Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Quite the comic

There have been a few changes to Wertheim's Comics since we saw it at last year's show (and in September).
Modern dolls' house miniature comic book shop in an art deco building
 Lewis took it to the February Australian Miniature Enthusiasts Association meeting and sold it to Elizabeth, our President.
Front view of a modern dolls' house miniature comic book shop in an art deco building
And she's spent the last couple of months working hard to fill it with stock,
Interior view of a modern dolls' house miniature comic book shop
which is arranged on lust-worthy shelves designed by Lewis and cut by Warren:
Interior view of a modern dolls' house miniature comic book shop, showing the metal shelving brackets
I made Lewis promise to tell me the minute they go into production for sale, and Warren is getting back to me with a price for the diner kit this shop is based on. Not that I have room for another building if I still want to use my dining table!

Monday, May 04, 2015

Minis for Margell

I had two items on my shopping list for this year's Sydney show: a crocheted granny square afghan rug (the one I bought in Melbourne last year is too out of scale to work) and a mixer tap.

I found neither, but did find a lot of other bits and pieces to add to Margell. On Friday night my co editor presented me with this beautiful cashmere scarf she knitted for me:
Modern dolls' house miniature wall hook holding two knitted scarves, a lantern and an umbrella.
(The yellow one underneath came from a lucky dip box that I was allowed to rummage through. Twenty cents got me a set with not only the scarf, but hand-knitted mittens and a hat as well!)

In the same box (and for the same price) was the rug on the middle shelf of the storage cupboard. On the bottom shelf of the bookcase you can see my new fly swat ($1) and spare candles ($1.80 for four)
Modern dolls' house miniature cupboard containing spare linen and storage boxes.
I bought dark chocolate Tim Tams and a bag of chips from The Miniature Supermarket ($2.50 each), plus a pair of salt and pepper grinders ($4.50: can't remember the name of the stall)
Modern dolls' house miniature food shelf with packets of biscuits, chips and bottles of oil.
(As an aside: look! A kitchen sink! I have a whole back story that involves a friend's husband who is a plumber who is swapping a couple of weeks' use of the place for installing plumbing. The sink was free because his mate is a builder who often pulls out old kitchens. This is why I need a mixer tap...)
Modern dolls' house miniature kitchen sink unit.
New from the show: dishwashing liquid ($2), dish mop, towel and bar of soap (another find from the twenty cent box), Ferrero Rocher chocolates (50 cents) and handwoven vintage kitchen rug ($5 from Nambucca’s Liittle Shoppe).
Modern dolls' house miniature piano with sheet music.
I bought music for the piano ($5 from Michelle's Miniatures),
Modern dolls' house miniature games shelf.
and more bits for the games shelf (crossword book also $5 from Michelle's Miniatures, cat jigsaw puzzle $5 and tangram puzzle $2 from stalls I've forgotten the names of).
Modern dolls' house miniature sofa with knitting on it.
Finally, new cushions for the sofa ($1 each) and a knitting set ($5). Because you can never have too much knitting...

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Crate expectations

Modern dolls' house miniature milk crate and Dexion shelving pieces
'I was sweeping up my studio' he said.
'I found these and thought you might like them'
'But there are better versions happening in the very near future'
'You'll be the first to know...'

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Sydney Show 2015: The Saturday report

Here's the 'live-from-the-hotel-no-alt-text-no-brain-space-to-explain-and-besides-I-wasn't-planning-to-photograph-the-displays-until-tomorrow' photo dump.
 I was super-excited to see this miniature version of a Venturo, created by Felicity Moy. I almost missed it as she only had the house on display today...
Marilyn has finished her Hut on Tyrannosaur's Legs (I'm not actually sure I shared the photos I took of this last year with you...)
 Her partner Lewis had a street of workshops on display:
 (Mmmm.... milk crates...)
 (Me? obsessed?)
(Lewis said, in the May tiny Times, that he 'really want to do a scene with three monkeys typing the complete works of Shakespeare, one on an Underwood, one on an Olivetti and one on a Commodore 64'. So that is what he's done...)
Warren Barnard had told me about this this helical art gallery he'd designed for West End Miniatures when I'd visited him last year, so I was keen to see the end result.
It didn't disappoint.
Finally, I dropped in to see Div, who had created Lily Love's house.
(And announced that she's abandoning 1:12 scale for 1:24 and 1:48)

Monday, April 13, 2015

A new start

Photo of a modern dolls' house miniature shed kit with curved roof and sliding doors at the front.
Hobby Builders Supplythe company that runs the very popular annual Creatin' Contestcontacted me (and a number of other modern miniature bloggers) to see if I'd be interested in receiving this year's kit. And so a box containing Denise's City Cottage Kit arrive a couple of weeks ago and sat in the corner of the kitchen until I'd finished my build for the Shapeways 3D Printed Miniature House Contest.
Yesterday, after I'd made a library (as you do), cleared some space and put a pile of stuff away, my thoughts turned to the new build.

While I was filing photos of The Hideout I noticed that the adjacent folder had contained photos I'd taken when I was contemplating creating a writers' retreat called The Garrets and another contained photos of the unfinished Shed project. Perhaps this was the inspiration I needed?

I cut out a piece of cardboard to the interior dimensions of the cottage and arranged some furniture I had to hand. As you can see I originally contemplated having four rooms in the cottage but decided that it would make each room claustrophobic and cell-like.
Four sets of modern dolls' house miniature furniture in different styles arranged in room settings on a piece of cardboard.
And so I tried just two rooms: each in a different style but containing the basics.
View from above of mid-century modern dolls' house miniature furniture bedroom setting arranged on a piece of cardboard.
View from above of shabby chic dolls' house miniature furniture bedroom setting arranged on a piece of cardboard.
I'd already decided, if I was to go ahead with this idea, that there would be front windows overlooking the view, the small window from the side of the kit would move to the back above the bed for cross-ventilation (and night-time star gazing) and that entry would be from the sides.

So I printed out a copy of the original kit photo and traced over the basic details:
Sketch of an outline of a shed.
 My first thought was to leave a long window on each side of the centre for a good access to the view, but since that's where the bookcases are going in this iteration of the build, I figured it probably wouldn't be such a good idea I tucked the concept away in case I decided to rearrange inside and have the sitting area there, which would work well with the window placement.
Outline of a shed split down the middle ,with two long windows and two short windows on the front and a deck on each side.
Outline of a shed split down the middle ,with two long windows and two short windows on the front and a deck on each side. The background is coloured grey to show placement of windows and doors at the side and rear.
 So I tried again, raising the front windows to just above desk height right across, and adding weatherboarding for interest:
Outline of a shed split down the middle ,with two windows on each side of the front, weatherboarding,  and a deck on each side. The background is coloured grey to show placement of windows and doors at the side and rear.
And realised, if I made this and painted it with the creosote-coloured paint I bought for The Shed, I'd have created a typical New Zealand bach...

#HBSCreatinContest2015 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

That was quick...

Modern dolls' house miniature pop-up Little Library.
(And most definitely NOT tidying up.) 
Entrance to a modern dolls' house miniature pop-up Little Library.
My excuse is that The Little Library was part of the same post with mini inspiration from my trip to Melbourne.
Corner of a modern dolls' house miniature pop-up Little Library, with a pouffe, fire extinguisher and shelves of books.
So it made sense to use the same build.
Bookcase in a modern dolls' house miniature pop-up Little Library,
Decor items on a bookcase in a modern dolls' house miniature pop-up Little Library,
Sign saying 'Please borrow our books but please don't take our props' next to decor items on a bookcase in a modern dolls' house miniature pop-up Little Library,
Sun shining on a bookcase in a modern dolls' house miniature pop-up Little Library,
Sofa in the corner of a modern dolls' house miniature pop-up Little Library, On the wall above it are some vintage maps and a paper parasol.
Sofa in the corner of a modern dolls' house miniature pop-up Little Library, On the wall above it are some vintage maps.

 I wonder what happened to Hideout?