This past weekend I attended a workshop at Freedom Miniatures, in Kentville, Nova Scotia. This is a newly opened bricks and mortar shop -the ONLY one in Atlantic Canada – which is a combined studio and retail space for miniature enthusiasts. This was the first workshop offered by the owner, Shelley Acker, and I was thrilled to attend!
When we arrived we had a neat stack of wood, cardboard, cork base, and various bits and trims to make a lit fireplace scene. The theme was a Christmas one, but you could do it in whatever style you wanted. Ultimately, I chose a fun contemporary one.
Along with our kit, in a bag of various decorations, Shelley included 2 wooden Santas that she had made herself. They are fabulous and dainty little things and they reminded me of wooden folk art figures. So, at first I was thinking I would do ‘folk art’ style. I began looking for a folksy winter painting for above my mantle. That’s when I came across this cute sign with a wagon hauling a Christmas tree and I knew I had to change my direction. We had an ugly wooden paneled wagon when I was a kid ( which I have fond memories of)…and so, my direction changed to more of a child’s anticipation – that night before the big day when the air is charged with magic!
I made the tree last year from lycopodium (A.K.A princess pine). It makes wonderfully realistic miniature trees and wreaths. Everything was attached with tacky glue. It’s easier than you may think. I just love the green, red, and white Styrofoam balls which also came with our kit. I centered my colour scheme around them.
My favourite part – which actually is tied with Shelley’s Santas – is the tray filled with goodies. Partly because a nice fellow miniaturist gifted me with trays to use with the mini foods that I make. Miniaturists have hearts of gold! So these gifts helped make this piece so special to me. The goodie tray is filled with milk and cookies, letters to Santa, a candy cane -and lollipops.
The lollipops were made from a mold that I purchased from Stewart Dollhouse on Etsy. I highly recommend that mold. It comes like a kit with fine white wire and a bit of coloured translucent clay to make several lollies. And they come out perfectly!
Santa has a serious sweet tooth like me. This little kid went all out. Perhaps it is a bit of a bribe?
The rug is made from red cotton duck, from samples that Shelley provided. I made use of a new stamp kit I bought, and mixed Martha Stewart’s fabric medium with paint to make the snowflake design.
The candle stand on the mantle, was made from a costume ring I had, which I straightened out and painted black. The candle I made from a mix of green and translucent polymer clay, which I inserted a fine wire for the wick.
The final touches were cards that I found online, which I strung together. Luckily, the little train and tricycle I had in my collection already.
I can feel the anticipation of waiting for Christmas morning when I look at it, can you? In case this is my last post of 2018, “Have yourself a merry little Christmas!”