December 09, 2014

Swap with Cinderella moments

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Hello everyone,

I'm going to share with you the gorgeous adorable gifts that Caroline from *Cinderella Moments* sent me! We did a swap but I had to wait for a while to be able to get my package.


Just look at this!! A handpainted rug with sweet roses and macarons, all pastel ♥, a painted pan with dots that went non stop to my english kitchen, a tray with glazed donuts (yum), a welcome mat that looks sooo gorgeous at my kitchen's entry! baguettes and a brownie with cream and a decorated fork in pink polka dot! I can't tell you which one is my fav piece 'cause it's all so beautiful ... but there's more!


She sent me this 3 panel screen, it's handpainted and it's a treasure! I will cherish is forever Caroline! It's going to have a permanent place in my private collection :) maybe on the 2nd floor of the English kitchen that I have. ♥♥♥

A tray of glazed donuts, brownie and a pink polka dot fork ...

2 baguettes and the pan, aren't they the cutest?

The rug adds a lot of color to the interior of the kitchen, I love it!!


I'm very happy with all these gifts! You're incredibly talented Caroline!! Thank you so much for giving me the chance of a swap!

Hugs ♥
A

November 27, 2014

Lady Victoria's tea room

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I'd like to share with you my latest restoration project called "Lady Victoria's tea room".
Victoria was my grandma's fav aunt, so the chosen name is in her honor.

It all started with a bunch of mini furniture that I have to restore, I took one table that had been around for months, 2 chairs that I wasn't happy with plus this shelf that I didn't know what to do with and voila! I had a nice matching set! lol, it's so true that people who have a mess on their tables are creative! 

I knew I wanted this set to be Swedish Gustavian style. I love the scandinavian palette, they have this pale blue grey tones that look awesome in any room. So after the restoration process, I painted in the chosen blue and sanded it a little to take it to the "shabby chic" side ;)

A hand crocheted rug for a cozy feeling ♥
The table and shelf add contrast with the oak wood tone, otherwise it was too pale.

What I did next was doing a fake table, yeaa as you read it ;). I didn't wat to ruin the table by gluing the tablecloth so I found a way to fake it and it looks good I believe!.
Fake table!
The tea set was carefully chosen, I started with the plate of pastries that I had and added all the little pieces. It's tea for 2, you have tea cups, glassed of water, a water jug, a teapot, some cherry jam and its tiny spoon, plates to put your pastry.
I did a mix of hand painted pieces and a few from a mini tea set I've bought

I forgot to add that, I did all the uphosltery of the chairs and hand painted the cornflowers. 
It's a unique piece, I'm not doing a second one.

Hope you like it, and if you'd like to give it a home ... it's available at my Etsy shop (till 26 dec, you have free shipping plus 15% discount by using the codes given at my shop)


Thank you!!



November 18, 2014

Shabby chic chair tutorial part 2: decoration and embellishments

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Hello again :)

Today I'm going to show you how to decorate the shabby chic chair we did yesterday (look at part 1: how to paint a shabby chic chair).

For the decoration I did 2 cute simple cushions and a little tiny pompon. Very simple and romantic.

This is what we're going to learn: pompon and cushions

Lets begin!


 Materials

* Filling for the cushions
* scissors (big one to cut the fabric and a small one for the pompon)
* cotton thread
* fabric leftovers (can be plain, have small patterns ...whatever you may find in your stash!)
* embroidery thread
* piece of paper
* pencil
* pin

The square cushion



Take the piece of paper and trace the shape of the chair, leave 0.5 cm spare











Now take the fabric of your choice and put the paper shape on top to cut. You need 2 pieces.











If you've chosen a fabric with a patter as I did, place the patter side in.





And now we're going to sew as shown in the picture, not too tight. Leave one side open.












The stitches are going to be into the cushion, put some filling into.












Once you filled it, put the edge of the open side inwards as I'm showing you in the picture.
Sew the edges together, take your time so that it looks similar the the other 3 sides.

 The first cushion is ready!








Next I'm showing you how to sew a heart shape cushion. Don't panic! it's easier than it sounds :)

The heart shape cushion


Draw a heart in a piece of paper and cut.
Take some filling and do a "fabric sandwich" as shown in the pic, put a pin to hold it in place.


The stitches have to be close to the heart, you follow the shape as a guide.
You may have to push a few times the filling into the cushion.

Pull the thread gently and continue adding stitches to give your heart pillow a "fluffy" look. 
Pay special attention to the lowest part of the heart, you want it to look like one.


Now bring the scissors and cut fabric around the heart, don't go too close! leave a nice ruffle.



And you're done! 2 little cushions to decorate chairs, sofas ... and your shabby project of course ♥.



The hanging pompon


Take your pencil and wrap the embroidery thread 6 or 7 times.

Take 2 threads to tie the wrap.


It has to look like a sort of ribbon, tie it tight!!


With the small scissors, cut the sides and shape it. You may have to do a "hair cut" to the pompon to give the rounded shape.







 




Put it in your hands and form a ball, the middle has to be hidden.












Now pass the 2 threads with the help of a needle through the middle of the tiny pompon as shown.
Cut and tie a knot.








Hope you have fun making cushions, and that this tutorial helps you.
Thank you very much for your lovely comments! I read each one of them!


Hugs ***
A
















































November 17, 2014

Shabby chic chair tutorial part 1

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Hello :)

I promised you yesterday a tutorial and here it is; in this opportunity I'm going to teach you how to decorate a chair in shabby chic style. It's easy to do and I'm showing you how to do it with 2 colors, being white one of them.
If you happen to have mini pieces and you dislike the fake mahogany look, you can use this dark color in your favor, my chair the one i'm using to show you the tutorial had this color.

But first what's first, even when you can have an idea of what is it I'm doing a short review about this style:

  ♥ The Shabby Chic style ♥

Shabby chic  is a form of interior design where furniture and furnishings are either chosen for their appearance of age and signs of wear and tear or where new items are distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique. At the same time, a soft, opulent, yet cottage-style decor, often with an affected feel is emphasized to differentiate it from genuine period decor. 

The style is imitated in faux painting using glaze or by painting then rubbing and sanding away the top coat to show the wood or base coats, known as "distressing" the finish of the furniture. Furniture pieces that are not genuine antiques are usually selected for their resemblance to older furniture styles, and may be reproduction furniture with a distressed finish.

Variants of shabby chic style include:
  • Cottage chic
  • Beach cottage chic
  • French country
  • Gustavian (Swedish)
(extract from Wikipedia) 


 
What you need:

2 acrylic colors: your chosen shade and white
Gesso
palette
brush 
sandpaper 
your mini furniture (mine is a chair)






Paint the chair with gesso and let it dry completely













Mix 1:1 parts of white and the chosen color
I've chosen this lovely shade of blue to achieve a "Gustavian look" (blue is very used in the Scandinavian interior design)









Paint the chair completely and let dry

**If you're out of paint don't worry! just mix a bit more in 1:1 proportion and if it's not exactly the same shade never mind, it helps in the shabby look.








Once the paint is dry, grab your sand paper (if it's medium grain and one more, the better) and sand the outer areas/parts that get more scratched.
Think of your chairs, the areas that are more in contact with you get more aged, scratched. So the inside is going to be almost brand new.

**Tip: when you sand, do it in different areas, this gives more realism.





The finished piece!!
A very cute shabby chic chair! ready to decorate your kitchen or parlour!














Part 2 of the tutorial is going to be up tomorrow afternoon hopefully; I'm going to teach you how to sew simple pillows and do little details for your shabby chic piece.

Thank you very much for following me, your comments, suggestions are welcome. Fell free to leave your question if you happen to have one!

Hugs ****
A

November 16, 2014

Upcoming tutorial: the shabby chic look

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Hello everyone,

I'm going to upload a new tutorial tomorrow -I have to finish taking some more pics-.
This time it's going to be something different, not food but restoration of miniature furniture. I'm going to teach you how to do restoration of miniature furniture, from sealing it to adding detail to make it special!

If you have a chair, bed, table ..etc, that you'd like renovating, keep it close! tomorrow it's going to look brand new and shabby! ♥

I leave you here a few materials that you're going to be needing and you probably have home already:

* gesso
* brushes
* piece of fabric (to clean hands and table =P)
* acrylic paint in 2 shades: color of your choice and white
* sandpaper medium grain

See you tomorrow!!


Hugs ***
A


October 31, 2014

Pink cakes Royal Collection -part 1-

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Hello everyone :)

Hope you're enjoying Halloween night! It's my fav day of the year - and not because of the candy/! I'm more into ham, cheese and salty stuff- so many horror movies on tv!! I love pastel colors and zombie stuff (The walking dead is by far one of the most awesome series!), monster movies .. what can I say? xD, I have a pink cute little monster inside lol.

Let me show you what this post is about; as you've read it has to do with pink cakes. I've been playing with polymer clay, light clay .. a bit of this one and that one and after doing one cake in pink I got hooked by it! and did a line of luxury pink cakes. This ones are the 1st part, I have a few to finish yet and so far, I can say I'm pretty glad with the result.

Shall we have a look guys? :) then go grab your cup of tea, no sugar! these cakes are sweet enough already!


The Pink Royal collection.


How about a slice of this 2 layer raspberry cream cake with fresh raspberries on top?

Or a vanilla bundt with pink cream, coconut and pink glitter! it has its golden doilie

A slice of raspberry cake is served, a cup of red tea has been poured. Vanilla cake and strawberry cream with pearls

A 2 tier stand filled with cookies, brownie, hear macaroons ..meringue ...

Strawberry cheesecake, spongy and fresh ..yum!

There's a 2nd set coming very soon, I have to do the last details today, hopefully it's going to be up tomorrow :)
Hope you like this cakes, and if you'd like to purchase them you can find them at my Etsy shop :)

Thanks for looking!!
Comments, suggestions ... are always welcome!


Hugs ***
A


October 18, 2014

Back to post!

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Hello everyone!

I kind of dissapeared for a little while, this is me guys .. I post 4 times in a week or I vanish like a ninja lol.

I've been working a lot on my mum's ice cream shop project and the good news is, it's almost complete. The last details such as curtains, the tables and putting all the little pieces around that I did for this shop and it's going to be finished. It looks good so far. I may be posting some pics of it in a week or so.

But as the subject says, here I bring you the latest pieces I've been doing plus, a new Halloween mini addition to my Etsy shop *yay!*

A cute ceramic play filled with cookies :)


I'm quite happy about the way the muffin's swirl came around ... I was experimenting with ways of avoiding the frustration of using the cake decorating tip -_-"".
If you guys would like to know more about the "swirl experiment", let me know by leaving a comment.

At last!! pie safe restored to look like a 16th century piece (but with a touch of shabbiness! *giggles*)
Second piece I completed today; a pie safe. I restored it to look as a 16th century one.

A bit of history: "The pie safe was used to store not only pies, but also meat, bread, and other perishables, protecting them from vermin and insects, the Dutch introduced it in the 16th century to the US and it was used till the 19th century."

My pie safe was restored completely but before starting I researched about it so as to know about the palette ans style I had to follow. I took an "artistic license" with the flower motif ;)
And at last, I added some sweets, it's a pie safe after all!

More pieces on the way, I have many laying on my table (the usual thing) waiting to be finished.


Hugs ****




September 18, 2014

Spooky mini Halloween :)

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Hello guys :)

I have more pics of the finished pieces that I've completed for Halloween.

Among them, a very nice cupboard that now looks like a 19th century Italian piece. You know? I see it and it reminds me of the movie "Practical Magic" with Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman, if you dind't watch it ... do it! the set design is gorgeous and so inspiring for Halloween!

I'm quite happy with the result, it's my 1st attempt on doing "faux marble" finish and in blue! (most of my shop is blue or pink ... lol).

Here's the cupboard:

Completely restored, new handles and a matching paper into each drawer

Finished piece and my cam reflecting in the mirror lol

Potions, magic and more potions! many of them for sale at my Etsy shop :)

Any magic practitioner needs a wand, and here's a very special and one of a kind wand that I've made. It's real wood from my parent's ash tree outside (nono!!! I didn't cut a branch! I wait till they get rid of the very long branches before summer comes and instead of trashing all that precious wood, I cut some so as to do wands, fairy furniture and more :)).
The stone you see is the outside of a real diamond (the heart of the stone is the expensive part cos of its purity), and it reflects the light beautifully....
I added moons and pearl beads.

Wand
Detail of the stone

And here we have a smaller table showing other things like ... a witch's hat! it has a silken violet ribbon.


Pics of the potions you can find them soon at my Esy shop, I have to upload them.

Thanks for looking!!! more pieces on the way!

Hugs ****
A

September 14, 2014

Getting ready for Halloween

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Hello!

I've started crafting some mini pieces for Halloween, my fav season by the way!
The amount of creepy funny things you can do to decorate your house or yard, the props and food! this last topic is between gross and funny lol. I don't think I'd go for certain treats that I've found around the internet ... there's a limit! Like a brain made of shrimps it's ok (and I love these a lot ... the shrimps! not the brains lol ... unless you're more zombie like XD) but a cake under the shape of a sliced ear? uhmm no tnx! I pass! ....

Anyways, I'm totally into Halloween mood and I have some pieces that I completed during the past week till today. There's more to come but I let you have a sneak peak xD.

And I want to let you know that I'm going to have a 10% discount till 31st October! yay! Just buy a minimun of USD 20 and use the code GHOST31 when checking out! :)


Let me show you a few of my newest creations for this awesome season:

Boo! cake ... doesn't it look good? I hand painted the ceramic cake stand with tiny pumpkins :)

Have a slice of pate in the shape of brains ... yum!

And grab a glass of delicious freshly made Toxic lemonade! and that candle holder has a real used candle that I had to shape to fit in it.
This is how the table is looking like so far, more pieces coming soon!

Hope you like it! I'm having lots of fun while working on this!

Hugs ***
A



September 07, 2014

1/12 tutorial: Banana cream pie with dulce de leche :)

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As requested here it is: banana cream pie tutorial =)

If you read the post about "Air dry clay: the basics" then you're ready to have fun making this little cute cake.

Let's get started!

Materials:

- Air dry clay: fimo light in white (or any other air dry clay you have but it has to be white)
- Acrylic paint: yellow ochre, white, burnt umber, orange, lemon yellow (and if you have somewhere acrylics from Americana bring "Taffy cream")
- 3D gloss super heavy gel (you're going to find this sooo useful!)
- Brushes
- Water container
- Paper napkins
- Baby wipes
- Tools to work with the clay: toothbrush, needle tool, razor blade, dotting tool/s
- PVA glue
- Miniature ceramic plate or a paper plate/doilie
- Palette for mixing the colors
- Tweezers

Optional materials:  - cake decorating tip -very small star tip- and small piece of plastic bag
                                 - 1 inch rounded cookie cutter (or any other rounded bottle cup this size)
                                 - High gloss varnish

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In this recipe you're going to learn how to achieve realistic effects using a combination of artistic mediums and how to handle air dry clay. Have fun!!!

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Doesn't it look yummy? grab a cup of tea and get ready to make yours!

                                 

Pie crust

There're 2 ways of doing it:
 1- mix yellow of Naples watercolor to the clay or,
 2- mix  a bit of lemon yellow and yellow ochre


This is how it should look like


This picture shows you what you can use as a cookie cutter if you don't have one :) we improvise!

And in order to keep the size, I use a paper doilie (or ceramic plate if you have one by hand)


We cut a circle, the height of the crust has to be around 0,3 cm more or less so as to be scaled.


Use a dotting tool, or your fingers to lift up a bit the edges


With the dotting tool do the edges by pressing lightly and texture using the toothbrush


And here's the pie crust so far!

Use a pic of a real banana cream pie -I did- so as to have the real look of it, your mini pie is going to be looking more real when it shows i
mperfections. Food is not perfect at all!





 The painting stage

Mix yellow ochre, lemon yellow (and if you have taffy cream by americana that'd be a plus)
until you have a nice "custard" color. This will be the golden crust of the pie.




Here I'm showing you how it's looking so far :)

Let the crust dry before moving to the filling.








Dulce de leche filling

We're going to mix the "dulce de leche" (or Pampa jam, which is traditional from my homecountry)
Mix ochre, orange, a touch of white and taffy cream and tiny bit of burnt umber untl you have this bright shade of brown.
Add 3D deco gel as I'm sowing here.






Filling the pie with dulce de leche! yum xD

This 3D deco gel doesn't change the colors, and it allows you to play a bit with the "peaks".
Let it dry a bit before next stage.











The cream

Grab a piece of air dry clay and put it into the cake decorating tip.
Put a piece of plastic bag and with the back of a brush push.


Here it comes, a very nice whipped cream!














 


Once you have all the whipped cream, put a bit of  PVA  glue on top of the dulce de leche and from the outside to the inside and up arrange your cream.
Look at the pic, it's more clear that putting it in words ;p













Yay! almost done! 
















What we do now is adding some white acrylic paint to the cream for the extra look.














The banana slices

I don't like doing canes so we're going to achieve a similar effect here by rolling a bit of "raw crust" color -the mix from the beggining- as shown in the picture.













Once the cilinder is dried, cut slices -carefully- and push them down a bit with your finger if needed.











 

Now let's color the slices, use yellow ochre and burnt amber for the banana seeds.












You may have to hold them with the tweezers, the slices are very tiny.










Glue the slices to the cake and voila! we're done!!!

Hope you find this tutorial useful my friends, if you try it please let me know! I'd like to see how your banana cream pies look like!

Hugs ***