Whenever I have a minute of down time I've been busy painting and gluing and sewing like a hobbit in my studio. For some reason, I just really love the style of these little toys. They're sweet and simple with a forest theme that inspires me. I've been using old game pieces and trinkets to make the miniatures, and not trying to hide what they're made from. I like how easy it is to determine the scale of the little toys once you realize what objects were used to create them. Here are a few of the items I've made:
Wooden Forest Play Set
I love this little set: it reminds me of the simple toys I had as a kid, like Lincoln Logs. The base of the little woodland house is an old game piece painted white with painted doors and windows, and I found the acorn top on my beach walk a few weeks ago. It makes a perfect roof for a teeny little building. The trees and mushrooms were put together using basic wood shapes collected from the Outlet Center with a few coats of paint.
Cupcakes and Cake Stand
The cupcakes are made from wood pieces (the same way I made the cupcake ring) and the cake stand was created with a beautiful old game piece with worn green paint that features a deer design on one side. I have no idea what game this is from, but I love how old it looks; like a faded ancient coin from Narnia or some other fantasy place.
Alice in Wonderland Tea Set and Doll
The doll is incredibly tiny. Her hair is made from yellow thread and her body is felt. I hand sewed the dress with a lacy apron that ties in the back, and added a big pink bow to the top of her head. For the tea set, I used polymer clay and acrlyic paint to add details. The gold tray is actually a big button.
This may be my favorite project so far. The bead maze was made from a domino with bent colored paper for the beads to travel along. The hobby horse is made of felt and the xylophone is painted wood.
This little bear is one of the vintage Critters. I made the dress out of fabric scraps, ribbon, and lace. I'm thinking about making some other outfits, such as Halloween costumes.
Have any ideas for me? I'd love to hear what you think!