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« on: March 06, 2010 10:13:45 AM »

After a LONG frustration involving 3 computers and 2 digital cameras, 1 broken coffee grinder (I have very old Fimo... Angry) and 3 nights with only 2 hours of sleep Lips sealed (yes, I never have time - that's my curse - people who love me call it "overload of ideas" but it basically is just a lack of productivness Roll Eyes) - so afterall I give you The mini veggies and their fellows:

I noticed that miniatures are mostly considered as "cute doesn't need reason" and they usually fall into "you can look but you better not touch" category and being the pratical person I am (meaning: "everything has to have a use for it or it just takes space" - and I don't have a lot of that either Wink) I'd like to offer you a bit of alternative view - so I give you the 10 ways of using this mini monsters:

1.) mini veggies into SEEDLING GARDEN TAGS + bonus: garden fairy
We all need to eat, right? So first of all we have to grow some veggies to eat - and to do that we need to mark our seedlings to know what is peeping from the pot and when to put it out. Ok, I admit - I'm not into gardening at all, I don't love it by far! But my "male" does. And I love him. And I also love polymer clay (ok, it's a different kind of love from the previously mentioned but I'm sure every crafty person knows what I mean Wink). Which means making seedling tags is the only logical thing Smiley. So here they are:

and in use:

And of course every garden needs a garden fairy to make the veggies grow nice:

she is so god-damm mini that I had the hardest time to focus her - so I just croped the pics and that's why they are crapy - sorry about that...

2.) mini ice cream becomes mini CARD INVITATION
Now with the fairy's help we've grown so many of those veggies and fruits and it's time to try some. And the best way to eat is in good company. So let's invite some friends to come over, ok?

3.) mini veggies into BOOKMARKS
Our friends expect to eat good so we better start picking up the recipes for our delicious produce. And with such harvest there will be a lot of courses and it's hard to keep it all in mind - so let's make some bookmarks to help us at that task, ok?

in use:

4.) mini veggies decorate the TOOTHPICKS
The friends have arrived and it's time to welcome them - perhaps with some cheese or some other snack... Oh, wait, we'll need toothpicks for that, right? Quick, let's make some:

5.) mini veggies into WINE GLASS RINGS
Friends need to drink as well, right? And people always ask: "Is this mine glass or yours?" at good parties (and our's is good, right? Wink) So we'll help them with that and mark the glasses with different kind of veggies and fruit or fruit slices:

Of course you shouldn't put two chillies in use in the same party but it made a nice photo, so...

here you can find some other that I've already posted:

6.,7. an 8.) mini veggies into JEWLERY: EARINGS, BROOCHE and RING
We need to look nice at our own party, yes? Here is some jewlery that will make you the hottest girl in the room Grin:


ring in action:

whole bunch together

9.) mini fruits on top of MARMELADE/COMPOT/HONEY,... lids
The guests are leaving and we can give them a little souvenier to sweeten their breakfast - so here are some mini versions of marmelade or you could make a bee on top of honey lid... I made an apricot to put on the lid since I put homemade apricot marmelade in it (made by my dad and really good:))

the proof of miniatureness - it's exactly 2 in high Smiley:

top view that shows the polymerclay coverd lid the best:

10.) mini moons and clouds into BUTTONS:
Everybody has gone home and it's time to go to bed for us as well so I made some mini buttons for our kid's bedsheets:

Sweet dreams!
« Last Edit: March 08, 2010 12:04:16 AM by veri » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2010 10:28:07 AM »

Love every last little tomato. ^^
Especially the seedling tags are amazing.
And I agree, everything ought to be put to some use. Cheesy
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2010 10:28:55 AM »

So cute!  I thought moons and clouds were bananas and popcorn until i read the description, but thats prolly cuz I have some banana buttons that look almost identical to those moons!
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« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2010 10:39:54 AM »

So inspiring....off to the craft room!!!

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« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2010 10:48:59 AM »

so creative! my favorite are the toothpicks but are they reusable? the garden sticks are awesome as well.

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« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2010 11:14:53 AM »

So cute!  I thought moons and clouds were bananas and popcorn until i read the description, but thats prolly cuz I have some banana buttons that look almost identical to those moons!

hehe, I ment to make bananas as well but than I saw their bedsheet pattern with teddys on clouds and moons and made this. But it still could serve as banana and popcorn as well;) Even thought to write banana/moon buttos accualy Cheesy.

Oh, I forgot to write: the mini veggies and all the other stuff is made of some Fimo polymer clay (the onlyone available here), very old and very crumbly and a pain in the ass to knead but I swore to myself I'd use the old one before I buy new so...

The tomatos, leeks and celery were inspired by Angie Scaar's book Miniature food masterclass that my beloved male got me for new year's.

so creative! my favorite are the toothpicks but are they reusable? the garden sticks are awesome as well.

I accually didn't glue the mini veggies on top of toothpicks so you could just separate the toothpick from its decoration and use the veggies with fresh toothpicks at the next party.

Thank you for all the feedback - I feel a bit guilty since I've been taking pictures and trying to resize them and upload them almost the whole day... instead of just playing with my kids Embarrassed Tongue.  Well, that's the course if you have a crafty momy I guess Grin. So it's nice to know that it has a meaning Wink. And I'll be just theirs tomorrow Smiley.
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« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2010 11:28:40 AM »

Wow Cheesy They're so adorable! I love the fairy, and the idea of putting them on tiny jam jar lids! The mini invitations were just so cute. I think my favourites though were the moons and cloud buttons Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2010 11:36:46 AM »

Amazing work!
I love the vegetable garden sticks and the chili earrings! Everything looks fantastic though Cheesy This is definitely one of those "wish I thought of that" projects.

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« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2010 02:24:49 PM »

WHOW!!!  Shocked This kind of cuteness doesn't need any reason!!
Loving them all! You did a great job on those!

I think I have some (very) old Fimo also... Somewhere...   Tongue
Well, maybe I will give it a try when I'm all done with my Swap.

Thanks! I got inspired!

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« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2010 09:50:06 PM »

This is stunning!!  The detail in the clay is amazing, and the list of ten uses is both funny and great.  Awesome project!!!

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« Reply #10 on: March 06, 2010 10:05:04 PM »

neat idea for the seedling markers
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« Reply #11 on: March 06, 2010 10:30:25 PM »

 I like the seedling marker idea the best, as it seems more practical for me. I totally know what you mean. If it doesn't have a purpose, it's just taking up space.

« Reply #12 on: March 07, 2010 05:50:58 AM »

What a great collection of ideas! All your little veggies look perfect, and so cute! I'm particularly in love with the little yellow peppers, and I have wisted the garden fairy!
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« Reply #13 on: March 07, 2010 09:36:31 AM »

Hello!  I've been waiting for your entry...and here it is!   Grin    Your veggies are so cool.  Such good work.  Smiley   My favorites are the tomatoes (oh, wait...that's a fruit).  And the popsicle (ooo, umm, that too, is strictly non-veggie), and the fairy (oop, also alive, but non-veggie)!  lol   They're great! 

Wow, I've not used clay in a long time, it's so small and so clay-ey.  lol  I may have to take up clay again, but, damn, we don't have a stove that works yet.  I mean, we have the stove, but no electricity hooked up yet to it, because our house isn't finished! lol

You're right...your resolution is so DAMN cool.  I love it!  Thanks for letting me join!

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« Reply #14 on: March 07, 2010 01:19:24 PM »

I do not have a green thumb (more like a black thumb of plant death) but seeing the way you used your incredible veggies for seed markers makes me want to plant a garden right now!!

Fantastic job!!

« Reply #15 on: March 07, 2010 06:25:48 PM »

I can tell you love veggies too! Awesome work!
« Reply #16 on: March 07, 2010 11:44:19 PM »

Wow! These are definitely great! All the cute little details and ideas! I appreciate all the work you had with forming and photographing and writing. Thank you very much for your very inspiring posting!
« Reply #17 on: March 08, 2010 12:16:45 AM »

Yes, I admit, I really love veggies - is it that obvious? Grin

wideeyedlife, I hear you on the pasta portrait... I have no inspiration for that either. I'll probably just do something for fun with kids - so it'll go into "kid's quality time" category instead of "true crafting" Cheesy.
As for tomatos - although they are accually fruits - culinary speaking they can be considered veggies. And popsicle can accually be done with veggies (have you eaten carrot ice cream?) - but I prefer fruit ice cream as well. Well the first is chocolate, of course - nothing beats chocolate ice cream Grin.
Bytheway - I'd dye without my stove... It's gas stove but the oven is electric and I want them both - working Grin. I like to cook and we like to eat a lot Wink.

limeriot, I always thoguth I have a black thumb because I always forgot to water the flowers but when I tried to remember to do that - my thumbs really got green:) though I still hate to pull weeds.

thank you, everyone for your kind remarks - makes me really happy and want to post again Smiley - so be careful - I might not go away;)
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« Reply #18 on: March 08, 2010 03:13:10 AM »

Such a cute idea!  I love all the different ways you used your mini veggies.  Adorable!

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« Reply #19 on: March 08, 2010 06:00:53 AM »

These are awesome!  And your descriptions are so cute.  Adventures of the mini-veggies....!  I love them all, including the fairy.  Who doesn't need a garden fairy?

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« Reply #20 on: March 08, 2010 06:53:50 AM »

I luv every idea you did with them especially the jewelry. The fairy is awesome too.  Smiley

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« Reply #21 on: March 08, 2010 01:02:43 PM »

No wonder you got no sleep! These are fab, especially the seedling tags. Just hope the slugs don't get confused and eat them instead of your veg! ( hey that could be another use- a decoy for slugs. You'll make your fortune!) 
« Reply #22 on: March 09, 2010 12:56:47 AM »

If you were to sew those buttons onto a garment, could they go in the washing machine?

« Reply #23 on: March 09, 2010 01:58:59 AM »

Yes, the buttons are washable (in the machine, of course:). I think I've even put them in the dryer on low! I've made many Fimo buttons before and all of them are doing fine for now Smiley. I'll post some teddy bear buttons I made for my girls's bedsheets. They have been washed for a number of times now (I haven't taken the pics yet so you'll see them after all the washings). I have varnished this buttons (but not the teddyes though) for added  protection.

It can a bit tricky with the fine detail (ears of the little teddyes for example) but the "massive" buttons without any protruding parts are fine.
« Reply #24 on: March 11, 2010 03:13:43 AM »

This is utter cool! Since I know next to nothing about claying and Poly-something it is well impressive.
As an avid gardener of vegetables this would be the coolest way possible to mark the spot.

Scribbling, taking notes here and off to hunt some of said clay. Well done Veri!

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« Reply #25 on: March 11, 2010 11:18:04 AM »

smallhold, if you're not the best friend with clay you can make markers for your veggies out of foil for example. I plan to do bigger stuff for the garden with it - it's in the process of making - I'll share when it's done, just remind me in case I forget. Though I do like clay a lot lot lot and it's sure worth to try it - if I can do it - so can you Wink.
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« Reply #26 on: March 14, 2010 02:32:53 PM »

Love the seeding tags but everything else is awesome too!!!

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« Reply #27 on: March 22, 2010 05:02:27 PM »

So cool!   May I ask what you used to make them shiny?
« Reply #28 on: March 25, 2010 10:13:39 AM »

 Grin Love!!

Your uses for the tiny vegetables really make your project(s) a dozen times better (and tiny veggies are already pretty cool in and of themselves).
« Reply #29 on: March 25, 2010 02:53:49 PM »

So cool!   May I ask what you used to make them shiny?

I varnished them with glossy Fimo varnish.

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« Reply #30 on: April 05, 2010 09:22:52 AM »

Wow!  So many ideas!  I love the card and the toothpicks. 


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