The beauty of 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… Continue reading The beauty of Spring

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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… Continue reading Miniatures during Lock Down

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… Continue reading Kit-set Tables and Chairs

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… Continue reading Using Lockdown Creatively

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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. Don’t forget to check the latest issue of Miniature Time Traveller… Continue reading Please take a seat

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Gearing up for a hot summer

Already the temperatures are rising and a trip to coast with the grandchildren inspired some knitted togs, published in our magazine for miniaturists (December 19 Issue), which is just being posted out to our print subscribers. See the knitting pattern for these knitted snazzy summer togs in Miniature Time Traveller magazine You can see the… Continue reading Gearing up for a hot summer

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A visit to Katherine Mansfield House, 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… Continue reading A visit to Katherine Mansfield House, November 2019

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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 for miniaturists; ‘Miniature Time Traveller’. Feel free to share news of the competition with your friends. Think globally! The winner will be… Continue reading Time for some small fun!!

Inspiration in 24th scale

As readers of my magazine fror miniaturists will know, so many things inspire us. In my case it was toothpicks and worrying about a 24th scale project to do. A few minutes contemplation and this little table was born. The project was published in the American Miniaturists last issue. This is the start of a… Continue reading Inspiration in 24th scale

A little bit of Steampunk

The Steampunk Design movement has always intrigued me as as a miniaturist I am free to explore whatever idea wings it’s way into my head without changing my own wardrobe, or redecorating the house. Ha! As if hubby would allow that! So with my new transfer experiences I have produced material that suited my new… Continue reading A little bit of Steampunk

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A steep learning curve

It seems like an age since I last posted. I traveled to France and worked hard on the Lower Hutt Miniature Makers Club’s role in the NZAME convention. I like to do the workshops I publish in my magazine for miniaturists (Miniature Time Traveller magazine) and keep them all as original as possible. Who knows… Continue reading A steep learning curve

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Art Deco – a new challenge

I have completed the production of my first ever house kit. It is a real cutie and contains some interesting building methods, a cute little staircase that you will only see through the back windows and up the stairs from the back door.  The front hinges out and the inside of the porch is then… Continue reading Art Deco – a new challenge

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Little Minnie has passed away

Minnie, my little Shi Itsu has gone ‘elsewhere’.  After years of dogging my footsteps between my office, studio, house and workshop, patiently waiting while I did all my stuff, she finally got to her last page.  She suffered from Cushings Disease, was nearly blind and very deaf, over the last three years but that didn’t… Continue reading Little Minnie has passed away

Big Picture Stuff

It is easy to stay buried in the studio making little things but it does the soul good to be out and about going to Miniature Fairs.  The latest, in Sydney, gave me lots of new inspiration and good material for the June Issue of the magazine. I have featured Ray Powell and James Dowdall… Continue reading Big Picture Stuff

Holidays? Who has those?

I set myself a busy miniature schedule this year. Finish my wrecked and refurbished villa, complete two room boxes for the LHMM convention in October, and furnish and fill  two 12th scale  shops for the same convention. Along with maintaining my ‘real’ job and publishing the magazine.  One of the joys of doing the magazine… Continue reading Holidays? Who has those?

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