Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Miniature 'Post-it' notes printies

One more thing that I wanted to share with everyone is a miniature post-it note printie. I have made several different colors of post-it notes but thought I would share the pink color one. If you would like the other colors then let me know. I would gladly share. I have made this down to the correct miniature size 1:12 scale.

Again, if you use anything from my site, all that I ask is that you credit it back to me and let me know and please use for personal use only! 

I would also love to see pictures of the things you used of mine. If you continue to use my things and find yourself coming back to my blog, I would really love it if you would follow me (either by email, gmail, or any other way.) It is nice to know that someone enjoys what I enjoy. :) 

If you need to re-size it to 12th scale dollhouse miniature size it is 0.28"x0.28". That is the correct size you need for that scale of dollhouse miniatures. I hope you enjoy it and always remember!

Keep making miniatures!


Venus Fly Trap papercraft

Hello all,

It has been a little bit since I posted but I have finally finished with school for the summer and have some time on my hands to hopefully get some tutorials out and share them with you.

I do want to share with you my son's venus fly trap origami paper craft that I did. I know the word "origami" may scare some of you! Trust me, it scared me because I have never done origami before. However, my son loves venus fly traps and we love to do paper crafts and so we were desperate because the internet doesn't have much as far as venus fly trap goes. I saw instructions on how to make this origami flytrap on youtube and the guy that shows you how to make this is absolutely incredible!

I do want to recommend to everyone out there that it is a MUST that you buy real origami paper and it be 10x10 or bigger. I tried to use regular paper and card stock but neither of them work. Spending a little money on origami paper is so much better and doesn't waste your time making something and it ripping when you are almost finished. I bought my origami paper at www.misterart.com and it is the cheapest website I have found. Click on one of the banners on my page and it will take you right to their web page and then search for origami paper. The package I bought was 'Yasutomo, Fold' Ems origami paper' There were 100 sheets that had 5 different colors for roughly $8.

What I did was take one of the red pieces of origami paper and colored the white side green because we wanted a green venus flytrap with red inside like some  of the fly traps. I have included the youtube video from the guy, Jeremy, that teaches you step-by-step on how to make the fly trap. I have never seen a video as good as this guy on how he teaches you how to make origami things! He is so good at it and he is slow enough for beginners as well as repeating it and really does well with teaching. Of course you can tell I am a beginner but I wanted to share our experience.

Venus Fly Trap


Origami paper (bought mine at misterart.com)
markers (to color the other side a color of your choice if you want too)
computer (watch the youtube video of Jeremy making the fly trap)

Here is  a finished product of the one I made my son.

Here is the video by Jeremy Shafer explaining step-by-step instructions on how to make this awesome paper craft! Enjoy

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Homemade-DIY Halloween costume for my boys

Well, for Halloween, My younger son, Spencer, wanted to be popeye the sailor man and so we decided to make his costume and my older son, Preston, wanted this Barbarian, from Castle Crasher video game, as a costume. He wanted to be him and stores do not sell these costumes anywhere and I knew I had to make my own and I had a big challenge ahead of me. So, I got my crazy brain working and made these costumes with the help from my husband. Let me tell you that fabric glue is my best friend! I'm not great at sewing and I would love to learn to do better but in the mean time, glue is my right hand man.......well except my husband! :)

Enjoy, if you would like a mini tutorial on how to make any of these costumes, please let me know. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did making them! :)

DIY-Popeye's costume

This is the closest picture I could find to show you one of the many outfits Popeye wears that is close to the one we made. Popeye does wear one similar to the one we made (even more similar to this one in picture) but I couldn't find one for you.

Popeye's shirt: was made using a blue shirt underneath the white shirt. Then we bought a cheap white collared shirt from walmart, and blank bandanas from walmart and blue ribbon to match the under shirt. The blue tie is a blue sock we bought because it matched and worked perfectly. I didn't have a lot of time to sew and so I used fabric glue and glued all of that together.

Popeye's arms: We used the small little panty hoses (but not the ones that went all the way up) they were the ones in the small little plastic capsules that went up maybe knee high and that is it. They we used polyester filler to make the forearms big and used black puff paint to draw popeye's anchor tattoos.

The sailor's hat: finding a sailor's hat on short notice, is impossible! We made these outfits the day of Halloween. We used a white fisherman's hat and turned it up and glued it to make it look like a sailor's hat.

Popeye's pipe: I made this using two different sizes of round dowel rods. I don't have a better picture of it and I wish I did. I took a bigger side and used my wood carving kit and dug a small area on top and this drilled a hole on the side for the longer, smaller size rod and stuck it in there and glued it. My son LOVED it!

Popeye's pants and shoes: You can't see it very well, but we bought cheap pants and had black shoes at home.

All in all, this costume cost us about $25 but it could be less if you have some of the items mentioned. Plus, my son was the talk of the neighborhood because he looked so good. The forearms were a hit.

DIY-Castle Crasher's costume

I found this picture on Deviantart.com

Barbarian's helmet:  The brown part of the helmet is made using a big thick piece of chipboard and painted it brown and let it dry.

Then Once it was dry, I rolled it up and made it to were it stayed half way rolled so that it would be easy to roll up and staple and stay that way because it was really hard to get it to stay stapled without "pre" rolling it.  That was the hardest part. 

The top of the helmet was craft foam painted with the same brown acrylic paint. I cut it into a circle with little triangles on the ends and glued it to the chipboard.

The little horns sticking out of the helmet was something we got lucky with. My co-worker found it on the side of the road because someone was going to throw it out.........TRASH TO TREASURE....my friends! It was a fuzzy little hat and this worked out PERFECT! It sat perfectly on the top of his head. We were worried about how we were going to get it to sit on his head and......it was meant-to-be!

The yellowish mask thingy in front is craft foam painted with a yellow/orche to mach the helmet and the real picture of the character and then holes cut out and lines drawn with black paint. The holes are what he could see through and breathe through.

Barbarian's outfit: This is felt that we got at walmart and cut it to fit him and glued it on with fabric glue. His gray shirt was part of his long johns. The Barbarian has gray under the brown suit. 

The satchel  is cardboard painted with the same yellow/orche I pained the mask with. 

The shield is cardboard painted

Weapon: The axe weapon is made with a yard stick, foam board, and brown feathers at the bottom. 

Any questions, just ask!

Castle Crashers clay figure-handmade for my son

I wanted to share with you a couple of things I made for my son, Preston, who loves the video game "Castle Crashers". One of the characters in this game is his favorite and his name, I think, is Barbarian. So I wanted to share with you the clay character that I made him (it isn't the best looking one) but I think if I took my time I could make it even better. However, he loves this little figure and that is what really matters! Here is the clay figure:

If you would like a tutorial on this, please message me and I would be glad to post it.


Saturday, May 11, 2013

DIY-Play Laptop for Children-(Dip Into Your Imagination and Pretend) :)


I haven't posted in a while and so I am posting several different things tonight. This post is something that I wanted to share with everyone that has children and they like to pretend.

 My 6 year old loves to pretend and he loves to draw. The boys love paper crafts. They especially love it when I print certain characters or whatever I can find and make it into 3D characters. He now has this thing where he makes us our own cardboard crafts and we have to cut them out and glue them together. He also draws various things on paper and had made his own play laptop out of paper and tapes his blank piece of paper on the play laptop screen and draws his art at the moment and then brings it to us and says he made this on the computer and printed it out for us. It is just the cutest thing in the world.

So it got my crazy brain thinking.... (dangerous....I know!) about making him a semi-realistic laptop from printing it off the computer. I found various pictures off of the internet of a laptop keyboard and then a laptop screen and altered them to my liking and then glue them onto foam board and cardboard and colored around the edges black. I then used construction paper for the top. I even made it to where he can open and close it like a real laptop. It was a bit tricky but I finally got it to work and it actually stays open for him to type or whatever and then he closes it when he is done. After everything was dry, I sprayed it with clear lacquer and let it dry. Then I took a wooden sculpting tool that I had and scored the lines in-between the keys on the keyboard to make it look and feel realistic and it turned out pretty good. I could have made it look even better if I would have taken more time but I wasn't sure if he would really care about it. Well, he was extremely excited and think he is cool with his laptop. :)

Imagination is a beautiful thing!!!! I don't think I ever lost mine. To this day, I want to believe there is more out there than just us (fairies). :)

Well, if you would like to know all of the specifics of how I made the laptop and what supplies I used, just contact me or comment me and I will be happy to go over it with you.

Here are some pictures of the finished laptop.

So here in these pictures if you look close, you can see the keyboard and where I scored the in between the keys and it looks soooooo real and even feels real. Doing that part to the keyboard really made it feel real to him and me. He liked it before but it made it better. It is a must step if you decide to make one for someone. :)

In this picture, you can see the screen and it looks realistic (pay no attention to the colored boxes on the screen, we used scrap paper for this and loaded it wrong in the printer) however, my son wanted it to stay on there because he said it looked real. :)

I hope that you decide to make one. You will be glad you did because any child with a great imagination that loves to 'pretend' will have a ball with it!

Cassie :)

New Fairy I'm working on


I thought I would share with you a new little fae creature that I am working on. I mixed up some regular flesh doll clay with some caramel mixed in and she is turning out to be a little dark but I think she is cute and has some potential.

I'm trying to figure out what kind of outfit I am going to put on her and if you have any suggestions, I would be happy to hear them.


If you have any ideas, please let me know. :) Cassie Wilbanks