Sunday, 5 February 2017

Anyone still out there?

Knock, knock anyone still around in miniature blogging land? It's been so long since I've been here myself I'm a little lost. I hold my hands up I got seduced away by the vastness of Facebook but the grass isn't always greener and I've been missing the old friendliness of the blogging world.So I'm creeping back and trying to recapture a lost blog.

I've still decided to stay young, I'm still playing with my miniature homes. While I've been away they have increased in number and my ideas have changed somewhat, but then they always were ever changing. I've just had a bit of a spring clean of in this blogging home, my the dust had built up after being away so long. I've removed posts I thought no longer relevant and you'll notice my bears have disappeared. My current thinking is to keep this strictly for miniatures, the bigger bears and dolls did seem to out swamp the miniatures last time so thinking I'll give them their own blogging space but admit I'm still uming and arring on that a bit, so its possible the bears could reappear but we'll give just miniatures a try.

Ok if anyone is out there, grab a seat, I'll put the kettle on and we'll give this blog another whirl.

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Standing in Remembrance

Given it's Remembrance Sunday I thought I'd show off my Chelsea Pensioner Doll created by Teresa Thompson of Costume Cavalcade. I got him a number of years ago along with a poppy seller to go in my mini pub but I think next year I might try to make a remembrance scene box for him.

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Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Spring Dolls House Magazines

 Given that magazines aren't cheap now I'm normally selective and just chose my favourite of the months offerings but there are two times of year, Spring and Halloween where I'm easily tempted by the seasonal offerings. Which explains how I've ended up with all three magazines this month. This is the pick of my favourite articles from the magazines.

Ok this first one from Dolls House and Miniature Scene I have to admit isn't very Spring like but it is Vampire's and who can resist one of them. This is a whole article by Jane Kubiesa giving info on our favourite undead characters and showcasing the dolls of Sara Deck of Memento Mori Stories and LoreleiBlu of Camp Gothic. There is also a great article on the Gothic look and a tutorial on making Gothic candles both by Mol Ali. Spring is also evidence via Easter bonnets and the history of Easter English style which is written by Caroline of Hummingbird Miniatures.

This is from Dolls House World magazine and is a look in the house inspired by childhood memories of the Milly-Molly-Mandy stories by Jane Fiddick. I always love looking in other peoples houses and picking up inspirations I can transfer to my own. This one is so homely, I love the cottage style. Love so much about it but really like the small photo of the hall coats and thinking I need to make some space for outdoor attire. Also loved the Easter showcase showing the various makers and their spring delights. There is also a tutorial for a wire chair by Vera Blair that I want to have a go at.

Finally is this one from The Dolls House Magazine. I totally love the desks made by Caroline Dickens which are featured, everything from a family historians desk to one based on Sherlock Homes. I love desks and I can't think of a house I haven't got one in but I've still picked up loads of inspiration from this article. I now want to make Sir Percival a new desk dedicated to his dinosaur hunting activities, though whether it will end up in Sir Percival's home or the museum I'm not sure. This issue is also packed to the brim with floral and pastel spring looks, I had a hard time picking just one page to show, the Wiltshire cottage feature by Katie Holloway was a shabby chic delight.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

New Home Needed

I'm feeling a bit guilty, I've just made Death, the Death of Rats, bartender and the Librarian homeless, characters I'm sure readers of Terry Pratchett will be familiar with. The mended drum is in the process of being turned into a modern wedding venue and they sadly didn't fit in, neither were they on the wedding guess list. Guess I ought to think of a new place to put them.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

A new vampiress joins the midnight community.

A new vampiress has joined the Midnight Vale community. There is much excited talk that she is going to open a new boutique of dark ladies accessories. Less well know is that fact that she is the hand behind the pen of several romantic novels and a regularly contributor to the magazine 'Dark Romance', the number one seller among the young ladies of midnight. Few glimpses of the lady have been seen so far as she moved in to her new abode and her identity is not yet known (mainly because I can't decide on a name for her yet).

 This delightful lady was made by

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Halloween in Miniature

While having a wander through some of my favourite blogs I came across this delightful gathering of Halloween Lovers. Marfi of Incipient Wings is holding a Halloween themed link party every Wednesday. Being a confirmed Halloween addict I'd love to take part on the Wednesdays when I can. So here is my first entry for Haunted Humpday, a bit late in the day but I'll try to sort something out earlier next week.

As it's a late in the day for my first entry I though I just share some of the photos I've taken of a few of my little witch collection. These characters all live in my magical dolls house hamlet called Midnight where life is lived between the hours of dusk and dawn. Afraid to say I can't remember where I got all the dolls from and their makers as I've built my collection up over a number of years and this is just a couple of them..

 Also here is a few of the hat's I've collected over time, nearly all these ones come from Kat 'The Hat Lady' who makes fantastic miniature witches hats as you can see.

 Thanks for visiting.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Ideas shared and lessons learnt

Kat the Hat lady who sells the most delighful witches hats on eBay put up some wonderful posters on her blog for witchy items this week, here are a couple of them
And she asked if anyone would like to have a go at making her a poster as 'Kat the hat lady' Now as I've just had my new digital scrappin program I thought this was a great chance to have a play and learn to use it for miniatures as well as papercrafting. Here is what I came up with.
Doing these I learnt how to change the paper sizes and cut out the back ground on clip art images to blend it in with the back ground of my choice. It also set me off with the ideas to make my own posters for my shops. I have gone for more of a coloured theme with mine rather then oldy worldy and here they are.

Many thanks to Kat for the idea.

** If anyone else is into miniatures please feel free to copy and use the above posters I made up.

Monday, 11 June 2012

A vampire hunting we will go.....

If you've got any vampire concerns this little item may be of interest. Left to a Yorkshire women by a member of her family it's a deluxe hunting box of any stylish vampire slayer. Estimated to have been made in the late 1800's and possible inspired by Bram Stoker's epic novel Dracula in 1897.

The box contains;

A crucifix
Wooden stakes and a mallet
Glass bottle of holy water
Glass bottle of holy earth
Glass bottle of garlic
Rosary beads 
A book of Common Prayer dated from 1857
A handwritten extract from the Bible which quotes Luke 19.27 and reads

"But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, 
bring hither, and slay them before me"

The box and it's contents have been put up for auction at Oonagh Drage of Tennants Auctioneers in Layburn, North Yorkshire. The setting for the auction in Yorkshire seems most appropriate given that many of the scenes from Bram Stoker's novel were set in the Yorkshire seaside town of Whitby. If you feel like making a bid though you may need deep pockets, there is international as well as local interest and the box is expected to go for £1,500. to £2,000.

More information is on the BBC News website here

Editing to add that the box eventually sold for £7,500. Information on the sale is here.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Talk Talk 'Doll's House - Unchained Melody' TV ad - 60 sec advert 2011

Has anyone seen the new Talk Talk TV advert, it's below if you haven't. I think it's lovely and the dolls that come to life are made by the very talented doll artist Julie Campbell of Bellabelle's Dolls, her blog is here if you would like to see some more of her adorable miniatures.

Monday, 26 September 2011

Which (witch?) house would be best?

In my Practical Magic party post I said I'd love to try and create something like the fantastic house the aunts have in PM, but I just didn't have the space for another house. Well I can't get the idea out of my head and I know I definitely can't fit another house in or afford one at the moment.....

So in I'm now thinking about turning one of the houses I've got into something like the aunts house, it won't look the same on the outside, be more like an English version of the house I guess. I've narrowed my choice down to two of the houses I currently own but can't make my mind up which would be best, I can see good points for each, so I'm after other peoples opinions please.

This is the choice

The first is a town house with basement, this hasn't had anything done to it yet. I got it earlier this year and was intending to turn in into a new vampire home. It has 3 floors and attic and a basement, so 5 rooms plus hallways.

The plus's with this house is that it's a blank canvas, I can paint the outside white like the PM house. It's got stairs running up inside the house.

Con's are, not really any space for a garden, could put a few plants around the basement but not really a spot for a garden room / conservatory unless I used the basement space. The rooms are not as big.

The second choice is an old English Tudor Cottage style. I love this style and this is one is already occupied by a family of witches but the are more your old fashioned witch characters (don't worry if I chose this house for the PM one the old style witches have a new home they can share with others, I won't make them homeless LOL). There are 2 ground floor rooms, 2 second floor and a very large attic room, so again 5 in total.

The plus's with this one is it's already decorated, the inside is all white and dark wood like the PM house, much of the dark furnishings could stay with some white pieces added. The rooms are quite large and so it the balcony on the left side. There is space around the house to put plants for a garden. The ground floor rooms have windows at the side as well as the front so I could possibly use one of those for a garden room. It's already electrified with lighting.

The con's are, it's nothing at all like the style of the PM house and I'm not going to paint it all white. The kitchen would need to be completely redone in PM style. There is no room for a conservatory again. The stairs are not a feature like in the PM house.

So if the aunt's were to move to the UK, which house do you think they would choose?

Oh and if I've not visited your party post I'm getting there slowly, I'm going down the list in logical order otherwise I forget where I've been (doesn't take much to confuse me) I've got to the S's and hope to have visited everyone in the next couple of days :)