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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

Farmhouse Halloween Hutch

I’ve been wanting to make a little farmhouse-inspired Halloween hutch for my kitchen, so this past week I took to Pinterest for some ideas and immediately fell in love with the idea of creating some Rae Dunn-style ceramics for the shelves.

After painting the hutch black over crackle medium and distressing it, I found some black and white striped scrapbook paper to put behind the shelves.

Next, I printed all of the Halloween-themed decals on waterslide decal paper and applied them to an assortment of plates, bowls, tea cups and a tea pot.

The little ghost garland was also really fun to make and incredibly easy – all I did was string beads on a length of sparkly thread with a needle. For the ghosts, I took faux pearl beads and cut out a little square of white cotton fabric. I applied a bit of tacky glue to the fabric, placed the pearl bead in the center of the square and gathered the edges together so it took on a ghost shape.

Once the glue dried, I painted on the eyes and mouth with black acrylic paint using a small ball stylus. Then, because I used a pearl bead underneath, I was able to string them onto the garland with the needle. Easy, right?

So, since I love how this turned out, I think I’ll be making similar ones for Thanksgiving and Christmas… stay tuned!

PS – In case you’re wondering, that adorable hand-painted cat is by the talented Karry Johnson!

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