Thursday, 26 June 2014

Adding Miniatures and Accessories to The Coffee Corner

Hello my dear friends,

Finally I found time to sit down and post. The day isn't long enough. The kids have started their summer school break and it is just fun to have them here with me. I really enjoy their company even if they tire me out. The weather is getting hotter but hasn't settled in. I wanted to welcome a new follower to my blog Welcome MelyMel. 

I also wanted to remind you about the free give away. You still have time to join in. The closing date is on 30th June and the lucky winner will be announced the next day. For more information you can click on the picture on the right hand side of my blog page.

Today I will be sharing you what I have been up to with my Coffee Corner shop. I am really enjoying this small project even if I am not working on it every single day.

So I have added most of the items that I have been making and it still seams not enough. I have made some more canisters. These are made out of ceramic but I have decorated them with the same shops logo.

Ceramic Canisters with shops Logo
 My father has hand painted for me another lovely piece for the shop. I am so happy with the scales and it fits so well in the scene.

Hand Painted scales and my hand made coffee machine.
I also wanted to introduce you to the owner of 'The Coffee Corner'. Here is our dear Manuel. He is Italian but he lives in Britain. He fitted in the shop so well. He reminds me so much of Manuel in the British comedy 'Fawlty Towers'. 

The Shop Owner Manuel
And here comes the exciting part. I really enjoy adding all the little miniatures and accessories in place. It gives me great pleasure as it relaxes me. I can spend hours and I wouldn't even know that I did. So firstly I decorated the shop counter's lower part with the same wall paper border that I have designed and printed. I loved how it looked and I also added some golden cardboard paper in the inside of the display to make it look richer.  I have placed the cakes on ceramic plates which have also been decorated with the shop's logo and have placed them in the counters.

The shop Counters

Then I added my decorated ceramics to the open dresser and added some more miniatures to it. It is not complete yet as I still have to add some more pieces in the lower part.

My ceramics and miniatures.
I have also added the canisters and tins in the wall shelves and added more pieces to the side table. I am still not happy with them as they need more details and definitely they need to be moved.

Adding miniatures to the wall shelves and side table.

Here are some pictures of how the whole shop looks like at the moment.

Here is Manuel in his lovely shop
He must be very happy with the new business

Hope you have liked what I have done so far. There is still so much to do and add. So please do keep tuned as I will be updating you soon with the final few additions.

Take care and see you soon.


Rebecca xxxx

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Baking Cakes and Making Miniatures for The Coffee Corner

Hello folks,

Late evening for me today. I hope you are all enjoying the weekend. Here in Malta it is really getting hot and I can say that summer is here. At the moment I am really busy preparing for my son's 1st Holy Communion. It is a very special occasion for us.  I wanted to welcome two new followers of my Blog Elizabeth and Susan. Welcome. 

Just a reminder that for the month of June I am offering a small give a way. The lucky winner will be announced on 30th June. You just have to be a follower on this blog and comment to participate. The winner will receive a lovely ceramic miniature milk plate set.

Today I will be sharing with you some of the miniatures that I have been making for my Coffee Corner Shop. My head is exploding with ideas and I just can't keep up with them. Any way the first few miniatures that I wanted to do where actually some decorative ceramics such as plates, cups and saucers and a few cake plates. I have managed to design the ceramics with the shop's logo. Most coffee shops have their ceramics decorated with the shop's logo so I gave it a try and they worked.

Cups and Saucers

Cake trays

One important piece that I really wanted but couldn't find was an actual coffee machine. The coffee machine that I wanted was something that looked like an antique. I have searched for it everywhere but I couldn't find and so I had to improvise and make one myself. I have searched for some pictures. It is not a samovar. Even if I would love to add one of those too.

I have made this coffee machine with buttons, cardboard, copper wire and some jewelry findings. I still can't believe that it came out as good as this.  I am very happy how it turned out.

The Coffee Machine
Then the baking started. Once again my polymer clay came out and for the first time I made cakes. Believe it or not yes these are my first cakes made out of polymer clay. I first started with the small pastries which I really enjoyed making.

Polymer Clay Pastries

Pastries on the 4 tire cake stand

After the first try I went to try and make some nice cakes. I have made a coffee cake, a lemon cake, strawberry sponge, cheese cakes, black forest, profiteroles and eclairs . I have cut section from the cake to serve them in small plates.

Polymer Clay cakes

Coffee Cake

Lemon Cake

Strawberry Sponge

More Cakes and pastries 

Black Forest

Cheese cake
Apart from the good yummy stuff. I wanted to add some sweets, some tins and boxes. I have covered some tins with vintage labels of milk, cocoa, fruit and coffee. I have down sized them and printed them.

I have also filled some jars with candy made out of polymer clay and I have printed some boxes which would have fitted in for the scene like tea boxes and flour.

Jars and boxes
My father finished painting one of my favorite pieces. The old style cash register. I just love the detail of it all. I have added the display tags just like the old versions and have filled the tilt with money.

Built and Hand painted cash register

Cash Register with open tilt 

Cash in tilt
 To add to the register I also made a glass jar filled with coins. This is to go next to the cash register for the tips. 

Jar for tips

So this is what I have been doing so far. I just can't wait to start filling up the shop with them all. There is still so much that I want to add.

Hope you like what I have done so far. So do keep tuned for my next update. 

Take Care and see you real soon.


Rebecca x

Monday, 2 June 2014

The Bloom & Blossom Florist published on UK Miniature Magazine.

Hello my dear friend.

How are you? Hope you have enjoyed your weekend. Today was another day at the office and today was not such a lovely day. It rained a little and it's very windy. You can hardly believe that it's June. Thinking about June; June is actually my birthday month which brings me to a give away a little prize to the followers of my blog and my face book page.

This month I am giving away a lovely Ceramic miniature milk plate set. 

June's Free Give Away for those who follow my blog and Face Book Page
All you have to do to win this lovely set is:
1) Like My Miniature World Face Book Page and share with your friends
2) Follow my blog and share it with your friends
3) Post a message on this post here or the face book page to enter.

The special winner will be revealed on 30th June 2014. 

So today I wanted to share something exciting with you. Like you all knew just a couple of months ago I had finish my Bloom & Blossom Florist Shop. I had a lovely client Jane Kubiesa who purchased some of my minis from my Etsy shop. She was very happy when she received her miniatures and she asked me if I was in dolls housing. I gave her the page of my blog to show her some of my works. I didn't even know that Jane Kubiesa was actually a writer for the Dolls House and Miniature Scene Magazine. She needed material for the article she needed about Florist Scene and she asked me if I wanted to send her some pictures of my florist Shop.

I had just received the Miniature Scene Magazine July's Issue and I was just stunned with the whole article.
To see my own work printed on Uk Dolls house magazine makes me really proud. 

The Article
Here are some pictures that my brother the photographer Jacob Sammut took of the Bloom & Blossom Florist. 

So this is all for today. I will be sharing with you some more of my progress on the The Coffee Corner shop later on this week. So keep tuned for more.

Take Care and see you soon.


Rebecca xxx