After my last couple of shows for this season (my next show is September – like the kids I have broken up for the summer!) I have treated myself to spending some time on my website – since I spent the last few weeks making stock (and I only have one pair of hands!) But the good news is I have new stock, I have revisited some retired pieces and have plans for my next new pieces…

 That’s one of the best things about shows, its a great way of testing out new ideas, talking about new products with customers and for looking at what other people are doing (or not doing – and spotting an unexplored niche!)
   So many people seem to be doing vintage French style at the moment, so I think its a good time to reintroduce my Chateau Chic range – I did them a few years ago in cream and green, but my new range is now cream and pale blue. The cream and green range was produced pre 3D printer, so the new range can now feature all the things I wanted to do previously, as I can make all the accessories myself and hand paint the borders on the plates. I had a big push before York show and managed to make a banqueting table, buffets, dresser and a new, fully 3D printed, working grandfather clock (see the website shop for more details and 3D blog for more about the clock).

Another revisited piece (after several requests), is the Snooker set – it comes complete with table (with balls positioned for a game in progress) plus wall mounted cue rack/scoreboard and two players.

    And speaking of new products – my new RUSTIC kitchen range, was launched it at Miniatura in March. I tweaked it a little, and expanded the range for Kensington and York. The sink dresser is one of my star products, and it was great to chat with Ria from the Netherlands who bought one, about additions to the range – I am now working on some base units and dressers with cupboards and drawers thanks to her suggestions!

 …Talk about life imitating art – one of my ‘regulars’ was bought one of my new potting benches by her Dad – with the intention that he use it as a blueprint for her real life one! This new piece has also undergone some revision since Kensington, and I now make the whole piece of furniture (from wood and printed parts – I will update the 3D printing blog about this) as well as 3D printing the plant pots, watering cans, seed trays, crates, cans and packets!

      When I started to write this blog I went a bit off piste onto the people I met at the shows – and this now a RANDOM THOUGHTS article (find it under the inspiration tab). As well as going off piste on the news, I have also taken some time to catch up my GALLERY section with more recent work, and I’ve added a new page to the MAKES & ADVICE section called HOW TO… the first article is on the inside of the doors of Featherstone Hall. More will follow on things like how to create the optical illusions used in the hotel and how to divide large rooms….


So my New Year’s resolution to blog at least once a month has already come undone!  – however thats because I have been so busy making some fab new stock ….

I have expanded my kitchen range in the website shop from Green and Cream lines to now include the ‘RUSTIC’ range. The pieces are all walnut wood coloured with black iron detailing and stringing, with blue and white Delft style tiles. My favourite piece so far is this epic sink with tiled tops and splashback with shelves above for china. The pieces sold out at Miniatura, but more will be added to the website shop soon. get in touch if you’d like to be one of the first to know when more are available.

I think this potting bench runs a close second to my favourite new piece! I am a keen gardener (although I never have the time!) so it was a true joy to make this, and again I will be making more as I am expanding my range of workbenches from the garage, and carpenters versions to include this potting one. There  will be more about this posted soon on the 3D printing blog as all the pots, seed trays, crates and watering cans are my own 3d prints.

There is just so much to write about that its probably easier to let the pictures do the talking! I have expanded my lighting range with cherub columns to match both the black and gold and the Meissen style torcheres and chandeliers, added a new chess table to the stock in black with a game in progress (plus used ashtray!) and will be doing another bakery truck with my own made crates and baskets of pies and breads. Ive also been making new urns and ornaments for the dining rooms and buffets….the list goes on!

Best crack on then! its almost April and then another blog will be due – fingers crossed I get my act together and get one out!

LAST OF 2022!

With the last show of 2022 over, and a massive update  of the JUST FINISHED page completed, I have been thinking about the last few months….

Autumn Miniatura in October was a great show, and it was wonderful to have Featherstone Hall on display – despite all the trials and tribulations getting it ready for the show, getting there and setting it up!

Featherstone Hall was right beside the show enterance.

A busy York show quickly followed in November, and to be honest after all the bad news about the economy, and tensions over Ukraine, and the continuous barage of financial bad news, it was a small miracle!

The traders at York show were relieved to see the queue building up outside before the show – the worry was would people come, and would they buy anything!  I’m pleased to say they came and bought!

As the financial news got worse, the worries for Kensington Show in December surfaced – however it was great to hear from the organiser that the advance ticket sales were very strong! I had spent the weeks between York and Kensington making one off pieces (as well as trying to keep on top of my commissions) and was looking forward to seeing what the public would think of them.

I think this four poster in raspberry silver and blue is a bit of a 'Marmite' set - I love Marmite! I think this would look amazing in the right room, and I think it could be adapted for a master bedroom in a haunted house! £149 set includes everything shown - available in the website shop.
Baxter cleaning shoes is one of my favourite pieces I have made this year. £129 available in the website shop - includes workbench and accessories. THe walnut clock behind Baxter sold at the show.
On the 'Grime' theme the workbench (£99 in website shop), and 1911 Stanley Steamer (SOLD) show I don'just do 'Bling' ....

….although I do still have my bling side, and you can’t get more blingy than this ebony and gold torchere pair and matching gold chandeliers. The torcheres now reside in a bridal shop either side of the podium that the bride stands on when trying on her dress. The chandeliers are available in the website shop £129 each (and will soon be joined by another pair of Black and Gold torcheres!)

Another of my favourites which sold at Kensington was this fabulous Banquet buffet. It was a one off piece I bought just because it was so odd, but I knew it would work well with my banqueting tables. after decorating the cabinet, I remembered that years ago I has stashed a crystal effect swan in my specials box and thought how fantastic it would be to turn it into an ice sculpture! (I have one swan left so will make another buffet with an ice sculpture at some point!)

And finally… I have put together this small gallery of some of the items made for the autumn shows and some commissions (Click on one of the small images to open the gallery on the full screen) – all the pieces are featured on the JUST FINISHED page and some even made it into the website SHOP! I will be working on my best of 2022 gallery over Christmas and will launch it at the end of December in the GALLERY section. (and if I can pull the pictures together I’ll try and backdate some galleries from before I started putting them on this website!)

Featherstone Hall at Miniatura (Part 2!)

Following on from my last post about bringing the Featherstone Hall Hotel out of retirement and back to showing…

…I’m just back from a fabulous Miniatura show at Stoneleigh Park, I’ve unpacked and put away all my show kit (till York in November) had a ‘flaked out’ day (or two!) and I’m just reflecting on how lovely it was to have Featherstone Hall on display at the show.

There is so much to tell about getting it back into showing condition, that I have added a whole new page to the BIG PROJECTS section covering it all, as well as answering some of the many ‘how did you do the….’ questions I got asked at the show (see the  LITTLE PROBLEMS page in the advice section) plus pictures of all the broken bits I had to fix!

Just a few of the ‘minor details’ that had to be rectified before the show!

It went down a storm with visitors – some had bought the book when the house and book were first at Miniatura 10 years ago, then there were those who had bought the book after the house had retired from showing and had never seen it, and then there were people who had never heard of it before – but I’m pleased to say all were equally transfixed by it and kept coming back to it throughout the day. In fact at one point I was tempted to put a line of chairs in front of it for people to sit and look at it!
   It was a bit strange for me as the house is now a snapshot of what I was doing 10 years ago – especially as it sat next to my retail stand with all my current stock on it! Much as I love the house time has moved on and I wouldn’t do it in the same way now – for one thing I now make my own dolls, chandeliers, accessories and even pieces of furniture. But then, the house was also the origin of pieces of stock I am still making versions of today – George in the Library, the snooker room set, library bar, bookcases, duchess bedroom, kitchen tables, dressers, vehicles, luggage, trolleys, tea for two sets, stoves – they all have their origins in the house, so I have a lot to thank it for!


It was lovely to chat with everyone about it, and there were definitely some recurring questions:


How long did it take (6 months) how much did it cost (mind your own business!) is it finished (Yes – unlike a ‘hobby’ house this was done as a magazine series, so had to be finished for a set date – that’s why its a snapshot in time – it stopped being added to when the book was published).


Most questions about the structure of the house boiled down to curtains and doors: I have no idea why the curtains were so fascinating – but if I had a penny for every time someone took a photo of the curtains on the inside of the doors…. and also of the doors themselves – so many people had not considered decorating their own until they had seen the Featherstone ones.


Going back to the curtains though, I think it may have been because they were all different styles – I hate making curtains and I’m not keen on sewing so all my curtains in the house are glued in different styles as I was trying to find an easy option!


…And as for the doors the curtains were on – decorating the inside of the doors was a no brainer, once I had got the main house done for the Dolls House & Miniature Scene magazine 200th issue, I took a look at the undecorated doors, which were a great expanse of white and had to do something about them. (Doing them also made a new section for the book which had not be previously published in the magazine).

Amy's father looks on disapprovingly....
Gervais waits patiently.....

Not only were the door insides decorated but I also added
small half round shelves which enabled me to do mini dressed scenes to add to
the story going on in each room of the house. (The key to this is making sure
the shelf is just above the house floor height so the door will still shut!)

For instance, in the Lemon Bedroom Amy is sitting thoughtfully at the window seat with Maisie her dog while her maid Margaret pops her head outside to tell Gervais (Amy’s gentleman caller) that she is dressing and could be some time. He waits patiently with chocolates and a present. By adding the shelf on the door interior I then could add Amy’s father standing holding a newspaper and about to lecture Amy about the perils of how attractive her inheritance is to penniless fortune hunters! (don’t worry it all works out in the end!)


Speaking of the end – that’s all for this blog post, but dont forget to check out the NEW page on the BIG PROJECTS section, the pictures on the Featherstone Hall section of the GALLERY, the answers to some of the many ‘how did you do the….’ questions I got asked  on the LITTLE PROBLEMS page.


Just over 10 years ago I created the Featherstone Hall Hotel for the 200th issue of  Dolls House & Miniature Scene  magazine…

….And to celebrate its first decade – in October 2022 its coming out again and will be on display at the Autumn Miniatura show at Stonleigh Park!

The creation of the house was featured in the magazine over 24 months and it went on display at Miniatura several times, and also to a show in Holland – but that was a trip too far and afterwards I retired the house from exhibitions.
   It was only after realising I had missed the 10 year anniversary which happened during the Covid lock downs, that I took a good look at the house and thought how great it would be to spruce it up and get it back out there!

This picture was taken just before the show in Holland opened and was the last time the house was out on display.
This exterior picture of the house shows all the bits I have to find before the show - the doors and front staircases!
The only place to take it had to be back to the show it was launched at – Miniatura. I had a chat with the show organiser and we both agreed it would be great to have it at the show (2nd/3rd October 2022).
   However there are a couple of complications before I get to that stage…
   1. The house hasn’t been on display for YEARS!!!!!!
   2. The last time it was on display there was a small fire in a bit of the electrics (loose wire) which I never got around to repairing.
   3. Its been on display at home and needs a good dust, and a few cosmetic repairs.
   4. When its on display at home I don’t have the doors on – so I need to find them (hopefully in the attic!)
   5. To make it easier to display at home I cut off the front of the base that the exterior staircase sits on with the car and valet unloading luggage – and I need to find those bits too!  
   …But apart from that it should be childs play (not!)
   The biggest issue will be getting the electrics and light repairs done. Some of the lights have come down from the ceiling  during transit (Library and kitchen) and to repair them I’m going to need to lift some floors (this is a consequence of the house being my first one and it was a steep learning curve!)

One thing I have decided on is that all the repairs and reworking I will be doing to the house will be to get it as near as possible back to the same condition it was in when it was first finished.
   I have considered long and hard about this, as it would be tempting to update it and showcase all the new things I can do and have learned in the 10 years since first building it, but I think its best to leave it as a snapshot in time and exactly as its shown in the Featherstone Hall Hotel book.
   Perhaps I should make a new house to test my current skills… and perhaps another one in 10 years time (if I’m still capable!)

I will be adding a new page to the BIG PROJECTS page which will follow me getting the house ready once I make a start on it! And I will be adding more pictures to the GALLERY of Featherstone Hall pictures already there.

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Just a quick update before the BIG NEWS update next week….

I have just finished this special commission car and had to get it straight onto the JUST FINISHED page – its booked itself straight into a slot on my BEST OF 2022 gallery I will be doing at the end of the year!

Another piece to have confirmed a position in the BEST OF 2022 gallery is this Chinoiserie style grand piano. I have hand painted it based on photos of a life size one, with panels of chinese scenes with landscapes and pagodas.

I have also added some new stock to the website shop and also to the just finished page, plus I still have a lot of new bits to add to the website in relation to Featherstone Hall.

Watch out next week for the big news for FEATHERSTONE HALL fans!

The bookcase desks (£89) were in stock for less than a day, last time I added them to the shop – I have just finished another pair, and a pair of the NEW LIBRARY units (£99).
I have also just added another Emma the maid to the shop PEOPLE section £69.
Both the Bookcase desk and NEW LIBRARY units can be found in the DESKS & MUSIC section of the website shop.

TThere are more pictures of the bookcase desks and library units on the JUST FINISHED page (in the INSPIRATION section).

I have also added another tea for two set in sage green and mahogany (in the DINING section of the website shop.

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