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!

Resources

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:

Featured in March 2022 Issue of DollsHouse & Miniature Scene

The first signs of spring have been sighted in the latest issue of DollsHouse & Miniature Scene!

Hello, friends! I’m so excited to share that my farmhouse laundry room has made the cover of the March 2022 issue of DollsHouse & Miniature Scene! Sadie Brown interviewed me about the inspiration behind my latest roombox, which is a relaxing yet stylish take on a normally mundane space in our homes. I’m thrilled to share it with all of you!

This issue also features my tutorial for making the little washboard shelf featured in my laundry room! It’s a really easy project for beginners, so have fun. And once again, I’d like to thank Sadie and all the wonderful folks at DHMS for another beautiful feature!

Featured in November 2021 Issue of DollsHouse & Miniature Scene

Erika Pitera featured in DollsHouse & Miniature Scene magazine

Don’t miss all the Christmas mini magic in the latest issue of DollsHouse & Miniature Scene!

Oh my goodness, my Christmas roombox has made the cover of DollsHouse & Miniature Scene! The lovely Sadie Brown interviewed me about my “Waiting for Santa” roombox, and I am so honored to have my work featured alongside the talents of Darren Scala, Bea Broadwood, Aida Pravia and more!

Erika Pitera featured in DollsHouse & Miniature Scene magazine

You won’t want to miss this issue – there are some really wonderful tutorials, including an actual Christmas sleigh! Once again, I’d like to express my most sincere gratitude to Sadie and DHMS for the beautiful feature of my work. It is such an honor!

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