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Mark Watney- The Martian

A fun challenge and birthday present for my awesome, space-loving boyfriend. He suggested that I read The Martian, and I made sure to finish it before going to see the movie with him (he saw it at least two other times, besides that). I tried to be as accurate to the movie’s EVA suit as possible, and commissioned a potato and duct-tape charms from @bon-appeteats, because where would Watney be without them? 

It’s tough to capture the details with photos but I tried- lots of embroidery and too many individual pieces to count. Very proud of this one! :)

{SmallStuffDolls on Etsy}

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Animate! Miami 2014 stock.

There is so much. It doesn’t look like it here, but imagine all of those in multiples of about 5 or so. It fills up a small plastic storage box.

I’m going to try and list everything there is.

1. Harry Potter potion bottles: Floo Powder (it glows in the dark!), Felix Felicis, Gillyweed, Pumpkin Juice, Wolfsbane Potion, Skele-Gro, Baneberry Potion. Aaaand I just realized I forgot the Butterbeer charm. D:

2. A pile of Oreo cookies.

3. Rings: Chocolates, pancakes, waffles, crepe, ice cream scoops, rainbow cake on a plate, whipped cream dollops in strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate, hot chocolate, candy cane cookies, a chocolate dipped cookie, chocolate chip cookie, flowers, and s'mores.

4. An assortment of pies.

5. Cookies and ice cream scoops.

6. Cupcakes and bacon slice charms.

7. Gummy bear charms, peanut butter and jelly earrings, burger charm, hot dog charm, pizza slices (pepperoni and cheese), s'mores, chocolate chip cookie, corn dog, ice cream cone earrings (chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, chocolate mint chip), bacon strip earrings, cookie post earrings, hot dog earrings, cheeseburger earrings, peach earrings, potato chip earrings, cute fortune cookie earrings, ice cream scoop post earrings (chocolate, strawberry, vanilla), rainbow cake post earrings, and s'mores post earrings.

8. Cookies and milk best friend necklace, taco platter necklace, salad necklace, cookie pendants, banana charm, ice cream cone charms (vanilla, chocolate mint chip, strawberry, cotton candy, and one with a scoop of each flavor), banana earrings, taco earrings, pumpkin pie earrings, bottle of bacon, bottle of bananas, Brownie Brittle earrings, pancake charm, pancake post earrings, waffle charm, potato chip charm, and rainbow cake on a plate charm.

9. Misc. Cute food charms I posted before: cupcakes, rainbow cake, bubble tea, s'mores, roll cakes (vanilla and chocolate) rice ball, cheeseburger, sesame seed ball, donuts, pancake, cookie, peas in a pod, macarons, pizza, crepe, fortune cookie, and chocolate chip cookie.

Plus there are mystery bags available for $5 each!

Animate! Miami starts tomorrow and I will be at Booth # 931.

Hope to see some of you there! :)

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The resin dried super fast today so I was able to get pictures of these guys. :D

I really, really like these. A lot. Even though the resin bubbled a lot more than it usually does, I was able to manipulate the bubbles to try and form them into bubble nests, which adds a lot to the cups I think. :)

Details:

  • THE FISH ARE NOT REAL. They are made from polymer clay.
  • The water is resin.
  • The plants are real leaves and flowers I found in my backyard. The substrate is sand.
  • They are in clear glass miniature cups so you can see through the cup at all angles.
  • These will be available at Tampa Bay Comic Con (August 1-3). You can commission one once my commissions reopen after Comic Con.
  • Please do not keep real betta like this! While these little bowls work fine for fake clay bettas, real bettas need at least 2.5 gallons (5 gallons would be better), a filter, and a heater. Please do your research before buying one of these awesome little fish. :)

A complete roast beef dinner, complete with two plates (with green beans and mashed potatoes and gravy), two glasses of red wine, and tiny cutlery. All food and plates made from polymer clay. Roasting pan, glasses, and cutlery were purchased online. The red wine was made with resin.

I figured out how to white balance my camera! :D It works beautifully with my new light box now. Plus now I have a photography corner set up in my craft room. Doesn’t sound too exciting, but it is for me!

I wanted to add some foods to my Etsy shop, but I’ve been editing pictures and listing some more of Alex Meiklejohn’s pottery since 10 am. I still have to clean, do dishes, finish dinner, and clean fish tanks before the day is over. Where can I go to get more hours in a day? >.<

Hopefully I’ll have the mini foods up tomorrow!

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My grandmother gave me a bunch of seashells a while ago, and I recently found the bag and decided to start playing around with them.

Originally I wanted to make this into a necklace, but the shell was just too large so I scrapped the idea. I will revisit it with smaller shells in the future, once I have an opportunity to head to the beach and go looking for some. :)

This little glow in the dark octopus headed out the other day as a thank you gift for some repeat customers. I hope they like him!

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A one of a kind large Altoids tin koi pond is now available on eBay!

It features two koi fish (one black and white, one calico), a turtle, and a frog, all hand sculpted from polymer clay. It also has some underwater plants, stones, and a crushed slate substrate.

The eBay listing is now live. Good luck to those bidding! :)

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Commission for an Altoids Chewing Gum pond tin with a blue lobster, a tiny school of fish, and an axolotl.

Details:

  • The lobster, fish, and axolotl were handmade from polymer clay. This means the animals are NOT real.
  • The water is a clear resin.
  • The substrate is sand and small stones. The plants are made from moss.
  • Commissions are closed until August.
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Hey guys! As most of you know, I had some issues with this tin that resulted in the initial resin pour being…fuzzy? Shame it had to happen to my favorite tin, but that’s the way it seems to go! :/

I’ve put up this tin on eBay at a starting bid of $5 with no reserves. Hopefully someone will give it a good home. :)

This tin has corals, anemones, two clown fish, a ray, a little hermit crab, sand dollars, and real tiny sea shells. It has a base of white sand. All of the items in the tin minus the sea shells were handmade from polymer clay. This tin took me roughly 15 hours to make, not including the two days it took for the resin to dry between pours.

The eBay auction is here.

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More pond tins. This time it’s a couple of the small tins. These are coming with me to Omni Expo, so they are not available for purchase a the moment.

Fish are made of polymer clay, as is the frog. The water is made from resin.

If you do want a pond, fear not! I’m making a special one just for eBay that will be up by Monday. :) The pond for auction will be a large Altoids tin pond with two koi fish, a frog, and a turtle (one of my brand new additions :) ). Keep a lookout for the post I’ll make when it goes live!

Miniature koi pond. Made from polymer clay and resin.

After seeing Mel’s tutorial a couple of years ago, I finally decided it’s time to make a koi pond of my own!

I changed a few things around and added some plants and different textures to the bottom of the pond. I don’t quite care for the rocks but it’s all I could find on such short timing (I want to take at least a couple of these with me to Orlando).

The pond almost didn’t make it. I poured too much resin for the final layer and it flowed out and over the sides. I left it overnight and came back to it firmly stuck to my tile. I managed to pry it loose and have learned for my second attempt to make the wall around the pond even. :P

1:12 Scale baby back rib meal in a takeaway container. Includes a baked potato and coleslaw side.

I have a dollhouse show in Orlando next month, and I’m starting to prepare for it now. These will be there and will be available for $20 each. You can also contact me now to order one of your own if you like, since I can’t guarantee I’ll have any left after the show. :)

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Remember how a while ago I said I wished I had pictures of my first ever display set up? Well, I found some!

The top two were from my very first SuperCon in 2012 I believe. GXE (a local gaming store) let me set up a table in their game room for the weekend. I remember it took me ages to come up with a display I liked. I made everything - including the display box and the cake stands - and was really proud of it.

Now I look back on it and cringe a bit. lol But hey, we all start somewhere!

The only thing that’s missing from the bottom picture is a blue table skirt I usually set up. This was at Shock Pop and for some reason it was one continuous giant table skirt set up over all the tables. :P