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Still Flying with the Birds

Flying with the birds

I promise I will soon stop flying with the birds and move on to something else! I am creating a Tudor Hall kit for my club members and so I can see lots of medieval ideas getting into the queue in my mind. First I have been exploring the creepy predilection that the Victorians had with stuffed dead things. I made a couple of 12th scale arrangements that will go in a Gentleman's Study.

Flying with the birds

The birds were made mostly from Fimo with a few real feathers attached. The little owl like guy is a tip of a cotton wool ear bud. I have written about this more fully in the upcoming August issue. Check my work out. I really enjoyed making these wee guys!

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ABOUT THE MAGAZINE:

'Miniature Time Traveller" is a specialized miniatures magazine published in New Zealand.  It focuses on the amazing talent we have here in Australia and New Zealand. In other words, 'down under'  to our friends in the Northern Hemisphere.

Our European settlers brought Victorian culture and influence into our countries at the time of their landing. As a result, this had a marked and important influence on our full sized architecture and furnishings. Likewise, in the miniature work being created here. Accordingly, the magazine includes coverage of excellent examples of the Georgian,  Regency, Victorian and Arts Movement houses.

Now, however, our own individual stamp is being put on our miniature work. This has led to the workshops and projects that here that have an increasingly Antipodean flavour. There are lots of Australian Queenslanders' and New Zealand Villas being created. So, we cover that and more in our publication. A miniature magazine more representative of us you could say.

We continue to work hard to provide topical workshops and design these around the theme for the magazine. They are all original and hopefully you will find them stimulating and exciting enough to send you off into new directions!

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

Jigsaw Puzzle of Dolls House to 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 . It will help you identify the house, then click this link to email your answer to us.

Why not enter and try to win free miniature magazines for free! All correct answers received before 30 July will go into the draw for a free annual digital subscription to our magazine "Miniature Time Traveller". Answers can also be sent to our email address: office@miniaturetimetraveller.com

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ABOUT THE MAGAZINE:

'Miniature Time Traveller" is a specialized miniatures magazine published in New Zealand.  It focuses on the amazing talent we have here in Australia and New Zealand; in other words, 'down under'  to our friends in the Northern Hemisphere. The workshops and projects that individual miniaturists or clubs are now doing have an increasingly Antipodean flavour. That doesn't exclude traditional miniature GeorgianRegencyVictorian and Arts Movement houses. Far from it. In fact a lot of our settlers brought the Victorian culture and influence into our countries at the time of their landing and this had a marked and important influence on our full sized architecture and furnishings. Now our own individual stamp is being put on our miniature work.   There are a lot of Australian Queenslanders' and New Zealand Villas being created. A miniature magazine more representative of us you could say. We work hard to provide topical workshops and design these around the theme for the magazine. They are all original and hopefully you will find them stimulating and sending you off into new directions.

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 with the kit! But with my new found experience I elected to make some miniature birds in felt to go in a Victorian stuffed bird arrangement. A whole Saturday was allocated to that. The end result was several realistic dead birds. With a scruffy beaten look the most realistic part was their feet. Nup, felt was out for the moment.

Failed Saddleback

So - it was back to the Fimo and much more successful.

Victorian bird arrangement
A mixture of Fimo, feathers, and a cotton wool bud owl thingie!!

I did have aspirations to do an arrangement of New Zealand birds but my saddleback turned into the scruffy crow and three attempts at a Kingfisher came to nought. So my finished flock is a mixture of whatever worked. Much more realistic and better for the sanity. The little rock on the left is a 25 million year old piece of fossilized shell.

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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 her craft class to make flashing wrist bracelets with it. I had to have a play. I was making a Punch and Judy show so decided to enhance the back curtain with these cute little lights. They run off a flat 3v battery. Try them out, it is a great way of adding punch to your work.

Punch and Judy Lighting
Lighting fun with LilyPad lights. Google them.

And then there was my little man in the stocks. The instructions for building these are in the June Issue about to be published.

Mini in Stocks
Only 4 hours to go mate!

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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 for the 3d printer. Finally, the completion of the 12th scale Flamingo Café. Funny how creative threads wind around each other (in my mind at least). Meet me at the Flamingo Cafe sometime soon!

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Bird cage developments

Bird cage developments
A lovely result from Maria Gallen

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 the top round rather than echoing the square base and I think this looks nice. So the bottle cap top is not attached to anything except the wires.

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A great project to do

Victorian birdcage - a great project to do
A Victorian Birdcage, no welding required

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 to make and if you are interested, let me know and I will email instructions to you.

Example of annual subscriptions

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. 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.

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Winner of April 2021 Competition Announced!

Miniature Magazine Cover: Win Free Miniatures Magazines

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 her. Thanks to all those who entered. And, keep a watch on our Facebook page for the next competition which will kick off in about 2 weeks. Enter asap, and win free miniatures magazines!

To see more about the Shapiro/Brody Dollhouse, click here

Digital Magazine February 2020. Win Free Miniatures Magazines

We get a lot of excellent feedback on the 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, and it has a strong focus on the work of New Zealand and Australian miniaturists. Subscription details are here. Remember, all digital subscriptions enjoy a 14 day free trial period, at no cost. And, if you'd like to preview an earlier issue, here is a link to a free digital copy.

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A little bird crazy

A little bird crazy flamingo

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!

Pompey the parrot

This led to a lot of tropical thoughts and the 12th scale parrot called Pompey made from Fimo took advantage of an old drawer pull, a few washers, and plenty of paint and glue, to make an appearance.

The Pelican Dairy

Another spin off from the Flamingo painting is the Flamingo Café which is being created right now. And another bird clamoring in the wings (oops, sorry about the pun) is Percy the Pelican, another painting of an old tin sign, from my head.

Birdcages - A little bird crazy

But it goes on...... birdcages, 12th ones, started manifesting themselves on my workbench.

Cream Birdgage - A little bird crazy

This cream version will probably end up in my French cottage with canaries! Both of these birdcages are using up surplus materials. Paper clad wire is a bit of a pain and plain uncoated straight lengths have proven to be hard to find. Roger and I soaked three hundred lengths of coated wire on the weekend. Why? To strip them down to the bare wire for the next lot of birdcages to make an appearance. Phew! I need a lie down now. I'm a little bird crazy!

More about my work:

There is a lot more information on my work in the miniatures magazine I publish. 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, and it has a strong focus on the work of New Zealand and Australian miniaturists. Subscription details are here. Remember, all digital subscriptions enjoy a 14 day free trial period, at no cost. And, if you'd like to preview an earlier issue, here is a link to a free digital copy.

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 getting techy and learning the creative uses of 3D printers.

First up was to print up some updated technology for a fairly modern house I am making. Creative use of 3D printers for sure!

Miniature Laptop
A dinky lap top
Miniature Commodore PC
A Commodore computer that brought back memories. I used one of these daily, in the 90's.

This 3d printer has opened up all sorts of creative pathways in my mind. Watch this space. And I have to say you are never to old to learn new technology. I am in my 70's.

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My latest 12th scale project

12th Scale Chaise Lounge

This is my latest 12th scale project. A lovely 12th scale chaise lounge. This is somewhere I'd like to be today with temperatures here recently in the high 30s (that degree's C, or over 100 F). And if I was 5 inches high of course!! If you would like more information on how I made it, flick me a note via our website comments page. Here's a link to it COMMENTS

Have a look at our kitsets too sometime. Here is a link to a 24th scale table and chairs I make. If you would like instructions on how to make the 12th scale chaise lounge, just drop me an email.

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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 Astrid! The next competition will kick off soon, so keep a watch on our website (miniaturetimetraveller.com) and our Facebook page for the clues

Titania's Miniature Palace

Titania's Palace is a miniature castle (Dollhouse) that was hand-built in Ireland by James Hicks & Sons, Irish Cabinet Makers, who were commissioned by Sir Nevile Wilkinson from 1907 to 1922.

In the early 1930s, Wilkinson loaned the Palace to the NSPCC, who exhibited the item around the country, in an effort to raise funds. While exhibited in Croydon, the Place was visited by 4,882 people, and lead to over £150 (a sum equivalent to approximately £10,000 in 2017 prices) being donated to the Croydon Branch of the NSPCC.

In 1978 Titania's Palace went up on Auction at Christie's England in 1978 but was lost in a bidding war to Denmark where it remains on display today.

Wilkinson's daughter Guendolen claimed to have seen a fairy running under the roots of a tree, in a wood beside their home at Mount Merrion House. It is said that Guendolen felt sorry for the fairies, who have to live in caves.

The palace 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 3000 tiny works of art and miniatures from around the world on display inside the palace. When the palace was purchased at auction in London in 1978, the purchaser was revealed to be Legoland in Denmark. It stayed on display at Legoland until 2007. In 2006 Count Michael Ahlefeldt-Laurvig-Bille made a loan agreement with Lego to display Titania's Palace at Egeskov Castle in Denmark from 2007 on. It remains at Egeskov Denmark to this day

The underbidders at the London auction were deeply disappointed at Titania's Palace being lost to Ireland. They commissioned a new palace, a dollhouse called Tara's Palace, which is on display in the Tara's Palace Museum of Childhood, located in Powerscourt Estate, near EnniskerryCounty WicklowIreland.

Thanks to Wikipedia for the notes above. It provides an interesting background to the history of the house.

A chance to win free miniaturist magazines!!

Hello all, for those keen on entering our current "Guess the Dollshouse" competition, here is the latest clue: It shares something in common with, the queen of the fairies in William Shakespeare's comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream.

All correct answers received by 10 January 2021 will go into the draw for 3 free copies of our magazine; 'Miniature Time Traveller'. To enter, use the Comments form on our website.

Previous clues were: 1. The building consists of 18 rooms and salons, is 4'1" tall, is built in a 12" to 1" scale (1:12). 2. There are 3000 tiny works of art and miniatures from around the world on display inside the house. 3. The photo below is of part of the house. 4. Location is not USA or UK.

Titania's Miniature Palace Room

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 3000 tiny works of art and miniatures from around the world on display inside the house.


Win free magazines - simply email your correct answer to me at office@miniaturetimetraveller.com All correct answers received by 10 January 2021 will go into the draw for 3 free copies of our magazine; 'Miniature Time Traveller'

The first clues were:

  1. The right-hand image of a room in the house below (sorry it's a bit blurred). We have also added a new photo which is much clearer.
  2. Think outside the USA or UK as it's location

Regards, Jill, aka the Miniature Time Traveller - Happy mini-house hunting 🙂

Don't forget to check our latest issue of Miniature Time Traveller Magazine for more news and projects

A Xmas box of projects

Miniature Christmas Dinner Centrepiece
A 12th scale Xmas table centrepiece
Miniature Doll
A little summer dress and knickers for a 12th scale little girl

All these projects can be found in the December Issue of Miniature Time Traveller. Very easy to do.

Miniature Horse
A warm coat for Darian

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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 the next competition. We have a beautiful house for you to work on next 🙂
We need to credit Clem Rutter for the photo's we used in the Constance Dahl promotion. Clem has done a lot of miniature house photography and it is well worth looking out his work.

Constance Dahl's Dollshouse

Credit: Clem Rutter

Miniature Time Traveller Magazine is published by Longrun Group Ltd., New Zealand. Email us here.

The postal service is going down the toilet!

Remodeling an old bathroom, for postal service post

I have the December issue of the magazine at the printer and will be able to post it away to subscribers in Australia and New Zealand by the end of the week. I am hopeful they will get it, and it's festive season projects, before Christmas. The rush is because the postal service to Australia is taking 8 weeks, or more at present. This issue is being printed three weeks earlier than usual because of the postal problem.

Ironically, I spent the last week remodeling a bathroom in an existing house. I had a go at making a modern toilet out of a toilet roll inner. It gave me the idea for the heading of this post about the postal service!

You can read about how I made the toilet in the December Issue. It has given me more ideas and I am now working on another way to make them with card.

I took delivery of a 3 D printer last week and could probably have printed one out, but half the fun is making miniatures from practically nothing.

Another little project was some Zodiac Art pieces to put on Miniature Doll House walls. They are 1 & 1/2 inches high. The image is cut out on a Cricut machine. As is the mat, the backing card and, although not shown here, the acetate to go over it.

An example of how i use my Cricutter

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The Jigsaw Cottage Miniature Project

Miniature Cottage
From the back it looks fairly normal

My latest miniature project project started off as an inside/outside scenario, with the kit provided by John Duff, Lower Hutt Miniature Makers. His intention was to create a Provencal or Tuscan scene. My last trip was to France, and I had started making a lot of French Shabby Chic furniture so as a result the theme worked really well.

I'm really pleased with the 'outside', which shows an old river fisherman, his boat and cat. This called for some realism in the vines, the flagstones (made from wine box inners) and the rough cast finish of the wall. The 'inside' consisted of the front porch and a little bit of kitchen.

The scenario was almost finished but I needed to put my furniture somewhere! So I built, from scratch, a cottage that would fit around it. The inside/outside scene can be displayed separately if needed.

The front slides easily into the remaining shape of the cottage.

The outside of my fisherman's cottage. It sets the scene for what may be inside

This addition gave me a bit bigger kitchen, a toilet, a staircase, an upstairs bathroom and a bedroom.

And, now, I get to show off my French bed and side cabinets, my toilet roll chair (in the bedroom), plus a sofa that hasn't had a home for a while. I'm happy! I will introduce you to the fisherman and his wife next week. Stay in touch to see how my miniature project evolves 🙂

Miniature Cottage front opens

Jill Fraser, Miniature Time Traveller Magazine

Last opportunity to win free magazines!

Only one week left to enter our "Guess the Dollshouse" competition, and go into the draw for FREE Miniaturist Magazines. So here is the final clue: the child owner's first name means constancy or faithfulness.


Previous clues were: A photograph from one of the rooms of the house, that it is not a house that receives as much publicity as some of the more famous ones, it is now on display in a Guildhall museum in the England, the house was given to the original owner by her uncle (John) in 1882, and the original owner's surname is same as a well-known British author, who was a diplomat and WWII fighter pilot

All correct entries received by 14 November will go into the draw for 3 free issues of our magazine 'Miniature Time Traveller'.
Please send your entries to us via our website comments form, or email office@miniaturetimetraveller.com - Feel free to share this post widely, the more entries, the better 🙂 And rest assured we will not use your contact details to spam you!

Constance Dahl's Dolls House Room
Constance Dahl's Dolls House Room


New Clue – Win Free Miniaturists magazines!!

Only one correct answer so far in our "Win FREE Miniaturist Magazines" competition. Clearly more help is required 

So here is today's clue: The original owner shares a surname with a British author, whose short stories are known for their unexpected endings. This author has sold over 250 million books worldwide!

Previous clues were:
1. A photograph from one of the rooms of the house.
2. Not a house that receives as much publicity as some of the more famous ones.
3. It is now on display in a museum in the UK.
4. The house was given to the original owner by her uncle (John) over 130 years ago.

All correct entries received by 20 November will go into the draw for 3 free issues of our magazine 'Miniature Time Traveller' - click on the link to view a free copy online. We will put up a new clue on our website and Facebook every Monday until the competition closes; so check back regularly 

To send your entries to us via email - click here

Constance Dahl's Dolls House