I wrote the post on Wednesday and took the photos this morning, so I’m leaving it called Wee Wednesday, besides it’s still Wednesday in some parts of the world right?

Usually I work on things over the weekend as I rarely am up late enough during the week to do much.  Last weekend I was quite busy (in a good way though), at the end of it we had a new chesterfield, a new buffet in the dining room and a new tv-unit.  All of these were second hand buys but they look great and we are very happy with them.

I have done some other mini things I haven’t actually shown yet, so I will do that here.  I spent one afternoon a while back rifling through my beads to make the ubiquitous bead bottles of perfumes and bathroom products.  Here are some of the final results.  Obviously not all of them will end up in Little Top Cottage, but it was fun to play around.

Miniature Perfume or Bathroom Bottles Made from Beads and Findings

Miniature Perfume or Bathroom Bottles Made from Beads and Findings

I haven’t gotten around to printing labels to add to these yet. And don’t you just love how taking close up photos makes every little wonky nuance looke like the biggest mess ever?

Miniature Perfume or Bathroom Bottles Made from Beads and Findings

Miniature Perfume or Bathroom Bottles Made from Beads and Findings

I also made a few hat boxes out of the inside of a paper towel roll cut into sections and some paper and trim.  I’m not really impressed with any of them but I am showing you for completeness. (See sometimes these turn out bad!  I mean as opposed to all the beautiful ones everyone other than me can make and post on their blogs 🙁 )

Miniature Hat Boxes Made from Paper Towel Insert Cut to Size, Scrapbooking Paper and Trims

Miniature Hat Boxes Made from Paper Towel Insert Cut to Size, Scrapbooking Paper and Trims

These were semi succesful in that I know the next attempt will be fine, but this one was a stuff up.  I know there are a lot of versions of this technique. I came across it for the first time on Bricolages and Compagnie (according to translator – Craft and Company) . In the instructions embossing powder is used.  I went hunting locally (I was being impatient) and didn’t find exactly what I was looking for but did order some from the local scrapbooking store.  While I was there though I spoke to the owner about what I wanted to do and she suggested both Glossy Accents and Dimensional Magic as alternative products that would do the same thing.  I grabbed a tiny bottle of Glossy Accents and had a play.  It worked as I wanted it to but because I only added it to the printed paper, when it dried the edges curled and when I flattened them they cracked.

Failed Attempt at Miniature Enamelled Plaques using Glossy Accents

Failed Attempt at Miniature Enamelled Plaques using Glossy Accents

So I am going to try this again (I now have Dimensional Magic) and will stick the printed graphics onto cardstock first before adding it to prevent the curling.  This is going to be a triptych above a bench which will be part of a vignette against the return stair case.  If it doesn’t work well there I will think about it above the sofa in the lounge.

Recently at the Adelaide Quilt and Craft Show, I snagged some 32cnt Linen and have not touched it yet. I find hand sewing quite therapeutic and found this adorable circus elephant cross stich design that I think would be great for the circus theme. I also saw a calculator on About.com that calculates the size of the cross stitch given the stitch count and the thread count of the fabric.  I just worked it out and it’s a bit bigger than anticipated.  4.2cm by 5.5cm is the calculated size which would equate to 50cm by 66cm in one to one scale.   Actually that isn’t too bad, maybe it could be a large decorative cushion for the bed?

The Free Cross Stritch Pattern for Elle the Elephant Designed by Lula Chang

The Free Cross Stritch Pattern for Elle the Elephant Designed by Lula Chang

It will be my first soiree into miniature needlework so let’s see how that goes.  I would change the colour way here since I think it’s too dark to work with the colours that will be present in the house.