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.

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.

New 24th scale project coming up

I have been beavering away on a 24th scale Modern house design suitable for a club workshop.  Nearly there but almost got scuppered by the cost of hinges. So have redesigned the front openings to pivot instead. Now just got to test it out.  I did make a dinky week stairwell which fits in a very small space.

Looking to rear of house

All ready for little feet

This project was a carry on from a house project I did for kids, out of a cereal box. Funny what motivates us miniaturists.  I thought "this small scale isn't half bad"  Sorry about the pun.

Little Minnie has passed away

Minnie patiently waiting for her tea

Minnie, my little Shi Itsu has gone 'elsewhere'.  After years of dogging my footsteps between my office, studio, house and workshop, patiently waiting while I did all my stuff, she finally got to her last page.  She suffered from Cushings Disease, was nearly blind and very deaf, over the last three years but that didn't stop her always wanting to be where I was.  Now there is a little black and white shaped hole in my existence. RIP Min!

Big picture stuff

It is easy to stay buried in the studio making little things but it does the soul good to be out and about going to Miniature Fairs.  The latest, in Sydney, gave me lots of new inspiration and good material for the June Issue of the magazine.

Sydney Miniature Fair in May

I have featured Ray Powell and James Dowdall and Scott and Rhonda Coleman in the June Issue about to be released.  Their work is world class and you will find it very interesting.  Next Fair is Melbourne for me.

Rays signature rat