Thursday, December 30, 2010

St Honore Pastry

 St Honore pastries in various scales (1:3, 1:4, 1:6, 1:12)
all made in polymer clay.

base diameter measurements
1:3 - 3.2cm
1:4 - 2.4cm
1:6 - 1.6cm
1:12 - 0.8cm

man, i think st honore pastries have got to be one of the prettiest pastries around.

as with macarons, i'd never heard of, seen, tasted these before. i think i might like it, since i like choux pastries.

with some of my older 1:3 works for scale. i really ought to be listing stuff, but right now i'm enjoying my 'holidays' XD

happy new year everyone! <3

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Happy Holidays!

another customer request :) she wanted these to be larger than 1:12, but maybe smaller than 1:6 so that she can use them for both her blythes and petite blythes. inspiration provided by customer:

i have to admit, this house is the 3rd attempt. forgot to take pics of the first two, but i want to end the year on a positive note, hehehhe!

 made more 1:12 journals! these few took me 4 hours zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz why why do i work minis at the speed of snail?!?
 this pink one is my fave :) i will make some of these available on my etsy soon-ish! which, at the speed of snail, translates to sometime next year. which isn't so bad, that gives me a week to get to it! XD

 and although i do not celebrate christmas, i always welcome presents XD so i made some in cookie form!

thank you all for the encouragement these past 2 years as i put one foot in front of the other on this very interesting voyage of minis. there have been several ups and downs in my life, and i have to say, making minis is a definite high. :)  i've made valuable friends, attained various accomplishments i'd never thought to seek or achieve, improved my social skills (marginally, but it's a step i'd not much bothered to take before) and overall, kept myself (and my bf ha!) somewhat sane and moods manageable.

very vague, but as with the more personal feelings, i find it hard to express exactly how much this all means to me. for those who know, thank you for being there for me, thank you for being patient with me, and thank you for supporting me. <3!

 may 2011 bring me more adventures with minis!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

STGCC 2010 - 2nd day

HI ASUKA! XD there's Asuka in her fave panda sweater, at her booth. this year, she's back at STGCC with  Bjornik (HI BJORNIK!) who was her booth partner for STGCC 2009 ^ ^

if you squint a little, you can prolly see the "Artist Alley" flag :P this year, the alley didn't consist of booths, and  visitors were led directly to the alley via the entrance to the event. i like the layout better as it meant (somewhat) better exposure for the artists :) i thoroughly approve!  :P

some of Asuka's print works for sale, as well as her minis! if somehow you missed out you can always contact Asuka via her blog: to check on the availability of the prints/postcards. i know a few of the A4 sized posters sold out yesterday, WHEE!!

aaaand there's Bjornik hiding tee hee. i love his artworks, they're soooooo intricate! see more at he's based in the Philippines so try and make it to STGCC for the final day today (12th Dec)! tickets are available at the 1st floor of Suntec convention centre for i think $15 (one day pass). ionos cos i got an exhibitor badge for entry :P

wakakaka we had so much fun yesterday! this was before all the activity started, so Asuka's still in a bouncy flouncy mood, as you can see...;)

i didn't really walk around all that much, but i did go up and down the Artist Alley alot since it was the path to the loo (heh) so i took time out to take pics of the booths..i tried to take pics of all of them but some were simply too crowded to take a 'proper' pic...i totally forgot to snap the stage area or the (strange) library area where you were allowed to borrow books at the venue itself (!????!!!!) was recovering from a bout of food poisoning (on friday) and the flu earlier in the week, so the day started off somewhat strange and slow for me. highlights for me were:

his work is awesome! he happened to be the only one demonstrating sculpts at the alley (some artists were offering sketches) and thus i naturally drifted towards his 'studio' XD very happy to share his experiences and techniques, as well as materials etc, i kept bugging and 'stalking' him when my help wasn't required at Asuka's booth XD it turns out (much later in the day) that we had a mutual friend! the world is sooo small :D i believe he does mostly commission sculpts, he was demonstrating sculpting on a Gouken figure.....i think this was my 2nd fave booth in the alley (1st being Asuka's, of course hee hee!)

my next fave has to be this guy, his name (rather, Keatopia) seemed so familiar! I had thought he was at previous STGCC or AFA, but he said it's his first time exhibiting :O anyhoo, i really <3 ninjas and was more than pleased when he autographed my copy of his 'sketchbook' (available for $13 each) with a ninja without me prompting him to :P boy this guy was busy the whole day, each time i passed his booth, he was busy sketching up a storm. his arm must be right think he has to go through the same thing today XD

also, was very happy to see more sculpts in the alley! AND customizers for Blythes, Pullips, etc. i think 3D items attract me more than print media (duh...HA!) and i would so loved to have hung around and chatted with the booth holders but didn't know the proper etiquette on how to approach them :( the last pic, the javanese inspired carved figurine really attracted me as i love the infusion of traditional arts into new art forms (??) very nice! wish i'd taken the namecards like i thought i did -_-"

when i -did- stray from the alley, these caught my eye XD i ADORE the little girl's expression with the bear! i can't even identify what character it is, i'm so not caught up with the latest toy/comic trends :( i should get out more....*taps chin*

wahahha i could barely contain myself when i saw R2D2 making its rounds near Asuka's booth....and the lego star wars display at Legion 501's booth! i'm not a huuuuge star wars fan, but there are many many fond childhood memories of playing with star wars figurines, making ewok sounds and being forced to place bowls on the sides of my head since i was the only female cousin -_-" i think i would have rather played an ewok than leia. hurhurhur. or maybe even R2D2 (but never C3PO what a wuss). i have always found it amusing that i could tell from R2D2's blips and blots how he was feeling, but found it difficult to understand the human character's emotions?!?!?! at least he was clear with his expressions!

to satisfy cosplay fans....i have just the one was so funny how this pic came about. Asuka has a better pic in her camera, and this lady was at the previous STGCC so it was a very happy reunion this year (i vaguely recall bumping into her last year during my brief stopover at Asuka's '09 booth) when finally FINALLY all 4 of us at the booth (Asuka, Bjornik, me and Bjornik's friend) recognized her as Faye Valentine from Cowboy Bebop. she mentioned that we were the first and only group of people to recognize her!! frankly, the joy from me might have stemmed from feeling so lost as countless cosplayers walked by all day and me unable to recognize 80% of them T-T so we got round to chatting about how it's nice to see a revival of the 'classic anime/manga' cosplays (pikachu DOES NOT COUNT GRRRR) as the recent cosplay costumes just seem too similar in style.

i think i annoyed her with my constant jabs at looking for Ed, who is not one of her fave characters, to put it lightly :P

ok so the big question.....WHAT DID I BRING BACK!??!?

 wah heheh. i forgot to take a pic of rocketraygun's booth, which was right next to Asuka's -_-" i'd wanted to chat with him too but he was busy all day with sketches....only managed to chat with him briefly after the event was over for the day! got him to autograph the book for my bf too (it's got mecha art in it, i'm not all that into mecha stuff).

as introduced earlier, i got these special 'for friends only' keychains from Bjornik! <3 them, gotta find a place to display 'em....

i think Asuka got this as a door gift, and gave it to me ^ ^ Yotsuba thanks you greatly for it! HEE HEE! she knows of my <3 for tools, in miniature and life-sized :D

 and who could resist the gashapon machines HUH HUH???? this is like, a 1:2 version of the takara tomy cars that i collected as a kid! although i only remembered them as Tomy cars hrmm..*frowns deeply* up till my early teens i would spend hours in the toy section staring at the drawer front displays of the cars, i still remember my fave was a bakery delivery truck....i must have lost it in one of the many moves *SOBS*

 and yayyyy stitch!!! i seem to always always try for at least 1 stitch gashapon machine heheheheh

the highlight of the day has to be near the end when was i re-acquainted with a very very old friend of mine from my IRC days...if i could i would not stop hugging her i was soooo very happy!!! we'll be meeting up again this week for a movie...YAY YAYYY~!

thus concludes a very lengthy post about my one-day 'stint' as Asuka's helper at STGCC 2010! i had a great time, thank you for giving me this opportunity Stephanie! *MUAKSSSS~!!!~* (oh and that's not me, but we snagged her for this shot as she was wearing the same panda shirt as Asuka LOL! thanks for being so sporting!!)

you can see all the pics i took at

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

1:12 journals

there have been countless discussions between Asuka, Susan and I regarding making mini books. as much as i love printies, it's hard to get a good resolution on such a small scale with my *censored* printer. so when i found a darling little gift wrap paper at a neighbourhood provision store, i snapped it up ^ ^.

and it sat in my room collecting dust for over 3 mths -_-"

i wanted to add a little bit more 'flair' and colour to my settings, and after spending 2 weeks sorting out and re-arranging my work area, i re-visited the idea of making the books. i don't remember how, but i stumbled across a wonderful tutorial, here:

these are 'working' journals! yea, you only have like, 16 pages for the thicker ones, and 8 for the thinner, but my dolls aren't too pensive so it'll do ;) i left them blank cos i didn't have the heart to scribble in them. they are approx 1/2" x 3/4" each. 

also, made some little baskets for displaying, ionos. stuff.

Stitch and Scrump are from Re-ment :) i forget which set -_-" they work wonderfully well as bookends!

NOT a mini, but Eva's wearing a 1:2 scale hat XD it might be 1:3, ionos, the hard hat is actually some sweet container cover. tee hee. she needs a trim. kneecap belongs to my youngest bro whom i found tempting Eva using the hat to cover some tidbits. -_-"

am trying desperately to recover from this 2nd bout of flu, the trendy year-end viruses are going around....i hope to recover by this weekend as Asuka is exhibiting at STGCC, and i hope to be there to lend her some support :) more info can be found on her blog here:

i know, it's strange that the ticketing info isn't on the main page itself...zzzzzz so here's a direct link:

off to rest......T-T

Saturday, November 27, 2010

my new photoshoot area

I know i know, you've seen these before...and finally i've put them up for sale!

Wear these on your ears! Available on my Etsy! These hang downwards and lower on the earlobe...

And these are the upright ones, but i suppose you could twist them around in any direction :D Find them here!

Shell shaped macarons here!


haha ok promo time is over. now to the usual stuff, and i have finally finally made the display unit as i promised i would! for my regular readers, you probably have recognized Rosanna's beautiful signboard, last shown off here :P back then, i promised myself that i would build a unit worthy of displaying those gifts.

i've mentioned countless times how i'm terrible at conceptualizing and design, so i have to work with what i -know- how to do. which is to work on individual items, and then hope everything comes together while i play 'lego' with the pieces :X as always, i forgot to take pics while in-progress cos my hands are usually gesso'd or sticky with glue/paint. 

i started out with a quarter-circle that i cut out with mounting board. the walls and floor are double thickness mounting board, glued together with tacky glue, and gesso'd up before spray painted white. i suppose i needn't have used gesso, but i wanted to give the walls a slight texture (not very noticeable but in my heart i know :X ) and make sure the mounting board would not warp too much after application of paint. see, at that point, i hadn't even decided on wallpaper or paint, nor paintbrush vs spraypaint. i pretty much did every single element on-the-fly. the pink lace detail on the floor was added cos i felt a plain white room would be very blah, and i had a plastic doily so why not use it? stippled the floor with pink paint, laid the doily on top, and spray painted with 4-5 very light coats of white acrylic spray paint. then i assembled the walls and floors with more tacky glue.

the shelves i made using metal jewel filigree bent with pliers at 90 degree angles, then stuck on a pre-scored basswood board strips. honestly, i didn't know how it'd wind up looking, i was more concerned with the functionality rather than the aesthetics. luckily, everything 'worked' as it should, and they held on with tacky glue strong enough to hold the items i'll be displaying on them.

Yotsuba likes it too! i like how 'coincidentally' Rosanna's items and my other props sit on the shelves too :)

overall, i think it works, i highly doubt i'll fill it up as i want to use this to sell individual pieces. i like the simplicity and versatility of it, and my next display will be more towards my 'style', as i develop it further. thanks for reading and looking :)