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Articles on things things to do with or that inspire me in my miniature work  – anything really!

A section about 3D printing, what it is, what I do, and successes and failures!

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Take a look below at some of my latest stock and commissions – pictures are updated regularly. This selection shows a stock Blyth fireplace, a customised Osbourne fireplace with Imperial Fruit urns, and a matching Imperial Fruit buffet with baroque style centre piece. Below that are a Hunters bedroom, Bessie the cook (special) Selene and her Maid, Edward with mirror and a Sage banqueting table commission (without lights).

SNIPPETS

This is all bits and pieces I say to people or they say to me (I will add them as I come across them) – so imagine you are sitting on a bus and a conversation is going on nearby – your are not eavesdropping – you just can’t not hear….

My house has a perspex force field!
..I actually have Featherstone Hall on display in my dining room with the front doors off and a sheet of clear perspex over the front so you can see in without having huge flaps of doors in the way! You might want to think about that once your house is done!!!!!!! (by that time perspex will be a thing of the past and there will be an invisible force field instead! LOL)

 

There's more than steering and brakes at issue here!
…Its not unknown for people to send me templates of their floors so I can work out what will fit and make built in pieces to the template. And most often people send me room sizes (length depth and not forgetting height!) So don’t feel you can’t ask for help. I know you need a bit of steering and a lot of brakes applied LOL – so no problem – I’m here at the end of the digital webby thing LOL!!!!!

 

The stock Harewood fireplace in green.

Have we discussed a fireplace for this room yet? I was wondering if a Harewood fireplace with a separate over mantle might work with your wallpaper panels? I have attached a picture of my stock one, but a custom
version of this perhaps without lights, and picking up on the sage green and raspberry accents in the paper – I have just been 3D printing some new
ornaments and clocks which I think may look ideal. Then the overmantle could have a big oil painting or perhaps mirror – because when the chandelier is
switched on the mirror will double the light in the room.

…it’s so helpful to hear other people’s experiences and short cuts to avoid extra work. When I built my first house I read just in time to decorate staircases before fixing stairs in if at all possible and boy does that safe a lot of work and time. Also I wish someone had suggested the idea of false doors on landings and corridors to give the impression of rooms beyond as I so wish I had done that on the half landings and impossible to do afterwards. I love the idea of having the house open with perspex too brilliant!and everyone can see in and no dust -always a winner!

 

Boris sounds ideal for the scenario below!

I was having a little daydream (as you do!) about your room scenario – you know how I like to invent scenes to help me work out what to do – I kept thinking about the breakfast table being set with two chairs and breakfast stuff (boiled eggs toast post/letters teapots etc) then across the room was the sofa with a small table with a pot of black coffee and a newspaper on – I imagine that the husband has not long crawled in from a
night on the town, (perhaps top hat cane and white silk scarf thrown on the sofa) and the black coffee and newspapers are for him (he can’t face anything else yet!), while his wife and mother sit at the breakfast table – LOL – I do get carried away sometimes!

 

I love Art Deco - so I suppose at some point I am going to do a Deco house!

…when buying make sure to buy what you love NOT what you think is right for the room. If you don’t love it, you will get fed up with it and end up buying something you do love (and redecorating in the process).

The big red stand - coming to a show near you?

…Forgot to tell you – another thing that came up at the Kensington show was that an exhibitor I know bought a load of my stuff at the show as she works part time in the Basle Dolls House Museum shop and the manager had asked her to look for stuff at the show to sell in the museum shop. The thing is all the best miniaturists want to get something on display in the museum – so I’ve sort of managed to get Dee-Daw Designs in via the back door – LOL (According to wiki: The Dollhouse Museum in Basel is the largest museum of its kind in Europe. Now known as the Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel With over 6000 teddy bears, dolls, toy grocers’ shops, doll houses and carousels, the Toy Worlds Museum Basel is unparalleled in Europe. The museum shop is also well worth a second look, offering a wide range of gifts and mementos)- I can now vouch for the shop LOL

…My best advice in the first place is get the house built then do one room at a time. If you try and do several you can end up with a lot of half done stuff and get demoralised by the whole thing. Doing one room at a time and finishing it gives you the motivation to do the next room,
and any mistakes you make on one room won’t happen in the next one!

 

I love this paper with the Blue Duchess bedroom

…buy your furniture BEFORE decorating. If I had a penny for every time someone has bought from my stand then said they will have to redecorate their room to match the furniture!

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