Happy Saturday, everyone! I've been wanting to make a miniature bakery ever since visiting some fabulous ones on our travels. A GSL Stackable Room Box French Quarter is the perfect piece to set a sweet scene in. Once I worked out the floorplan I got to work on the display cases that would fill the space.
I started with a GSL Store Cabinet Base (available from Alpha Stamps) to hold the shop's pies and tarts. I painted the edges in an off white acrylic paint to start.
I used a cream crackle scrapbook paper from Paper Studio for the back wall of the display. The shelves are simply glass microscope slides held in place with dollhouse bricks. They fit perfectly in this piece.
I added woodgrain paper to the interior and exterior of the display and footed it with some miniature wood turnings. It's all set to fill with tiny tasty treats.
The pies were made using molded air dry clay crusts. Those were filled with different combinations of acrylic paint fillings, polymer clay slice fruits and finished off with a Glossy Accents glaze.
I used a GSL Library Table to hold cookbooks and whatnot.
After assembling it with tacky glue, I painted and papered the interior in a similar fashion as the pie display.
I made a few GSL Store Counters (coming soon) for the bakery, too.
They were finished the same as the other furniture pieces.
Here's what they look like completed.
After painting the interior, I papered the back walls of this piece with a blue paper from Graphic 45's Cafe Parisian collection.
Here's a peek at how some of the pastries and breads were made. I have small molds that hold air dry paper clay. Once dried, I give them a coat of acrylic paint and then a dusting of pastel chalk.
I made a few 'flavors' of crullers/donuts. Those were displayed in a GSL Tiny Tray with Handles which is available over at Alpha Stamps.
With the furniture all completed, I turned my attention to the bakery itself. The GSL Stackable Room Box French Quarter is 11 ¾ inches wide by 9 ½ inches tall. It comes with a floor, 3 sides, ceiling, balcony and window details. I chose a blue and white paper from Ella & Viv's Spice Market collection for a Moroccan tile floor.
Here's the balcony. It has tabs that insert into the exterior wall of the bakery.
It was painted in payne's gray and glued in place. The exterior brick paper is from Ella & Viv. I painted the windows in off white and glued them in place.
The planters were very simply made from
a large wooden bead glued onto a wood block. These assemblies were
painted gray and filled with miniature greenery.
This two part arch is meant to go onto the exterior of the building as trim around the french windows.
I decided instead of installing these pieces together, I used the smaller one on the interior of the bakery.
The larger one was painted in payne's gray to match the balcony and installed on the exterior.
The interior walls were papered with a textured gray scrapbook paper.
Notice in this photo the tabs along the top of the walls. Those are where the ceiling gets glued in place. I was getting ready to install it and wire the bakery with a ceiling light fixture when my husband suggested I figure out a way to leave off the ceiling completely to make the bakery play-friendly.
My solution for this was to paint some balsa wood strips and glue them over those wall tabs.
Whew, that was a lot! Thanks for
GSL Products Used
Store Counter (COMING SOON)
Other Supplies Used
Paper Studio crackle paper
Woodgrain scrapbook paper
Graphic 45 Cafe Parisian paper
Ella & Viv Spice Market paper
Ella & Viv Brick Backgrounds paper
Air dry clay
Polymer clay & canes
Wooden block and beads
Miniature kitchen items