Wednesday, January 31, 2024

With knobs on

 While scuttling through Kmart the other day in search of something else I spotted what looked like the perfect 1/12-scale marble side tables in the DIY section.

Four large marble-look round wall hooks of varying sizes in packaging
Alas it would seem that my brain was either one step ahead of me or one step behind me because I didn't think to stop and consider how they might attach to the wall (or why the base of the packaging was so deep) until after I'd bought them and arrived home. Opened the box. And found this:
Bottom of a cardboard package with 4 screws sticking through it, covered with plastic guards.

Marble-look wall hook with a large screw sticking out of the end.
After a bit of wiggling and jiggling with some pliers (and then some wiggling and jiggling with them to try and remove the screw! 😜) I gave up and decided to contact a friendly neighbour who sells lovely expensive power tools for a living and is happy to show them off (and his skills with them) if I ask nicely and he has the time, figuring that my worst-case scenario was that I'd need to scoot back to Kmart to return them as a bad idea.

Last night lovely friendly neighbour came over, did some wiggling and jiggling with (bigger) pliers to try and remove the screw, snorted (kindly) at the size and power of the tools in my tool trolley, then wandered off and returned with his angle grinder.

And so it was that I finished the evening with 4 new marble side tables for a whopping $3.50 each, and a renewed appreciation of good neighbours.
Four one-twelfth scale modern marble-look miniature side tables in various sizes.
(Because I'm still waiting for other neighbour, or the police, to turn up and sort out her accusation of me stealing her delivery).

Monday, January 29, 2024

Make, do and mend Monday: Big C, little c, what begins with C?

 As I pulled out contenders (geddit?) for today's Make, do and mend Monday I realised that there was an unexpected theme.

A collection of one-twelfth scale modern miniatures, including 4 plastic dining chairs with tall backs, a solid 'ghost' chair with arms and a leg broken off,  an espresso machine with a missing knob, a pile of labeless cans of various sizes and a ziplock bag containing a cheeseboard kit.

Because first out of the pile (mainly because they were taking up a bit of room and I knew they should be an easy fix) were a set of chairs that I picked up at a Canberra mini show: one of 2 sets (the others I shortened and used back in 2017 in the Bluebird cafe).

Four one-twelfth scale modern miniature plastic dining chairs with high backs.
I've been planning to shorten their legs and spray paint them black (surprise surprise) for a bit of a Charles Rennie MacIntosh look, and it will be nice to have them done.

Next was a Dolls House Emporium black ghost chair with arms and one leg broken off
One-twelfth scale modern miniature 'ghost' chair with arms and one leg broken off.

In a container next to that was my coffee machine, with one missing knob: another easy fix that's taken far too long to get my attention, and may well have been broken while the Kaleidoscope House was being exhibited, either in 2008/9, or in 2021/22.
One-twelth scale modern miniature espresso machine with a missing knob
And it was about now that I realised the theme that had developed, so threw in some cans waiting for labels
Selection of blank one-twelth scale cans in different sizes
(although I wondered if this was a good idea because what happens if I need a can and I've put labels on all the ones I have already haven? (Answer? I'll rip a label off, or order some new blanks!)), and a cheeseboard kit given to me at the 2015 AMEA convention:
Part of a large tongue depresser, several eraser pieces in white, yellow and orange and some empty pill packet inserts.
Alas, plans to get stuck into them came to a screaming halt when a situation arose with a neighbour and their missing package, so I'm hoping to get back on track with plans for these tomorrow lunchtime as I have no concentration for anything more to do than blog while I wait for the police to arrive.

So that rounds things off nicely: C for cops.

Sunday, January 28, 2024

Sunday fun day: playing swapsies

Remember last weekend when I bought my first 2 Miniverse Lifestyle balls, and was disappointed that they contained a candle and a fishbowl?

During the week I did some research on the secondary market, joined a Facebook buy, sell and swap group (and learnt the names of the items I had, and, more importantly, the items I wanted) and this afternoon my work bore fruit, as someone the next suburb over from me listed the Blue Tan fish and bowl as something they were after, and the barrel cactus as something they had spare.

Ziplock back containing a Miniverse Lifestyle miniature cactus, stand, trowel and bag of 'potting mix'.
Now I need to do some more research to discover if that sort of cactus grown to that size proportionally in real life: if not I think I'll be able to use the stand and basket and 'potting mix' to 'plant' something else.

And based on this experience, I'm more likely to buy a couple more balls when Kmart gets them back in stock because the chances of being able to swap them if they're not what I want seems to be quite high.

Saturday, January 27, 2024

I spent Saturday sorting out the stash

 Continuing on from yesterday's effort with the paper stash, today I got stuck into the rest of the contents of the drawers on my work desk: all paper stash, sorted into various sub categories including books, magazines, movie posters, plate designs, tiles and pictures in various sizes from super big to teeny tiny.

I finished the day with one fewer set of drawers up there (down from 3 to 2), a lot of recycling, a studio floor that looks like this:

Studio floor with a bin overstuffed with paper scraps, which have overflowed over the floor.
and a rather large feeling of accomplishment, not just because of the culling of the stash but because I have now touched, assessed and dealt with every bit of paper that was in there (plus several art auction catalogues that I'd been given ages ago, and a folder full of more pictures, now integrated into the drawers as well).

One of the treasures I fold was a bright blue envelope marked 'books':
A bright blue envelope marked 'books'
And when I opened it, it brought back memories of how we used to create miniature books in the days before we had the internet, scanners or printers at home.
Opened envelope showing pictures of notice board with book jackets pinned to them.
We'd pin book jackets from our collection to a notice board (or sometimes just blu tack them to a wall) then work out how far from the notice board we needed to stand to get a photo that contained the size book covers we needed, taking a couple of extra photos a step or 2 back and forward from the original spot just to be safe.

Then once the film was complete, we'd take it in for processing, and once we picked up the prints we'd check the measurements, chose the best option and cut the cover out to make the books.
Selection of photos of a noticeboard with book jackets pinned to it (and a pizza box!) in a backyard.

Selection of photos of a noticeboard with book jackets pinned to it (and a pizza box!) in a backyard, with some book jackets cut out of the photos.
Based on the flat this is, I guess these were taken in the very late 80s or early 90s. How much easier is it these days to create miniature books? A quick google search (or scan), some resizing in Word and bang you're done!

Which meant that once I documented the contents, the whole lot went in the bin.

Friday, January 26, 2024

Finish it off Friday: freestyle

 It's a long weekend here: and today's Australia Day/Invasion Day.

So I decided this morning to dub today's Finish it off Friday 'freestyle', meaning I could do whatever I want as long as something got finished. 

By the time I hit my studio (I needed to have a slow start to the day and a nice brunch before I considered work: toasted bagel with scrambled eggs loaded with cheese, spinach, mushroom and red capsicum, if you're interested) that idea had morphed again into 'as long as it was Australian themed'.

Because the first container I opened from my Finish it off Friday shelf (yes, I now have a whole section in the cubby above my work table for projects needing to be finished) included some stitching that's been languishing since... hmm... just after I arrived in Australia back in 1996.

(There would be a lovely photo of it here, but I've spent the last day fighting to convince Instagram to post, and it would seem that in the process I've lost some pictures I took :-/)

Instead, here's the finished result: 

One-twelfth scale modern miniature tapestry cushion with a Sydney Opera House on it.
One Sydney Opera House cushion based on a pattern in Jenny Kee's book Jenny Kee needlepoint: stitched circa 1997-98 (I know this as I pulled the book off my book shelf and it's labeled as hitting the collection in November 1997.)

From there I dived into both my paper and electronic stash, and ended the day with this:
Flat lay of several groups of one-twelfth scale modern miniatures, including 2 sets of  Australian magazines, one tapestry cushion of the Sydney Opera House and a half-completed book on Canberra.
On the left, a stash of Australian magazines, made quickly and easily from paper stash of magazine covers glued to cardboard.

On the right, a collection of 'Sydney Deco Moderne' magazines created from screenshots I shamelessly stole from Barocky Chocky's Instagram feed back in 2021 and finally unearthed from electronic stash:
21 one-twelfth scale modern miniature Sydney Deco Moderne magazines
(Sadly, there appears to be no such magazine in real life...)

And at the bottom, a work in progress (that I suspect is doomed to fail): creating a miniature version of Trevor Dickinson's Greetings from Canberra book with readable pages:
What you're not seeing is the heap of paper hitting the recycling bin: particularly magazine and book covers that I've kept for years that aren't in scale.

I call that a successful day's work.

Thursday, January 25, 2024

Stupidly quick for something that was stalled for so long

Four quick bits of gluing and a few folds, and my miniature concertina book kit was completed in record time.

Hand displaying a one-twelfth scale vintage book in front of a cutting board with instructions, clamps and glue on it.

Hand displaying a one-twelfth scale vintage concertina book, opened out, in front of a cutting board with instructions, clamps and glue on it.
Leaving me wondering: why did past me abandon this kit when so close to finished, and end up making a handful of different books instead?

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Feline hopeful

One-twelfth scale modern miniature scene of a bathroom with an empty cat carrier, cat basket, food and water bowl and cat tree.
Over the summer break I started wondering if it was time to consider bringing a cat back into my life.

Not a full-time feline flatmate (I still can't justify the potential expense, or forcing it to spend the rest of its life as an indoor cat sharing my small space), but on a temporary basis.

So I applied to be a foster carer for the local RSPCA. I'm not sure if they'd consider me because, although their information pack says I have to have my own transport 'to get to them in case of an emergency', I rather suspect their intent is that it's a car, so I can take the cat or kitten with me.

This scene is of an imagined version of my bathroom, with more room and no window, and was inspired by a recent trip to Kmart where I spotted their Pet care mini doll playsets (one for dogs and one for cats) marked down to $5 each.

The dog set had the perfect cat carrier as it came, but the cat set had way too much pink for my liking, so after a lunchtime visit to the garage for a spot of spray painting and some other gussying up after the paint had dried (enough!) after work, I had this:
One-twelfth scale modern miniature cat tree
Which I'm rather pleased with. You could say it's the cat's whiskers!

Monday, January 22, 2024

Doing the do*

 For today's Monday make, do and mend I chose do: because yesterday I found myself going through some drawers full of paper which lead to a quiet yet productive afternoon and evening assessing what I had, sorting it by type and spending the time to cut out the bits I want to keep, and creating piles of bits heading to the recycling and other bits (mainly out-of scale scrapbooking pieces picked up as part of a discounted pad), that will be heading to the op shop.

Flat lay of a cutting mat with scissors, a ruler and cutter surrounded by various bits of printed card and paper and offcuts.
I'd like to keep working on this task this evening while I'm in the mood.

Which, alas, doesn't lead to a very exciting blog post (or picture) for you, but it's giving me a great sense of satisfaction, and another level of studio clearing.

(I fear I've been rather influenced by my recent watching of The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning on SBS on Demand, so am taking advantage of this flurry of activity. Long may it last!)

Saturday, January 20, 2024


 While I was in New Zealand last month a friend mentioned the Miniverse balls as something I might be interested in: adding that they were generally more 1/6 scale but many of the items some in a variety of sizes in real life so would work in 1/12.

As I'd already spent my budget for the trip and was running out of time, I decided to look into it further when I returned home.

Except everywhere I tried in Canberra had no stock, and my local Kmart, even though they showed online as having stock, came up with bare shelves when I visited ("Oh, they've probably all been stolen" shrugged the sales associate when I asked after them).

So yesterday when I was doing my occasional trawl through internet to search for them (while contemplating if I could justify a 50km round trip to the next closest Kmart that was showing as having stock, with the very real possibility of getting there and finding that their stock levels were lying too), I was intrigued to find another shop that was showing stock: an easy 12km scoot down the hill into town, with motorcycle parking just across the road.

So I went on a wee quest after work, and found a fresh new box waiting for me:

Box of Miniverse Lifestyle balls on a shop shelf
I'd read somewhere that the front of the ball showed what was in it, so was disappointed to find this not to be the case, and so chose 2 at random, hoping that I'd get a cactus or another of the plant options as I had hatched plans to use my colourful Eames chair in a bright dining room setting and thought one of the cacti would look rather good on the sideboard at the back of the scene.

Back home, I cracked the first one open, which was quite fun with its 3 layers of packaging.
Miniverse Lifestyle ball, unwrapped with the contents showing.
only to find it contained a fishbowl.
Miniverse Lifestyle ball contents displayed in front of th epackaging. Included is a fishbowl with rocks, a plant a fish and a bottle of resin.
Which I'm sure I'll use at some stage, but it was disappointing to spend that amount of money on something I didn't really want (and here's the rub with blind boxes, isn't it? You're almost paying for the joy of anticipation rather than the end result. Like lotto tickets).

But onwards, with fingers crossed!
Miniverse Lifestyle ball contents displayed in front of the packaging. Included is a gold daisy-shaped tray, a box containing 2 'glass' candle holders, some lavender wax beads and a bottle of resin.
It was a candle set. Which was slightly better as it had more pieces I could use more readily (possibly because it had more pieces to start with!), and I rather liked the gold daisy-shaped tray and the candle holders. But it was no cactus.

So I decided to consol myself by 'potting' one of the Daiso cactuses I bought in New Zealand (which, yes, I could have done in the first place but I'd rather felt like a Friday-evening adventure and treat).
One-tweltfh scale modern miniature cactus plant on a work area along with a container of plant pots and a block of earth-coloured DAS air-drying clay
While I waited for the clay to dry overnight my idea for a scene changed directions slightly as I found more and more cactuses in stash.
Collection of cacti in pots on a shelf.
(Rats, when I chose the books for their colours, I didn't think of how the title might show in a close up! Also I'm a bit pleased with myself because those white 'rocks' around my cactus (which I'd so liked in the Miniverse versions) are actually course sea salt filched from my salt grinder, and today is Saturday so I accidentally just created this week's Saturday shelfie).

So here's the scene, with our cactus collector getting ready to pot up some succulent leaves to add to her plant collection:
One-twelfth scale modern miniature scene of a cacti collector getting ready to strike some succulent leaves, On the table are a bag of potting mix, a trowel, a pair of scissors, a sheet of paper, a watering can and some spare pots. On top of the cabinet behind the table is a row of different types of cacti on display.
Yep, I think she has everything she needs there:
Close up of a one-twelfth scale modern miniature scene of a cacti collector getting ready to strike some succulent leaves, On the table are a bag of potting mix, a trowel, a pair of scissors, a sheet of paper, a watering can and some spare pots.
I'm still yearning for some of the Miniverse Lifestyle designs, especially the cute cat planters and the larger cacti. Am I in a rush to buy some more? Tempting as it is, no, as the money I spent on them (and a few other mini treats I picked up this week) was earmarked as the 10% of the extra I earned while acting in my boss's role for several weeks that I'm allowed to blow on fun treats.

Which means that choosing to buy more will mean that my grocery budget would need to be lower that fortnight (which is doable and has been done previously when I had accidental book orders from The Book Grocer's clearance sales!).

Having said that, I might decide to buy a couple more when Kmart's stock is back on the shelves (or online), as their price is a cup-of-coffee cheaper that the ones I bought yesterday. And I get free delivery.

In the meantime I think I'll do a little research on the secondary market. Perhaps I need to plan an op-shop hop and see if they're showing up there yet, or check out the trash 'n' treasure markets again?

(Oh, and if you're wondering. Version 2.0 of the Tiny Timber Co's dresser build worked just fine, and hopefully will be part of a scene very soon).

Friday, January 19, 2024

Win some, lose some: a kit review

After pulling out a selection of kits to consider which would work best in the scene I had in mind to make around my newly jazzy chair, it seemed silly to put them away again, especially as I'm trying, this time round, to make some progress and some room.

(Let's ignore the irony of putting together a kit to make some room in the kit stash, and ending up with an object that takes up more room, but somewhere else, shall we?)

Of the kits, option 4 (the Mid-century modern dresser (walnut) by Mini Materials, priced at US$20, but now discontinued) seemed the best place to start, as I already had all the pieces laid out, and it looked like it had been designed to basically snap together. 

I ignored the tiny tube of super glue that they had supplied with the kit, and instead went with my trusty Weldbond.

As I thought it was a very quick build (I put the first parts together during a half-hour lunch break, and also managed to make and eat lunch as well as start on option 3), and the instructions, although very clear, were hardly needed (even, so they also provide a video to guide you through construction!)
One-twelfth scale modern miniature kit of a mid-century modern dresser, in walnut
Because the walnut plywood pieces had the woodgrain on both sides, I was able to choose which side of the piece I wanted showing on the outside: and I was impressed that they chose to use the walnut plywood for internal structural pieces (and the base) that I would never (or seldom) see again. In fact I did have a moment where I considered how much extra work I'd be creating for myself if I replaced them so I could use them later in another project.

I was impressed with the added struts on the inside to hold things steady, but wished that they didn't have tabs showing through to the outside of the dresser, and that since they did, the designer had chosen to locate them so it looked like they were at the bottom of both 'drawers', not just the top set.
Side of a one-twelfth scale mid-century modern dresser kit, with tabs from internal pieces showing through on the outside of the dresser.
While I'm showing you a close-up view, I do like the fact that they have routed the front piece deeply enough to make it look like they are real drawers, and the handle details.

I struggled again with the look of the slots on the top of the dresser, feeling that they detract from the sleek mid-century modern line, but much admit they are growing on me:
Top of a one-twelfth scale mid-century modern dresser kit, with tabs from internal pieces showing through on the outside corners of the top.
Speaking of struggles, the only time I struggled with putting the kit together was when putting the back on: it didn't want to slot into place, but worked when I turned it around and then gave it a wiggle.

To sum up: I thought this kit was brilliantly sturdy and easy to construct for the price, and also liked that it needs no finishing once constructed. I'd be tempted to purchase some more of their kits (especially the walnut ones) if I wasn't so focused on killing off my mortgage, and the postage and exchange rates weren't so vile at the moment.

As I mentioned earlier, I also started on option 3 (the Modern dresser by The Tiny Timber Co, priced at US$12) at lunchtime, figuring I could leave both builds to dry for the afternoon and finish them off after work.
One-twelfth scale modern miniature dresser kit under construction
I kept having to tell myself that this one was almost half the price of the Mini Materials kit (and that I've probably been well spoiled by the pricing and contents of the JWT Dollshouses & Miniatures kits) because I was struggling with it from the start.

The kit contained just 5 pieces (so no base), and no instructions. The wood was thinner and it was very obvious which was the outside of the kit as only one side of each piece had the nice wood grain.

As I started glueing it together (using my jig, as the carcass didn't self-support) I wondered if I should glue wooden block into the internal corners to give it some extra strength and support, but decided that the designer probably knew what they were doing.

I felt quite chuffed as I glued the back on to it after work, giving myself a pat on the back that I'd completed not one, but 2 kits that day.

After I returned from running a few errands I unclamped both dressers in readiness for the after photos: and discovered this:
Two one-twelfth scale modern miniature completed dresser kits, with the front one leaning backwards at an angle
It would seem that lack of instructions had lead to me making a booboo when putting it together, and I thanked (just)past me for not adding the blocks inside, Because it made it much easier to convince the still-curing glue to let go.
Leaving me with this:
Two one-twelfth scale modern miniature dresser kits, with the front one in pieces
Guess it's back to the drawing board with this one.

To sum up: Although I like the look of this kit generally, its apparent ease of construction tripped me up, and overall I found the end result was flimsy, so I'd be concerned that it might easily break, especially as it doesn't have a base to provide support. (To be fair, the company does give you the option when buying from them to have the kit assembled, but that would almost double the price, and probably increase postage cost significantly as it would take up more room than a flat pack).

I'll have another crack tomorrow, before I become too tempted to just shove it in a bag and back in the kit stash, and after I've done a focused dry fit.

In related news, I've been thinking about a JWT Dollshouses & Miniatures sideboard kit I have, and how easy it would be to add sliding doors (or the suggestion thereof) to the front, and if the end result would work with the jazzy chair. Watch this space...

Thursday, January 18, 2024

One thing leads to another*

Last night, as I considered options for my now-deconstructed Daiso miniature Eames chair I was drawn to the idea of not painting it, as I'd first thought, but covering it with some black and white patchwork fabric (rather like this fine example, or even this option).

I even went so far as to spend some time trawling the interwebs for pictures of patchwork to harvest for the project, and was feeling rather pleased with my imagined end-result.

But while I was making dinner I received a comment on my Instagram post of Tuesday's scene, saying "I think you're a monochrome expert".

Which was lovely, but also made me wonder if I was going with the easy option, and should perhaps push the boundaries a little (while at the same time remembering a tutor when I was studying design telling me that there's nothing wrong with sticking with what you're good at, and enjoy).

Feeling content that this was not something I needed to think about right then because I had already social-mediad for the day, I went to bed.

And at around 3am the next morning, helpful brain piped up (for the first time in years) with a suggestion: perhaps I could go in completely the opposite direction and 'skin' the chair with the (very) colourful duct tape I bought from Daiso back in 2017.

Which is what I did at lunchtime yesterday (yay for working from home and being able to duck into the studio at lunchtime!):

One-twelfth scale modern miniature Eames chair with a colourful design on the seat, next to a roll of duct tape with the same design on it.
It worked well enough for a proof of concept, and got me thinking about the rest of the scene that the chair would live in. Could I be bothered skinning a whole set of four to make a dining room? Or perhaps (and more easily) could it be a desk chair in a bedroom or study?

I went with the latter option, and pulled out my stash of kits to see what I had in the way of drawers and dressers, as I felt that the chair needed a mid-century-modern vibe option in white.

One-twelfth scale modern miniature flat lay of an Eames chair  surrounded by 4 wooden kit options.
I felt like goldilocks.

Option 1 (not really a kit but in there because I wanted to make changes to it) was too traditional, plus when I picked it up cheap from a show I had plans for it which I'd still like to try. And, if I were to use it , it would have to go through the microwave, which would possibly cause more work putting it back together. 
One-twelfth scale chest of drawers
Option 2: a kit I bought from JWT Dollshouses & Miniatures
One-twelfth scale chest of drawers kit
got a thumbs down from me, due to the number of pieces involved, and the fact that I've found their kits generally run too run large.
One-twelfth scale chest of drawers kit with a thumbs down in from of it.
Option 3, by The Tiny Timber Company, made me think the wood was too nice to paint
One-twelfth scale modern miniature chest of drawers kit.
(and wonder when on earth it entered my collection).

Which leads us to option 4: a kit by Mini Materials.
One-twelfth scale modern miniature chest of drawer kit.
It looked good.
One-twelfth scale modern miniature chest of drawer kit.
The wood wasn't spectacular, so I wouldn't feel bad painting it.

Until that is, as I took it out of its package and saw this:
Kit instructions that state 'Please remove all protective paper prior to building your furniture'
and took a closer look, only to discover that this kit has the best wood of all:
Flat lay of pieces of a one-twelfth scale modern miniature chest of drawer kit pieces
So I guess I'm back to seeing what I can do with option 2,
One-twelfth scale modern miniature Eames chair next to a piece of a kit for a chest or drawers.

 or contemplating a complete change of direction.
* It seems that I'm also getting my 1980s earworm back this year.

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Tired out on Tuesday

 So I listened to my heart (thanks, Kat for the reminder) and decided to let go (thanks Cyd for that one: and everyone please note one of the completed cushions making an outing!) and have a relaxing evening.

One-twelfth scale modern miniature room corner with a picture on the wall that says 'Listen to your heart' and a chair under it with a cushion, and a table next to it with a  smoothie and a cupcake and a magazine. Under the chair is a pair of kicked-off sneakers.
But not before throwing together a very quick scene to use to announce my intent to not do anything miniature-related this evening.

Monday, January 15, 2024

Monday make, do and mend

 Alas, one of the problems with a spot of studio archaeology is that it often kicks up some extra mending to fill up that space you so gleefully emptied not that long ago.

Flat lay of a collection of modern miniatures in need of some mending, including several pieces of art, a chair, a school desk and a floor lamp.
(At least this lot are rather nicely colour coordinated and I have exactly the right glue to (hopefully) mend most of them).

But that's a bit boring for you, the reader. So how about I send you on a wee adventure to see the scenes they came from while we wait for the glue to dry?

First up, on the top left, there's one of my Rosalie Gascoignesque pieces that I created in the children's room of the Goulburn Regional Art Gallery on a visit in 2015, and which I used in a miniature woodworking gallery shop when I returned home:
One-twelfth scale modern dolls' house miniature gallery, showing various wooden furniture and homeware pieces displayed on plinths, in a glass-fronted  cupboard, and on the wall.
Next is important-looking chap, who I picked up for free at the last Sydney Miniatures & Dollhouse Fair I attended, and then used in a shelfie scene which I instagrammed but never blogged:
One-twelfth scale shelfie with several maritime-themed pieces of artwork on the wall and toning ornaments on the shelf below.
(and who, at one stage, I did some research on, and have completely forgotten who he is supposed to be!)

The New York shopping bag in the (broken) box frame is from one of the scenes I made of a seaside shack holiday home: this one from 2017:
One-twelfth scale modern miniature lounge with a gallery wall of heart pictures above a fireplace. In front of the fireplace is a grey velvet sectional sofa with a rustic wooden sideboard behind it holding a sailboat model and a lamp.
The Brio Arne Jacobsen ant chair seems to have last popped up in 2008:
3/4 inch scale modern dolls house miniature study with Arne Jacobsen shelving and chair.

3/4 inch scale modern dolls house miniature study with Arne Jacobsen shelving, chairs and table.
Surely it can't have been broken all this time?

Next is a Japanese kit of a school desk: last mention I can find of it at this stage is when I completed it back in 2013. (Which can't be right? I'll check and correct this if I'm wrong...)

I know for sure that the last piece on this week's list for repair was broken on its return from CMAG's Playing House exhibition, which ran from late 2008 to early 2009. It's from my late 1950s Lundby house, my earliest.
3/4 scale Lundby dolls house miniature reading nook with book shelf, chaise lounge and floor lamp.