Drora's surprise giveaway

Drora's surprise giveaway
4 Dec.2019

יום שישי, 7 בפברואר 2020

Winner and "work shop"

Hello dear readers,

Carmen's and Eloisa's names were added to yesterday's list of participants. Now the number is 25.

I used the Random True Number Generator to pick up the winner.

Por favor, Elena manda me por email tu direccion. (drorahed@gmail.com)

Thank you, dear friends, who took part in the draw for all your kind comments.
It is always a joy to make someone happy with a giveaway but sad that only one can win.  I know it must have been disappointing for some of you.  I'm trying to find a way to make up for it with this little "workshop". You will see how simple and fun it is to make these DIY minis from easy to find inexpensive materials.

1.  For the lipstick, Penelope, I used a common chain lock.  Many before me made and are still making lipsticks from these locks, the only difference is the black paint on some parts as you can see in the photo and the teeny-tiny piece of red Fimo instead of a toothpick inserted in the opening. Instead of throwing away the excess metal loops, you can use them to make 4 tiny little rings. Just thread them on a toothpick and glue a nice nail stone on the opening.

2.  Powder compact. (From my tutorial  made back in 2012)

Material used:
Gold colored  7 mm (3/8") sequins
Flesh or beige-colored Fimo or other polymer clay - I used Creall-therm #42
Silver card for "mirrors".  (A disposable food aluminum tray's cover)
Office punch
PVA glue

Punch out a circle from the card.  Make a little ball from the clay and flatten it to a disk to fit the inside of the sequin. (You can use flesh or beige-colored craft foam instead of Fimo and punch out a disk with the same office punch. In this case, you don't have to bake.)
Bake the tiny disk at the required temperature.  Glue the punched circle which will be the "mirror"  to one sequin. Glue the clay disk to the other sequin and glue them together as you see in the photo.

That's all folks. Isn't it fun? So simple and looks good inside a tray or on a dresser. A tiny decoration can be glued behind the mirrored sequin to hide the hole.

3. Necklaces.  I already posted on how I make the velvet coated form. Black painted cardstock can replace the velvet.  As for the necklaces, I just want to add a tip.  If you can't find a suitable thin chain to join the front of the necklace you can paint a regular crochet thread with gold or silver acrylic and glue it on it instead.

4.  Boxes.  Tutorial on my previous post.

5.  Perfume bottle.  A plastic bead and the part of behind earlobe earring, and a  short sewing pin. you tread the pin through the earring part and the bead. This earring part can be fixed the way you see it in the first photo or turned upside down, the way you see it in the second photo. sometimes, in order to keep the bead on balance punch a circle of cardstock or craft foam and glue it underneath.  The stopper and the circle look good when both are the same color.  I glued a tiny flower cutout from a napkin on the green bead. It's good to keep tiny cutout labels out of magazines for this purpose.

The same stopper on each bead looks completely different.

6.  Narrow flower vase. From each  medical needle protector, came out a tall drink glass and a narrow flower vase.  The open basis of the vase is sealed with hot glue. Any narrow transparent plastic tube can do is you glue it on a base,  a jewelry finding for instance.

7.  Roses.  In the picture below you can see the paper punches I used for making the roses. (tutorial from Pinterest. Here)

The stems are made from the green embroidery thread stiffened with glue. (see photo below.)

Have a wonderful weekend with blessings.

יום חמישי, 6 בפברואר 2020

500.000 page views giveaway draw

Hello dear friends,

O.K. we have reached that awesome number, in fact, it is now 500,783.

Tomorrow evening I'll use the True Random Number Generator to pick up the winner.

These are the participants, according to the entry of the comments:

1.  Rosa Maria  2.  Sheila.  3.  Ilona.  4.  Millimari.  5.  Xandra.  6.  Genevieve.  7.  Irina.
8.  Gonda.  9.  Jodi.  10. Faby.  11. Elena.  12. Isabel.  13. Marian.  14. Pilar.  15. Rosella.
16. Elizabeth.  17. Britt.  18. Carolina.  19.  Birgit.  20.  Penelope.  21. Alexandra.
22. Tatiana.  23.  Sionchi.

There's still time for entries today and tomorrow's noontime.

Mini hugs and blessings{

יום שבת, 1 בפברואר 2020

Bracelets, jewel boxes and giveaway

Hello dear readers,

The jeweler window's display is slowly growing.  There are now bracelets and jewel boxes which I made last week. I played around with stuff I already had in my stash, you will probably recognize the materials I used.



This pair of earrings made a nice box and there are three left to make more.  I can't believe someone is wearing heavy earrings like these. Maybe this is the reason they were sold so cheaply.

Baalatova loved the box so maybe another witch will love the second one.

The tiny golden decorations on the cover of the boxes are gifts from my dear friend Tatiana.

I've also made a tray for a vanity table, after all, it will be Valentine Day soon and no doll respecting herself should be seen out without her makeup, perfume, and jewelry.

I made all the items on the tray.  I needed a narrow vase and made one from the needle protector.

The number of pageviews on this blog is soon reaching the impressive 500,000 - Half a Million!
This occasion deserves a giveaway which will be the tray seen above.  The date of the draw will be as soon as the number appears. If you are a follower and want to take part in the draw, please comment under this post, or let me know by email - drorahed@gmail.co.

I hope your winter is better than ours this year and you all had a lovely weekend.
I wish you a lovely creative week with blessings.

יום חמישי, 23 בינואר 2020

Black velvet display forms for necklaces

Hello dear readers,

My fingers have almost recovered. I made some new necklaces for the jeweler window showcase and took photos of the display forms while I made them

For Baalatova's witch hat, I bought from the local craft store, a small length, 30 cms, of a self-adhesive black velvet sheet.  I have enough of this material left for making the display forms and more.

From both the velvet and a recycled cereal card I cut a strip  2.5 cm (1") wide and 20 cm (8") long.
Then I stuck the strips together.

I made a card template, laid it on the backside of the two-sided strip and with a pen drew lines around the template.  See photo

I cut the forms and went over the joint lines with a black sharpie. I also painted the backside card staff with the sharpie.  To enable the form to stand up,
I glued a narrow strip of card behind the template. See the photos below.  You can paint the strip if you want the back part to be seen.  When this narrow strip is bent a little outwards it makes the form stand upright.

The necklaces are made from earings bought at the "One Shekel" stores.  Earrings provide a lot of mini possibilities. The metal is thin and can be cut with regular nail scissors.  The stones are nail ornaments, also bought at the Shekel store.  Since then, the One Shekel stores doubled their prices but haven't changed the name.

Have a marvelous weekend with blessings!

יום חמישי, 16 בינואר 2020

A new reason to keep on celebrating Christmas

Hello dear readers

Yesterday more wonderful gifts arrived, this time from Nina in Germany.  After being delayed for over six weeks, probably buried under heaps of other parcels somewhere in the mail storerooms between our two countries the parcel luckily reached its destination.

The photos below show what I nearly missed.

A periwinkle 2020 calendar, A lovely Christmas card, lots of yummy cookies, chocolates and marzipans, a miniature snow sled and other cute ornaments.

Edible dragon's eyes for Baalatova.

Here is Baalatova inspecting them

Of all these four edible yummies, I am only allowed to enjoy two.
Baalatova forbids to touch the eyes and my 4 years old great-gran-daughter
doesn't want anyone to eat Santa Claus. She says he is a good man who
brings gifts for children.

Nina's parcels always include something smelling good.  This time a dried orange slice and cinnamon a very aromatic combination.  Also a cute jar of hand cream. I think I saw a mini version of this jar on Nina's blog.


Another late arrival was a parcel I mailed to Fabiola, earlier than usual in order that it gets to her for her birthday (17 December). It didn't, not on her birthday nor on Christmas. Last week,  Faby
informed me that it arrived, I hope undamaged.  These are what I sent.

At the bottom of my previous post, I showed two necklaces. I found out that their size (1/12" scale)
will be too large for my project. It will be necessary to "shrink" them into, 1/24".
To do this I had to make the black velvet display form smaller, and cut smaller pieces from the

I have to make more of these velvet coated small display forms. Does anyone know the proper English name for them? I'll take photos to show you how I make them.

We had a few chilly days, enough for me to catch chilblains on my fingers which are swollen, blue, clumsy and ugly.  Very slow with my work right now.

Wishing you all pleasant and warmer days with blessings.

יום רביעי, 8 בינואר 2020

Celebrating Christmas again

Hello dear readers,

After almost giving up hope for it ever to come, I received, by our sometimes very slow mail service, a parcel containing these precious Christmas gifts from my dear friend in Ukraine, Tatiana.

As you can see it was worth waiting for and is a good cause for prolonging the Christmas celebrations.

Have a good look at these yummy chocolates, no chance that they'll last much longer.
Lovely tree decorations packed in beautiful handmade card boxes. The awesome little Christmas tree is made of green pipe cleaners!

Not a very good picture, because I enlarged it. It's very tiny with fantastic details and fits a nutshell.

A much better view.

Beautiful roses that only Tatiana is able to make from thinner than paper
cold porcelain.  The roses look lovely in the blue glass vase.

Thank you, dear Tatiana, especially for your friendship.

Making a third shop facade will be my first project in 2020.  The toy and candy were the first and second.

I am planning a jeweler's window.  For a start, I already finished
two silver necklaces like the ones I made 2 or 3 years ago.  I used one scrapbook embellishment and one crashed to tiny pieces turquoise bead.

I wish you, my friends, restful creative days and blessings.

יום חמישי, 2 בינואר 2020

Hello dear readers,

How quick is the change from "last" to "next" year! I can't believe this is already a post in 2020.
This is Birgit's challenge,  making a nativity inside an olive wood Star of David.  The origin of the wood is from an olive grove near Bethlehem. The star was exported to Germany, purchased by Birgit and sent back to me in Israel.  Dear Birgit I hope you'll like the outcome of this challenge.

I had two ideas on how to make the tiny scene. 1. The Holy Family made like beads on very thin metal strings fixed to the top and bottom of the open center in the star. 2.  A  wooden box, shaped in a way that will fit the open center. The second idea appealed to me so here are step by step work photos.

A template of the star-shaped open center.

Cut pieces from a popsicle stick.

 A cardstock back is glued to the box. The holy family is crafted in Fimo.  It looks better than on  the photos.

There is a lot more space in a walnut shell than in this star's center.  Still, it was fun to make it.

I wish you a wonderful weekend with blessings.