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 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.


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!