PetitPlat - Handmade Miniature Food

Stephanie of PetitPlat creates amazing Miniature Food for Dollhouses and as Jewelry.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft, Stephanie.
Everything began on a sunny day in summer 2007. I was bored and searching for a new hobby. I came across miniatures and suddenly all my childhood run back. I started with miniature food and we can now all admit I'm totally addicted to miniatures!

But it's not the first time I craft, before that I painted a lot (oil), I knit a bit and I've done quite a few jewelry with glass pearls when I was around 12-14 years old.

Explain to us a bit about where you come from.
I'm French, living near Paris, but I was born in Germany (Frankfurt/Main) from a Finnish father and a French mother. My origins are more complicated and I like that, it makes me feel like a real European girl!

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?

Miniatures! I love it that much that I'm currently trying to see if I could live from it. I will try it one whole year to see if it's viable.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your shop?
Not to list all the items I created at once but list them on several days
Sometimes I'm so happy with the results that I want to show the world as soon as possible!

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
When I like something I create some I keep it for myself, like the sushi earrings or the fruit tarts studs. I've got 5 or 6 at home only for me.
I would like to have the macarons dangle as gift! I really love them but they're a pain to make!

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
When I was about 8 I wanted to be a lawyer.
When I was about 16, I realized that I liked maths and arts so I thought, ok, go for architecture!
Now I'm almost architect (I will be normally in July 2009) and I want to be a full time miniaturist!

What other shops or artists out there do you love?
There are so many beautiful shops on etsy!

I really adore all the bags from Minus:
I do adore the miniatures bears from Bassombear:
I also love the turnings from Mike Rowe:
And I enjoy the sea urchin collection from StarOfTheEast:

Hmm but these are only a few!

What does your future hold?
Who knows?

Visit PetitPlat at Etsy or Stephanie will also be at a miniature fair on the 21st June 2009, the SIMP. It's an international miniature fair in Paris, and it's also her very first one so if any of you are in the area be sure to go out and support her!