I’ve decided (a somewhat ambitious decision!) to document my work in video. Titled ‘A Year in the Life of a Miniaturist’ I am posting every day on something new. Projects, history, my houses, whatever. Why not check it out here? Regards, Jill.
Book ends give the miniaturist huge scope in showing off special little pieces. Our club is starting a series of them with the end point being a book end display in a local bookshop. The workshop convener is a very experienced miniaturist, Rio Cox from the Greytown Miniature Makers and Lower Hutt Miniature Club. Rio’s… Continue reading Miniature Book ends. An obsession in the making.
Welcome to 2024 everyone. I thought we should celebrate the New Year with a special offer on our digital magazine. All new subscribers receive a 50% discount on the first years’ issues. And the subscription gives you unlimited access to all back issues (38 at time of writing). Great value! Click here to subscribe. HOW… Continue reading Happy New Year Discount!
It started with a model Bentley my husband brought me for last Christmas. Then I was inspired by Robyn and Dennis Tapp (paper crafters) and their truck, below. So I download a SVG file for a truck and made my little green model 1:12 scale truck. That was fun. Then a chance came up to… Continue reading Making a 1:12th scale truck.
Our latest club project was about gardens and of course every garden should have a scarecrow. The scarecrow workshop was taken by myself and it was great fun. The basic project came from a Miniaturist’s magazine and all we did was tweak it a little. The workshop covered off the making of the scarecrow, making… Continue reading The month for scarecrows
We recently made available to all the Facebook Groups we belong to, a free copy of our magazine; Issue 37. It was very popular and let to many downloads and lots of fantastic feedback. Then today, we realised we had not shared with our loyal blog followers!! So, to put that right, here is a… Continue reading Free Copy of Latest Issue
I wanted a stylish car to sit outside my 1930’s dollhouse. I searched high and low for a 12th scale car kit. These are thin on the ground. My husband finally tracked down my Bentley Boomer on the internet in a shop in Auckland, New Zealand. See link to Airfix site below. I think they… Continue reading A12th car scale kit – a Bentley Boomer
Hi everyone. I trust this finds you all well and creative! We have just released the June issue of our inspiring Miniature Time Traveller magazine. Full of original projects, with knitting patterns in 1:12 scale, and showcasing the amazing miniature craft work by Robyn and Dennis Tapp, it’s a great read. Subscribers can access the… Continue reading Latest Issue of Our Magazine Released
I have been asked several times if my recently published book of 12th scale miniature knitting and crochet patterns is going to be available as a digital download. Well, the answer is yes 🙂 I have just added a digital version to our website. If you are interested, it can be purchased and downloaded HERE.… Continue reading New Digital Release of My Knitting and Crochet Patterns Book
Good morning everyone! As you will have seen from my recent posts, I am exploring 12th scale knitting and crochet with much enthusiasm. Browsing Facebook, I realised there are few groups which focus solely on 12th scale and related knitting/crochet. As a result, I decided to create a group for that purpose. CLICK HERE TO… Continue reading New Facebook Group Created Specially for Miniature Knitters!!
Cracking Easter – Mama’s away, time to play. It is always hard for someone who has been doing miniatures for so long to think of something new to do for a miniature Easter. So I cleverly put together two or three little projects to do, hidden in this Cracking Easter scene. These are in the… Continue reading A Steam Punk Cracking Easter
Being a cardboard Queen, I made the frame of this miniature park bench out of strips of cardboard, glued together and painted. The slats were made of thin pieces of wood from a discount store. A bit of black paint and some glue and there you have it. But I had the bug – more… Continue reading Park your bottom on a miniature chair
A lot of garden projects have been coming up at my club and in my magazine as it is Summer in our neck of the woods. So I turned my attention to parks. And follies. Follies were popular with the Victorians. False ruins or grottos in one’s large gardens gave the guests something to wonder… Continue reading Victorians loved a folly!
I have recently been enjoying replicating some of my 12th scale work in 24th scale. This Art Deco Fireplace is one of my latest efforts. I am really pleased with the finish and look. So pleased, I decided to share with all my mini contacts. Feel free to download the project guidelines HERE If you… Continue reading Art Deco Fireplace in 24th Scale
I wanted to create a Medieval Christmas scene in my 24th scale Tudor Hall. I needed lights. I had been putting it off I have to confess. But, I set aside a time and put the Hall on my workbench, collected up my LED lights and wiring and made a start. First I had to… Continue reading A Medieval Christmas
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.