A Scottish dollhouse enthusiast creates tiny dishes—including takeout and sushi—which are sold to collectors as far away as America.
41-year-old Roz MacLean started selling tiny meals no bigger than a large coin in November 2019, after she made one for her mom’s dollhouse.
Her designs have included everything from fish and chips to full roast dinners.
The pharmacy technician taught herself how to make the minuscule designs four years ago by watching YouTube videos.
She makes the unique items out of polymer clay by molding them into shapes.
Then she uses chalk pastels, blades, and even a toothbrush to get the details before she puts them in the oven for 30 minutes where they set at home in Inverness.
After uploading the items to Etsy, a website focused on handmade or vintage items, Roz started to get attention for the designs, with people around the globe requesting custom designs.
The price of the tiny meals ranges depending on the design and can range from $7 to $35.
Mother-of-two Roz said: “I’ve always loved miniature items, it’s always fascinated me making things so tiny. The idea of making meals just came from a love of food, and how much fun it would be to design these meals.”
It’s a time-consuming hobby, says Roz, who explains: “If someone requests a decorative cake, it can take a while… [Every design] takes hours, and sometimes a full day to make one meal.
Now her family home even has a tiny food workshop in the spare bedroom, and her two young boys, aged 9 and 4, sometimes help with the designs.
“I love doing it and I’m enjoying just building up my shop,” Roz said of her hobby that brings in a few pennies—and more importantly, so much joy.