Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Drinks and dolls' house minis

Tonight a group of us from our work's Innovation Network visited Questacon's Technology Learning Centre for a work-related event. I expected it to be interesting and informative. What I didn't expect was to see this:
Computer screen showing a miniature 3D printed sofa from Thingiverse.
3D printer printing a miniature sofa.
And get to keep this!
Miniature 3D-printed sofa in an empty wine glass in front of the 3D printer that printed it.


Monday, July 07, 2014

Minis for free

Custom fabric and wallpaper printing company Spoonflower usually offers its subscribers free samples of new fabrics they're offering.

I was very pleased to get the latest offer, which was for their faux suede: which I thought would be very useful for mini rugs. The pattern I chose was new zealand stamps with kiwi (sic), which I believed would give me lots of cool possibilities to play with.
Mailing envelope from fabric-printing company Spoonflower with a sample of their faux suede fabric printed with New Zealand stamps.
My sample arrived on Friday
Piece of faux suede fabric printed with New Zealand stamps, with one large stamp cut out.
and I wasted no time cutting out my first rug and testing its suitability:
Modern miniature dolls house rug in the pattern of a giant New Zealand stamp, with a red Eames rocking chair sitting on it.
I think I'll be buying more of this.

Did you take advantage of the faux suede offer? If so, what pattern did you choose (and what are you doing with it?)

Sunday, July 06, 2014

School sewing

Miniature holiday home interior with a sewing machine, fabric, tape measure, pin cushion and scissors on an old desk.
This weekend I've been sewing up a storm at Margell.

With winter well and truly arrived, it's time to work on making things as cosy as possible around here. The first step is to make some blinds for the windows to keep as much of the warm in as possible.
Miniature holiday home kitchen with a roman blind at the window. On the kitchen table is a half-eaten sandwich, a magazine and a pair of reading glasses.
Not bad for a first try!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Coffee table

It's freezing. I have a flat inspection on Tuesday. So decided that my focus this weekend would be on cleaning and tidying the house (which would hopefully keep me warm).

What wasn't on my list was finally deciding what I was going to do with the second table I bought for $4 at the 2013 Sydney show (you'll remember that I painted the first one yellow last year).

But I did. I was inspired by a rustic table I'd seen some time last week in my magazine, book or blog reading (I can't remember which), where the legs had been painted black and the top was rustic and worn looking.
Miniature dining table leg assembly, painted black, sitting on a cutting mat with a spray can of chalkboard paint.
I'd planned to pull apart one of the Typo boxes and use the sides to make the table top, but when I noticed that the one I pulled out of the stash was a coffee box there was a bit of a change of plan.
Miniature dining table leg assembly, painted black, sitting on a cutting mat with a spray can of chalkboard paint and a wooden coffee storage box.
So I experimented with cutting up the front of the box and mixing the bits up for some rustic reuse.
Miniature dining table leg assembly, painted black, topped with a top made of lengths of rustic-looking wood with black printing on them.
After a bit of work with the raw umber acrylic to stain the sides and gaps, I'm leaving it to dry overnight.
Miniature dining table made of lengths of rustic-looking wood with black printing on them, surrounded by black and chrome dining chairs. Behind the table is a bottle of raw umber acrylic paint.
Then I'll decide it I want to attack it with the sander...

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Snot-free Sunday

After a nap which took pretty much all afternoon and an early night I woke up this morning feeling almost human.
Modern miniature round kitchen table with reading glasses and magazine plus tea, toast and jam.
 After a leisurely breakfast I decided a gentle walk in the sun was just what I needed (the fact that the monthly markets were on had nothing to do with it, honest!)

And I'm very pleased I ventured out. Because look what I found waiting for me on one of the trash and treasure stalls:
Vintage miniature quilt displayed over the front porch railing of a miniature school building.
 Can you believe they only wanted $5 for it? The old dear who was running the stall said 'Oh, it's a bit old and faded: I guess you're after it for your dog, now the weather's turning cold...'
Miniature shelving with a rolled up doona on the top shelf and a folded vintage quilt on the shelf below, On the bottom shelf is a pair of green socks and a pair of gumboots.
I didn't have the heart to tell her I wanted it for me, precisely because  it was old and faded. It'll be a perfect extra layer over winter.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

One times table

I've had a cold all week and wasn't sure I'd make it up to Margell this weekend, but told myself that once I'd unpacked I could go straight to bed if I wanted to. And at least I'd be ill in a whole new location (and in clean bed linen).

Besides, I had a few things to deliver.
A selection of modern miniature groceries arranged on shelves.
Grocery supplies (I shopped online with The Miniature Supermarket. Excellent service and fast delivery.)
Modern miniature metal kitchen bench unit displaying a selection of kitchenware underneath.
A new kitchen bench (An ex-commercial-kitchen bargain from ALLBIDS*. I still have no plumbing but at least I don't have to hunch to reach the school desks I was using. And this unit dismantled nicely to fit into the car.)
Interior of a modern miniature holiday house kitchen, with a round white table in the foreground.
 And a super-cheap IKEA DOCKSTA table I scored second hand off Gumtree*. Looking forward to using this.
Selection of modern miniature homeware items displayed on a tabletop, including a tea towel, set of mugs, old school case, bell, letter A and cat ornament.
I couldn't resist a quick stop at the op shops on the way though Margell, where I picked up a few necessities and a few fripperies.

And now I'm heading back to bed for an afternoon nap.

(*Not really but I can pretend, right?)

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Afternoon treats

Ruth brought me a present for letting her be my first guest at Margell:
Miniature holiday house showing a sitting area in the background and a large apple container on top of a piano in the foreground.
We agreed it was a perfect house warming present for a former school.
Miniature holiday house showing a sitting area in the background and a large apple container on top of a piano in the foreground, with a gift bag on the floor below it.
 A few more things have been added to the decor this weekend. I got the pear poster from Superdooper Studio last week and Ruth brought the director's chair with her when I mentioned she'd have to either sit on the teacher's chair or a classroom chair.
Miniature holiday house showing a sitting area with a 1950s-style lounge chair and directors chair . Between them is a piano stool set with two flans on plates and two cups of tea on top.
 So now there's somewhere for us both to sit while we eat delicious cakes for afternoon tea.
Aerial view of a miniature holiday house scene showing a sitting area with a 1950s-style lounge chair and directors chair . Between them is a piano stool set with two flans on plates and two cups of tea on top.
 I got two posters from Superdooper Studios,as I couldn't decide between them. The second one went up in the sleeping area.
Miniature holiday house scene showing two mattresses on the floor, made up with sheets, pillows and doonas. Next to each is a wooden box on end with reading material on them.
It's all looking much more comfortable, isn't it?

Back to school

My friend Ruth was keen to join me on a weekend away at my new holiday house, so I invited her to join me this weekend.
Inside of a miniature holiday house, showing a doona rolled up on the floor next to a pile of magazines and a bag of knitting. On the table behind is a selection of miniature grocery items, and a bag of groceries is on the floor underneath,
 We both thought it might be a wet weekend, so brought lots of things to keep us amused inside.
Inside of a miniature holiday house, showing a doona rolled up on the floor next to a pile of magazines and a bag of knitting.
 Plus we brought enough supplies to last us in case we didn't feel like heading into the village.
Inside of a miniature holiday house, showing a table with a selection of miniature grocery items, and a bag of groceries is on the floor underneath,
There's still a bit to unpack from the car before we stop for lunch, so we'd better get back to it...