September 12, 2014

Dollhouse Book In Miniature Style II Top 10!

Just a little plug. I normally don't check, but... IN MINIATURE STYLE II is in the Top 10 (#9) in the Crafts-Hobbies-Home category on Amazon.  It also had a discount so check it out.  (You can also get it in pdf or downloads, and see other Amazon links on my website page.)

Profiles of other miniaturists, how to's, photos and more, a "little" something for everyone! 

(I was in the process of loading a new video preview of the projects for my website; lost my computer so have to start over!) 

July 18, 2014

New Historical Dollhouse Book - The Miniaturist

Just came across an interesting new historical fiction book, The Miniaturist: A Novel, which is about Petronella Oortman - the original owner of the  beautiful Cabinet House housed in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

Description from 
On a brisk autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, while splendorous, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study or at his warehouse office—leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin.
But Nella’s world changes when Johannes presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. To furnish her gift, Nella engages the services of a miniaturist—an elusive and enigmatic artist whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways . . .
Johannes’ gift helps Nella to pierce the closed world of the Brandt household. But as she uncovers its unusual secrets, she begins to understand—and fear—the escalating dangers that await them all. In this repressively pious society where gold is worshipped second only to God, to be different is a threat to the moral fabric of society, and not even a man as rich as Johannes is safe. Only one person seems to see the fate that awaits them. Is the miniaturist the key to their salvation . . . or the architect of their destruction?
Enchanting, beautiful, and exquisitely suspenseful, The Miniaturist is a magnificent story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth.

July 02, 2014

New Miniatures Food Book

For those who love to create realistic miniature food from polymer clay, French artisan Stephanie Kilgast of PetitPlat has released her first book, "Repas de Fete  - Party Food in Miniature"

The book contains instructions in English and French to make 21 party, holiday, and wedding foods as pictured on the cover. 120 pages; 24 euros + shipping. Order at link above. More photos are on the website.

This looks fun as there haven't been any different food books lately, and not for desserts and cakes.

June 18, 2014

Cookie Ziemba Miniatures Auction

  Collector Cookie Ziemba is having her vast and beautiful collection of collectible miniatures auctioned by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago. The auction, "Miniatures from the Collection of Cookie Ziemba and the Estate of Eunice Gold" will also be online live at 12 pm (Central), Weds., July 23. 

You can view the collection online or see the incredible catalogue here.  The catalogue can also be downloaded in pdf format.

June 17, 2014

Profile in new AIM Miniatures Magazine Issue 51

Besides some fantastic pix and great projects, the new issue 51 of the AIM (Artisans in Miniature) Magazine features a new profile of me in combining my writing and miniatures. (page 58) Download pdf or read online HERE.

June 16, 2014

Miniatures Monday Garage Sale Finds

Summer is great as I find all kinds of things at garage sales and church rummage sales for a few bucks.

Some finds this week: (so far!)

Boyd's Mini Bears, 3 1/2 inches high

This little tree is kind of cute, made of glittery garland it looks like. It's in a dome and is 6 1/2 inches high.-- and it was only $1!

June 13, 2014

Mini Half Scale Update - Books!

I think mat board is the greatest thing ever invented (well, maybe after the internet. ha!)

It's great stuff that cuts easily with a razor blade so anyone can make things. I've made small furniture out of it as it's sturdy and cheap. I was lucky to get a whole box of small pieces at a yard sale a while back.

I just made a pile of books with mat board inserts. Made it easy to fill them since you don't have to cut paper or card inside. Just paint the edges and voila! Done. I want to make some antique-looking books next. After all, all houses - even dollhouses - need lots of books!!!

* And what are you working on on this "lucky" day?

June 09, 2014

Half Scale Dollhouse Update - It's Curtains!

* Latest update on the Half Scale Country House - 

Curtains are in!

Today's lesson learned - had to move the light I had positioned on the center ceiling in too close to the doorway when I realized it should be hanging over the staircase. 

Bedroom-sitting room curtains - I wanted an old-fashioned kind of print and like this even if it's slightly larger. I decided to do a flat cloth top trim.

Living room - I really like how these came out as the print has a 40s-50s feel to me.  I added little gold beads on the ends of toothpics for decoration.
(I have to trim the door yet.)

 (See  house Trimmed -  Lights -  First pix/pantry/hutch)

May 27, 2014

Update Half Scale Country Dollhouse

A few more pix of the Half Scale House I've been working on. Scroll down to previous post for other photos. (See  house Trimmed -  Lights -  First pix/pantry/hutch)

Here's the front with all stone. I have a sun face to put in the center. The stone has to be fixed in some spots and lines filled in. It also has shutters and window boxes.

Starting stone on the house.  The front is finished and drying. Will add another pic later. (This looks terrible but it is looking better now.)

Sink and wall shelf in kitchen.The sink is a kit from Petite Properties in the UK. I also have a vintage stove kit to make. (She has some great kits made from mount card like mat board.)

Kitchen curtains. I wanted an older vintage feel to the room.

Just wanted to show the TV I found on ebay. It's 1 3/4 inches high and has a tiny magnet in back.
 I'm hoping to glue a TV show photo on the front.

May 19, 2014

Miniatures Monday - Half Scale House Trimmed!

Moving right along in the Half Scale (Doll)House

Got some trim in and what a difference color makes! (See the previous photos)


First up - windows in!  Have to work on paper clay stone on front and stucco on sides next.

(Finally! I don't understand why some pix I can rotate offline and then when posted they are sideways. It does that on certain pix on Facebook, too. Found this site and it worked to rotate them again so they stay the right way when posted -LunaPic free online photo rotate)  

Well....  first floor - the kitchen. Love the floor and the green trim added something! Hanging wall cabinet next. Working on curtains. I have a cute leaf pattern that has an old-fashioned feel.

Second floor - combined room - bedroom left and sitting room on right. Added false door on back to attic.

The staircase railing is made from cutting blade parts from a wooden Chinese fan. The floor is individual wood strips I took out of an older dollhouse. Have to put the staircase in after I finish putting curtains on the bottom living room windows and putting door in. 

The attic partially shown below will be all wood. The lights are painted metal sconce-like beads from Michaels. The wood strips are from those old wood calendars. Just found another one with wider strips at the flea market for a dollar! 

Will put in the floor/ceiling next and then have to put the ceiling lights in before installing wood strips for the third floor. The attic area will be a kid's bedroom/playroom and a painting studio for the grandmother.

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