Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Silver star

Examine the stash and remove two silver trays, bought at this year's ACT Miniature Enthusiasts Association show.
Two silver-coloured embossed metal dolls house miniature trays, one rectangular and one square.
Spy the perfume bottle sent to me by Kikka N in April and a Rement frangipani flower from who knows when in amongst the stash. Realise that the trays would work rather well as deco-esque wall boxes.
Two silver-coloured embossed metal dolls house wall boxes, one rectangular and one square, with a perfume bottle and frangipani in the lower one.
Do some more stash rummaging and add some other pieces that work with the theme, which now seems to have become a luxury bathroom (and discover that it's been a very long time since I've done a bathroom scene).
Two silver-coloured embossed metal dolls house wall boxes, one rectangular and one square, with a pink bottle and model Eiffel Tower in the top one and a perfume bottle, silver bottle and frangipani in the lower one.
Remember the rub-on chandelier silhouette decal I bought from Kmart a couple of years ago and have never found the right home for.
Selection of silver and white dolls house miniature furniture and accessories displayed under a rub-on chandelier sticker in its packet.
 And have a giggle as I realise I've just accidentally created the perfect home for the star challenge piece bought by Roruu for me last month at the Trash and Treasure markets (I'm still working out how to use last year's challenge piece: a large purple plastic octopus).
Selection of silver and white dolls house bathroom miniature furniture and accessories, with a full-sized silver-coloured placemat used as flooring and a range of silver, pink, white and blue miniature accessories.
And also some pieces that Mitchymoo and  Elvira sent me. 
Dolls house miniature bath, mirror and heated towel rail. On the mirror is a beaded bag and on the wall is a tiny pinky-silver tile.
Did you notice the pink sparkly tile? It's from a mosaic play set I picked up from the op shop for a couple of dollars a few years ago and have tucked away for the perfect scene:
Empty video cassette box containing bags of silvery-coloured mosaic tiles in blue, green, pink red and silver,

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

In a mod mood

I chose this sofa that Mod Pod miniatures sent me back in February as the starting point for a scene.
Mid century modern miniature sofa with attached coffee table.
While digging through the stash I realised that the Jens Risom chair that was in Elvira's parcel went rather well with it.
Mid century modern miniature sofa with attached coffee table and Jens Risom armchair,
I added a few gifted and purchased accessories
Mid century modern miniature sofa with attached coffee table and Jens Risom armchair, On the coffee table are mid century accessories including a bird house, bird, bottle and dish.
Mid century modern miniature sofa with attached coffee table, displaying mid century accessories including a bird house, bird, bottle and dish.
Midcentury modern miniature Jens Rimson chair with cushion.
and a stone floor (last seen in January last year).
Mid century modern miniature sofa with attached coffee table and Jens Risom armchair, On the coffee table are mid century accessories including a bird house, bird, bottle and dish and the floor is covered with stone paving.
And then I had an 'Aha!' moment as I remembered the box of op-shopped beads I picked up in April 2012 and tucked away. And how much they resembled the La Gardo Tackett garden sculptures I'd admired at the California Design 1930–1965: Living in a Modern Way exhibition in Brisbane back in January.
Picture in a book of La Gardo Tackett's garden sculptures, with a container of wooden beads next to it.
Picture in a book of La Gardo Tackett's garden sculptures, with four purple wooden beads lined up next to it.
 And so it was off downstairs to the spray can collection for a makeover:
Four geometric wooden beads lined in a cardboard box, having just been spray painted white.
Now I have to wait 24 hours before I can do the second coat and then another 24 hours until they're dry,,,

Monday, September 15, 2014

Finally finished!

I vaguely recall that, back in January, I was feeling all proud that I had opened my Little Building Co kit and done a dry fit. Thus, I believed, ensuring it didn't get buried in the pile of things to be done.

Look what I dug out and finished yesterday:
Wooden laser-cut miniature wooden cottage, held by a hand.
*Blush*

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Ask and you shall receive...

When I posted on Monday about my new Xavier Pauchard Model A chairs, Kristine from Paper Doll Miniatures commented that she was hoping they were making more models including the tall bar stools.

I'd already planned to contact the maker once I'd checked the quality and scale of the chairs, suggesting just such a thing. And I did so on Monday night.

After a couple of messages back and forward, where she asked which version I might most be interested in, and warning that it would take a week or two to finalise designs, I was shocked and delighted to wake up this morning to this message:
There are a handful of Pauchard designs now available here: http://www.shapeways.com/shops/prettysmallthings?section=1%3 A12+Furniture&s=0 Most are also available in 1:24.  
Selection of modern dolls house miniature Tolix stools, chairs and tables available from 3D printing on Shapeways.
 Which to choose? The low stool?
Modern dolls house miniature low Pauchard stool in yellow.
 The high stool?
Modern dolls house miniature high Pauchard stool in aluminium..
 Or the high stool with low back?
Modern dolls house miniature high Pauchard stool with low back, in grey.
You can thank (or curse!) me later...

(All photos shamelessly lifted from Shapeways)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Framed

My friend Ruth loved the story I created about her visit to Margell back in June, and particularly the Two Chooks tote bag I'd made to include the scene.

Since the bag was a fairly ephemeral piece for me I offered to give it to her. And then I had an idea.

I printed out a copy of the photo featuring the bag, sized to fit one of the small boxframes I have in stash, then positioned the bag (and a book on knitting farmyard animals I'd made to go with it) between the photo and the front of the frame:
Close up of a box picture frame containing a photo of a modern miniature scene, and a miniature knitting bag and book included in front of the photo.
This gives my non-miniaturist friend a way to display the bag which includes the back story, rather than it potentially getting lost in the back of a cupboard.
A box picture frame containing a photo of a modern miniature scene, and a miniature knitting bag and book included in front of the photo.
Brilliant! (If I say so myself...) 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

We call it acieed (aka: the convoluted process that is inspiration...)

Last night I was watching a couple of videos by Hurts on YouTube, trying to decide if I wanted to buy their second album or not, when the colour scene for one of the videos hit me as one that could work well in a miniature scene.

 So I pulled out the swan chair that Elvira had sent me, a vintage German table and a tiled placemat to see what happened.
Modern dolls house wooden table, swan chair and red tiled floor:view from above.
What happened was there needed to be some white.
Modern dolls house white table with wooden crate on it, swan chair and red tiled floor:view from above.
And then what happened is that I pulled put my stash of pictures,and this Avant card was on top, It was a simple thing to swap the red tile sheet for the purple one.
Modern dolls house white table, swan chair, colourful postcard and purple tiled floor:view from above.
(I don't use purple much, partially because it can be difficult to photograph, so figured this would be an interesting challenge).
Modern dolls house miniature scene of a purple rocket, bowl of colourful sweets and jar of tiny beads in front of a colourful poster.
An eraser from a December 2013 shopping trip, a jar of beads from Mod Pod Miniatures, and sweets from, I think, Elvira but I can't actually remember. I found them in stash anyway!
Modern dolls house miniature scene of a study with white walls and purple tiled flooring. A teal swan chairs sits in front of a white table with a laptop on it. A white shelving unitl is to the right and a large place lamp is attached to the right-hand wall.
 And a book light from the Typo Not Quite Right table. Too small to use next to the desk, I decided to try it attached to the wall.

And then the name came to me in a(nother) song.