Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Mini Museum

A rainy day found me in the miniatures museum here in Lyon.  At the top of the building, which also houses an exhibition on model making for the cinema, there are quite a few room boxes.  I thought I'd share my favourite with you - a model of a 19th century silk weaver's studio, very typical of Lyon.



Tuesday, January 21, 2014

New Year Resolutions

Here are some of the lovely things I got this Christmas - a Geisha figuirine by Veronique Cornish, a working (hurrah!) Art Nouveau mantle clock by Malcolm Hall and a book by Cockerina.  

I also made a resolution this year to make minis first whenever I had the urge to buy something!  

Here are a few small items I managed to make over the holidays; a paintbox, a silk thread box with thread and a family photo album.  I think I need to practice my bookbinding skills!

I had really wanted a black lacquered letter rack, but couldn't justify the price tag - so here is my own little version, painted with chinoiserie.  I made it out of mat board, and I highly recommend that medium for anyone like me who struugles with wood!   

This letter rack is destined for the parlour, where there is a slight Asian theme in details, a little homage to my early childhood in Hong Kong.  I painted the pagoda watercolour, and made a tiny notebook out of a scrap of leather.  

On the left are two handkerchiefs that I embroidered - I have to say that the stitches are about as tiny as I have ever managed to do!

Thank you so much for your lovely comments, they are truly appreciated.  I am slowly catching up with all of your blogs, so forgive me if I haven't commented in a while... as you can imagine, that is my other New Year's Resolution!


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Flowers for January

Happy New Year!

I hope you had a good holiday, and tha 2014 brings you happiness, prosperity and lots of time for mini-ing!

I haven't had a huge amount of time, especially with the wedding coming up, but I have greatly enjoyed your blog posts, and have tried to grab a few quiet moments to make some things.

Turning my sights to the exterior, I really wanted to brighten up the facade with some flowers.  I have three amazing white daffodils, made by Ilona, some snow drops and ivy from Georgie at the Miniature Garden, and some Christmas roses that I made using paper punches and watercolour paints.

Although they are all white (my favourite colour for flowers) I think they brighten up the stonework.  Flowers are really great litle things to make, as they are relaively swift, and as a project, quite portable - so I could make them standing in the kitchen!

I also made some aquilegias, some of my favourite flowers, and, of course, some tiny Jonquil narcissi - the yellow ones were made from another Miniature Garden kit f 24th scale daffodils, the white narcissi I made.  The three pots came from One Pottery, on Etsy - I love their pots, such lovely warm colours, and perfectly in scale.

The jonquils look particulary sweet on the bedroom dresser, and I only wish I could make them smell as lovely as they do in real life!