Tuesday, March 17, 2015


Floor fern made from floral tape and 28 gauge wire
Eucalyptus made from a kit (great filler for florals, centerpieces and wreaths)
More plants and flowers can be found on my Webshots 

Friday, February 20, 2015


Minis have been on the back burner for several weeks, here at the mobile home retirement village.
We've acquired almost 9 feet of snow, and many days with temps below zero. Life has become all about surviving and keeping home, dog, and self safe.
As far as minis go, glue and paint dry as soon as they hit the air, and needlework is impossible due to eczema flareups. 
Normally during these weather extremes I'd be working on the website, and picture site, but since FACEBOOK has become so popular I hardly ever get visitors to the sites. :-(

I did want to pop in a hello to my faithful Bloggers. I do visit your blogs when you update. Its nice to know you are here.

MINI LINKS (not updated in eons, but still has many valuable DIY links)

MY MINIS (also not updated in a long time, but does have 25 years of my good and not always so good attempts at being a mini DIYer)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Friday, October 31, 2014

Saturday, October 25, 2014


I made some pumpkin cream cheese bars for my Halloween table

See more Halloween Minis here  http://littlelifestyles.blogspot.com/search/label/mini%20halloween

Sunday, August 24, 2014


I made the one on the left. The one on the right is artisan made. They both work!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014



circle template
9/16" fimo cutter
pasta machine
fimo or skulpy the color of the paint
self adhesive mirror roll (you may use a disposable pie pan or other tin or metal product, and suitable glue, if you don't have the mirror roll)
label for your paint can

roll clay on setting "1
cut four 9/16" circles from the rolled clay
stack the circles in 2's
take your circle template and place the 15/32" hole on top (centered) of the circle. press down lightly to give the impression of a can top.
Bake your circles.
Cut a piece from the mirror roll, 2 and1/8" by 13/16"
Gloss only the tops of your clay circles. Let dry.
Glue the mirror or metal to your fimo circles, line up top and bottom evenly. the middle of the can will be hollow.

Create a paint can label in your computer, or find one on-line, or scan and reduce a real one. This should be a bit shorter than your can, so that the metal shows a bit on the top and bottom.
If you need more pictures of clearer instructions give me a holler.

The picture shows my first attempt. I used chrome nail polish on these fimo discs, and decided I would like to use the colored discs instead. Our paint store now carries paint with colored tops.


The self adhesive wasn't working today (for some strange reason) so I had to use super glue gel.
If you use an old pie pan, you could always cover the tops with tin foil. It will mold nicely on the fimo discs.
If you have the mirror material and you don't want to use colored discs, and don't like the silver polish or paint (I personally think they are not a good match), you could use silver foil on the discs.
If you have tons of old fimo, you could make enough discs to make the can solid. With the measurements I gave you, one of the discs would need to be thinner.
I'm not putting handles on these as they will sit piled on a shelf in the Mini Mart.
To attach wire you can glue an ear ring back on each side (or a smaller finding) and glue your wire into it.
I experimented to come up with these because the ones made out of paper with the sliced tops and bottoms just looked like ill fitting paper to me.


Try this search
There are tons of labels, including some very neat vintage ones.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Saturday, May 10, 2014