Wednesday, 27 February 2013

The most amazing miniature animals!

Miniature doll houses and scenes don't just need miniature food to make them brilliant (though I try to oblige in that department). They need furniture and upholstery, woodwork, lighting, decor, accessories and much more. And let's not forget our animal friends. Here is a collection of some of the most realistic miniature 12th scale animals I could find on the web by a UK-based artist named Anya Stone. These are astounding!

Maggie the cat
Eurasian eagle owl

Lionhead rabbit

Jamie the red-tailed hawk

Afghan hound

I cannot decide which I love most, they are all so beautifully done. I think I may be erring towards the birds, simply because I've not come across such tiny and detailed birds before.

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Craft spaces

In my bid to avoid doing anything of actual use, I've been imagining what it would be like to have the most beautiful, tidy, organised of craft spaces. Wouldn't something like this be amazing?

If I had this gingham curtain, I would use it to hide all my junk,
but I suspect it's just as tidy behind there as it is everywhere else.

My favourite thing about this one is that once finished you can shut the doors
and all is safely out of reach of naughty fingers.

Another user of the curtain trick, I love
the country cottage feel of this one, it's beautiful.
I refuse to believe this one is even real. Nothing has been used!
But even new, nothing of mine was ever this tidy.

My 'craft space' is in a small room which while listed as a 'bedroom' by the estate agent is nothing more than a glorifed corridor, since you have to go through it to access another main bedroom. This is the tidyest photo I have of my wee work area.

It doesn't look too bad here, but if I were to open the big double cupboards, everything would fall out. Also, currently I cannot easily get to the lower set of tiny blue drawers, as I've piled too much rubbish up in front of them. And Absinthe Girl has fallen down and I can't find any blue tac to stick her back up. For shame!

Friday, 22 February 2013

Food inspiration

So I'm currently addicted to Pinterest. I pretend this is a good way of getting inspiration, for my next miniature, but really it's just pure eye candy and procrastination. I mean, I have an entire board dedicated to gingerbread houses!

How could you not love these?


I will justify this by saying it is product research for my dollhouse miniature gingerbread houses. I have been known to make miniature gingerbread houses in the dim and distant past. Here's the proof:

A very, very old miniature of mine.

Clearly this is an ancient miniature of mine, and I feel I could do much better nowadays. Of course, this justification is only true if I get off my lazy backside and actually make some new gingerbread miniatures. Watch this space...

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Mouse House by Maddie Chambers

I think I may be becoming a Maddie Chambers fan girl. I already featured her Bag End dollhouse based on Bilbo's home from the Hobbit/Lord of the Rings, when I stumbled upon another beautiful creation! This is her Mouse House based on the Brambly Hedge series of children's books.

I love everything about it, from the way the wood is cut out to show the inside, to the primroses around the base of the tree and the tiny little old-fashioned bath tub.

Dollhouses like this make me wish I was 6 inches tall just so I could have a proper explore. There's far more information about Maddie's creations at her blog.

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Finishing touches

Here's a little cupcake prep board I recently made. Nothing is glued down, so it can be rearranged however you like.

I love dollhouse miniature food sets that are halfway through a process. You can create a really dynamic, busy scene in your dollhouse that helps the viewer imagine what it must be like to live in there. Here are a few more miniatures that tell a little story.

A guilty looking cat from Blue Kitty Miniatures
This Marcia Backstrom granny doll looks as though she has a thing or two to say!

Thursday, 14 February 2013

10 random facts

Part of the appeal of buying handmade is knowing whatever you bought was created by an actual person, so today I decided to write a little about myself as a person in the form of one of those self-indulgent random fact lists. So when you look down at your hand-crafted Little Time Wasters miniature, you can think of how odd its creator is.

10 random facts about me
1. I speak French and German, and even a little Dutch (maar mijn Nederlands is niet erg goed).
2. The last time I drove a car was the day I passed my test. And that was 6 years ago. I shall definitely get some refresher lessons before I get back behind the wheel!
3. Even though I make miniature food, I am rather food phobic in real life. I won't eat most sauces, certain foods must not touch other foods (while others may only be consumed if definitely touching others) and my list of yuck foods is probably longer than my list of yum foods. There is no rhyme nor reason to it. On the plus side, I am getting better. In the past few years, I now eat (and enjoy!) prawns, green peppers, touching salad food (minus the dressing), nearly any kind of fish, brown pasta and rice, yogurt and broccoli among other things. I'm yet to convince myself I ever want to eat a tomato though...
4. I can do the splits!
5. I was awarded a prize from my school for getting one of the top 5 grades in the UK for A-level art. I got 598/600 if you must know, no idea how or where I dropped two marks from a perfect score. And then I promptly dropped art to study languages at university, because I secretly thought (and still sort of do) that it was a fluke, and never likely to lead anywhere.
6. My dad may not be well known in wider society, but he is positively famous among steam engine fanatics. When I am in town and bored, I go to WHSmiths and see if he is in any of the steam loco magazines, and he usually is. I once turned on the tv to accidentally find him being interviewed on the BBC by the guy who plays Kryten off Red Dwarf. That was fairly surreal.
7. I can't watch even the mildest of horror films. I always have to look away. I've just got too good of a photographic memory and the gore stays with me forever! So it's easier simply to avoid.
8. So you may think from random fact no. 4 that I am some kind of amazing gymnastics lady. Sadly not. I have never, ever been able to do a basic cartwheel. Not even when I was a little girl. I just can't do it! I'd fall over, or be bent in half, or just freeze on the spot. My dance teacher used to despair at me. Can't do a handstand either.

9. The misuse of apostrophes angers me greatly. I feel the urge to correct shop signs and menus when I see such beauties as soup's and pasta's, but I don't because the coward in me argues that vandalism is the greater sin than poor grammar. It's a close contest though.
10. I cannot sing for toffee, but that doesn't stop me trying.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Bag End in Miniature

Not a still from a film reel, but a real life miniature!
Despite being a massive Lord of the Rings and Hobbit fan, I have yet to see the recent Hobbit movie. I'm just rubbish at going to the cinema. But its release did remind me of a wonderful dollhouse I was lucky enough to see in real life a couple of years ago, when it was displayed at the Dollhouse Emporium in Ripley, Derbyshire. Bag End has been beautifully and painstakingly recreated by Maddie Chambers in detailed 12th scale.
It looked great from the outside, then the lid comes off and wait until you see the interior!
She created everything inside to fit in with the hobbit theme, including the necessarily vast amounts of food (one must be adquately stocked for second breakfast after all).
 I love the pictures over the mantlepiece, and all the bits and bobs left lying around by Bilbo.
The photos are great, but it honestly looks even better in real life. No idea if and when it will be exhibited again, but if you ever hear it is near you, go and have a look! That's enough eye candy for now. Hopefully I'll finally get myself off to the cinema before they stop showing the Hobbit.


Wednesday, 6 February 2013

How businesslike...

If you have a Folksy seller's account, you can get some free business cards from Moo. Just go to your dashboard and look down the lefthand side. You can select images from your shop to use on the cards, and it was very easy to use even for a techno-n00b like me. You have to pay for the postage, so it's not entirely free, but for £3.50, I thought I'd give it a whirl.

Terrible scan, but you get the idea
I've never had business card for my miniatures (I have bazillions for my 'proper' job) so I was beyond over-excited when I opened them up for the first time. It looked (to my amateur eyes) so professional. I simply cannot wait for an order so I can pop one of my cards in with it. Although part of me just wants to keep them and stick them all over my crafting area walls. I'm so lame sometimes.

Saturday, 2 February 2013