Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Pei Li Miniatures.

For some reason, I'm constantly finding the most gorgeous food miniatures. Here's the scrumptious site of Pei Li's miniatures. One reason I love the site is that the country prim/shabby chic aesthetic of the products, is beautifully reiterated by site design itself. It's a delight for the eyes.

As well as highly detailed 1:12 scale food items, the store also has dollhouse miniature decals, pictured! These remind me of the life size decals my mother got to put on my plain painted furniture when I was a little girl in the 1960's, with look of hand painted images.

My only issue, as usual, is the lack of a scale item in the photos, but in this case Pei Li includes detailed size information in the descriptions - in both inches and centimeters to cover all bases.

They also make miniature food jewelry that is cute.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Found Objects - Assemble!

Here's a round up of some terrific mixed-media assemblage and found object doll artists on Etsy.

Recent find Bitti Bots by Cheri Kudja - these are delighful and witty (pictured). Love, love, love 'em.

Ebryk uses doll parts assembled with found objects for whimsical result.

AppleArt adds custom made components to the assemblage for dolls with finesse.

The beautiful mixed media dolls at Kate's Kreations by krodenbach are also well photographed.

Finally the strange little creatures at Altered Found Objects make me smile.

Find more items that I like by checking out my treasuries on Etsy. I often do doll inspired ones, and you can follow me there if you like.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

NJD Miniatures deliciousness

I'm excited to have found, via Twitter, the comprehensive website of UK miniaturist, Vicky Guile of NJD MiniaturesShe makes sumptuous miniature food, and other things, from polymer clay - and also offers supplies and tools, like a cool bread loaf mold and texturizing powders. A big plus are the tips on her blog.

Also on the site are a list of useful links, and her free project page offering some useful tips for creating your own miniature foods, while her store and flickr page shows completed foodstuffs mostly in 1:12 scale. The only issue - and you know this is my particular peeve with hyper-realistic miniature photography - the very rare use of anything to show scale. As someone with limited experience in that scale miniature making, it's tough for me to visualize 1:12. The magnificently tiny pears shown with a coin, and carrots shown on a finger tip are the exception, and are mind blowing. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Conchy Gem

I've been enjoying making treasuries on Etsy, in great part because it gives me a chance to search by theme, for things I wouldn't have seen otherwise. I recently discovered Conchy Gem Dolls Etsy store.

This is the store of therapy doll maker Sherrie Meyer of North Queensland, Australia. They are sweet cloth dolls many with a needle felted animal companion or accessory. They have a gentle feeling.

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Miniature stitching

One of my new friends creates the most amazingly detailed, tiny, tiny embroideries, cross stitch and needlepoint for doll's houses. I also love that she will use pennies for scale. Counted cross stitch is hard enough full size, but these are like micro-stitching.

However that is not all. Marlene also decorates doll houses with gorgeous detail, and makes other miniature and micro dioramas.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Dolls cover contest

DOLLS magazine has announced a Facebook contest to get your doll artistry on the cover!

Submit a photo and a few other pieces of information on the DOLLS Facebook wall. I'd be as proud as punch if one of my followers here won!

Note the dates: between July 3 and July 31, 2012.

From the e-mail:

Give your one-of-a-kind doll the exposure it deserves by having it featured on the cover ofDOLLS magazine! Starting July 3, submit a photo of your best one-of-a-kind doll to our Facebook wall for a chance to get featured on the cover and in an article of a 2013 issue of DOLLS magazine. 
Contest Rules - Photo submissions will be accepted between July 3 and July 31, 2012. Contestants are only allowed one submission each. To be eligible for the contest, your submission to our Facebook wall must include the following:
*    the verbiage "Entry for Discover a Dollmaker Cover Contest" 
*    artist name
*    name of doll
*    material used 
*    photo credit identifying the photographer