Thursday, July 17, 2008

Favorite Foods - In Miniature!

(Pictured: The Southern Heritage Cookbook cover in miniature by Chris Verstraete)

It's no surprise that some of my best "cooking" is done in miniature.

As an avid dollhouse miniatures creator and collector, I enjoy making all kinds of new things. A favorite is food items. It's fun to try to get as realistic a replica as you can from polymer and air dry clays. (Less calories too. ha!)

Granted, I am nowhere near as good as some of the more skilled artisans (see some of their incredible work at the Mini Food Blog.) but I enjoy trying new things and am pleased (usually) with the results.

For fun, Terri, the list owner of the Miniature Collectors Club at Yahoo Groups, decided to hold a contest called The Cookbook Challenge. In it you were to duplicate the page or cover of a favorite cookbook or scene.

I found the Southern Heritage cookbook at a flea market for $1. As I'd made some of the foods before, I thought the picture was something I could duplicate. Making the watermelon was something new and was fun to try. (You can see more of my miniatures at http://cverstraete.comor my blog.

I didn't win first, but you have to see the unusual winning entry which was really well done. (Btw, the winner is a doll maker.) I'm still happy as I did get second place.

You can see all the amazing entries at the group's Webshots page.


zhadi said...

This is so funny, Chris, 'cause I just reviewed Margaret Grace's MURDER IN MINIATURE on my blog...I am just fascinated by the detail work that goes into these things!

Excellent job on the cookbook cover and congrats on second place!

zhadi said...
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zhadi said...

I removed the second comment 'cause it was a repeat of the first... Not sure how I did that!

Gayle said...

Chris, I think you should've won. (Granted, I haven't clicked over to see the winner yet; but I think the watermelon alone should have netted you something!) This is terrific!

Marian Allen said...

Your "food" looks good enough to eat! My older stepdaughters had dollhouses, and would make Sculpy food. This really took me back!

Have you read Beatrix Potter's "The Tale of Two Bad Mice"? If not, you (and all other miniaturists) should. You'd love it!