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It’s not too late to spread some love!

It’s not too late to spread some love!

 Valentines day may have come and gone but I was asked to create a chocolate cake covered in chocolates and one spelling out ‘LOVE’ for a lady who was creating a romantic dinner scene. I can’t wait to see this scene and Lisa has promised to send me some photographs once the scene is complete so keep an eye on my blog.

 Because I love making mini cakes and tend to get carried away I created a few additional cakes! They are now added to my Etsy store small portions

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Fairs 2014

I have signed up to the following fairs this year; they are all based in West Yorkshire so apologies if you want to come along to fair but aren’t in the area. 

28 March 2014 – Craft Fair (Cleckheaton – Location TBC)

26 April 2014 – Pudsey Dolls House Fair

24 May 2014 – Craft Fair – Morley Town Hall

8  November 2014 – Craft Fair – Morley Town Hall

January Blues!

Cottage Loaf Tutorial

Making loaves of bread was the first thing I ever attempted when I started making miniature food. It’s one of the easiest things to make and by using everyday items you can make them look really realistic. This tutorial will teach you how to make a Cottage Loaf for display in your house, bakery or shop.

You will need:
Any brand of beige colour polymer clay
Ocre and/or a shade of brown soft pastel
A clean toothbrush (I bought a value one from Morrisons for 18p for this very purpose)
A cocktail stick
A small paintbrush

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First you need a small amount of beige colour polymer clay, if you haven’t used polymer clay before you firstly need to make sure you have clean hands, then you need to knead the clay in order to warm the clay and get the right working properties.

One the clay is warm roll two balls of clay, one bigger than the other, see the pictures if unsure of sizing.

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All you have to do at this point is squash one ball down on top of the other. I never worry about getting the ball on top central as the more lopsided the loaf the more homemade or rustic it looks.

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Now that you’ve completed your loaf, to give it more of rustic look gently press down on the clay with the toothbrush bristles to give the loaf a textured look.

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At this point I add colour to the loaf using the paintbrush (or cheap make up brush in my case) to gently brush pastel onto the loaf.

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Finally use the cocktail stick to create a hole in the top of the loaf.

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Your masterpiece is now ready to be baked, follow the instructions on whichever brand of polymer clay you decide to use and please be careful, polymer clay gets very hot and I’ve burnt myself on several occasions.

Voila! A handmade cottage loaf!

My top tips for using polymer clay!

Top Tips when using Polymer Clay!
Don’t wear a jumper with loose fibres, they will work their way into the clay.
Always have a clean work surface
Don’t be tempted the use nail polish to varnish your creations, in time it becomes sticky.

 

Charity Auction – dolls house food

I got a bit carried away today making Christmas goodies and have decided to auction some items for charity. Although I don’t generally sell on ebay, I am a big fan of ebay charity and over the next few weeks I shall be listing a few items (probably on a Sunday night) where 100% of the selling price will be donated to a chosen charity.

It’s really difficult to choose a charity as there are so many worthwhile ones and so many of them need help raising funds. I have chosen Tia Greyhound and Lurcher rescue. The reason behind my decision to support this charity is they are local to me and my family adopted Tilly, one of our family pets, from Tia.

About Tia:
Tia Greyhound & Lurcher Rescue is situated in Cragg Vale, West Yorkshire, and is an independent charity that has been dedicated to rescuing & rehoming abandoned, abused and mistreated ex-racing greyhounds & lurchers since 1997.

Links to auctions if you would like to bid:
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=370945807362
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/370945809381?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/370945810311?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

Christmas Table!

Christmas Angels

There are only 66 days left until Christmas, or 9 weeks and 3 days depending how you look at it, either way not very long to get organised!

One thing I wanted to do this year was make some new decorations so I made sure I started early. November and December I get so busy with craft fairs that I generally run out of time. This year I have created a selection of Christmas Angels for tree decoration; they all look slightly different and are available in different colours. I have to admit, I have kept a couple back for myself as I couldn’t bear to part with them!

I will be running a competition to win one of these lovelies so keep an eye on my blog for more details. These are also available to buy from my etsy store. https://www.etsy.com/shop/smallportionsgifts?section_id=14351541