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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.

My First Attempts At Mini Tupperware

Tupperware is quite handy for those times when you feel like throwing out your food another day.” LOL Tupperware! It’s iconic and as I continue to work on my vintage kitchen roombox (a replica of my Grandmother’s kitchen), I decided … Continue reading

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Bells Of Ireland, Flowers For Good Luck!

The bells of Ireland, a happy addition to any bouquet! I love celebrating St. Patrick’s Day every year. It’s a huge holiday in our family, so when I came across this lovely kit in Georgie Steeds’ Etsy shop, I grabbed … Continue reading

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New Flowers & Tomato Plants For The Crown Jewel Farm!

“Happiness held is the seed. Happiness shared is the flower.” – John Harrigan The Crown Jewel Farm is a work in progress. You’ve had a peek at Farmer Jewel’s truck full of produce and my mini pumpkin patch. Last week … Continue reading

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Crown Jewel Farm

“I would rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world” – George Washington The Crown Jewel Farm doesn’t have an emperor but it does have a squirrel! Kerri Pajutee has created magic once again and this tiny … Continue reading

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Rags To Riches – What’s Hiding In Your Miniature Stash?

“The hidden treasure that lies in plain sight!” Collecting miniatures is such a lovely pastime and for those of us who have been avid collecters for decades it can lead to two very important considerations… downsizing and insuring our collections. … Continue reading

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A Bushel Of Farm Fresh Vegetables… And Baskets Of Appreciation!

“Good food grows on a farm but good friends grow in your heart” -Me Kathleen Holmes has a rare talent for fine curating when it comes to her dollhouse and miniature scenes. With her help, I was able to find … Continue reading

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Calling All Dollhouse Miniaturists & Collectors! Surf’s Up!

“Log on and surf the world of miniatures!” Connecting with fellow miniature enthusiasts online is easier now than ever before. Instagram reveals a parade of tiny creations, Facebook keeps us current on who-is-making-what and various show schedules and we trade … Continue reading

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Vintage Dollhouse Chandelier Kits

“I guess like most people I’m a bargain-hunter. I love a bargain. I found out there’s two prices on everything. There’s the Rodeo Drive price and there’s the same merchandise down the street.” -Liberace Snowy, housebound weekends are great inspiration … Continue reading

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Easter Dinner In The Dollhouse

A Strong Family Has Well Worn Seats At The Dinner Table Where will your dollhouse family be this year come April 21st? If they’re gathering around your mini dining room table, a hyper-realistic Easter dinner will set the scene for … Continue reading

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Chestnuts In A… Popcorn Popper?

“There is probably a smell of roasted chestnuts and other good comfortable things all the time, for we are telling Winter Stories – Ghost Stories, or more shame for us – round the Christmas fire; and we have never stirred, … Continue reading

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Cover & Feature Article in Artisans In Miniature iMag!

Cover To Cover, It’s Magic In Miniature! Exciting news! Artisans In Miniature “Harvest & Halloween” iMag issue 68 is out and guess who has the cover and a feature article? As always the entire issue of the iMag is beautifully … Continue reading

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Autumn Apple Pie

Apples, Cinnamon, Buttery, Flaky Pie Crust… It must be fall! We think of apple pie as all-American but you may be surprised to learn that the first recipe for apple pie goes back to 1381 England. Geoffrey Chaucer’s written recipe … Continue reading

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Introducing Dracula’s Pastry Cupboard©, the 2018 edition of the Crown Jewel Miniatures Annual Halloween series!

Dracula’s Pastry Cupboard© is the eighth in the series, as shown in Issue #68 of Artisans In Miniature. This is a one of a kind and is now available via my Etsy shop just in time for the Halloween holiday. … Continue reading

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My 2018 Custom Order List Is Closed

Closing The 2018 Custom Order List Early Due to family commitments, my custom order list is now closed for the year, effective immediately. Typically the list is open from January through October but this year I need to cut it … Continue reading

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A Day In The Life Of a 1:12 Food Miniaturist…

What’s Cookie Dough Without A Cookie Cutter? Not much, if you ask me, so when I made two batches of autumn sugar cookies for a pair of prep board scenes, I rolled out the dough nice and thin, keeping it … Continue reading

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A Basket Of Summer Berries On Your Dollhouse Porch

Grab some flour and sugar and let’s make something berry delicious! We have a bumper crop of summer berries here in New England and they’re on their way from the mini farm to your dollhouse table! Take a handful of … Continue reading

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Rooting For Karen Fuller of K&J Metalworks

Sometimes it’s not about the miniatures, it’s about being a miniature family. Sometimes we need someone simply to be there. Not to fix or do anything in particular. Just to let us know we are supported and cared for. Over … Continue reading

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Losing Miniature Collector Magazine

Farewell Miniature Collector Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess what is seen during the moment. Miniature Collector was poetry in small scale and to coin one of their featured titles, … Continue reading

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Society Ladies’ Lunch… Pearls & Crimson Lipstick Required.

Keep calm and eat shrimp! One society maven leaned over her chardonnay and whispered to the other a startling confession: “Darling, I’m on a seafood diet. I see food and I eat it.” A simple shrimp salad seems to be … Continue reading

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Take-Out Food in 1:12th Scale

Grilled Pita Sandwiches, Tacos & Stuffed Clams! Taco ’bout awesome! It’s summer time and folks are traveling, spending time outdoors & some are leaving their offices to visit food trucks on their lunch break. Whatever keeps your mini people busy … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Morning In The Kitchen

Just Like Mom & Grandma Used To Make! Home kitchens are usually busy but never more bustling than on Thanksgiving morning. Mom, Grandma, Aunt Mabel… or Dad and Uncle Bob… the names change from kitchen to kitchen and are just … Continue reading

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Pine Cones, Autumn Leaves and… Cheese

Cheese, wine and friends have one thing in common, they’re all better when they’re old. Pine cones are lovely when paired with leaves, and leaves are lovely when paired with… Did you guess what I did with the leaves shown … Continue reading

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Autumn Is A Second Spring When Every Leaf Is A Flower

The rustling of the leaves is like a low hymn to nature. As mentioned in my last post, accessories are often created in the Crown Jewel Miniatures Imaginarium to display my 1:12th food art. I have been on the hunt … Continue reading

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Crown Jewel Cutting Boards

A Peek Inside In The Crown Jewel Miniatures Imaginarium “Necessity can be the springboard to success!” Julia Child once said “Cooking is like love, it should be entered into with abandon or not at all”, and that’s how I feel … Continue reading

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Fall Harvest On The Crown Jewel Farm

What’s Cooking In The Crown Jewel Miniatures Imaginarium? “Not make miniature food every day? You must be out of your gourd!” It’s true, I’m always making something. Every day presents new possibilities and I love carrying my morning coffee into … Continue reading

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See What’s Cooking Today In The Crown Jewel Imaginarium!

An Apple A Day… Crisp fall apples! These mini Granny Smith’s and MacIntosh have not been baked or sealed yet, so the color will lighten up after baking, but here’s a peek at my tile this morning… Robin ♥ ©Copyright … Continue reading

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Frequently Asked Questions

Insight Into The Crown Jewel Miniatures Imaginarium… What brand of chalk pastels do you use and why? I have a few favorites and the one thing they all have in common is intense pigment and permanent colors that do not … Continue reading

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My Custom Order List

Happy Autumn Mini Friends! The leaves have just begun to turn here in New England and though the days are still very warm, I’m looking forward to crisp air and a breathtaking kaleidoscope of autumn color, fall is gorgeous! If … Continue reading

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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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