Thursday, August 30, 2012

Sale at the Pumpkin Patch!

I've lowered all my prices on Jack O' Lanterns and pumpkins over at my online shop so that I can make some room for the new Halloween 2012 Range which will be coming soon...

So take a look at the pumpkins and let me know if you'd like to take several (there's only one left of the large Jack O' Lantern, but there are several of the mid-sized and smaller ones). I'll grant a further 10% off to anyone who buys 5 or more. Just send me a convo or email me and I'll arrange it. :)

** Don't forget to enter the COMPETITION and have a chance of winning a free high-quality Pixie Dust Miniatures collectible - details are HERE! **

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

My Workspace - not that easy being Green

"It's not that easy being green...."  Kermit the Frog.
But my workspace is certainly looking pretty green since it's been all about green pumpkins and gourds as I ramp up into production for Halloween 2012 and the all new spooky range.

Have a glimpse into my own private workspace. You can see me sculpting the original pale green shapes before finishing them with all manner of mixed media. The photos show new Fairytale Green pumpkins (written about in a previous post here) and new green pumpkins and gourds (coming soon). And I've included a picture of one of my all-time hero's creations - Kermit the Frog as he sings 'It's not that Easy Being Green' since this song went round and round in my head as I worked!

** Don't forget to enter the COMPETITION and have a chance of winning a free high-quality Pixie Dust Miniatures collectible - details here HERE! **

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

COMPETITION - Tell a friend...!

Yes, it's that time! Starting today we have a new competition for you and this year the prizes are better than ever.

What do you win? Well you have a choice! Choose one magical miniature item from the images above. Choices include:-

A - one item from the 'Warty Pumpkin and Squash Collection'. This is an entirely new range being introduced for Halloween 2012, so you will be first to own a piece before they're even available at my online store. Choose any one piece from the above photo A.
B - one Cinderella Pumpkin Carriage. This beautiful item is new to my store - a classic from the Fairytale Range. Shown in photo B.
C - one set of fairytale pumpkins. If you choose this option you will receive 4 gorgeous fairytale pumpkins. Shown in photo C.
D - one incredibly unique Witchy Birthday Cake with stripy candles. This cake comes presented on a fine paper doily with 2 cut slices of cake also. Shown in photo D.

The competition begins today (Sunday August 26th 2012) and it ends at midnight PST on September 16th 2012. Any entries submitted after that date will not be counted (sorry). The draw will take place on September 17th.

To enter you must be a follower of this blog. Then you just need to make sure you do the following things in this list;-

1) - Tell a friend about this Pixie Dust Miniatures blog, and persuade them to become a follower! They can click to become a follower here, or by using the 'follow' button on the right hand side. Or, if they are not into the whole blogging thing, then they can sign up to follow by email by using the 'follow by email' button on the right hand side.

2) - Make sure that you and your friend are also fans of Pixie Dust Miniatures on Facebook too! Find us on Facebook here.

3) - Leave a comment on this post below, and let me know your name and the name of the friend you recommended Pixie Dust Miniatures to. Your name will be entered into the competition. Let me know which mini prize you'd like also. Will it be A, B, C or D?!

Your name will be added to the hat if you complete the above rules for entry. However, your name will be added again for each of the following optional rules;-

- tell more friends! Each friend who follows this blog due to your referral means your name added again.

- become a follower of my professional blog here.

- promote this competition on your own blog (with a link to this post),

- promote this competition via Facebook / Twitter,

- become a fan of my miniature food blog here.

(So if you decide to follow these optional rules also, then your name could be added to the hat many more times.)

Q. Do I have to have a Facebook account to enter?
A. No, you do not have to open a Facebook account simply to enter. I'll still enter you! ;)

Q. Do you check to see if people are following the rules and are eligible to enter?
A. Yes, I do. I check throughout the duration of the competition to see who has become a follower / fan / promoted on their sites etc so that I can keep it fair and make sure everyone has their name entered the correct number of times.

Q. Is my friend who I recommended Pixie Dust Miniatures to entered in the draw?
A. No, your friend is not entered into the draw unless they also follow the rules to enter the competition themselves.

Q. How exactly do you choose a winner?
A. I print off everyone's names (some names are printed off multiple times if they've earned the right to be entered multiple times) and I simply throw them all in a bowl or hat and draw out 1 name at random. I film the competition draw and upload it to my YouTube Channel within about 2 days of the competition's end.

GOOD LUCK everybody and please feel free to email me if you have any questions at all about this competition draw. 
Caroline xXx

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Going Green

These Fairytale pumpkins are in pale sage green and have a lot of detail - I looked at real green pumpkins in the supermarket and the soft blotchy skin, the marks and spots and dots on them. These one inch scale pumpkins were made to resemble these sorts of pale green pumpkins, but of course being part of my Fairytale Range (see other fairytale pumpkins here) they have a wonderful sparkle to them.

Available at my shop now!

Stay tuned as I'll be doing a competition verrrrrry soon. It's free to enter of course and you could win some unique Pixie Dust Miniatures magic in miniature... ;)

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Of Mice and Miniatures

The cat's away, so here are some minuscule mice I found playing in the apartment. Having typed that I'm wondering if I've already had too much caffeine this morning.

Anyway, tiny white mice in one inch scale, handmade by me, with tails, eyes, ears and furry soft little bodies. They're available at my online shop and you can message me if you want to buy several as there will be a discount if you buy 5 or more. More of a discount for buying 10 or more and so on...

Enjoy your day! I'm off to the art store to pick up some air dry clay, then the supermarket for tarakihi fish. One of these will be applied to a scale bat tower I'm making for my 'Myrtle the Witch' film.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Remember, be back before midnight...

One of the best known fairytales, 'Cinderella' is so loved because it's about reward for the good and punishment for the wicked, with this justice being metered out by a magical being stepping in at the right time.
This classic rags-to-riches story was first published by 17th century Italian fairytale collector Giambattista Basile in 1634. It was recorded again in French author Charles Perrault's 'Mother Goose Tales' in 1697. The marvelous German Grimm brothers took notice and released another version in their fairytale collection in 1812. So this story was read to entranced children all over Europe and the fairytale genre was born. I loved it as a child and remember sweeping the fireplace in our family home when I was about 7 and wishing and hoping I could make my fairy Godmother appear. She did in a manner of speaking.... but not until I was 15. ;)

A pumpkin becomes a golden carriage, mice become horses, a rat becomes a coachman, lizards become footmen and Cinderella's rags become a beautiful jeweled gown complete with delicate glass slippers...

Hope you like my rendition. This pumpkin patch has just felt the dusting of magic from the Fairy Godmother's wand, and are forming into carriages. The vines are curling into the shapes of wheels.

Available at my online shop later today. Mice available soon also.

If you're wondering where some of my inspiration comes from on this topic, you must must must watch the best Cinderella film. It's 'The Slipper and the Rose' (1976) and you will *love* it. Here's a still below.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

My Workspace - some Cinderella magic

It's time for a glimpse into my workspace since I've been busily making so many new things but haven't really shared many new items here or on my shop, or anywhere! My apartment is a chaos of new miniature magic which I've been making over the past 3 weeks. Halloween items are almost ready and will be launched soon... but it feels too early for spooky season, so it's fairytale magic first.

Here I'm making Cinderella's carriage just as it's beginning to transform from being a pumpkin.  The leafy vines are already curling into the shapes of wheels. Have a look at some of my in-the-making photos (nope, that's not a pink bulb of garlic, it's an early stage of this pumpkin carriage!)

Where would Cinderella be without white horses? Or more accurately- tiny white mice which as you know become horses. So we have some of these too - far more than she needs.... all will be made available at my online shop within the next few days.

Take a look at my inspiration. I saw the Royal New Zealand Ballet's last performance of 'Cinderella' here in Wellington on Sunday 5th of this month. As the elaborate leafy carriage was brought onto the stage and I saw Cinderella's gorgeous pink dress glittering under the stage lights, I had the idea to make these.
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Friday, August 17, 2012

All good things come in small (Pixie Dust) packages

New packaging, new cards, new stationary!
Everything from Pixie Dust Miniatures comes nicely packaged.Want something rushed out as a gift? Just let me know in your checkout message and I'll make sure it happens.

And don't forget, as a reward, you get 10% off your next order whenever you spend $100 or more in a single transaction. ;)

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

FEATURED - Read all about it...!

If you pick up a copy of the US magazine 'Dollhouse Miniatures' then you'll find a patisserie I made last Feb on the cover (note this is one of my Hummingbird Miniatures products, not Pixie Dust). It's a September 2012 issue and is out now.
Inside is a 5 page feature on my work (covering both Pixie Dust Miniatures and my realistic food brand). Also in this magazine is a Grinny Pumpkin Cauldron tutorial I gave for the upcoming spooky season... more on this here.

Have a look at my article and let me know what you think. :) And don't forget, both my shops are active whilst I am here briefly in New Zealand (back in US by December), and I ship everywhere.

Pixie Dust Miniatures shop is here 
Hummingbird Miniatures shop is here

And here's the front cover featuring my patisserie. 

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

TUTORIAL Published

In this month's issue of 'Dollhouse Miniatures' magazine, you'll find my first Pixie Dust Miniatures tutorial!

Learn how to make a Grinny Pumpkin Cauldron like the ones I sell at my online store here. Perfect for Halloween.

You can see a thumbnail of the tutorial below, but in order to read it and be able to follow it you will need to purchase the magazine in stores or online here. It's well worth the low price ($6.99 usd / £2.99) as it's full of features on other miniaturists, other tutorials, great articles and inspiration. So, I'd certainly encourage you to purchase this magazine. Hope you enjoy my first Pixie Dust Miniatures tutorial!

Final result - Grinny Pumpkin Cauldrons just in time for Halloween

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Half the Size, Twice as cool

Like Alice in Wonderland, I'm getting smaller and smaller and smaller... well Pixie Dust Miniatures is. ;)

For those that like things smaller than one inch scale, I have some half inch scale dragon eggs newly listed in store, and ready to hatch. 

May require incubation. Handle with oven gloves. 

And, a look at some other half inch minis.... Find all Half Inch Range here, and for the next few days get half off half inch by using the code: HALFINCH. 50% will be deducted from your total order, but not from postage. ;) Email me if you have a query. 

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