Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Dollhouse Miniature Christmas, Trees & Decorations: MiniChristmas.com

Dollhouse Miniature Christmas, Trees & Decorations: MiniChristmas.com A wonderful website for the holidays in miniature. 1:12 scale minis, maybe found a bit to late for this holiday season but certainly never to late to get a head start on next years holiday seasons and miniature dollhouses and projects.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Credit cards lose their stand to PayPal

Internet-based payment services are gaining in popularity, capitalizing on the fear of identity theft and payment fraud with internet shoppers. Article By Andrea Herrera Playing the part of payment collector is eBay's PayPal. Companies like Gateway and Dell who typically lets customers purchase computers with their Visa or MasterCard credit cards. But with this new service, all payments go through a PayPal account. "People are always seeking ways and means of using different payment options, especially when making purchases online. Looking at this one in particular opened up a lot of opportunities," as was said by Dell's own marketing director David Clifton. An easier way to pay PayPal's payment service is more than likely to show up on a lot of unexpected and unusual web sites this holiday season. In mid-November, tools were released by PayPal that allow online shoppers to use its service nearly everywhere online, even in situations in which the online merchant does not accept PayPal. Internet shoppers can now download a tool bar that will allow them use of a temporary MasterCard number when making their transaction(s). Payments are then withdrawn from the user's PayPal-linked credit card or bank account. Payment is then processed through PayPal and the merchant never sees the buyers original account details. The system is designed to guard against identity theft and credit card fraud. Senior director of financial products at ebay, Chris George says, "PayPal is the safest way to pay online because we don't share your financial information".

Friday, December 14, 2007

Polymeri Online - Blogged Me!!!

I just received this message from a member from in one of the groups I am in. I am in shock about it but I and am so very happy to. Check it out. Hi Andrea,congratulations for being blogged on Polymeri Online!In case you did not see it yet:http://polymerionline.blogspot.com/2007/12/polymeri-online-131207.html Mini Clayful ~Hugs~ Andrea "Cre8" Cre8tor of Tiny Crafts - http://www.tinycrafts.com/ Friend and Moderator - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Air-Dry-Clay & http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PCAWW/ Check Out My Lens http://www.squidoo.com/tinycrafts/

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Happy Holidays to All

  ~Tiny Hugs~ from Andrea "Cre8"
www.tinycrafts.com "Tiny Name but BIG on Crafts, Miniatures, Polymer Clay , Web Photography & More"

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

CBS Sunday showAbout Miniatures WONDERFUL!!!

CBS Sunday Morning show on Minatures


I did a search and found it on the internet. Great report! About 6
minutes and worth the time.

~Tiny Hugs~ from Andrea "Cre8"
www.tinycrafts.com "Tiny Name but BIG on Crafts, Miniatures, Polymer Clay , Web Photography & More"




Sunday, December 2, 2007

Some of my Minis - Check them out!

Some of my miniatures to share

One image of the table with chair is how I have it set up now in my new dollhouse. There are letters in their envelopes with stamps ready to be sent, a show box with a pair of sneakers in there complete with tissue paper, and there is a book, booklet, vase with a single real dried flower, a pair of leather gloves and my favorite fly swatter. I have a Chanukah menorah I was born into the religion but I am a natural witch, however out of respect I have some things like a Dreidel so tiny I could not find it, the menorah and box of candles, there are tiny candles in there but for some reason you can not see them in any of the images I took of it. If your wondering the menorah was made from Shrinky dink material and then seed beads for feet and each tiny candle holder. Ice cream pop, and all foods you see other than the platter which is a miniature metal platter I got from somewhere were made from clay.





Please click on each thumbnail image or links to see the bigger images and

up close version of these tiny things. All are 1:12 scale (1"inch = 1' Foot) miniatures

Hope you like.

~Tiny Hugs~ from Andrea "Cre8"
www.tinycrafts.com "Tiny Name but BIG on Crafts, Miniatures, Polymer Clay , Web Photography & More"



Friday, November 30, 2007

Standard Homemade Clay Recipes

Standard Homemade Clay Recipes
You've probably used a form of one or more of these age-old homemade clays in the past. If you use one, it will save you some money...can't beat that!!

Cold Porcelain Clay

1.  Combine in a non-stick pot*:

  • 1 cup polyvinyl acetate glue such as Elmer’s Glue All
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons baby oil or pharmacy quality mineral oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (lemon or lime juice is a great emulsifier)

2.  Cook on low heat, stirring constantly for approximately 10 minutes. If done, dough will come away from the sides of the pot.

3.  Remove from heat and allow to cool.

4.  Knead until it has a smooth, clay consistency.

5.  Seal in a container or seal-top bag and store in a cool, dark place like the refrigerator.

6.  Tempera paint powder may be used for coloring the dough. Most users actually paint the modeled item after it has dried.
*Use a heat diffuser under the pot or use a double boiler. I use a smaller pot in a larger pot filled 1/3 of the way with hot water as my double-boiler.


Salt Clay (Victorian Version) 

1.  Mix in a non-stick pan*:

  • 2 cups salt
  • 2/3 cups water

2.  Stir constantly over a low flame heat for about 4 minutes (do not boil). Remove from heat.

3.  Quickly mix in another container:

  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • ½ cup cold water

4.  Add the cornstarch mixture to the heated mixture. If combined ingredients do not make a thick paste, place pan back on low heat and stir for about a minute until dough-like.

5.  Place dough on flat surface and knead dough until it is smooth and pliable.

6.  Place in an air-tight container in cool dark place like the refrigerator.

7.  It may take up to 2 days for a modeled object to dry at room temperature. For quicker results, preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and then turn the oven off. Place the modeled item in the oven, preferably on a wire rack, and leave inside until the oven has cooled off. I wouldn't advise putting the paper gingerbread house core in the oven though.

8.  Dried items can be gently sanded with a fine grit sandpaper.
*Use a heat diffuser under the pot or use a double boiler. I use a smaller pot in a larger pot filled 1/3 of the way with hot water as my double-boiler.

Homemade Play-Doh

1.  Mix in a large bowl:

  • 1 cup of salt
  • 1 cup of flour

2.  Slowly add the following:

  • 1 cup of water (stop adding if consistency is good)

3.  To preserve the clay add the following:

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 6 teaspoons alum

4.  Continue to mix, then knead the dough until it is smooth and elastic without being sticky.

5.  You may color with food coloring.

6.  Store in cool dark place in a sealed container.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

£1,500 Victorian doll's house for sale in estate agent's window | the Daily Mail

£1,500 Victorian doll's house for sale in estate agent's window miniature house collector was getting so overcrowded at home she was forced to put one of them on the market - at an estate agents. Prospective buyers were fooled by pictures of the stunning detached Victorian townhouse on display in the window of R House estate agents in Torpoint, Cornwall - thinking it is a full sized house. It is being marketed as a bargain at just £1,500 being within the reach of any first-time buyer with no stamp duty or solicitor fees, no HIP, a survey - and no chain. Scroll down for more... Read the full artical with images here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=494974&in_page_id=1770 ~hugs~ Cre8

Friday, November 2, 2007

Real or Miniature? You be the judge

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Daniel McPharlin - Design & Illustration http://www.danmcpharlin.tz4.com/ Pocket Synthesizers, Electronic Analog Ensembles, Modular Marimbas to Hexatrons. All Hand-made cardboard models. If I did not see them with my own eyes I would not ever have believed it had anyone ever told me about them. They are truly just amazingly done. These tiny handmade cardboard miniatures of old analog audio equipment by Daniel McPharlin have to be the cutest things I’ve seen in a long time. The fine details of these vintage machines that he has recreated into miniatures exhibit an amazing craftsmanship. According to Dan they are “an interesting experiment to render hi tech objects in a low tech medium such as paper or cardboard.” Check out the rest of Daniel’s miniature on his flickr set.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Celebrating Our 35th Year With NAME

Only Through Sharing can We Really Enjoy Our Treasures
National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts
Celebrates 35 Years of Miniatures
This blog belongs to Region E-3 Florida member Andrea Herrera AKA Cre8
and region M-1 New York member Pearl Vivies AKA Mini Diva
The Miniature Gazette was established in 1972
This semimonthly publication is distributed to the supporting members of NAME. It alone is worth the cost of membership. The materials published in it is contributed by individuals for the reading enjoyment of NAME members. Chock full of articles, projects, photos and reports related to miniature activities.
Classified Advertising in NAME's Miniature Gazette
Weather or not your a member of NAME or would just like to advertise your miniature related Internet or brick & mortar store front do it in the Miniature Gazette for only 65 Cents per word, and for $25 you can add a logo, photo or artwork.
Interested in Advertising in the next issue?
Send request to:
Dorthy Hansen, Gazette editor
PO Box 1285
Monroe, WA 98272-4285
Now days with all the miniature related websites and auction sites there seem to be less real stores to walk into as well as less visitors showing up to shop the miniature shows.
Many people think they are saving on taxes when in all actuality they are spending more on shipping and handling as well as taking big chances making purchases they can not see the real quality of online as they possibly could if seen in person.
If we wish to keep the hobby of collecting and or even creating dollhouse miniatures alive and well we need to make purchases where ever we are able to. Not just to those shops who have a website and sell only online or on auction sites like Ebay, but have you ever given any thought to calling up a brick & mortar shop that does not have a website and asking them if they will sell and ship to you? I bet if you tried they will.
International Dollhouse & Miniatures Month
Do you know of a Brick & Mortar Shop for purchasing Miniatures and or Dollhouse Hobby related items that is worthy of mention from our blog here?
At no cost to you, just comment to this post letting us know who they are, where they are and what they do, sell, teach etc... You might just be selected to have your mentioned store featured here in our blog. All mentions will be linked or advertised for free. Its just our way of helping to keep the hobby alive and hopefully we can infect some others to open new shops in areas around the globe.
Well it has been my pleasure writing to you this first of many more posts to come. Please bookmark our blog and come back to see what myself, "Mini Diva" Pearl or one of the other guest divas we may have collaberate here may talk about next.