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About - IGMA Artisan Robin Brady-Boxwell

Crown Jewel Miniatures by IGMA Artisan Robin Brady-Boxwell. Fine 1:12 scale dollhouse miniatures in ultimate realism! My blog is a compendium of new art, announcements, and advice on creating miniature food for the dollhouse and 1:12th scale shops, stores and scenes.

2017 Annual Halloween Collectible by IGMA Artisan Robin Brady-Boxwell

Introducing “Trick Or Treat – Sweet To Eat” Do you dare to ring the doorbell? It’s a full moon. You’re on a dirt road, hungry and tired and you take a turn down a dark, deserted path. Up ahead you … Continue reading

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Crown Jewel Miniatures Featured in October 2017 Issue of Dolls House & Miniature Scene!

A Feature in Dolls House & Miniature Scene Magazine! More exciting news in the land of Lillput! Last year I was contacted by the very talented Karon Cunningham and invited to participate in a feature article in Dolls House & … Continue reading

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Going… going… SOLD to the mini collector at the 2017 IGMA Guild Show!

2017 IGMA Guild Show Auction Attending the IGMA Guild Show this year? Be sure to check out the auction which will include 3 pieces of my art! Each bid helps to support the International Guild of Miniature Artisans in its … Continue reading

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2016 Annual Halloween Collectible by IGMA Artisan Robin Brady-Boxwell

“Trick or Treat!” It’s that time of year again and my 2016 Annual Halloween Collectible will create an instant party scene in your dollhouse! This “Trick or Treat” dessert table is crammed with a huge array of festive fun. Petits … Continue reading

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Crown Jewel Miniatures takes part in the 2016 IGMA Guild Show drawing!

IGMA Guild Show “Elements of Style” Bakery Clock Case Drawing If you’re one of the lucky attendees of this year’s International Guild of Miniature Artisans (IGMA) Guild Show this week at the Glenpointe Marriott in Teaneck, New Jersey (Aug 3-7) … Continue reading

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A Peek Through The Looking Glass

“A Day In The Life Of Crown Jewel Miniatures” It’s a pretty rainbow of “busy” lately in the CJM Imaginarium©! I’m preparing cupcakes and tarts for Easter and my tile is full. It’s hand-piped mini whipped cream gone wild! It’s … Continue reading

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Peasant food… Yum!

“Do not eat garlic or onions; for their smell will reveal that you are a peasant.” – Cervantes, Don Quixote. If that’s true then all our dollhouse cooks are peasants with really good palates! LOL I’ve blended “garlic” and “fine … Continue reading

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Macaroni + Cheese = Crown Jewel Miniatures Ultimate Realism!

“It’s diamonds in your pocket one week, macaroni and cheese the next”. -Jolene Blalock Or… if you collect Crown Jewel Miniatures, it’s both! These tiny pans of comfort food are little jewels of ultimate realism for your dollhouse and a … Continue reading

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Happy Valentine’s Day Mini Friends!

“Sometimes”, said Pooh, “the smallest things take up the most room in your heart”. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner I’ve been busy whipping up the most delectable little desserts. The Crown Jewel Imaginarium Bakery will offer fancy cookies, … Continue reading

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Artisan Bread

“If thou tastest a crust of bread, thou tastest all the stars and all the heavens.” -Robert Browning Realistic, artisan breads bring a homey touch to dollhouse kitchens and bakeries like no other food can. Display sliced baguettes on mini … Continue reading

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Q: What’s In A Name?

A: Coffee! Coffee, cup o’ joe, java, espresso, cappuccino… call it what you will but it’s a nice hot cup of yummy and I’m serving it to you in tiny mugs personalized with hundreds of names, greetings and nicknames! I … Continue reading

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Double The Pleasure!

I’m in Dolls House World too? While waiting for the glue to dry on my latest project I found myself browsing through the current digital issue of Dolls House World (October 2015) and a little blueberry cake on the cover … Continue reading

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Home Baked Pumpkin Bread!

Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater is a theif! Peter Peter broke into my Imaginarium and tasted my newest batch of pumpkin breads! He sliced the frosted loaves… He tasted my fresh baked pumpkin rolls, still warm from the mini oven! He … Continue reading

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The Dolls House Magazine Cover & Feature!

My First Cover! My art has been featured in magazines, but this is my very first cover! Special thanks to editor Katie Holloway and her very talented team at The Dolls House Magazine for an amazing layout and well written … Continue reading

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NEW! Special Reserve Vinegar

Crown Jewel Miniatures Special Reserve Collection Continues! Check out the latest addition to my Special Reserve collection… red wine vinegar. Inspired by crates of prize-winning bottles of vinegars and herb infused olive oils imported from Italy, these distinctive bottles are … Continue reading

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Miniature Herb & Garlic Infused Olive Oil

Kitchen Essentials – Salt, Spices & Olive Oil Here is a peek at my latest batch of herb and garlic infused olive oils. Available now in my eBay and Etsy shop, choose between chub or tall with round or square … Continue reading

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Paint, Wallpaper & Add Flooring To A Dollhouse with Crown Jewel Miniatures!

How To Finish The Interior Of A dollhouse! If you’ve read the “Meet The Artisan” page on my website you know that I was the go-to person for dollhouse interior design while I worked at Dollhouses Plus. In addition to … Continue reading

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A Dollhouse Summer BBQ!

Hot Off The Castle Grill! Long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away… Oh wait, wrong one. 😉 Once upon a time, there was a hungry mini family in the Crown Jewel mini castle and it was almost the … Continue reading

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A Crown Jewel Miniatures OOAK Exclusive Surprise!

OOAK Ice Cream Holder & Candy Dish! Those of you who read my recent “Birthday party” post know that I promised a one-of-a-kind original surprise and I unwrapped it today in my eBay (ID: Crown_Jewel_Miniatures). My highly realistic ice cream … Continue reading

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Hot Off The Grill!

COMING SOON! 1:12 Barbecued Ribs Look Good Enough To Eat! Hot Off The Grill! The weather is getting warmer and soon it will be time for backyard picnics and patio parties. What can be tastier than barbecued ribs fresh off … Continue reading

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You’re Invited To A Birthday Party!

Coming Soon To A Dollhouse Near You! 🙂 The banner is hung on the wall, the birthday girl has made a wish and the cake has been sliced… let’s celebrate and open birthday presents! Birthday parties are lots of fun … Continue reading

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Hello Peter Cottontail!

Happy Easter Mini Friends! A colorful assortment of Easter 2015 desserts are now being served in my eBay! eBay ID: Crown_Jewel_Miniatures. This was my first experience making chocolate Easter bunnies and I love them so much I can’t wait to … Continue reading

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St. Patrick’s Day Fun!

Erin Go Bragh! St. Patrick’s Day celebrations usually focus on delicious boiled dinners but dessert is important too especially when it comes in Irish colors like these sweet treats: I usually make corned beef and cabbage dinners and loaves of … Continue reading

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Do Come In

“The doors are open and the light is on… “ No, it’s not Motel 6, I’m talking about the refrigerator. LOL My collectors know I’d rather make Edwardian & Victorian foods and I’m not a fan of modern but I … Continue reading

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The Mother Of All Invention

“There ought to be a law against necessity” – E.Y. Harburg Was Harburg a miniaturist faced with the dilemma of not having enough accessories for a photo shoot? It happens all the time- I finish making miniature food and brainstorm … Continue reading

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That’s amore!

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie… Being hit in the eye with a moon size pizza pie doesn’t sound like a lot of fun but eating pizza sure is! LOL Here’s my version of authentic … Continue reading

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Put A Feather In His Cap & Called It Macaroni…

Yankee Doodle never had it so good! Inspired by a recent custom order for macaroni & cheese, I whipped up a few extras in my Imaginarium and these are the results. What is it about baked macaroni & cheese that … Continue reading

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The Advantages Of Overstock

Regarding the salami board recently sold in my eBay (ID: Crown_Jewel_Miniatures), Ramona from Facebook asked: “How long does it take you to do something like that? I’m just curious. Seems like a longggg time!” And she’s right, making a display … Continue reading

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Photographing Miniatures

“Crown Jewel Miniatures, How Do You Take Such Great Pictures?” Photographing miniatures is difficult but not impossible. Until I began selling minis online in 2010 I knew nothing about it and it was so frustrating at first so I’ll share … Continue reading

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IGMA Blog + Crown Jewel Miniatures = Happiness!

“Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?” http://igma.org/blog Seeing this just made my day!! Many thanks to IGMA for using my art to advertise the 2014 Guild Show dinner!! WOW!! Robin ♥ ©Copyright 2014 Crown Jewel Miniatures. All rights reserved.

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Now Serving Mexican Cuisine!

“A Mexican Feast!” If your mini family likes Mexican cuisine, have I ever got a feast for their tiny resin palates! Newly listed in my eBay (ID: Crown_Jewel_Miniatures), this 4 piece OOAK family style meal is packed with realism! Each … Continue reading

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Crown Jewel Miniatures Is Planning A Royal Breakfast!

“A Crown Jewel Miniatures Royal Breakfast!” I’ve been hard at work in the Crown Jewel Miniatures Imaginarium© this week putting together a Royal Breakfast scene and these pancakes are only the beginning! Here’s a shot of the blanks… as you … Continue reading

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IGMA Artisan Robin Brady-Boxwell

“I am very pleased to announce I am now an IGMA Artisan!” This distinction is such an honor that I keep pinching myself to be sure it’s real. It’s always the things we want most that we’re convinced we’re never … Continue reading

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“Hi, Crown Jewel Miniatures! Do You Have Tutorials?”

“Do you have tutorials?” I get this question a lot but it’s not a simple yes or no answer. 🙂 I have three tutorials in the public sector: – Present cake in the AIM 2010 Advent Calendar – Blueberry buckle … Continue reading

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Make A Strawberry Phyllo Pastry With Me Via Miniature Collector Magazine!

Making Phyllo Pastry Cakes With Crown Jewel Miniatures! Puff pastry cakes! See the December 2013 issue of Miniature Collector magazine for my latest tutorial- Phyllo Pastry Cakes! In the spring of 2012 I set out to create an original, rustic … Continue reading

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Crown Jewel Miniatures Featured in Miniature Collector Magazine!

“We are impressed with your work and want to pursue a feature story if you are available for an exclusive to Miniature Collector.” Upon reading those words in February 2012 I was thunderstruck and elated! “Me? They want… me? My … Continue reading

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Crown Jewel Miniatures 2103 Annual Halloween Collectible

©Dessert Table At The Witch’s Ball! Count Dracula, dressed in his finest, flashed his pearly fangs and bowed over the gnarled hand of Agatha, the supreme witch of Miniland as he asked for the favor of a dance. His last … Continue reading

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Crown Jewel Miniatures in Miniature Collector’s November 2013 “Through The Looking Glass”!

“The View Through Alice’s Looking Glass Never Looked So Good!” Imagine my surprise when I opened my November 2013 issue of the venerable Miniature Collector Magazine and found my miniature art in the “Through The Looking Glass” feature! A full … Continue reading

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Autumn Splendor In 1:12 Scale

“The leaves are falling but my imagination is soaring!” Autumn is my favorite time of year and I’ve got a wide range of seasonal miniatures in store for you! –Hollowed pumpkins filled with pumpkin bisque soup served in a ring … Continue reading

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OK Back To Our Regularly Scheduled SUMMER Minis! <3

“Crown Jewel Miniatures Sells Chocolate Seashell Cakes By The Mini Seashore” I can’t sign out of my blog today leaving you with Christmas minis in August so here’s a peek at what I’m listing today in my eBay– Crown Jewel … Continue reading

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“How’d ja like to spend Christmas on Christmas Island?” -Bing Crosby

“How’d ja like to stay up late- like the islanders do? Wait for Santa to sail in with your presents- in a canoe?” -Bing Crosby I feel like I’m on Christmas Island right about now! LOL One minute we’re outside … Continue reading

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What’s Next In The ©Crown Jewel Miniatures Imaginarium?

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant. -Robert Louis Stevenson I’m not sure if I’m trying to get a head start on my autumn art or if I’m just determined to … Continue reading

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Crown Jewel Miniatures Shabby Bakery – A work in progress

“You are a beautiful cupcake in a world full of muffins” – unknown Q- What does a busy miniaturist do when she’s supposed to be working? A- Dig through the supply closet for wire needed on her current project, find … Continue reading

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The Color Of Love Isn’t Always Red

“My hands are of your color, but I shame to wear a heart so white” – William Shakespeare Shakespeare wasn’t at all kind to Macbeth when he penned those words but the Bard certainly knew how to make color, in any … Continue reading

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Crown Jewel Miniatures On Display In The Christmas In Newport Candlelight House Tour – Newport, R.I.

Crown Jewel Miniatures On Display In The Christmas In Newport Candlelight House Tour – Newport, R.I. Visitors who took part in the 42 Annual Tour of Historic Private Homes, sponsored by Christmas In Newport, were in for a rare treat … Continue reading

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Crown Jewel Miniatures Is Going To The Ball!

Crown Jewel Miniatures Goes To The Ball! Imagine attending a ball in Newport, RI at the height of the Gilded Age. Dressed in costly attire and swathed in diamonds, you exit the coach and step through magnificent wrought iron doors into … Continue reading

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Who Invited Frankenstorm to Connecticut?

We interrupt your regularly scheduled miniature collecting to bring you Frankenstorm- ATTENTION COLLECTORS: Due to the impending arrival of Frankenstorm aka Sandy, any orders placed after 9PM tonight via my eBay or my Etsy shops will NOT be shipped until … Continue reading

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Crown Jewel Miniatures Is On A Roll!

What’s Cooking In The Crown Jewel Miniatures Imaginarium? Flour rolls! It’s a gorgeous day in southern Connecticut!  Unless you had the tv or radio on you wouldn’t guess there is a huge storm on the way.  “Frankenstorm” otherwise known as Sandy is barreling up eastern … Continue reading

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Potions, Spells & Trances II© – 2012 Annual Halloween Collectible by Crown Jewel Miniatures

I’m thrilled to introduce Potions, Spells & Trances II©, the 2012 edition of the Crown Jewel Miniatures Annual Halloween series! Potions, Spells & Trances II© is only the third in the series and will debut in my eBay tonight! Crown Jewel Miniatures – … Continue reading

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Let them eat…. pie?

What’s Cooking In The Crown Jewel Miniatures Imaginarium? Pies!  Pies!  Pies! The scent of fresh baked pie coming from the oven is comforting and familiar.  Winter, spring, summer or fall, just imagine that smell.  What’s your favorite?  Is it the juicy blueberry … Continue reading

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