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Minna's Miniatures

Decorating dollshouses and making dollshouse miniatures - Nukkekotien sisustamista ja miniatyyrien tekemistä - Decorar casas de muñecas y hacer miniaturas * Thank you for visiting my blog! * Kiitos käynnistä! *Gracias por visitar mi blog! *

Updated: 2018-03-06T03:13:32.169+02:00


New miniatures


Some new miniatures which I have made, a table and a book/magazine rack

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New armchair


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Miniature hats - Sombreros en miniatura


I made the bases of these hats from air drying silk clay, which is a nice versatile material.

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Hello! - ¡Hola!


Hello all dear blogging friends. I just wanted to let you know that I won't be updating my blog for the time being. I just don't have the time and energy for it right now. Instead, I will keep sharing pictures on Instragram, I have my page on Facebook and you can also follow me on Twitter or Pinterest. I look forward to meeting you in some of these medias!

Visit Minna's profile on Pinterest.

Merry Christmas - Feliz navidad - Hyvää joulua


Merry Christmas to all my miniature friends! 
Thank you for the past year. It has been fun!
Feliz navidad!
Hyvää joulua!

Miniature Christmas wreaths - Coronas de navidad


I have made a new Christmas tree for Erlenhof from pipe cleaners. It is still unfinished, as I have been making the decorations. I hope to have it finished soon so that I can show it to you. But as I have got plenty of pipe pleaners left, I made some Christmas wreaths, too.

Animal print bags - Bolsos estampados de animales


I got the newest issue of Nukkekoti (Dolls house) magazine, published by the Finnish Doll's House Association, a couple of days ago. In it I found some nice bag tutorials by Maria Malmström. Here are two versions which I made with the help of her patterns. Maria is a truly wonderful miniature artist and she is very generous with sharing her excellent instructions. If you aren't familiar with her work yet, please do visit her blog.

A couple of weeks ago my friend Irmeli and I visited the yearly Doll and Bear Fair which was organized by another association, the Finnish Doll Association. Unfortunately I do not remember the name of the artist who has made these dolls, but I found all these figures so charming.

Miniature pastries - Pasteles en miniatura


It's been a while since I have posted! At the end of the summer I bought some new supplies, for instance Deluxe Materials Scenic Water and Scenic Colours, but I have not tried them yet, because, to tell you the truth, I forgot about them soon after I had bought them! And then, the other day as I was going through the disorganized mess of things on my craft table, I came across these two packages and I was "Oops! What do I have here!?" Well, I think that many crafters have a lot of supplies they are not aware of, don't they?

  Anyway, I have been doing some miniature baking.  Here are some cakes, pastries and sandwiches. They are all made from air dry silk clay. As I have mentioned before, I love working with this soft air dry clay. It is very good for making miniature food.

Miniature food from silk clay - Comida en miniatura con silk clay


I just love this new silk clay stuff! It feels quite sticky af first, but when you work it in your hands, it becomes dryer and more comfortable to handle. As it is light and soft, it is easy to cut it also when it has dried. Here are some toasts, slices of sausage and cheese, butter and eggs.
And here is a cake, some pastries and chocolate chip and peanut bisquits. I made more bisquits than those eight on the plate. I wonder what has happened to the rest - maybe Elsa the cat has been having some fun with them! 

Miniature mortar from stone clay - Mortero en miniatura


I have been trying different kinds of clays. This mortar and pestle are made from air dry stone clay. I like the result very much, but I found working with the clay a a bit difficult as it was so... sandy!

These rustic terracotta dishes are made from basic air dry Fimo.

And here is a tray and plates which I decorated with water slide decals  which I recently made. 

I have also been making some miniatures from silk clay and foam clay. I will post pictures of them soon!

Miniature flower stand - Soporte de flores


I discovered the air-dry polymer clay quite recently and these flower pots are one of the first things which I made from it. I really like it because if you use molds, you can just leave the items to dry in the molds overnight. 

I made the flowers from silk paper and the green leaves from papercord. When you open papercord, you get nice variegated paper strips.

The legs of the stand are made from ornate toothpicks.

Making miniature decals - Hacer calcomanias para miniaturas


I tried making miniature decals for the first time already some time last year. I made just few ones to start with and they came out fine. Here are two plates which I decorated with them then.

Now I wanted to make some more and I decided to make a whole sheet of them at a time. After printing the pictures on the paper (inkjet waterslide decal paper) I let the ink dry for half an hour before spraying the sheet with varnish a couple of times. Now I will just have to be patient enough to wait until the varnish has dried - that is the most difficult part! :-) 

Titti's giveaway


A few days ago I got a nice message from Titti telling me that I had won in the giveaway in her blog! So exciting! The prize was this lovely cross stitch cushion, which I like very much. It will suit very well on some of the sofas or chairs in my Erlenhof.

Titti's has a wonderful Ekeborg Mansion dollshouse. You can visit her blog here.

the Doll Store in Dublin, Ireland - la Tienda de Muñecas en Dublin, Irlanda


Hubby and I spent a nice few days in Dublin, Ireland. (We had a good craic! :-D ) We visited the Doll Store, which is also home to the Dolls Hospital, located in the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre on South William Street.

It is a quaint shop with a large range of dolls and bears, too, but I concentrated on the dolls house miniatures. I bought a Dolls House Emporium stove and some Vanity Fair glassware and a toast rack. These Vanity Fair products are new to me, or at least I do not remember seeing them before.

The best Easter surprise! - La mejor sorpresa de Pascua!


I got the best surprise this Easter! My friend Pirkko brought me a mysterious old shoe box and when I opened it, I could hardly believe my eyes! The box was full of old dolls and dollshouse furniture which Pirkko used to play with in the 1960's. They are just the kind of vintage furniture which I have been looking for in the flea markets to put into my Lisa dollshouse.This red wooden kitchen table set is adorable!Another wooden table set. It is very well made. It looks like solid mahogany.The two lamps were real working lamps when Pirkko had them in her dollshouse. I have not had the time to try them yet.This red plastic sofa set is made by Combex, England.All the dolls have moving eyes. I especially like the little girl in the middle.The rubber bands holding these dolls together have crumbled apart in the course of time. The dolls now need some tender loving care!Thank you Pirkko! [...]

Building inspector - Inspector de edificios


I have been refurbishing one of my dolls houses and I got a visit from this cute little inspector. She said that everything looked OK.

Crocheted miniature rug - Alfombra ganchillo


I have been crocheting a lot lately (so much that my neck and shoulders hurt!). Here is an example of what I have made: a spiral rug with tassels. Making the tassels was the most fun part!

Rocking horse and other purchases - Caballo mecedor y otras compras


Irmeli and I were shopping in Helsinki yesterday. We made a round in the craft stores and we first went to Hobby Point, where I bought a new paper punch for making miniature flowers. Then we visited Askarelli, where we were delighted to find out that they now sell some Gepetto products. I bought myself a rocking horse kit. And then we went to Sinelli, where I found some nice sheets of double-sided cardboard. 

We were also happy to visit the new Marks and Spencer store, which opened in Helsinki last month, for the first time. I often buy from M&S online, but it will be nice to be able to shop in the store whenever I am visiting Helsinki.

Miniature silverware - Vajillas de plata


As I have recently bought lots of new metal beads and findings, I now began to use them for making some new silverware for my dollshouse. It is quite fun to spread all kinds of bits and pieces on the table and to start to think and try which of them fit nicely together. Here is some of my new silverware on display in the Erlenhof dining room.

Crocheted tablecloth - Mantel a ganchillo


Crocheting continues! Here is my new table cloth. The flower in the middle is a traditional pattern, but the rest of the pattern I designed while crocheting.

Dollshouse curtains - Cortinas para casa de muñecas


I have not been making miniatures for a long while. We had our son's confirmation party in July, and before it, my craft table was a total mess as usual, but I cleared it for the big day. After the day had gone, it took me a long time to get inspired of making minis again. It is kind of funny, but an empty and neat crafting table isn't very inviting! Only since I have bought some new supplies and have found some miniatures at the flea market and have tossed them on the table, I have started to feel comfy by it again!
Anyway, I have now been making curtains for Erlenhof. I crocheted a pair of blue curtains for the window in the hallway and made two pairs of lace curtains for the bedroom.

Cross stitch pattern: football - Diagrama punto de cruz: pelota


Finland did not qualify to the FIFA World Cup in Brazil and my two favourite teams, Spain and England, had to go home early. Nevertheless, I have been enjoying watching the games. To celebrate the sport, I made a football cross stitch pattern. Here you are!

Printables: Tissue boxes - Imprimibles: Cajas de pañuelos


I have not made any printables for a long while, but now here are some new ones which I made today: tissue boxes.

Crocheted rug - Alfombra ganchillo


I crocheted this rug for the nursery in Erlenhof. I thought a lot about my dear Grandmother while I was making it. Back in the 60's or 70's, Grandma crocheted several 1:1 rugs rather similar to this. I remember that we had two green ones and a grey one in my home. When Grandma was not capable of crocheting anymore, she gave a bundle of her old crochet hooks to me, among them one big one which she used for crocheting rugs. It is very much bigger than the hook which I used for making this rug!

More crocheted miniatures here.