Sunday, December 30, 2012

For a limited time

Welcome to Limited: a new pop up shop of treasures, with stock changing completely every three months.
See something you love? Buy it now: most of our items are one of a kind vintage pieces and once they're gone, they're gone.
(We also have generous layby terms: ask our staff for details.)
(Details, as much as I can remember, on FLICKR)

Mini markets

 After yesterday's second hand success, this morning I was up bright and early and heading for the Trash and Treasure markets to see if I could continue my luck.

I came away with a set of six.... errr.... somethings which could be used as table bases ($5). A set of six large wooden trays (or small wooden coasters, depending on how you look at them) ($6). And, just as I left, I spotted a chap selling a selection of letters from cars ($1 each) who seemed amazed that I was buying them for my dolls house. He also had a limited sign ($5),
which I decided would be the perfect name for the pop up shop that the Starlight scene seems to have decided to morph into (still a work in progress):
(It was supposed to be a 2602 dinner party scene. Then a cafe. Maybe it will finally decide to become a cafe with a pop up shop. Now where do you think I'll find enough matching table bases and tops to use.... ;-) )

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Op shop adventures

 I popped into the op shop today with my 'mini eyes' in, spent $15, and came out with this:
The coasters will be turned upside down and used as table tops. The napkin rings will be used as coffee table bases.
The bag of perspex bits (I have no idea what they might have been originally) will also become coffee table bases.
Or maybe modern art.
I'm particularly pleased with this set:
 The napkin rings can, once again, become coffee table bases. Or side tables. Or modern art. And the holder would make a great display coffee table if covered with a piece of perspex.
And when I get bored with that idea, I can screw the legs off and use them to make a cool modern sofa. Or bed. Or something...

Friday, December 28, 2012

(then take it off again)

I must admit, even though the sticker refill in my Xyron 250 said 'repositionable', I was a little concerned that I would be left with a mess of a desk when I tried taking the bird decal off.

As you can see, there was no need to worry.

Of course I'm now wanting to try the permanent refill to see if the sticker is less cloudy...

...put a bird on it*

Still looking for the table for the Starlight scene, I came across one of the perspex tables I had made for the May Sydney Show. And a piece of scrapbooking acetate I picked up months ago.

In a flash of brilliance, I ran a length of the acetate through my Xyron 250 sticker machine (upside down) and stuck it to the bottom of the table.

It reminds me of a cross between Jodie Cunningham's work for Call of the Small, and the IKEA Vika Glasholm table.

(It was only after I took the photo that I realised one of the feet is missing from my chair. It's that sort of day...)

(*In case you don't get the reference)

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Starlight: a scene in progress

The inspiration:

Last month, at the Handmade market, I picked up a Newcastle Productions fridge magnet of the old Starlight drive in cinema sign (which used to live just a couple of kilometres up the road from me):
The intention:

To use up some of the pieces languishing in my 'new* bits to be used soon' drawers...
I begin picking out pieces that I think work with the colours of the magnet. At this stage I have no idea what the finished scene will be of, but the first two pieces out make me think of yet another studio scene (which is quite apt for 2602, the postcode in which the sign lived. And I live. And many other artists and creative people live.)
I keep digging:
And somewhere along the line the idea of a dining room emerges...
(Perhaps I could finally use the CB2 chairs I was sent by Claudia last year?)
The implementation:

Still playing, I start with the basics
then get sidetracked while hunting for my wooden dining table: perhaps it would be more 2602 to have a range of mismatched black chairs instead?
Still hunting, I come across two vintage armchairs. Perhaps I'm really making a cafe?
The interruption:

An hour after I start, I still don't know where my wooden dining table is (serves me right for not visiting the stash cupboard for six months!)
I give up for now, after finding the matching shelving until and arranging a few of the pieces I picked out in it.

(*Which are, for the most case, not very new at all anymore...)

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Boxing Day breakfast

It may be a chilly grey summer's day in reality, but I can pretend I'm having Boxing Day breakfast at a lovely holiday house down the coast, can't I?
 This scene was inspired by the glass Greek fridge magnet given to me by a friend who was having a clear out.
(Details on FLICKR)

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Out of practice

Modern one-twelfth scale miniature scene of a bar in black and white with lime details, decorated for Christmas.
I thought today would be a good day to dip my toe back into the mini water.

Alas I hadn't realised how out of practice I've become. :-(

(The details:
Flooring: back of a vintage scrabble board. Wall: paiinted placemat.
Table: AG Minis sofa on its side. Chairs: from a set of plastic shot glasses I picked up at an op shop for $1. Lamp: AG Minis (upside down). Star garland: made from black cotton and silver stickers. Modern 'Christmas tree': top of a L'eau D'issey perfume bottle. Tray: Rement paint box lid. Jug, glasses and metal bowl: various shows)

Friday, November 30, 2012

Guess that means I'll be getting back into minis again, then...

I've just been offered a rooly trooly book deal. With a rooly trooly publisher (none of this self-publish nonsense*). And a rooly trooly advance**.

Am still in shock, as the possibility only came to light 74 hours ago.

Alas I suspect a lot of what I'm doing over the next three months mini-wise will be a wee bit secret squirrel, but I promise to share what I can.

(*Not that I'm meaning to put down self publishing. I think it's great)
(** Before you ask, not enough to quit my job and live the life of a disheveled writer)

(Sorry about the random non-miniatury photo: my first pair of reading glasses arrived yesterday and I was practicing looking all writerly)

Monday, August 27, 2012

How much do I love the 21st century?

See this plastic plant pot?
I made it. Not using a 3D printer, but with my own two hands and some Plastimake supplied by a workmate.

It's a bit rough but it was my first try at using this fabulous modelling compound which you soften with hot water then mould into shape before letting air dry*.

Our workplace art group is playing with it more on Thursday. I'l be sure to show you what other miniature uses I think up for it...

(*Even better, if you're not happy with the end result, just dunk it back into the hot water and use again for something else!)

Sunday, July 15, 2012

The Repper rug

Today, while tackling one of the piles of Things to play with when I get the chance I stumbled across a package of fuzzy paper I bought at the Sydney Show back in May.

And since my self imposed rule for the day was to deal with everything I touched in the pile, no matter how long it took, I had to do a test print.

I could have, of course, just lifted a random rug picture off the internet and do a trial with that. But oh no, I had to get carried away, didn't I, and finally use the upgrade to Repper pro I paid for last year and haven't touched since.

May I present my Repper Rug?
(Not quite flat as it was fresh off the printer. And not trimmed to size either for the same reason)
I think it goes rather well with another acquisition that's been hanging round waiting for its moment in the spotlight for far too long:
(Originally a fridge magnet from Habitat, via eBay, attacked, as usual, with the black spray paint)

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Lounging round

 ...after getting most of the unpacking done. 
The divan looks like the perfect place for a nap in the winter sun.

Settling in

My new holiday cottage was built in the early 60s and has many original features.

I'm planning to rent it out when I'm not using it and aim to marketing it at people who appreciate vintage so I'm not terribly worried about the state of the wallpaper. Which is just as well as I don't have the budget to replace it even if I wanted to. 
It also means I get to furnish it with a mix of second hand and modern pieces.

The ski season has arrived early this year. I might manage to get some bookings earlier than I'd planned...

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Birthday cake

Birthday lunch with workmates today.

"We got you a cake" they said:
Best birthday cake ever! (There were two real ones from Silo as well, for those who had a larger appetite...)

Monday, May 14, 2012


Insipred by a homewares store pull out in the latest marie claire, I (finally) bought shiny silver spray paint and gave my "ghost" chair a makeover....
And then I ordered a few more. (Chairs, not cans of spray paint.)

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Show stash

Reac ball chair in limited edition black: $30. Armchair in brocade:$10 (part of a lot I bought for a Lundby and a Lisa chest, but might scrub up with a change of fabric). Two side chairs: $14 the pair (I'm planning a makeover on these)
White plastic bed: $7.50. Another makeover in the offing...
Black wrought iron bed with bedding: $12
(I think I'll be using the base by itself as well...)
The vintage lot: Spice rack (I assume Bodo Hennig?): $2.50. Set of Caroline's Home perspex bowls: $3. Silver bottle: $10. Bodo Hennig trolley: $10 (I didn't find this until the second day, after I'd visited the stall at least three times. I was very happy). Picture: 50 cents (part of a lot with a mirror). Recovered Lundby stool: part of lot with the two chests and the armchair pictured previously. Scooter book ends: 50 cents (Part of a lot including the white plastic basket). Telephone: 50 cents.
(See why the trolley made me so happy?)
Collection of plants on crate: 50 cents.
Knitting set: $5.

I also came home with a pile of International Dolls House News magazines, some crafting and lighting supplies and a book box which probably won't be used for minis...