søndag den 1. marts 2015

Angel wings for the Ballerina shop

Angel wings are a must in so many ballerina costumes, I think. Actually, this sweet picture is of my aunt when she was a little girl. I think my grandma made the costume for her, she was a seamstress.
I am also occupied with the ballerina theme in my 1:1 life, I keep the picture in my living room -  but it is in 1:12 that I realize my ideas.

Angel wings are a must in many ballerina  costumes, I think. I have been facinated with such wings for a long time. And I have been trying to make some not really having enough time for the trial-and-error-process you know is necessary when you want to develop new items. But then a week ago I had some vacation days and I knew what to do...

My prototype was the white wings, and then I began to dye the lace with different shades of brown using instant coffee ..

They look good with the french crowns, I think.

I need to make some feather wings too, but that´s another day...

onsdag den 18. februar 2015

And the winner is...

Time for finding the winner of the Valentine Give Away


Congratulations to: Yolanda Moran!
Yolanda, please E-mail me, Your contact information doesnt show..´

lørdag den 14. februar 2015

Be my valentine...

To celebrate Valetines Day I am having a give away and you could be the luckly winner of a balleina powder box and a jewelry box with a pair of earrings inside. 

All you have to do is to be or become a member of my blog and write a comment on this blog post. 

I´ll make the draw on the 18th of february.

Happy Valentines day!

fredag den 13. februar 2015

Small metal boxes

The Ballerina Shop do not wish to be limited to ballet costumes but also includes vintage items within a wide definition of the ballerina theme. I like it to be a bit of an antique shop too. You might have guessed that allready ;-) 

So I worked with some small boxes these past days (nights actually since my job is daytime.), inspired by the Ballerina theme. I made some powder boxes with ballerinas on the lid....no need to say I added a lot of patina. And I made oval boxes for jewelry with pink earrings (sticks) inside. 
I´ve listed a few for my Etsy shop too...

tirsdag den 10. februar 2015

How to make the floor

I promised to make a tutorial for the painted and worn floor, and here is is...
You need:

Matte paint
Clean wooden floor
Plastic sheet
Disposable washcloth
Rubber band
Sand paper
Cup of tea

Start making the stencils. I made a 3x3 cm tile stencil for this floor. Just draw the lines with the help of a ruler and cut. I found a picture of the french lilly on the internet, printed it, glued it to a plastic sheet and cut that out too. 

Now you need one more tool, you would like to dab the paint on, not to paint. I fold a disposable washloth and use a rubber band to keep it the way I like.

Then for the paint. I´ved used Vintage paint from Jeanne D´Arch Living,
 but any matte paint will doo. Are you wondering about the tea, it is ready soon...

I start in one corner. Don´t worry about not being precise enough, and only use a bit of paint. You will need a place to wipe off the exeeding paint from your dab tool. 

OMG did you make a mistake? Don´t worry. Keep an extra cloth and some water by your side, and just wash.  Now for the tea...

Did you wonder what it was for? Just take a break. You can´t paint all of the tiles at one time. There will be some drying time too.

Finished the tiles. It looks ugly doesn´t. it? Things will get better.
Now for the french lillys...

I still don´t make an effort of making it very precise...things will get better in the sanding process...

It makes a whole lot of difference, doesn´t it. Remember to allways sand with the lines of the wood. Now you might add som natural wax or just leave it as it is...

No two floors will be exactly the same. The difference here is not only due to the direction of the lilly but also the structure of the wood. Have fun!

torsdag den 5. februar 2015

Playing with a sofa...

I had so much fun changing this sofa from an ordinary bare wood thing with small flower patterned fabric to this antique-french-sofa-with-a-comtemporary-look ;-) Maybe you will be inspired by my pictures, I hope so. Unfortunately I forgot to take the before picture, but I think you can imagine...

I allways keep a lot of metal pieces in my stash not ever knowing what to use them for and forgetting about them untill this magic moment arrives, when I realize they are what I have been wanting. No wonder my studio is allways so messy. These metal pieces can be cut with a good strong pair of scissors.

So I painted the sofa with gold paint and then dry brushed it with lots of brown. Then I cut new fabrics and used disposable washcloths as filling.

Have fun!

torsdag den 29. januar 2015

Welcome to Petit Brocante Miniatures!

If you are occupied with miniatures, love french and nordic european flee marked style, antiques and vintage, you have come to the right place!

I´ve decided to make this new blog showing you my new miniature work with a few tips and tutorials, everything inspired by my love for french-nordic brocante. I will also show how I include the works of other artists in my arrangements.

Posting a lot of news on my Facebook site, I need a space to deepen things, to show more pictures, get more into details and to tell you a little about the working process. I want new clean pages and I don´t think that my old blog Miniature Dreams would fullfill this purpose properly. It will stay open though, but mostly to show a historical perspective ;-)

The thing I´ve been missing the most about blogging is the interaction with all of you readers. I hope that this blog will be a place for exchange, inspiration and giving, sharing our common love for miniatures.

My next blog post will be about my shop Ballerina. I´ve been working on it for a while and in the past weeks I made some progressions, I would like to share with you along with the how-to´s , and among these the painted floor.

Actually, I don´t like the thought about finishing a miniature work, like I don´t think a home should ever be considered finished, so I am sure there will be lots of possibilities to show new items in all of my projects.

Hope to see you again soon,