Saturday, 25 September 2010

Seasonal decorations

I'm starting to think about seasonal items for the house, most of which I'll make myself. I'm on the lookout for the little foil bits from sweets, which will make perfect mini Christmas crackers.

I'm going to buy a tree with lights for display in the lounge, and make some 'candles' and decorations for the shop.

A pack of felt arrived the other day, so I made a little Christmas stocking. You can buy them of course but the ones I've seen look iffy in terms of quality. This one is hand sewn, not glued. I plan to pop some 'presents' in before I display it at Christmas.

Before all that of course is Hallowe'en, so pumpkins are next on my list!

Shop: sandwiches

I've created another batch of sandwiches, this time at a reduced size. You can see that the ones on the tray to the left display tray much better than the original ones. Of course, reducing the size makes them even more fiddly to make!

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Shop: window cheese display

I find Fimo so hard to bake. I prepared some mini cheese rounds, crackers and apples and popped them into the over on 150 degrees. Within 10 minutes some of the cheese had started to burn, but the smallest items - the crackers, were doing fine.

Never mind, I still use the burned items, just with the overcooked side away from view.

The cheese window is almost complete. Both displays need prices and perhaps some point of sale signage to tempt potential shoppers to call in!

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Shop: window dressing

A quick search for 'Victorian shop fronts' on Google resulted in a range of images showing panelled wood behind the items on display.

Some spare balsa came in handy, so I cut it to size, actually half an inch longer, and I stained it in walnut once I'd added strips of wood to give an impression of panelling.

I made a shelf from some spare cornicing, reversed, and steadied in placed with a big blob of blu-tak.

The other window will feature three biscuit tin boxes and some cheese, which I'll make in the next few days.

Shop: new items, and sandwiches made from wine corks

I found a website called My Tiny World which has a good selection of shop packages and stock amongst other mini items.

My order was efficiently managed and arrived very quickly. Three of the packages had been crushed in transit, but My Tiny World immediately offered to send out replacements once I'd contacted them. That's great service so I'll be ordering again from them.

I love the little biscuit tins, which are made of tin. The tins of cocoa and conserves are excellent quality in terms the print clarity and materials. The Le Soleil Malines conserves tins even open, so you can fill them for added real life effect should they be used in a kitchen.

The very cute Twinings tea boxes come in a set of six, so I bought two.

Finally, I made more sandwiches for the shop. These are made from wine corks, the plastic ones, cut carefully then tiny pieces of paper are inserted for ham, cheese and lettuce. A blob of red paint on some of them resembles a tomato.