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I’m pleased as punch to share that my 4th of July backyard cookout has been featured in issue 218 of American Miniaturist magazine! They included all sorts of grilled goodies and barbecue favorites, and I’m so honored to be a part of such a lovely publication. Inside this issue, you’ll also find my tutorial for making pussy willows! If you’re not a subscriber yet, what are you waiting for?!
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With the 4th of July coming up next month, I thought I’d try my hand at building a little ramshackle roadside fireworks stand from scratch! I built the entire stand from foamcore and textured it with steel brushes to resemble wood.
I searched for vintage fireworks images and found a ton of great old posters, which I affixed to the front and sides of the stand, as well as old packaging that I was able to print out and turn into bottle rockets, sparklers and fountains. For the little smoke bombs, I painted wooden beads black and glued white embroidery thread in the hole on top for the wick.
To make the lit sparklers, I use a pom-pom making method with silver tinsel for the tops and then glued the sparkler to a piece of white floral wire.
To make the flags and bunting, I printed the images on inkjet printer fabric. For the flags, I cut them out and folded them in half around a trimmed and sanded toothpick and then glued them. I aged the edges with a Tim Holtz ink pad. For the bunting, I glued the half circles together at the tops and then sewed across the length of the bunting, pulling the thread taut to create the bunched effect. I then took a piece of red ribbon and glued that across the top to cover up the stitches.
To fill out the stand, I also printed out little patriotic top hats, pinwheels, a bird house and Cracker Jack boxes. I thought they brought a little nostalgia to the overall look of the stand.
New 4th of July Miniatures
I’m so excited to announce that my 4th of July minis have been featured in the latest issue of DollsHouse & Miniature Scene magazine! And on the cover, no less! I can’t tell you how excited I am to see my work featured in its glossy pages!
Don’t miss my full interview or all the other beautiful artist creations in this issue!
I came home from Hobby Lobby today with three pieces of mini furniture in desperate need of a makeover. I decided to tackle the mahogany pie safe first!
I used FolkArt Home Decor Chalk Paint in Imperial, a really pretty red, along with the Antiquing Wax. The end result is a really vintage, shabby and rustic finish that I’m in love with! Much better than the mahogany, don’t you think?
For the inside, I used Mod Podge to decoupage a grungy star printed scrapbook paper. Now, I’m just left deciding whether to keep the tin door inserts or to replace them with clear acrylic so you can see the items I’ll eventually place inside. Thoughts? I’ll be keeping with the Americana theme so I can have this piece ready in time for the 4th of July!