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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
And I couldn’t resist a little hedgehog, so why not?
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.
I just happen to think chickadees are adorable, so I made one for the bird bath.
Since I hid a few little dandelions throughout the garden, I thought a sign about the weeds would be a cute addition.
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!
I made the wind chime from a bead cap, seed beads, a butterfly charm, and bugle beads.
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!
In honor of National Dog Day, I thought it was only fair to create a cute scene for my collection of miniature dogs! Sadly, it’s not as robust as my cat collection, but I’m working on it! My little dachshund is from Literature in Miniature, and my golden retrievers are by Ines Angelone. Unfortunately, I don’t know the artist for the dalmatian.
I jumped at the chance to make some iconic dog toys of my own to go with the fabulous Kong and red bone toys from A. Smith Arts! My favorite would have to be my needle felted Loofa dog toy because my dog Logan had one when he was a puppy! I also needle felted the tennis ball.
Give your dogs a sloppy wet kiss for me! And keep an eye out for some new signs I’ll be listing just for mini dog lovers.
As someone who wears her “Crazy Cat Lady” title as a badge of honor (does four cats qualify you for that title?), I’ve also been collecting miniature cats and kittens over the past couple of years. When I saw that International Cat Day was coming up, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to showcase my beautiful felines by JMDS Miniatures (Juan Manuel Diaz Solis) AND make some fun little kitty accessories!
I hope all my fellow feline-obsessed mini lovers enjoy!
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