Sharing a love of Dolls House Miniatures - and making time for other creative crafts and the garden.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Witch was an indulgence....

Sorry about the blog's title...I just couldn't resist it!

You know how a little idea sits somewhere at the back of your mind, and gradually evolves and grows...and then JUST the right bits and pieces begin to appear as if by magic......well it was a bit like that.

I should really have been finishing an order or concentrating on 1/24th dolls needed for the two upcoming fairs - but I thought a bit of New Year's indulgence could be excused before I really got going again, so decided to let my little witch out!

It all started back in the autumn when I pulled up an old poppy root in the garden, and it just shouted 'TREE' at me. It happily dried out and just looked better and better. Some great grass mat which has a super woven backing instead of the paper variety was bought at a November fair and looked as if it would mold beautifully over lumps and bumps - which it does - and a woodland garden of some sort was beginning to 'emerge'.

Finally a less than perfect 1/48th sculpt looked more like a witch than a cheery old lady....and so the witch was born and all the pieces came together!
I have to admit that dressing her was a 'challenge' to say the least - and the crooked pointed hat a nightmare - but worth it. So at last I could begin, and for the last few days I've been happily putting it all together, creating a 'landscape' and equiping her cave home with drying herbs and pots and potions and of course her broom - it's taken far too long, but I've enjoyed every minute!

The photographs present the usual problem - 1/48th scale is tricky to capture well. Please try to imagine that she's about as tall as a matchstick to the top of her hat - and that the inside of her cave looks better in real life. I just need to price her now and I think she deserves a name, then perhaps she'll find a new home with someone who will enjoy her as much as I have.

Thank you for looking - and a warm welcome to new followers.


Lainie said...

Wow! Would've never thought to do that with an old poppy root. Cool.

Mags Cassidy said...

That tree is amazing, Robin.
I love the scene and the way in which it came together so well.

Mary Williams said...

I don't know how you do it so small Robin,
Mary x

Debie Lyons said...

Its brilliant Robin. Sometimes its great to do little self indulgent projects like this.

I used to have problems photograping tiny things, till a friend told me to use the macro button on my digital camera. Its like a little tulip.

Lorra Luffies

Debie xxxxxx

Robin said...

Thanks for your lovely comments girls! Yep I do use the macro facility Debie - trouble is, at/48th the 'cave is only about 1 1/2" wide and the same deep and it's particularly difficult to get right inside to show the little bits and pieces - still I shall keep trying.

Sandra Morris said...

Wonderful little witch Robin.....

Will you be taking her to Thame?

Robin said...

She's off to Cornwall for the Lostwithiel Fair in a couple of weeks...if she hasn't found a new home, she'll be at Thame Sandra.