Friday, November 28, 2014

Miniature Mail!

I'm so excited to share this project with you. I've been sitting on it for a month and the day has finally arrived that I can show it off!

 It's a tiny mail sorting table with loads of important packages and holiday mail!

All of the bits and bobs are available from AND I've even made a collage sheet filled with tiny mail related graphics so that you can create your very own!

Tooth fairies and sorting elves would find this especially handy!

I had so much fun putting the sorting centre together that I created an additional collage sheet of tiny envelopes, postcards and greeting cards! They are pretty addicting to make and oh, so easy :)

The complete supply list will be available HERE (Friday night peekers are getting a sneak preview!)

Monday, November 24, 2014

Things in thimbles and more

I've been busy making and creating for my holiday market this coming Saturday. I've even come up with a few new items. Like this itty bitty snowman in a thimble. 

There is ONE thimble snowman currently listed on etsy HERE which is very likely to be the last available online this year.

I also made some tiny thimble trees! These are sold out at the mo' but there should be a half dozen listed later today or tomorrow.

A few new 'specimens' were discovered at Pixie Hill. There is a stack of presents, snowman and tree. Each specimen has it's own individual number and every one has a unique story of it's discovery.

The fellow below reads:
No: 003.14: Found this on the compost heap. Almost buried it with potato peels! 

He's available HERE.

Finally, the Pixie Hill faeries were asked to help the North Pole Review Department prepare 'nice list' notifications. These elf sized envelopes measure 3 x 4"

There were some listed in my shop but so many people have been good this year that they have sold out pretty quickly. There will be a small number available at The Plum Pudding Market this coming Saturday.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Crowns! and a Christmas Market

I love crowns. There's something joyous about them. Put one on your noggin' and suddenly the world seems like a brighter place, and your confidence gets an immediate boost. Crowns are good that way. It's their job.

Paper crown by Nichola Battilana

For the base I've used lovely thick papers from Authentique's Faith collection. The pointy crown bit is die cut using A Gilded Life - Petite Monarch Crown Long Die. The flowers and leaves on the crowns are from Petaloo. You could use anything from their Botanica line and it would look divine :)

Paper crown by Nichola Battilana

The crowns are finished off with some inexpensive clear acrylic snowflakes and a good dose of glittery snow.

I can't wait to take these to the Plum Pudding Market next Saturday! The market is a small Christmas sale I'm organizing, featuring 20 outstanding makers and artisans. If you're near, you should absolutely check it out. It's going to be a lot of fun :)

Friday, November 21, 2014

A pretty petite print tray for Petaloo

I had a little wooden tray in my stash (which was actually packaging for some crafty embellishments) and I've been itching to decorate it for a while now.
Petite print tray with Petaloo and Authentique "Faith" - Nichola Battilana
Petite print tray with Petaloo and Authentique "Faith" - Nichola Battilana
I know it's still technically fall... but we're currently covered in the white stuff and this piece really does reflect the view outside my window. Loads of white with a dash of colour here and there struggling to peek through.
Petite print tray with Petaloo and Authentique "Faith" - Nichola Battilana
I painted the base white and then used various papers from Authentique's 'Faith' collection for the backgrounds. Then, I went to town tucking sentiments from the collection here and there. I was pleased to find some sweet words included that anyone, from any path, would find useful to include :) 
Petite print tray with Petaloo and Authentique "Faith" - Nichola Battilana
I finished by applying loads of sweet little Petaloo flowers and leaves, vintage buttons, fussy cut butterflies and handmade lady bugs. I love the variety of texture in those white blooms, which add a lot of visual interest dispite the limited pallet.
Petite print tray with Petaloo and Authentique "Faith" - Nichola Battilana
I think that this will be a good reminder in the depth of winter that beneath all that snow (and I'm sure there will be a ton of it) there is a whole world of colour waiting to return.
Authentique "Faith" collection including "details" and "petite diction"
Vintage buttons
Wooden tray

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Jane Austen Goodies for Core'dinations and Graphic 45 Blog Hop Day 4

Graphic 45 and Core'dinations are having a blog hop this week! Be sure to check out the Graphic 45 blog and Core'dinations too, there are loads of great projects to be seen and you can enter for a chance to win over $100 in amazing products! 
On to my contribution...

I’ve been wanting to create a Jane Austen inspired something for a while. What started out as a quest to make a paper bonnet quickly grew to include a hat box, slippers and shoe box.

As a jumping off point I chose ‘Robin’s Egg’ from Core'dinations Signature Series Graphic 45 Lights and coordinated with several papers from Botanical Tea.

The boxes are simple square and round boxes I crafted to size (which is actually pretty darned small). They are embellished with May Arts ribbon and Tresors de Luxe lace.

 The slippers are a variation of a pattern by Glenda Waterworth

And just as with the bonnet, there is a little frilly box to match.

Crafting this entire set was so much fun. And how adorable would these be gifted with a set of Jane Austen novels?! I think I might need to hunt down an Austen fan ;)

Here's my supply list for this set of goodies:
Ribbon from May Arts

Be certain check out the other amazing projects on todays Graphic 45 blog by Andrew Roberts and Lori Williams and don't forget to enter that giveway!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A tiny winter wonderland!

I am very fortunate to know many thoughtful people who collect all sorts of 'other peoples junk' for me to make and create with. My cute as a button neighbour brought me a clock box the other week and I knew right away that I wanted to place a little winter wonderland inside.

I whitewashed the exterior and gave it some distressing. I've used January Flourish from Graphic 45's newest collection Time to Flourish (which is absolutely LUSH by the way... seriously) and Ladies Dancing from their 12 Days of Christmas line. I then applied another whitewashed layer.

Inside is filled with glittery snow and bottlebrush trees. The piece can be viewed from both sides so one side features a handmade cottage and the other a tiny snowman.

Outside I've placed some inexpensive acrylic snowflakes and some Sugared Berry Clusters from Petaloo.

And just for good measure, here's a better look at those tiny snowmen. This fellow is the little brother the one inside my wonderland :)

Monday, November 17, 2014

Matchbox Whatnot

I'm not sure why a butterfly and typewriter ink go together, but I'm sure there's a wonderful story in there somewhere :)

This box is listed HERE