Monday, 30 December 2013

Happy New Year

I've left it a little late to wish you all Happy Christmas so I will wish you all Happy New Year instead. I hope you all had wonderful a Christmas, got lots of lovely presents and got to spend that special time with family, friends and loved ones. It has been such a busy time for me over the last few weeks. In the weeks leading up to Christmas I had a Christmas market to prepare for, my daughter's fourth birthday party to prepare and also two Christmas dinners to cook. Needless to say the last few weeks have left me craving a much needed rest, and now that Christmas is over have I put my feet up? No of course not. My sculpting has been put on the back burner over the last few weeks and now that I have a little time back to myself I have begun sculpting away like there is no tomorrow. I think it is fair to say that I am well and truly addicted to playing with polymer clay. I thought I'd share with you one of the latest items I have put into my Etsy shop. The above photo shows a lovely little trio of fairy houses in soft pink colours. They make the perfect addition to a terrarium and to potted plants and also look cute when used to decorate shelving or desk tops.

Now that Christmas is over I have been thinking ahead to Spring, already I know! I find January and February the toughest months of the year to get through as winter just never seems to end. I look forward to March when there are more daylight hours, and when you can hear the first grass mowings of the year and that wonderful smell it produces. I love seeing the first daffodils, crocuses and snowdrops pushing through the earth promising us that warmer days are just around the corner. Well needless to say that these thoughts have lead me to start creating a few miniature Easter sculptures. I have made 5 miniature Easter treats this evening and they are just sitting in my oven waiting to be baked and have their final details painted onto them. In the next few days I'll have some photos ready and will hopefully remember to post them on here. I'll say goodnight now as it's way past midnight and I need my sleep so that I'm full of energy ready to paint my daughters bedroom in the morning, she wants a Rapunzel/fairy bedroom (another project I hope to have photos of to put up here soon). Happy New Year everyone XXX

Friday, 1 November 2013

Winner of the snowman giveaway

The winner of the miniature snowman is Anna White. Congratulations Anna, please contact me with your address so that I can send the snowman to you. Thank you to everyone who has taken part in the giveaway. I'm thrilled to bits that so many people entered the draw and I hope to be doing more giveaways in the near future thanks to the success of this one. Thank again everyone :)

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Dollhouse Christmas snowman blog giveaway

I promised a blog giveaway at some point and here he is. My miniature snowmen have been really popular lately so I thought I'd make one specifically for my first blog giveaway. He measures exactly 2 inches tall and would make a great ornamental snowman for a shelf or by the fireplace in a 1:12 scale dollhouse or he could be used as a 1:24 scale small snowman for the miniature garden. Anyone wishing to win this little snowman will need to follow my blog and enter a comment below to say you are interested in winning him. All entries will be placed in a draw to take place on 1st November 2013 8pm GMT. I will inform the winner here and obtain contact details through email so that I can arrange to send the snowman. Goodluck to anyone wishing to enter and I hope to be doing more giveaways very soon after :)

Sunday, 20 October 2013

More miniature Christmas makes in polymer clay

Here are my latest miniature Christmas items. I'm fond of making miniature teapots and have made a couple of Christmassy ones here. All of the above items will be listed on my ebay site tonight at 8pm GMT to finish next Sunday at the same time.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Twelfth scale dollhouse Christmas miniatures

I have finished my first batch of Christmas dollhouse miniatures and have managed to get them all painted up and ready for their photo shoot! Here they are in the photo above. Last year I had real trouble trying to make miniature holly leaves. I found them so fiddly and very difficult to replicate the several sharp points that each leaf has. This year I have found a way to make them much more easily and have added them to just about all of the Christmas items above. This has led me to the idea of making tutorials. I'm going to have read up on how to produce tutorials and add a link here so anyone can access them. I also need to get round to making a freebie for a giveaway which I promised months ago but still haven't got round to yet (slaps wrist). Anyway I haven't forgotten about it and as it's getting closer to Christmas it will probably be a Christmas themed item. As soon as it's ready I'll post details of the giveaway here :)

The above miniature Christmas items can be found in my ebay shop this evening from 8.10pm GMT and will be finishing on Sunday 20th October at 8.10pm GMT. My ebay link is

Monday, 14 October 2013

Incredible folk art Halloween sculptures

I'm currently making my Christmas miniature items at the moment as I wanted to be well prepared this year and create lots and lots of different Christmassy themed items before Christmas draws near. I'm still thinking about Halloween too and have been awe struck by the incredible artists who create such fantastic pieces of folk art. The picture above features the breathtaking work of Laurie Hardin. Her attention to detail is staggering, I am simply blown away by the imagination and sheer effort she clearly puts into her work. Take a look at more of her work through her blog
Another incredible folk art artist I have come across is Johanna Parker. She too makes incredibly brilliant Halloween folk art sculptures. You can view her work here

Friday, 11 October 2013

Twelfth scale dollhouse kitchen hooks

I love to make weird and wonderful furniture for dollshouses that you just wouldn't usually get in an ordinary house. In the picture above is a set of kitchen hooks I made for a 1:12 scale dollhouse. I'm very inspired by the fairy/woodland theme and like to make a lot of my pieces with pieces of natural elements included such as moss, small twigs, tiny stones...etc. I think it gives a lovely natural feel to fairy dollhouse furniture. I love owls too and couldn't resist including them in the kitchen hook display. This piece is currently available to bid on at my ebay shop

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Halloween dollhouse pumpkins, dolls and furniture

Here are my latest Halloween creations. I thought I'd try and cram a few in before the shipping dates get too close to Halloween. I've loved making pumpkins this year and have made so many with different facial expressions, in different poses...etc it has become harder and harder to think up new ideas for which kind of pumpkin to make next. I hope you like the ones I came up with. The miniatures in the photo above will be available to bid on through my ebay site from 8.30pm GMT tonight. The auctions will end this Sunday evening 8.30pm GMT. Please feel free to leave any comments or if you would like to request any custom work please leave a message.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Miniature snowmen for 1:48 scale dollhouse

I always seem to be thinking too far ahead. As soon as Autumn first appears already I am thinking ahead to the colder months and Christmas time hence making these cute little snowmen. Once I made one I just couldn't stop and made several. I have added my signature mini clay roses to the snowmen (apart from the grumpy looking one) just to give them a unique and colourful look. All are available from my Etsy shop (just click the craftcult link at the right of the page to be taken to my etsy shop).

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Autumn miniature polymer clay dollhouse items

Well the weather has certainly taken a cold turn, it is feeling so much cooler lately so Autumn has definitely arrived. I was hoping we'd have some late summer/early Autumn warm sunshine but it doesn't seem likely at the moment. Nevermind, instead I have been keeping warm indoors and getting my Autumn miniatures made. I've got a bit behind with my miniature making due to two holidays I've been lucky enough to go on recently. With all the preparation for the holidays and actually being away my miniatures have been far and few between. Well it is back to work now and I'm hoping to devote more time than ever to making some more miniatures and also getting my Christmas items ready. In the photo above you'll see my latest creations handmade from polymer clay. There are a few little pumpkins, a pumpkin candy display, a black cat teapot and a tree man (who isn't quite finished yet but will have a lovely head of leaves added to the top). I will be putting some of these items up for auction on my ebay site later today (just look for the seller:fizzyclaret to find them). My favourite item here is the tree man (even if he is only half finished) as he looks so grumpy. I'm going to make a few more trees to keep him company I think.

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Miniature witch pumpkin teapot

A cute Halloween creation I came up with yesterday. I love scarecrows and thought I'd incorporate the scarecrow look into my pumpkin witch teapot. This item has been completely handsculpted from polymer clay and then decorated with acrylic paints for extra detail.

This item is available in my etsy shop

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Peacock heart wedding cake topper

These wedding cake toppers are my latest designs. Last night I went to bed and couldn't sleep for ages as I had so many images and ideas for new art pieces running through my mind. I must remember to keep a note pad and pen by the side of the bed as half the time I wake up in the morning and all the ideas are long forgotten. This time I managed to hold onto the new idea and the peacock heart cake topper is what I've come up with. I love the big colourful tails on peacocks and have used this as inspiration for the colourful tails I have here. This cake topper could be done in so many new and exciting colours and I can'r wait to experiment with it. I'm thinking of making a gothic style cake topper next with some darker colours and bright red roses. These cake toppers are listed for sale in my etsy shop please stop by and take a look for more photos from different angles.

I haven't forgotten the giveaway - I'm still working on a few ideas for what I will come up with and hope to have some news here very soon :)

Thursday, 4 July 2013

1:48 scale dollhouse furniture and dolls

Here is my latest addition to the quarter scale dollhouse world. I have created some lilac rose polymer clay garden seating and a pale green mount board wardrobe with orange rose detailing on the front. The little rabbit dolls go perfectly with the furniture. The lilac rose seating would look lovely in a miniature conservatory. All items will be available in my ebay shop this evening

 I'm hoping to be able to make some more pieces to match these very soon and also hoping to make some miniature furniture for a giveaway. If you'd be interested in winning some miniature furniture in the giveaway all you have to do is google plus this blog or leave a comment to say you are interested. I'll have some more details of the giveaway within the next few days and some photos of what you will have a chance to win.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

English rose peacock wedding cake topper

I spent the day sculpting yesterday and came up with my latest wedding cake topper. It has a very summery English rose look about it and I have to say it is my favourite I have made simply because I love the colours so much. It's very romantic and softly coloured and would look spectalcular on a wedding cake. I have just put it into my Etsy shop so feel free to come and take a look

While I was in the wedding mood I created a treasury on Etsy too which features some beautiful rustic wedding items from dresses to confetti. there is a lot of burlap themed items which I think look stunning and give a lovely country chic feel to a wedding. To look at the treasury just click this link

Monday, 1 July 2013

Autumn wedding cake topper with peacocks

I have been busy sculpting this weekend and have created my latest peacock wedding cake topper. I'm still creating with an Autumn theme in mind and have decided to go with the lovely golden oranges, reds and copper tones that Autumn gives us. This wedding cake topper is a one of a kind piece so you could be sure you'd have something unique for your wedding cake. This time I made the door in the shape of a church door instead of the usual little round doors that I usually create. It is currently for sale in my Etsy shop so feel free to stop by and take a look. I hope you like it!

Friday, 28 June 2013

Autumn Halloween pumpkins

Well it feels like I've been away from my miniatures for an eternity and I'm finally getting ready to start working again. In the last few weeks I have moved house and I completely underestimated how much work is involved. We decided to move everything ourselves by hiring a smallish van. BIG MISTAKE! There was so much furniture to move that after the first two trips my knees were creeking unbearably and I felt incredibly tired and stressed with it all. Well luckily that was two weeks ago now and I'm now settling into my new place and getting things organised ready to start working again. My two cats haven't adjusted as well though. They skulk around the house and jump at every creek and bump the house makes (it's a lovely 1930's build). There seems to be many other cat lovers around here too as many cats have curiously wondered into the garden to say hello, much to the annoyance of my two. It's been a very busy time and not only have I moved house but have also undergone surgery this week which has rendered me unable to walk very far. It's going to take a few weeks before I get back to normality but I'm hoping that making my miniature furniture will take my mind off that. We've only just broken into summer and already I'm thinking ahead to the Autumn (my favourite time of year) and the wonderful colours that go with the Autumn months. The golden and red leaves, bright orange pumpkins, bonfires, Halloween, hot baked potatoes and sticky toffee apples...etc my mind is awash with all the wonderful things Autumn has to offer that keeps me inspired during my work. I've recently made a new batch of miniature pumpkins which you can see in the photo and soon they will be for sale in my Etsy shop and on ebay.

Please feel free to leave a comment or just to say hello! Would love to hear from other miniature enthusiasts :)

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Miniature teapots

It's been a few weeks since I last posted on here so I thought it was about time I posted again. I haven't been creating much recently as I have been getting ready to move house and I've been so busy sorting out drawers, cupboards, trying to get rid of as much unwanted household items as possible through car boot sales...etc I didn't realise just how much time it all took. Well now that I'm a little more organised I thought I'd do a little sculpting. Recently I have been asked to make some miniature peacock teapots. They have been quite popular so I decided to make a few in different colour schemes and will be putting them for sale in my Etsy shop over the next few days. They are roughly 1 & 5/8ths inches in height (approx 4cm). The inside is hollow and the lids are removable. I have added some cute little roses just to give a pretty decorative finish to the teapots. Well I hope not to leave it too long before I post again and hopefully I will have moved house by then and will be all set up ready to start sculpting so new polymer clay miniatures :)

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Peacock wedding cake topper

This is my latest creation. It is a wedding cake topper handsculpted from polymer clay. Two peacocks are clearly in love and are balanced on a fairytale gate. The gate is very symbolic as who knows what lies on the other side. Marriage is about going on a journey and through the gate is where the journey begins. I have also used pretty pink roses and leaves and flowers either side of the gate to give a bit of a woodland feel. This cake topper would look great on top of a wedding cake with a slight woodland or fairytale theme. As it's made from polymer clay it will make a great keepsake that will last for a very long time. I love how it's turned out as I love creating peacocks from polymer clay. I think the finished piece looks very pretty and have put it into my Etsy shop

Thursday, 11 April 2013

1/24 scale cottage chic shelf unit

Here is my first 1/24 scale mount board cottage chic shelf unit. I mixed a tiny bit of pale pink with lots of white paint to give a very soft pink glow to the shelves and then added darker pink polymer clay roses to the sides for the final finishing touch. I've made so many different shelves lately that I think it's now time to move onto creating something different for the dollhouse. This shelf is currently for sale in my etsy shop:
As it's finally warming up weather wise and is beginning to feel a little more like Spring I have been out and about gathering bits and bobs from walks in the countryside with my three year old little girl. I want to incorporate my finds into my next project. I'm going to be creating some fairy style furniture and want lots of natural elements included such as twigs, dried moss, wood, dried flowers...etc to give the furniture a more natural feel. I'll also be using polymer clay to create tiny toadstools and colourful leaf canes to add to the miniature furniture to give it a more vibrant look. I'll keep you posted on how it goes :)

Pumpkin dollhouse tutorial by Tori West

A few weeks ago I stumbled across this amazing tutorial that shows you how to make a pumpkin dollhouse from scratch using paper clay. I was totally amazed at the finished house and thought it looked fantastic, a real work of art. This is something I'll definitely be trying at some point this year. The good thing about this tutorial as that as the house is built from scratch you can customise it to look like anything you want so lots of scope for the imagination. The tutorial doesn't have many photos although many of the steps are cleverly illustrated which really helps. Here is a link to the tutorial so you can have a look and maybe think about building your own pumkin dollhouse :

Monday, 18 March 2013

1/12 scale dollhouse shabby chic rose shelf cabinet

Here is my first full piece of 1/12 scale furniture hand made from mount board and decorated with polymer clay roses. If there was ever anything that I was addicted to making it's polymer clay roses and I add them to just about everything I make. The roses on this cabinet give it a lovely summery country cottage feel. The shelf cabinet has been painted in cream acrylic paint and then the edges have been lightly brushed with gold effect paint for extra effect. I think the finished piece looks lovely and I'm really pleased with how it turned out. That's the trouble with starting a piece of work, you just never know which ones are going to work out well or end up in the bin. Thankfully this one didn't end up in the bin. It will be put up for auction tomorrow evening (Tuesday 19th March) on ebay (seller:fizzyclaret).
Not only am I addicted to making roses but teapots too. Here I have combined the two and you can see these new teapots in my etsy shop

Saturday, 9 March 2013

1/4 scale pale pink rose shabby chic dollhouse furniture

My first set of 1/4 scale mount board furniture in the peach and cream colours was quite a success on ebay so I decided to make some more but with a more romantic feel to it. This latest set is hand painted in the palest pink acrylic paint and has a lovely pink rose design on the front doors. I have added deep gold acrylic paint to the very edges of the doors and the corners to give it an aged look so that it fits in perfectly with the shabby chic theme. The items that you can see in the above picture will be up for auction on ebay from this evening (seller:fizzyclaret) and will finish next Saturday evening(16th March).

Thursday, 7 March 2013

1/12 scale dollhouse shabby chic rose shelf

I have been busy making mount board furniture again but this time I tried it in 1/12 scale. I love making shelves (as you can see) so I tried to make a couple of different varieties. My favourite is the lilac shelf (bottom photo) with the white roses. This would look great as part of a shabby chic themed 1/12 scale cottage or house. I sculpted the roses from polymer clay and then painted some white rose detailing into the corners of the shelf unit. To give it that final shabby chic feel I gently brushed the corners and edges with dark gold paint so that it faintly shimmers when it catches the light. The whole unit has then been sprayed with a matt finish sealant for durability.

The other 1/12 scale shelf unit I created (top photo) is a very extravagant piece with lots of hand sculpted roses. This item would look great as part of a wedding shop, cake shop, perfume shop...etc or you could have it as an extravagant display in your dollhouse. I also made a couple more miniature Easter items (middle photo) and all of these items can be found on ebay (seller:fizzyclaret). The auctions will end on Saturday 9th March and Sunday 9th March around 7pm ish UK time.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Peaches and cream 1/4 scale dollhouse wardrobe and breakfast table and chairs

Well today is the same gloomy weather it has been for the past 5 or so days. Thick grey cloud covering the sky and very cold and damp. A few days ago we had such sunny weather here and it really felt like Spring had finally arrived. However it was not to be and we are plunged back into the depths of winter again. I'm keeping an eye on the weather forecast in case there is a break from this cold snap and I'm hoping that warmer weather is on the way soon. For me Spring is such an inspiring time of year and gives me all sorts of new ideas for the miniature world. I really shouldn't grumble so much about our weather here in the UK as I know that recently a lot of people in the USA have been hit very hard with severe snow storms that have left people without power and unable to get out of their homes. Thankfully we just don't get snow like that in the UK. I'm thinking of you guys in the USA and hoping the snow melts away for you soon and that normal everyday life resumes soon :)

I'm loving the peaches and cream colours at the moment and have created a couple more pieces for the 1/4 scale dollhouse. I have created a new wardrobe and a breakfast table with 2 chairs. The wardrobe measures 1 & 5/8ths inches tall, just over 7/8ths of an inch in width and just over 5/8ths of an inch in depth. It is a very elegant piece with hand painted peach roses on the front doors (non opening). The table and chairs have been hand painted with the same peach rose design. The table is just under 5/8ths of an inch in height and 3/4 of an inch in diameter. Both of these items will be available on my ebay site for auction (seller:fizzyclaret) from this evening :)

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Quarter scale and twelfth scale dollhouse furniture and accessories

Here are three of the items that I will be listing on ebay this evening. The first is a cute mushroom fairy house teapot which isn't twelfth scale as it's too big but makes a cute little addition to a miniature teapot collector. The second photo is a miniature flower basket. I can't seem to stop making flower baskets at the moment! The third is a quarter scale (1/48th scale) side board made from mount board and decorated with acrylic paints (the doors are decoration only and do not open). I decided to stick with the peaches and cream colours so that it matches the shelf unit I made a few days ago. All of the above items will be up for auction tonight (ends next Sunday) on my ebay site seller:fizzyclaret.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

1/4 scale dollhouse peaches and cream furniture

This is my first ever attempt at making mount board furniture. For my first piece I decided to create a lovely shabby chic style peaches and cream coloured shelf unit for a 1/4 scale dollhouse. The unit measures 2 inches tall (to the top of the flowers), 7/8ths of an inch in width and just under 1/2 of an inch in depth. The tiny teapots measure 5/16ths of an inch in height. It took me quite a while to create and I ended up with 2 blisters on my hands (I must get a more comfortable craft knife) from all the cardboard cutting. I think it turned out quite pretty for a first attempt and I am going to be creating some more intricate pieces now as I have lots of new ideas. This shelf unit will be for sale on my ebay site (seller:fizzyclaret) from tomorrow evening and the miniature teapots and flowers will be included. I'm also considering doing a one off piece of 1/4 scale furniture as a give away within the next couple of months so if you're interested in being entered for the draw then please leave a comment. As soon as I have a piece ready then I'll post the photos here. Catch up soon :)

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Miniature basket, peacocks and bunny rabbits

I'm still sticking with the Easter theme at the moment. I'm absolutely desperate for the weather to warm up and to see the first flowers of Spring. At the moment it is snowing heavily outside and is bitterly cold so there isn't much sign of Spring at the moment. Nevermind I have the wonderful world of at my finger tips and I love to browse through lovely Spring pictures there to keep up my inspiration. The items pictured above are what I have made this week and they will be placed on ebay for auction tomorrow (seller:fizzyclaret).
I'm still working on the shelves but not having much luck with it at the moment. Whenever I struggle to make something I tend to walk away from it but this time I'm determined to try working with some new materials and see if I can make something pretty. Fingers crossed it will work :)

Friday, 8 February 2013

Miniature shabby chic dollhouse teapots

This week I have made some lovely little 1/12 scale dollhouse teapots with pretty rose blossoms coming out of the tops. These teapots would look great in a little cottage or a house with a shabby chic theme. The teapots will be placed in my etsy shop today and you will be able to buy them there

Next week I'm going to try to make some shelving for the teapots so they can be displayed properly and shown to their best. I'm not sure of which design I'll use but I'm going to work on something this weekend and see what I can come up with. I usually work with polymer clay but I'd like to try something a little different. I came across a blog which teaches you how to make 1/12 scale miniature furniture and accessories. I instantly fell in love with this blog as everything is so well explained with lots of helpful photographs. The blog is please check it out as it really is amazing. After reading the tutorial on 'how to make a kitchen dresser' I felt so inspired to try my hand at mount board shelves so this is what I'll be trying to make next. It'll probably be a disaster to start with but fingers crossed I can manage to make something pretty.

Thursday, 31 January 2013

More shabby chic miniature dollhouse accessories and dolls

Here are some of my newest creations for the dollhouse. The first photo shows two teapots and a hat box in lovely soft pastel colours which would look great for Spring in the dollhouse. The second photo shows two 1/4 scale rabbit dolls. My inspiration for the rabbit dolls comes from childrens fairytales and Sylvanian family dollhouses which I think are just adorable. My daughter turned 3 years old just before Christmas and I bought her a starter Sylvanian dollhouse with a few dolls and furniture which she absolutely loved. The thing is I end up playing around with it more than her as it's just so cute, though the way things are going I don't think it will last long as she's so careless with the pieces and items are already getting lost or broken. I thought I'd make my own smaller scale dolls for a 1/4 scale dollhouse and change the design a little but they are still just as sweet as the Sylvanian dolls. I have put the dolls and several other new creations up for auction on my ebay account (ebay/fizzyclaret) to start tonight. Don't miss out!

Friday, 25 January 2013

Miniature Easter treats

I have been feeling very inspired by Easter over the last few days and decided to make some miniature items with an Easter theme. I came up with the above items - an Easter egg basket, a little bunny rabbit secret box, an Easter egg tree for a miniature sweet shop display and a second Easter egg basket. I mixed some lovely soft pastel colours of clay and once I'd found the colours I liked these then formed the basis of my designs. I love soft pastel colours as they remind me of sugared almonds. I've made lots more miniature items and all of them will be placed on my ebay account this weekend (

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

1/4 Scale Toadstool Bedroom Set

I promised a little while back that I'd show a photo of the fairy bedroom furniture set I made as a custom order. I found this set extremely challenging and hard work as many components started to go wrong and I'd have to start again from scratch so that it started to look right. My inspiration for this set comes from the red toadstool with white spots that you often see illustrated in childrens fairytale books. I wanted to make a 1/4 scale miniature set which resembled the toadstool pattern and I also wanted to add some pieces of wood and grass to make it very fairytale like. My favourite piece is the dressing table as I love the way the little toadstools sit at the foot of the mirror.

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Dollhouse shabby chic furniture appliqués 1/12th scale

Happy New Year to everyone.

A lovely lady recently contacted me and asked me to make her a miniature furniture applique that she could use on her 1/12th scale furniture. I wasn't sure if I'd be able to produce such tiny roses out of polymer clay but I had a go and they turned out lovely and the lady loved them. I hadn't thought of making miniature furniture appliques before but thought it was a great idea so I have since made some more which you can view in the photo. They can be glued onto chests of drawers, wardrobes, desks...etc the possibilities are endless and it means you can customise your own furniture in the way you want. The sizes of these appliques vary from as little as 3/8ths of an inch (0.9mm) in size to 1 & 1/8th inches (2.7cm). So far I have only used the soft pastel pinks and lilacs but I'd like to experiment with some different colours and maybe do some gothic pieces. I'd love to hear from anyone who can suggest some nice colour schemes as sometimes my imagination can become a little blank and I end up sticking to the same colour pallettes.