Tuesday, 24 July 2018

New arrivals for July - An all new food menu 'Carnival Foods'

Hello Littlest Sweet Shoppers!

It's been a while, hasn't it? I came back from holiday in June but I have been busy all summer building the dollhouse I started last September in 2017! We have been blessed with a good summer which means dry and warm weather ideal for wood-working. I have spent hours sanding bits almost everyday outside in the garden since I do not want to do it in my room/studio.

In between waiting for glue/paint to dry (literally), I managed to make some miniatures which is ideal for this hot summer weather. Here is our new collection for the month including an all new category 'Carnival Foods'.
New arrivals July 2018
Carnival Foods include updated cotton candy and snow cones (previously listed in the Ice Cream menu) along with some new miniatures. They are the type of food that you have at theme parks, matsuri (Japanese festival) or fetes. 
Kakigōri (かき氷) is a Japanese shaved ice dessert that is commonly sold in the summertime. Ours is made using a paper cup with graphic which is similar to the original. There can be other toppings and even condensed milk added to this dessert but we kept ours simple which is like the ones commonly sold at the beach in Japan. The shaved ice has been made using our own recipe to make it look like it has tiny crystals all over and topped with a generous amount of syrup. 
Kakigōri (かき氷) by Littlest Sweet Shop
Starts with our own recipe to make 'ice'. Unlike the real one this won't melt!
Strawberry (red) and Lemon (yellow) flavours. We make any flavour that you want!
Rainbow Kakigōri (かき氷)
Since we had some shaved ice to spare, why not make the western version which comes in a dinky cone-shaped paper cup? We made snow cones before but this is the updated version with real paper cup and realistic looking ice.
Littlest Sweet Shop's updated snow cones
It's the perfect size for your 1:6 scale doll. Akiko choose the grape (purple) flavoured snow cone
Has a realistic looking texture and surface like the real icy treat
Candy coated bananas are not only yummy, they also look so cute! We can also make a bespoke holder for your candy coated bananas to display at a fair.
Littlest Sweet Shop's candy coated bananas
They are so cute which is why the girls are so excited to have them
Chocolate coated banana with peanuts
Caramel coated banana
Strawberry milk banana with rainbow sprinkles
Our cotton candy range is now bigger than ever! There are bright colours and there are pastel colours. We even made a rainbow version which has 5 different colours! If your dolls prefer to buy a bag of cotton candy instead to bring back with them, we even have that too!
Cotton candy in bag. Sealed so that the dolls can take it home with them
Bright colours. We can even make this stand for you
Pastel colours
So many different types and flavours, Yuffie and Maya can't decide which one they want
A very special pastel rainbow cotton candy. Matches Maya's fairy kei outfit
There are also some new doughnuts which have been added to the menu. A doughnut is covered in very light pink sugar icing and topped with rainbow sprinkles.
New doughnuts. Light pink with rainbow sprinkles on top
Last but not least, teacups are now available in the Tableware menu. This is the first time that I am using a 3 part mold with resin so it was slightly tricky to get right. These ones are painted but as usual, you can order yours in any colour. 
Hand-painted miniature teacups
That's it for now. The dollhouse is 90% completed so I should be able to get it done before summer is over. I will be so relieved to have finally finish this big project since it isn't easy to do wood-work and polymer clay modelling in the same room. I will definitely be coming back with more new items once the new dollhouse is fully built. This dollhouse that I am currently building also happens to be one of the toughest dollhouses to build. I didn't know this until I met so many problems and tried looking for solutions online. I probably also wasted a lot of time going back to fix mistakes (due to the vague instructions with no guided illustrations) which makes this project even more frustrating! 

Littlest Sweet Shop has also a new doll joining the team. Unlike the previous dolls, she is 1:12 scale which is almost half the size of Maya! I have made so many 1:12 scale items (the most popular miniature scale) in the past but never really had a model to show it off. I usually use my fingers to show how tiny my 1:12 scale works are but I don't really want to since I naturally have quite small fingers - so I guess they don't look as small as they should?

Anyway Kokomi (the new 1:12 doll) will be helping me out next month to display some new miniatures and it will also be her debut so keep visiting this website to know more.


Saturday, 5 May 2018

Commission update: Rainbow-themed miniatures

Greetings Littlest Sweet Shoppers!

This is the most recent commission that was shipped to sunny Hawaii. The order is quite big and will be used for a children's book so I will definitely buy a few copies for my nieces and nephews. I am quite excited to see the final photos in the book because I am sure it will be so colourful and cute.
Client commission with plates and dishes made by Littlest Sweet Shop (pink Blossom colour)
The order consists of various cakes, gingerbread house, cookies, snacks, candy - all in rainbow colours! This is the first Gingerbread House commission and it is made with bespoke rainbow tiles and bright rainbow pole candy throughout. It also had a special rainbow candy 'stained glass' window on the back. The gingerbread house also comes with matching gingerbread man and candy canes. Other details include a pink wafer door and traditional hand-painted decoration icing.
All candy including the red and white peppermint swirl is handmade
Bright rainbow candy canes stuffed into the chimney
Stained glass candy windows. Matching pole candy accents
Rainbow roof candy tiles in 6 colours. Realistic silicone icing.
Rainbow Gingerbread House by Littlest Sweet Shop
All of the other items are various sweet treats with colourful rainbow colours.
Rainbow ice-box cookies
Rainbow chocolate chip cookies
Chocolate coated pretzels with rainbow candy
Deco-cake rolls in 'Sky' and rainbow stripes design
There is even a carousel cake with rainbow candy poles and iced-sugar horse carousel cookies. The cake even comes with a slice of rainbow cake that was cut out! It's one of our best-selling large novelty cakes.
Rainbow carousel candy cake.
Stained glass cookies in 7 different candy colours and 30 pieces of tiny heart candy in various colours
Rainbow pound cake with rainbow sprinkles with 2 slices
Rainbow cupcakes. Rainbow pound cake with rainbow sprinkles on white icing glaze. Cupcakes are made in old sculpt
That's all for now! I'm currently on holiday so hope to come up with some new photos by end of this month.


Friday, 27 April 2018

New arrivals for April - new ice cream sculpt, Ben & Jerry's, rainbow pancakes and more!

Welcome to Littlest Sweet Shop!

Sorry for the delay. I was actually expecting a new outfit for my doll which was shipped from Japan on April 5th but for some reason it still hasn't arrived yet! I wanted Maya to show the scale of these new miniatures in her new outfit but I think that will have to be delayed until next month (when I eventually come back from holiday). This is still a long post even though there are no dolls featured since there are many new and updated items throughout the whole sweet shop.
May new arrivals
I did promise to keep working on making more new grocery items so here is the latest one! There are now 6 new tubs of ice cream and they all have different graphics. I am a modeller, not an illustrator so you can imagine something which should be so simple to make took me a week just to design. I am still not great at using Illustrator but I am not giving up so I will continue to make more new packaging designs in miniature.
Ice cream tubs designed by Littlest Sweet Shop
The lid is made from clay but everything else is quite durable and fits together nicely so you can take the lid off to reveal the delicious ice cream inside! Of course you can also have your tub with maybe half ice cream left (for your greedy doll) or a few scoops taken out.
Optional: Have your ice cream tubs filled with ice cream
Like most of Littlest Sweet Shop groceries, this one has an English print on the front and Japanese print on the back. Each flavour is unique and we are planning to come up with more new flavours in the future! Ben & Jerry's is my favourite ice cream because I just love their packaging design so I was keen to make a spoof version that had to be equally cute. 
Available now in 6 different flavours
Mint Chocolate
Birthday Cake
Cookie Carnival
Rainbow Pancakes is our something new in the Breakfast menu. Since it is a stack of brightly coloured pancakes, this particular product comes with everything you see here as a standard. You will get 6 layers of pancake, a knob of butter on top with drizzling maple syrup and a dollop of whipped cream. The 100s and 1000s sprinkles is the cherry on top. 
Rainbow pancakes for 2
Realistic looking syrup that actually soaks into the pancake
Realistic whipped cream on top
Some new tableware have been added and the first one is a donburi or Japanese bowl. Of course I have plans to fill them up with delicious Japanese style food like ramen or gyudon when I actually have the time! Just expect to see some Japanese donburi cuisine at Littlest Sweet Shop in the upcoming months. 
Donburi bowls in white. Includes bowl with lid
Donburi bowls come with a lid to keep the contents warm
When I looked at the list of tableware that we produced, I thought that we should have a dinner plate since that is probably the most basic tableware that most people/dolls should have. Now we offer dinner plates in 1:6 scale so you can order your miniature food with a matching dinner plate. Since it is handmade just like everything in our tableware collection, you are free to choose the colour of your plates.
Littlest Sweet Shop handmade plates
Dinner plates in blossom pink now available
Littlest Sweet Shop tableware is handmade and if you have 2 or more of the same one you can even stack them!
Even though each tableware is handmade, we try to make them as uniform as possible so you can even stack them together
Time to debut some new chocolate since we have produced so many new sweets in the past months. These 2 new items are available via the chocolate pick'n mix in our Sweets Boutique. Feel free to mix and match flavours (milk chocolate, dark chocolate, strawberry, white chocolate) or have just 1 type of flavour - the choice is yours!
Moulded chocolate II
Chocolate balls available in dark chocolate, white chocolate and milk chocolate
Fancy having some really kawaii cakes? These Tomodachi cakes are just too cute in the likeness of Rilakkuma and friends. They are domed shape cakes coated in confectionery icing and decorated in detail. Each cake will serve 1 doll and completes a kawaii tea party. 
Kawaii tea party with Tomodachi cakes
Available in 3 designs
Adorable chicks and bears
Macarons are always popular in miniature but since I was doing a YouTube tutorial on how to make macarons, I decided to create a stripey designed one as an extra challenge for my viewers. These are still the standard macaron size but with pastel stripes and a white cream filling.
Stripey pastel macarons
Crumbly detail on the side just like real ones!
We like to make people smile when they look at our miniatures and colourful ones can definitely put a smile on any face! Rainbow Bread slices has just been added to our rainbow-themed miniatures. Each slice looks soft and fluffy with bright colours. 
Rainbow Bread slices
For the past 6 years since starting Littlest Sweet Shop, I have been expanding my skills and evolving to produce miniatures that will also reflect my style. Part of evolving is creating a better version of something that has already been made. As time moves on and as I gain new tools, materials and techniques, I will always try to improve a current miniature whenever I can.
Fast forward to 6 years later and there is a new ice cream cone sculpt! We have sold so many ice cream cones in the past and appreciate everyone who loves them but now if you commission 1:6 scale ice cream cones, it will be made with an improved cone in uniform size.
You can also commission a stand that can hold up to 4 ice cream cones. 
2018 Ice Cream cone sculpt. Comes with a more detailed looking cone and uniform size
The 1:6 scale ice cream cones come in small or large sizes just like at the ice cream parlour. The small one is suitable for kids or a doll who is trying to be on a diet and the large one is for any ice cream fan.
Small ice cream Neapolitan VS Large ice cream Neapolitan
Rainbow ice cream with 6 scoops (large)
Pastel rainbow ice cream cone (large)
All you need to do is pick your cone size and have any flavour scoop added on top. Choose 1 or 3 or even 6 scoops! We also make any flavour ice cream so request your dream scoop.
Littlest Sweet Shop scoops
This Drumstick-style ice cream looks so delicious and irresistible. Comes in our new signature small cone and coated in thick chocolate and chunky nuts. The ice cream underneath the thick chocolate shell is vanilla, just like the Drumstick.
Our next update is for cupcakes. After 5 years of making cupcakes, there is now an improved sculpt for 2018 onwards. The cupcake base itself has sharper corners and definition. The diameter on the base is slightly smaller than the top. It still comes with the original style paper liner and now available in 2 sizes, normal and large (for both 1:6 and 1:12 scale).  
Normal sized cupcakes with mint icing
Normal sized cupcake with pink icing
Large 'Birthday' cupcake with candle, silicone frosting and 100s and 1000s sprinkles
Large 'Birthday' cupcake with number candle, silicone frosting and pastel sprinkles
And finally after 5 years, we can now say that we finally have cupcakes in 1:12 scale! This photo shows the normal sized 1:12 scale cupcake so there is a bigger version that will also suit 1:10 scale
1:12 scale cupcakes with real paper liner, silicone icing and cherry on top
1:12 scale cupcake
This is probably the fourth update that I have made on the croissant and this time there is not 1, but 2 new types of croissants. Somehow I don't think this will be the last update because croissants are one of those type of miniatures which you can spend your whole lifetime trying to make perfect. This time the croissant has a semi-gloss effect where the shading with more flaky looking pastry. The pain au chocolat has also been updated this time around. Powdered sugar is optional.
2 new croissants now available at Littlest Sweet Shop
Croissant design 1
Croissant design 2
Croissant design 1 with powdered sugar
Updated pain au chocolat
Finally our last update is the chocolate chip cookies. Ordering Littlest Sweet Shop chocolate chip cookies is so easy! First choose milk, dark or rainbow chips then decide if you want it with nuts. 
Littlest Sweet Shop chocolate chip cookies
Plain dark chocolate chip cookies
Dark chocolate chip with nuts
Plain milk chocolate chip
Milk chocolate chip with nuts
Rainbow chip cookies
So that is all of the new and updated miniatures available for commission when I eventually come back from holiday! I will also be stocking up more miniatures on the Etsy store in June to make it easier for you to purchase our miniatures directly online.

Just because Littlest Sweet Shop isn't open in May doesn't mean there won't be any posts and tutorial videos. I am Sculpey's blogger of the month for May so there will be an exclusive project available via Sculpey.com. I will also be posting on their blog about my polymer clay adventures so make sure you follow them on social media to not miss out. I will also add the links here when it is posted.