Sunday, February 22, 2015

Happy Birthday to Me!

It's my birthday tomorrow so I decided to make myself a cake! I gave up all sugar and desserts for Lent, so it doesn't matter to me that my birthday cake isn't edible. This miniature cake is made from polymer clay (what else?!) and in once inch (1:12) scale. The candles are extremely tiny, and if you read this previous blog post you'll know that my birthday candles have became far smaller, but I use a new technique which means that they are actually far less fragile and less likely to break than birthday cake candles I have made before.

The cake is a tall one - being 4 layers of vanilla sponge and pale blue icing. It's topped with confetti and of course tiny candles.

Since we're on the topic of candles, if that interests you, you might want to take a look at my realistic pillar candles which I've made for my film company (photos here) and which can of course be bought online here.

Don't miss out on new cakes which are gradually being added to the online Hummingbird Miniatures Etsy shop here!

PS Did you know that you get free delivery if you purchase from my Hummingbird Miniatures online store on the day of your birthday? Just email me a snap of your ID that shows your date of birth and I'll grant you a birthday code for free delivery, no matter where in the world you live. The purchase must be made on your actual birthday. If you've already made a purchase on your birthday and didn't use the code then just email me and I'll send a reimbursement for shipping via PayPal.

Have a great week everyone!

Friday, February 20, 2015

NEW Black Forest Gâteau

Last week I showed you some photos of my workspace with the black forest cakes (or gâteaux) in progress. They're all finished now and listed at my online Hummingbird Miniatures Etsy shop here!

They're one inch scale and made with great attention to detail. I actually think they're some of my most detailed cakes and I was very happy with the design because they're different to any other dollhouse miniature black forest cakes I've seen. I opted not to put cream on the top or outside, which would have been a bit more traditional. My cakes have cream on the inside and chocolate icing on top. There are two kinds of cherries and some on the top have the stems.

A great center piece for your miniature shop or kitchen / dining room!


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day 2015!

Where did the last month go?! If you're ever wondering where I've disappeared to, since I don't update Hummingbird Miniatures or my other blog with the frequency I used to, it's probably because I am busy over at Tall Tales Productions, creating miniature model sets and working towards a stop-motion short film. You can keep up with this here at the blog, or here at the Facebook page.

So... here at Hummingbird Miniatures I have been creating cakes, cakes, cakes! I have made a cute new range of detailed black forest (gateaux) cakes, to my own design and also started creating a whole new range of miniature birthday cakes with candles.

Here's a glimpse into my workspace below. One inch scale black forest cakes, made by myself with huge attention to detail out of polymer clay. These miniature cakes have two kinds of cherries (dark and also maraschino (glacé) cherries on top, which are lighter and brighter, and there's cream inside the cake and chocolate frosting on the top. So they were a lot of work and will be available at the online Hummingbird Miniatures shop just as soon as we re-open. Email me if you're interested in reserving one!

Have a wonderful Valentine's Day all! x x x x

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Merry Christmas and Happy 2015!

Quite a belated Christmas message from me, I know! Where have I been? Well last year I got more and more busy with exhibitions and also my film company (here), that I almost decided to quit Hummingbird Miniatures for a time, to focus exclusively on making stop-motion / miniature films.

However.... I have been persuaded by some of my lovely clients not to quit entirely, so Hummingbird Miniatures will continue to have a presence here, on Facebook, and also at my online Etsy shop.

I will re-open the shop very, very soon, and I've also started creating some new special items, just for the occasion. I look forward to blogging about them and stay tuned because to thank you for your patience, the Hummingbird Miniatures shop will re-open with a very BIG SALE.... details of this will be announced here on the blog soon.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas / holiday season! Have a fantastic new year.

Here's a look back at a few of Hummingbird Miniatures' Christmas 2014 photos. Also, find past Christmas's here.

PS Look what I received this Christmas!! Something I have wanted for ages, ever since I saw it in the window of a little shop at an LA mall. It's a miniature hot air balloon with a wicker basket and I just love it.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

A Christmas Feature, again!

Yay! Another cover! I love getting covers at Christmas (see last year's here, and year before that here). This year it is on 'The Dolls' House Magazine' and you can purchase a copy of this brilliant UK magazine here.

This is the feature below and a selection of the photos they used. Please note that these scenes were originally created for (but not printed in) the magazine 'Dolls House and Miniature Scene', which my talented friend Stephanie is on the cover of this month - and it's a fabulous magazine, so you should check that out too.

So thrilled to get my copy of The Dolls' House Magazine in the mail yesterday!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

An English Christmas Roast

Gosh, where have I been?! I know that's what you must be thinking, unless you follow my 'Caroline blog' (HERE) as I haven't blogged since October! Well, let me fill you in...

In a nutshell, I have had two exhibitions on and so I worked like a crazy person for the past 10 weeks to get everything done! The exhibitions are ongoing right now. One is in Burbank, California (details here on my Caroline blog) and the other is in Shanghai, China (more details here), and I just got back from China yesterday! I'll share all sorts of photos of the exhibitions soon.... but for now, here are some photos of new Christmas miniatures to begin to celebrate Christmas 2014 over at Hummingbird Miniatures! I made this Christmas scene as part of my Shanghai exhibition. There is a roast turkey on a tray with greens and cranberries, a dish of mixed roast veg (zucchini / courgette, carrots and parsnip), a dish of Brussels sprouts, a dish of roast potatoes and plates with very English crackers. The silk table runner has hand-painted trees and there's a holly table decoration with candles and oranges and two golden potted mini trees. This entire table will be available for sale as 1 piece after the exhibition ends (Jan 2015). Attached are hand-blown glass wine goblets, ceramic plates, hand-painted cutlery, a red cotton table cloth and a wooden bread board with sliced bread. To reserve this piece feel free to email me directly.

Below are 'making of' photos as well as close-ups of the finished piece.

I'll re-open my online Hummingbird Miniatures Etsy shop today as well!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Cake in The Dolls House Magazine!

Was chuffed to see one of my new miniature birthday cakes in this month's issue of 'The Dolls House Magazine'! You can find your copy of this fantastic UK publication here.

This is the cake they featured.

Don't forget, I will be selling a whole new range of cakes over at my Hummingbird Miniatures online Etsy shop very soon, and until then I am selling them direct to customers who contact me by email.

In other news.... you have just less than one day left to enter the competition that is currently running! It only takes a few clicks and you could be in with a chance of winning an original Hummingbird Miniatures Halloween miniature.... details here! Competition closes at midnight tonight (PST).

Good luck!

Below are some of my Hummingbird Miniatures handmade miniature dollhouse birthday cakes. All made by myself in 1:12 (one inch) scale, using polymer clay. dollshouse cake dolls house cake dollhouse cake

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