Tiina's giveaway

Tiina's giveaway
31 Jan

יום ראשון, 8 באוקטובר 2017

333,333 page views and a giveaway

Dear Readers,

Before I went to bed last night, I saw these fantastic figures of 333,333 page views on the side bar of my blog. (One third of a million!)  When I woke up this morning the number has already risen up. Well my dear readers this, by all means, deserves a giveaway.  I've created so many flowers lately and can spare some for the giveaway. but today I created, especially for this giveaway five cornflowers, to make a flower arrangement.

To take part in the draw you only have to be a follower of this blog and make a comment.  The draw will take place at the end of this month, October 31.  It's upto you if you want to make a link on your blog.

I wish you an enjoyable Sunday with blessings.

יום רביעי, 4 באוקטובר 2017

How to make birds of paradise flowers

Hello dear readers,

It's not difficult to create a mini Bird of Paradise flower.  You don't need special tools. Most of the materials are probably at hand.  So let me show my dear friend Pirkko and all of you how it's done.

For the flower head  I used a piece of heavy grocery paper bag, painted on both sides in green acrylic paint.  For the petals, I painted a plain computer strip of paper with navy blue and orange colors.
I didn't have at hand an orange marker. Instead I used a yellow marker and when dry I covered the yellow with a rose  marker (on both sides). This way I got the perfect orange that was needed.

A Bird of Paradise is a large flower, it's stem is thicker than the usual.  I achieved a thicker diameter by covering a piece of wire with green florist tape.  The metal wire is laid in the middle of the sticky tape and the tape is twisted around it.  A split in half tape makes a thinner stem.

These are the tools I used.

Fold about one centimeter of the green painted paper and with the nail scissors cut out, on the fold  a 1.5 cm long  leaf shape, as shown in the photos below.

Cut out narrow half-moons, on the fold, from the 2 cm wide strip of colored office paper.  6 pieces in orange and 2 pieces in navy blue.

Assemble the petals with a tiny drop of tacky glue.  Glue the stem to the middle of the leaf shaped flower head.

Glue the assembled petals to the top half of the leaf shape.

Fold the leaf shape up and and bend the stem down.  Ta dam you have a Bird of Paradise flower!

I wonder if my English is clear enough.  Please feel free to ask any questions if not.
I know the photos are not the best but I believe they explain what has to be done.  After you make one flower and see how easy it is you will want to make more.

A pleasant end of the week and blessings to all of you.

יום חמישי, 28 בספטמבר 2017

Bird of paradise flowers and pansies

Hello dear readers,

The day after tomorrow, Saturday, is a very holy day in our religion.  It is the Day of Atonement
(Yom Kippur). The very religious spend the whole day praying and asking forgiveness from the All Mighty and fellow men.  No working, no eating, no drinking, no driving, no smoking. No TV, no newspapers and no radio except for one emergency channel. Only emergency or police cars are on the roads.  A very somber day for the adults.

On the contrary, children are having the best time of their lives.  They are able to take their bicycles and other devices on wheels out on the empty roads.  I  love to watch them enjoying themselves shouting and laughing happily.

This week I experimented creating bird of paradise flowers. The reason is I saw the real life ones, took a photo and ended up with 7 minis.  Hope you like them.

I didn't use punches for these flowers and if anyone is interested,  I'll show you how easy they are to make.

My two lonely pansies got company.  I think I made over two dozens.  They are very popular with my friends and family.  I "planted" them in tiny clay pots which I made and fired at my daughter's kiln.

A warm welcome to my new followers.

I wish you all a wonderful weekend and blessings.

יום שישי, 22 בספטמבר 2017

More flowers for the polystyrene shop project

Hello dear readers

Today is the second day of our New Year Holiday.  This year our 2-days Holiday fell on a Thursday and together with Saturday we have 3 days of continuous rest. Fortunately for me no workers around.  No noise too.  The days are clear and getting a little cooler.

I managed to enlarge the stock of flowers for the shop.  Spent some time  making  gerberas and daisies.

I believe, together with the zinnias, I already created almost 200 flowers.  A time consuming job but
a calming down one.  I love to see the combination of colors at the end. 

The remaining 2 lonely pansies remind me that there is still a lot to do.  Roses too are a must.

I wish you all a lovely weekend and a Happy New Year to readers who like me celebrate this Holiday.

יום שישי, 15 בספטמבר 2017


Hello dear readers,

Our building is still under renovation.  The workers have a hard time scrapping away the stucco from the exterior walls.  It's impossible to open windows because of the dust.  I spend days away from home to avoid the noise and dirt.  On weekends the work stops leaving me  a little time for miniatures.

Today I started making flowers for the future flower shop stock.  Here are my attempt at zinnias.

Remember my pansies? I made over 2 dozens and hoped there were enough left for the shop but found out that only two remained.  Now I'll have to make more, at least I have my tutorial handy.

I wish you all  a lovely weekend with blessings.

יום שבת, 26 באוגוסט 2017

Sarit's work

Hello dear readers,

This is how our apartment 7-story building looks today.  The exterior is being renovated.  It will probably take a long time to finish and it's a real pain in the neck to live with.  You will understand that these are no conditions for working on miniatures.  Most of the days I stay out. Can't stand the noise.  The nights are better.  We can open the windows to let some fresh air in.  The only "good" thing is that my husband is still recuperating at the clinic and is saved from the going on chaos.

Some of you may remember the workshop I hosted a year ago in which  Sarit taught us how to work with polystyrene.  I have yet to finish my project. Instead, with Sarit's permission, I'll show you her stunning antique shop.  The structure is all polystyrene.

You can see more photos in Sarit's  a/m link.

Notice the amazing floor.

Sarit is a most talented miniaturist, an artist, a generous friend and a great teacher.
I'm urging her to open a blog.  It can be in Hebrew.  Almost everyone has translation facilities.

One of the reasons I did not get to work on my own project is that I have no  room to display a large  piece and prefer to work on smaller scales.  But I promised myself to finish what I started.
A flower shop is what I have in mind. (Ojala)

I wish you all a lovely Sunday with blessings.

יום שלישי, 15 באוגוסט 2017

A teapot shop - 3rd and last part

Hello dear readers,

Finally the hanging tea shop facade is finished.

The roof is made from 3 rows of ceramic tiles glued on a piece of card stock.
The lamp is made from a bead and findings.
The shop's sign is  printed in green and framed, as the windows, under acetate.
The wooden rectangle is what the box will stand on.

I named the shop "Choopchick", in Hebrew.  A nickname we use here for the little knob on top of every teapot's lid.   I'm not sure what the origin of this nickname is.

I also added triangles made of sturdy clay stones to the sides at the top of the box in preparation for the roof.  If you look carefully you'll see a hole in one of the stones, above and in the middle between the two windows.  I pierced the stone while the clay was still wet.  The lamp will be fixed to the hole.

A trial fix to see how the box will look with the roof on .

Finally, the lamp fixed, the roof painted and permanently glued on.  Also the part underneath painted and fixed.  Now the house stands firmly on its own as well as hangs on the wall.

A look at the box from the back.

From the side.

Hanging on the wall.

Not every one has access to a kiln and ceramic clay, but the stones can substituted with egg carton bricks or wooden strips, according to the imagination.

This one is the 23rd of my shops.  Some of them are over 10 years old and all have Hebrew names.  I made many more, as gifts to  close friends and beloved family members.  Except for going over with damp cloth once in a while they all look as good as new.

I wish you all happy creative days with blessings.