Monday, 17 December 2012

Christmas Market Stall Update

Once again, I find that I love to create in miniature what I enjoy in our day to day lives particularly our holiday traditions!
One of those traditions started in my husband's family.  His grandmother had a small display of German Erzebirge angels which are still lit today as part of a family tradition at Christmas.  I started collecting my own miniature angel orchestra and was delighted when I found a miniature version at a dollhouse show in Germany.
 
When I found the miniature market stall, it seemed the perfect way to display and assortment of Christmas miniatures. I have added two miniature spot lights which lights up my display but I think that next year I will rethink the lighting.  I also added an extra shelf to the front of the display for the assorted gingerbread treats and holiday edibles.








 
 
I hope that everyone has a very happy holiday season!  Best wishes for the New Year and I look forward to seeing what new projects everyone has to share on their blogs in 2013!

Monday, 10 December 2012

Miniature Christmas Market Stall Preparation

A number of my miniaturist friends have assembled Christmas market stalls.  I recently found an older market stall while shopping on the web.  It appears to be an older kit from the age of the box.  I am hoping that someone may know of a source to find another as now that I have sorted through my Christmas miniatures for this stall, I would really like to find a second one to do another! Or, if you have another source for a kit, I would appreciate any information that you could provide for me.


The stall comes preassembled and I decided that perhaps I would darken the wood without sanding the stall first to leave a rough finish. I mixed some different stains until I was happy with the final colour.   There are a few glue spots from when it was assembled initially that did not take the stain but I think that they will be covered when I am done.    I did not really like the fabric on the top so I removed it.  I did not have anything suitable to replace it with so I decided to do a different roof.
 

 I glued a piece of veneer on the top and then added some shingles which I sealed first with a light coat of sprayed varnish.  I have sprayed all my shingles for my various projects so that I can use a damp cloth to dust them when necessary.


I decided that I wanted to trim the end pieces of the wood with some strip would that I stained a slighted darker colour for a bit of contrast for the shelves.  I also finished all of the ends with fine strip wood the same colour as the rest of the stall.
The shelves were glued in when I bought the stall and are not quite level.  I do not think that once they are filled they will be noticeable!
Hopefully, I will have a photo of the finished stall shortly to share.



 
 
 
 


Saturday, 1 December 2012

Getting Ready For Christmas

I love the holiday season!  And, like many others, I usually find time to decorate my miniature projects for the holidays.
My first class with Ray Whitledge and Scott Burgess was a kitchen class.  It is one of my favourite projects because it has allowed me to showcase some of the miniatures that I have collected over the years.  I have a food background and in my late teens worked in Paris as a part time au pair and with a chef the rest of the time.  I went on to work in a cooking school when I returned to Canada for a number of years after I was married.  I think that perhaps that is why I love miniature food!
Here are a few photos of my kitchen - Santa and his elves have taken a break for some holiday treats!
Hors d'oeuvres and Sliced Ham

Santa and a few elves


Break time and one exhausted elf!


I have recently spent some more time working with resin and have filled some wine glasses.  I managed to break a couple of the glasses so not wanting to throw them out - created a broken glass of wine to salvage the glass!
Wine bottles - Shepherd Miniatures - http://www.shepherdminiatures.co.uk
And preparing for the Christmas buffet - turkey, gingerbread house, champagne - " its beginning to look a lot like Christmas!"
I am currently working on a miniature Christmas market stall.  I hope to show you shortly.  I am also going to post my Santa's workshop project shortly on my other blog www.exquisiteminiatures.blogspot.com as it showcases so many of the miniature artisans that I have written about on my collecting blog.