Sunday, March 18, 2018

March means miniatures

The ACT Miniature Enthusiasts Miniature Fair and Dollshouse Show, to be precise: which happened yesterday.

Here were the highlights for me:


This garden courtyard scene, which was displayed in front of a canvas from (I assume) a bargain shop. The workmanship and detail in the scene was wonderful, but I thought the sense that the scene continued back and up to the top of the hill was a magic touch.

One-twelfth scale miniature garden courtyard with a greenhouse,a selection of plants and flowers and two men standing at the back. Behind the garden, vineyards stretch into the distance, towards the low sun.
(Speaking of 'touch' I may have warmed up the colour on the photo a touch to give it a feeling of being taken during the gloaming hour, rather than under fluorescent lights in a suburban hall...)
A woman photographing one of the one-twelfth scale buildings on display at a miniatures show. Behind the display hangs a fabric wallhanging that spells out 'ACT Miniature and Dollshouse show'.
I was interested to see Rhonda and Scott Coleman's menswear shop, as I'd photographed the contents last year (when they were displayed in an IKEA light box) but didn't blog about it. And I was lucky enough to persuade Scott to pose behind it for a photo:
One-twelfth scale miniature gentlemen's outfitters shop, with 'Coleman & Sons' written above the door. Behind the model is a man and a fabric wallhanging that says 'ACT Miniature Dollshouse'.
 It's looking very smart!
Detail of the front of a one-twelfth scale men's clothing shop with two display windows full of various men's clothing.
I'm always a sucker for a dolls' house dolls house shop, and this one seems to carry everything you might need.
One-twelfth scale miniature dolls' house shop interior, with various people browsing the tiny dolls houses and books.
Detail of a one-twelfth scale miniature dolls' house shop with four males having a conversation around the counter, and a woman looking at a display of boxed kits at the back of the shop.
The Main Street Gallery caught my attention. So much so, that I forgot to find out who created it, but past me reliably informs me that it's by Jenny Balderson. (She does beautiful work, which I photograph quite regularly...)
One-twelfth scale modern miniature two-storied art gallery and art supplies shop, taken from the outside at dusk. The lights are on and there is a woman in the gallery and a man standing outside on the street.
(So I also magiced this photo to make it dusk...)

Upstairs is a gallery space, with some beautifully-made pieces on display, ranging across many media,

One-twelfth scale modern miniature art gallery, with a woman standing behind a counter in the corner with a display of jewellery in it. On the wall behind her is a tapestry and a painting and in front and to the side of the counter are a selection of colourful glass vases.
Corner of an art gallery with a variety of colourful tapestry, painted and glass art works on display.
while downstairs is the art store we first visited in 2009, which is much expanded in its new home.
One-twelfth scale modern miniature art store displaying various paints, mark-making material, books and supports.
One-twelfth scale modern miniature art store displaying various paints, mark-making material, books and supports.
Business must be good.
One-twelfth scale modern miniature art store displaying various paints, mark-making material and supports.
Another highlight of the show for me was meeting Jill Fraser, owner of the new New-Zealand miniature magazine The Miniature Time Traveller.
Woman standing in front of a display of one-twelfth scale miniature buildings. She is holding four copies of the Miniature Time Traveller magazine, fanned out.
And, finally, the food provided for traders by thBlack Mountain School P&C was amazing, as usual. They fed us scones with jam and cream for morning tea, a selection of hot and cold dishes for lunch and this is what turned up on the trolley for afternoon tea:
Plate of cupcakes next to a plate holding half a dark chocolate cake with fresh raspberries on the top of it. Next to the cake is a stack of plates, and in front is a stack of paper napkins.
(Stall holders at the Canberra show are very spoiled!)

Saturday, February 03, 2018

Three chairs for (well, actually from) IKEA!

I was scuttling through IKEA this morning, using the shortcuts to get from the restaurant (where I'd had breakfast) to the As-Is corner, when I spotted these
Three IKEA chair-shaped hooks hanging on a wall with a price tag next to them.
and screeched to a halt.

They were too big to use in one-twelfth scale, but for $5 I had to have them.

I had a plan you see...
Black plastic doll's chair being held up.
 As I suspected, chopping off the piece of plastic at the front was time-consuming but doable.
Miniature black chair on display amoungst a selection of framed pictures and white ceramic pieces.
And now I'm thinking of using them as tea-light holders.

(If you're interested,:they're 6 cm to seat top)

Saturday, January 27, 2018

A Japanese-themed January jaunt

On return from my trip away I realised that most of the photos I took were Japanese-themed. I had an hour of so to break my trip in Sydney before I met up with my friend further north and so ran a couple of mini-related errands in the city.

I found this mural at The Galeries Victoria:
Mural featuring a cat, a Japanese girl and a man reading a book.
 on the way to visit Muji to buy pill containers to try and make a trolley like Marion's.
Entrance to the Sydney Muji store.
Then (of course) there was a visit to Daiso before I caught the train to meet my friend.

And discovered that there was a suitably-patterned bedspread on the bed in her spare room:
Plastic Daiso bag filled with purchases, on a black and white Japanese-print bedspread.
On Saturday we visited the Edogawa Commemorative Garden in Gosford, even though it was stinking hot.
Japanese garden with a path leading towards a tea house.
Pond in a Japanese garden with pagoda next to it, seen through a round window.
Plants and statue in a Japanese garden.
My purchases from the trip included some bits for the build I'd left half-finished before I left: a set of blue-and-white patterned washi tape from Muji and a pen from Daiso with a kokeshi doll on the top:
Three rolls of Japanese-patterned blue and white washi tape and a pen with a plastic kokeshi doll on the top of it.
both of which fitted in very well when my attention returned to the scene this morning,
One-twelfth scale Japanese-themed display on a chest of drawers, with a rice-paper lamp. a kokeshi dolls, a plant in a blue-and-white Japanese pot and a white rectangular bowl.
(and gave me just the kick in the pants I needed to finish making the bedding, and put the rest of the scene together!)
Corner of a one-twelfth scale Japanese-themed bedroom with a cream cane bed with blue-and-white bedding, a chest of drawers with a rice-paper lamp. a kokeshi dolls, a plant in a blue-and-white Japanese pot and a white rectangular bowl displayed on it and, on the floor, a blue and white checked rug with a pair of embroidered slippers on it.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Wednesday morning 3 am

About cards from friends left town, in stash, for scenes yet unknown*.

And the visions that you planted in my brain, will make me insane
Unless I finish them...

Seriously though: an upcoming trip to see a friend who has shifted out of town obviously reminded my inspiration that I'd tucked a card that she'd sent me last christmas away in stash.

The card front featured a piece of Japanese fabric, and I'd always planned to work it into some suitably-themed scene. So, before work this morning, I pulled out various pieces that could added to it to become the bones of a scene called 'Trudi's spare room':
A mug of tea on a used envelope in a one-twelfth scale miniature room. Next to the mug is a card with a piece of blue and white japanese fabric on its front, a deep red miniature velvet sofa, a one-twelfth scale Yanagi butteryfly stool, three one-twelfth scale lucky cats, two one-twelfth scale cherry-blossom cushions, a pair of one-twelfth scale slippers and two pairs of one-twelfth scale chop sticks.
(A 3D-printed Yanagi butterfly stool from Shapeways. hand-embroidered slippers from Judy Foster, cherry-blossom cushions and a bento box from the 2016 Sydney show. Lucky cats from various places. And chopsticks courtesy of Mod Pod Miniature's swap back in 2015).

Tonight when I got home I plundered my fabric stash for suitable patterns to go with what I already had out:
A flat lay with three pieces of blue and white Japanese-patterned fabric (and one in red), a card with a piece of blue and white japanese fabric on its front, a deep red miniature velvet sofa, a one-twelfth scale Yanagi butteryfly stool, three one-twelfth scale lucky cats, two one-twelfth scale cherry-blossom cushions, a pair of one-twelfth scale slippers and two pairs of one-twelfth scale chop sticks. All on piece of white woven wallpaper.
Perhaps I should rename this post 'Watch this space Wednesday'...

(*sorry)

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Back in the studio

One-twelfth scale modern miniature office scene containing a credenza with a black Eames chair next to it and an artwork with leaves above it. On the credenza are three green lever-arch folders, a bowl, a vase, a potted plant and a ceramic ornament.
I figured two weeks was enough time to recover from my latest Daily Dolls' House December challenge and so I scheduled myself back into the studio this afternoon.

My plan was to start back with something simple to warm up: a shelfie, perhaps. And since setting some parameters worked so well last time, I added the following:

1. The colour scheme should work with the colours that have been predominant on my Instagram feed this week (which is a rather hilarious parameter, but why not?):
Selection of nine Instagram photos in colours of black white, green and seafoam.
2. Use at least one item gifted to me by a blog buddy.

I started with an artwork sent to me by Kitty and Kat Miniatures back in 2016, which was the right colour and also picked up the leaf theme that's been happening on my Instagram feed (doesn't everybody take 'back to work' photos of their pot plants at the beginning of the work year?!)

To that I added pieces from Mod Pod Miniatures, Catherine and my friend Hannah.

And then got a bit stuck.
One-twelfth scale modern miniature office scene containing a credenza with a black Eames chair next to it and an artwork with leaves above it. On the credenza is a bowl, a vase, a potted plant and a ceramic ornament. On the windowsill to the right is a potted plant.
 A Lori credenza and an Eames chair recently picked up cheaply off eBay got me thinking this would turn into yet another office.

But I wasn't feeling the love.

Until I reached down to check out my flooring drawer for options and had to move my Lori ballet studio (last seen three months ago) before I could open it.


It was the answer I needed to turn what I thought was going to be a simple shelfie into a whole scene (I love tricking myself like that).


I added pretty much all of the pot plants I made last month. Another of the 'grass' rugs I bought at Daiso for $2.80 last visit. A black sofa I bought for $5 back in 2015, and the iron screens I picked up at Pete's Emporium (and obviously only photographed for Instagram) last year.

One-twelfth scale modern miniature room with lino floor, white walls and a bay window to the right.There is a black sofa, with an Eames stool next to it, a credenza with art works above it and a black Eames chair to the side of it. The seat of the bay window contains a collection of potted plants.
The only thing left to do was decide what it was. (I was reminded of this scene as I tried to work out what I'd built).

In the end I decided it was a client-facing area in a trendy plant hire company (called 'Leaf it to us'), based either in Los Angeles or in Cape Town (I blame Skinny la Minx for that latest thought...)

Sunday, December 31, 2017

... and I'm done

It's the last day of December (and, in fact, 2017) and this post means I've successfully completed my Daily Dolls' House December challenge for the second year running.

Although (as usual) I feel like I've cheated somehow, even though the 'rules' are only to blog something mini related every single day for the month.

So the fact that rather a lot of the posts included pictures of miniature cushions in various stages of completion fits the criteria.

Things I managed to complete included a bunch of potted plants, some school chairs with recycled wood seating, a scene that's had bits hanging round since April 2014 (most pleased at that one!), and two other big (and three little) scenes from scratch (I'm not counting the pop-up bar which didn't get finished before I put the pieces away, but am counting the scene from this blog post, which you'll get to when I finish reminiscing...)

I also did one round-up post, which ended up being more work than just throwing a scene together and blogging it.

What I didn't manage to do was make much headway on my five stalled projects, or the tub of miniature mending I bring out to stare at every boxing day. Maybe next year?

And on that note, here's my final scene for 2017, showing how I plan to spend this evening*:
One-twelfth scale modern miniature scene of a black iron bed with white embroidered bedding next to a wooden chest of drawers with a stack of design books and a glass of sparking wine on it.
(Rather similar to a scene I made during my first Daily Dolls' House December challenge, the synchronicity of which pleases me greatly).

(*Books may differ from those on the actual reading pile: as I really can't be bothered going through the rigmarole of making miniature versions of the actual books I plan to read tonight, and would prefer to just go and read them!)

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Saturday shelfie: a quick scene was a crate idea

The day slipped away from me and it was with a slight sense of panic I realised the time late this afternoon and that I'd not prepared anything to blog about.

A more calming realisation was that it was Saturday and so I was quite justified in whipping up a Saturday shelfie scene.

I added some parameters to streamline the decision-making process:
1. Use items I'd received from blog-buddies in swaps as a start...
2. ...and at least one unused furniture item I had sitting in stash.

I surprised myself by picking out three purple pieces that Kitty & Kat Miniatures had sent me in a swap last year (I don't really like purple, and find it difficult to photograph well).
One-twelfth scale modern miniature scene containing a white shelving unit made of crates and a plastic glittery purple chair next to it. The shelving contains various decorative items in purple, white and black and the chair holds a black and white stitched cushion.
Choosing the shelf was easy: I bought this crate shelf at the 2016 Sydney show, as I realised I was never going to get around to making my own version. Originally it was designed to go into a lavender shop, so using it in a purple scene seemed quite fitting!

Also from stash was a purple chair from the Lori Moderna dining set

To add interest I included some books (what's a shelfie without books?), a black-and-white vase and one of the pot plants I made at the beginning of the summer break.

The final touch was the hand-stitched black and white cushion Judy Foster gave me at the 2016 Sydney show.

(Time taken: 15 minutes)