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One of the things I love best is the feeling that I am helping others to learn and enjoy sewing. I try to encourage anyone I can to this end.

Here is a requested prom gown tutorial that is very simple and easy to follow.  Learn how to make your own pattern to suit the type of doll you want to make the dress for!





Watch the full video here:

MINATURE prom dress TUTORIALL // DOLLHOUSE // DIY - YouTube


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Wow, its been a whirlwind for me with so much going on! Finishing off the renovations for my craft room and working on this miniature fallout inspired kit bash at the same time.

There is a two part video series on this kit bash so you can watch me work and see some tips on how I achieved this completed project.

Watch the videos here...

Part one
MINIATURE fallout kit bash part 1 // DOLLHOUSE // DIY - YouTube

Part two
COMING SOON


Base house done and aging process of the floors and walls have begun.




Adding dirt and plants to the house really brought the abandoned house look together.


Here is the completed house in all its glory!


Best painting ever! Cute little magazines too.


I'm glad we moved on from bright yellow and green dining sets. I seriously hope we don't regress in the 2200s and go back to this awful colour scheme haha. Anyway, true to the fallout theme I painted the dining set to match the game.


You could still use these stairs right?


Mmmmm sugar bombs...


I was thinking that there should be a lamp or something on the bedside table. Thoughts?


Awwww look at the teeny tiny toilet.
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Hey guys I'm back! Wow where to start?! So, basically, as I'm sure many of you have noticed, i haven't published a blog or a youtube video in a while. 12 months to be exact. 

I took a break from miniatures and blogging with pretty much no explanation on social media, which probably wasn't the best move. But, i promise i had good reasoning! I'm excited to be back doing what i love which is creating.

Why i took a break
Taking a break wasn't something that i had planned on doing. I fell fairly ill and I'm (finally) mostly recovered. Right in the middle of my illness, both my parents also had life threatening illnesses, to which they're both being treated for to this day.  While i was away from crafting my husband and i took the opportunity to renovate the dungeon (lol just a nick name, promise) down stairs to be my craft room. Now we can have the kitchen table back haha. 

Its still incomplete but the foundation is there now. Here are the progress shots!


Concrete floor, semi-passable brick walls and so many holes. We had to replace the left wall and make is structurally safe and rewired everything. There was a huge hole in the external wall too that needed to be sealed.


Once the building work was done it was time for paint. Lucky for me the person tinting the paint did a wonderful (cough not) job of having the sample match the paint. We ended up with a base coat that was 3x darker than requested. But we persevered and finished it off with a nice pastel purple called cloudberry.


I wanted to have one wall a feature. So i chose a marbled mermaid look using a few colours in a matching pallet. I hand painted the marbled wall and gently used a roller over the top to blend everything nicely.


Next the tricky bit. Using holographic gold paint, i hand painted scales over the entire wall. The effect of using this paint leaves a shiny and bright gold scale up close and from the other side of the room, the gold holo paint merges into the wall to appear marbled.


I'm fairly happy with my wall and should be lovely and calming for me to stare at when i need a break from crafting.


The majority of the furniture has also been built and it's ready to be populated with my crafty supplies! All of the furniture i chose was either white or a pale beige to match in with the walls and not distract away from the feature wall.

Do you see a sneaky gremlin chicken on the windowsill? Haha!


I still have to install a large art print, caulk peg board, desk accessories, bins etc before the room is complete. I'll be slowly finishing off my room in the next month and by then miniatures and youtube tutorials will be back!!

Now for the scary and large process of purging old craft supplies and organising my new room... I'll keep you all posted!

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Hey hey! Been a while I know...

I was called out to an older gentleman's home month ago to inspect his Tetragonla hockinsi hive on fears that they have perished. Sadly they had. His hive was completely destroyed by small hive beetle (SHB), an invasive pest here in Australia brought over with the European honey bee. 

Australia's native bees do have ways of defending themselves against SHB by smothering invaders with sticky resins once they enter the hive. Older and more experienced hives are also better able to defend their entrances against SHB, however this doesn't help in the short term.  This is how new or inexperienced hives can be quickly devastated and overrun, despite how healthy they may initially be.

The good news is SHB in the Northern Tropics of Queensland tend to be more seasonal due to our extended periods of drought.  Once our periods of rain occur however, these little turds will stop at nothing to pick on our poor native bees.

In any case the gentleman I visited was in need of a new hive. He had made a native hive box himself out of reclaimed and untreated timber and I was lucky enough to have a hive myself on standby that was harboring two queens in a single hive.  This is not a common occurrence however the two queens were getting along just fine sharing workers and resources. You can see in the image below the two distinct brood clumps, both at different stages.

 

Since these little creatures were going into a new home they would need a little extra help defending their entrance. Usually i do this by inserting a small piece of U bend pipe into the entrance however I had run out of the right size during the time of the split, so I made an artificial one on the inside instead using some cerumen (native bee wax) I had cleaned and stored from previous rescues.


By making a temporary tube like this, the tiny bees have a smaller and elongated entrance to help defend their new home whilst cleanup and construction happens in the rest of the hive.


 
I also poured a thin layer of melted cerumen over the inside of the hive and squished a few larger droplets of wax randomly around to help give them something to build on and also some resources to use while they settle in.


Both halves of one brood was transferred into the new hive box along with some pollen pots in one corner and honey pots in the opposite corner. Unlike their southern counterparts, hockinsi in the tropics tend to prefer to have separated honey and pollen pots. The reason for this is still unclear however here we are with a few weeks rations of food and pollen with little spills. I only gave a small amount as both hives will be swapped daily to share workers while repairs occur over the next week or two. This will help boots immediate numbers, reduce clean-up time and give the new hive a little boost while the new hive grows.


After 3 days the little bees have almost entirely cleaned up their entrance hole and have reasonably defended their new home. Once the new hive has enough numbers without the support of the original, i will be sending these little critters to their new gorgeous home, where no doubt they will be cared for. I will be checking on them every few months just to make sure they grow and become a healthy and strong hive.


Just to finish the day, my chickens got a frozen yogurt treat to beat the heat! The good little girls kept away from my natives while I was doing the transfer so they definitely deserved a cool reward.

(left to right) Gremlin, Kiev, Schnitzel and Parmigiana

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