If you love minis, chances are you already follow @dailymini on Instagram. Curated by miniature enthusiast and collector Kate Esme Unver, The Daily Miniature is the place to go for your daily dose of miniature goodness. She was kind enough to share a copy of her recently published book, The Book of Mini: Inside The Big World of Tiny Things with me. In it she takes us deeper into the world of miniatures, sharing fascinating interviews with both collectors and artisans.
The book is available on Amazon for Kindle or as a Hardcover. I highly recommend the hard copy as it comes with a delightful bonus, The Mini Book of Mini! I seriously love this adorable addition - this book was definitely made with the true miniac in mind.
The Book of Mini is packed full of gorgeous, high quality photographs showcasing miniatures of all types. It is a tremendous value for the price. Even as someone who has been in the miniature hobby for some time now, I discovered so much amazing miniature work that I wasn't familiar with previously. The interviews are really well done and so inspiring!
Click here to purchase your copy. The Book of Mini is a must-have for all those who make, collect or simply admire miniatures.
Review : Chippendale Drop Front Desk & Secretary Top Kits from Miniatures.com (plus my new favorite tool!)
You will need a pin vise to drill holes for some of the pins and the hardware. This one from Miniatures.com comes with 12 different bits that store conveniently in the handle. I used a furniture touch-up marker to stain the interior pieces before installing which made finishing go quicker once the piece was built. I went for a distressed paint look but this piece would also be stunning finished with just stain as well. Despite the challenges, I would definitely buy another kit from this great collection. You can see this desk in my Fall Garden Shop diorama along with some other awesome minis from Miniatures.com.
I created this Fall Garden Shop scene in collaboration with Miniatures.com who sent me some gorgeous minis to work with. It was fun trying out a style that is a different from what I have done in the past. I filled the shop with things I've made from scratch and some 3D prints I designed.
I will be posting a review of the Chippendale Drop-Front Desk and Top Kits later this week as well as a post highlighting my new favorite mini making tool! I wanted mine to have an antique, shabby chic look and I love the way it turned out.
My other favorite DIY was this floral arrangement I created using the Leafy Vine and this gold frame from Miniatures.com and some handmade paper flowers and leaves from my stash. I was really pleased with every single one of the minis I received and enjoyed styling them.
This Black Metal Folding Chair is perfection and it actually folds up!
I am obsessed with these perfectly scaled scissors and they come in a set of two.
Love these baskets, they don't seem to be available on the website currently but maybe they'll get them back in stock? *UPDATE* These baskets are sold out but I am told they will be getting a similar style of basket in stock in the near future.
This finely detailed woven rug would look great in a classic dollhouse setting or a contemporary room.
And finally these classic black gardening boots are a must have for a gardening scene.
I was thrilled at the chance to work with Miniatures.com to create a miniature scene using some of their products. Some of my favorite things are the classic pitcher, the wicker ottomans and the retro chair kit (you can read my review of that kit here). I really love all of the products though and had so much fun putting this room together.
Below is a slideshow of all of the products I used. (Click on the photo to go to that product's page on Miniatures.com)
I am so proud to say that these little chairs were made by me! The kit is Two Retro Chairs from Miniatures.com and is made by the incredibly talented Kris Compas of the 1 Inch Minis blog.
My kit was provided by Miniatures.com so this is a sponsored post, but all opinions are entirely my own.
The kit includes most of what you'll need to make two 1:12 scale chairs, the fabric choice is up to you. Cotton fabric is recommended and I would also suggest lighter weight material. I used a cotton linen blend that was a little thick, although I do like the texture. I think I will stick with a quilting cotton next time I make furniture as I think it would be a little easier to manipulate. The style of these chairs is really unique. They are perfect for a retro scene of course but could also work in a contemporary setting depending on the fabric you use.
I really like the tiny button press that comes with the kit. Be sure to fully saturate the fabric in glue and be patient - it takes a while to dry and you won't get good results if you take it out too soon. It worked well for me to set it up in the morning and again before bed until I had enough buttons made.
The foam seat base is already prepared and the back was simple to put together. I had a little trouble on the first one because I used too much glue and the layers of poster board slipped around a little when I was cutting them out (since you match the pieces up and cut them out while the glue is still wet). To form the back of the chair you will clamp the pieces and let them dry overnight. I wouldn't recommend using binder clips for this as they did leave some dents (although once the fabric is on you can't really tell thankfully).
Notching the fabric is key when it comes to upholstering the chair, this makes the fabric fold along the edges properly. There are a few spots I could've done better on but it's not bad for my first attempt I'd say! I really had expected this to be much harder but both the batting and upholstery came together pretty smoothly. The piping was my least favorite part of the process but it's an important detail that really gives these chairs such a polished and realistic look. One thing I wish I would've had on hand for doing the piping was a syringe for applying glue. I ended up using a toothpick to spread glue into the gap and it worked fine though!
The legs provided are 3D printed. I sanded them quite a bit before painting but they were still pretty rough. To get a smoother finish I had to apply many layers of paint which eventually filled in the gaps between the printing lines. I didn't have the recommended finishing spray on hand so I used a artist's varnish to seal them.
Kris has an amazing eye for detail and craftsmanship. Her instructions are very specific with photos of every step. I really feel that the kit set me up for success - I still can't believe I actually made these myself! Putting together this kit taught me so many useful techniques and I gained a much better understanding of how miniature furniture can be constructed from simple materials.
I would definitely recommend her kits to anyone interested in making their own miniature furniture. Click here to see all of the 1 Inch Minis Kits on Miniatures.com.
Air dry clay
Paint both sides of the cardstock in whatever shades you'd like your grass to be. (The color of cardstock you use will show along the edges when you cut the grass blades so choose your colors accordingly!) You can also apply a coat of artist's varnish if you'd like your leaves to be a little shiny.
Cut the cardstock into strips and begin cutting out the grass blades. They can be very thin or thicker depending on the look you are going for. The main thing is to be sure to cut them to a point as much as possible.
Next, take a small piece of air dry clay to form a base. Working in small sections, roll the leaves into clumps, dip in glue and insert into the base. Let dry completely and then paint your base if you'd like.
When the base is dry you can gently arrange the leaves and your tiny grass is ready to be planted!
Have you downloaded your free miniature tea kettle 3D model? Get the details and your free download here.
I have added a lot of new files to Pinshape! Click here to see all of the new models and download them for free.
Click here to download your free printable!
Click here to download this month's free mini wallpaper. It is hand-drawn by me and it comes in three different colorways.