Tuesday, January 29, 2013

New finds and ideas!!

Afternoon everybody!!
I wanted to share with all of you my newest finds at my local Michael's crafting store!

  In the first pic: a big bag of Balsa wood, a package of asst wood circles, a package of asst wood squares, blue tile stickers, pink tile stickers, and an awesome picture frame thats going to be a mirror or awesome headboard!!!!

The second pic has my favorite finds :D A whole pack of amazing crochet pink doilies!!!!! Theyre 'scrapbooking embellishments' :D The wood circles are gorgeous, theyre going to be tables! Same thing with the other wood planks. I also got a roll of lace tape.

Im really excited about getting to work on these new projects!  Ive been wanting to make furniture lately and home accessories...not so much food. I have however done a few custom food orders lately. Pics to come soon, I am waiting for the buyers to see them first! <3
Much love! Hope you all have great days!!

=[ -Leia- ]=

Friday, January 25, 2013

Inspiration! and a few places where I get it from

Good Afternoon everyone!

I often wonder where a lot of my miniature artist friends get their inspiration from and so, today, I decided to share with all of you where I get mine, in case anybody was wondering lol.
Inspiration comes from all over. Sometimes its people, or places or just things. A little tea pot charm can inspire a whole series of little fantasy teapots for someone.

So, here is a list of just a few of the many sites I go to for inspiration:

  • Pinterest- This would probably be where I go the most right now lol. As with everybody else I know it seems. This site is fantastic for gathering ideas and keeping them organized here, instead of clogging up your browsers favorites folder. 
  • The Mini Food Blog- A wonderful blog with lots of pictures of fantastic handmade miniature food. Lots of amazing artists get featured on this blog weekly. They post daily sometimes, other times weekly, so keep checking back for new items. They have lots of links on the sidebar also. Artist galleries, auctions, stores, tutorials, etc. You can also apply to have your food shown on the blog.
  • Clay Lessons-On this site, you can find lots of various polymer clay techniques and tutorials. Some cost money, some do not. All of the tutorials are PDF files, so you need Adobe or another file reading program like that to view them. Theres tutorials on caning, beads, imprinting, figurines, and a lot more. You can sign up to be a teacher also if you have something you want to share. You can share for free or ask for a small fee. 
  • Dream of Doll BJD's- This is a site for Ball Jointed Dolls (BJD). Now, I know these arent miniatures or anything close to what I make, but these fabulous dolls still inspire me to make gorgeous things somehow! (Lol) I want to start a collection of my own BJD's. I think me and my daughter will be starting with the less expensive 'Monster High' dolls are re-spraying and re-painting those. Totally customize them :-) Its exciting just thinking about!! 
  • CDHM- This place has absolutely awesome customer service. The membership fee is minimal and the wonderful advertising that CDHM offers for me is so helpful! My popularity increased a good deal after joining this organization. Theres lots of inspiration here too though! Searching through their artist gallery is great and "the Miniature Way" online magazine they offer is super helpful and fun! Tutorials, event listings and dates, lots of fun stuff online. The community is also amazing too. They also give you a blog with your membership and access to exclusive forums about miniatures.

If you would like more information on any of the above mentioned websites, feel free to comment or email me at misunderheard.art@gmail.com
Happy creating everybody!
=[ -Leia- ]=

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

My "Trash To Treasure" Table How-To

I made this delightful little table a few days ago and thought I would show it to everyone here. I was going to do a step by step tutorial for this, but after considering it, it doesnt really need a lot of explaining to be duplicated. Any crafty person could figure out how to make this easily I'm sure :)
So, here is a list of supplies that I used for this:

  • Razor-blade or other sharp craft knife
  • Scrap wood-the piece I used here is pre-cut and can be bought at Michaels craft store. The size of it is 3"x 2"
  • Sandpaper-any grit you are comfortable with
  • Foam board-I used the piece of wood as a template for the size of foam to cut but I cut it a tiny bit shorter on the sides so it would fit between the legs.
  • Bamboo Spatulas/Forks-I got these from my local Dollar Tree store. Theres a picture of them in the photo of the table. If you cant find these particular ones, any other kind of decorative toothpick or scraps of skinny wood pieces can be used as table legs.
  • Loctite gel super glue-This is my favorite kind of glue to work with, if you have one you like better, use that one. I dont believe regular school glue or wood glue would be good for this as a note.                          
Items used to make this table

The first thing I did was cut just the "fork" part of the (4) bamboo sticks off with my razor blade. Then I sanded the cut edge until it looked nice and straight and even. Now, at this point, you can cut off some of the other side or cut off more on the fork side. Its all up to how tall you want your table. Cutting off the fork part and nothing else, my table measured 2 1/2" tall.
Next was gluing the legs to the table. I glued them as close to the edge as possible but you can measure and move all of the legs closer to the center, making the top come out further than the legs for a nice look. After letting the glue dry for about an hour, I grabbed my already cut piece of foam board and situated it between all the legs, as pictured above. I checked for how it fit, made a few adjustments to the foam board and then put the glue on the wood legs, not the foam board. When you cut foam board, it exposes the foam and some glues tend to melt stryofoam when they touch. This type of glue doesnt change the foam at all as long as you use small amounts and apply it to the wooden part FIRST.
After all of this I left the whole thing set for another few hours, then checked the level on the table. Its hard to eyeball things sometimes, to make them straight, so you may want to use a level when making your own furniture like this.
This is what it looks like with a few decorative items on it, to show dimensions better.

As of today, I have painted this table teal and am about to add some roses and ivy type vines to it. It will be on the "Shabby Chic" side of themes.  After its all finished I will post an update to this entry! If you have any questions or need any help, just comment! Ill get back to you soon :)

Good luck everyone, hope this helps and inspires you to make more "trash to treasure" items!

=[ -Leia- ]=

Here is a photo of the table after phase one of painting :) I added some roses and my mother crocheted a delightful little doily for this table for me. I will be added even more roses and accessories soon!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Dollhouses For Kids Battling Cancer

Good evening everybody!
So, I have been talking about this charity/organization a lot the last few days on my Facebook page, and I thought I would share it with the few followers I have right now, and keep the info posted here for future followers, just in case you missed it!
Dollhouses For Kids Battling Cancer is an incredible charity I just found out about. The woman in charge of this, a lovely lady named Ann, finds or buys dollhouses and all the things needed to furnish them and donates them to her local cancer hospitals and doctors. She prefers to have the hospital and doctor staff give out the dollhouses, instead of herself, that way it helps the kids feel more comfortable and begin to like their doctors more. When I came across this page, my first reaction was sheer happiness! I know how happy my house and things makes me and so, to give that gift to a child who really needs their minds taken off things, was just genius! It made me so excited and want to give give GIVE immediately! I shared the page on mine too and started asking all my mini buddies to help out if possible.
I spoke with Ann, in emails and found out a few helpful things....The most important thing being nothing is turned down as a donation. Dollhouses, furniture, food, wallpapers, flooring, roof tiles, practically anything for dollhouses. Money is always welcome too.
When it comes to worrying about small parts as a choking hazard to little kids, she explained that since it is the doctors and medical staff giving out the items, they would definitely know who to give what to in terms of safety. The ages vary and range from very little to teenagers.
I have decided that all through the year at different times, I will be sending random packages of dollhouse things to this cause. Cancer doesnt take time off and neither does this cause.
I hope to see a lot of you sending items to this cause too. Even if youre not an artist or flush with dollhouse minis, there is always a way to help. One way is to get this page out there! Share this blog post with friends and family, like the page on Facebook, ask people you know to donate, keep an eye out for dollhouses and items being thrown or given away, or even just a simple donation of a few dollars to help her with furnishing and finishing the dollhouses. For more information, please contact Ann at the page linked above.
Thank you much and remember to be grateful for what you have and the problems you dont. <3

=[ -Leia- ]=

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Welcome to you all!

Good morning, afternoon, and evening to all my new followers!!

I am making a fresh start with this new blog. This blog will be sort of like a miniature makers diary. I will post photos of my projects, new ideas, a few tutorials and a more. Sometimes, we might get distracted and go on about house plants or something lol.

I would really like people to interact on this blog, meaning PLEASE COMMENT. Comment more, comment often, and don't be afraid to even say a simple 'hello' or 'thats cute'!
We all can probably learn a thing or two from each other about miniatures or this business or even just life in general. Plus, its great to make new friends!

Bear with me please, this blog is under construction at the moment. I will be adding widgets and such and hopefully some fun tools and things for this page :-)

If you have a blog and want to promote it, post a link in the comment box and introduce yourself! I might already be following you ;-) It's also a good way to gain some new followers and friends.

I think I will also be making an introductory post soon on myself and who I am and why I started making miniatures and such. I am always curious about other artists and how they got started. 

Ok, now that we've gotten that out of the way, its time for me to get back to work! Thank you to all that follow :-) and big hugs to all my new mini buddies!