Sunday, July 10, 2016

Melbourne Miniatures and Dollhouse Fair 2016

Hello all. Had an amazing weekend at the Melbourne miniatures fair where I had the good fortune to meet some really great people. 

Thanks to all the VAME folks for squeezing me in and making me feel welcome. As a dealer, it was a fantastic atmosphere. I met a lot of very enthusiastic, helpful and encouraging people, both dealers and customers alike. The positive comments I received were overwhelming, so thanks everyone for making my first Melbourne fair a huge success! 

I did make the mistake of complimenting some 1:48 scale gypsy wagons and commenting that I was working on designs for one of my own. I was promptly chastened and told all about copyright.... Hmmm, apparently these gentlemen own the copyright to gypsy wagons. Someone should tell all those other mini makers out there that have gypsy wagons in their range. Well, I guess if that's the most annoying thing to come out of the weekend, then I did pretty well I reckon!

A little peek at my table:

I hope you all have a great week everyone!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Mid winter post

Kinda boring. It is cold, I'm cold, I'm over being cold, winter's just started, blah blah blah. On the upside, I have some new kits coming out very soon, and will be at the Melbourne Miniatures Fair on 9 and 10 July. Come and say hello if you are there.

Here are some pics of new kits being developed:
A little fridge:

A firescreen:

An armchair that will probably not be ready for Melbourne:

The kitchen for the Carmel cottage:

And lastly, if you are a Facebook fan, I have started a page:

Come along and 'like' and I will do my best to keep it updated. Hope your week is going well and that you are also getting some mini work done. Take care everyone xx.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Carmel cottage kit

Hello everyone. Just wanted to give an update regarding my Etsy store. I have listed another little house kit, the Carmel cottage, based on the gorgeous Hugh Comstock cottages in Carmel-by-the-sea, California. I love these houses, as well as the beautiful little town they are nestled in. I didn't get much of a look there, but enough an idea of the character. Another visit is definitely on the bucket list!

I have since mounted this little cottage onto a base with a turntable, and done a fair bit of landscaping. I love how this has turned out!

I am working on a French sofa/armchair set as well as armchairs for this cottage but they are proving difficult. There are too many curves in too many directions necessary for a good design, not to mention the fact you can't really laser cut too many foams. Anyway, hopefully by July I will have something ready. Take care everyone!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Sid Cooke Coxwolds store

As requested, here are some (bad) photos of my Coxwolds kit (it is tucked into a shelf unit, so hard to photograph). I love this kit, and I am really happy with how it turned out.

Little entry/stairhall on the left side (this will be aged when the timber is all finished and glued in place):

Bathroom, above the entry:

I think it is less bright in real life, a little dustier. There will be a wall at the back, yet to be inserted. I was trying to get all my wiring figured out before getting too far ahead.

I recut the doors so they were a little more detailed, and had a go at hinging the doors yesterday, and this is how it will look (not fully installed thankfully):

But when I tried to open them, this is as far as they opened:

Maybe 45 degrees. The screws for the hinges are too chunky and prevent the hinges opening fully. So I am thinking of maybe just gluing the hinges on and putting some brass brads in the holes. Or just gluing the doors in place. I'm not a doors-opening-drawers-full-everything-has-to-work person, but for photos, I think it would be cute if they did work. Any suggestions?? I know that many of you out there have some amazing work-arounds for all sorts of things.

I want to get moving on this project. And then get some patience to make flowers for this, my Mountfield and Duddingwells. 

Bye for now!

Dollhouse dilemmas

Hello all. Another week started - where are they going??

I had the chance to work on some of my 1:12 projects over the weekend but didn't make a lot of progress. As per this post's title, I am a bit undecisive about a few projects:

1. I haven't worked on my French chateau much as I am contemplating either pulling it down and remaking it from gatorfoam, or having the back, sides and floor laser cut in 6mm ply. The reason being I am worried about strength and rigidity in such a large structure. I dread the thought of having to recut the windows in gatorfoam, but it would be the lighter option than ply (even light ply). Still, I'm not going to be carrying this baby around, am I? I suppose the other options is making it in roomboxes. But then you have the issue of joining them seamlessly.

2. I really want to relocate the Mountfield bathroom into the music room at the back of the house, maybe then putting the piano into the dining room. But it's about finished. Not sure about ripping two rooms apart and having to redo them. Here is a photo of the front as it is and some of the bathroom about done (with a little room left for some choice minis as I find them!):

And the front entry:

3. I put many of my painted metal minis into the 1:12 doll shop and I don't like the paleness of the room with the toys. So this isn't much of a dilemma anymore, as I tore it all apart at the weekend.....

Chaos and devestation. By yesterday afternoon, this is how it looked:

The alcove/door bit is just foamcore. It needs to be painted. Next step is to make a shelf unit to match the one on the right and then paint all of the timber/trim in a pale grey-turquoise-green colour. Or something. I spent a lot of time looking at Veronique Lux vignettes and thought I'd try something along those lines. I think I'll try colouring the wallpaper too, maybe a teabag stain. I probably shouldn't have stuck all the trim back in, but I couldn't help myself. I think I just like to make things hard for myself.

If you have any golden nuggets of wisdom to help me with my dilemmas, I'd love to hear them. Have a great week everyone.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Sydney miniature show #2

Monday again! How did that happen?? I am tired and not very coherent, so I will post photos of some of the exhibits at the show with little text, so I don't have to think too much, and you don't have to read!

I didn't capture the maker's cards for most of the exhibits, so my apologies to the makers. 

Warren Barnard designed 1:48 house built during a workshop:

Chell Oldfield's cute kitchen cabinet also from a workshop:

Adelaide Cann's beautiful courtyard garden:

Real fountains!!!

Ray Powell's cool Victorian:

And his little French house:

View from the bleachers:

Enjoy your week everyone!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Sydney miniature show #1

Hello all. I had a great weekend in Sydney, attending the miniature fair for the first time. I did pretty well with my sales, enough to cover my costs and buy a few goodies, plus got lots and lots of oohs and ahhs, which is always positive! Had the chance to meet some people I hadn't met but had been in contact with over the years, which was really great (hello Linda!! It was so nice to chat!). I hear that numbers were down though, and some traders didn't do so well. It's such a shame and also quite hard for me to believe - the standard was so high with some really amazing things for sale. Here is what I purchased:

Some tiny paper clips (squeee!):

Some ladies toiletries and two fans by Di (no website unfortunately; her stuff was so beautiful and well-priced):

And a tiny sweet little teddy (made by Di's friend), a tiny teapot and a beautiful Margaret Crosswell bust: 

Had I had more money, I would've bought many more items. I didn't look around too much at the tables as there were just so many beautiful things, it was too heart-breaking!! I ogled Kim's Miniatures table, which again was really reasonably priced (and needless to say stunning) but given my money shortage, no purchases. However....... My husband, unbeknownst to me, also was very impressed by her dolls and bought me this as a surprise!

Being behind perspex in a little box, she is quite hard to photograph, but she is really exquisite. I feel extremely spoilt! Next time, I hope to bring her home a little Kim's Miniatures friend. I took some photos of the exhibits so will post those shortly. Have a great day everyone!