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!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Dreaming of a Pink Christmas...

You may have noticed that much of my Christmas 2013 range has been pink in some way. It's because I was inspired by the Nutcracker Ballet and I may have become carried away! To complete the pinkish theme, here's a cute Christmas cake which is made with pink and yellow candy canes and decorated with little iced biscuits. All of the candy is handmade by me as I never buy pre-made canes.

I only made one of these Christmas cakes, so if you'd like to own it then click on over to my online Hummingbird Miniatures Etsy shop!


Also, this cake was featured along with other Christmas miniatures I made this year, in the magazine 'Dolls House and Miniature Scene'. It's a fantastic magazine full of articles about miniature artisans discussing their work, projects and everything you need to know about miniatures really! I highly recommend buying a copy or, better yet - subscribing.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Antique Furniture - Coming Soon...

Just a quick sneak peek at what is coming soon... a new range of 'Antique' furniture such as this Italian writing desk. I'll be making OOAK (one of a kind) pieces and listing them for sale here and there at my online Hummingbird Miniatures shop.

There are already a couple of pieces of furniture listed currently (a Nutcracker Screen and French Buffet).

Saturday, November 16, 2013


I only found out recently that Americans don't use the expression 'to go pear-shaped'. It's a well known expression in the UK and simply means to go wrong. I used the expression in an email recently and the American receiver didn't take my meaning at all! Anyway, I just remembered that as I listed some new realistic pears in my online Hummingbird Miniatures Etsy shop.

Stay on the look out for a few more Christmas items which will be added over the next couple of days. Don't worry if you have just recently purchased something and then decide you want to buy something else. I always reimburse people who accidentally pay postage more than once. Also, if you buy something from my other Etsy shop and still want to visit the Hummingbird Miniatures shop, then I combine postage. :)

Friday, November 15, 2013

Roast Turkey and Cranberries

With Thanksgiving around the corner I thought I better hurry up and list my two new design turkeys at my online Hummingbird Miniatures Etsy shop.

They can be used for Thanksgiving or Christmas. One is partially carved, the other one is whole. Both sit on a bed of greens and cranberries and are attached to baking trays. These miniature roasts are featured in the Christmas issue of the fabulous magazine - Dolls House and Miniature Scene! So look out for that - I'd recommend subscribing to this magazine anyway. :)

Find the one inch scale miniature roast turkeys here before they're gone!

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