Monday, 25 March 2013

Spring Miniatura

Through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered... sorry slipped into Labyrinth for a moment then... Through snow and ice we braved the weather and drove this weekend to Birmingham for Miniatura. My first one in about 3 years and I was very much looking forward to it - and was quite furious when I awoke to 3ft of snow on Saturday morning here in the Pennines. Erring on the side of caution we called off the journey and I sat by the fire knitting instead. On Sunday however no more snow had fallen and after digging out the car found that most of the main roads were clear enough to drive on.
We got to the NEC in one piece and spent a happy few hours wandering the stalls and buying some gorgeous new minis. In the photo you can see a rustic Tudor bench from Constance Irene; a carpet beater and trellis from C&D Crafts; wooden wand and bundle of herbalist's papers from Ellie de Lacy; herb chopper and dish from Sue & Sandy Eismont, picture frames from Wood Supplies; and the tiniest bronze mouse from Art Forge. I can't remember who made the lovely mushroom-adorned tea pot and canister, but isn't it splendid?
I also bought, perhaps in a fit of temporary insanity, a wisteria kit from The Miniature Garden Centre and the strawberry thief cushion kit from Nicola Mascall. They're both absolutely wonderful but I don't know when, if ever, I'm going to find the time and patience for such fiddly kits! Finally I also came home with an old fashioned guttering kit from Sussex Crafts, because progress WILL resume on my dolls houses!

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Birds and Berries

My lovely husband and I have just celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary, and his gift to me (in keeping with the tradition of him always giving minis) is this lovely Art Nouveau fireplace from Sussex Crafts. This will eventually go in the dining room of Mooredge Manor, as will the Birds and Berries wallpaper I photographed it against. Can you spot the little birds on the fireplace? I sense the beginning of a theme here... especially since I have been eyeing up the Voysey Swan chairs from Small Time Miniatures.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Nothing much to report on the mini front really, I've just not had the time to get stuck into any projects. I did add this lovely longbow and arrow to my collection this week though. It is made by Little Green Workshop, and should go nicely in Tanglewood Lodge.
I'll leave you with a quick shot of my family of tabby cats by Pocket People...

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Kensington Swag

I was pretty restrained this time, only going around the fair once. We were heading off to Leighton House Museum (amazing place, go see it!) and then my old stomping ground of Camden to revisit old haunts (what was left of them anyway).
Top of my list and most pleased to get is the lovely William Morris table by Kim Selwood. I've been eyeing this up for the past few years and now it is all mine! On the table are a man eating plant (a little nod here to the fabulous Little Shop of Horrors!), toadstools and jam jars from Kastle Kelm Miniatures, a set of 6 wineglasses from The Little Dolls House Co. and a chamber pot by Elisabeth Causeret.

Sunday, 13 May 2012

*blows off the cobwebs*

Oh dear neglected dolls houses (and blog), you shall languish no longer! Although I have been busy launching my new business my soul is crying out for a little mini-me time.
I've just returned from a visit to London for Kensington Dollshouse Festival and my enthusiasm is all fired up again. I've all these treasures but until the houses are finished there is nowhere to put them. No more! I will crack on and get them done!

I'm waiting on a special piece I bought at Kensington to be delivered before I take swag photos, but until then the curious may like to take a peek at my actual real-size house. I was interviewed for the splendid Domythic Bliss blog a little while ago and you can read all about my home and take a tour. Go explore the rest of the blog too for inspiration - Domythic is definitely the category my houses large and small fall into!

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Small Time Masterpiece

Gosh it has been a while since I updated here. Sadly all work on my miniatures ground to a halt while my office was being redecorated. Now that is finished and the houses are back in their proper places but I've just not had the time to do anything - I'm knitting like crazy every spare moment of the day in preparation for launching a new venture in the Spring. I must remedy this, miniatures are good for the soul!

I've been oohing and ahhing over the beautiful offerings from Small Time Miniatures. They specialise in clocks but their furniture is also a wonder to behold. Just look at this reproduction Morris & Co cabinet!

They also make a splendid Voysey mantle clock as well as several other Arts and Crafts inspired pieces, including a Liberty bookcase, Voysey's Swan chair, a lovely little table and a chair by AH Mackmurdo.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Birthday Kitty

This splendid feline is a belated birthday present from my lovely husband (yes, I do request minis for all my presents!), and was of course made by Sarah Hendry. I've a few other cats also made by her, but I specifically wanted a black cat since my own beloved kitty is a sleek black female called Avalon. I'm not sure which house she'll be living in yet, but where ever, it is I'll have to find a suitably cosy spot.

Monday, 12 September 2011

Progress. And Wait.

This is where I am right now: The walls have been rendered with Limestone stone coat (which looks great), the stone window surrounds, chimneys and roof pinnacles are painted in sandstone stone coat (also good), and the quoins and main chimney stack have been rendered with the stone compound (which while a little on the tricky side, was actually easier than I'd anticipated. But would have been immeasurably easier if I had a can of spray mount which wasn't a billion years old and only capable of oozing a gelatinous blob of glue when I tried spraying!). I need to paint the window frames (I've settled on Sage green/grey now) and age the stonework. And do the roof. And lots of other things. But it is sadly all on hold for the next few weeks as the room the house is standing in is being redecorated, and I've had to shroud it in dust sheets. So, I'll be right back to it just as soon as I can...

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Anniversary Mission

My lovely husband and I are celebrating our 6th wedding anniversary today, and his gift for me was this beautiful Mission silver cigar box by Don Henry. It is so dainty and lovely! (Thank you my dear!). The American Mission style equates with the British Arts & Crafts so this will fit right in with Mooredge Manor.

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

A New Look

I decided to take the summer off from blogging, hence the lack of updates around here. I have been continuing to work on Mooredge Manor though! It took ages for the new paints to arrive so I'm a little behind schedule. So far the limestone render and sandstone details have been painted. This week I plan to begin adding the stone quoins and chimney stack, using the brick compound and stencils. I've never used this before and all the tutorials show it being worked on flat pieces prior to assembly... fingers crossed it goes OK and I don't mess everything up!

I've also been playing around with the look of the blog itself. The background is the 'I Love Little Pussy' wallpaper designed by CFA Voysey in 1898. This is available as a full-size wallpaper from Trustworth Studios. Their collection is jaw-droppingly gorgeous - and I wish it came in miniature! I particularly like 'Whoot' and 'Bat and Poppy'.