A miniaturist group I belong to recently had an "Odds and Ends Challenge." Everyone gets the same items and you make whatever you want. For this challenge you had to use at least part of five of the ten items. I was able to use all ten. My roombox was a small cardboard suitcase I found on clearance at Target. I drew the floorboards onto the cardboard "floor" and wallpapered with a heart print wallpaper.
The challenge items are pictured in the last photo. I made the fireplace from the top of a Michael's hutch, some scrap wood, a piece of cardboard, and a real life wallpaper sample for the marble. The fireplace screen was made from the challenge piece of screen. The grapevine wreath is simply the challenge string wrapped and glued in a wreath shape and decorated. The candle holders were cut from the wheel assemblies and painted gold. I added toothpick candles. I covered the multicolored pom poms with thin gold foil from a candy bar and placed the "truffles" in an ornate silver beadcap bowl. The ice bucket is the top of the toy capsule and the wine bottle was made from a pushpin and the small thread spool. The throw pillows in the left corner were made from the coffee filter.
I used some more of the coffee filter to wrap the roses. The wine glasses were made from the challenge push pins. The wooden tray was made with part of the craft stick. The bear skin rug was cut from the fur fabric. My favorite non challenge accessory is the heart cakes. They were punched from thick craft foam with an office style heart punch and "frosted" with polymer clay nail decals. I really enjoyed this project. You all know how much I like trash to treasure projects and it's been really cool to see all the different ideas everyone is coming up with.
I hope you get to enjoy Valentine's Day with someone special tomorrow!
I've been happily married for 33 years to my high school sweetheart and we have three great kids. All are young adults. I'm currently working part time as an instructional assistant at the local elementary school. My mini life is especially important to me because it takes me away (better than a bubble bath!) from the stresses of real life. I've been involved with mini-ing since the late 1980s with a break for about 10 years while my children were young.
My faith and my family are very important to me. I am so thankful that God blessed me with the gift of creativity!