Fun in snow!

Welcome back, everyone!  How has your new year been so far?  Mine has been pretty good.  Surprisingly, we’ve been having very Springy weather the last week or so, and it’s reminding me how much I’ve missed that beautiful season!

Anyway, have you noticed all the changes made on this site?  My husband helped me remodel this entire site over the break.  The cute navigation buttons are also his designs!   I just kept telling him, ” I want this, I want that, I don’t like this….etc etc.”  Thank you so much for always being so tolerant with me, babe!!

Moving on to the main topic of today’s post, my son and I had a fun time making an instant snowy scene using, “Floof.”  I found this brand at a gift shop in the local aquarium of all places. lol

 

It’s soft and kind of reminded me of cotton candy.  This is a type of never drying play dough, and I thought it would be great for imitating snow for my Sylvanians.

 

Although I used “Floof” as my pick, there are many other brands of kinetic sand type things in various colors these days, so I hope you experiment and find your favorite.  Good thing about these as opposed to using regular snow or sand is that they are mess free and can be used indoors without worry.  Also they are pretty easy to make shapes with, so kids will have lots of fun.

I patted down my dough, and made a instant snowy scene for my son to play with.

Here comes a snow boarder!

He can easily leave his foot prints on the snow, too.  It’s not that easy with fake snow powder made for dioramas etc.

Snow angels!  By the way, “Floof” in particular, will stick to your critters just a bit sometimes, but you can get it off very easily with some tape, so no problem there!  Also I’ve noticed that once you open the package and let the product dry out a few hours, it gets much less sticky to your fingers and easier to work with.

O, oh! He is making a snowball station!

Snowball fight!!

As I said earlier, it holds the shape pretty well, so you could make a snow castle, if you wanted to.

I think I’ll have a fun time playing with this again next winter!

Last Year’s Christmas Display

Hi, there! I apologize for getting this update out so late.  It’s been a crazy busy week with so many things to do!

Today, I’d like to talk about what I made last Christmas for my friend.  Inside of a serving plate and a glass dome decoration, I made a small Christmas morning with Sylvanians scene.

I like making small scenes inside of Candle lanterns, etc. because they look really cute, and also keeps it from getting dusty.  If you have little kids or pets, displaying Sylvanians this way is also a good option.  I think Christmas just goes especially well with Sylvanian displays!

I made all the props in this scene myself, and it was a lot of fun!

This year, I’m making a smaller scene in a candle lantern. I’ll show it to you next time!

Making Miniature Mugs out of Straws

 

Hi!! If you’re wondering if I’m dying again like last year, no I’m not. lol I’m doing okay now that I’m getting over that cold I had. Thanks a lot for your kind comments though! I did get lots of rest last week. 🙂

Okay, so this is the tutorial I was going to release last Tuesday…”Making mugs out of straws!”

I have done miniature mugs before with clay, but I think this is a easier one to try for people who aren’t always miniature crafting.   I have done a tutorial of this straw mug more than 2 years ago when I first started blogging in Japanese, but I still think this is a pretty cool method, so I hope you’ll read on! 😉

First, cut a straw about 1 centimeter long.  I recommend using wider straws, the kinds often used for smoothies etc. when doing this craft.  They’re just the right size for SF/CC! I got mine at IKEA. This piece will become the body of your mug.

Cut off about 2 mm off the remaining straw.  This ring is what becomes the handle of your mug.

Cut a bit of the ring off, maybe about 5~6 mm long.

Fold the both ends of the remaining ring like the photo below.

Superglue the folded ends onto the body piece.  Because plastic is pretty slippery, the handle will still come off very easily at this point even after the superglue is dry.  So be careful not to touch or hold the handle!

Fill a little bit of air dry clay at the bottom of the mug.  Use a stick and press the clay down against the crafting surface to make the bottom of the mug smooth and flat.

Coat the straw mug with white nail polish.  It can be a different color if you prefer.  This helps the handle of the mug to stay on, and it also adds a bit of thickness to the mug for more realism.

It’s easier to paint inside the mug first, then paint outside.  It’s best to work on a non-stick surface like silicone for this part.  I usually use the back of a silicone mold for crafting or cooking.

Once the base coat of nail polish is dry, do another coat with colors of your choice.  If you put an extra, thicker amount of nail polish around the ends of the handle, it really makes it look like a real mug.

For small pictures on the mug, I like using fingernail stickers from the store.  Just don’t forget to do a top coat once you’re all done decorating your mug! (Nail stickers are so useful for miniature crafting! If you see a cute design, grab it for future usage!)

Halloween mugs! 🙂

Other ideas for mug decorations:

  • Wrapping the straw with washi (masking) tape with cute designs, then coating it with clear nail polish.
  • Designing your own on a computer, print it out on a piece of paper, wrap it around the straw. (Wrap the straw with double sided tape first.)  For this, to avoid color bleeding, I recommend wrapping a clear tape over the printed design before you coat the mug with clear nail polish.
  • Origami and other printed paper to wrap around the mug.  Same as printed paper, I would use double sided tape and clear tape on this one.
  • Painting over the base coat with some acrylic paint, then coating it with clear nail polish.

 

I poured in some hot chocolate in my mugs. (Well, it’s resin with acrylic paint, really…lol)

Ah, it’s becoming a nice season for hot drinks!

Oh, by the way, my friend Soramama sent me another package the other day, and it included 2nd edition of capsule toy collection for the village cake shop. (That’s what you see in the photo above.)  Thank you, Soramama!!