Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter 2014!

You probably caught my last post about monster eggs (here), but in case you didn't, I wanted to give a shop update.

As you may know, I just got back from 2 weeks away in China.

The trip throughout China (starting in Hong Kong, then Guilin, Xi-an, Beijing, Shanghai and back in Hong Kong) was so wonderful and inspiring that there will DEFINITELY be some Chinese miniatures in progress soon...

So - the online Pixie Dust Miniatures Etsy shop is back online and business has been resumed as usual.

Have a lovely weekend and wishing you a Happy Easter from Pixie Dust Miniatures!


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Monster Eggs

Have you heard of Gerharda Grogglespot? I daresay not - very few have and even her nearest relations claim no acquaintance.
Grogglespot steals monster eggs. She has a gift for it.

As many of you know, I have just returned from two weeks in China, but upon my return 3 days ago I took some photos of Gerharda selling her wares in a Pixie Dust Miniatures marketplace. Take a look at the photos below and don't forget to buy your very own monster eggs from the online Pixie Dust Miniatures Etsy store here - just in time for Easter!

There are;

Frightspark eggs from Iceland,
Whizzle eggs from Greece,
Hicklyback eggs from North America,
Hairy Yellow Hibbet eggs from Holland,
Schleep eggs from Thailand,
Gruggle-snug eggs from the west coast of Africa.


On a more serious (less silly) note; if you're interested in my miniature scenes then you may like to see more of this at my flimic blog which shows much more about the making of miniatures and the use of miniatures in filmmaking. I will soon be writing a post all about these monster eggs and show different photos, so look out for that at my other blog or on its corresponding Facebook page.

All of these eggs and pretty much everything you see in the photos was made by myself in one inch scale (1:12 scale) using polymer clay and mixed materials. Images copyright Pixie Dust Miniatures 2014. Thank you for giving me credit and a link back to this blog when you share my images.

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Want a Bite?

Remember my signature poison apple pie inspired by 'Snow White'? I never really get tired of making classic poisonous red apples or anything related, so I was intrigued when a client in Paris requested literally hundreds of miniature classic red apples. I took on this commission at the start of this year as a matter of fact, and ended up making her some other fruit as well.

So I know people like to see 'work in progress' photos of large commissions such as this and so I have included some here in this post.

If you follow my other 'filmic' blog (here) in which I talk about my work as a miniaturist in general, and not just for Pixie Dust Miniatures, you may have caught the post about this a while back - in January.
You can read about my miniatures in film, or what I have to say about miniatures in film in general at this other blog of mine.
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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Post Vacation SALE!

Hi everyone,
As some of you know, I just celebrated my 32nd birthday and I did it in such a fun way - hitting Vegas, Sedona and the Grand Canyon in a 10 day road trip! I got back to my place in Los Angeles late last night and feel so relaxed and restored. As an extension of my good mood I am offering a post vacation SALE for a few days!

Hop on over to my Pixie Dust Miniatures online Etsy shop here and find many items reduced - starting tomorrow morning at 8 am PST.

No coupon code needed - just see all the reduced items and grab them before the price goes back to what it was!

Don't forget to follow this blog and like us on Facebook to stay ahead of Pixie Dust Miniatures news!

I'll leave you with some fun photos I took on my trip... ;) x

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

NEW Warty Cane Toads

Yesterday I wrote a bit about making my new toads, and today they're available for sale at my Pixie Dust Miniatures Etsy shop.

Originally inspired by the singing warty cane toads in 'Harry Potter'!

Handmade by myself; they come in green or brown and have cute little faces, warty textures and are approx 1.5 cm (5/8") in length.
So, find your toads here....! 

I've had several emails lately requesting custom miniatures / jewelry but, although I hate to disappoint people, I am afraid I do have to turn many down for the time being due to my busy schedule working on my short film (details here). Thank you for your understanding in this. :)

NOTE: I made a mistake in saying the toad coupon for 50% off was still valid. I just realised that this particular coupon has expired, so my apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused. All toads ordered up until now have had the discount honoured and been given a partial PayPal refund.
~ Caroline x

Monday, February 17, 2014

My Workspace - Designing the new Toads

What's small, warty and takes up faaaaaar too much of my time...?!!

You may have noticed that I haven't blogged for ages... I explain why - just scroll down to the 'Shop Announcement' below.

In the meantime, here are some newly designed warty cane toads I have been making in green and brown. I started by doing a quick watercolour painting as a plan and then softened lots of clay and used the painting as a rough guide. These new toads have cute faces and adorable expressions. Each one is handmade by myself to a high standard and they are 15% smaller than my 'Fairytale Toads'.

I'll make these new little toads available at my Pixie Dust Miniatures Etsy shop soon, and I'll offer the same toad discount (info on the toad discount here) - this discount expires at the end of this month (Feb 2014).

SHOP ANNOUNCEMENT.........................................................
As many of you know, I work in the film industry in Hollywood and my company 'Tall Tales Productions' is making its first short film which is made using miniature scale sets and hand-sculpted miniature characters - all of this arty side is being done by myself. So, lately I have had to put a lot more time into this and I am afraid that for most of this year Pixie Dust Miniatures (and my other brand) will have to take a back seat...
I will still list new minis every so often and your orders will still be sent out with speed.. and you can expect good customer service if you have any questions. However, I wont be blogging quite as much or working on as many new ranges or taking many custom requests. (If you have a very urgent custom request then go ahead and email me here and I'll see what I can do!) :)

If you want to follow my progress as I make my short film and stay connected to my work then please find the Tall Tales Facebook page here and 'like'!

Also, look out for my book 'The Art of Pixie Dust Miniatures' which is set to be out later this year (pushed back from Spring release).

~ Caroline x

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Fairytale Cane Toads

Somewhere over the rainbow... there are magically coloured toads...

- well there are in the land of Pixie Dust Miniatures at any rate ;)

I've just listed the last of my Fairytale Cane Toads which were actually made (by myself) in 2011 but I've only just made them available for purchase at my Pixie Dust Miniatures Etsy shop. I photographed them yesterday and they're ready to enter your own magical / spooky / witchy miniature homes.

To celebrate 2014 and a year I will be creating all sorts of new magical and unique ranges, I have created a special COUPON CODE which allows you to receive half off (yes a whopping 50% off) your toads.

- This coupon code is only to be used on the toads.

- To get the coupon code just click here - and you will be taken to the miniature film company 'Tall Tales Productions' Facebook page where you will find the coupon code to use.

- Just click to buy a toad and then enter the coupon code before you pay and $42.50 will be deducted from the price of the toad (that's half off your toad)!. This offer will expire soon - so get your toads whilst this promotion is running!
If you want to add other miniatures to your order then you can do that too! Happy Shopping... :)

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

NEW Tiger Snail

Good grief - I just checked messages sent directly to me at my Pixie Dust Miniatures Etsy shop and gather people are concerned that I've fallen off the edge of the world / been swallowed up by a giant sea monster. Nope - I'm here! Sorry for seemingly disappearing throughout most of January. I have been busily working on a giant commission for a customer in Paris and will blog about that in a day or two. (Or stay ahead of what I get up to outside Pixie Dust Miniatures by following me here on Facebook).

Anyway - fun news - I have a NEW special miniature snail for you. This is a 'tiger snail' and you can see him below perched on the tip of my finger, and variations of him baked onto cupcakes below as well. Available now as a Limited Edition at my Pixie Dust Miniatures SHOP here... ;)

Thursday, January 2, 2014

A Wizardly New Year

Happy New Year all my fabulous followers of miniature magic!!

It's 2014 and there's a lot of exciting things to come this year. Look out for my first Pixie Dust Miniatures book which will be out this spring.
It features dozens and dozens of full colour miniature scene photographs, insights into my miniature creations including the behind the scenes photography, a couple of tutorials (with my most secret techniques revealed) and running commentary about the life of me, Caroline - the miniaturist behind Pixie Dust Miniatures.

Besides the book, I am starting the year with a new Wizard Range - including these chamber candles. They're absolutely tiny (1:12 scale) and my favourite candles to date.

I'll also spend much of this year working on the film 'Myrtle the Witch' (a short film which is shot entirely on miniature scale sets and using hand-sculpted miniature characters) - find out more about this and stay connected at the Tall Tales Productions Facebook page here.

Find out when the book is out, and stay connected to Pixie Dust Miniatures via the Facebook page, and look out for the big Christmas Sale which will soon be announced on my other blog.

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