My name is Drora. My hobbies are dollhouse miniatures, classical music, folklore arts and crafts from all over the world. My interests are languages and books. I collect dollhouse miniatures and also make some myself.
It so happens that all my free time is now devoted to making nutshell homes for gnomes. Already made and gave away 11 but requests for more keep pilling up. Boring as it is, they all want gnome homes. OK, so the snowmen, nativities, fairytales, and other ideas will have to wait. Good thing there's still time till Chrismas.
I need more walnuts, preferable fresh ones which are hard to get here. My daughter Galia promised to get me at least 20.
Grouped the little houses before separating them. They look so pretty together.' like a tiny village. Also made some trees from bits of scrap sponges.
Remember the kiln-fired clay houses? This was before transformation.
Made seven gnomes for the seven empty nutshells. The one on the left side is too large for the shell. He'll be sitting on a flower pot soon.
Would you believe it? Today, two months later, I received birthday gifts which were sent to me by Tatiana, my dear friend from Ukraine, on May 20. Luckily, Tatiana realizing that the parcel didn't arrive, sent me the registered number and I was able to track down the parcel. At the post office, they told me that two messages to my cell phone to come and claim it were left unanswered. Of course, the messages were sent to a wrong number. I'm so ashamed and furious that we have such a clumsy post service. At last, the parcel was located. Still, it took over 2 weeks to get to me.
You cannot imagine how happy and relieved I was to open the parcel and find this gorgeous cat girl doll, handcrafted by Tatiana, one of the most gifted miniaturist friends I'm fortunate to have.
Kitty has got on a beautiful dress, hat, and shoes all made by Tatiana.
And, Kitty didn't come empty-handed. She brought me a beautiful vase filled with gorgeous flowers. A beautiful piece of lace adorned the lovely box. Look at how sweet her little tail pips out of her dress.
Suddenly, a welcome committee arrived to inspect the lovely newcomer. Baalatova and Solly love Kitty. She was invited to listen to Baalatova old, fascinating stories along with Solly.
So, all is well that it ends well. Blessings my friends
I tried Megan's tip for splitting walnuts into halves. "soak them in water for a day or two. It softens the seam and you can split them easily and without damaging the shell. Of course, the flesh of the nut will be soggy and unappetizing so you have to decide what you want, the nut or the shell". This method is far better than the previous one. Almost all the soaked nuts split in perfect halves which were easier to scrap clean inside. Thanks again Megan.
I never expected so many people around me, especially family members who never before showed much interest in my work, to want the gnomes homes. Now I have my hands full with work making more.
But it gets boring doing gnome scenes only, so I'm attempting nativity and maybe, later on, snowmen, etc.
I wish you a pleasant, creative week with blessings.
A little late but worth the wait! My dear, wonderful and generous friend Maria sent me these lovely gifts for my birthday. The parcel got here later than usual due to some local post errors.
This tiny watch almost blew my mind.
The Nativity kit is to be painted and assembled. Hopefully before Christmas.
In addition, Maria sent me a whole load of craft stuff, ribbons, flower stems, stickers, etc. etc. THANK YOU DEAR MARIA, I AM BLESSED TO BE YOUR FRIEND.
I wasn't idle this week. Finished several nutshell homes, made some extra gnomes for Baalatovah's garden, at her demand. All three nutshells are for 3 wonderful caretakers at my husband's nursing home.
I have to ask Birgit what kind of plant this is. I never saw such tiny leaves and these, I believe, are not artificial, but dried and painted living plants, perfect for these scenes.
The extra gnomes.
This is one of my clay vases with real flowers. forgot to put a match for size. It's about half a walnut.
Thank you, dear Faby, for your thoughtful gifts. The dried flowers regretfully did not endure the journey and crumbled away. This is what's left of them.
From two close friends who ordered these beautiful china vases and sculpture from abroad especially for me.
My cell phone camera didn't do justice to the beautiful goddess.
My daughter and son-in-law are back. I already have some ceramics waiting for the kiln. They'll have to wait however for Nilly's large items to get thoroughly dry, and be fired together. Nilly gave me for my birthday some very valuable new craft tools which are hard to find locally. My other daughter Galia, gave me books.
These are from the batch I left for Nilly to fire with her own work in her kiln. I made them during my visit to her studio. Just played with the clay, created a ball, stuck a short piece of a wooden skewer in its middle and moved the ball around it to make an opening. While the pieces were still wet, I stuck on clay leaves which I market with a needle. Pinched the opening of one of the vases and it looks as if its borders are almost being torn out.
The pieces are not glazed or painted. I rather like them the way they are as if carved out of stone.
They were still wet when I left and therefore not sanded. My second batch will look better because I made it at home with no hurry and sanded it after it was dry. Since I have no plans to give them away, they'll serve as examples for my future work with clay.
Nilly and husband are flying to Europe tomorrow and will not be back before mid-June, so the little houses and other items will have to wait until then. I wish you all a wonderfully creative week ahead with blessings.
Hello dear readers, This is my first post for May. The last part of April was mostly holidays spent with family and guests. and of course the daily visits to the nursing home to see my husband.
All the projects I was working on are packed away to make my home clean and tidy, ready to receive guests. The projects will stay packed until I finish my experiments with ceramics. Somewhere on Pinterest, I saw tiny ceramic houses which I loved. Nilly, my daughter, gave me a large block of clay and here are some results before glazing and firing. At this stage, all the items are very fragile, white colored and clay dusty.
fruit and cake stands
The whole lot
A previous lot was left to be fired in Nilly's kiln, I am waiting excitedly for the results. Clay shrinks considerable, everything you see here will be smaller after firing.
There's still a lot of clay left. I hope my next batch will be better than this but already the items look nice to me. Have wonderful creative work with blessings.
Hello and Happy Easter and Passover Holidays to all my dear readers.
This very simple and easy tutorial will be, dear readers and followers, a holidays gift to you.
An original carpet beater is made from three wicker strips. A miniature beater looks better if it's done with two strips. But, if you are able to get very thin strips you can do it with three, just follow the steps in the photos.
For demonstration only I'll be using two strands of bendable miniature flower stems.
A. Bend carefully the center of the length into a round loop.
B. With the right end of the strips enter the top loop and make another round circle.
C. Do the same with the left end and make an opposite loop. Now you have three loops with one end coming from under a loop and the second from over a loop.
D. Twist the two ends together leaving an oval opening. (this is the point to bind the ends of wicker with raffia).
E. Twist until you reach a length of 2.5" (10cm) and bind again with raffia.)
Wicker strips a strand of raffia Cutter of scissors
1. Cut two 30 cm (12") lengths from the wicker twines and soak them in hot water for about 15 minutes until they are completely bendable. It is very important to keep them wet and pliable all the time.
2. Bend the two strips together as seen in the A to E demonstrations.
You can see the end results when done with wicker strips.