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This is a blog about my passion: dollhouses and miniatures. This particular blog was started to follow my miniature dream: to create a Victorian Mansion. But work on my Mansion is slow. Very slow. Sloth slow. Ice Age glacier movement slow. Why? Because I am easily distracted by other personal miniature projects (I have 50+ roomboxes and 15 dollhouses in various stages of incompletion) and because I work for a miniature shop and am often up to my elbows in miniature projects that aren't mine! So, I thought, some artists work in a particular medium (woods, watercolors, clay, oils, etc.), I work in progress . . . .

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Snow Day: Bunnies and my Peeps! (Ruth Stewart kits)

Mother Nature decided that Northern Virginia needed a little Winter decorating so our little icy rain weather became 3" of snow and a cancelled school day (and that means I don't open the store)!  So today just became: Mini Play Day!!!!

We participated in the Molly Cromwell miniature show last weekend and my little shadow (my youngest) joined me to help out...
Crammed as much as I could onto our little table :)
While at the show she took the children's free class and LOVED every minute of it - and she did a great job decorating her witch's table and assembling the 2" high paper house!

I love how she glued her book upright and the bat on top!

She added "smoke" (cotton ball) to the chimney when we got home
And now she is hooked and wants to help me with everything mini related (however, she is still not allowed to help paint the mansion's ballroom ceiling. That's my fun project!).

So last year my friend and I attended the Philly show (Philadelphia Miniaturia show) and I purchased several little FIMO mold kits from Ruth Stewart of Stewart Dollhouse Creations (Stewart Dollhouse Creations website)....
Wonderful, easy, step-by-step directions and photos!
I have been waiting for a play day to make them!  And now I have help too!
Squishing the clay into the mold

Scraping it level in the mold

So easy a 10 year old can do it!

I'm playing with the chocolate mold...

Teenager wanted to try too.

Popping them out of molds once they were cooked

Other teenager had to try it too

They were so excited to pop the minis out of the molds

Our "mini" mini collection.

They still need eyes painted on, but our little chicks are so perfect!

Love the little peanut butter cup chocolates!
Chocolate bunnies were the hardest to squish and level in the mold, but once the bows and eyes are painted on, they will look fabulous in my Cottontail Confectionery shop!

Little bits to put on a tray

I even attempted to free-hand make a cake.  It'll need icing. And it will have to be buried in the back of the shop. LOL

Made the gingerbread, cakes?, and icing blobs from a different mold I'd bought two or three years ago. Need to get Stewart's gingerbread men mold cuz these ones were too thick.
So I'm hooked and looking to see what other kits she has and what other supplies will make it easier for us to play, er, I mean, create more fun things!  My kids and I thoroughly enjoyed our snow day!  Thank you Mother Nature!


  1. Hello Lori,
    I hope you had fun at the fair. Your table was filled with lovely pieces. The molding came out beautifully. How lucky you were to have such great assistants.
    Big hug,

    1. Molly's miniature show was fun, but the hotel was freezing! And since I bought 2 dolls from another vendor I'm pretty sure I spent almost as much (if not more than) what I made. Lol

  2. Solo con ver las ayudantes habrá sido una feria muy divertida y instructiva, tienes unas futuras miniaturistas. Una mesa muy bonita:-)

    1. Yes, it is nice that my kids have expressed an interest in miniatures. The middle child wasn't as keen on making the little foods from molds. She much more prefers the demolition, reconstruction, and painting aspects of miniatures. But it certainly was nice to spend the morning with them not on their electronics/video games!

  3. Hi, Lori - Your table at the fair looks wonderfully laden! I'd love to see all those delights up close and personal. It looks like a fun time. Your little "shadow's" witch's table and tiny house turned out so well! The cotton ball "smoke" was a great idea; she sounds as creative as her mom. Those little Ruth Stewart mold kits look fascinating, and your daughters (and you) appear to be having so much fun with them - a great idea for a snow day. Fimo is always fun, but this is something new that my grandkids would love to try. Thanks for the idea!

    1. Thank you for the kind words, Marjorie! I certainly think my kids are creative, but I do know that as their mother, I'm biased. And thank you for the blog post idea: I may do a post about my store! So many fun goodies, eye candy, and inspiration is there. And so few actual brick-and-mortar shops exist any more, I ought to post about it while I still exist! Lol

  4. It appears that your candy making snow day turned out to be great fun for the entire family and all of the candies look YUMMY!

    1. Thank you for stopping by! I put more of her kits onto my birthday and Christmas wish lists so hopefully there will be more to share in the upcoming weeks (especially if Mother Nature graces us with another snow day! Lol).