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

Wednesday, April 30, 2014


This year is the 100th Anniversary of World War 1 and it will be remembered and commemorated, with reflection and respect.

Already many strands of the media have focussed on these years and the miniature world has been paying its tributes as well. I have been mentioning a 'secret project' for some time now -and it's great to be able to reveal it at last.

My colleague in Nostalgia in Miniature Workshops is Celia Thomas, also a great mate, and we were delighted to be commissioned by DOLLS HOUSE AND MINIATURE SCENE MAGAZINE to create a very special large scene as a 'how to' project as part of their commemorations.
It was important to us that it should above all be respectful and poignant and acknowledge the emotion of the moment. We took enormous care and  thoroughly researched all aspects and, as we do in all our workshop projects, used readily available materials so that it would have appeal to miniaturists of all abilities.

In the many hours we spent working on the scene it became very much a labour of love.
As we often do, we created a elderly gentleman, sometime in the early 1970s, returns to the scene of his youth - what was then a battlefield.

Beneath his feet are the long derelict remains of an Officers dugout and trenches..........
He remembers the young man he was - so many years ago......and those friends who did not return  home.

We leave him to his thoughts, in the field of poppies that have grown up to cover the scars of conflict.

To view the entire scene, the derelict dugout, the remains of the trench and the poppy field please take a look at our  video, which has been brilliantly created for us by Celia. Put your speakers on and view best in full screen.

The project will be in AUGUST 2014 Issue of Dolls House and Miniature Scene, available on 26th June and at least one further issue - already there have been some great smaller projects on the theme in earlier issues, well worth catching up with.

We are both very proud and delighted that the actual scene will be on show at THE THAME MUSEUM, Oxfordshire from Saturday 3rd May until 20th August as part of their World War 1 Exhibition.

Thank you for looking

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

From the Back of the the HERB GARDEN!

Last Saturday saw a whole group of lovely ladies join us for our workshop at Bicester Avenue Garden Centre - and what a super day we had!  Thanks to all of you who came along....and for your splendid rendition of 'Happy Birthday'!
Next time we're going Down the Little Old Herb Garden Path ........

However, this time I'm going to leave it to Lucie Roper - Editor of Dolls House and Miniature Scene to tell everyone about the recent workshop as she came along and joined in the fun....and a very talented miniaturist she is too!

You can read all about it when she 'reports' in the August Issue of Dolls House and Miniature Scene which is published on June 26th  - but for pictures of the day and of course the projects themselves, go to our Nostalgia in Miniature Blog -

And now we're planning and looking forward to our next workshop!

                                     BOOKING IS NOW OPEN!!! 

 For all the details of this unique and nostalgic scene, which as always, is offered in both 1/24th and 1/12th scales go to our website, where there is also a downloadable booking form and details of the very attractive discount on offer to groups of four or more.  This little herb garden will stand alone or butt up to an existing house or a previous workshop project, and with more of our carefully researched 'vintage' accessories will be very special indeed.

If you're tempted, do get in touch to reserve a place, numbers are limited, and this very successful new venue has lots of other things to offer in the way of a little retail therapy!

Thank you for looking

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Bluebell Woods, Tomato Plants and Gardeners!

If you Follow or dip in, you've probably got used to my somewhat random, rambling blogs..... this is another of those!

I couldn't resist taking a picture of these lovely tulips - they were broken off in the garden so we've had the silken beauties indoors, popped in a vintage Bovril jar.

Yesterday we took a nostalgic trip to bluebell woods at Badbury Hill just outside Faringdon in Oxfordshire.  The bluebells under the unfurling bright leaves of the beech trees were just magical!  I've been going since I was a child when it was permissable to pick the flowers - then we took our young sons who loved it too. It is now well-guarded by The National Trust and as the flowers are protected they have spread and spread and it's even more wonderful.

In the middle of the wood is a delightful cottage.  When I was a child it was small, dark and completely dwarfed by the surrounding trees - I imagined a witch lived there. I expect it was the gamekeeper or an estate worker - now it's been extended and is rather grander.  However, that's as good an excuse as any to picture a 1/24th gamekeeper who is looking for a home  - do contact me if you'd like to consider buying him.

On Saturday Celia Thomas and I will be happily knee deep in our Nostalgia in Miniature Workshop 'Round the Back of the Old Gardener's Cottage' - so I thought a gardener was definitely needed! Here he is - 1/12th scale - surrounded by tomato, black, striped, pink! My photography spot in the conservatory has been taken over by tom-growing husband!

Hopefully some of the plants will be finding new homes shortly.

Thank you for looking

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Happy Easter to Everyone!

The sun has been shining for the last few days, spring flowers are blooming in our gardens and countryside and I'd like to wish you all a very special and Happy Easter.

I've been assembling kits and things for our upcoming Nostalgia in Miniature Workshop after Easter - have also been losing things! The very last finishing touches have been made to the 1/24th protoype  - Celia lost the chicken wire - I lost terracotta pots......but it's done now and we're very much looking forward to a busy and happy day with the workshop ladies next Saturday.

1/24th Scale 'Round the Back of the Old Gardener's Cottage'
1/24th Scale Victorian water carrier and the old  console table
It isn't always easy to tell from photos, just how big or small things are, even when you know the scale. Both the water carrier and table are under 1 1/2" tall - and there's a packet of turnip seed in that drawer!

We've also been making plans for the Autumn Nostalgia in Miniature Workshop, which will again be at Bicester Avenue Garden Centre, on 27th September.  Full details will be on our website around the end of April, and as always we welcome both those new to miniature making and the more experienced for a really super day.  Do get in touch if you're interested.
Now it's a few days off for Easter and then back to the doll making in earnest.

Thank you for looking - HAPPY EASTER!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Spring and a Visit to Miniatura

Spring has finally sprung; the sun has been out, the garden is bursting with blossom and flowering bulbs and we have frogspawn in our tiny pond!
(Well it excites me!!)  Spring also means a fun day out at Miniatura.

In between punching out hundreds of paper flower shapes, measuring, cutting, counting, card, pots and bits of string.......for our Nostalgia in Miniature Workshop on April 26th, I nip out into the garden for an hour or so to hack back the undergrowth and take some pictures of the spring flowers.

Working on the 1/24th scale version....

Snake's Head Fritillary

 Last Sunday saw Celia, my great mate and partner in 'Nostalgia',  and I take a break from making up kits and hop on a train for N.E.C. and The Spring Miniatura Show.  Not to waste a minute, we spent the journey planning the Autumn workshop.....well, we have an outline and a title....! In due course, and hopefully around the end of the month, details will appear on the website.

It's lovely for us to be on the visitor side of a fair for a change and great to catch up with very talented friends who had been working hard all weekend.  My impression was that the fair was smaller, not as interesting as in the past with some important makers missing, and not very busy.

It is always very inspiring however, and terrific to see quality artisans.  To mention just two amongst many, had a beautiful stand with so much to love, and The Glorious Twelfth had the most exciting and quirky half timbered period houses I've seen in ages.
I treated myself to a beautiful pot of cinnerarias from Jan Southerton - The Flower Lady and another of Ellie de Lacy's faux books with beautiful marbled covers. Super day out!!

Thank you for looking