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...