sabato 6 aprile 2013

Cats and miniatures

 I do not know why my cat loves miniatures so much. She's been attempting to get inside the shops several times...Luckily the perspex panels were there to save me (and the miniatures of course!).

Not to mention that every time I pull out my craft tools (miniature related and not), she comes there to keep a close eye on what I do, and she tries to help...

Fimo...well...that's a different topic on its own, she loves the smell and taste (!!) of it. I've gotta be very careful every time I pull my clay out. I can't ever leave it unattended, or she'll eat it. No kidding.

Anyways I thought you might enjoy these pics, fresh from last night. At least it gives me the opportunity to show you part of the structure of the shopping arcade. As you can see, it stands on two floors, on top of a massive wooden cube. You can see the top gallery to the top left, millinery shop to the top right. Turning around the corner (top floor) there's a haberdashery-shop-to-be, while right below you can kind of see the florist. Oh, yeah, you can also see where the patisserie is located.

The structure has shops all around the 4 sides, in a way it's like Queen Mary's Doll House as you can walk all around it. One day I'll show you better pics of the whole shopping arcade. But for the time being enjoy these photos with my cat in action.

Have a good weekend,


domenica 31 marzo 2013

Happy Easter!

Just a quick post today to wish you all a very happy Easter.
Also, welcome to my new followers, I hope you'll enjoy my blog!
Enjoy your day! Xxx

P.S. Sorry for my blurry pics but I've used my phone today.

venerdì 8 marzo 2013

The florist


Just a quick update today on my flower shop. It's still far from being finished, but at least there's some flowers adding a bit of color :)
There's some ugly looking flowers I made out of fimo years ago too, I'm keeping them as a memento tho. And then there are some plants made out of plastic fake stuff, and some proper flowers made out of english miniature kits too. But as you can see I possibly need a hundred more of these pots and vases, all filled with pretty flowers :)
I hope you'll enjoy your weekend ahead!

sabato 23 febbraio 2013

Mini elephants!

I so think these little elephants are so cute :) I made them out of a kit I bought at Miniatura last year. Don't ask me whose kit it is, as I've totally forgot already...erm...sorry! I fell in love with these elephants immediately, but somehow the kit I purchased to make them was left in a drawer for so long. Finally though my elephants have come to life, and I'm really happy about them, they're so cute :) They'll be a nice addition to my toys shop.

Have a nice weekend!

martedì 12 febbraio 2013

Grocery shop

Today I'm taking you on a tour of my unfinished grocery store, part of my shops arcade of course!
As you can see, the grocery store is on two floors, with the second being a terrace where customers can seat and enjoy some delicatessen. But you'll just have to use your imagination for the time being :) What you see on the terrace at the moment is just pure clutter (things that I have to finish for the grocery day!). 

Next is a close up of the arches in the shop. I've decorated them with some sheep (coming from a nativity scene package) and some shells (which I picked at the sea ages ago). 

From the pic here below you can clearly see the clutter on the terrace, ermmm....just pretend it's not there, ok?!

And finally a close up of the shelf I made myself for the shop. Now all I have to do is make LOADS of grocery items so that I can stock up this shop!

I apologize for the right mess in this shop, but at least you can see some work in progress ;)

I hope you'll all have a lovely week ahead!


martedì 5 febbraio 2013

Cozy slippers

Recently the weather outside has been so uninviting that I've felt like spending cozy nights in, wrapped up in my warmest and softest blankets, with my feet being all nice and comfy in my slippers ;) 
So...inspired by the season, I've made a few pairs of miniature slippers, all lined with fur! Which pair do you prefer? Confetti pink for the most romantic of you, or pale blue for the sporty one? Or how about some more traditional colours? ;)
A good and warm day to you all!


martedì 29 gennaio 2013


The best thing about building a shopping centre is that you don't have to stick to one shop at a time. 
For someone like me with thousands of plans, this is ideal. I can make something totally different from one day to the other. For later than Sunday I was busy finishing off a patisserie counter and tables; now I'm taking a break from that, and I'm moving onto the florist' shop! This is my first attempt at lavender and at aging pots too. I'm sure that the technique can be improved, but I'm quite happy with the results for the time being, and I need to move on to other parts of the shopping centre! Aren't you just curious to see on which shop I'll be working next?! 'Cause I am, and I'm waiting for my next strike of inspiration tomorrow!
Last but not least, a sincere thank you for the lovely comments on my previous post and for the warm welcome backs!!!
Hugs :)

domenica 27 gennaio 2013

A lot to be done!

A warm hello to all my readers which have been kind enough to wait for such a long time for a new post from me! I'm such a bad blogger...But the breaking of my camera didn't help either! 
I'm sure someone out there might be wondering what are the progresses of my shopping mall, so I thought I'd share with you the latest pics :)

I'll start off today from the patisserie.
So here's a closeup of the main counter which I built and decorated myself. The front panel is actually a dollhouse door which I found about 10 years ago amongst theatre broken props. Yes, the front panel has actually had the honor of staging in the Annie musical!
On the counter there's loads of mini bottles which I found in a Chinese local shop. I'm just not sure about the should I substitute them???? I don't like them at the moment, so any ideas are welcomed!

Here's a view of the entire patisserie..

A close up of the entrance door, with a handmade faux marble column (column made out of an empty thread spool).

And finally I've made 6 of these tables. I still have to put some tablecloths over them, and build the chairs, but so far so good. There is progress in the patisserie!

I hope you've liked my mini tour :)