Wednesday, April 01, 2015

The prescription is Easter chocolate

Four modern dolls' house miniature Easter eggs and a chocolate bunny.
(I'm particularly chuffed that the eggs came from the supermarket: so fully recyclable. Into my tummy. The 'chocolate' bunny is one from a farmyard set that was part of a 'bag of bits' I picked up at the weekend's show. Spray painted, of course.)
A bag of M&M speckled eggs, a bowl of Cadbury mini eggs and a jar of milk chocolate fruit and nut mix arranged around a plate with dolls' house-sized Easter eggs on it.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

A miniaturists' morning tea at Margell

A selection of morning tea treats set out on a table in front of a modern miniatures dolls' house school
My fellow Australia Miniature Enthusiasts Association stall holders popped in for morning tea on their way back home to Sydney.

Suddenly having a miniature school on my dining table made complete sense...

Friday, March 27, 2015

...followed by a crazy miniaturist's handbag reveal

I have felt my handbag getting more and more out of control over the past two days as I've dashed from place to place and stuffed various things into it.

Tonight I arrived home from setting up my stall at the ACT Miniature Enthusiasts Fair and Dollhouse Show and remembered that I'd been given a bar of chocolate. Could I find it in my bag? No.
Large pile of items from a handbag including keys, hankie, wallet, various cases, business cards, scrunched up pieces of paper and a dolls' house miniature knitted pouffe and rug.
There was only one thing to do: turn it upside down to empty it out completely and return it to some semblance of order.

And what did I find?
Large pile of items from a handbag including keys, hankie, wallet, various cases, business cards, scrunched up pieces of paper and a dolls' house miniature knitted pouffe and rug.
Yeah, that's not going to last me terribly long...

Finish it off Friday frenzy...

A selection of items laid out on a desk, including a dolls' house miniature radiator and two small tables, fabric printed with a coffee bag, a job advertisement, two rolls of coins, a Paypal Here device and tablet and a block of Lindt sea salt caramel chocolate.
(Clockwise from top left)

New side tables/stools arrived just in time for tomorrow's show. Coffee-sack fabric waiting to cover a bench for the cafe buildA job to apply for. Money stuff to sort out. Chocolate to eat. And a radiator to install.

I wonder which one should I start with?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

In the miniaturist's kitchen

Kitchen bench with kettle, toaster and blender. In front is some miniature flooring, a pair of scissors, sandpaper, a paint brush and pot of paint and some paint samples.
I know I'm not the only one... :-)

(And no, the blender has not been used for paper mache. Yet.)

A testing time

While the second coat of varnish was drying on my cafe front this morning, I ducked out to run a couple of errands.

First stop was Officeworks, where I got my front window signs printed onto overhead projector plastic:
Modern dolls' house miniature window sign which says 'You've found our secret! Hideout cafe"
(A test that worked out beautifully and cheaply).

Then the hardware store to buy a test pot of paint. I'm checking if I can cover the front wall of the cafe with sandpaper and then paint it.
A sample iece of cardboard and a sample piece of sandpaper, both painted with cream paint, laid out to dry.
 I'm also checking out the two cans of granite paint I have to see which would look better for my foundation (once they're dry I'll also see if I can paint over it with the cream).
Two sample pieces of carboard, painted with different brands of concrete-looking paint.
Now I'm off to cut the floor to fit, and make a radiator...
Dolls' house miniature kitset radiator pieces on a miniature wooden floor.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A cardboard cutout

Walls!
Modern dolls' house miniature cafe, half built with furniture arranged in a cardboard room.
Table and chairs,
Modern dolls' house miniature cafe, half built with mock up of a table and chairs set up.
bench seating, pillar and radiator,
Modern dolls' house miniature cafe, half built with mock up of a window seating and a radiator set up.
and a quiet corner.
Modern dolls' house miniature cafe, half built with mock up of a window seating and a corner chair set up.
The front (without a slope on the laneway):
Modern dolls' house miniature cafe, half built with the front added and tables and stools outside.
And again, with a slope:
Modern dolls' house miniature cafe, half built with the front added and tables and stools outside. The paving outside is on  a slope.
Which to chose?

On one hand, I like the idea of using the window sills as a ledge to support the table tops (possibly having them hinged so they can be put away at night. Which I couldn't do if I added a slope to the laneway:)
Modern dolls' house miniature cafe, half built, with a mock up of a sloping laneway outside and a large gap between the top of the stools and the table.
On the other hand, I suspect having the added detail of the slope will add an extra 'zing' to the look of the final piece...

I'll continue to mull the decision over while I work on some other things.