Erika Pitera

Fall at Magnolia Hollow

Yesterday, I shared the grand opening of Magnolia Hollow and took you on a tour of the exterior of the shop. Today, let’s head inside and see the fall collection now available!

This beautiful autumn table is the first thing we see when we enter Magnolia Hollow. That stunningly eye-catching maple tree bonsai kit is from Moonflower Miniatures. I painted a terra cotta pot in black and white and love how it turned out as a centerpiece.

The pretty square lantern and pedestal candle holder are from Giulia’s Miniatures. I made the chargers, the leaf napkin rings, the marble coasters, the little velvet pumpkins and the pumpkin salt and pepper shakers. I also decorated all of the plates.

Now, let’s browse the main shelf! Starting at the top is a beautiful autumnal garland by Tiny Naturals Gift Shop! Next, I just couldn’t resist making gnomes for the shop. I have little decorative gnomes in my house, and I thought tiny versions would be adorable.

I made the light fixtures myself with a combination of bell bead caps, styrene rods, beads, assorted jewelry findings, and LED lights from Evan Designs. I was so pleased that they turned out the way I envisioned!

I’ve noticed that tabletop signs have been really popular the past few years in stores like Joann and Michaels, so I put my Cricut Maker to work, using the print and cut feature. I made the plate holders that way, too.

I went a little nuts making candles, but they were SO much fun! They’re all poured wax, so they actually can be lit! I made more plates and decorated the canisters, as well. The white and gold marble cheeseboards and coasters are one of my favorite details! I made them all from polymer clay with actual gold leaf. I used my Cricut to cut the cheese knives out, as well.

I thought a greeting card display would be cute, and I’m so glad I thought to include it.

I made the blanket ladder with these cozy flannel blankets (with more folded and stacked on the bottom shelf). I also hand sewed all the decorative pillows.

More velvet pumpkins and some really pretty cloth napkin sets, too!

I made more decorative leaf napkin rings in silver and gold.

I’m also a huge fan of tiered trays, so I decided to include one here with some cute details like a bead garland, pumpkins, some signs, a canister, a pinecone and a candle.

Extra little signs for tiered trays, plus some decorative mugs.

More velvet pumpkins! Can you tell that I’m really into them?

I hope you enjoyed this journey into Magnolia Hollow for fall! Stay tuned for the winter collection, coming soon!

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Grand Opening of Magnolia Hollow

I’m so excited to announce the grand opening of Magnolia Hollow! When I first saw this fabulous shop kit from The Curated Farmhouse, I immediately imagined a seasonal home decor store and since fall is my favorite season, I thought it was the perfect time to get started. Next, I got to work on the store’s branding and design. I chose one of my favorite flowers, the magnolia, as the motif for the design, and I love the soft, muted neutral shades that go with it.

So, let’s go on a little tour of the exterior of the shop today!

But first, what grand opening would be complete without balloons and a ribbon cutting ceremony?

That beautiful autumn wreath on the front door is by Tiny Naturals Gift Shop, and the adorable door mat and insert is from My Mini Front Porch.

I made the marigolds from a kit from Moonflower Miniatures, and the amazing hanging planters came from My Mini Front Porch, too. I love the pop of color they brought to the exterior.

This shelf was part of the shop kit, and it’s a great way to display some additional products outside. I made the trucks from ornaments I got at Hobby Lobby. I designed all the labels, signage, packaging and tea towels myself. I used actual agate slices to make the serving trays, and beads to make the fragrance diffusers. The candle warmer on the top shelf actually lights up, too!

I sculpted the pumpkins for the trucks from polymer clay, and I used dried flowers, as well. The beautiful little potted mums came from Mimi’s Mini Boutique Co.

This little standing display was also included with the shop kit, and I thought it would be the perfect place to display all those little impulse buys: soaps, scent sachets, magazines, potpourri, etc.

I love cinnamon pine cones, so I used tiny little alder cones to make my own packages of them.

I designed the Magnolia Hollow Living magazines and the calendars, as well. I also made tiny little pumpkins from polymer clay in mesh bags as vase filler. And let’s not forget the bags of potpourri!

I even made little branded shopping bags, because… why not?

I hope you enjoyed the tour of the outside of Magnolia Hollow! Stay tuned for a look at everything inside!

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The S’More The Merrier

So, in an epic blogging fail, I realized I never published this last fall when I made my fire pit and s’mores scene! I also had every intention of sharing a tutorial for making the little knapsacks and sleeping bag rolls, but… Well, there’s always this year!

The fire pit was a lot of fun to make. The entire stone pit is made from foam core, textured with aluminum foil and painted with acrylic paints, and the fire is hot glue painted yellow and orange, lit from beneath with an orange flickering LED. I filled the pit with black aquarium gravel.

The fabulous little lantern is from Kathleen’s Miniatures. The boots are just rubber garden boots with tags printed on fabric.

The Corner Garden Roombox

A few months ago, I started working on a new roombox in between other projects. I had a garden scene in mind, and plenty of flower kits in my stash, so it seemed like a perfect fit! This weekend, I finally put the finishing touches on my corner garden, and I’m truly thrilled with how it turned out.

I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t garden AT ALL in real life, so I mainly based it on what I thought looked pretty!

The Corner Garden

Handmade dollhouse miniature garden potting table in a one inch scale scene by Erika Pitera, The Petite Provisions Co.
Handmade dollhouse miniature garden fountain and flowers in a one inch scale scene by Erika Pitera, The Petite Provisions Co.

All of the flowers were made from kits, laser cut sheets or my own designs cut on my Cricut Maker.

I made the brick beds following the same basic process outlined in my brick walkway tutorial. I also used foamcore covered in soil to plant all the flowers in the beds.

Handmade dollhouse miniature garden accessories on a potting table in a one inch scale scene by Erika Pitera, The Petite Provisions Co.

One of my favorite aspects of this scene is the dirt and grime I added to the tools, gloves, clogs, etc. That little detail adds such a sense of realism! I shared some of the products I used for weathering in a list of resources at the end of this post.

Handmade dollhouse miniature garden scene with a bird bath in a one inch scale scene by Erika Pitera, The Petite Provisions Co.
Handmade dollhouse miniature hummingbird perched on a feeder in a one inch scale garden scene by Erika Pitera, The Petite Provisions Co.

I really enjoyed making the birds for this scene. I’ve had a hummingbird visiting my backyard lately, so I was inspired to create a tiny little ruby-throated hummingbird to perch on the feeder.

One inch scale furry dog digging in the flower bed in a dollhouse miniature scene by Erika Pitera, The Petite Provisions Co.

I had it in my mind from the very start that I wanted to include a mischievous dog digging around in the garden, so I made sure to work that in to my plans. Luckily, I found an adorable little furred dog that worked perfectly, and I just love it!

Handmade dollhouse miniature garden bed with flowers in a one inch scale scene by Erika Pitera, The Petite Provisions Co.
One inch scale hedgehog in a garden bed with flowers in a dollhouse miniature scene by Erika Pitera, The Petite Provisions Co.

And I couldn’t resist a little hedgehog, so why not?

Handmade dollhouse miniature cardinal perched on a bird feeder in a one inch scale garden scene by Erika Pitera, The Petite Provisions Co.

When I was deciding what bird to include for this feeder, I was pretty much set on making a bluebird. However, when I started sculpting, I changed my mind at the last minute and decided to make a cardinal.

Now, I think it was kismet because cardinals are supposed to represent loved ones who have passed, and we lost our beautiful 17-year-old cat last week… so maybe this can be a small symbol of comfort in our time of grief.

Handmade dollhouse miniature garden scene by Erika Pitera, The Petite Provisions Co.
Handmade dollhouse miniature plant pots and other garden accessories in a one inch scale scene by Erika Pitera, The Petite Provisions Co.
Handmade dollhouse miniature garden twine holder in a one inch scale scene by Erika Pitera, The Petite Provisions Co.
Handmade dollhouse miniature garden fountain in a one inch scale scene by Erika Pitera, The Petite Provisions Co.
Handmade dollhouse miniature flowers in a garden bed in a one inch scale scene by Erika Pitera, The Petite Provisions Co.
Handmade dollhouse miniature chickadee perched on a bird bath in a one inch scale scene by Erika Pitera, The Petite Provisions Co.

I just happen to think chickadees are adorable, so I made one for the bird bath.

Handmade dollhouse miniature garden gloves and accessories in a one inch scale scene by Erika Pitera, The Petite Provisions Co.
Handmade dollhouse miniature hanging fern in a one inch scale scene by Erika Pitera, The Petite Provisions Co.
Handmade dollhouse miniature flowers in a one inch scale garden scene by Erika Pitera, The Petite Provisions Co.
Handmade dollhouse miniature garden sign in a one inch scale scene by Erika Pitera, The Petite Provisions Co.

Since I hid a few little dandelions throughout the garden, I thought a sign about the weeds would be a cute addition.

Handmade dollhouse miniature bag of mulch in a one inch scale scene by Erika Pitera, The Petite Provisions Co.
Handmade dollhouse miniature garden welcome sign in a one inch scale scene by Erika Pitera, The Petite Provisions Co.

I wanted to make a piece of wall decor that looked like wrought iron, so I made this sign on my Cricut Maker with black cardstock!

Handmade dollhouse miniature garden potting tray with soil in a one inch scale scene by Erika Pitera, The Petite Provisions Co.
One inch scale garden accessories in a dollhouse miniature scene by Erika Pitera, The Petite Provisions Co.
Handmade dollhouse miniature hydrangeas and a butterfly in a one inch scale scene by Erika Pitera, The Petite Provisions Co.
Handmade dollhouse miniature hummingbird feeder in a one inch scale scene by Erika Pitera, The Petite Provisions Co.
One inch scale binoculars and birding book in a dollhouse miniature scene by Erika Pitera, The Petite Provisions Co.
Handmade dollhouse miniature daffodils and flowers in a one inch scale scene by Erika Pitera, The Petite Provisions Co.
Handmade dollhouse miniature garden fountain in a one inch scale scene by Erika Pitera, The Petite Provisions Co.
One inch scale dirty garden clogs in a dollhouse miniature scene by Erika Pitera, The Petite Provisions Co.
Handmade dollhouse miniature wind chime in a one inch scale scene by Erika Pitera, The Petite Provisions Co.

I made the wind chime from a bead cap, seed beads, a butterfly charm, and bugle beads.

Handmade dollhouse miniature dog digging up flowers in a one inch scale scene by Erika Pitera, The Petite Provisions Co.

I hope you enjoyed your visit to my little corner of sunshine! If you have any questions about anything, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Many thanks to my husband, Tom, for his assistance with some of the photos on this post!

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Flowers

Weathering & Landscaping

To give items a dirty and well-used look, I used some great products by AK Interactive: Dust & Dirt Deposits, Brown Earth, Rust Streaks, and Dark Mud.

A number of products from Woodland Scenics helped with the landscaping, including Fine Turf Soil and Scenic Cement.

Accessories

The following accessories are available at Hobby Builders Supply:

  • Hummingbird Feeder
  • Bags of Potting Mix
  • Mulch
  • Little Diggers Garden Set
  • Embossed Brick Sheet
  • Decorative Mister Bottle

Artisan-made decorative accessories include:

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