Celebrating the End of Lock Down!!

Now that we are back down at Level 1, all New Zealand miniaturists are shaking off the shackles. Certainly here at Miniature Time Traveller magazine that's the case!! We have published two issues in quick succession (April 2020 and June 2020). The June issue has some great projects to work on alone or at your club. This issue has knitting projects (see photo of 'Peggy Sue' attached), projects for your kids or grand-children, a 24th scale table and chairs, a modern white and chrome kitchen table and chairs, and reviews of visits to talented miniaturists Verna Snowden and Vicki Morris (both who live in Palmerston North, in New Zealand)

COMPETITION – We have a Winner of our Free Magazines!!

Wow, that was fast!!! Congratulations to Marie Scott, of Temuka, New Zealand, who very quickly won our prize for naming the doll house in our competition!! It is indeed the Hammond House, one of a large collection on display at The National Trust’s Wallington House in Northumberland (in the village of Cambo, near Morpeth).

The doll’s house room at Wallington is a favourite with all generations of visitors, with 18 beautiful houses on display. The oldest house dates back to 1835, while we think the Hammond House is the jewel in the crown of the whole collection. This special house has 36 fully-furnished rooms, 1,500 pieces of furniture and 77 china faced dolls. It is fitted with electric lights in every room and even used to have running water.

It is ‘must visit’ on every miniaturist’s ‘bucket list’.

The Dolls House Room, Wallington House, Northumberland

Original Post: OK, time for a bit of fun - the first person to guess the name of the well known doll's house shown in the image below will win 3 free copies of our publication. If the winner is an existing subscriber, the free magazines will be added onto the term of their existing subscription. I will post an extra clue every week until the prize is won.

You can enter in a number of ways: via the comments for on our website, by emailing me at miniaturetimetraveller@gmail.com, or via a comment on our Facebook page. If there is more than one correct entry on the same date, the winner will be determined by the time of entry GMT. Judges decision final and no correspondence will be entered into

The first clue is that the house is located somewhere in the UK. Website clue: The doll's house is actually located in a stately home somewhere in the UK. Come back next Monday for the second clue!


For those interested in our miniatures magazine, we have just launched a special new subscribers package. Subscribe for 12 issues and receive a 20% discount on newsstand price PLUS a FREE autumn/winter 1/12 scale kit valued at over $45.

Simply go to the secure online store on our website and select the 2 Year subscription option. Once payment has been made we will post out your first magazine and the complimentary 1/12 scale kit as shown in the attached image. But be quick; this offer only lasts until 31 July. Click here for store.

Existing subscribers don't miss out either! Watch this space for new rewards for current subscribers who extend their existing subscriptions for a further 12 months at expiry.


We have a winner! Kathleen Gallavan, of Greytown, New Zealand, correctly advised it is Audley End House! Kathleen's price has already been posted off!

"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 miniaturetimetraveller@gmail.com 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).

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 miniaturetimetraveller@gmail.com

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.