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tiny things tuesday

Let’s talk about how tiny things are so much more awesome than anything else in the world. Why are tiny things so funny and cute? I’m not sure if it’s just me, and it’s definitely rubbing off on my kids now too. Together we ohh and ahh, squeal in silly voices at just about anything that is scaled down to a tiny size. It’s ridiculous and I don’t care. Tiny and detailed object are even better.
Here’s a sampling of my favorite tiny things at the moment:
mouse in sweater
This traveler mouse by Johana, available on Etsy, is absurdly tiny. Take a look at her other critters too- some wearing glasses, sweaters, carrying books…

felt bear necklacePeace felt warrior necklace also on Etsy by catrabbitplush. The beauty is in the clever details and the size- about 6 cm by 6 cm.

Made by the talented Alice Mary Lynch, a commissioned piece titled ‘the firebird’ wears a skirt made from a traditional Russian vintage costume, red tulle petticoat, embroidered socks, plaited golden hair and vintage feather brooch with multi-coloured stones. Very impressive work.

small character dolls
I’ve been following Jess Quinn’s blog for awhile now, she also has an Etsy shop. I’m so inspired with her mad/rad art, sewing and creative skills. I wish I lived in England so I could attend one of the shows where she sells her dolls and be starstruck.

crocheted cactus
These little cacti are reason enough to learn how to crochet. Who wouldn’t want one of these as a gift!? The pattern is available at Little Things Blogged if you’d like to give it a try. I will be attempting to make these very soon.

felt cat with purse
I think it’s the somewhat mournful gaze- not to mention the accessories- that got me on this fat cat. I don’t have any details though, the website is all in Russian.

So, go ahead and adore all that’s tiny on this terrific tiny Tuesday!

tutorial: felt heart magnets

sequined felt heat magnetsFor Valentine’s Day or any day you want to share some love!

You will need:
Various colors of felt, use up small scraps if you have them.
Glue gun

felt scrapsStart with a bag of various colored scraps of felt or purchase squares of felt, in colors you love from your local fabric or craft store.

cutting felt hearts As I cut up hearts, I found it was easier to cut out the smallest heart first then use it as a guide when cutting the other colors of felt to go behind it.

felt heartsAfter about an hour or so of cutting, I had used up lots of tiny scraps of felt and had quite a few heart stacks. Experiment with various color combinations.

sewing on sequinsYou can glue on the sequins but I think it’s a lot easier to sew them on- less messy glue gun web and burned fingers but, if you’re skilled with the hot glue gun it’s definitely an option here. When stacking sequins, use a bead at the top to hold all the sequins in place. Bring the needle up through the sequins and bead then past the bead and back through the sequins and felt.

On a few of the hearts, I tacked down the edges with a thread or embroidery floss whip stitch. I like the embroidered look but couldn’t help still adding a little sparkle every time.

make felt magnetsMagnets (like the one’s pictured here) can be purchased at craft store (maybe even hardware stores too) in various sizes and strengths. Make sure you get the strongest magnets, nobody like precious papers and pictures falling off the fridge when you breeze past.

sequined felt magnetsThe sky’s the limit on design, experiment with colors, beads, and shape of sequins. You could even use buttons.

stacked felt heartsFor a equally charming, simpler look, leave off the sequins and just hot glue or sew the felt into place.

Good luck and enjoy!

dollhouse birthday party project

tiny dollhouseThis project could be adapted for many different age groups, boys or girls,  and made as simple or complicated as you like. Remember, sometimes letting the partygoers ‘make it up’ from the supplies on hand is a creatively simple option!

Hint: in this case a little bit of pre-party prep to make things run smoothly and you’ve got yourself an unforgettable event. How to prepare:

I used this party craft for a group of 7-10 year olds, and it worked wonderfully. They were engaged as long as you’d let them create. Some music playing and an organized grouping of supplies and they’d cut and glue for hours.
The wooden people shapes are from Michaels craft store, but can be found at just about any other craft store.

We made tables and chairs from different sized wooden spools and flat round wooden disks (all can be purchased in bags of 10 or so at the craft store). We pre-glued the tables and chairs together, then pre-painted the people and the furniture with acrylic craft paint.

**Pre-painting made things run much more smoothly at the party and entirely avoided the issue of paint messes.

We got a little crazy painting the hair and faces. Two-toned hair added a some dimension (and silliness). I put a clear coat of glossy Modge Podge over the people to set the paint, they looked very chalky without the top coat. The tables and chairs also got a top coat, with some glitter mixed in.

I searched many craft stores trying to find affordable “dollhouses”. Originally, I wanted to use the paperboard tiny suitcases that open up flat and make a perfect dolly space. They were way too expensive at $6.99 each to purchase for each guest. I found a round metal lunch box for $3 each at a craft outlet- still too expensive and when the door was left open it didn’t sit flat on the table anyway. Finally, I found these recipe boxes at Michael’s in the dollar section, (they actually ended up being .50 cents each at the register) not perfectly perfect (a bit too short/narrow- the recipe box would work better if the bed foam was thinner, like 1/2″ thick)- but the perfect price for buying a dozen or so.

Luckily, I have loads of craft supplies stashed, I have this habit of saving every single scrap of rick rack, lace and fabric no matter how short… and it finally paid off.
The bed is made from 1″ thick foam, the pillows from smaller piece of foam. The foam could really be any thickness (under an inch or so.) The girls chose the bedding from flannel fabric scraps ( from previous projects made over the years) and, with help, they hot glued the fabric over the foam to finish the beds and pillows.
We used hot glue to attach all the accessories to the dolls. The girls chose all of the ‘flair’ for their dolls, and came up with some great ideas-  the flowers in the hair (made from a sheet of gem stickers- scrapbook supplies) and rick rack headbands.

I found the cocktail umbrellas amid my party supplies and threw them in, they ended up being the perfect size for the tiny house. We painted the extra spools and they glued in tiny silk flowers then used the ‘flower pot’ as an umbrella stand.

We left out a stack of scrapbook paper and stickers to make flooring, and occasionally wallpaper to the dollhouses. They used the stickers to cover the words “Recipes” on the outside of the boxes and decorate the walls inside.
The party guests (and my own kids) loved making their dollhouse and had so much fun. After the party was over my kids played with their dollhouses for hours more, making sofas (with foam and fabric) and laptops and deck chairs with various sized square wood pieces we had used for some of the tables.

Variations: Craft paint for decorating the ‘house’, also cut up magazines or hand drawn pictures to decorate the walls. Paint the wooden figurines as boys and include wooden cars, trains or planes to be painted (previously or at the party) or a recipe box house with ‘boyish’ decor. My boys loved making this project just as much as the ladies. Craft doesn’t discriminate.

Here’s an example of the paperboard suitcase kit (mentioned earlier)in a more elaborate set-up, a entire wooden family, scrapbook papers and accessories for a more boyish or unisex version and add-ons like a clothes line, picture frame, mirror for the wall, beds for the kids:

wooden people family accessories for dollhouse tiny suitcase dollhouse boyish scrapbook papers paperboard suitcase
Customize you dolls with faces and outfits… recognize the Obama family in their first Inauguration Day outfits?
Obama family wooden dolls