Christmas Goodies in Miniature

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The holidays are coming up fast and I wanted to get a jump start on my baking this year.

Have you ever bought one of those Italian imported panettone fruit breads and wondered what to do with it? Apparently there is no end to what you can do with them. They make a wonderful base for a bread pudding I found out (swirled with fig jam throughout….yummm!). I hear they also make lovely french toast and also a fancy liquored-up trifle. Some eat them as they come, with a bit of butter.

My miniature one is lovely just as is. I paired it with Italian ricotta cookies…which I will make ‘for real’ this Christmas! I made the serving board from bass wood and painted it white with accents of gold. The cake stand is a painted button attached to a jewlery bead cup.

The tree I formed from sculpey and used soft silver and white pearl embossing powders.

 

 

Then I made a traditional fruitcake with hard sauce. It’s also 1/12th scale and made from polymer clay. Fruitcake gets such a bad rap from most people! Didn’t Johnny Carson once joke there was only one fruitcake in the whole world, but everyone keeps trying to re-gift it?

I have always enjoyed a thin slice of the dark fruitcake with a cup of tea. Even if it’s not to one’s taste perhaps we can agree that it ‘looks’ pretty?

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For children, I made near-life-size cookies (just right for little hands) with holiday red & green sprinkles.

Not for eating of course. These would do nicely for a holiday tea party with the teddies!

If left out to trick Santa on Christmas eve, I do hope he has a good dental plan.

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I hope you have as much fun with your Christmas baking!

Tempting treats to break a tooth on (or my unusually productive day)

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I really don’t know what got into me. I must have been inspired by something. Because today I made some sweets…lots and lots of sweets….

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Blueberry and strawberry desserts….

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And a flaky, buttery cookie with sprinkles…..(I had to try out my bright sprinkles)

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And finally, cupcakes in 1:6 scale….

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I did manage to get one healthy choice in…a tiny lonely pear! But I must say I was pleased with how it turned out…and darn if that simple little pear isn’t one of the cutest things I have turned out!

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The pear was quite therapeutic to make. Especially after the more complex pieces I made today.

The only tools needed, save one ball tool and a needle to act as a skewer , was my fingers. Some simple squishing and moulding got the shape to where I wanted it. Then, it was just about layering colours.

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This would be a great beginner project with polymer or air dry clays. By adding a pretty leaf, it would make a nice necklace or brooch. There is something so simply beautiful about pears. I guess that is why they are painted so often.

BBQ Ribs & Baked Potato for 18 Inch Dolls

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I made these today as I thought about BBQs getting fired up soon. It occurred to me that little girls should have some BBQ food for their dolls too.

And if the dolls should have food, why not make it realistic? There are lots of plastic mass produced doll food in the big box stores…but handmade with love is so much nicer!

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I swear I could smell the BBQ sauce after this was done curing!

 

Cookies in Clay (a recipe)

 

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Chocolate chip cookies have to be one of my favourite foods to shrink down. They aren’t exactly easy, as there are several stages of texturing and shading, but call me crazy, it’s almost therapeutic.

To achieve realism -if that is the look you are going for- it’s all about the texturing and shading. I start with a big lump of conditioned beige polymer clay with a bit of translucent clay mixed in. About 1 part translucent to 3 parts beige.

I begin rolling out a bunch of balls, close to the same size. I flatten them all with my thumbs, pulling down on the edges, to leave the center slightly higher. Cookies have lots of divots and valleys, so I create those with an xacto knife and needle tool. Next, I use a tooth brush and small ball tool to finely roughen and dimple the surface.

Next I poke in tiny chocolate chips, which I make and prebake ahead of time. Then I shade with soft pastels – mainly an all over yellow ochre, followed by a reddish brown on the edges and raised bits.  I bake and then I used gloss sealer dabbed on the chips. I use matte sealer on the cookie because that is crucial for achieving realism.

These cookies are the perfect size for 18 inch dolls like American Girl, and I will be adding them to my shop. Hopefully they will find a place at a little girl’s doll table one day. They would be perfect for a tea party!

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