Month: May 2016

Around Town: Lemonade Stand

We spied a couple of enterprising children ushering in the warmer weather with a favorite summertime treat: fresh-squeezed lemonade. Patrick Porker and Beatrice Beaver had set up a small stand selling refreshing homemade lemonade right downtown.

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“We’ve made almost fifty cents already!” said Patrick.

“It’s a hot day, so I guess people want something cold to drink,” said Beatrice. “I know that I’ve had two glasses already!”

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When asked how often their stand would be appearing this summer, Peter stated “I don’t know. Probably when we are bored with doing other things or want some spending money.” So make sure you stop by and get a glass of tasty lemonade when you see it.

This round of Iron Craft was themed Summertime. We were asked to make a summer-themed item or something to use in the summer. I wanted to make something that was quintessentially summer – and a children’s lemonade stand definitely said “summer” to me. 

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The stand is made from some unusual super-thin foam core board I found at a local junk shop. I think it may be used for framing? I got a few small sheets of it, but I’d love to find more! It’s a great material for minis. It’s so nice to have similar materials with various thicknesses and I think traditional foam core would have been too thick for the bulk of this project. 

The base is the thin foam core covered with white cardstock. I then added stripes with additional pieces of cardstock. The “counter” is a regular-thickness piece of foamcore covered in more cardstock. The uprights are thin pieces of bass wood. They help keep the structure squared. The sign is just cardstock and marker.

The details are a bit harder to see in my pictures (I couldn’t get my camera to focus well on them. The light isn’t great today.) On the left is a purchased miniature wooden bowl. I filled it with polymer clay lemons. In the center is a knife and cutting board from a Calico Critters set. The lemons are a polymer clay cane I made (it’s easier to see in the middle picture above.) The glasses are eraser covers from “Push Pencils.” This site has a good image of the pencils. They are the perfect size for making minis. I found mine in the Target dollar spot, 8 for $1. Figuring out how to make them look like they had lemonade in them was a huge challenge for me. Many people who do miniatures use resin to create faux-liquids, but that was a bit more than I wanted to attempt. (Lots of room for error and it’s not an inexpensive material.) I finally settled on using a yellow Sharpie marker to color the cups to at least give them a yellow tinge. I ended up coloring both the inside and outside of the cups to make them look nice and bright. It may not look as authentic as resin, but it’s effective enough for me!

Seed Packets and Box

Wow, I’ve really been neglecting the blog, haven’t I? After the last large project, I guess I took a bit of a hiatus from crafting minis. Well, I’m back this week to show a little project I made. A few months back, I made a whole bunch of miniature seed packets. They are 1/4″ by approximately 1/3″. Each seed packet is different. I used images of seed packet art from the collection of The Label Man for them. (I’m sure it’s a copyright infringement in some way, but I figure they are for my own personal use only, so I’m probably in the clear.)

So anyway, I had 90+ teeny tiny seed packets hanging out in a bowl in my craft room and nowhere to put them. So I was pretty excited when this round of Iron Craft was announced: Store It. Making things that can store other things. So I made a miniature seed box inspired by vintage wooden seed boxes.

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I made the box itself out of cardstock. It’s 1-1/4″ long by 3/4″ wide. Making the dividers was probably the trickiest part for me (it really took a lot of faith that they would be the correct size to fit and gluing the tiny flaps was really nerve wracking!) I then made some quick printies for the box labels to give it a more authentic feel. I then aged the printies by sponging on some beige ink – I wanted the box to look antique.

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I thought adding a penny would help give a sense of scale to the box and seed packets. Each packet has flaps and is folded and glued so it’s not just a flat rectangle. I think it adds a bit more authenticity.

I’m really pleased with how this tiny box turned out. Of course there are a few things here and there that I wish were a bit tidier about it, but overall, I think it serves its purpose quite well and looks pretty cute.