Saturday, February 11, 2017

I've Discovered Clay!!

Hello, Dear Ones! Well, guess what? I've discovered clay - air dry clay and polymer clay. I've been looking at all of the cutest little polymer clay things for mini houses on Pinterest. That place can really get you into trouble. Well, I went and bought some air dry clay from Hobby Lobby and just looked at the clay for a couple of months thinking maybe today I'll try to make something. Well, I'm not getting any younger so I thought I'd just jump in and go to town. I have to tell you - I've gone crazy! Really, crazy! Like, cray cray!
 Look at all of the little tiny things I've made! I've had so much fun. Now my little things are certainly not perfect but it's okay because I'm just learning. There are all kinds of tutorials on Pinterest and I really appreciate all of the gifted folks so willing to share how to make things.
Well, sometimes I think I'm a smarty pants so I tried my most dainty fingers at making some plates. They didn't turn out too well. They are wonky and wavy but I sanded the edges a little bit and painted them so they'll do. I used the polymer clay for these. You make your design and then it's baked in a 275' oven for about 20 minutes.
 Well, I decided next to try the air dry clay and wanted to try my hand at making a swan to use as a decoration in my mini house. I just made this up in my head, well, I had a picture to look at. The air dry clay is kinda sticky but I carried on with my swan, let it dry for a day and then painted her up! I was pleased at how she turned out! I was on a roll.
 I collect Staffordshire dogs so I thought I would try to make a pair for my dollhouse. I did order a little pair for Christmas and I thought, pftt, I can make some dogs. I used the air dry clay for these too and just made them up as I went along looking at my dogs. They aren't completely twins but that's okay. I like how they turned out too. The air dry clay looks like wet cardboard even though it's color is supposed to be white. I thought when they dried they would be white but no no, Nannette, they were still the gray color so everything has to be painted, of course. Now these are really very tiny! Maybe an inch high. Do you think they're cute? One little dog is chilled out and the other is sitting tall and very alert!



Then I grabbed a sample pack of polymer clay that had all kinds of colors! This is the way to go as you just grab the color you want. So...I decided to make fruit!
 Look at my bananas! Aren't they darling? Now don't you look at my wrinkly fingers. They're kinda old and are always busy so lots of washing goes on. Anyway, I used a tutorial I found on Pinterest to make my bananas. I learned to use chalk for the shading and how clever that is! I already had chalk I used to use when I was scrap booking and it seemed to work just fine!
 On with the fruit. As you can see I made grapes, apples, lemons, limes and peaches! They are just so tiny! The peaches and apples were a tutorial and the others I just made because they are basically little balls of clay with a little pulling and poking. You can see I tried to make some bowls. Now they didn't turn out very well either, but heck, I slapped some paint on them and they'll do for now.
 Then, then, then...I saw a tutorial for making a Christmas turkey and knew I had to try it! Oh, my Lord! This was so easy and I think it turned out so cute and it's sitting on some lettuce too! The shading really makes a big difference. I made a pan of biscuits and little little stick of butter(sitting on one of my little wobbly plates). I guess I should have made some veggies to complete our meal. Oh, well, tomorrow is another day!
 See how little this is?


So since we had an entree we needed some sweets so I went to town making some.
 I made some special cookies with a tutorial, aren't they cute? See the little heart cookies with jam in the center( it's just red paint) and they are sprinkled with pretend powdered sugar (white chalk). I lined my baking dish with some cute little scrap book paper. Do you know what my baking pan is? Guess! Give up? Eye shadow holders! I saw that somewhere on Pinterest. I had kept some eye shadows that I really didn't use any more and I just took the eye shadow out of the little tins, popped out the tins and cleaned them up and now I have lots of little baking tins to use. I'm glad so many folks are so smart!
 Then I made cinnamon rolls, a chocolate cake with a cherry on top, little donuts and chocolate cupcakes with pink frosting.
 Then I saw a very pretty little decorated cake on Pinterest and I think you could buy it for $25 so I tried to copy it. Is that legal? Well, mine is certainly not as pretty as my inspiration but it's kinda cute too! It's two layers - the bottom layer is pink and the top layer is a lighter pink. Then I make little leaves and roses and some round bon bons to encircle the bottom.
 Oh, with all of that baking I  had to have some rolling pins so I took a little wooden stick and sawed it into three pieces and then I made some little handles from polymer clay, baked them and glued them on. They aren't really very good looking as I think little beads would have looked better, but heck, it's all good! :)
 So I gathered all of my handy work for you to see! I guess you've figured it out what a blast I'm having living in mini-ville. Shoot! Do I really need to wash clothes and cook dinner?
Thank you all for letting me share my new little hobby with you. I wonder if I'll keep this up or I'll be doing something else next month? Only time will tell, but for now...all I can say is fun, fun, fun!
Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Fun, Fun, Fun

Well she got her daddy's car
And she's cruisin' through the hamburger stand now
Seems she forgot all about the library
Like she told her old man now
And with the radio blasting
Goes cruising just as fast as she can now

And she'll have fun fun fun
'Til her daddy takes the T-Bird away
(Fun fun fun 'til her daddy takes the T-Bird away)

Well the girls can't stand her
'Cause she walks looks and drives like an ace now
(You walk like an ace now you walk like an ace)
She makes the Indy 500 look like a Roman chariot race now
(You look like an ace now you look like an ace)
A lotta guys try to catch her
But she leads them on a wild goose chase now
(You drive like an ace now you drive like an ace)

And she'll have fun fun fun
'Til her daddy takes the T-Bird away
(Fun fun fun 'til her daddy takes the T-Bird away)

Well you knew all along
That your dad was gettin' wise to you now
(You shouldn't have lied now you shouldn't have lied)
And since he took your set of keys
You've been thinking that your fun is all through now
(You shouldn't have lied now you shouldn't have lied)

But you can come along with me
'Cause we gotta a lot of things to do now
(You shouldn't have lied now you shouldn't have lied)

And we'll have fun fun fun now that daddy took the T-Bird away
(Fun fun fun now that daddy took the T-Bird away)
And we'll have fun fun fun now that daddy took the T-Bird away
(Fun fun fun now that daddy took the T-Bird away)
(fun fun now that daddy took the T-Bird away)
(fun fun now that daddy took the T-Bird away)
(fun fun now that daddy took the T-Bird away)
(fun fun now that daddy took the T-Bird away)
(fun fun now that daddy took the T-Bird away)
(fun fun now that daddy took the T-Bird away)  
~ sung by The Beach Boys

27 comments:

  1. OH MY GOSH SHELIA! those are amazing! The bananas look real, and the swan......oh my gorgeous. You may of found a new hobby/occupation. Love love the pink cake. Darling!!

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  2. Dearest Shelia, You are so very talented! These littles are fantastic and you did a SUPER job creating minis. Fantastic. Enjoyed seeing this post. You're an inspiration. You go girl!
    d

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  3. Well-your dainty, talented little fingers have worked wonders on those amazing little teeny things. You did a wonderful job...and don't tell anyone your plates are a little wonky because no one would ever know by looking at them. What fun!!! I said between you and Susan (Ash Tree Ctg) you make me want to play with miniatures!! xo Diana

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  4. Your creativeness with Minis is inspirational and I bet you're having a blast:). Are the grandkids helping with the mini goodness?
    Kathleen in Az

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    1. Thanks, Kathleen! No, no, no! These are my little thingys! :)

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  5. Shelia, I am blown away by all your clay crafting....you have such an artistic talent . I love all the fruit, the turkey and all those bakery things look so darn real. Now you can make vases , pots and pans, lamps...anything. :):) Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  6. So very cute! I love the way you just bought the clay and jumped into making things. Pinterest has so many cute ides for minis!

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  7. Oh my gosh, Shelia, you are the most talented person I have ever seen in my life!!! Don't say wonky plates, they're perfect - everything you made is perfect, so cute, so perfect for your little mini house. Great job!
    Mary

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  8. How precious! You're so talented. I wouldn't have the patience to do itsy bitsy little things like that. Glad you're having fun, fun, fun!!!

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  9. Good timing on the lyrics, I just watched Love and Mercy about the Beach Boys earlier tonight. All those foods look real, the bananas especially.

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  10. Amazing and Awesome!!! You jumped right in there and did a terrific job.......love the heart cookies, bananas, swan, wonky plates......heck, love ALL of it!!! Isn't winter fun???

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  11. Impressive, a joy to visit and see your stunning creations. Inspirational.

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  12. These are wonderful! You are very talented because I know I could never make those things. They look professional. Maybe you can open an etsy shop and sell your things.

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  13. Oh my word, these are all so fabulous. you amaze me.

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  14. These are adorable! I am in awe that you have the talent and patience to make these tiny little things. I love that you are having fun!!

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  15. SHELIA!! WOW oh WOW. you have done it again. Finding clay and creating magic! This is incredible. I tell you, mini magazine features must have you featured soon!!
    Have fun and blessings for a great new week ahead and Happy Valentine's Day too.
    xo

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  16. You are amazing! What patience you must have. Your minis are so sweet!

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  17. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You did a wonderful job, holy moley, Shelia everything looks so perfect!

    GREAT ideas/tips too - thanks for sharing. Love this.

    Hugs!

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  18. These are so darn cute!!! Those bananas! And that turkey!!! Nice work!!! You are making me want to try this!!

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  19. These are adorable and so fun. Thank you for sharing at Dishing it and Digging it link party.

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  20. Wow these are impressive creations!

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  21. These are wonderful!! My first time trying this would not come anywhere close to looking like these! Fun, fun!!

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  22. OMG! adorable-to-the-max! They look good enough to eat! You are so talented at this Sheila!

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  23. I think you have a new career if you want it, making and selling miniature food. It really looks very good, very real and beautifully done. Bravo!

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  24. Loving all of your clay creations!! There are some great clay tutorials on YouTube.

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