Sunday, June 11, 2017

And moving again!!


We are moving one more time!

Last year my husband applied for a position in another city (Salamanca), and he got it.  We have been waiting for a year for the position to be officially made, as it depends from the Government, and finally we will be moving to Salamanca next month.

We just came back from there; we spent two days visiting apartments - we visited 9! - and we came back with a chosen one.  It is a beautiful apartment, very big, in a fourth floor.  We will be living downtown, very near were my husband will be working, and also in the old part of the city, which is full of old churches and buildings.  The University of Salamanca was founded in 1218 - we will be celebrating a centenary next year! -, and it is the oldest university in Spain, and the third oldest in Europe.  Hubby will be working in the CIC.  I am so, so proud of him!

We are very happy with this change in our lives; we still have a lot to do before we leave, first of all to hire a moving company, both for our home and one for my husband's lab equipment.

Looking forward to it!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Making boxwood planters

Remember that YouTube channel from We Love Miniatures I told you about? Yesterday I tried a tutorial to make boxwood and here are the results.  I am very happy with them.




The tall urn is my mother's; she bought it at last year's Tom Bishop Show in Madrid; the small one is mine, and comes from Innovative Miniatures.  Kassandra says she is putting it beside her entrance door:

Lovely!
 Here is the video tutorial I used:


Instead of cotton balls, I used dark green polymer clay rolled into a ball and hardened in the oven.  And instead of the bulgar wheat, I used raw cous-cous.

Annie is so talented; not only to make miniatures, but also to make tutorials so the rest of us can learn something new.  Thank you so much, Annie!

Monday, June 5, 2017

A gift for Claudia

Today I found Kassandra very busy.  She told me she was preparing a gift for her goddaughter, Claudia, whose birthday is coming up very soon.  She told me that Claudia is very fond of mermaids, and she was getting ready a gift basket as a surprise.  And what a gift basket!






A couple of coloring books and several boxes of coloring pencils and crayons.  I am sure Claudia will be very happy with them.

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Fantasy apart,  I came up with the idea of the coloring book after finding by chance a printable in an Advent calendar with miniature tutorials for Christmas season (you can find the printable I am referring to behind door number 20).  I loved the idea, but I am not very fond of Christmas, so I decided to make my own.  For the coloring pages, I used the Mermaidens drawings offered by FinFunMermaid.  I made the cover using their own coloring book.  The crayon and pencil boxes come from PrintMini, and the gift box is my own creation.

On the next days I will be trying to learn how to make a bow-maker and how to use it to make tiny bows.  Hopefully the box will have a nice red bow!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A miniature lantern for Kassandra

I bought a miniature lantern kit from We Love Miniatures a long time ago, and I finally had the time this weekend to make it for Kassandra.  It was challenging, but so much fun to make:


I left it in black color to mimick one that I have in real life made of cast iron.  I figured since Kassandra loves black she would like it that way.

Annie has a wonderful YouTube channel full of miniature tutorials that you should definitely check.  She also offers some freebies in her website to make those tutorials, including the lantern that I finished (she doesn't sell the kit anymore, instead you can download it for free).

Here is the video tutorial for the lantern:


Kassandra was very happy when I presented it to her.  She is going to use it in her study, for those long hours of work during the night.  She says she is always afraid that the candle wax from a loose candle will drip onto her papers and books.  That won't be happening anymore!


I will be doing very soon another one of Annie's tutorials: a boxwood for Kassandra to put by her doorstep.  Waiting on the delivery of some urns to begin the work...

Monday, May 15, 2017

Little gifts for my belly dancing mates

As I mentioned that I am relocating soon, I wanted to give farewell gifts to my troupe friends.  This is how they ended up being:




Everything you see in the pics are printables from Vectoria Designs' shop.  The burlap bags come from a dollar tree store.

I used the mermaid tags because we played mermaids in our Summer performance last year. Along with all the wonderful printies come a pair of earrings from Alarde, a bag of Moroccan tea and the hand-made Egyptian magnets that I mentioned some days ago.

I hope everyone likes everything...

Saturday, May 13, 2017

A couple of printable freebies for you

I have been organizing my miniature files this week, and I found a couple of things that I used to sell in my shop, which I was asked several times if I could make accesible as download for a printable.  Since the shop is no more, here is a gift for you all.  The Apothecary boxes printable and the Apothecary labels collection printable:

Both the boxes and the labels were made using real, unmodified vintage pharmacy and apothecary labels.  Some of them have been restored a bit, but that is all.  No letters were changed and nothing extra was added.  They are all authentic as they are (were).

I hope you guys have fun playing with them.  I just love making dozens of tiny bottles and filling them up!  As always, feel free to share and pass them around (links are welcome too).  Just do not sell the files or any creations you make with them. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Mini chocolates box for Cris' sister

I finished yesterday Cris' sister gift.  I know she collects, but I have no idea of her personal tastes.  So I made her something that always has a place in any dollhouse: a chocolates box, and a gift bag:



I know she has a store, so maybe she wants to display the bag with some goodies inside, or in the arm of one of the customers.  I hope she likes them.

It surprised me how fast I was able to do everything.  It has been a while that I have been working only with papers and cardboard, and I had forgotten how fun was to assemble a tiny multi-medium project like this one.

I got today a package of stuff that I bought to refine my technique with papers: distress ink and some stamps to work with them.  I can't wait to try them out on the mini books!  More on that very soon :)