Sunday, 5 May 2013

Undersized Urbanite miniature garden


Hihhey! I did finish the miniature Japanise zen garden for the Undersized Urbanite dollhouse contest! I can't believe it, only two days ago I had about nothing done, except that I had spray painted the base. Wohoo!

But... the garden is nothing like I planned. First of all originally it wasn't supposed to be this small. Also when I found the base from the thrift store I did not realize that hardly anything can actually fit on it. I did plan to make a tree using polymer clay and wire, but I never got around to it. For some reason making a tree discouraged me, it felt so complicated and I was afraid it would not work out. Also I have been bit distracted by other crafts. After I had postponed making of the tree for so long that I knew that I could never finish one before the deadline, I desided to keep things simple and actually bought a real live mini tree or plant. 

I made a water tight base from polymer clay which has two sections, one for the tree and one for the gravel or sand. The base is what I'm least happy about, I was aiming to make something that looks like stone, but to me it looks like a pile of blue tack. 


The small lanterns and the rake I got from my ex co-workers who knew about my Teahouse project and bought me a mini zen garden as a present. So in the end I did not have to make much anything, just the base and the pilars for the lanterns. In a way I feel like I did not put enough effort on this whole garden. I could have done so much more, but just didn't. 


So I'm not even sure this was dollhouse project, this could be called more bonsai project because of the live plant. I still do think this garden of mine is pretty cool, but I will let the voters of the Undersized Urbanite dollhouse contest deside if this garden qualifies for the contest. Since the deadline for the contest is today and I have posted now on Sunday I won't post anything tomorrow, on Monday, like I normally do.

20 comments:

  1. Of course it qualifies! And I think it's lovely. Many times I find that less really is more, and I think this will be a nice compliment to your incredible teahouse. Job well done :)

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    1. Thank you Meagan! Yes, it didn't turn out as I imagined originally but that does not mean that I don't like it.

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  2. It's so peaceful! I would like to sit in there. :)

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    1. Thanks, I would like to shrink myself too to be able to visit it.

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  3. It's fabulous! You're being too hard on yourself.

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    1. Oh thank you Alana. I was just expecting more from me, but this is what I did, and I do enjoy this minimalistic garden too.

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  4. I think it's beautiful...so serene. :D

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  5. It's great! It's very peaceful.

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  6. Totally agree with everyone, it's fantastic. The simplicity goes perfectly with the tea house. And I think it's really great that you used a real bonsai!

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    1. We'll see how long it stays alive, or the other option is that I treat it so well that it soon does not fit under the glass :D
      But thank you Christina.

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  7. Very authentic and very enchanting!

    Cheers, Neen

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  8. Meis van der Rohe, the great 20th century architect and designer, is quoted to have said " Less is More" Sometimes you can say all that you need to say in a few words instead of paragraphs! You know how to edit your work and it speaks volumes!

    elizabeth

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    1. Oh thank you Elizabeth! I love that quote.

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  9. It's like a bonsai terrarium. Looks great.

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  10. it's so cute and tiny! I love it

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