Saturday, October 18, 2014
It's been a while, I've been super busy. (Wish I could say that it was mini-ing, but alas not). But every now and then I get a few minutes to stick a few more "bricks" to my house. I have finally completed the front of the basement and so its now on to the sides. They will be coated with a brick or stone like paint at a later date.
What do you think? Was it worth the effort. I hope so.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
It's been a while and I haven't had much time to make minis. As you may already know, I am collecting items for my Victorian dollhouse and so far I have resisted other eras but......
Well I came across this set on gumtree and I couldn't look away! This is volume 3 of the "Design Interior Collection". There are 9 items in this collection. I'm quite impressed with their details.
This collection is many miniature versions of Charles and Ray Eames famous designs.
So the hunt is on. I'll be hanging out on eBay I'm sure to find the other sets.
Do you collect any of these and if so what's your favourite piece?
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Well its been a few busy weeks with work but I finally had a few hours spare to work on the chimney for my Victorian House.
From my last post you might remember that I decided to try my own technique to make miniature bricks. After cutting up a few hundred coffee stirrers and sticking them down I have an almost complete chimney. It needs two extra parts to be added to heighten the whole chimney so that it will be just above the roofline.
Now for a big decision. Should I used these technique for the basement or should I make it look rendered? I probably will brick around the top part of the basement in places like below the bay window and veranda. But if I start it means hours and hours of cutting and gluing and will it look over the top?
Readers I'd appreciate your advice!
|3 part chimney|
|Easy cutter with tape.|
Thursday, June 5, 2014
So I finally made a decision on bricks…well for the most part :) After my experiments with different products I'm trying my own thing.
I found these coffee stirrers at a local catering company and thought that they are almost the right thickness and size to make individual bricks.
I have started gluing them down and so far I am pretty happy with the results. I am wanting a rendered/painted finish so you shouldn't see the wood at all.
So I have started with the bottom part of my chimney. The gluing is probably the trickiest part, making sure its straight and equally spaced. Anyway theres plenty of cutting and gluing to do. Guess that's what long weekends are for.
Friday, May 30, 2014
|Coffee stirrers cut to size, glued then a render applied. Using a drawn line for placement.|
Again I have been struggling with my decisions on which brick idea to use. So far I have tried a couple of ideas found on the internet.
The first one I tried was sandpaper bricks. I found this one to be just too complicated to cut! One suggestion was to use a shredder….it did shred….the sandpaper to bits.
|Magic Bric….Looks fairly realistic, however I'm not entirely convinced about the size of the grout lines.|
|Coffee stirrers, gaps created using old credit card as spacer.|
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Well it's been a week and my Facebook group is up and running. So far we have 55 members and would love more. If you would like to join all you have to do is have a Facebook account, click the link and ask to join. If you know someone else with a passion for dollhouses and miniatures tell them about it as well. If you have a blog please share the link so we can get the word out. The more the merrier!
Have a great week,
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Whilst attending the Sydney Dollhouse and Miniature fair and speaking to other bloggers and miniaturists. I thought wouldn't it be great to have a place to go to see other peoples work, share ideas and just have fun.
So I decided "Why not start it myself?"
So what do you think?
Who wants to join me?
If your a dollhouse or miniature enthusiasts from anywhere in the world. I'd love to hear from you.
I'd love to see you there!
Thursday, May 15, 2014
|My Mum purchased this for me for my Hallway. Thanks Mum.|
As promised I thought I would share with you my purchases from the fair. As I am working towards furnishing my Victorian Dollhouse I purchased with that in mind. If it wasn't from this era (or as close as I could get to this era) I wasn't buying it.
However for anyone with a vintage or modern dollhouse the Sydney fair has plenty for you too. I have to admit, it has made me think…is one dollhouse enough? I'd really like to get a vintage Triang 1930's/40's and a modern dollhouse to add to my collection. Ahh the possibilities!
Anyway to the purchases:
|It's a pencil sharpener. But with a bit of paint and some records it will be perfect|
|A Phoenix Miniature (old stock?) Mangle for the laundry.|
|Parts of the white-metal kit….lots of gluing and painting ahead.|
|Croquet Set for the children's room.|
|A fresh fruit delivery. I will probably change the labels to vintage Australian ones.|
|One of my favourite finds. A Lidi Stroud (Basketcase Miniatures) fishing creel.|
This has to be seen in person. The weaving is teeny tiny and FABULOUS!
|A closer shot of the Fishing Creel.|
|Duelling Pistols. These will need a little case. So another DIY project is on my never ending list of DIY.|
|I met the lovely Michelle from Michelle's Miniatures at the fair. Her books are magnificent!|
|Another Phoenix Kit. Sewing Machine.|
|Toys for the nursery.|
|Handpainted by Margaret Crosswell.|
Thursday, May 8, 2014
After convincing my Mum that she needed to come (after all I needed someone to stop me if I got mini-itis. The need to buy every mini you see!) We headed to Homebush.
|I loved this cutout so that you could view all the contents!|
Our first stop was to look at the wonderful displays. The houses were in multiple scales, some 1/144, 1/12 1/24 etc. Below are a few of my favourite houses/ideas from the show.
|Steam Punk Extravaganza!|
|Kitchen Room box|
|Mirror placement in back room.|
|Lots of handmade treats.|
|Haberdashery Shop. I just want that cotton display cabinet!|
|Readers of Basketcase Miniatures will recognise this beauty. Willunga . If you would like to see more of Lidi's work, check out her great blog.|