Looking for last minute gifts? Local Artisan Pamela Staples creates dollhouse foods

 

Ridgeway resident Pamela Staples does a variety of arts and crafts, including soap and lotion making, oil painting and sewing. But her most unique products are her tiniest. While visiting a craft show a few years ago, Staples was enamored with some miniature dollhouse accessories and decided to see if she could make similar items. She began researching processes and ingredients. She learned to sculpt polymer clay by watching YouTube videos, reading tutorials and by trial and error.

Staples shows off some of her dollhouse foods.

Staples has been creating 1:12 scale dollhouse foods for about eight years.

“I have polished my craft over the past few years, and, although I’m not as good as I would like to be, I have seen my skills grow,” Staples said.

Staples replicates miniature versions of real food, and tries to make her items look as real as possible.

“I recently did a series of miniature dishes with Southern Foods as the theme,” she said. “Most of the time I make what I’m in the mood for or something suggested by a friend. And sometimes I make things just to challenge myself to see if I can actually do it.”

“My work is definitely a niche craft, which is why I don’t sell locally.”

Staples has an Etsy shop, NanasDollhouseFood, where she sells items ranging from $7 to $30.

Contact: Visit Etsy and search NanasDollhouseFood.