In the first two days of the long anticipated NZAME Miniature Convention were well attended and busy. That all changed with coverage on the evening new by TVNZ showing mini houses, talking to key people and showing the owl making workshop. The next two days were extraordinarily busy. Crowd control was established on the front… Continue reading Successful Miniature Convention in Christchurch, NZ.
Medieval Murder Mystery: Poor Henry, foolhardy drunk Henry, braved the haunted room for a dare, only to be found in the morning, in his locked room, rather dead. The background to the story. The year is 1150 AD An old tower had been converted into two shops, one a bakery. Above one of the shops… Continue reading Medieval Murder Mystery solved
What makes us choose these Miniature Challenges? On a recent trip to Hamilton New Zealand, a seven hour drive from my home, I caught up with the Waikato Miniature Club. These ladies are not afraid of miniature challenges. Sheryl Ransfield has a double garage full of finished projects and she makes a point of finishing… Continue reading Miniature Challenges
Tudor magic is happening in my studio. I’m time travelling with a lot of help from my Cricut Maker I have made several stools and tables to put into my 24th scale Inn and it is starting to look more real. The beauty of the Cricut is that it can cut out multiple pieces all… Continue reading Tudor magic & the Cricut Maker
This is a chance to solve an ancient Medieval murder. The background: The year is 1150 ADAn old tower had been converted into two shops, one a bakery. Above one of the shops was a bedroom for the owner. However, for 20 years no-one had slept in that room save a few brave folks.This room… Continue reading A Medieval Murder to solve.
Roger and I got to leave our country! First time in 3 years. What a liberation. We went to the Melbourne Miniature Fair. We took three years of issues of Miniature Time Traveller that hadn’t been on Aussie shores. Along with other stuff we had six pieces of luggage in total. The V A M… Continue reading Melbourne Miniature Fair 2022
Thinking of warm clothes on the ski field led to these cute knitted tights for my 12th scale lady. Then one thing led to another and two little hats came into being. All knitted in 2 ply wool and No.21 needles. The patterns for these three Winter woollies are available on the Free Projects page… Continue reading Winter Woollies- 12th scale knitting
Making a Tudor Inn was not enough! Now for the furniture. Oh heck. So for those who downloaded the instructions for the basic Tudor bed this one has been embellished very easily. I made four uprights using skewers cut to size and twisted string around them. Once painted they look very much like turned posts.… Continue reading Tudor Four Poster.
Finally I have finished my Tudor Tower who-dun-it project. This castle has a story. It had been destroyed in the past. The tower survived and an enterprising Medieval developer turned it into some shops and a drinking spot. But it has a murky past. A mysterious death in the top room. Then, for years, anyone… Continue reading Tudor Tower who-dun-it?
My Tudor Travails started with a brilliant idea. I would make a 24th scale Tudor hall based on something I saw in my travels. It would pull apart and lay flat for taking to shows. It would have an interesting story. I would put the tower on a pivot to act as a hinge for… Continue reading Tudor Travails, a flat pack 24th scale hall.
I’ve had this idea of a knitted 12th scale beach-loving family in my mind for ages. Originally there was going to be a little girl as well. It took some time to get these knitting patterns right and actually knitting my family. One good thing that came out of this was the same pattern for… Continue reading A knitted beach-loving family downunder
Recycling the tops of the New Zealand milk containers. I use them for glue and paint. I also used them in my bird cage project and now in my rustic vegetable stand. Looking for a project to make out of recycled milk container tops, at the kitchen table? This is a great one. Rather than… Continue reading Save your milk bottle tops
This hall is made from 3mm foam board, machined Native timbers and a card tile roof. It is a departure for me. While I encourage downunder miniaturists to create our unique styles here, sometimes you just got to go with the Tudor theme because it is so darn creative. This Tudor hall kit was made… Continue reading Tudor times in New Zealand!
This lockdown has seen me almost full time in the studio. I’m working on a Tudor Dollhouse Delight, 1:24 scale medieval Weldon house for my small miniature club. I have to do six kits. Had I known how much timber I had to cut I would have had second thoughts. But it is coming on… Continue reading Tudor Medieval Dollhouse – 1:24 Scale
Miniature houses are great places to immortalize your family. Incorporate family photos, favourite pets, interests, and meaningful items into your work. The gentleman’s den was an opportunity for me to carry forward our family history in miniature. This story is in the August issue. This gentleman’s study evolved from the making of an orrery and… Continue reading Immortalizing family history in miniature
I promise I will soon stop flying with the birds and move on to something else! I am creating a Tudor Hall kit for my club members and so I can see lots of medieval ideas getting into the queue in my mind. First I have been exploring the creepy predilection that the Victorians had… Continue reading Still Flying with the Birds
Recently I attended a workshop on making miniature felt creatures. Well, if there is anything destined to make one humble this was it. It is probably easier to make larger animals but when you are making tiny ears, it is a painful experience. Those needles are not only sharp, they are barbed. Bandages were supplied… Continue reading Miniature Birds in Felt
In the latest issue I have gone a bit medieval. Inspired by Barbara Keeling’s castle no doubt. I had fun making some stocks. I had even more fun working out how to use LilyPad lighting. This is something you have to explore. It is washable wearable lighting and my school teacher sister had been getting… Continue reading Adding punch to your work
How ‘Meet me at the Flamingo Cafe’ came about. The story has evolved over my last few posts. First there was the painting of the Flamingo sign. Then the making of the parrot on a perch. Then a rearrangement of my lounge around the painting. Then getting on the computer and designing an Espresso machine… Continue reading Meet me at the Flamingo Cafe
Bird cage developments: following on from my birdcage workshop was this lovely result. Maria did things a little differently as she wanted to put more things in the base. She hand painted everything rather than spraying. She used a paper lace rather than cotton lace. The legs were made from beads. She decided to make… Continue reading Bird cage developments