Tuesday, December 07, 2021


Today's burning question is: will my new beachside scene live in this cliffside spot, or in this cliffside spot?

Or maybe even this one? (which I only now realise makes no sense if it the kitchen of the house is on the dunes, but the lounge is on a cliff).

Or somewhere completely new?

(I have no answers: I logged in to back-to-back meetings all morning, then after lunch finally returned to the chores I usually do before 9am. Which resulted in an almost-11-hour day, something I found completely ironic as when I realised I was going to work through my planned summer leave, I'd assured myself that I would make sure they were short days to make up for the disappointment.)

Monday, December 06, 2021

A week start

It was an early morning, and a long day, including a 2-hour meeting starting around the time I'd usually be logging off, especially as I'm now officially on summer-but-not-on-leave time. :-(

Because I woke up at sparrow's fart and couldn't get back to sleep, I got up at 5am and spent an hour before my day officially started reacquainting myself with the contents of my stash, and pulling out bits and pieces that might work with the pictures I pulled out yesterday (and some stuff for a couple of other ideas I've had).

Then I returned to bed with my morning mug of tea and my phone, and found a message from Call of the Small, with a link to a new Australian miniatures show*, due to air on ABC early next year:

(How on earth did I not know about this, while someone on the other side of the world did? But speaking of miniatures and the other side of the world, there's currently  another miniature-related TV show in production in Canada...)

So in terms of making progress back here, I did whitewash the coffee-stirrer frames at lunchtime, and pulled together an inspiration board for the next miniature beachside getaway:

Flat lay of one-twelfth scale modern miniatures with a bleached beach house theme.
But I'm thinking I need another layer of white, and less wash...

(*For my Australian readers, you may be delighted to recognise Jimmy Rees, of Meanwhile in Australia fame. Or was I the only one trying to stay sane over the past 2 years by cackling with laughter at his regular updates?)

Sunday, December 05, 2021

Sunday funday (and I-fell-in-love day!)

 I had plans. I did indeed. But a text from a friend just after 9am suggesting brunch (alas I'd just finished breakfast, so it changed to coffee and cake), meant the plans were tossed out the window and I went out instead.

Coffee and cake resulted in an impromptu trip to Spotlight (I was strong), followed by lunch: both of us remarking how oddly normal it felt, and yet, at the same time,weird in its normalness...

So it wasn't until the afternoon that I made it home again, reminding myself that this is what weekends are supposed to be for, and, since it's Sunday, I can play.

(The vanity is looking much better today, you'll be pleased to hear, and I'll be returning to finish the scene next week.)

Today I unearthed my workspace, and in the process found a sheet of scrapbooking paper I'd picked up at the Kaisercraft store back in May (and yes, that's the second half-completed scene cluttering up my worktable at the moment!), and decided to spend some time cutting out and framing the images using some coffee stirrers I had on hand.

As I went digging for my mitre box and saw, I remembered that I'd bought an Easy cutter back in 2016 at the NZAME convention, and this would be a perfect, low-risk chance to try it out.

Easy cutter on a cutting mat, with a selection of tiny wooden hearts made from the ends of coffee stirrers.
And I'm amazed! It was brilliant, and I love it (and not just because I realised that I could make tiny heart art from the ends of the coffee stirrers!) But I now feel a bit silly that I didn't get one decades earlier, or try this one out sooner.

So frames ahoy, and now I need to take the bits downstairs to the garage for some whitewashing (and, perhaps, some bluewashing), and then set them aside for my traditional creation of a miniature holiday house to virtually visit over the summer break.

Cutting mat with miniature sailing-themed pictures with wooden frame pieces arranged around them. To one side is a pile of coffee stirrer pieces, and to the other side is an Easy cutter.

Saturday, December 04, 2021

Going for gold

 As I suspected, I ended up repainting yesterday's copper tap to gold, which I think looks much better.

One-twelth scale modern miniature bathroom with black basic, gold tap and wood panelled wall.

And so I painted the bath tap to match. 

One-twelfth scale modern miniature bathroom with green marbled wall, black bath and a gold tap. Outside the window above the bath is a vertical garden.

I also trialled 'installing' a vertical garden in the courtyard are outside the bathroom window, and am testing out some wood panelling on the side wall, and some sconces made from earrings I used to wear back in the late 80s (I told you I'd be pulling out some long buried treasure from stash: alas I broke of one of the rays when removing the earring backing, so will need to pop that back on if I decide these are staying in the scene...)

Another potential whoopsie is happening downstairs in the garage, where my plans to stain the Lundby drawers I was wanting to use as the vanity aren't quite working out as I'd hoped: although the spray-painted drawer handles are looking look fabulous.
Miniature drawers being stained a dark colour, with a puddle of stain and a staining cloth next to them. On the other side are 4 drawer handles for the drawers, spraypainted gold.
Tomorrow is another day, and hopefully they'll look better by the time I head down to check on them...

Friday, December 03, 2021

Tippity tap

 A day off work to mark my homeversary (3 years!) should have meant lots of time to work on minis.

But alas I had a pile of life admin that needed to be sorted (and a nap that needed to be had) so I didn't get quite as far as I'd hoped. (On a positive note, Miss Daisy's boot is empty of stuff to go to the Lifeline Bookfair warehouse and the op shop for the first time in months, and I have lovely sharp knives...)

What I did manage was to cut an actual window in the bathroom wall:

One-twelfth scale modern miniature bathroom under renovation with a black bath under a window in a green marble wall, looking into a courtyard garden. In the foreground a hand holds a black miniature tap.
(the frame was a picture frame from the, alas now closed, Typo factory outlet), and start some test decoration of the courtyard area outside.
One-twelfth scale modern dolls' house miniature courtyard with a concrete wall and bonsai trees in pots in front of it, and shown through a window.
And then I painted the sink tap (the bath one is downstairs drying after a coat of black spray paint: I figured they'd match better if they had the same base colour...).
One-twelfth scale modern miniature tap, painted copper, with the jar of paint and a paintbrush next to it.
I'm not sure I like the copper, and may end up repainting it in a rusted brown instead.

Thursday, December 02, 2021

One* small problem

 Before I can start working on some long-buried treasure from stash, I need to make some space on my work table.

Because it's a bit full at the moment: with a half-built scene from May, when I got carried away setting up a scene using my newly-blackened bathroom bits.

One-twelfth scale modern miniature half-built scene of a modern bathroom with green marble walls, black tiled floor and black fittings. On the wall above the bath is a window, falling down showing the Blutak that held it, and in the front if the picture is a selection of miniature plants.
(Including some mini bonsai I picked up at the IKEA As corner, which are supposed to go into the courtyard represented by the image in the (slightly wonky) window frame and picture):
3 IKEA fake plastic bonsai trees with price stickers showing they have been marked down from $2 to $1.50,
Jolly good thing tomorrow is Finish It Off Friday, and I have the day off work (because it's been 3 years since I moved in here...)

(*Well, actually 2...)

Wednesday, December 01, 2021

Still going

 Me? Yes, but I've been shifted into a(nother) new team, which is currently undertaking a major project: so my plans for having almost all of December off to play have disappeared.

Daily Dolls' House December? I hope so, but the challenge this year will be shoehorning it around work commitments, plus my feelings about the whole thing are sounding oddly familiar.

After much middle-of-the-night pondering over the past week or so, I've decided that this year's approach (I won't even tie myself down by calling it a theme) will be to try and use up some long-buried treasure from stash: the end result of which will hopefully be some downsizing in the studio, and along the way remove any pressure to complete a scene each day but instead share the journey, and maybe the story behind what I'm using. We'll see.

And, finally*, the exhibition. Also still going: and extended through to the end of January 2022.

Doll house miniature worlds of wonder exhibition logo
(*Because we won't mention COVID-19).

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

But wait! There's more!

 So late today I heard that D.Thomas Miniatures had arranged a Zoom tour through the Doll House: Miniature worlds of wonder exhibition.

Ignoring the Kaleidoscope House (which is no longer mine, and so I can't complain about their choice of furniture and accessory placement), you may be interested in 33:24, where they visit my images:

Looking good (while not looking good...)

Over the weekend, as the COVID situation across the country continued to worsen, and it looked likely that the ACT would again be red zoned for travel into Victoria*, I abandoned any hope of being able to justify (or be allowed to) travel to Melbourne to see the Doll House: Miniature worlds of wonder before it closes at the end of next month.

And emailed the curator asking if she could send me some photos of my work on display.

Not only did she send me some, she kindly allowed me to share them:

5 large blown up photos of 1/12 scale modern miniature scenes on display on a wall.
Courtesy of Annette Sheill, National Trust Victoria.
3 large blown up photos of 1/12 scale modern miniature scenes on display on a wall.
Courtesy of Annette Sheill, National Trust Victoria.
4 large blown up photos of 1/12 scale modern miniature scenes on display on a wall.
Courtesy of Annette Sheill, National Trust Victoria.
4 large blown up photos of 1/12 scale modern miniature scenes on display on a wall.
Courtesy of Annette Sheill, National Trust Victoria.
And to add to the excitement, I also discovered that National Trust Victoria have used another of my photos on the cover of the latest issue of their member magazine!
Issue of the National Trust Victoria members magazine with a 1/12 scale modern miniature scene on the front cover.

Notes for non Australian readers:

* Australian Capital Territory
* Although it's been over a year since we've had a case of community transmission, the fact that we are surrounded my New South Wales, and the ease of travel between the hot spots of Sydney and here (even when that travel is not supposed to happen), means we're lumped in with New South Wales when it comes to travel to Victoria.

Friday, June 18, 2021

Good news (but fingers still crossed)

 Soon after I posted about the Doll House: Miniature worlds of wonder exhibition at Como house, Melbourne went into another lockdown, all National Trust Victoria sites were closed, and the opening was pushed back to 11 June.

 Then (not unexpectedly), lockdown was extended.

So since then there has been some uncertainty about when it might actually open (and, in my pessimistic optimist brain, if it would open at all).

But today on Instagram they announced a new opening date in the best possible way (in my opinion, at least!):

Instagram post with an image of a  miniature one-twelfth scale living room overlooking the sea and the announcement that the Doll house: Miniature world of wonder exhibition is opening on 22 JUne.
So we have a new date: 22 June.

And I have a conundrum: do I risk booking tickets to venture down for the preview and opening, and risk getting stuck, or do I hold off for a few weeks to get a lay of the land?

We'll see.

Also: I believe they're exhibiting some of my photos in quite large dimensions, but I'm in the odd position to have no idea at this stage which ones they've chosen: so, on one hand it's a bit of a dream come true for me, while on the other I feel like a kid before Christmas with no idea what I'm going to get...

COVID times, hey?

Thursday, June 03, 2021

Uppercase love

 Many times over the years since I discovered Uppercase magazine, and bought the first copy way back in 2009, I have professed my love for it. (I even have a bit of linky love for it on my sidebar: and occasionally consider creating a whole new blog category for it. And, even when times were damned tough over the years I've always managed to magic the cost of my subscription out of my annual budget).

So when I noted that the May mini makers prompt for 28 May was 'Paperclip challenge', my first thought was the recent stationery issue that had arrived, more specifically the subscriber card insert that (as always) was tucked inside with a back printed with the theme pattern for the issue. Which I had safely put away in stash with the rest of my collection of lovely patterned card for future inspiration.

And I hatched a plan to make some paperclip-themed stationery (mentioned vaguely last weekfor the paperclip challenge, and was rather pleased with the result:

One-twelfth scale modern miniature stationery made of paperclip-themed card, including a storage box, stationery tray and four notebooks. Leaning against the storage box is a full-sized paperclip for scale.
So, it seemed, was Janine from Uppercase magazine:
Instagram post of a selection of one-twelfth scale miniature stationery supplies with a paperclip theme, with a comment 'aaaaahhg, cuteness alert! @amcsviatko made *super tiny* office accessories by repurposing the subscribe card from issue 48 of UPPERCASE magazine. My readers are the most talented and creative bunch, ever! 😍'
which quite made my morning, and reminded me that I had a evil plan to convince her that volume 'M' of her Encyclopedia of inspiration has to be 'miniature'.

It also made me think that it might be high time to round up all the scenes I've created so far using her subscribe cards, and pull the rest out of stash to see what ideas they give me.

So here we go:

In March 2017, I used one of the cards as a wall panel in Bluebird Cafe.
One-twelfth scale modern miniature cafe corner with a table, a menu in a bird-cage shaped holder, a jug of flowers and a bench seat with cushions.
From May the same year, I threw together a quick scene using a card advertising her second range for Wyndham fabrics.
One-twelfth scale miniature benchtop scene with various white decor items in front of a wall tiles with random geometric patterns
Then in November, the card from issue 35 inspired a whole co-working space.
One-twelfth scale modern miniature co-working space with a high table, round table, storage and kitchen area and screen made of breeze blocks.

So yes,high time I made some more scenes inspired by these seemingly-ephemeral gifts.

And worked out a way to ensure 'M' is for miniature!

Monday, May 31, 2021

Feeling smug about my Smeg!

I mentioned yesterday that I'd been spray painting a few more things than just the Lori fridge, and today I finished them.

The most exciting is another fridge: my new Smeg!

One-twelfth scale modern miniature retro Smeg fridge with a had next to it for scale.
I've been wanting a black fridge for a while, and had been lusting after the Lundby fridge, except I couldn't justify the price, especially for something that's slightly smaller than it should be.

So when I spotted a 1/12 scale kitchen kit which included a suitable fridge, at a much cheaper price than the Lundby fridge, I decided it would make an excellent birthday treat to myself.

Also on the spray paint trolley were some bathroom fittings for a future build, and various other accessories that got a makeover.

And when I brought them all back upstairs this afternoon, I realised I may have just accidentally created a miniature Harvey Norman showroom!
Two one-twelfth scale modern miniature fridges,a bath, a toilet and a basin displayed in a line. On top of the fridges are a collection of jars and vases.

Sunday, May 30, 2021

What's cooking?

 A trip to Kaisercraft earlier in the week lead to some new papers from their discounted ranges being added to my stash, two of which called to become the start of a modern kitchen with tiled floor and Corian terrazo benchtop.

It's not a quick build, as I'm putting together the benchtop and cupboards, and also spray painting one of my Lori fridges from its original brown.

One-twelfth scale fridge and half-built cupboard unit on a table top with glue and a tray of accessories next to it.
But that's OK, I've still got almost two days leave before I return to work, so I have the time.

And while I wait for glue to dry, I've pulled out some accessories I think might work for the look I'm going for,
Flat lay of one-twelfth scale modern miniature accessories in brown, copper and rust colours.
and made a mosaic splashback with tiles given to me by Sandra.
Mosaic made with tiny glass tiles, with tweezers to show size.
(Which I'm now thinking won't quite work with the rest of the pieces I have chosen, so may have to be tucked away for another scene...)

Since I had the spray paint out, I've also painted a number of other things that have been waiting patiently for my attention: and have a couple more scenes percolating away while I finish this one...

Friday, May 28, 2021

Screen time

Way back at the beginning of 2017, I bought some laser-cut bookmarks, intending to turn them into a screen when I got around to buying some hinges.

This week I got fed up with seeing them in my stash of things to make, and decided to go for the blog-ready approach with the help of some duct tape. 

One-twelfth scale modern miniature art-deco inspired dining room with leopard-print carpet and chrome table, chairs and book shelf. To the left is a screen with a cut out flower and leaf design.
The other night at 3am my helpful brain suggested it would fit well in an art-deco inspired room, which would mean I could (finally) also use the IKEA Christmas lights I bought in December 2019, and also one of the feves I bought myself as a birthday treat.

The leopard-print carpet, last seen in 2011, was an unexpected addition, and moved the scene into more of an Elle-Decor modern take on art deco.
One-twelfth scale modern miniature art-deco inspired dining room with leopard-print carpet and chrome table, chairs and book shelf.
Corner of a one-twelfth scale modern miniature art-deco inspired room, with a chrome and glass bookshelf containing various ornaments, books and a hanging planet.
One-twelfth scale modern miniature art-deco inspired room, with a chrome and glass bookshelf next to a fireplace displaying a selection of art-deco ornaments in silver and gold.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

May be minis...

 At the beginning of the month I had hoped to find space to focus on miniatures a bit more, and had toyed with the idea of setting myself another mini challenge, like Daily Dolls' House December.

I even had a name lined up: 'May be minis'.

But then reason prevailed and I decided that that way lay almost certain failure and disappointment. So instead I embraced the May mini makers challenge on Instagram, telling myself it was perfectly acceptable to reuse old photos, and hoping that once my homeversary and birthday leave rolled around I might find myself spending more time in the studio (even though it's on the dark and cold side of the flat...)

And so I am. And yesterday I not only created a brand new scene for the daily theme of 'on the shelf', but also made some minis and photographed them for a theme later in the week.

One-twelfth scale modern miniature scene with a mid-century modern cupboard unit and chair. On the unit is a variety of decorative objects including storage drawers, books, vases and a pot plant. On the wall is a picture with the words 'Amazing things will happen' and a dolls' house shadow box.
Using, happily, a number of gifts from blog buddies, friends, and fellow miniaturists, including Mod Pod Miniatures, Kitty and Kat MiniaturesSandra and Minis by Twinmum plus some birthday treats I bought myself.

Monday, May 17, 2021

Something small is coming (and something small is going!)

 Things are moving for next month's miniature exhibition at Como House, Melbourne.

The official media release arrived in my inbox:

Image with the words 'Something small is coming. Doll house miniature worlds of wonder. National Trust.'
at almost the exact same time as a large truck arrived outside my flat,

A big orange truck parked outside a block of flats.
and a lovely man carefully packed up the Kaleidoscope House,

Colourful perspex one twelfth scale modern dolls house in an art packing crate in front of a large truck, with a man holding one side of the crate, ready to put it on.
loaded it onto the truck,
Inside view of a large truck, with a man wheeling a crate into place in the back of it.
before driving away.

Exhibition details are as follows:

Doll house: Miniature worlds of wonder

4 June to 29 August 2021
Como House and Garden, Corner Williams Road and Lechlade Avenue, South Yarra, Victoria 3141.

Sunday, May 09, 2021

Sunday got-it-done day

 This week saw the arrival of my early birthday treat to myself: a box of Whittaker's chocolate goodies from Kiwi Corner Dairy, who thoughtfully arranged a 20% off discount just when I was planning to order: meaning delivery was free (and super-speedy!).

DHL carton of bags of chocolate on a sofa next to a copy of Home NZ magazine.
Of course, before I got stuck into finishing that damned sofa today, I got a bit sidetracked...
One-twelfth scale bag of Whittakers artisan squares sitting on top of two full-sized wrapped squares of chocolate, on a work surface containing bits of half-finished miniature sofa.
But finish it I did (even though by the time I did so I'd lost the light for a decent photo).
One-twelfth scale modern miniature dolls house sofa with cushions, a book and a bag of chocolate on a work surface.
Which is probably just as well, otherwise I may have been tempted to make a 1/12 scale DHL carton to complete the madness!

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

An evening in the ensuite...

 Between the work I'm doing collecting, inventorying and packing bits for the National Trust Victoria exhibition, the fact that work has settled down to pre-2020 madness so I have some brainspace left at the end of each evening, plus the fact that last weekend was the Sydney miniatures fair (to which I did not go) miniatures has returned to the front of my mind.

Add to that today's theme for the May mini makers challenge on Instagram, which is 'What I did today', and I had the perfect kick in the pants to pull out my half-finished sofa from January and try and make some progress. In my ensuite.

Ironing board set up in an ensuite, with a variety of craft supplies, an iron and a half-finished one twelfth scale modern miniature sofa on top of it.
Yes, some people work on their minis in their kitchen, and various other rooms in the house, but I'm not sure how many work in their bathrooms. I usually do my ironing in here because of the good access to a power point, and it also gets excellent evening light: very useful as the evenings set in.

So the ensuite it is.

FLat lay of a half completed one twelfth scale modern miniature sofa, scissors, ruler and fabric pieces.
Now I just have to remember where I was with it...

Saturday, May 01, 2021

A visitor and a trip

 In a turn-up for the books, I currently have my old Kaleidoscope House sitting in my garage.

Colourful perspex Kaleidoscope dolls' house sitting in a garage under a dropcloth.

(I never mentioned here that I sold it, come to think of it: but it was in that crazy time just after I'd bought this place and realised it wasn't going to fit anywhere here, which was very sad. Luckily a friend had always said she'd buy it off me if I ever decided to sell, so it's been living with her ever since, just one suburb down the hill from here).

No, I haven't magically found room for it (alas): rather National Trust Victoria is working on an exhibition at Como House in Melbourne (which looks like a dolls' house!) running from June to August this year (pandemic allowing: and also nicely timed to fit around the VAME show, assuming that goes ahead).

Details are still sketchy at this stage, but I've been told it will cover miniatures across many realms: from their history in Australia to creators, and more virtual approaches like games and social media, and I know that James from Victorian Dollhouses is currently building a Melbourne terrace house for it.

They contacted me asking if it was possible to have the Kaleidoscope House in it. Friend and I both said yes, which means that today I'm hunting down and pulling out the furniture from the various spots I stashed it, and having a wee mope.

Collection of brightly-coloured one-twelfth scale modern miniature furniture and accessories laid out on a dining table.
Tomorrow I'll be creating an inventory of it all, trying to work out what it's worth for insurance purposes (very hard when many pieces are either one-of-a-kind, or well out of production), and packing it all up.

We're also in discussion on another way I might be involved. Stay tuned for more details...

Friday, January 08, 2021

Finish it off Friday: sofa so good

 It's the end of my first week back at work, and I'm easing in quite nicely so far. 

It helps that I'm still working from home full time (oh how I love working from home, how much more I achieve here, and how sad will I be if I'm ever forced back into the office full time again!), and that the temperature is still nicely comfortable for me so my brain is still sprightly and firing on all cylinders at the end of the day.

And so, as the week drew to a close I started considering the idea of a second Finish it off Friday for the year: the sofa from day 28 of Daily Dolls' House December that got put to one side.

Aerial view of a plastic container holding a half-made one twelfth modern miniature sofa, with various components to finish it surrounding the container: double-sided tape, spare fabric, foam and pins for feet.
And perhaps even venturing out to buy some replacement fusible webbing now the Christmas craziness at the shops has died down...

Wednesday, January 06, 2021

Daily Dolls' House December 2020: round up and musings...

After completing the final scene for this year's Daily Dolls' House December challenge, I had the urge to collate all the images, and then decided to make a bookmark (something I've not done since 2011: which has to be a good sign, I think...)

Montage of 31 one twelfth scale modern miniature scenes
I started my Daily Dolls' House December challenges back in 2013, and have managed to complete them for 5 of the years since. (2014's challenge fell over because I was also editing The tiny Times and working in a toxic role, both of which sucked my time and brain space away halfway through the month, and I didn't attempt 2015 (as I was exhibiting and, again, editing) or 2018 (shifting!)

When I started the challenge this year I was wondering if it was worth doing it at all. But it ended up being surprisingly easy (even if I moaned a bit at times about the added challenge of incorporating the date).

Of course, working from home made it easier during the first third of the month, as I had more time to commit to the challenge (and the luxury of being able to prep at lunchtime if necessary).

And the rest of the consequences of the whole COVID times helped a lot too, as once I was off work for the year (a week earlier than usual because I wasn't able to make my usual second trip to New Zealand this year so had that week's leave up my sleeve), there was very little enticing me from my studio.

I now get my groceries delivered (for $2!) rather than visiting the supermarket and dealing with the crazy too-close people. Although I can go op shopping if I want to, it's more stressful than it's worth dealing with the other shoppers and the staff who seem to have completely forgotten that physical distancing is still a thing. (Besides, with much less room than I used to have and way more stash than I need there's very little reason to go op shopping anyway...)

Gallery hopping or movie going are currently also on my More trouble than they're worth list.

Which left me in the perfect position to happily lock myself away in the studio.

And my initial moaning about incorporating dates changed it's tune once I realised that having that parameter gave me some boundaries: on days where I needed to create a fresh scene, I knew in advance so could do some prep work beforehand. And once the scene was made (photographed, blogged, Instagrammed, Facebooked and FLICKRed), that was it for the day.

Similarly, if I already had something lined up for the day's post that left me free to do other things.

I found it liberating in an odd sort of way: there were times when I'd finish a scene, prepare the already-lined-up post for the next day and have a sense that I was 'free' for 48 hours: and then end up spending that time doing a deep sort and cull of stuff I haven't touched in years.

So although at first I thought this year's challenge tougher, it ended up being easier as once I'd hit my mark I could focus elsewhere for a predetermined time.

And speaking of predetermined time: at some stages of the challenge I felt like I was back in the newspaper world, where once the issue went to bed there was nothing more you could do with it. In previous years I could carry something over to the next day, but this year I 'had' to have a scene blogged before midnight (or, more accurately, 9 pm bedtime). This meant there were a few times where I was tempted to redo something but had to pull myself up and remind myself that done was better than perfect, and I would probably be the only person who noticed the mistake.

And the weather's helped a lot: it's been a cool summer which means my brain (and Blutack) haven't dissolved into a sticky mess.

Now it's over for another year: how do I feel?

The word I've been using a lot when people have asked how my break was over the first few days back at work is 'recalibrated'. I also feel chuffed that I finished another challenge, and rather pleased with some of the outcomes.

So yeah. Defeat is not an option. At least not this year.

I'm also hopeful that I can find time in my weeks to include some mini making and blogging: but I seem to recall I say pretty much the same thing in those first glorious days of each year, and then as various obligations and distractions start building back up, things fall to pieces again.

Perhaps with the variety of external distractions much reduced this year (for the foreseeable part of it at least), and another year of settling in to smaller quarters behind me, it'll be different.

We'll see.

Friday, January 01, 2021

Finish it off Friday

I have a rather long post about my Daily Dolls' House December 2020 challenge in production, but thought I'd spend some time this morning returning to another 'challenge': Finish it off Friday.

This week I finally completed the magazines and records I printed out at the beginning of last month for my two tone dance party.

One twelfth scale modern miniature scootering and mod magazines next to a plastic crate containing a collection of records. A few are on the ground in front of the crate and a full-sized hand is pulling one out of the crate
Which made me a bit sad, as I sold all my records before I moved in here because I didn't have the space to keep them...