Melissa and Lynne are the co-authors of the blog Sugar City Journal and co-owners of the Sugar City Shop. They are also co-produces of the Sugar City Quarterly which is coming out soon. The first issue will be about “The Magic of Story Books” and you can place a pre-order for their hand bound book on their blog now. We have always loved the crafty fairy tale inspired diorama on their banner and asked them to tell us about how they make their 'sugar boxes'.
What is more magical than a Sugar Box? It’s the perfect object of meditation for the child and provides her with a chance to regard the innocent furry victims of Goldilocks, or the consequence of chatting strange wolves up in the woods. Fairy tales can be morally instructive!
Here’s what you do:
Find the perfect container: Old clock boxes, it turns out, make perfect Sugar Boxes since they are not too deep (otherwise it’s hard to see the details inside). Melissa hit the jackpot when she found this antique clock casing at a little shop in New Jersey, but eBay is also rife with them. Shadow box frames or any shallow boxes work as well.
What to put inside: Consider a scene from your favorite fairy tale. “The Three Bears,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” “The Princess and the Pea.” Polymer clay is perfect for making little characters. Then you can stitch (or even glue gun) simple clothes together. Wolfie (below) looks dapper in his rabbit fur coat, googly eyes and sharp greedy teeth ( which are made from grains of rice!)
Many craft stores sell all sorts of miniature accessories for doll houses: tiny chairs and tables, mini tea cups and even minuscule fancy silver platters. For organic touches Melissa has been known to head out to her backyard, her baby sleeping in a sling, and hack down sticks from trees. Twigs make great backgrounds and have the additional benefit of being free. If you like, you can forgo using figures entirely and simply make a tiny forest scene or room as we did for the princess and the pea bed chamber you can see below. The possibilities are truly endless!
Small Shops - Kit+Lili, Nonchalant Mom & Lucky Fish Sample Sale: Brooklyn NY
Three designers we love and have featured regularly in Small magazine are having a sample sale in Dumbo this week. All clothes are offered at 40-80% below retail price. Pick up the deals on June 3-5, 10am - 6pm at 55 Washington street (at Front St) suite 728, Brooklyn.