Wednesday, December 28, 2011

More Deli Photos

The fruit and vegetable stand. All fruit and veges were purchased from the UK.

The fire brigade helmet (the real thing) is actually a donation container for the local fire brigade.

The main shop counter. Behind it is the pie warmer and in the corner the Bain Marie for the hot chips. The little Chrismas Cakes, plum puddings and Bryants Cookies are made by me.

Monday, December 26, 2011

It's Finished. More Interior Photos.

3-4 12 plus hour days and it's completed. Just in time for Christmas. There are many more things that I would like to include. I could see another years work in it easily. But time is up and Mum received it on Christmas eve. Here are just a few pictures of some of the interior fixtures. Lots of cutting and pasting of printies. But I feel it was well worth it.

Monday, December 19, 2011

It's almost Christmas and I'm not finished!

My first attempt at miniature pies and sausage rolls. Ok so they are a little bit wobbly! I'm happier with the lolly counter. These are printies I found on the internet. Most of these are actually sold in Australia. I have to admit thought my favourite one is missing. I love Boost Bars at the moment and I have to stop buying them at the Petrol Station.

The original shop that I am basing my project on had a streets freezer as well. The logo may be familiar to you around the world but with a different name. What do they call Street's in your country?My favourite ice cream is not an icecream at all but an "icy-pole" which is frozen lemonade. Whats your favourite?

It is very close to Christmas. My project is far from finished. In my Mum's shop she had a metal bread stand for the bread but all the ones I found on the internet were not what I was after. This little wooden one will do for the moment, I might be able to add one latter.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Deli Counter and Bread Stand

I spent a few hours yesterday on my first attempt of miniature cheese making.

It was a little harder to make some compared to others. I experimented with adding ingredients to the mix and also adding some real kitchen ingredients after.

I followed a few hints from other blogs and the best tip I found that worked is to refrigerate your cheese before cutting it into wedges.

I particularly like the one that I added poppy seeds to.

The bacon rashes and ham were purchased from the Uk. I love the little ham bone hanging out of it.

The bread stand is almost finished. I just need to add the name of the bakery that the bread came from.

My next project with fimo will be some miniature fruit cakes to be placed on the shop counter.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

It's Starting to Look Like A Shop!

My boyfriend has been extra busy during the last few weeks helping me to pull together the shop room box.

I have probably planned and made this a little backwards. Firstly I bought or created the major shop fittings. Then I created a paper template to scale of each shop fitting and then made another paper template of the shop size to fit all the bits and pieces. In the photo you will notice some of the purchased fridges and the unpainted shop counter.

The windows are yet to be framed but they should match the profile of the door. The bricks (which are real terracotta, too cute!) have been glued on and will be grouted soon. I love the look of the terracotta but unfortunately the shop that this shop is based on has painted bricks.

The rear window is double hung and does work. I plan to add some non-opening rear doors but they are yet to go in.

Two walls are missing (not glued in) They will separate the front of the shop from the shop kitchen.

The timber for the shop is mdf. After some research on the internet we chose it as it was relatively easy to cut (we could even use a hand saw) and it takes paint well (however we are planning to seal it with a "primer, sealer and undercoat" paint.

Friday, October 14, 2011


Yes! I have been bitten by the Blythe bug! I have been wanting one for a while, but was worried about the cost. Well I couldn't resist. Here she is! I haven't got a name for her yet, but her official name is Takara Neo Blythe Doll *Very Vicky*.

I know that she is far too big for the dollhouse, however she does have a mini friend a Littlest Pet Shop doll who is almost perfect for 1:12th scale.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Kangaroos in my garden

Since we have been having lots of rain, lots of yummy green grass has been growing around our garden. Perfect for the local kangaroos. I was really surprised to see them so close to the house (within a metre or so). As it is spring lots of babies can be seen in their pouches. As the babies get bigger you see more of their feet then their heads hanging out of the pouch.

The slightly older Kangaroos also enjoy play-boxing. The are not actually hitting each other very hard. But it does look like it could hurt.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Miniature Deep Fryer for the Deli

I am so excited! I have been focusing on the tiny details of the shop and had thought that I would never find a tiny deep fryer. The joys of ebay! Not only a fryer but also some mini hot chips!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Baking Bread

Last night I decided to have a go at baking miniature bread. Unfortunately, as always, I was missing most of the ingredients needed. Anyhow a few hours later this is what I ended up with.

Shop Purchases

Mini bakery board. This will be part of my quiche baking scene in the back of the deli.

My new mini 3 door fridge soon to be stocked with soft drinks and water!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Food Glorious Food! Part One

Today I am posting some pictures of my previous purchases from Tumdee-Dollshouse-Miniatures located in the UK.

The baskets were purchased separately from a local miniature shop.

Friday, September 9, 2011

My Christmas Project

I have recently embarked on an every growing project to create a 1:12 scale replica of my Mum's past business, a delicatessan and mixed business. I hope to blog about some of my projects and purchases along the way