Sunday, 30 June 2019

Commission update: Peeled oranges

Hello Littlest Sweet Shoppers!

Back again with short post on a recent commission. Our peeled oranges have been selling like hot cakes on Etsy but a client wanted something slightly different. Since everything from Littlest Sweet Shop is handmade, it's possible to customise anything!

So the first orange she wanted has to have all of the peel taken off and also 3 segments remove from the main orange. I added the loose pieces of segments and orange peel skins for extra play value.
Client's order. Left: Orange with all peel removed and 3 segments removed. Additional loose peeled skin included
The other orange she wanted is same (3 segments removed) BUT still has the peeled skin intact to the main orange.
Orange with 3 segments removed and peeled skin intact
Last but not least she wanted one of our partly peeled oranges. There are still some listed on our Etsy store but act fast as there isn't too many left!
Partly peeled oranges
Since I was already creating oranges with skin still intact, I decided to make some for the Etsy shop
Orange with skin peeled off but still intact
3 created for the Etsy store
I also added more skinless oranges into the Etsy store.
Fully peeled oranges
And that was the commission update for June. Make sure you check out our Etsy store (Online Shop) if you would like to purchase some oranges or commission some yourself!

Bye!

Friday, 28 June 2019

June New Arrivals - Doritos, Twizzlers, opaque gummy bears and updated 1:3 scale drinks!

Greeting Littlest Sweet Shoppers!


It's almost end of June but I think I managed to update the website with a few new items before we say hello to July. This month wasn't great for me. It's usually the time of year when I go away on holiday because the local pollen gives me serious hay-fever which leads to my asthma attacks. Honestly it's the only time of the year when I have difficulty breathing but the reason why I'm still stuck amongst the high pollen is because my bathroom is currently being renovated so we can't go away on holiday.

On the subject of renovation, my bathroom is next to my studio so it's been almost impossible to work with clay when there is a lot of dust floating around. Hence I haven't been able to sculpt anything new other than some commissions. This month was also an awful start to summer since we had only a few days of sunshine and most days were cold and cloudy which is why it was hard for me to take any pictures. I think I've explained before that miniatures are tricky to photograph (and I don't have any fancy cameras/equipment) so I rely on natural sunlight to capture all the details.

OK I'm now done venting my frustrations so here are some new items which have been listed on the website. First is a new packaged snack similar to Doritos. The packaged snacks (sealed, not to be opened) is now listed on the Etsy store. I made the nachos a while back but designed the packaging recently. The insides of our snacks packaging is lined with real aluminium foil so it looks even more real!
Littlest Sweet Shop's version of Doritos
You can also order loose pieces of cheese nachos and an opened pack
New to our Sweets Boutique's pick'n mix selection is some cherry Twizzlers. They even have a slight 'flexibility' and similar texture like Twizzlers candy.
Cherry Twizzlers
Perfectly made to fit 1:6 scale or playscale
Next we have our popular Gummy Bears now available in opaque colours. Basically you can  now commission our Gummy Bears in ANY colour!
XXS miniature gummy bears in light pink and light brown colours
The next new arrival isn't new, but it comes in a new cup design and exclusive to 1:3 scale drinks. I choose this cup because I like the design plus it's thicker than the previous cups which adds durability.
2019 new cup design for 1:3 scale drinks
1:3 scale bubble tea with whipped cream and strawberry
Last but not least is something from our YouTube channel's latest miniature tutorial. It's part of a bigger release that I'm really hoping to debut soon which is full of dreamy pastel goodness. I thought I might as well list this one first. It's Yume Cream Pie and features a thick pastry crust with realistic cream filling in 3 colours.
6 slices of  Yume cream pie
Featuring realistic creamy pie filling in cute colours
That's all for today. I will be updating the blog again tomorrow with a small commission update and I'm currently completing several commissions and Etsy sales. I would really love to take on a bigger project but my family is visiting for 2 week in July so I won't be able to do much when they are here. Please follow me on social media for all the latest updates. 

Bye!

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Commission update: 1:3 scale packaged candy

Hello Littlest Sweet Shoppers

I know I'm lagging behind updates on this website. Any news will always appear via our social media channels first. To compile it all neatly into one post is not as straightforward but I will try my best to catch up next month.

Despite my lack of appearance in social media, I was still getting some small commissions which is all I can handle currently. A client was asking if our popular selection of packaged candy could be made in 1:3 scale. Since I designed the packaging, I said of course! And I made a pack of chocolate and a bar of Snickers for her Dolfie Dream.
Client commission packaged candy in 1:3 scale

It turned out so cute so I decided to scale up the others as well! I'm also happy that the client think they look so real. So now it's also available for other Littlest Sweet Shoppers to commission. They are listed in the 1/3 scale menu.
1:3 scale packaged candy by Littlest Sweet Shop
In other news, my Instagram channel was featured in American Miniaturist magazine June 2019. I think this is only my 3rd magazine feature and I'm truly honoured. 

This June is the season when I am the weakest since I am allergic to a specific pollen which triggers my asthma. I am trying my best to debut the new Yume (pastel rainbow) miniature collection and finally finish my big 1:3 scale project. There will also be the new YouTube tutorial I keep talking about since last month so I'm hoping that I can upload it by this weekend. I'm also going to mix things up a little on the YouTube channel - it is a surprise! So come visit again in June for the new collection and I promise there will be more new miniatures.

Bye!





Thursday, 25 April 2019

New arrivals April: Juice boxes, packed veggies, dinner sides and more!

Hello Littlest Sweet Shoppers!

I have to admit that I haven't been doing all the things that I said I was going to do. I took a week of this month and another week just spending time with my miniature collection and toys. Sometimes it feels like I have spent so much time making miniatures that everything else got left behind. It was nice to just relax and curate my collection for other toy collectors and dress up my dolls in new clothes.

I know a lot of miniaturists and artists who burn out after a few years and I really don't want that to happen to myself which is why I took some time off. There were too many projects pending and I didn't feel enthusiastic about finishing them since I always seem to get new ideas all the time. 

These new arrivals were uploaded on the website since last month so it's a bit like an Easter Egg if you managed to spot them before this post. First item is Juiceboxes which you can find in the Groceries menu. Perfect for kids and lunchboxes and straws are optional! The white miniature straw is actually wrapped in fine plastic packaging so you have the choice to have it glued on the back of the juicebox or loose. 

Juice-box comes in 3 different flavours

Perfect for lunch-boxes

Straws are optional. Can come loose or glued to the back of the box

Made for cute 1:6 scale younger dolls
Our next new item is from the Fruits and Vegetables menu. We needed potatoes to make the Tornado Potato so I made extra and 1:12 scale versions.
Littlest Sweet Shop potatoes. Each potato hand-moulded so they look unique and real!
1:12 scale potatoes
The other new option you have with our Fruits and Vegetables is to have them packaged in clear plastic bags and sealed with green tape. We can do it with any fruit or vegetable but limited to the size of the bag. You can now create your own little market stall with our miniatures!
Packaged potatoes and oranges from Littlest Sweet Shop
There is now a selection of 2 different sides to go with your miniature dinner food. They are available now in the Dinner menu so I should probably make more dishes to go with them! (my to-do list never ends).

Littlest Sweet Shop dinner sides. Perfect complement to a complete meal
Our macaroni and cheese comes in our own hand-made bowls so you can request the bowl in any colour. 1-2 servings of macaroni and cheese per bowl.
Littlest Sweet Shop hand-made macaroni and bowl.
The Hasselback Potato is plain roasted with butter and seasoning but you can also request one with more herbs or cheese. Each layer of potato is so delicious and will go with any dish. That's not all! If you like our silverware in this photo, we are now selling them as well in the Tableware and Packaging menu. They are vintage Sindy cutlery and there are 7 different options from dessert spoon to butter knives (subject to availability).
Hasselback Potato
I wanted to stock up the online Etsy store with more items so I updated the brownie à la mode, available now in the dessert menu. Each one comes with generous amounts of thick caramel sauce on top of vanilla ice cream.
Littlest Sweet Shop's brownie à la mode

Brownie à la mode. Brownie with vanilla ice cream topped with rich caramel sauce
Last but not least, I made boxes for our best-selling Lego blocks. It is listed in the Dollhouse Mini menu and would be the perfect miniature for a toy room or nursery. You can also order just the box without the bricks if it was going to sit on a dollhouse shelf.

Matchbox style Lego boxes to go with our Lego bricks

You can customise the selection of colours of your bricks to make it your very own miniature
That's all for today. I am still planning to upload that new YouTube tutorial by this weekend and currently I've stopped making miniatures since I'm making 1:3 scale fake food instead! My collection of air-dry clay was piling up and they have to be used ASAP since it can dry out really quickly. I decided to dedicate my time this month making some new and some updated items from the 1:3 scale menu so I can finish up the air-dry clay. The weather is starting to feel warm and sunny again so there will be more new items to debut next month. 

See ya!

Saturday, 13 April 2019

CMW Workshops


Greetings Littlest Sweet Shoppers!


I'm pleased to announce that I will be conducting 2 workshops on October 19th and 20th this year at the 2019 CMW (Cotswold Miniatures Workshops) in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England.

Places are limited so please visit https://www.cmwminiaturesworkshops.co.uk to view the available courses and book online. On Saturday you will learn how to make 9 jars of lollipops for your miniature sweet shop and on Sunday you can learn how to make signature Littlest Sweet Shop Gingerbread House just in time for Christmas! Both courses are in traditional 1:12 miniature scale.

On Sunday you will learn how to make 1:12 scale Gingerbread Houses which is the perfect centrepiece for your Christmas miniature scene. The cookie base measures 3cm in diameter and everything is included for you to decorate your own magical piece. I will be supplying lots of miniature candy, chocolate, cookies and biscuits for you to create your dream house. I will even make pole candy in your choice of colours on Saturday. Just let me know what is your colour theme when you book the class.
Traditional Gingerbread House and Rainbow Gingerbread House
Lace edging and other details. Green and red Christmas colours
Chocolate window at the back
Colourful rainbow candy and detail. All houses come with chimneys
Snowflake and chocolate window at the back.
On Saturday you will learn how to make our famous lollipops in 9 different colour combinations! I will even demonstrate how to make simple sweets to fill up the jars so you can also open your own miniature sweet shop at home. There will be demonstrations on making pole candy, bonbons, gumballs, chocolate balls, and marshmallow. 
1:12 scale lollipops
1:12 scale lollipops in jars
1:12 scale lollipops with bonbons in jars
1:12 scale lollipops with pole candy in jars
This annual event will be a great retreat for dollshouse and miniatures enthusiasts from all over the country. There is no other event like it in the UK so if you always wanted to try to make your own miniatures - this is your chance! You will also meet other miniature fans and making new friends. I hope to see you there.

Bye!

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Commission update - Tête de Moine cheese and Girolle machine

Hello Littlest Sweet Shoppers!


Here is a unique commission I did in February for a Littlest Sweet Shopper in Australia. She's one of our favourite customers and requested something totally new. I can be a bit nervous about creating something which isn't on our website since clients (and myself) do not know what to expect. Luckily for me, this client gave feedback along the way when constructing this tiny little device! This is Swiss cheese so I only had picture references and I was so happy when I managed to get it as close as possible to the real product!
February 2019 commission
Tête de Moine is a semi-hard cheese which is shaved to make delicate rosettes. The machine is called a girolle and the handle spins around while shaving a very thin layer. The layers form into the rosettes which look way better than regular sliced cheese! 
After many brain-storming sessions with the client, I managed to get a wooden base in the required diameter and built the machine using nails, wires, wooden bits and PTEG plastic (for the blade). The parts which aren't metal had to be painted using silver paint.  
Littlest Sweet Shop girolle machine with cheese wheel and rosettes
The cheese is a specific brand from Switzerland called Tête de Moine. I made the cheese wheel and attached the label for realism. According to the client, the cheese wheel had to be maybe 1mm extra wide to be exactly like the one in real life. I'm still amazed that my calculations weren't that far off!
Tête de Moine cheese by Littlest Sweet Shop
You can order the machine with the cheese wheel and fresh Tête de Moine cheese wheels too!
Naru is trying out the machine. She's getting the hang of making those cheese rosettes
This new cheese is available in the Deli menu along with the machine. Another popular adaptation of the Girolle machine is turning it into a shaver for chocolate wheels! This will create fancy chocolate rosettes which people use in cake decorating. I also made marble and tri-chocolate wheels and some rosettes for each wheel. The marble wheel was the trickiest to make since the real process would be swirling molten chocolate into a mold. Clay isn't molten/liquid so it took me 6-7 tries until I was happy with the design! Even the rosettes were hand-crafted to look like they were shaven from the wheels I made. 
Marble chocolate wheel and Marble chocolate in girolle cutter
I can make the rosettes to match your chocolate wheel
Tri-chocolate wheel. Milk, dark and white chocolate all in one!
Chocolate girolle cutters and chocolate wheels are now available in the Chocolatier menu. It's a very high-end type of chocolate and would be a great addition to a miniature bakery scene.

Currently I am working on another video tutorial and trying to list as many new items as I can on the website. Some new items will also be listed on the Etsy store so make sure that is is one of your favourite shops so you will be notified when they go live. 

See you next week for some new arrivals!

Bye!