Friday, April 29, 2011

Finished My Miniature Honeydukes Jack-O-Lantern Bench :)

This piece is sold now but I thought I'd show you how it finished up.  I think it turned out cute :)  I made the paper bags and the bag holder for the end of the bench.  And the other barrel that I just finished has peppermint toads in it, hehe. 

And I also added to Sherry's last available cabinet because I felt that it needed the display on top like the previous ones.  So I redid that one today and it is now sold as well.  But here's what I changed:

I made a cake for the first shelf, then added candies to the top.  You can't really tell from these pictures but there is a peppermint toad with a chocolate top and red and white peppermint bottom :)  That was one of the Harry Potter sweets.  So anyways, there's my finished projects I worked on today. 

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Sherry's Honeydukes Trolley, Sherry's own design and style-Lovely!

Here's Sherry's version of the Honeydukes Trolley, all designed the way she wanted it :)  It's spectacular too!  All done in the pretty Honeydukes colors.  I'll let the pictures speak for themselves:

Tray of sweeties for the second shelf :)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Yet another miniature Harry Potter Honeydukes piece nearly complete :)

I've been waiting on another cabinet to come in, a custom order for one of my clients.  While I was waiting, I went ahead and did a little project out of this bench:
The picture is kind of dark but you get the idea of what it formerly looked like.

I wanted to make it a candy holder somehow, to work it into the Honeydukes theme I've been working on.  Here's what I came up with:

I'm not quite done, I still have to build and paint a little wooden paper bag holder for the end of one side.  And I still have to fill one barrel, because the candy barrels will also have the honeydukes sign on the front and they go with this bench.  This set is one of a kind, I do not have another bench and don't know if I could find another this long.  The bench is around 6 inches long!  That should tell you how big these pumpkin candy holders are!  They are decent in size. 

Yes that jack-o-lantern is puking Bertie Botts every flavor beans :)  That would be my weird sense of humor at work there :)  I can't express just how much better this is in person.  You can't make out the fine details like the sugar sparkles on the candies :(  They are so much prettier than this picture shows!  The last barrel will have peppermint toads in it :)  Each one has a sign in it with the candy label.  Hard to see on these pics.

The white pumpkin is not unfinished, he is one of those ghost pumpkins that have naturally off-white flesh.  
I'll post pictures of the finished set tomorrow before I list it for general sale in my store.  I will get it done because it looks like my custom ordered cabinet will be in tomorrow and then I'm making that for my customer.  She wanted my cabinet but with custom colors instead.  She making a darker in theme candy cellar.  So she needed a darker color scheme.  I'll post pictures after I get it done.    

Saturday, April 23, 2011

In the words of a friend, holy Harry Potter I love it! Sherry's Mini Honeydukes Cabinets :)

Ok Sherry's made her own set of three Honeydukes minis, and I thought I might show you all how they turned out...which is freakin' cute!  Hehehe!  Great work Sher!  She's rockin' the mini candies on these.    Ok so her pictures are pretty fuzzy because she can't get good shots at her house.  When they get here I'll reshoot them if there are any left to buy.  But for now, here's what I can show you:
This one is sold.
This one is also sold now.

This one is currently available.

Only the middle one is left available for sale, the two end cabinets are now sold.

If you'd like to keep up with Sherry's work, her blog is here:

and our store is here:

Friday, April 22, 2011

Dollhouse Miniature Harry Potter Honeydukes Sweet Shop Sweet Trolley done :)

Ok my first version of the sweet trolley is done now although my icky inside pictures kind of ruin it.  I'll have to reshoot them tomorrow outside, but for now these will have to do.  Woot!  I am so darn glad this is finally done I can't even begin to tell you!  Whew.  Now on to the next ones ordered!  They'll all be different in certain ways to keep the pieces OOAK (one of a kind, for those of you who may not have heard the term).  But anyway, I am very proud of this one :)  I've watched these movies with my kids for years now.  They hold a special place in my heart because it was a "family-time thing" we did together.  Anywho, here's some really terrible pictures for now until I can get my grumpy camera out into natural light:

that's a boxed butterbeer under there :)
Closer look?

Here's some little pieces of pink coconut ice that's on the second shelf now-which of course you can't see in the whole view of the trolley.  So here it is sitting on my next unfinished trolley for the next customer who ordered one.
I also made these cute little scoops of sherbet balls for the top of the trolley:

Haha, ok so you can't really see them in this shot but hey I had to get my Easter rabbit in the photo!
Ok here's a closer one:

Wow, just look at that glare from the camera flash!  Grrrrr!

And here's the whole set in another craptacular picture:
All sold, this set anyway.  There will be more to come in the future because there are others ordered.  But like I said, I plan to make some changes so they remain ooak.  I'll try to get pictures tomorrow when my brain starts functioning again.  By now it's pretty tired out :(

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Dollhouse Miniature Harry Potter Honeydukes Sweet Shop-Themed Witch Hat

Remember this picture?

I asked you all what you thought I might do with these two items, a bench and a hat box in my current Honeydukes theme.

I haven't had time to work on the bench yet, but I did manage to squeeze in that little hat box :)

Want to see what I did with it?
How does one work in a hat into a Sweet Shop theme?  Make a Honeydukes colors, candy-themed hat of course! 

I decided to take the Honeydukes Sweet Shop one step further by making this lovely and fun candy-themed witch hat complete with hat box in the classic Honeydukes color theme. It is made from a combination of top grain leather and fabric. I thought this fun idea would be something available for sale in the sweet shop, that they would have their own signature hat decked out in wizarding candies :) Everything but the box was hand-crafted by me, although I did decorate it from unfinished wood to what it is now. This amazing hat is the only one in existence, because I'm sure no one has thought of this but me at this point in time. The decorated hat box and hat stands at 4 1/2 inches tall and the stand is fixed securely to the top of the hat box. 1/12 scale are the pictures (some terrible) some ok:

Available here in my store:

So what do you think?  Do you like it?  Hate it?  Leave me some honest comments!

For future orders for this type of set (although not exactly the same)
this is what they look like together as a set:

See how all the colors mix together perfectly? 
I do have more items made for the trolley but I just now got my doilies in the mail so now I can finish this sweet trolley up so yay!  Check back in for finished pictures of the trolley tomorrow night :)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Finished my Miniature Honeydukes Cabinet :)

It's already sold, I'm sorry to say, but it's finished now and I figured I'd show you all anyway :) 

This is my version of a sweet cabinet from the famed Honeydukes Sweet Shop, from the Harry Potter movies. I went for the darker, more wizarding look of the Honeydukes Shop in the movies, instead of the purely pastel version in the theme park. I wanted to keep the witchy look of that world, a darker, magical version of it. A variety of sweets mentioned not only in the books but also in the movies have been made by me, completely by hand. Every lolly, every jelly slug-all made by me. Inside the bottom of the cabinet is a price list with the name of every sweet and what they cost in "knuts"-the wizarding world's coins. A basket of assorted "sweeties" with price posted sit wrapped individually in plastic wrappings inside a blue basket that stands out prettily from the red-painted bottom inside cabinet. The top of the cabinet sports a lovely little owl on the top post, as well as a potted Bertie Botts Every Flavor Bean plant :) A large red-bowed jar of Black Pepper Imp candies on waxed paper strips sits also on top of the cabinet. A gorgeous little fanned-out lolly display adorns the round enclave of the shelving unit. The whole effect is quite charming :) The cabinet even has a black metal cauldron full of Honeydukes chocolate bars in case you have a nasty run in with a dementor!

I think it turned out sweet-no pun intended, lol-and I'm still waiting on my doilies to come in so I can finish up my trolley that matches-also sold btw.  I managed to make a red polymer riser for underneath my cauldron on this one to show the cauldron is actually there :)  But I want to wait on my doilies for the trolley.  I have one more custom order trolley to make but it will be slightly different in order to keep these one of a kind.  And also to keep the work interesting and not tedious as well, that's very important.  Anyway, here it is:

Sheesh, I wish I could turn out pictures that really showcase what I've done instead of take away from the look of it :(  Here in person, so much prettier!  All the details are lost in these.  But at least you can get the idea of it.  At least my customer will get to see how nice it really is!

Stay tuned for more updates on the rest of the pieces as well as new and interesting ideas of 19th day Co-Creator Sherry's on her blog:

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Progress report on Honeydukes Sweets, 4-17-2011

I wanted to show you all where I stand on the honeydukes set, almost done on the cabinet but I need my doilies!  The seller promised to ship them fast but so far I haven't seen them marked as shipped.  All of my other parts came right in so I won't be ordering from that seller again!  The cabinet is missing only the red doily under the black metal cauldron (the shelf is black and the cauldron is black so it just kind of seems invisible on that shelf) the jelly slugs for the green and white vase on top of the cabinet, and two or three candies inside the bottom of the cabinet.  Which you won't really see inside the cabinet if the doors are shut so I plan to tack them down with only tacky glue in case whomever buys the cabinet wants to gently pull them off the bottom of the cabinet should they wish to put them someplace else.  Tacky glue is easily removable.  Ok so here's what I have done so far:
Hard to see, but I have a Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans plant up there, a large jar of Black Pepper Imps:

 on wax paper strips, and a currently empty green and white vase that will hold jelly slugs.  For those of you who don't know what those look like, this is what they look like:
So this will be on the other side of the top of the cabinet once I make them.

And more pics:

I made a fan display in the top little round enclave of the cabinet of acid pops, blood pop, and some regular halloween-colored lollipops.  The second shelf is (left to right) acid pops-blood pops-ice mice-droobles best blowing gum balls, the third shelf has the cauldron full of honeydukes chocolate bars, fizzing whizbees candies, and an unfinished bottle of canary creams.  I can't even begin to tell you how hard it was to sculpt a tiny yellow bird sitting on top of a cream poof no taller than just shy of half and inch tall!  I mean it, that little thing is LESS than half an inch.  Sheesh, let me tell you it was rough and he's not perfect but as close as I could get it in such a tiny sculpt.  And I have to make a few more to fill the bottle up and then label it.
a tiny owl sits on the top post of the cabinet.  He's really cute in person!  And more detailed as well.  Hehe, you can see my little personal note I stuck to remind myself what I was making to put in the vase.  When you're making so much candy it's hard to keep it all straight!

My little witch now has all of her pumpkin pasties and a sign to tell passersby what she has for sale.  Little did I know she is a highly collectible Poliwoggs folk art witch that was retired in 2003.  Apparently Poliwoggs are beloved among those who collect folk art.  You can read about them here:

I did make a mold of her so I can remake this little witch but those who order this cart after the original is sold won't have the real poliwogg witch.  Only this cart will have the original.  I'll get it as close as possible but it won't be exact.  

Ok I have to go get back to work now.  I have a quick order to fill before I can get back to this set.  But I really can't get a lot further without the doilies anyway :(  Hope they come in soon!

Oh and, make sure to check out 19th Day co-creator Sherry's blog to see the companion pieces she's making to my Honeydukes set!  She has three cabinets started and it should be fun! 

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Progress report on Honeydukes Sweets

Ok I got a little busy with housecleaning today so I didn't get as far as I'd like to have on my sweet trolley :(  But I did get a little done.  I'm waiting on parts coming in from online stores to get really far into everything so I'm stuck until they get here.  I needed some pretty little paper doilies to put on the trolley under some sweets I'll be making:
except the one I use on there will be spray painted red because I need a pop of red on the trolley to tie it and the cabinet together.  Plus it just looks great next to the aqua. 

I also picked up a small cauldron to sit on a shelf of the cabinet:

Of course this will be filled with sweets as well :)

Speaking of sweets, I was inspired by the coils of candy cones on display in the real Honeydukes shop in the theme park:

See them up above the glass jars of candy?  I love those!
So I decided to do my own version of them:

Although brighter and covered in more foodie decorations like fruit and candy.
Here's the back view where you can really see the chocolate cone I made with chocolate shavings and a cherry on top:

And here's a view of the whole thing now although it's far from done:
Oh and, see the little pastry on the witch's plate?  That would be the start of a stack of Pumpkin Pasties, remember that from the movie?  Cho Chang asks for those off the trolley on the Hogwarts Express :)
I was inspired by this photo of the real thing made by a fan of the movies:

Which is fun to make for the kids!  Here's the website I got it from:
in case you'd like to try the Hogwarts foods :)
Here's a close up shot of mine I made:
Which now I see needs a tiny hint of brown around the edge so it looks more "baked" :)  Of course I'll be making a stack of them for this platter and a Pumpkin Pastie Sign.  Fun!  But what you can't see is that this little pastry is "sugared" looking.  It has a hint of crystalline shimmer to it as though it were sprinkled with sugar before going into the oven.  You also can't see in the picture that the top has cuts in it that allowed the pumpkin filling to ooze out a bit.  So there is a tiny bit of orange jelly coming from the cuts.  I wish you guys could see what I see here in front of me!  I'll keep posting updates as I go along on this set.  Ta Ta for now!