so much sparkly, so little time!

An Easter Surprise!

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I admit it. I ran away last month. For all the girly-foofoo you see me do, another equally important part of me craves woodlands and wilderness, but now I’m back, relaxed and ready to share once more.

Speaking of sharing, my wonderful friend Peggy Fowler sent me the most wonderful Easter surprise: carrot furniture for my 24 carrot bank – another one of my adopted dollhouse finds.
I arrived home one Friday to find a letter from Peggy and inside a most fabulous kit! I immediately sat down with my alcohol markers and stained my pieces then assembled them. I’ve since learned that you can deepen the color by coloring over the area more than once. If you’ve never heard of alcohol markers, they usually go by the brand name Copics. Lots of companies now ride the bandwagon and produce their own alcohol markers, Close to My Heart being one of them.


I’ll probably finish my bunny bank next year sometime, right now I am working on swaps for the Quarter Connection Convention and planning a mini house party at my house for the NAME Gazette Convention. I’m also trying to plan a state day…so any suggestions would be appreciated!

In the meantime, if you’d like to know more about Peggy’s designs, click here: http://s227.photobucket.com/user/PLJRFOWLER/library/#/user/PLJRFOWLER/library/?sort=3&page=0&_suid=1368224564151013273034705861958

If you’d like to try out the alcohol markers, click here:

If you’d like to know more about using the alcohol markers, click here:

If you’d like to know more about Quarter Connection, click here:

If you’d like to know more about NAME (National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts), click here: http://miniatures.org

If you’d like to suggest new miniature projects, please comment on this post.

Happy Mini Making!


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All that Glitters

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hearts amongst the fairies

As you probably know by now, I love sparkly things…if it glitters chances are, I love it! I FINALLY figured out how to make those really cool glitter ornaments from empty glass ornaments.

After trying reinkers and glitter, paint and glitter, just plain paint and, no thank you, I did not try pine sol and glitter (although that’s what I saw on Pinterest). Here’s what DID work:

hearts and fairies

Glimmer mist and colored glitter (you know, the kind you buy in little tubes?). Just spray the glimmer mist inside the glass ornament (I used about 5 squirts for each ornament), then sprinkle the glitter inside and roll around for good coverage). Leave it to dry overnight, then dump the excess glitter…voila!


I just love the results! Now I can start decorating for Valentine’s day!

Speaking of Valentine’s Day, time is running out to grab the awesome Whoo’s Your Valentine kits for $10 from my website: overhobbied.ctmh.com. I need to buy candy for mine, but here’s what I’ve come up with so far…I can see using these stamps over and over again…a few hints, if you purchase a kit:

1) stamp before you put together
2) let the ink dry before putting the box together
3) use a quick drying glue and let each side dry before moving to the next
4) use your 1″ square and circle punches to add interesting dimension to your boxes!

Gingerbread Tree House

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Gingerbread Tree House Front

What a fun project this was…my gingerbread tree. It started as a club project in April of last year. The original project was designed by Pam Junk (are we seeing a pattern here?).

I didn’t get to finish it at the time, but wanted it done before Christmas. My BFF didn’t get hers finished either, as she had just returned from her honeymoon. So we FINALLY had time to do the gingerbread houses this past week…oh how much fun we had, although my balls kept falling off, the dog almost ate one of my balls and then when they were finally glued down, my balls were in the way! Angie kept breathing in the sparkle and choking on it as she glittered her limbs…and her face…and the floor and the dog!!! LOL!!!

So let me describe what you are seeing:

Gingerbread Tree House Inside

The inside:

The furniture is from a kit by Debbie Young (www.youngatheartminiatures.com). Sadly, she no longer makes this kit, I wish I had bought more! My favorite part of this kit is the babies in the bed…they are the little babies you buy in the cake baking section with their arms cut off so they will lie flat…Debbie has such a twisted sense of humor, but they do lay flat and look beautiful!!! LOL!!!

The Buffet mirror is by B.J. Critters (http://www.bjminis.com/secure/enter.html). The lighting is by Evans Designs (http://www.modeltrainsoftware.com/ledlights1.html). I covered them in pearl pony beads. The one up top hangs down much lower because I couldn’t get it pulled up through the top enough. So I took a holly leaf brad and stuck it on the bottom of the pony beads…voila…Christmas themed ceiling fan!

I made the Christmas tree myself with some decorative embroidery floss and seed beads. The food on the tables is from Jan be Nimble (Jan McCandliss). The table and chairs are the cheap plastic furniture you buy by the set, painted silver with a scrapbooking candy sticker on top of the table and tiny gingham silk fabric for the chair cushions.

The snowman rug comes from the fabric store iron-on section. The lamps and cakes throughout the rest of the house are from various swaps. Sadly, I didn’t keep track of where each one came from. Thanks to all who provide those swaps and tote bag favors over the years. I will try to do better next time!

Gingerbread Tree Back

The outside:

The fake candy around the tree is from a garland I bought years ago at a clearance sale. I’ve been searching for another to no avail. The ice cream cone trees are ornaments I bought from walmart this year…they just SCREAMED to me in the store…I’m a Dr. Sues tree! The “icing” is a combination of modge podge and sheetrock spackle and some glitter. It does not pipe well (or maybe it was old, having been in my hobby room thru the summer heat) and we immediately suffered “blow outs” when we tried to pipe the goo…but it went on well with popsicle sticks…thank goodness!

The trees are also either Christmas village trees or Christmas ornaments (also from Walmart). The cute little teapot on top and the snowman are mysteries. They were just in my stash of future projects. The glittery small trees are scrapbook stickers as are the peppermint stepping stones. The archway over the door is also a scrapbook sticker and I used my Close to my Heart Stardust Glitter Gel (http://overhobbied.ctmh.com/Retail/Product.aspx?ItemID=5251&CatalogID=168) to enhance the sparkle around the doorways and windows. I like this product because it dries with some dimension to it and not just flat like most glitter glues.

The little clay-like sleighs and trees are miniature ornaments from some post Christmas sale. The small peppermints, lollipops and candies on the tree itself are all buttons and the ice cream bench is by BJ Miniatures (http://www.bjminis.com/secure/enter.html). I also added some glitter gel to the chocolate and whipped topping on the bench for additional sparkle!

The tree itself is foam core, cut with a scroll saw and then painted. The base is a standard cardboard cake base with a ribbon around the edge. The doors are from Grandt line (http://www.grandtline.com/products/arch/quarter/quarter_scale_architectural_doors.html) and are painted with traditional model car paints. You could spray paint them with a flat white paint and then use your regular acrylic paints on them as well.

This is a fun project. We plan to do it again next year, only in a different shape…maybe a house this time…or a train. Maybe we will have to visit some real gingerbread competitions for inspiration! Field trips…always fun!!! Have a very merry Christmas friends!

Gingerbread Tree ice cream bench

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Pam Junk Pumpkin House treasure

Halloween is HUGE at my house.  And I wanted a special centerpiece.  While attending the NAME 2012 National Yard Sale, I found this pumpkin house, already put together with windows, door and yard.  It even had directions included (dated 1991) and is apparently a prototype of a Pam Junk ( http://home.comcast.net/~junksminis/quarter/quarter.html  ) project from many years ago.  It inpsired me! 

I, of course, did NOT follow the directions but went off on my own, using various “found” treasures from my crafting closet.  The jack-o’latern, black cat, frog and purple monster (in another photo) were all painted by me in 1994…go figure…they finally have a home.   I bought the ribbon around the base years ago too just knowing it had a purpose in all my Halloween decor!

Inside I built my own table from a piece of slate and beads.  This made the perfect spot for Janet Smith’s (Desert Minis, Inc. http://desert-minis.com ) spider cake round table kit.  I also included a bed from friend Peggy Fowler (Fowler Creations http://s227.photobucket.com/albums/dd3/PLJRFOWLER/ ) and a chair from Debbie Young (Young at Heart Miniatures http://www.youngatheartminiatures.com/ ), which I covered in black flock and paint for a very shabby chair!  I kitbashed the round table kits byLeanne Kirsch ( http:leannesminiatures.weebly.com ).  My husband drilled the center of the lampshade and I ran a nano light from Evan Designs ( http://www.modeltrainsoftware.com/ledlights1.html ) into it, wrapping the wire and painting the whole thing black with a sharpie marker.  I also used the very cute pumpkin shelf round table from Babette-Overman.

This is the back view.  I used the nice stump (from the 70’s…remember they came with little plastic animals or something).  I repainted it a bit, and stuck my battery pack in there.  The mouse came from a Christmas shop also many years ago and is waxed into place so that I can replace the battery at some point if needed.

Thank you everyone again for such a wonderful National Convention in 2012, I SOOO wish I could make it to Tuscon in 2013…Night Time In the Museum…that is going to be sooo much fun!!!

Happy Halloween – Cricut Style Vinyl!

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Here’s a hint: The eyes have been swapped out for scarier ones!

I just love my Cricut Expression Machine…for one thing, even my husband likes it…and with my Gypsy, creating is all the more uniquely me!  Here are some of my most recent creations.  I do not have a halloween cartridge, so it took a while to find the images I needed for Halloween…can you tell me which cartridges I used?

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