Still no answer to the "Which historic house" quiz!!

We need to know the name of the Doll's House which the photo below shows one room of. So far the clues have been:
1. Location UK (latter clue said England)
2. There was a hint on page 13 of issue 16 of our magazine .
3. The house was made in the 19th century
4. It is a 3 story house
5. It is located in a stately home in County Essex
6. The stately home was used by Charles II for a time.

This weeks clue is that the house is regarded as one of the finest Jacobean residences in England. To help further I can advise that the stately home, the house is located in, is near the village of Saffron Walden.

It should be easy now!

First correct entry emailed to will be the winner of three free copies of our magazine (if the winner is already an existing subscriber, they will enjoy a free 3 issue extension to their sub for free).

New competition clue!

Still no answer to the "Which historic house" quiz. We need to know the name of the Doll's House which the photo below shows one room of. So far the clues have been:

1. Location UK (latter clue said England). 2. Part of the house name was used in one of the miniature model names in the February 2020 issue of Miniature Time Traveller magazine. 3. The house was made in the 19th century. 4. It is a 3 story house

So, this week's clue will help narrow down the alternatives. The house is in a stately home in County Essex, which was used by Charles II for a time. First correct entry emailed to will be the winner of three free copies of our magazine (see post below for more details)

New clue for competition!

Morning all, still no correct answers to the competition! Here is this week's clue; the house location is England. Add it to previous hints and you may get the answer! As always, first correct answer emailed to us at will be the winner. If this still does not solve for you, don't despair. A new clue will be posted every Monday until someone is successful!

Hi to all our readers. In the most recent issue of Miniature Time Traveller magazine (February 2020) we launched our latest competition. The challenge is to identify the dolls house of which the photo represents one of the rooms of that house. The winner will receive 3 free issues of the magazine. If already a subscriber, the free issues will be added onto the existing subscription.

So, have a look at the photo on page 23 of the magazine (reproduced here) for some clues. One more clue is that it is a 3 story house. This image is of one of the ground floor rooms.

Check in each Monday for an extra clue. We will post more clues every week until the prize has been won. The first correct answer emailed to will be the winner. Our editors decision will be final and no correspondence entered into.

Katherine Mansfield House visit, November 2019

At the moment the house, the birthplace of NZ writer Katherine Mansfield has an exhibition designed around the doll house, her dollhouse, that she wrote about. The Lower Hutt Miniature Makers were instrumental in refurbishing this house a few years ago. This year they have supported the Trust in providing some of the members miniature houses and work to augment the exhibition and it is well worth a visit.

Time for some small fun!!

Update: 22/7/19: No correct answer yet, so a fresh clue: It's somewhere in the USA.

Let me know where you think this photograph was taken, and win a free copy of my magazine 'Miniature Time Traveller'. Feel free to share news of the competition with your friends. Think globally! The winner will be the first correct response sent to our email

All incorrect responses will go into a monthly magazine draw as well, so make a guess, and send in your thoughts. No risk, and a bit of fun.

I will release a little more information on the location of the piece each week, until a winner is found, so check back regularly to see more clues if you need them. Once this one is concluded and a winner announced, we will start a fresh search. Warm regards, Jill

Inspiration in 24th scale

So many things inspire miniaturists. In my case it was toothpicks and worrying about a 24th scale project to do. A few minutes contemplation and this little table was born. The project was published in the American Miniaturists last issue. This is the start of a rash of 24th scale furniture designs from me.

A little bit of Steampunk

The Steampunk Design movement has always intrigued me as as a miniaturist I am free to explore whatever idea wings it's way into my head without changing my own wardrobe, or redecorating the house. Ha! As if hubby would allow that! So with my new transfer experiences I have produced material that suited my new lounge suite (12th scale) and decorated several book covers (one inch high). Where was I to put these new made things - my Beacon Hill kit house that was languishing half made for two years and making me feel guilty, suddenly attained new desirability. It will be a Steampunk Mansion. Hurrah! All keen to get it finished again. But, woe, all those little fiddly details had to have three coats of paint and a good sand down. This will be some story to pass on in the new year. Best wishes to everyone.

A steep learning curve

It seems like an age since I last posted. I traveled to France and worked hard on the Lower Hutt Miniature Makers Club's role in the NZAME convention.

I like to do the workshops I publish in the magazine and keep them all as original as possible. Who knows where I pick up the ideas from. There are so many good ones on Pinterest.

I got into 'transfers' in a big way and spent about two weeks exploring the different ways miniaturists can utilise transfer mediums. I had soggy bits of paper all over the kitchen, used up all our packing sellotape, brought up at least three different (expensive) transfer mediums and found a new reliable source of freezer paper. Happy Days! And this new found expertise is passed on in the December issue of the magazine.

Art Deco – a new challenge

I have completed the production of my first ever house kit.

24th Scale $65 plus freight

It is a real cutie and contains some interesting building methods, a cute little staircase that you will only see through the back windows and up the stairs from the back door.  The front hinges out and the inside of the porch is then visible.

I have customers already.  And some are also requesting a 12th scale size. That is doable.  Thank goodness for my brand new table saw.