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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 šŸ™‚

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 šŸ™‚ 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

Christmas is coming – arghh!

I love Christmas. I love decorating my tree. I love wrapping up presents. What I don't love is some of the pressures that come with Christmas. Mostly self inflicted. I have my famous Worcestershire Sauce to make (for gifts). Some Limoncello to make (for gifts - mostly) as the lemon tree has produced bigtime this year. But I need to make Lemon Curd at the same time to use the lemons all up. More gifts! And there are miniature stresses as well. Getting organized for the club's Xmas lunch, finishing off projects, getting the December issue bedded down and - oh yes- buying the family their presents. Gosh, almost forgot that. Part of a Christmas workshop is a Christmas table setting and so I have been making little black Robins to feature in this.

Miniature birds

My favourite so far is the middle one at the back. Next is Holly and red berries and tinsel and stuff.

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Riverside Cottage Part 3

I am trying to get this project finished by the end of November. Progress is good. I have completed the top floor. The house slots in nicely with the initial front scene and part of the kitchen. It is a jigsaw house. First came the front scenario, with flagged yard, old fisherman and his boat and cat. A grape vine and on the inside was the front entry and part of the kitchen. It stands alone but I felt it needed a cottage! So I have built a cottage, minus that bit, and the cottage now nestles up to it. The final piece is the roof which has been tiled painted it's basic colour and is now up to being weathered.

Miniature Room Boix

Where the front yard starts in this image is the front entry and part of the kitchen up to the line on the tile floor. The stairwell overlaps the front entry floor. I will have to show you it in more detail when I get the roof completed.

Miniature Closet

I cunningly hid the battery to power the lights in the wardrobe. I plan to make clothes that will drape over this and paste a photo of a line of shoes, on the divider. This projects has definitely grown like Topsy!

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More Free ‘Miniature Time Traveller’ Magazines

Good morning from New Zealand everyone - no matter where you live in the world, here's your chance to win some free miniature magazines!! Here is this week's clue for our "Guess the Dollhouse" competition.


This first clue was 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.
The second clue is that the house was given to the original owner by her uncle (John) over 130 years ago. I have also added an extra photograph of another room in the house which may help.


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

Please send your entries to office@miniaturetimetraveller.com


Win Free Magazines!!

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 

Constance Dahl Dolls House

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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.

October 2020 Issue Cover
Issue 20 - October 2020
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You can see the latest issue of Miniature Time Traveller magazine here. Readers can also access all our past issues on our website. Here is a link to the back issues available

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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
Astolat Dollhouse Castle

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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.

Fisherman's miniature room box
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.

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Latest competition clue. Win free magazines

Dolls House Competition

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

You can also look out for us at Miniatura, the AMEA convention or smaller events like VAMA and NZAME events

Riverside Cottage Part 1

Miniature Riverside Cottage
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

Miniature Cyclamens
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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Free Project – Shabby Chic Screen


Miniature 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. 

Check out our various kitsets too. Here is a link to a 24th scale table and chairs available for purchase. Our magazine also has a list of what kitsets are available.

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Time for a new competition – Win free magazines!! New Clue

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

Don't forget to check the latest issue of Miniature Time Traveller magazine for lots of miniature news and projects

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

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.

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

Don't forget to check the latest issue of Miniature Time Traveller magazine out for lots of great projects