Sharing a love of Dolls House Miniatures - and making time for other creative crafts and the garden.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Bring a Bird into Your Garden

I've really enjoyed making my garden birds and chickens again this year and I know that they've been fun to add to some of your gardens. I love real birds - I can spend far too long watching them in the garden instead of working on them in miniature! In Thame we have Red Kites on their flight paths though the Chilterns - now this is real magic!!

One way or another I've painted birds as long as I can remember so sculpting them in miniature adds a further dimension of movement and fun. Feathering birds is a whole different experience - practice holding your breath and not sneezing - but really brings the bigger birds and poultry to life.

Now we've completed our last Nostalgia in Miniatures Workshops for this year I have a few birds for sale which I'll list here - as there are only a few - and I'm not clever enough to twiddle with my website unsupervised!!
If you'd like to make a purchase please email me first - I'll give you any further information, payment and postage details. Click here for email.

1/12th The tree which is approx. 3" tall is made of natural plant material, and you can just see the Robin perched near the top. £7.95

1/12th Robin on a Watering Can - all the elements on this piece are handmade by me. £12.95

1/12th Blue tit on Flower pots - again I've made the pots too. £7.50
1/12th Robin on Spade - the spade, which is constructed from polymer clay with a wood shaft is leaning drunkenly against an odd pile of bricks. The bricks are terracotta. £8.95

Finally - Just one little 1/24th scale Blue tit feeding on a half coconut - £6
When I've unpacked properly there may be three or four more birds a day or two.

I can't finish this Blog without telling you all what a super Workshop we had this last Sunday. 'The Little Old Washing Line' was really festive, from Santa's longjohns on the line to the mince pies, mulled wine and lovely friendly atmosphere! Everyone got happily covered in paint as the aged coal bunkers were constructed and textured - lovely!!

AS you can see a quirky Santa has crept into this 1/24th scene.....but there will be lots of pictures on Nostalgia In Miniatures Workshops in a day or two - some are on the Blog now - you can also see details of our exciting new themed workshops for next year.....
.....coming up...... The Little Vintage Hall.

Thank you for looking.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Take a Look in Our Festive Dustbin!!

Sometimes the postman brings bills and chuck-away advertising - and sometimes there's a bonus!!

This was the bonus - my copy of Dolls House and Miniature Scene - Issue 211 January - which includes Part 1 of the 'How-To' diorama - On a Cold and Frosty Morning....after the night before - which Celia Thomas and I have created wearing our Nostalgia in Miniature Workshops hats. The dustbin in my title features heavily, full as it is of festive rubbish after a super Christmas!!

The actual 1/12th diorama itself is now available to buy in a Sealed Bid Auction with the proceeds donated to Breast Cancer Campaign and you can find all the details on our website, just click Here. We know that this is a charity supported by many people and are delighted that our smaller efforts at the individual Workshops throughout the year are so kindly and generously supported by those attending.

The magazine itself is also a terrific issue, full as it is of great projects and features!! Enjoy!

It's been a funny week......some work being done on the house has rather interrupted my miniature work and I'm conscious that Christmas is coming far too fast....meanwhile our last Workshop of the year is on Sunday, so I'm back to obsessively counting miniature long-johns, bags of sand and santa hats. Still - I'm promised Mulled wine! Hey ho!

Thanks for Looking.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Reporting on Lots of Fun!!

As everyone who has a stand at a Miniature Fair knows - it's hard work and sometimes stressful but hopefully good too!

So....the very best news is that it was a successful day, a happy atmosphere and SUCH FUN at Haddenham Dolls House Exhibition and Fair last Saturday!!

Even better - £670 was raised for the two charities - a great sum from a small event. Huge thanks to Freda and George Dorrell who make it all possible.

I'm sorry these aren't the best pictures in the world - but I hope it'll convey some of the day. I do wish I'd been able to take more as there were some really super exhibits in the Club Exhibitions by very talented members - we spotted some 'Little Old Gardens...' from our Nostalgia in Miniature Workshops too - which was LOVELY - thank you ladies!

Celia and I had a 'Nostalgia in Miniatures Workshop' table as well as our individual stands and it was an opportunity to chat to some of the participants who'd come along - we should have a like a mini club meeting - and tell others about the workshops and plans for next year. We also had 'A Frosty Morning.....After the Night Before' on display, along with the Sealed Bid Auction box! Lots of details on our website - please take a look.

I did manage to finish some 1/48th characters and I will get in touch with you if you're on my little list as there are now some for sale. I can only make these a few at a time so if anyone else would like to be contacted please email me.

Thank you for looking.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

1/48th characters ...and Remembering....

This is really a quick reminder - it's that sort of weekend!

I hope you can see from this really quick reminder that if you're in the area, Haddenham Dolls House Exhibition and Fair on Saturday will be a lovely day!! I'm still wigging 1/48th characters, but there'll be some on my stand. Click on the picture of the flyer - you'll be able to read it then!!
As we are now focussing more on the smaller scales we are reducing prices on 1/12th character dolls and furniture at this fair only. We shall always be happy to take commissions in this scale for both dolls and furniture - but will carry less stock at future fairs.

The Poppy Field

I thought I'd share with you this old photograph, which I love. It was taken in the summer of 1942 in an ordinary poppy field outside a small English town. Developed and printed in a makeshift home dark-room, it was coloured by hand later.
Two young women take their little nephew to pick poppies. By the middle of WW2 the little boy's father had already died; the young woman with him knew her husband was missing - in fact he was a Prisoner of War.
It is a good time to remember the great personal loss of so many people through war and conflict, and those that suffered and continue to suffer.


Friday, November 4, 2011

Take a the birds!

My 1/48th carpenter has been busy again - clearly influenced by my miniature gardening, he's made a little old garden seat!

In all my gardens - real, imagined or miniature - I need a seat to sit on to watch the flowers grow and the birds performing their aerobatics. I really didn't believe a 1/48th scale replica of my old, weathered wooden garden seat was possible so I was so thrilled to see this delighful little folding chair when appeared.

It's old, and bashed and weathered so I've had fun with my paints and sandpaper - the only difficulty was deciding if it had once been white, or green or both......

Our garden is home to a couple of pairs of beautiful blackbirds, who seem to get on with each other and join forces to screetch at my cat if it oversteps the mark and comes too close. I thought I'd create a little scruffy corner of the garden in 1/12th scale where we stack old bricks and pots, weeds go unnoticed and the blackbirds reign supreme.

The blackbird along with robins and blue tits perching on ancient garden bits and pieces will be on sale, as will new 1/48th items, at Haddenham Dolls House Exhibition and Fair next Saturday, November 12th. Hopefully by then there will be new character dolls too.

This popular event is held every two years at Haddenham Village Hall, Bucks. HP17 8EE to raise funds for Hearing dogs for Deaf People & Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, from 10.00am - 4.00pm. The exhibitions by local clubs are always impressive and I'm told the model lego railway on display is splendid!! Apart from us (Coombe Crafts) other artisans attending are Tony Knott, KT Miniatures, Sally's Little People and Ronfel Miniatures and there will be sales stands of private collections too.

If you're coming along - do come and say 'hello'.
Thanks for looking.