Tuesday, December 24, 2013
I hope you are enjoying the holiday season.
Yesterday I decided that I would take my mini skills and used them in a different project. I have always admired other peoples gingerbread houses and thought if I can make a dollhouse surely I can make a gingerbread one. Well the photo on the left is my 2nd ever attempt. Not too shabby, however, don't look too close!
Here are my tips: HE HE!
1. There are too many recipes on the internet...chose one quickly...you will be overwhelmed by choice and ingredient lists with lots of things possibly never found in any supermarket ANYWHERE!
2. Make a template that isn't out of paper...it sticks....and it sticks. Greaseproof paper works. Flour is your friend, use it when rolling out the gingerbread.
3. If you plan to light your house (which I did) make sure your house is big enough for the fixture. I cut a hole in the bottom of mine with a cookie cutter.
4. Icing is your friend! It's a bit like builders bog...you can used it to fill the gaps.(Believe me I had lots!)
5. If you are lazy like me....and are not a dab hand at using a piping bag, buy your icing from the shops. It even comes with fancy tips to make all sorts of patterns. ( Is icing meant to come out the other end of the bag?)
6. There is an icing conspiracy :) when buying icing make sure you buy double. I needed white...and I am sure that the container of white had half the amount of any other container in the packet. The bright blue icing that I didn't want to use would have gone on an on and on etc.
Anyway, you get my point! It's fun to make.
Well everybody I hope you have a safe Christmas/holiday season.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
I firstly want to thank everyone for their lovely thoughtful comments about the death of my great dane Indy. It has been a rough couple of weeks, but your comments are much appreciated.
Over the past few weeks the postman has been very busy delivering a few giveaway items and a recent purchase.
This lovely garden tub came from a giveaway from Mi Pequena Evasion http://pekevasion.blogspot.com. I love the way that it has been aged and really like the realistic look of the water.
Hannah from www.hannahsminiatyrer.blogspot.se also announced the winner of her VW bus guessing competition. I was so surprised to find that it was me! It is an absolutely wonderful mini VW. It is teeny tiny! Hannah I don't know how you made it so tiny with so much detail. Hannah also included a lovely wool dog. Here is an action shot of the puppy.
My last photo is of a new purchase. I own an O gauge train set that would look fantastic with a little township so I finally found one. These little villages are very hard to find in Australia but I was lucky to find one from an online shop called Halcyon Hours. It was one of the last ones of this type in stock.. Thanks Halycyon Hours for sending it so quickly.
If you know of any other Australian stockists I would love to hear from you. I am now after the other two sets!
I will start to work on it over the weekend. I realise I won't get anywhere near completing it by this Christmas. Maybe next year! I'm debating if I should create it in the putz style or if I should keep it traditional. What do you suggest? Any ideas?
I hope to post again before Christmas...but there is lots to do...talk soon
Monday, December 9, 2013
I know it has been a while since I blogged about my house but again real life has taken over from my mini life.
You may remember from my previous post I discussed my great dane being ill. A few weeks ago Indy was diagnosed with bone cancer. Sadly over the past few weeks Indy had been getting sicker and sicker. So on Saturday I said goodbye to my "fur kid".
She was a great dog, very affectionate and will be missed terribly.