a Youtube channel just for this video! Hahaha)

 

Giveaway 2017

 

Hey, everyone! It’s time for a giveaway!!

 

That’s right.  It is finally here!  I’ve been wanting to do a giveaway to show my appreciation to my readers for their support.  I got the prizes finally ready now, but it also happens to be the time for 2 year anniversary of ashmimi.com.  And on top that, I’m about to hit 3000 followers on Instagram.  (Thanks for following me, by the way, even though I don’t post very often…)  So I guess it’s just a good time for a celebration! 🙂

 

I have 2 sets of the items in this photo below, ready to be shipped to the winners.  (Originally, I was aiming for 5 winners but I didn’t have enough patience to make that many of the same things. So sorry!!)

Each set includes the following.

  • 2 pavement sheets
  • 2 street trees
  • 2 topiaries 
  • 3 window boxes
  • 1 fountain

 

These items are made to go with the new town series that came out in Japan this year, but you can of course mix and match with other SF products and they will look fine.

The pavement sheets can be lined up multiple ways – and will look flawless!

 

As always, I think dioramas are lifeless without Sylvanians on them, so here are some set up ideas with dolls.

I used a ArtResin for the fountain, it’s supposed to not get yellow.  I did everything I could do to keep the fountain crystal clear the longest.

You can place  the window boxes directly on the ground and use them as flower planters, too.

I hope you like this year’s giveaway prize!

Here are the details of this giveaway.

— GIVEAWAY 2017 RULES —

Duration     August 22nd, 2017 (00:00 AM Mountain Daylight Time)    thru   September 4th, 2017 (23:59 PM Mountain Daylight Time)
Entery Leave a comment below (just scroll down on this page a bit) stating your entry.  

  • Your Email address and nickname are required to register your comment for security purposes.
  • Provided Email address will not be displayed and it will not be used other than for identification during the giveaway, and for actual contact from me in case you win.
  • Only 1 entry per legitimate Email address, please.  ( I will also be checking for the overlaps.)
  • Comments can be as simple as “giveaway entry.”
  • Keep in mind that there may be a delay before your comment is posted on my site, especially if you have never commented here before, as I have to manually approve each new user.
Eligibility Anyone reading this! 😉
Winner Announcement September 8th, 2017
Other Information
  •   I will ship anywhere in the world as long as the U.S. Postal Service is willing.  Shipping fee is covered, no worries! 😉
  •  Buildings, dolls etc of Sylvanian Families/Calico Critters products are not included in the prize.
  •  No sharing, retweets, reposts etc. necessary.  I’m not looking fore more publicity through this event.  You do not need to own a blog or any SNS accounts etc.  I will do a very fair raffle with zero bias!
  •  If you are underage, please make sure to receive your guardian’s consent before entering as I will be asking for your name and shipping address if you win.
  • All the entries are combined from English site and Japanese site of ashmimi.com.
  •  The prize items are for personal use only.  If you’re the winner and plan on using them for commercial usage, please let me know ahead of time.
  • These crafts, especially the pavements, are rather delicate, and would not be very suitable for play for younger children.

Again, this is just my way of saying thanks to all of you who enjoy my crafts.  I’m so excited to find out who wins!  Go scroll down and enter now!!

 

Whipple – Sylvanian Families box and some news

 

I know today isn’t my scheduled post day, but alas, I have a couple pieces of time sensitive news, so here I am.

 

NEWS 1: The diorama that I made for the Tokyo Toy Show is going to be displayed at “Ribon Mirai Festa” (an event held by one of the most popular girl comic magazines in Japan) on July 16th (Sun) and 17th (Mon) in Shinagawa, Tokyo.

NEWS 2: On the following Sunday (July 23rd), my diorama will be in Kobe, Japan at “Ciao Summer Festival” (an event by another girl comic magazine).

*At both events, the diorama will be made available for photo shoots if you would like to bring your dolls and take some pictures of them interacting with the scenery. 😀

Well, that’s it for the news.  I’m happy that Epoch has decided to continue to use my diorama and that it isn’t just in some box sitting somewhere. 😉

 

Okay, now to the main topic of today’s article…”Whipple”!!  It’s a toy cake and treat making kit.  I’m sure many of you have seen the Whipple boxes in the toy aisle at the store, but these are Epoch products, believe it or not!  I had a box of the Sylvanian Families version from Japan, so I thought I’d share some of the photos with you.

I saw the SF set at the toy show, and I was determined to obtain it. 😉

The box contains the items below.  It has everything you need to make the items on the box.

It even comes with practice sheet for cream decorations.  I am really bad at cake decorating, and had no knowledge of different styles of cream shapes, so it was a great help!

These are all the things I made with the kit.  I have plenty more cream left, and it is super realistic quality (apparently, it was made for professionals for actual cake decorating practices), so I’ll probably use it for miniature crafts later.

“Hi, there! We’re going to show you all about these cute Whipple cakes!”

*These cute outfits are presents Mimip99 gave me at the toy show! 😀 She makes beautiful doll clothes, and also has an online shop.   Check out her blog, Instagram, Twitter, and her shop!  Thank you so much, Mimip99!!

“If you’re curious about the sizes of these cakes, they’re about this big when I stand next to them.  I guess they’re just about the right size for me to eat!”

In fact, if you compare with the SF cake miniatures (Left 5), you can see that they’re pretty much compatible.

“The big Chocolate Rabbit Girl face shaped macaroon becomes a key chain! I heard this is what Mimi was really after in the kit.  The small cakes can be attached to a ring that comes in the box. How cute!”

Yup, she’s right.  I really wanted to make this key chain so that I can dangle it on my bag to spread the love in the world. lol

Oh yeah, I thought of a cute way to utilize my creations….magnets!

I simply filled the back of the cakes with some light weight air drying clay.

 

And hot glued a magnet on the back once the clay was dry.

I thought playing Whipple was a great way to get into miniature cake making.  The cream’s quality is superb, so if you’re looking to just use the cream for your own crafts, that might be great, too!

 

P.S.  Mimip99 also gave me a gorgeous pearl necklace.  Thank you!!