Friday, June 26, 2015

Kitty landed

This is going to please Elga : this morning a nice big Maine Coon came to live here :-) .Has actually landed on the table. Should I lay the chandelier down on the floor next to it as , given their weight, s/he must have taken down the whole lamp ???? 






In case you wonder , the cat was made by Reve , she sells on ebay.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Arjen's little table

During tthe Rheda fair I bought two kits from Arjen Spinhoven and this week I put together this little table kit. The kit is well made, easy to do . Painting was a different animal , though. Still, I did my bestest and came up with this (not as neat as he does, but it does look nice ) :



It looks like this  if you look from the ceiling ( have a vision of a doll hanging in the chandelier..)





I think this is one of the first kits I did not mess up big time after my re-entry into miniworld!

Arjen has actually written a tutorial about painting this baby in DHMS # 251

Here is the table with a centimeter, just to get an idea:


Monday, June 1, 2015

Rheda !!! Long post , many pics.

Yesterday I visited the ( yearly ) fair in Rheda, Germany. If traffic is heavy , it can be a very arduous trip, but I was lucky this tme, esp in the morning. Roads were nearly empty so I could floor it ( and I did :-) ) . I even arrived before official opening time, a first for me .

I did restrain myself a bit. I missed several regular sellers, like Julie Campbell and Jain Squires (maybe too soon after Kensington) ; others were there allright, though. Unfortunately forgot to buy some things thatI saw while ambling about, but hope to be able to take care of that sometime later on !

Today I unpacked most of my treasures. 

These two little cherubs were made by Victoria Heredia  ( no website, sorry ). She makes them by hand, are incredibly tiny. Will look great on any fireplace- in a grand house, that is.




Time for tea at Miniaturen Schneider. I had hoped for some sandwiches, too, as they do make the most realistic sandwiches for a teaparty I have ever seen , but these were absent yesterday, alas.




So to comfort myself I bought some additional stuff from Georgia Marfels 



This time no rats or meeces , but rest assured, I WILL be back and she too, life permitting :-)

This little gel from Ankinaki dolls was whining so loudly that I decided to adopt her, providing she stopped bellowing of course 




I gave her a little sleepy cat from Shirley Scheibehenne, probably helped,too to stifle that horrid sound.



Was obvertaken by a wild desire to make a addict of one of the male dolls when I saw this ginormous needle, added an equally ginormous corkscrew. Saw some small plant here too, will do nicely for 1/24 scale:



I had heard of Vitreus Ignis from people who visited the Bishop Show in Chicago ; they were at this fair for the first time. The lady graciously allowed me to take pics at her stand :














And this is what I bought :







Got this little paperweight for free :-)


Of course, I also had to visit Elisabeth Bettler ( or Elisabeth Causeret, never sure which, she is a  lovely lady , unfortunately no website), to get more porcelain in halfscale , which I always loooove!

here is her stand, smaller scales on top ( halfscale on the right two rows, quarter scale on the left)






Caught some more nice halfscale pottery :



Headed for Susan Bembridge's stand , sorry , no pics now, was for wallpaper and flooring. Quality is outstanding. Wallpapers  safely rolled up for now, I am not going to disturb them , but here  you can see the design , the blue one. It is for the roombox, pics later on this post !

Then on to Ray Storey , as I wanted lights for selfsame box.






then some kits from Arjen Spinhoven 



                               ( these pics were nicked from his website to show you what I saw at the fair)
 




Be sure to check out his website , he has such great chests , some BIGGIES as well !

OK and now the roombox that I ordered at the latest Dutch fair from John Kilner at No1 Elite designs...
It is massive, it is oak, and of outstanding quality. Hmm, seems a  shame to use wallpaper, maybe use templates . Will see .

Front in place ( glaring, of course)


                                   Front glass closes with 4 small magnets, just like that.


                                 Wiring on the back , can chooose battery run or trafo




Inside. All panels can be lifted out. I have got extra sets of all of the with a blanc back too. Plus skirting. Plus a spare ceiling.It is lit, but that is hard to see/show in daylight. I have two packs of different background pics, they can be exchanged quite effortlessly using the selfsame little magnets. Lighting of the background is done by a vertical row of LEDs on both sides, like theater light spots.







And now sagging down , Hope you are still alive. But if you are, try to check out the websites, so many loverly things out there....:-)

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Good evening...

Lots of things to do , mostly RL, I am afraid.

I did buy an Edwardiand gent from Ebay recently :



Very nice and with just a bit of help he can stand on his own two feets :-)

I also dressed a housekeeper. No done very well, I know, but the poor gal will have to do with this right now. Will re-do her later. The doll is excellent was made by Sherri Colvin , she sells wonderful character kits.





And  best of all: today Frances Peterson ( view also last post) and her DH visited me this afternoon. It was great ! I should really make a wall of fame and collect sigs of miniaturists who have come and visited me :-)

Anyway , here are some photos:

                                                             Frances


                                                  Frances and Walter

   
                                                            Frances and I





                                                 Beautiful REAL Peterson Pillow :



PS Frances also happily photographed my other rug , wonder whether that will show up as a mini, too !!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Here I am - finally !

And not even with my own work, actually, feathers are Frances' !

Here goes:

Some years ago, I posted a pic of ( then little ) Tiffany, playing a cat game on my Ipad , at PetitPointers, a Yahoogroup.

                                                       Here is the pic :



 Frances Peterson ( from TX, USA), a gifted designer, was not only smitten with this small lady, but immediately wondered about that carpet ! She liked it big time ! So up onto a chair I climbed, took as many pics of the carpet from as high as I could and mailed them to her, so that she could adapt it for a design for a PP miniature carpet. And no, trust me, if you have never tried it : that is not as easy as it sounds ....! Designing/adapting, I mean, climbing and photographing were the easy parts.

Tis ready now after about a year- or more-  of hard work by Frances ( designing plus stitching) . The first pic - aside from the progress pics that we share in the  group was this little teaser:



                                Bwaahaaahaa ! One mini Tiffany  with a  mini Ipad on a minicarpet !

                                    But here it is , The design can be bought from Frances :



                                                                         Right here

                               I am quite honored to be n her exquisite selection, thank you, Frances!






Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sorry guys & gals

I had a lot of anonymous spam on my blog. Tried to weed it out by changing the settings, but I obviously did make the wrong choice, so that only I could comment ! That was not what I meant, at all.

I removed that nasty setting, but am reverting now to the "word" barrier, sorry for that. And very sorry for the inconvenience caused by my mistake .

Thank you for checking out my blog, though :-)

Cheers,
Elly

Friday, February 20, 2015

Cobweb , getting there !!!

Cobweb is a Tudor cottage. I read up the book by Brian Long and had a good hard look at the beams inside, as ( although I have never seen a RL Tudor cottage in my life) I was absolutely sure there should be beams in it! If I would have had to follow the pattern outside I would have given up immediately, but fortunately I got away with some  more simple constrictuction on the inside.

So off I headed for a railay model shop, where they sell those nice balsa slats and then - me having off some days and happily mini-ing away- there I went, full steam ahead, cutting ans staining and sticking little beams until I nearly DREAMT beams.

Here we are now:





Of course, I had to take everything out to do this, now it is back again, lighting installed, as well ( and by golly, it works ! ):




I also bought some little canisters and a canister of pickles, both from ebay, made by Sam Dunlap (?)

                             
                                    ( the little bowl of eggs was also added , so sweet !)