Monthly Archives: February 2011

Cabinet of Curiosities

Here’s a sneak peek of what my Cabinet of Curiosities looks like at the moment.

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Posted by on February 26, 2011 in Bell Jars


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In the Nuthouse

Remember an old Disney Donald Duck cartoon about a couple of chipmunks dreaming of stealing Donald’s walnut shaped “Don’s Nut Butter” store?  I love this cartoon so much as a kid it inspired me now to make my own nut house.

To make the Nuthouse, I used Super Sculpey clay for the body.   I accidentally burnt the clay when I left it too long in the oven.  It was a good sort of accident.  The burnt parts gave it the look and texture of a real nutshell. Cutting a walnut shell in half, I used this for the windows hanging flowerpots.

I made a tiny faery door and stairs.   For that woodsy charm I added lichen moss, and a few nuts and seeds. It now looks like a real nuthouse, don’t you think?

Here’s a look at the semi finished bell jar.  I’ve hidden walnut shaped lights with the real walnuts.  And made hollow mushrooms using Super Sculpey.   It made my day seeing those mushrooms glow after plugging in miniature lights inside.  Just add in the Nuthouse and the squirrels and it’s done!

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Posted by on February 26, 2011 in Bell Jars


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The Wizard’s Study

What do you do with scrap leather?  I got these sample leather swatches from an Op Shop and didn’t know what to do with it.    I was flicking through my hardbound  “Alice in Wonderland” book when I realised it was so obvious … What do you do with scrap leather?  Make miniature books, that’s what!

To make the wizard’s study of course you’ve got to have potions, a magic mirror, a crystal ball, a wand, and a sky high pile of books…

It took a while to make that pile of books stay where they were.  It just kept falling… until sticky dots saved the day.   Take a peek at the Wizard’s Study.


Posted by on February 13, 2011 in Bell Jars


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Where the wild things are

Yesterday evening was a night of drums, dancing, kids in face paint, singing, and a whole lot of things African.  It was the “Rhythm of Africa” night at the Werribee Zoo.   Where the wild things are.

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Posted by on February 13, 2011 in Out and About


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Invasion of the Snails!

Cliff Hanger

Melbourne has been battered and bruised last night.  Torrential rains, flash floods, and a black out that lasted all night.   We passed by the creek just a block away and saw the foot bridge has already sunk half way into the river and the wooden fencing have completely disappeared.

My husband and I were standing on the grass looking at the floods when we noticed teeny tiny snails clinging on the grass.  We rescued a few of these refugees and took them home.  Here are some of their pictures.  With consent from the snails of  course.  (No animals have been harmed in the making of these pictures.)

I’m not posting any flood pics.  The news has enough of them already.

Home away from home

Snail family

Aren’t they cute?  I’m actually terrified of holding them.   Slime is not my thing.  But they’re so tiny I just couldn’t help but take a picture of them on the mushroom houses.  Seems like a perfect place for them, don’t you think?

I didn’t have the heart to encase them in a bell jar for their pictorial.  So they went al fresco.

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Posted by on February 5, 2011 in Out and About


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