Tudor times in New Zealand!

This hall is made from 3mm foam board, machined Native timbers and a card tile roof. It is a departure for me. While I encourage downunder miniaturists to create our unique styles here, sometimes you just got to go with the Tudor theme because it is so darn creative. This Tudor hall kit was made… Continue reading Tudor times in New Zealand!

Immortalizing family history in miniature

Miniature houses are great places to immortalize your family. Incorporate family photos, favourite pets, interests, and meaningful items into your work. The gentleman’s den was an opportunity for me to carry forward our family history in miniature. This story is in the August issue. This gentleman’s study evolved from the making of an orrery and… Continue reading Immortalizing family history in miniature

Free Miniatures Magazine Subscription Challenge

Solve the Digital Jig Saw Puzzle and Enter our Competition Draw for a Free Digital Subscription Congratulations to Penny Garnsworthy, from Tasmania, who won last month’s competition! The correct answer was the Kaleidoscope House. But, all is not lost. Check our website for the latest JigSaw Puzzle competition.Solve the puzzle, click this link to email… Continue reading Free Miniatures Magazine Subscription Challenge

Latest Competition – June/July 2021 – Win Free Miniature Magazines!

A big hello to all! Here’s your chance to win free miniature magazines! For the latest in our “Guess the Dollhouse” Competition, there are no hintss or clues! What you have to do is to complete a jigsaw puzzle which is a photograph of the house. Click on this link to open the puzzle: https://jigex.com/sMye… Continue reading Latest Competition – June/July 2021 – Win Free Miniature Magazines!

Miniature Birds in Felt

Recently I attended a workshop on making miniature felt creatures. Well, if there is anything destined to make one humble this was it. It is probably easier to make larger animals but when you are making tiny ears, it is a painful experience. Those needles are not only sharp, they are barbed. Bandages were supplied… Continue reading Miniature Birds in Felt

Adding punch to your work

In the latest issue I have gone a bit medieval. Inspired by Barbara Keeling’s castle no doubt. I had fun making some stocks. I had even more fun working out how to use LilyPad lighting. This is something you have to explore. It is washable wearable lighting and my school teacher sister had been getting… Continue reading Adding punch to your work

Meet me at the Flamingo Cafe

How ‘Meet me at the Flamingo Cafe’ came about. The story has evolved over my last few posts. First there was the painting of the Flamingo sign. Then the making of the parrot on a perch. Then a rearrangement of my lounge around the painting. Then getting on the computer and designing an Espresso machine… Continue reading Meet me at the Flamingo Cafe

Bird cage developments

Bird cage developments: following on from my birdcage workshop was this lovely result. Maria did things a little differently as she wanted to put more things in the base. She hand painted everything rather than spraying. She used a paper lace rather than cotton lace. The legs were made from beads. She decided to make… Continue reading Bird cage developments

A great project to do

Birds have been on my mind. First it was my paintings of the Flamingo and the Pelican. Then a Fimo parrot made an appearance. Now it is budgie cages! This example is based on a full-size Victorian one I saw in a magazine. It is a great project to do. This is a lovely project… Continue reading A great project to do

Winner of April 2021 Competition Announced!

Win free miniatures magazines, by entering our regular ‘Guess the Dollhouse’ Quiz. Congratulations to Louise Nijboer-Staric of the Netherlands; the winner of our April ‘Guess the Dollhouse Competition’. Louise correctly identified it as the Shapiro/Brody house. As a result, three free issues of Miniature Time Traveller magazine are on the way from New Zealand to… Continue reading Winner of April 2021 Competition Announced!

A little bird crazy

A painting started it all. It was in my head for about a year then a few weeks ago I finally got it on to canvas, a flamingo tin sign, rather aged. then I went a little bird crazy! This led to a lot of tropical thoughts and the 12th scale parrot called Pompey made… Continue reading A little bird crazy

Getting techy

Having brought a 3D printer recently and spending some time trying to get my PC to talk to it, finally all systems are working. After some help from my personal Digital Senior advisor (husband) who said “This kit is designed by technicians for creative people. Therein lies the problem” And how true! But I’m slowly… Continue reading Getting techy

Titania’s Palace – A stunning Miniature Castle from the early 1900’s

This beautiful house was the correct answer in our last “Guess the Dollshouse” competition. For those who entered, the winner of the free magazines has been drawn. Congratulations to Astrid McGinty of North Melbourne who correctly named it as Titania’s Palace. Her three free magazines are en route as I type this. Enjoy the reading… Continue reading Titania’s Palace – A stunning Miniature Castle from the early 1900’s

Win free miniature magazines! Enter our December “Guess the Dollshouse” competition

Good morning everyone – a beautiful day here in Martinborough, New Zealand! For those keen on entering our latest “Guess the Dollshouse” competition, here is the latest clue: The building consists of 18 rooms and salons, is 4’1″ tall, is built in a 12″ to 1″ scale (1:12) and contains hand-carved mahogany furniture. There are… Continue reading Win free miniature magazines! Enter our December “Guess the Dollshouse” competition

A Xmas box of projects

All these projects can be found in the December Issue of Miniature Time Traveller. Very easy to do. And if you enjoyed reading this post, why not subscribe to future posts? See us this year at Miniatura or the VAME Convention

Competition Winner

Good morning everyone, the winner of our last “Guess the Dolls House” competition has been drawn. Congratulations to the competition winner, Beverley Sinclair of Papakura, New Zealand.The correct answer was ‘Constance Dahl’s 1882 Dolls House”. The house is currently on display in the Guildhall Museum, Rochester, England.Check back next Monday for the first clue in… Continue reading Competition Winner