Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A trip to the Dark Side for Noah's 13th!

Today my son Noah turns 13. I decided it was time to use the witchy minis that Debbie sent me and make him a little room box.
The box is quite small (14 x 17 x 10cm), the same size as I used for the pixies Christmas. I painted the skeleton sent by Debbie, his cloak is lined with a Noah's Ark print fabric.

The Frankenstein book was a gift from Katie. And the garlic was from Susanna.
I tried to make a jar of eyeballs. Maybe it would have looked better if I'd used white beads. As usual I was just using what I had. I filled the jar with clear nail polish after I'd added the eyeballs. The orange book there is 'Paris in a Week' - even wizards want to go to Paris!
Clock made from bit's'n'pieces. Clock face graphic can be found here.
I found the crystal rock in Noah's bedroom. The knife was a gift from Sabiha. Toadstools, glass bottle and fabulous test tubes were from Debbie. And a room isn't a room without mini mail. There's also a canister of olive oil in the back there, you never know, a wizard might want to cook something nice for dinner.
Debbie sent the glass bubbles to make the bubbling cauldron. Liberty thought they were 'very cool'! The cauldron was a funny brass teapot that I pulled the spout off and painted.
I painted some 'Dinosaur' eggs in a nest from Sabiha who also gave me the pumkins. Bones from Debbie in a bowl made by Katie.

I made this box similar to one that Sabiha sent me and filled it with Harry Potter game cards and unicorn horns which came from Debbie.

Fabulous barrels and skull from Debbie. Feather duster from Susanna.

Here's the dog Susanna sent me in the Advent Calendar swap, he has his jar of biscuits nearby.

A caged dragon. I bought a little snowglobe with a dragon in it at the $2 shop and smashed it to ge the little dragon out. (That was the only thing I actually bought especially for the roombox!)

My mum gave me that ladle in there with the rolls of paper goods. Mum turns up with little things she has just 'found' all the time. And there's a funny little Mandrake plant that I tried to make late last night from some clay (I can barely see what I'm doing at night these days!), may have to invest in a properly made one some day.

Ancient spell book and wand.

I really enjoyed making the spell book!

Every room needs an old pitcher!

Harry Potter wand chart on the wall.

And of course it wouldn't be a room by me if it didn't have a little, tiny birdhouse!
I hope you've enjoyed this little trip to the dark side as much as I did. I have to say it was a lot of fun! Thank you to all of you who have given me such wonderful inspiration!
The best thing about this room box is that Noah really likes it! - I'm sure a lot of you know that finding something a 13 year old likes can be a challenge. Now back to life with a 13 year old...the dark side...


  1. Lucky Noah and I'm so pleased he likes his present. Finding anything that impresses a 13 year old boy is always a challenge, the good thing is that he already has an interest in all things miniature because of your hobby and influence.

    Is that a thimble that the ladle and rolls of spells are standing in?

    Best wishes

  2. G'day Mercedes! I luv it, nothing's missing... so many details, no wonder why Noah must have thought how wonderful his present was... Happy 13th Birthday Noah!!!

  3. It´s a fantastic universe you made here!

  4. OMG! All those details just amaze me!
    Happy birthday to your teenager! Thirteen...this is it...no longer a child...

  5. wonderful box! Happy birthday to Noah!

  6. Wow Mercedes, it is wonderful!!!!
    Great job and I understand that Noah is happy with it.
    Love Sylvia

  7. Happy birthday Noah!!
    What a fabulous present this is!!!
    You are a real style magician Mercedes, you seems to manage any style challenge!!!
    I hope you all had a great day!!!

    Synnøve x

  8. Happy 13th Birthday Noah. xxx
    Mercedes I think you've made a wonderful job of your walk on the Dark Side LOL.. And Noah likes it.

  9. I can see your smile and hear you giggle as you described this to us!
    So happy that your teenager likes it too! Well done!
    I still find a bit of sweetness here though... Don't tell Noah.

  10. Happy Birthday, Noah! (Oh wow, there's a teenager in your house!) I loved the fabulous tour of your room box. You always include the greatest details. I think my favorite was the spellbook-- it's wonderful!

  11. Mercedes you never cease to amaze, this is the most incredible collection of bits and pieces that could not be more perfect if each and every one had been bought/created initially especially just for it. Your imagination (and your talent) knows no bounds!! And how amazing to see the array of unique things that friends have gifted you - not everyone just 'happens to have' a bunch of unicorn horns laying around! Are you sure those glass bubbles aren't secretly dragon eggs that will hatch when you least expect it...

  12. Fantastic!! I particularly love your clock and spell book, so perfect. What a great scene!

  13. Ultra cool. My own boys would approve! Happy Birthday Noah. Best wishes, Carol :)

  14. Wow!!! A tiny space filled with so many teasures from friends!! I am sure he was trilled with it. Hope he had a Happy Birthday

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  16. Great work, Merce! And happy happy birthday Noah :).

  17. What a nice project. I can imagine you working into the night. Always appreciate the detailed description. Thank you and Very Happy Birthday to Noah (a teenager... a great age!)
    Regards Janine minworks.blogspot.com

  18. Great work with many interesting details! Happy birthday Noah ! Jeannette

  19. Happy birthday Noah!
    Wonderful present Mercedes...how fun..you know that I like the dark side...HA, ha...
    Your son can be very proud of his mum.

  20. You have been sooooo busy, busy....as always it all looks wonderful.
    A very Happy Birthday to Noah...wow 13, do you feel old yet?

    Love your new header on your home page!

    Linda x

  21. Happy happy birthday Noah !! and a big applause to Mum who has been incredibly good ! hugs to you all Rosanna

  22. Wicked roombox Mercedes! Amazing detail and a extraordinary feat to express a 13 year old. Jainxx

  23. Absolutely wonderful, you are very talented. Happy Birthday to Noah also, glad he loved his present!

  24. Happy Birthday to Noah ! It's a super idea to have made him a miniature scene. I love it. It would be a gift to Harry Potter ... Everything is perfect, you know the world of wizard well...

  25. Happy birthday to Noah!!!!

    Wonderful Mercedes,you did a wonderful job, Noah must be delighted! There is so much to see and I love all the detail!

    have a nice day,together with your family!!!


  26. amazing job!!!!!!!!!


  27. Happy birthday Noah and congratulations Mercedes for this work is terrorific. Best wishes

  28. Great day for a birthday eh Noah, mine too!!!! Happy Birthday! Wow Mum does spooky beautifully too ! I wonder if it will be the only thing or has it made to itch to do more Mercedes??lol Kate xx

  29. What a marvellous job you've made of the little box. There's so much to see and it's nice to get close ups of the items. Happy birthday to your son - a wee boy no longer!

  30. Lucky Noah--you've made him a true heirloom.

    Happy Birthday to Mom, too.


  31. Happy Birthday to Noah!!
    Mercedes you made such an extraordinary work!!! He should be very proud of his mom!!!
    Warm regards,

  32. Very original room of the scientist. All here bewitches! Super!

  33. Love, love, love what you make!
    Your son must be over the moon for that room box.
    Happy Birthday to him!

  34. Hi, Mercedes, just a quick note to let you know the date for Alice has changed to the 8th.
    Take care!

  35. Wow! Your eye for detail is astounding! This looks fabulous, Noah must be the envy of all his friends! Happy (belated) birthday to him, wow, a bona fide teenager! Hope he has a great year ahead!

  36. Happy Sunday Mercedes there is a Sunshone Award on our blog for you to say how much we enjoy your wonderful blog and your amazing projects and creations. Kate xx

  37. Mercedes there is an award over on my blog for you.


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