Tutorial: small trees and bushes

[insert_php] previous_post('« « %', 'Older Post', ''); [/insert_php] | [insert_php] next_post('% » »', 'Newer Post', ''); [/insert_php]   Making small trees and bushes is very quick and easy.  I think the hardest part is finding the good fake greens for them.  I usually go to stores that sell silk flowers and garlands of fake plants. What you need to look for is something that has lots of small leaves. For this tutorial, I am using the fake plant below. Take…

Tutorial: Making a road

[insert_php] previous_post('« « %', 'Older Post', ''); [/insert_php] | [insert_php] next_post('% » »', 'Newer Post', ''); [/insert_php]   When you put your house on a green field, it looks great.  But if you made a road that connects your house to elsewhere, your diorama looks like it has a story. On the Sylvanian Families toy boxes, there are usually pictures of the products against gorgeous background.  The kind of roads that I see in these backgrounds tend to have foliage…

The foundation

[insert_php] previous_post('« « %', 'Older Post', ''); [/insert_php] | [insert_php] next_post('% » »', 'Newer Post', ''); [/insert_php]   I am a mother of a three year old boy.  He is now shifting his interest to superheroes, but back when I started to collect Sylvanian Families, he was just as much into it as I was. So when I started to make my diorama, I had to consider the height of its foundation. I also wanted it to be flexible so…

Lovers’ Lane

[insert_php] previous_post('« « %', 'Older Post', ''); [/insert_php] | [insert_php] next_post('% » »', 'Newer Post', ''); [/insert_php]   The part of the Sylvanian Families town I am working on is called "Lovers' Lane," where couples spend some romantic time enjoying the roses. I have finally put together a little gazebo for the love birds.    Cute, huh? That heart shaped gazebo is actually a wedding cake topper that I've painted to give an aged look.   When I saw this…

Hello, world!

[insert_php] previous_post('« « %', 'Older Post', ''); [/insert_php] | [insert_php] next_post('% » »', 'Newer Post', ''); [/insert_php]   Hi, there! If you stumbled upon this blog, the chances are you like Sylvanian Families, also known as Calico Critters.  But if you don't know what they are, that's OK, too. You probably like tiny, cute things, right?      Well, tiny and cute, that's what these toys are. Yes, they are toys. Yet many adults like me cherish them just as much…