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Good morning everyone. Here is the first clue for this month's "Guess the Dollhouse" competition!! All correct entries received by 20 November will go into the draw for 3 free issues of our magazine 'Miniature Time Traveller'. This first clue is a photograph from one of the rooms of the house. It is not a house that receives as much publicity as some of the more famous ones, but very appealing in it's own right. It is now on display in a museum in the UK. Ring any bells?? We will put up a new clue on our website and Facebook every Monday until the competition closes; so check back regularly 

October Issue of Miniature Time Traveller Magazine now released

Hello to all the readers of Miniature Time Traveller Magazine worldwide! This is just a quick post to advise that Issue 20 (October 2020) is now available. If you are a print subscriber, the hard copies were mailed out last Monday, but please allow a little extra time for receipt due to the postal delays we have been experiencing. If you are digital subscriber, simply click here or on the image below to log into your digital library.

Issue 20 - October 2020
Please do drop us a note if you have any observations and/or thoughts on content. And, as always, if you have any difficulties logging on or accessing your subscription, drop me a note. Always happy to help. We did have a few folk recently report being asked to verify identity every time they logged on, but that bug should be fixed now.

Confirming the winner of our ‘Guess the Dollshouse’ competition

Thank you for your entry in our latest Miniature Time Traveller 'Guess the Dollhouse Competition'. All recipients of this email gave the correct name of the house as Astolat Dollhouse Castle and were included in the draw.

We can confirm the winner is Pam Dolan, of Rapid City, SD, USA. Congratulations Pam, your free magazines are in the post. For those that missed out this time, please keep a watch on our website and Facebook for this month's new competition!

Thanks for reading and engaging with us!

Warm regards from The Miniature Time Traveller Team

Riverside Cottage Part 2

John Duff, a member of the Lower Hutt Miniature Club, gave us all a kit to make up a Tuscan themed inside/outside scenario. 12th scale. I decided mine had to be a riverside cottage as I had A BOAT. Then one thing led to another and a further decision was made to add on the rest of the cottage. Like a piece of jigsaw. So, this is what I have been doing over the last month.

The outside scene and a wall and front door and the kitchen left of the line is a separate piece. The rest of the cottage, still being finished off, slots against it with the right hand wall and front wrapping around it.

What I really wanted was a room where I could show off my very creative bed and the bedside tables made from toilet roll inners. A roof is to be made and the door to the bathroom fitted.

To see more of my work, and find our more about the magazine I publish, please click HERE

Latest competition clue. Win free magazines

Here is the latest clue in our "Guess the Doll House" competition.

It is sometimes called a Castle, rather than a Doll House.

Earlier clues were:
1. The house name is linked to the work of a famous English poet
2. The house has 29 rooms
3. The poet's name is Alfred Tennyson

Remember, every person who correctly identifies which famous Dollhouse the accompanying photo is from before 30 September, goes into the draw to receive 3 free issues of our magazine.

We post a clue every Monday in as a blog post, until end September, so keep checking back for hints. Email your entries to office@miniaturetimetraveller.com

Riverside Cottage Part 1

Old Tom is musing over a successful fishing trip on the river

I started off with the club workshop by John Duff - an inside/outside scene. It was to have a Tuscan flavor. My decision was to go with a cottage theme by a river as I had this lovely little boat in my stash for years waiting for a home. However, while working on it I decided I needed to also find a home for some furniture I had been making for the magazine workshops so an idea occurred to me: make a whole cottage that would dovetail into this completed scene like a dollhouse jigsaw puzzle. This is in the making right now. I will keep you posted on the progress. Me and my bright ideas.

The beauty of Spring

Cyclamens for Spring

Spring in New Zealand and a bit more sun always gets me thinking about making flowers. This little pot of Cyclamen was inspired by a workshop by the Whakatane Club. The instructions are coming up in the October issue. I was very happy with this little pot. I used my Mother's real life Cyclamens as a reference.

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All print subscribers who renew their subscription by 30 September will receive free access to our digital magazine - giving you full access to our online library of past issues

To resubscribe:

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Free Project – Shabby Chic Screen


With many of us still in lock-down, I have been thinking about what to share that will help folk use their enforced time at home productively. Attached is a link to a project for a Shabby Chic Screen; it is a reproduction of the 19th Century screen on the right. The link is to a free PDF file you can download, copy, share or print. Let me know what you think. If the response is positive, I'll post a fresh project regularly; subscribe to my blog to get notifications when the become available. 

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If you would like more interesting projects, check out our miniatures publication. There are always at least 3 brand new exciting projects in each issue of Miniature Time Traveller magazine. In addition, the magazine contains detailed reviews of shows and conventions, interviews with talented miniaturists, fun children's projects, and articles on miniatures in general. This highly regarded magazine is published bi-monthly. It has a strong focus on the work of New Zealand and Australian miniaturists. Digital subscription details are here. Remember, all digital subscriptions enjoy a 14 day free trial period, and access to all back issues, at no cost. And, if you'd like to preview an earlier issue, here is a link to a free digital copy. For print subscriptions, please click here.

This year, look for us at Miniatura, the NZAME Convention or the VAME Show

Time for a new competition – Win free magazines!! New Clue (1/Sept/20)

Second clue (1 Sept.): Second week of our 'Guess the Doll House' competition to win free magazines. So time for the second clue, which is: in addition to the room shown, there are 28 more. 29 in total. There is more helpful information in the original post. A new clue will be posted each Monday. Keep a watch on our website or Facebook page to see them as soon as published 

In the August 2020 issue of Miniature Time Traveller Magazine, we announced the latest of our 'Identify the Dollhouse' competitions.

Every person who correctly identifies which famous Dollhouse the photo on the left is from, before 30 September, will go into the draw to receive 3 free issues of our magazine.

We will post a clue every Monday in this blog post, until end September, so keep checking back for hints.

First clue for Monday 24 August: The first hint is that the name of the house is linked to the work of an English poet of the 19th Century

Third clue for our "Guess the Dollhouse" competition. See our previous posts for the earlier clues. This week's clue is that the name is derived from a poem by Alfred Tennyson.

Send your answers to office@miniaturetimetraveller.com . The editors decision is final and no correspondence on the results will be entered into. Closing date is 30/9/20

Miniatures during 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)

Kit-set Tables and Chairs

Kit-set tables and chairs to make.

In the April Issue of the Miniature Time Traveller, only available digitally at present, free on request, there were instructions for three different stylish chairs. The chairperson of the committee of three demanded they have tables to match! So in the June Issue there will be instructions for three stylish tables.

12th scale kit-set table and chairs made from PVA
The first of three side tables, both items made from plumbers PVA piping of different diameters.

Lockdown Kids projects two and three

Now fully committed and seeing the magnificent half page I was allocated in the Saturday issue of the Wairarapa Times Age, the next two projects came quickly. A table to go with the chair and a little space to put them in.

A table made from a soup stock box wrapped with string and an old coaster.
A room made from a cut down cardboard box. (Six pack wine box actually- drank the wine!)

Using Lockdown creatively

Hit with a sudden idea I put together a little project kids could do at home. I sent it off with photos and instructions to the local paper. They loved it and commissioned ten more! Suddenly I was in work!

I started with a simple chair made from a cotton reel, a bottle cap and some card, glue and material.

WIN FREE MAGAZINES!!

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).

Please take a seat

While putting the April magazine to bed I have been working on the projects that appear in it. Some fun was had in making chairs out of practically nothing so I am giving you a little preview. Instructions in the Issue out next week.

Making a modern chair from some 25mm plastic plumbing pipe. This thrilled the plumber who now has a different opinion of his commonplace materials!

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