Saturday, October 18, 2014


It's been quite a week. I'm still trying to learn All The Things in my now-six-week-old job, and  get used to a new commuting routine as I take to the buses to escape rising parking prices at work. Plus I've been spending most of my evenings working on the November issue of The tiny Times (except for the last couple, after my modem died.)

No time for minis. Or so I thought.

On the way from the bus stop on Wednesday morning I spotted this on the footpath:
Miniature pine cones on the footpath.
Which made me very happy as I'd been wondering what sort of tree they came from since August, when I discovered these under my bonnet when the NRMA visited Miss Daisy.
Tiny pine cones on a hand in front of a car being fixed by an NRMA man.
 And look! A whole tree of them, not two blocks from work!
Tiny one cones on a tree outside an office building.
I collected a handful, which I added to the pile of treasures heaped on my workbench waiting for me to make the time to sort it all out and return to some scene making.
Messy pile of modern dolls house miniatures on a desk.
Next weekend, maybe?

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Slaving on Saturday

In what seems to have become a bit of a tradition around here, may I present this edition of The tiny Times' 'Test covers with chocolate' picture?
Desk with a tin of chocolate bars, two test covers for The tiny Times, a notebook and pen and an empty tea mug on it.
This issue is shaping up to be the best one yet. And we're ahead of schedule. I am feeling most smug.

(*Want to subscribe? AMEA membership includes four magazines a year and costs just $A35 for the first year for Australian addresses and $A45 for international addresses. After that it's just $A25 and $A35 a year.)

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Gray and gold

My new Xavier Pauchard bar stools and cafe stools from Shapewayswhich arrived yesterdaygo rather nicely with the wool I picked up to make mini pouffes with while I was in New Zealand...
Modern dolls house miniature Xavier Pauchard bar stool and cafe stool in front of two balls of gold-flecked gray wool.
I'm hoping to find some time this weekend to create a few scenes with these and my recent acquisitions...

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Miniatures at the museum

On the way to the airport on my final day in Wellington, the Parental Units and I visited Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa (and a few other places but they're not relevant for this post).

My final miniature sighting of the trip was the Duchamp Box in a valise (Boîte-en-valise) in their collection:
 (Look! A miniature urinal.)
(If I hadn't happened across it I would have blogged this photo in desperation:
Poppets yarn balls at Knit World Lower Hutt. Not miniature, but teeny, at least...)

Monday, October 06, 2014

Unexpected miniature finds

Perusing the junk mail that arrived in my parental units' letterbox yesterday I discovered a range of tiny groceries being offered by one of the supermarket chains:
 Not much use to me as they're large scale, and you also have to spend $40 to get one. But mini, none the less...

Later in the day my (evil) Parental Units stopped off at Archway Books on our way up to visit one of my uncles. I warn you: this place is dangerous for your wallet.

The first book I pulled off the shelf opened to a section on Hundertwasser's architectural models. It was a sign that it needed to come home with me (thank goodness that Qantas doesn't count 'reading for the journey' into its baggage allowance...)

Sunday, October 05, 2014

A Saturday with Sandra

1. Miniatures at the markets:

Our first stop of the morning was The Wellington Underground Markets, primarily to visit the Blue Star Kiwi stall (I was intrigued after receiving gifts purchased from there by travelling friends.)

On the way we found these miniature necklaces at Whirlwind's stall:
and I succumbed to temptation...

The Blue Star Kiwi stall was popular (a heartening sign)
and full of very reasonably-priced miniatures.
(and rabbits)
And I succumbed to temptation...

So what did I pick up?

Free fliers from various stalls that I can turn into posters:
(Plus cards and a magnet that I bought for the same reason).
A terrarium from Whirlwind:
Food from Blue Star Kiwi:
2. Afternoon adventures:

I was fortunate enough to be in Wellington for the Weta 20th anniversary celebrations and we managed to go to two talks on their history at Te Papa,

Which included mention of their miniature work (which made us quite excited),
but also mention that it's a dying art, as it's being replaced by digital work (which made us quite depressed).

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Fashion houses

I attended the World of Wearable Art show last night and was surprised to see two miniature buildings in the lineup:
Flock Frock by Philippa Stichbury
Gothic Habit by Lynn Christiansen.