I woke up yesterday morning and thought ‘I am going to do something about my humongous villa that is taking up space in my workshop.’ I made it as a faithful copy of our old villa. This means it is sprawly, (a new word!) and can only be properly viewed from the front and the… Continue reading Thinking is a dangerous pastime
One of the grand children’s Xmas treats is a walk through my studio in the dark.
No! No mistletoe. No Snow. Not down here in New Zealand anyway. Here is my ‘down under’ Christmas dinner. See other related articles in the December Issue of Miniature Time Traveller and find out how to make a crayfish dish fit for a King.
What would miniaturists do if they didn’t have children or grandchildren?This is time to dust off the Christmas scenes and put Christmas Trees in all the houses, 1/12th scale ones of course. Tonight the grandchildren get their moonlight Xmas walk through the studio. Where did those lights go from last year? I’m sure I had… Continue reading Christmas Eve 2017
Just right for lunch; shrimp and salmon starter, NZ Scallops in their shells, and a NZ Crayfish, accompanied by a salad and fresh bread rolls. Yum! Just not in twelfth scale like the food above. The big difference between a Christmas in the Northern Hemisphere and one down here in the Pacific must be the… Continue reading A Down-Under Xmas
While compiling the December issue of Miniature Time Traveller Magazine I put together a few summery things to share. My wee blue Crocs for example And Some summer food made by me and a friend. The Fimo workshop on the crayfish dish features in the December Issue coming out in the 2nd week of December.
Lots of interesting interviews this month, and a Steampunk project to do. There is also a pattern for a Spring dress to go with these little gems. To subscribe to the magazine, bi-monthly and NZ $45 for a year, buy on ECWID store on this site or our facebook page. Our December issue is a… Continue reading Nearly out there – the October Issue
I am always striving to create and maintain reader interest in my blog pages. That requires lots of new material. To that end I went to the North Shore Miniaturists Exhibition in August and met some amazing talented members and have covered this extensively in the Spring Issue. The theme is Spring. We are waiting… Continue reading Gearing up for next issue
This seemed like a natural development for me. One of the English Miniature Magazines amalgamated with another, and I thought “no-one really features Down Under Miniaturists from Australia and New Zealand”. I know a lot of these clever people, have a background in commercial art and design and put together countless monthly newsletters for associations… Continue reading New Miniature Magazine now published
It’s hard to know which comes first with me. Inspiration that springs from little figures I make or the houses that inspire the making of little figures. Over the years they have been many. Muriel, the housekeeper in the Arts Movement House. Albert the painter from the pub. Or Edna the laundress who called… Continue reading Line-up of Stars!
The Art Deco era, coming after the 1st World War and even perhaps as a response to it, was a time of change. Women found a new confidence to dress and behave as they wanted to, found jobs and changed the furniture! It was time for a change.And as he was spinning through the years,… Continue reading Decadent or Deco that is the question
Our little time traveller Mac has been busy. Well to us on earth several weeks have passed but to Mac time has been measured in minutes. Nay, seconds. He visited the Victorians and was invited to a soiree at Dulcie Turner’s residence. And shortly thereafter appeared in William Norris’s (cousin to the other William) Arts… Continue reading A Dance through some Decades
One year the witches were IN. Apart from witchery projects at the club all sorts of magic was created at home. We have Perspicacious’s Cottage. What Perspicacious has for Dinner. Herself Her friend Dame Agatha Where they shop
The husband won’t allow steampunk deco in the house – hurrah for miniatures. This little table I made was the inspiration for a room box. In it lives a bachelor accountant. Surprise, surprise, he likes Murdoch James wines. There were a lot of firsts for me in this little room. First leather upholstered Armchair. First attempt… Continue reading Steampunk Account
As part of a club project we created shops and of course mine had an Arts Movement theme. The inspiration for this was a collection of miniature porcelain ‘Famous women through the ages’. A wealthy patron just cannot choose which one she likes. Mac is fascinated by the glass fruit closely watched by the… Continue reading Shopping for Art
The Arts movement is one of my favorite periods. Miniatures make it so much easier to recreate houses etc in this theme. My inspiration was a ‘bucket’ chair belonging to a friend. I rushed home and quickly created mine in 12th scale. The cushion was hand stitched by a very clever member of our club,… Continue reading An Artful Move…
My husband hates markets, avoiding them whenever possible. Image his chagrin when he woke up one morning in a little French village and there was a market right outside the front door. Springing up, as it were, in the early hours of the morning. Imagine my delight. I spied some beautifully turned tableware that I… Continue reading This Little Pig went to Market
Introducing little Mac – Mac is a Time Traveller. He will link my miniature themes together. I get totally inspired by Art in Decades – the Arts Movement, Art Deco, Steampunk, and history, the Georgians, the Regency Ara, The Victorians, Early Settlers, and the 1940’s. Arghh!! The list goes on. An extravagant purchase of a… Continue reading Introducing Little Mac
I am an artistic designing woman. Over the year’s I have created clothing, knitwear, houses, furniture, gardens and businesses. Now I’m creating a new blog and website to share all that! Now I do it all in 1/12 scale, sharing it through my new blog and website. I have studied fine arts, worked with… Continue reading Hello world! Introducing My New Blog and Website