Monday, December 23, 2013

A Christmas Feature

It's just 2 days until Christmas...............................!

I am so thrilled to be featured in (and on the cover of) one of my all-time favourite miniature magazines! This December my Hummingbird Miniatures are featured in 'Dolls House & Miniature Scene' magazine - a fantastic read published in the UK. You can buy your copy here.

So here's my roast turkey on a dinner table spread with Christmas crackers, candles and vegetables. It's on the magazine front cover and below you can see the other images included in the article - such as a Christmas cake and Nutcracker shop scene.

My online Hummingbird Miniatures Etsy shop will be back at the end of Dec / start of Jan 2014... :)

Monday, December 16, 2013

Closed for the Holidays

Hello everyone,
You may have noticed that I closed my shops (this one) and (the other one)...! for the holidays so that I can fly home to England and spend it with my family. I'll be back in Jan 2014!!

Until then - stay in touch and make sure you don't miss updates about new products, competitions and when big discounts will be announced (the big one is coming post Christmas).

So... here are my 3 Facebook pages! Find Hummingbird Miniatures below, click on over and 'like' and you'll get the updates. Same for my other brand, and finally, the third Facebook page below represents my miniature movie making... one not to miss!

Hummingbird Miniatures Facebook page here

Other brand Facebook page here

Miniature film-making company Facebook page is here

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Gingerbread Jewelry this Christmas

Gosh, it's Dec and I haven't updated this blog since Thanksgiving!! I've been soooo busy... so I'm sorry about that. :)

Anyway, I'm really excited to show you my new handmade jewelry (or jewellery UK English) which I created for Christmas this year. Despite there being other 'mini food jewelry artisans' out there, I don't think anyone else is doing miniature gingerbread house earrings as dangle earrings - so I feel like they're quite special and unique. I worked hard on creating a special and unique design too.
They are also extremely tiny (much smaller than they appear in the photos) - so they will be a talking point at the Christmas party I'm sure!

Handmade by myself in smaller than one inch scale - these little iced gems hang on surgical steel findings (in black because I felt that would look cooler than silver), and all of the candy on them was handmade entirely by myself. See gingerbread house pendants below as well.

Here's a 'making of' photo below... I did a few at a time and hardened them in my craft oven, then once cooled I attached the earring findings. Just a little varnish in places and they were ready!

Find them at my online Hummingbird Miniatures Etsy shop and order ASAP to ensure you get them in time for Christmas gift-giving. They come in my pretty Hummingbird Miniatures packaging - so they're ready little stocking fillers!
** Please note that my Hummingbird Miniatures shop will close for 2 weeks (16th Dec 2013 - 1st Jan 2014) so that I can travel home to England for the holidays - get your sales in before that date! :) **

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing everyone (well my American friends at least) a Happy Thanksgiving!

As many of you know, I am English and live in California - so I was not brought up with Thanksgiving. Instead, in Britain, we had the Harvest Festival and of course our biggest November event is Guy Fawkes Night (or Bonfire Night). Today was my 4th Thanksgiving, but the very first time I have roasted my own turkey for the occasion. I took a photo and included it in this post (lame - yes, definitely!)

Promotions and Competition News...

I am running a big Black Friday discount tomorrow. It will be applied to my online Hummingbird Miniatures Etsy shop and is of course valid to all customers - not just Americans!

The first 5 customers will receive 30% off all in store.
The next 5 customers will receive 20% off all in store.
Everyone else will receive 10% off all in store for the remainder of the weekend.

Sale starts tomorrow at 10 am (Pacific Standard Time) and runs all weekend (ending at 10 pm on Sunday). Check the Hummingbird Miniatures Facebook page here to see the announcement of the coupon code (this will be announced tomorrow morning just before 10 am).

And - don't miss out on the COMPETITION on my other blog - it ends this Saturday at midnight!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Count down to Thanksgiving!

It's only 5 days away...

Pick up a realistic miniature (one inch scale) turkey at online Hummingbird Miniatures Etsy shop, and don't forget some veg to go with it!

See my turkeys in the making here.

Like my miniatures but currently low on funds? Then join me on Facebook and stay ahead of news about discounts, coupon codes, and competitions (in which miniatures are given away for free as prizes).

There is a competition currently running at my other blog - click here to go straight to the Facebook page and take 2 minutes to click and enter! You might just win a miniature handmade by me when the name is drawn out of a hat in 4 days time....!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Little Potted Christmas Trees

They're finished and now available at my online Hummingbird Miniatures Etsy shop as part of my new Christmas 2013 range - but it doesn't need to be Christmas to have them. They'll fit into any miniature scene as a pretty indoor or outdoor accessory.

One inch scale - but can be used in a half inch scale scene.

PS See them in the making in a previous post here...!

And, in case you missed it, I also listed some roast potatoes at my online shop (here) to accompany the miniature Thanksgiving / Christmas turkey.

dollhouse dolls house miniature homeware plants, potted plants and shrubbery, miniature garden, fairy garden, dollhouse garden, dollhouse pots and vases

Friday, November 22, 2013

Care for Christmas Cupcakes?

I hardly ever make miniature cupcakes as I find them so fiddly, but I've made some very cute ones for this Christmas, and hope you like them! They're one inch scale, have paper cases and different candies on top - all handmade by myself.

I will be making them available at my online Hummingbird Miniatures Etsy shop tomorrow. I am selling them individually.

PS If you'd prefer to make your own cupcakes instead of buying one of my handmade cakes, then why not follow my cupcake tutorial and try it yourself?!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

A Spoonful of Sugar...

Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down....!

I made these very tiny jars of old fashioned candy for Christmas. The jars were hand-blown (by my glassblower friend on the East Coast) and then I filled them with candy which I made myself (from polymer clay of course - I never use pre-made canes...!) Each candy is different - some have hearts, some have rainbow colours, some have Christmas trees or snowflakes etc. Then each jar was finished off with a silk ribbon and gold cap.
The photo above shows them sitting in a teaspoon - not a tablespoon!

There is only one of each. You can use them in your one inch scale (1:12) or even half inch scale (1:24) miniature scene as they're small enough. They measure only 9/16" (1.4 cm) in height.

In other news....
There is a competition currently running at my other blog. Just follow the simple rules to enter and in 2 minutes you could be in with a chance of winning your chosen item (worth up to $200). Click over to the other blog and find out how. Good luck!

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