Saturday, October 22, 2011

Mini mathematics

This photo:(spotted this morning over at love you big during a blog reading catch up)

Plus this felt doily coaster (just stumbled across
on eBay) Equals modern miniature heaven. Right?

a lack of funds then equals wait a week to test the equation)

Friday, October 21, 2011

A night on the tiles

I've been lusting after the Anglepoise Giant 1227 floor lamp for quite some time (and, at $3,500 a pop, will probably be doing so for quite some time to come)

Recently I've been playing with ideas to create a version in miniature, even buying a Barbie one off eBay for a couple of dollars to experiment with.

While waiting for it to arrive, I happened to find myself in the National Portrait Gallery shop, where I discovered the Tiny Tim booklight:An almost perfect size, it lights up, and it was only $16.

Now I'm trying to decide if I should get a red one as well...

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Well it's certainly been an interesting few days in the world of modern miniatures. First up, Mitchymoo Miniatures has done the first reveal of the swap parcel I (finally) sent her:(I nicked her photo without asking. I'm sure it's OK)

On a related theme,
Amazing Miniatures has been accused of counterfeiting, which brings up an interesting question of copyright: if the original is 1/1 scale and the item in question is 1/12 (or any other miniature) scale, is it still a copyright infringement? (Let's not even get started on the related issues with the seemingly ubiquitous sliced stag idea)
(Oops, there's another stolen image, this time from Amazing Miniatures)

And, the next day,
there's the news that modern miniatures have made it into a McDonald's ad:
Oops, I did it again)

If that's not mainstream acceptance, I don't know what is.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Winging it

Way back in March I picked up a scrap bag of fabric from the local quilting shop, which included some very fine black and white stripy fabric which you've seen before, and some fabulous fabric with mini writing on it. Which I decided on the spot had to become a wing chair for reading.

I even had a kit tucked away which would be close enough to experiment on.

And so, almost six months later, may I present:(Just don't look at the sides, OK?)It's been languishing for weeks and I finally gathered the brain space together over the weekend to start figuring out how to approach upholstering it in two different fabrics AND replace the skirt which came with the kit with legs.

(This is what the original Millie August kit looked like, if you're interested. Otterine putting together sister kits here and here and I've since bought a House of Miniatures version like this just in case I stuff this one up entirely...)

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Mini Missoni

I was happy to recently discover that you can now buy US Vogue in Canberra. I used to subscribe but lapsed last year and have been missing it ever since. Last week I treated myself to a copy of the September issue.

And noticed that
Missoni has done a range for US Target. Now I don't usually like Missoni's style (except maybe for these) so was a little surprised to suddenly find myself inspired enough to rat round in the Cupboard of Possibilities in my Room of Shame to dig out my vintage mini ric rac supplies. (See where I'm heading with this?)Add a piece of my trusty old white sheet, some double sided sticky webbing stuff and some fiddly ironing.

Followed by some sewing, turning and stuffing...
et voila!

(I should probably pipe them but I can't be bothered.)

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Nothing (much) to report

I don't seem to have been in the mood for minis recently.

Since my last proper post (almost a month ago!)
I finally succumbed and bought a tablet computer. Alas not full sized.
The only change to the pink and white room is the addition of a stress ball I got in my TEDx goodie bag. I think it's time to pull this scene apart, don't you?I have a very scary looking cardboard deer head to put together.
Which I can't do until I've cleared space on my worktable. Which is a total tip.

I did achieve one thing, though. My May swap parcel for Mitchymoo Miniatures finally made it into the post. Only 4 months late...