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!

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Commission update - 1:12 miniatures and food from TV's Breaking Bad

Good morning Littlest Sweet Shoppers!

Our first commission is from a returning customer from America who wanted even more 1:12 miniatures! This time she ordered even more more frozen yogurt, half-eaten Crème brûlée from the Etsy shop, another Littlest Fast Food tray with onion rings, a Neapolitan ice cream sandwich, bear lollies and a pack of Lebkuchen.
1:12 miniatures commission
1:12 scale onion rings
1:12 scale selection of frozen treats
Super tiny 1:12 scale ice cream sandwich
Kokomi-chan with a Neapolitan ice cream sandwich in 1:12 scale
Once again we made 1:12 frozen yogurt using graphic requested by the client. Chocolate yogurt with pastel sprinkles and Vanilla yogurt with chocolate sprinkles
Like all of our products, everything is made to scale even for 1:12 doll size Kokomi-chan
Selection of packaged items
XS size Bear Lollipops fits 1:12 scale
1:12 scale Lebkuchen sealed in a pack
Another commission was from an English Littlest Sweet Shopper who wanted me to make some food featured in the series Breaking Bad and cheese nachos. These items are also already available for you to order.
Original artwork was designed for Breaking Bad food
That's all folks! I'm not doing any commissions now which means I can concentrate in getting more new stock into Littlest Sweet Shop as well as our Etsy store. I've uploaded another tutorial on the YouTube channel and will be developing a new collection for April. It's been ages since I have some extra free time in my hands so I also want some quiet play time with my toys which have been ignored for months now! I hope you visit us in a week's time or so to check out some new items in store.

Bye!

Thursday, 28 February 2019

New arrivals February - New Cupcake 2019 sculpt, Tornado Potato, McFlurry/Blizzard and more!

Hello again Littlest Sweet Shoppers!

It's been another busy month for me with 3 commissions, 1 YouTube tutorial video and a deadline to submit my proposal for a miniatures workshop happening in October. Apart from that I was able to list some new arrivals thanks to the freakishly nice weather that we've had for almost a week. 

This is probably the 4th or 5th version of cupcake so far and I hope it's the last one! I think I'm finally happy with this design after changing it so many times. This time the cupcake liner isn't made from paper but looks even more real and detailed. 

The best part is that the cupcake liner comes in so many different colours for you to choose from including transparent, gold, silver and even black! They also come in 4 different sizes XL, L, M and S. XL and L are for 1:6 scale cupcakes and M and S is suitable for 1:12 scale cupcakes. I will be working on more designs in the future but you can always commission your own style of cupcake. 

The first design for this new sculpt is Rainbow Cherry cupcake featuring 6 layers of icing with a cherry on top.
Rainbow Cherry cupcake in white paper liner
Cupcake liners available in many colours and 4 different sizes
L, M and S size cupcake liners in transparent
1:6 scale cupcake liners (L size)
Next is a new snack done in large American sized bags! They are slightly larger than our previous snacks or what we call in the UK as 'sharing bag'. I made these Funyuns for a client and it is now also available in our Groceries menu. 
Littlest Sweet Shop Onion snacks
Sharing bag is big so your dolls can share it with their friends
Oranges was such a best-seller on the Etsy store so I've decided to create smaller 'easy-peel' types like Satsumas or Mandarin oranges. 
Littlest Sweet Shop 'easy-peel' oranges. Box also available for commission
Easy-peel oranges are a handy and healthy snack. You can order yours half-peeled or fully peeled to reveal the juicy segments.
Mandarin oranges are usually eaten during Chinese New Year. We also sell red packets (available in the Seasonal menu) so you can give them to your dolls on Chinese New Year. Traditionally the Chinese would give red packets to kids and they contain money. We have made 5 different red envelopes designs for you to choose from with optional money.
Littlest Sweet Shop's Chinese New Year red packets
Tornado Potato is a savoury snack originating from South Korea. The potato has been sliced and deep fried to perfection! If you wanted to make your own, we even did a tutorial on our YouTube channel. It's available now in our Carnival Foods menu as it is the perfect street food snack.
Littlest Sweet Shop's Tornado Potato
Made to scale
Crispy layers of potato swirled onto a stick
The next new arrival is something that I've always wanted to make in miniature because it's also one of my favourite type of dessert. It is basically blended ice cream in a cup just like Dairy Queen's Blizzard or McFlurry. Littlest Sweet Shop's own comes in 7 different flavours (remember we also have a Valentine's Day edition too). Check-out the break-down of each flavours in our Ice Cream menu.
Blended ice cream in miniature
Triple chocolate flavour
Oreo Cookies flavour
M&M's flavour
Cotton Candy flavour
Peanut Butter cup flavour
Snickers flavour
Unicorn flavour
Served upside down or it's free!
Necco wafers is one of the oldest candies in America but sadly has been discontinued. We made some just for the Gingerbread House shingles recently and decided to also list them as part of our Pick'n Mix selection. In real life it might be discontinued but in miniature you can always have them whenever you want it. 
Necco wafers in 5 colours
This was another client's request for our tortilla chips but with cheese flavoured coating. I will also design a 'Doritos' American style bag for it. 
Cheese tortilla snacks. Perfect snack for gaming
We have re-designed our pizza boxes to look like a more generic New York pizza box. It even has local branch's phone numbers on the box and perfect for take-out! Available in medium and large sizes to suit your pizza order. 
2019 new pizza box design
New York pizza design
Details on the side of the boxes
Last but not least, the Danish Butter boxed cookies now come with the new paper liner. Each tin box can fit 12 cookies (4 designs) all nestled within the cupcake liner.
Littlest Sweet Shop's Danish Butter Cookies
Perfect for tea time!
Okay that's all the time I have for now. I'm currently doing another commission in 1:12 scale so plenty of new items coming up next month. The weather is also finally brightening up so I can try to debut more new items that has been gathering dust since January! I've been doing a lot of experiments and not really finishing up a project because I get distracted and end up starting something new. I think I just need to be more disciplined and come up with bigger sets like when I did the doughnuts and fast food range. I will also be uploading a YouTube tutorial on how to make the peeled oranges so please do subscribe so you can also learn how these miniatures are made. 

Bye!