Monday, June 29, 2015

Half scale French shop

 Hi all. Just wanted to post a little update on my half scale French shop kit design that I have been working on. I had all the parts laser cut about 6 weeks ago, and they're not 100% perfect yet, but good enough to put together and photograph for the kit instructions. 

On that note, my photos aren't great, but I am practising! And they are goood enough for the instructions for now. Until I can maybe get bettter at it!

Soo here is the front so far:


I am pretty happpy with how it's turned out and having fun putting it all together (and making the last few alterations!). Hope you like and enjoy the rest of your week!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Photos for Michelle

As well as for others who were interested in her gorgeous Gothic house. Years ago I saved these photos, I think from and Ebay listing. No idea whose they were or who made the dollhouse, but has to be the same maker - the bones are the same. Anyway, I love it and I hope you enjoy these pictures.

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Lazy Sunday

Hello everyone. I am hoping to get a little more done on my minis today, but I still have to help my husband in the garden digging holes for a little bit (trying to get a little landscaping done after too many years of doing enough in the garden). 

The mini landscaping for Duddingwell's has progresseed a little. Some mosses and lichens and grass were added, as well as some gravel. Once done, I will add some more dirt/colour to the rocks. The trough has not been attached yet, as it is awaiting its water, plants, etc. I made some espaliered shrubs but they are all too wide. I will need to trim one back or make another I think, as I really want one on this build.



I have finished the initial part of painting the French Robert Dawson panels (with the exception of the doors). I will need to do a little touching up of the paint where I've slopped over the greens, marbling the skirting and fireplace and now debating over aging the whole thing. I quite like it as it is, but thinking that might change!


The photo wasn't good to start with, as the light was too low in my craft room, but you get the idea. 

And lastly, I have put together a few Lisa Engler kits. They are very easy and really cute - a great project for a tired weeknight in front of the TV! I included this photo as it is really good/clear/crisp as a bit of a test to see how it appears on my blog.....


Hmmmm, so far in draft form, it is not coming out well.  *sigh*

I am nearly finished with the prototype for my little French art nouveau shop. So I am hoping to get it laser cut in the next couple of weeks! When I have all the pieces cut from card and stuck together, I will post some pics so you will have an idea of how it is going to look. That will hopefully be by tonight. Enjoy your day everyone!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Thanks for photo tips

A chilly hello from Ballarat, a lovely old city from the Victorian gold rush era. It is only early April, but is already feeling very wintery. Yesterday I walked around in a long sleeve t-shirt, a wool jumper and a puffa jacket, it was that cold. But Ballarat is one of those cold places, certainly colder than it is where we come from.

I wasn't really intending posting about our weekend away, but instead thanking people for their photography tips. I will try everyone's tips to see if it helps, but my photos are generally pretty clear. It still seems that the problem is the uploading to blogger. I think it may be something to do with using the blogger app that I use. Anyway, I will keep fiddling with the settings of the camera and blogger and see what happens.

I hope everyone enjoys their weekend, wherever you are.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Question for Blogger geniuses

Hi again. I am wondering how you blogging folks get your photos to publish with crisp photos. Mine are always blurry. I've tried resizing them before uploading but it doesn't seem to work. Anyone got a trick? Maybe I need to make them smaller still. Would appreciate your tips!

And Janine, yes, real life and hobby time two blur! I am making the kits that I myself want. I work on them one day a week currently, but hope to increase that time mid-year! 

Keep mini-ing everyone!

Nothing finished but some progress at least!

TDo you ever feel like you work and work and work and nothing ever gets finished? I suppose when you have lots of projects on the go at once, and then you keep changing your mind on things, then that's what happens.

So firstly some Mountfield updates. The bathroom isn't far off done. I still want a table or small cabinet for here (a wall that can't be seen in this pic) and some accessories, and contemplating trying to antique the tiles a little, but I think I am reasonably happy with it as it is.



The laundry still needs accessories, including a vintage washing machine. And I haven't quite figured out how I will age the tiles, but I definitely think they're too white.


And this is a clock kit that I made from a Cynthia Howe kit. It was super fine pieces and I actually broke a piece of the decoration, but managed to glue it back on so you can't tell. But it was crazy TINY!!!!


I am still playing with the kitchen a lot, rearranging accessories. Not sure that I am happy with it but I will keep playing!

And on Duddingwell's, I have done most of the paperclaying and started on landscaping. This is a real learning process for me. Not so much techniques, but just having the courage to start something and not worry about how it is going to look. I am trying to push my inner perfectionist aside. I keep telling her that if I don't like it, I will be able to fix it.


There is a little trough on a pile of rocks which I will fill with some water and a plant or two (and maybe fish?). I have since aged the stucco a little, painted the stones and pavers, started with bits of moss and grass and some gravel and dirt as well. I will need to get motivated to make lots of plants though. 


And lastly, some little pictures from the French shop. I have been looking over this with a critical eye of late and thinking about some little changes or additions. Here is a shot from the sewing room:


I used this soft air-dry clay on this house and it has yellowed over time. I do like aspects of it, but some parts, like the exterior, I'm not so sure about. So I am considering a few detail changes, but then I don't want to start from scratch, and I don't think this sort of clay is very changeable. Anyway, keep thinking.... Maybe some vines? Ivy? Cover up half of it with ivy would look good!

And here is a corner of the shop. Just trialling accessories for now. I do love how the red display table turned out, and my home-made boxes underneath. The thread cabinet is a Lisa Engler kit. I might've shown it previously?


Anyway, hope you enjoy your weekend. We have stunning weather, and I am itching to get back to my little houses! After the household chores of course.... Sigh....

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Little French armoire

Hello all. A quick post again on another kit I've designed. This one a French armoire with glass (acrylic) doors. It is not complete. I couldn't get the cutter to cut all the parts correctly, but the major parts worked fine. Another couple of small refinements to the drawings and finding the right wood and it's ready to go!


Here is a photo of the waste from learning how to cut, what materials, cutter speed, etc etc etc. 


And here is a pic of the kit which has finally worked:
On the right side of the photo is a trumeau mirror in two sizes which still needs some tweaking. The smallest is too small and the larger is OK - a relatively large mirror - but the trim needs adjusting.

It's so satisfying to be making significant progress and learning so much from the cutting and designing process. Thanks too for the encouragement and tips from various blog readers. It's really appreciated. Enjoy your week!