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I wanted to share with you how I made a perfect cup of coffee. You’ll need a ceramic coffee filter, like the one above. It looks like a teacup, right? There’s a hole in the bottom for the brewed coffee to drip through. This ceramic coffee filter is from World Market and is only $6. (I used my birthday coupon and got it for free! If you sign up for the Explorers club, you get $10 for your birthday! yippee!)
You’ll need some Number 4 filters, like these.
And borrowing the idea from Steve Gibson, a guru Rich follows about computer stuff, I used Starbuck’s Espresso beans, medium grind.
2 Tablespoons coffee, pour hot (but not boiling) water over the grounds…
Wait about 3 minutes…
Add cream, if you like (and I like!) and you have the most delicious cup of coffee. Zero bitterness…just lovely coffee. Perfecto!
I can think of no better way to spend this Ash Wednesday afternoon than tackling my very untidy craft room.
The mess spans every corner of the room.
Every surface heaped up with stuff.
Every time I clean this room, I swear I’ll keep it clean.
And for a while, I do. I’m very mindful of it, in fact. And then one day, I have to dump and dash a bag. Not too long later, another. Oh, and I just need to make this one little thing…and no, I don’t have time to clean up after it. Can’t you see? I’m a very busy person! (see how I fuss with myself?)
More and more, until the room is not clean. Not at all. Not even one surface spared.
I’ll see you on the other end of this mess.
Stay tuned for a much, much cleaner version of this space.
I want to show you how using a scale ruler will help you make your miniatures even more realistic. Often what gives something away as being miniature is the slightest inconsistency of scale. Getting your miniature as close to the scale representation as you can will make it that much more convincing. To illustrate this point (pardon the pun), I’m going to make a pencil from a toothpick.
A scale ruler is just like any other ruler but it has 12 notches between each inch. These notches represent 1:12 scale miniature inches. I call these “tiny inches”. If something is 4″ in real life, it will be 4 notches on the scale ruler or 4 tiny inches. Using a scale ruler to measure your final miniature will help you determine how close to scale you are. It also helps when you are sourcing materials for your miniatures to determine if the size is appropriate.
For the pencil, when I measure a real pencil, it is about .25″ wide.
A toothpick measures 1 tiny inch wide. To remove the extra width, I gently glide a blade over the section of the toothpick that I’m going to make into a pencil. I keep the toothpick whole because it makes this part easier and safer.
One benefit is that this shaving of extra wood will make it less round and more angular, like a real pencil is! I’m not really whittling, or digging into the wood. I’m just running the blade lightly over the wood, keeping my fingers out of the way by holding the end of the toothpick.
Here you can see that the toothpick is now about 1/2 of a tiny inch. I could keep going but I’m okay with it here.
With the toothpick still whole, I paint the body of the pencil a nice orange-yellow.
Once that is dry, I trim the pencil so that there is about 1 tiny inch for the lead part of the pencil and about 1-2 tiny inches for the eraser part.
I used my blade to carefully sharpen the pencil. This time I am cutting into the wood, creating a pointy end.
I dipped the pointy end into black paint to create the lead.
I dipped the other end in pink to create the eraser.
Next, I simply painted the area between the pencil body and the pink eraser with silver metallic paint. Ta-dah!
In the photo above, the fatter pencil was made from a toothpick that was not shaved down to size. It’s still a great pencil but perhaps it looks more like one of those fat beginner pencils, right?
Here’s a scale ruler for you to use. Just be sure that it prints out at 100% by measuring it up against a regular ruler. The inch measurements should line up.
Laminate it or glue it to sturdy cardboard, or even the back of a regular ruler and keep it handy for when you are creating your Club Little House littles!
Maybe you are thinking of joining Club Little House but are unsure of your miniature crafting skills? Using kits to create miniatures is a great way to get started. Since everything is all figured out for you, including scale, you can concentrate on assembly. Success is all but guaranteed. And once you create items like these, you’ll be inspired to figure out how to create other tiny versions of things!
Here are some miniature kits I found on Etsy…
I’ve purchased TwelfthDimension’s miniature toy kits before and I love them. Everything you need is included and they come together quickly. The log cabin and bunny are not currently offered, but check back for updates. Shop TwelfthDimension
L. Delaney is one of my favorite miniaturists! In her miniature bookmaking kit, you’ll find everything you need to make over 100 books! Shop L. Delaney
The Miniature Garden makes it easy to create amazingly realistic flowers with affordably-priced kits. Shop The Miniature Garden
Can you believe the scale of these amazing miniature glitter houses? True2Scale offers individual house kits, as well as the entire village. And she even has kits for lighting them! Shop True2Scale