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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.

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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Fresh Baked Leaf Cookies!

What’s Cooking In The Crown Jewel Miniatures Imaginarium? UnbeLEAFably scrumptious autumn cookies! Rain came down in buckets outside the windows of the Crown Jewel Imaginarium this morning as I sipped my tea and wondered what to make.  Only yesterday we had beautiful fall weather and during … Continue reading

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Crown Jewel Miniatures Is All Over The Board!

What’s Cooking In The Crown Jewel Miniatures Imaginarium? Who said boards are boring? A well accessorized board can transform a miniature kitchen in seconds! Many of my boards are crammed with handmade serving ware, custom accessories (real shells, handmade rolling pins, cake … Continue reading

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Crown Jewel Miniatures Featured In American Miniaturist Magazine!

My First Feature Article!    There is HUGE excitement in the Crown Jewel Miniatures imaginarium today!  For the first time ever my miniature food art is in print as a feature article!  I am thrilled beyond belief and give MEGA THANKS to American … Continue reading

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What’s Cooking In The Crown Jewel Miniatures Imaginarium?

What’s Cooking In The Crown Jewel Miniatures Imaginarium? Pumpkin Soup!      The Crown Jewel Miniatures Imaginarium is always busy!  This realistic pumpkin soup making board will instantly bring all the colors of autumn to your 1″ sale dollhouse.  Two pumpkins have been hollowed out and one … Continue reading

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What’s Cooking In The Crown Jewel Miniatures Imaginarium?

What’s New In The Crown Jewel Miniatures Imaginarium? Banana Nut Bread!    The Crown Jewel Miniatures Imaginarium is rocking this morning!  I’m busy making banana nut bread to go with the partially peeled bananas I made last week.  Get ready for some wonderful preparation boards this … Continue reading

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Closed For Vacation

It’s Vacation Time!          I am on vacation until July 21, 2012. My Etsy shop (CrownJewelMiniatures) is temporarily closed during this time but I’ll be listing new art (like this yummy lasagne & Italian bread combo) when … Continue reading

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Puff Pastry Cakes!

Making Dollhouse Miniature Food From Polymer Clay With Crown Jewel Miniatures  Puff pastry cakes!       Last spring I set out to create an original, rustic pastry.  My only criteria was to make it look rather messy- homemade.  We are spoiled with an abundant … Continue reading

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More From The Crown Jewel Miniatures Blueberry Buffet Table!

More From The Crown Jewel Miniatures Blueberry Buffet Table! Make a blueberry buckle with Crown Jewel Miniatures! To coincide with my tutorial to make a blueberry buckle in American Miniaturist magazine (July 2012), I’ve been as busy as a bee … Continue reading

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Crown Jewel Miniatures in American Miniaturist Magazine!

American Miniaturist July 2012 Make a blueberry buckle with Crown Jewel Miniatures! Crown Jewel Miniatures Blueberry Buffet! Summer is a great time for berries and I’ve created an all-new tutorial for you! Grab the July 2012 issue of American Miniaturist … Continue reading

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Everything is coming up.. lemons?

Making Dollhouse Miniature Food From Polymer Clay With Crown Jewel Miniatures Everything is coming up.. lemons? A few weeks ago I set out to make one lemon cake and this is the result…. Forget about roses (although some of these … Continue reading

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Tapping The Fountain Of Imagination

Making Dollhouse Miniature Food From Polymer Clay With Crown Jewel Miniatures Tapping The Fountain Of Imagination Not long ago, one of my collectors posted this question to me in Facebook: Friend Crown Jewel Miniatures on Facebook! “Robin, Just a simple … Continue reading

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What’s in your parfait glass?

What’s in your parfait glass? I’ve had enormous fun making miniature parfaits lately! Some of these dreamy desserts have sold but I’ll list more during the first week of May 2012 and take custom orders for flavors (colors) then too. … Continue reading

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New Custom Orders Temporarily On Hold

Due to my current backlog I’m unable to take on any more custom orders until the end of April 2012. I may be really slow answering emails too because of this. Please be understanding folks. I don’t want to disappoint … Continue reading

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Copycats and Parrots; The Bane of The Miniature Food Artist

Making Dollhouse Miniature Food From Polymer Clay With Crown Jewel Miniatures Copycats and Parrots; The Bane Of The Miniature Food Artist They say imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. Whoever “they” are, they lied. Miniaturists, especially those who … Continue reading

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A Word About My Piping

A Word About My Piping All my marshmallows, meringues, cake lettering, piped frosting, whipped toppings and ice creams are individually hand piped without the use of molds. Very Best, Robin Crown Jewel Miniatures ©Copyright 2012 Crown Jewel Miniatures. All rights … Continue reading

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Meet Chef Ina Coffin© by Crown Jewel Miniatures

eBay ID: Crown_Jewel_Miniatures I’m thrilled to introduce Chef Ina Coffin©, the 2011 edition of the Crown Jewel Miniatures Annual Halloween series! Chef Ina Coffin© is only the second in the series and she is now available via eBay in all … Continue reading

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Store Stock Coming Your Way!!!

eBay ID: Crown_Jewel_Miniatures I’ve recently acquired stock from a brick and mortar dollhouse store that closed when the owner retired and will be listing them during the month of February on eBay (ID: Crown_Jewel_Miniatures). I’ve got all kinds of goodies! … Continue reading

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Silver Elegance Collection by Crown Jewel Miniatures

Introducing Crown Jewel Miniatures Silver Elegance Collection Introducing my new “Silver Elegance Collection”, inspired by the beauty and grace of the Gilded Age. Finely made, a la carte artisan food served on faux silver or gold serving ware. Each piece … Continue reading

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New IGMA Blog!

Calling All Miniaturists and Collectors! The International Guild of Miniature Artisans has just announced it has launched it’s own blog! http://igma.org/blog/ IGMA hopes “to use the blog to keep IGMA members and the miniatures community abreast of IGMA events, and … Continue reading

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A Word About My Trademark

A Word About My Trademark As a miniaturist selling to the public, I have no control over my work being resold by unauthorized retailers (often with a significant markup) without my knowledge. While I appreciate the free exposure, I prefer … Continue reading

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Making Broken Eggshells!

Making Dollhouse Miniature Food From Polymer Clay With Crown Jewel Miniatures Making Broken Eggshells Eggshells and yolks: Basic Tools & Materials: Polymer clay. (White, translucent, sunflower yellow and if you want brown eggs, sahara and chocolate) Baking tile Clay rolling … Continue reading

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