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Halloween at the Hag’s Hearth – HBSMiniatures Halloween Challenge 2020

Happy-almost-Halloween, friends! This year, I decided to enter Hobby Builders Supply & Miniatures.com’s 5th Annual Halloween Challenge for the first time ever with a witch’s kitchen-themed roombox I’ve created. It was truly a magnificent experience working on it, and I feel like I’ve learned so much! Voting is open from 10/26/20 through 10/30/20, and you can only cast your vote once, so if you’d like to choose my entry as your favorite, please do so at this link. And now, without further ado, I present to you…

Halloween at the Hag’s Hearth

Witch's Kitchen Themed Roombox - Halloween at the Hag's Hearth - HBSMiniatures Halloween Challenge 2020

Tucked away in a dark, lonely wood, this crone’s kitchen is the envy of every Elphaba in town. At first glance, the hag’s hearth may look like a warm and welcoming country cottage, but peer a little closer, and you might find it’s not quite as innocently inviting as you once thought. 

Poison Mushrooms, Herbs and a Pumpkin in Witch's Kitchen Themed Roombox - Halloween at the Hag's Hearth - HBSMiniatures Halloween Challenge 2020

The hag pores over her Cauldron Cuisine cookbook by candlelight, carefully selecting the most harmful herbs, nasty nuts, fatal fungi and savage squash for her elixirs and enchantments.

Green Bubbling Cauldron in Witch's Kitchen Themed Roombox - Halloween at the Hag's Hearth - HBSMiniatures Halloween Challenge 2020

Her trusty iron cauldron bubbles and boils with a perilous potion over the roaring fire in the hearth.

Handmade Miniature Barn Owl in Witch's Kitchen Themed Roombox - Halloween at the Hag's Hearth - HBSMiniatures Halloween Challenge 2020

A witch is nothing without her trusty familiars. Her barn owl and black kitten are her constant companions whilst she toils away at the witching hour.

Magical Mop and Black Cat in Witch's Kitchen Themed Roombox - Halloween at the Hag's Hearth - HBSMiniatures Halloween Challenge 2020

With a mere wave of her hand, the mop jumps to life, sudsing away any spills by the fireplace. Meanwhile, her black kitten observes from her cozy spot in the basket under the table.

Handmade Miniature Frog in Witch's Kitchen Themed Roombox - Halloween at the Hag's Hearth - HBSMiniatures Halloween Challenge 2020

The toad snatches a pesky fly from the air… the dragonfly and spider better beware.

Fireplace Mantle in Witch's Kitchen Themed Roombox - Halloween at the Hag's Hearth - HBSMiniatures Halloween Challenge 2020

The shelves are well-stocked with Crone’s Brand canned goods and copper cookware, but the remains of the hag’s last visitor serve as a warning to anyone who might stay for a bite.

Broom, Autumn Leaves and Acorns in Witch's Kitchen Themed Roombox - Halloween at the Hag's Hearth - HBSMiniatures Halloween Challenge 2020

A harsh wind blew acorns and autumn leaves in through the door, but the crone’s woodpile is stacked high to keep her warm on these cold October nights.

Spiderweb in Witch's Kitchen Themed Roombox - Halloween at the Hag's Hearth - HBSMiniatures Halloween Challenge 2020

A spider weaves its web on high in the wooden beams, almost overtaking the abandoned bird’s nest that rests there.

Rat and Rat Poison in Witch's Kitchen Themed Roombox - Halloween at the Hag's Hearth - HBSMiniatures Halloween Challenge 2020

The witch’s familiars, whilst loyal and true, are not up to the task of keeping the vermin problem under control. Alas, the rats scurry about, helping themselves to tasty morsels.

Flying Bat in Witch's Kitchen Themed Roombox - Halloween at the Hag's Hearth - HBSMiniatures Halloween Challenge 2020

This creature of the night hovers near the ceiling, deciding whether to stay for the night in the warmth of the kitchen and risk becoming an ingredient in the witch’s next concoction, or to fly on to safer sleeping quarters.

Purple Bubbling Cauldron over Roaring Fire in Witch's Kitchen Themed Roombox - Halloween at the Hag's Hearth - HBSMiniatures Halloween Challenge 2020

As the brew continues to bubble, it changes hues… Perhaps it’s just about done.

Black Cat and Grimoire in Witch's Kitchen Themed Roombox - Halloween at the Hag's Hearth - HBSMiniatures Halloween Challenge 2020

The kitten curiously eyes the weathered and worn Grimoire, wondering what kind of mischief she can get up to when the hag isn’t looking.

Witch's Kitchen Themed Roombox - Halloween at the Hag's Hearth - HBSMiniatures Halloween Challenge 2020

Indeed, this witch’s kitchen is wickedly delicious, and I hope you think so, too!

Music: Skeleton Dance by Nicolas Gasparini (Myuu)

I’d like to give a special thanks to the following artisans and suppliers for the fabulous items that helped me complete my vision:

  • TinyNaturals: the perfect herb bundles and dried flowers
  • Bridget McCarty: the adorable black kitten
  • Evan Designs: the LED lights used in the fireplace, cauldron, jack-o’-lantern and lamp
  • And of course Miniatures.com for hosting the challenge and inspiring me to push myself to create this piece!

I’d also like to thank my husband, Tom, for assisting me with the photos and video for this. Normally, I take all my own photos, but the lighting in this piece presented some unique challenges, so I’m very lucky to have a professional photographer in the house!

Miniature Garden: Tomato Plant

Dollhouse miniature tomato plant in wooden planter

Hi friends! I hope you’re all doing well! It’s hard to believe it’s August already. I’ve been wanting to start working on a miniature vegetable garden for a long time now, so I took some of my quaran-time to work on the first piece – a tomato plant!

Sculpted miniature tomato plant

I used Mary Kinloch’s laser cut tomato leaves colored with alcohol ink markers, and everything else I made myself (except the planter). The tomatoes, all in various stages of ripening, were sculpted from polymer clay, and I even used white flocking to approximate the fuzzy appearance tomato plants have!

Dollhouse miniature tomato plant made from polymer clay, paper and wire
Dollhouse miniature vegetable garden with tomato plant

I had a lot of fun making this, and I hope you enjoy! If you’re looking to make your own, I highly recommend Mary’s laser sheets!

A Flock of Miniature Pie Birds

Recently, I was contacted to ask if I could make some miniature pies with pie birds for a lovely lady who collects life-sized pie birds! Of course, the answer was yes! I did a little research on the history of pie birds (also known as pie vents/whistles/funnels/chimneys) before I got started, and I learned that they originated in Victorian times to help prevent the pie filling from boiling over in the cooking process.

So why a bird-shaped vent, you ask? Historians think that the earlier ceramic funnel form that vented steam eventually evolved into a decorative bird shape in reference to the nursery rhyme, “Sing a Song of Sixpence.” Remember the phrase “four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie”?

Anyhow, I had a wonderful time creating these wee little pies with pie birds, and I’m so thrilled to know they will be enjoyed as part of a fabulous collection of life-sized pie birds!

Hello, Fall

To be fair, it’s hard to say “Hello, fall” when it’s still in the 90s, but hey, a girl can dream! I set up this fun little autumn scene to photograph my latest fall garden flags, and I love how it turned out.

One of my favorite details is the pair of muddy boots! To create those, I dabbed brown and black acrylic paint on the bottoms with a Q-tip, and before it dried completely, I sprinkled a little model railroad soil on to look like caked on dirt from a day well spent mucking around in the yard.

I also made all of the flowers and the fallen leaves. I used alcohol markers on Japanese crepe paper to get the mottled, multicolor look for the leaves, and I think it worked out really well!

New Fall Garden Flags

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