Tonight’s the Night!…

19 Mar

There are only a few hours left until the fundraiser kicks off. I’m so pumped! As usual, I am working to the last possible minute. I need to take advantage of every possible moment to ensure I complete every task left on my list.

I’ve been making lots and lots…and lots of fruit canes for fruit slices. It is time consuming…

Fruit Bar

Plus…an overwhelming amount of canes to make into sprinkles.

Canes, Canes and More Canes

Since I don’t have much time to spare, I’ll make this post brief. However, I’ll leave you with a sneak peek of some new items that I am working on. I’m adding tiny forks, knives and spoons. Enjoy!

Decadent Fruit Tarts

Fruity Fruit Tart

Ice Cream Sandwich (Someone got hungry...)

Donuts and Cupcakes!

A Buffet of Fruit Tarts

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Sugar Rush…

12 Mar

I’m working at home on more pieces and I’m craving delectable desserts.  I refused to leave the house all day to pack in as much productive work time as possible.  Visions of brightly colored cupcakes dance in my head, and then make their way to my table.  Unfortunately, they are inedible and I could really go for a real cupcake right about now.  Even a donut will do.  But alas…work comes first.

Here’s a glimpse at some new pieces.  These are incomplete components.  Most pieces will be added to a tiny plate or bowl with a fork or spoon.  I’m loving the little slices of cake that are adorned with Swarovski crystal sprinkles.

Vanilla Cake with Black Raspberry Swarovski Sprinkles

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Festive Sprinkles and Roses

New York Style Cheesecake with Cherries

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Nestled in a Waffle Cone

Aren’t the Swarovski crystal cherries adorable?  They add a tiny bit of shine.

The fundraiser event to support sending Gimme Some Sugar to the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards is only a week away!  I can’t believe that time has gone by so fast.  There will be so many great raffle prizes including a chance to win some of my jewelry.  http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=189368321103177#!/event.php?eid=189368321103177 Don’t forget…you don’t have to attend to enter in a chance to win: http://bit.ly/gx30qs

Click on Me for Event Details!

A Little of This and a Little of That...

Up Late…Again…

10 Mar

Another late night.  I’ve been putting some finishing touches on the dollhouse.  It’s coming together quite nicely.  I’m a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to finish work, so I have to remind myself that I have to declare it finished at some point.  There is still a little bit of detail work left and I’ve been making tiny eyelet lace curtains.  They are adorable!

I really like how the wallpaper came together.  I used mixed patterns of paisley and a rich, Victorian print.  Why can’t I be small enough to live in this house?!

To prepare for the upcoming Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, I’ve been juggling alot of tasks at the same time.  I’ve been hopping back and forth between creating jewelry, working on the dollhouse, ordering supplies, creating a catalog and making sure that I have my marketing ready.

For the jewelry pieces, I’ve been working on making polymer clay fruit canes.  Theses canes are rather cumbersome to make.  You have to be very delicate with pressure and make sure that you don’t miss any steps.  You take pieces of clay and layer them in a specific order.  Then you either roll or pull the clay until it begins to form a thin cylinder.  Once it reaches the desired size, you slice the clay into tiny pieces.  However, when you slice the clay, you need to slightly roll the cane against your razor edge as to not “smoosh” the clay into an unrecognizable blob.  I cannot tell you how many canes I have made over the past few years that were unsuccessful either due to the color being off or the cane did not create a realistic effect.

Strawberry Cane (Doesn't This Look Bizarre???)

Banana Cane (Less Disturbing Than the Strawberry Cane)

AND!…If you would like to attend Gimme Some Sugar’s fundraiser event, you can check out the details here:  http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1210172829#!/event.php?eid=189368321103177

You may also donate here:  http://bit.ly/gx30qs

The Road To Hollywood…

2 Mar

Wow.  Things have been insanely busy. As I prepare for the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, I’ve been working ’round the clock. With the help of my amazing manager Erin Rovin, I have been recognized in our area’s local newspapers for this upcoming event.  You can read both articles at the following two sites:  http://www.theweekender.com/style/From_Wilkes-Barre_to_L_A__03-01-2011.html and http://www.timesleader.com/news/Sweet_stuff_for_the_stars_02-27-2011.html The response from my friends and supporters has been overwhelming and I appreciate every single shout out that I have received.

To help raise money for this great opportunity, we’re having a fundraiser on March 19th.  Please come out and show your support!  If you are unable to make it, you can still donate and be a part of something wonderful.  Help support small town artists!  You can read about the details here:  http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1210172829#!/event.php?eid=189368321103177

 

I was trying to think of a display that would be appropriate for my pieces.  What’s more appropriate than a dollhouse?  So, I hopped on the internet and ordered a dollhouse kit.  Sounds easy, right?  My dollhouse kit arrived a couple of weeks ago.  The box was large……..and very heavy.  As I opened the box, I started to become a little nervous.  What on earth did I get myself into?!  I remove a plastic bag that contained a very short instruction booklet along with roof shingles, sheets of brick and clear plastic windows.

The rest of the box was filled with sheets of wood that had laser cut pieces for the dollhouse on each sheet.  I knew that I may have been in way over my head when the first step of the instructions advised “DO NOT PANIC.”  I kid you not.  As I continued to read the instructions, I found them very confusing.  So, I decided to hop back on the internet.  There is a great forum for dollhouse enthusiasts that have posted pictures of the same dollhouse kit.  Some pictures show step by step how the collector assembled the house.  These photos were so helpful that I ended up utilizing those instead of the manufacturer’s instructions.

If you ever decide to try and make one of these crazy houses yourself, save yourself alot of headaches and time by labeling all of the pieces prior to removing them from the sheets.  Many pieces look similar to one another and it can get very confusing.

Once I started assembling, the pieces began forming a house rather quickly.

After one week, and many hot glue gun burns later, my dollhouse began to take shape and actually resemble a house!  I’ve installed laminated flooring and I’m in the process of putting in the wallpaper, adding wood trim and paint.  I can’t wait to see the final product.

On the jewelry front, I’ve been having a blast creating new pieces with Swarovski crystal embellishments.  Chocolate chip cookies where the chocolate chips are crystals and colorful cupcakes with shiny crystal sprinkles are just a couple of examples of my new work.

AND…even though I have been working practically non-stop, I did spend some fantabulous quality time with Erin on her birthday.  We had a ridiculously fun time snow tubing and going to a traditional afternoon tea.  Erin’s husband Sam was a real trooper by joining us at the tea house.  Here are some pictures to leave you with until next time…

Erin...the birthday gal...

Me and some tea...

So proper...

Give Hollywood Some Sugar!…

11 Jan

I’m back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  It’s been such a crazy time.  The holidays went by in a blur.  Now, I’m looking forward to some awesome upcoming events…

Gimme Some Sugar has an amazing opportunity to be featured at a major Hollywood awards show.  In order to pull this off in time, we need your help. This is your chance to support the arts.  Gimme Some Sugar has partnered up with NEPA  Animal Adoption Network – TNR Program. By donating you not only help us get to Hollywood but 10% of your donation will go to the NEPA  Animal Adoption Network -Trap Neuter & Release Program which helps fix feral cats and place the cats and dogs in loving homes.  Your donations will help local artists get their work in the press and help an animal find a happy home.

To Donate, Please Visit:  http://bit.ly/gx30qs

Feel free to visit us at:
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Gimme-Some-Sugar/150606948302439?v=wall
NEPA Animal Adoption Network
http://www.facebook.com/#!/nepaanimaladoptionnetwork

Thank you in advance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Has it Been That Long???…

20 Nov

OK…so I have been horribly neglecting my blog for too long.  On a happier note, I have been pretty productive.  The craft show went fantabulously.  I luckily had enough merchandise and networked with many people.  It was invaluable information to speak with so many customers and find out what type of merchandise they are looking for.  Variety is truly the spice of life and it appears that everyone is looking for lots of choices.

On the creative front, I have been working like an insane, busy bee to make lots of goodies for the holidays.  I’m very excited to add them all to my Etsy shop (which always seems to take longer that I think it will).  I placed a HUGE dollhouse supply order for miniature plates, flatware, cake stands, furniture, etc.  I was super duper giddy when I received my box filled with everything that I needed.

Some new items that I’ve made include rings, miniature stud earrings and embellished bobby pins.  Each item that I make gets me pumped to make another…..and another……………….and another.  There are not enough hours in the day, and Christmas is fast approaching.  I’ve got to shake my tail feather!

 

Another delightful announcement is that I am a proud new member of the team Miniature Food Jewelry on Etsy. Check them out!: http://www.etsy.com/teams/6057/miniature-food-jewelry-on-etsy

Oh!  And yes…I am planning my wedding.  We have finally decided to have the wedding back to December of 2012.  No, not on December, 21, 2010 (You know, the suspected end of the world day.).  I think that we have finally chosen an amazing venue that will be sure to wow everyone and create an awesome event.  More to come!…

The Craft Show Must Go On…

4 Oct

Wowie zowie!  It turns out that I am going to be participating in a craft fair on October 16th.  I’m now working round the clock to create tons of tiny treats.  I want to make sure that I have plenty of inventory as to not miss out on any sales.  There are always a lot of details that go into something as small as having a craft show table.  You need to make sure that you:  have enough change, more than enough inventory (you can never have too much), a creative visual display, marketing (such as business cards or advertisement sheets) and hopefully a person to go with you to watch your table during bathroom breaks.

Last night, I created custom boxes for my goodies to either ship or use at the craft fair.  I’m pretty pleased with the way they turned out.  They are simple and cute.  Next, I need to update my business cards.

While bulking up my inventory, I was creating a batch of clay frosting/whipped cream.  It’s a bit of a process.  There aren’t many steps, but it is still time consuming.  You need pour some Liquid Sculpey into a small cup.  Next, you will need the desired color of clay kneaded into tiny pieces.  Make sure that you knead it very well, or it will be more difficult to smoothly mix it.  Take tiny pieces of the clay and mix it with the Liquid Sculpey.  I use a popsicle stick.  Mix, mix, mix, mix, mix, mix…etc.  Get the picture?  You mix it…ALOT.  After a while, you will notice the lumps disappearing.  You can now apply the mixture or pipe it onto your figure.

I was doing some research of miniatures supplies and found some fantastic websites that sell air dry whipped clay.  The clay already comes in a whipped consistency along with piping bags and teeny tiny tips to create a super realistic effect.  As soon as I saw this, I ordered them immediately.  My shipment will be here in just a few days and I can’t wait!  I’ll let you know how it works out.

On the wedding planning front, I’ve been doing some online research.  There are so many fantastic blogs to use as creative resources.

Check out this amazing photo of an Alice in Wonderland inspired table!  http://lilyspruce.com/blog/2010/04/your-wedding-is-a-wonderland/alice_dessert-table/ So whimsical and beautiful.  Is it wrong that I want this to be in my yard all year round?

And check out Pepper Design for more kitschy, shabby chique ideas.  http://www.pepperdesignblog.com/?p=5118

I am super duper lucky to have a matron of honor who is a pro at everything weddings and honeymoons.  Check out her amazing incites!  http://happyhoneymooners.com/ She chronicles her recent honeymoon and I’m honored to be mentioned in the following post! http://happyhoneymooners.com/?p=106

Silicone…and Sleep Deprivation

11 Sep

Life just got a little easier…thanks to silicone molds.  Silicone does serve additional purposes besides for your tata’s or baked goods.

I have been struggling with cupcake bases for a while now.  It’s difficult to achieve a very realistic cupcake base with accidentally pushing on the clay too hard.   So, I started searching for a tool that could help me.  I came across a review of a product called Amazing Mold Putty.  As soon as I saw it, I had to buy it.  Amazing Mold Putty is a silicone rubber compound that you can use to create almost any kind of mold that you want.I am finally able to make my own silicone molds that can be used again and again.   Not only does this cut down on cost, but it also cuts down on time.

The putty comes in two plastic containers.  You take equal portions of each putty and knead them together for about one minute.  After they are mixed, you can press the putty around whatever object that you would like to create a mold from.  It hardens within 15 to 20 minutes and voila!  You have a reusable mold.

If you would like to purchase an already completed cupcake mold, they are available in my Etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/listing/55971964/cupcake-base-silicone-mold-for-polymer.

I was originally intending using these molds strictly with polymer clay.  However, I decided to get back into dabbling with resin casting.  I’m taking the polymer clay pieces and placing them within one of the molds with resin.

The past few nights I have been crafting until 5AM.  The creative surge is fabulous, but very tiring.  I’m so behind on wedding planning.  Television programs are constantly showing wedding related shows that are a constant reminder of all of the many details that I have yet to handle.  But, I will prevail!  Meeting with wedding venues is on the agenda for the upcoming week.  Keep your fingers crossed!

Oh My Word!

2 Sep

Bonjour! I am a professional painter, polymer clay jewelry maker, knitter, crocheter, baker, sewer and all around crafter/artist.  In July, I turned 30.  While entering my thirties (yikes!), I became engaged!  So now I am planning our wedding.  Our wedding is set for early August of 2011.  It goes without saying that I don’t have an overabundance of time to plan.  Thank goodness I am a crafty bride to be and I will be hand making the majority of decorations and what not.

Enter my little Etsy shop:  Gimme Some Sugar.  http://www.etsy.com/shop/misscrochet

My shop mostly carries miniature dessert jewelry.  As fall approaches, I am expanding my jewelry line to include additional whimsical accessories not only pertaining to food.  I’m also trying to juggle my painting career, crafting as well as a full time job.  Any items that I will be selling through my store will be going towards my wedding fund.

I’m going to use this blog to showcase what’s going on in my shop and how it corresponds with and impacts my personal life.  You’ll also find some crafting tutorials.

I’m always looking for advice for planning a kitschy yet romantic wedding.  I hope you enjoy!