Victorians loved a folly!

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!

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A Medieval Christmas

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

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Successful Miniature Convention in Christchurch, NZ.

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.

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Miniature Challenges

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

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A Medieval Murder to solve.

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.

Tudor Four Poster.

Making a Tudor Inn was not enough! Now for the furniture. Oh heck. So for those who downloaded the instructions for the basic Tudor bed this one has been embellished very easily. I made four uprights using skewers cut to size and twisted string around them. Once painted they look very much like turned posts.… Continue reading Tudor Four Poster.

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Tudor Tower who-dun-it?

Finally I have finished my Tudor Tower who-dun-it project. This castle has a story. It had been destroyed in the past. The tower survived and an enterprising Medieval developer turned it into some shops and a drinking spot. But it has a murky past. A mysterious death in the top room. Then, for years, anyone… Continue reading Tudor Tower who-dun-it?

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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