17 October 2015

Mini Make - Simple Lampshade

I whipped these up a while when I was messing about with cheap lighting ideas.

It's essentially just a paper circle with a bent paper clip fixed on the inside (so you can hang it or put on a lamp base.) 

They're super quick and cost nothing to make, you can just use whatever paper or thin card stock you already have laying around!

What I used:

Paper or thin card
Paper clips
Washi tape (optional)
Glue stick
Tacky wax

What I did:

  • If you're using washi tape firstly lay it flat across your paper, taking care to keep it in a straight line.
I also used lace tape. (My new favourite thing in the world! Sticky backed lace, you will struggle not to plaster EVERYTHING with it, so pretty!)I wanted a wider shade for the lace so a lay two strips parallel to each other. 

  • Using a ruler and a steady hand, slice the paper strips to your desired width and approx 15 cm (though this it totally up to you depending on the size shade you want!). I'd suggest larger shades for ceilings and standard floor lamps and smaller sizes for table lights.

  • For the black and white shade, I cut a strip from a paper Topshop bag I'd beenhoarding saving as I loved the big, geometric print.

  • When you're happy with your strips bend them round into a circle and fix in place with some glue, like a Christmas paper chain but no slack, you don't want a saggy lampshade!
  • Leave the glue to dry. 

  • You'll want them to go across the middle of the shade like a real one. Fix in place with tacky wax, take care that the wire is a good fit, too long and you'll bend the shade out of shape.
If your shade is likely to a be a permanent fixture try a little super glue to keep the wire in place.
Now you just need to decide which shade's going where!
Mine don't have permanent homes just yet but I've found a blob of tacky wax and a plain ceiling rose do the job for ceiling shades whilst spare stair banisters and dowel make great lamp bases, plus they can be painted any way you want.

(You could just use scissors for this part, but as a left handed person who cuts right handed with right handed scissors it's generally tidier for me to use a scalpel!)

Whilst that's happening you can start bending some paper clips to slot inside the shades.

NOTE: I've not used these with electric lights, they may well be flammable, who knows. If anybody happens to burn down their house, miniature or other wise, as a result of pairing these shades with working lights I accept no responsibility! :p

14 October 2015

Sweet things

Happy Humpday!

I've spent today playing with a pot of sugar strands and mega cute baking miniatures.

It's a tough job sometimes.

13 October 2015

New Arrivals & a Sad Farewell


I've got lots of delicious looking new minis to show you but before that we've got some happy and some sad updates to share.

Those of you that follow along on Instagram may already be aware that last week Pepé the piggy died suddenly.
The fur ball has broken my heart! 
It was very unexpected and poor baby Bertie has been left with out a room mate after they'd bonded so nicely. :( 

You'll be missed little one!

In happier news, Mum & Dad (once again my current room mates!) have taken the plunge and adopted a new dog after losing our little mascot Honey at the beginning of the year.

Presenting Bracken the border collie!

He's a gorgeous 1 yr old rescue dog and already life here will never be the same!
He's got so much more energy than poor old Honey ever did so he'll be off to puppy school next week to channel his enthusiasm ! 
I'm sure you'll be seeing a lot more of him as he settles in.

On the mini front, I've just added the first of many new treats to the shop. 
Some made by me, most carefully picked from lovely suppliers.

There's lots of seasonal items, new essentials and re-stocked favourites to have a browse through.


7 October 2015

Pale and Interesting : Pumpkin tutorial

Ok, I know Halloween is still basically a month away but I do like to plan ahead when it comes to festivities!

Feeling it was about that time of year again to start cooking up a batch (or should that be patch?!) of Pumpkins I dusted off the Fimo stash and got cracking on these little treats. 

Rather than the traditional and more orthodox orange, I opted for white. 
Initially I'd thought I'd finish them with a little layer of dirt for authenticity but actually I quite like them as they are for now, more Fairytale than Horror Story!

If you favour the Shabby Chic things in life or maybe want a slightly more contemporary look for your pint sized Halloween decorating then these are the Pumpkins for you!

If you fancy having a crack at making your own take a look at a tutorial over here

Alternatively, if you'd rather leave the messy part to others, here's some I made earlier!