Monday, 30 October 2017

A Brand New Start

Hi Everyone,
Well after ages away from miniatures and blogging I’m finally back!
As some of you are aware sadly, I lost my gorgeous husband to Cancer, it’s been two years now..
About eighteen months ago deciding I needed a project to help me overcome the terrible grief which I was experiencing, in what some would describe as a “moment of madness’ I purchased a 120 year old stone cottage in country Victoria, I believed a new start was what was needed and the renovation of this lovely old house has certainly kept me busy..
The house was in almost original condition and has taken 12 months of constant work to restore to its former glory. During the restoration I have had to put my minis on hold however my new home is now nearing completion and I’m ready to return to miniatures, I have really missed my minis and can’t wait to get started again, today I started to carefully unpack all my little treasures, refurnishing my houses in miniature should be much easier than life size lol!

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Kensington Dolls House Festival

Hi  Everyone,
I have just returned from a two week trip to London England where I attended my very first but definitely not my last Kensington Fair.
All I can say is WOW! I had so much fun, for five hours I shopped, chatted with wonderful artists and generally had a ball!
I have returned with a cache of wonderful miniatures made by artisans from all over the world.
If you are ever given the opportunity this show should be on your "bucket list"!
I then spent two weeks touring England, Scotland and Wales I had a fabulous time and have arrived home with lots of new ideas for Miniatures, especially houses, I'm thinking of making a "Thatched Cottage"
Should be!

On a more serious note I am considering moving my shop to a new location in  'Beechworth'.
Beechworth is a tourist destination in North East Victoria. It was a gold mining town in the 1800s and is full of wonderful history and sites.
I have recently purchased a stone cottage there which I intend to renovate and use as self contained B&B accomodation. Beechworth is around fourty minutes drive from Albury.
The shop I am looking at is better suited to my requirements it is a Victorian (1880's) shop front and is really cosy with a great space for my workshops.
I'll keep you posted.
Till next time happy Miniaturing..
Deb x

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Maison Miniatures Shop

Hi everyone,

Well it's been a long time coming however, I'm so happy to announce that my new shop 'Maison Miniatures' will open on Saturday February 20th 2016!

The shop offers a wonderful range of Artisan made products as well as an extensive range of Dolls Houses and Miniatures.

There is also a custom made dolls house and miniature service where you can have miniatures made to your own design. This includes houses Drapery, furniture, rugs and hand printed fabrics.
Pop in soon and say hi, have a cuppa and a chat!

Maison Miniatures
Shop 21/659 Young St
NSW 2640
Phone 02 60233627  Open 10:00am - 4:00pm Thursday Friday and Saturday.


Saturday, 10 January 2015

Happy New Year

Hi Everyone,

I hope you all had a very merry Christmas.

Mine was pretty relaxed, it was very hot here in my part of the world so my family made lovely cold meats and salads and Pavlova and fruit for dessert.

Sorry I have not given my blog much attention lately I have been very busy filling orders for my Etsy shop in the lead up to Xmas, thank you to all of my loyal followers for your custom over the past year, I love making little items for you and seeing them in their new homes.

One of my Easy items (sorry sold)
I have made some progress on my Grosvenor Hall project, it is slow going though as I have to wait ages for materials to be delivered from overseas.
really happy with this room...

I intend to use "Artisan" items in this house and have made some lovely purchases from my favourite Etsy shops.

I will start the attic rooms shortly however I need to find a lower work table as the house is so big I can't reach them at present! its not easy being short! lol
The rooms will become a nursery/ playroom and the bathroom.

I have finished all three hallways exactly the same way.

The Dining Room

The troublesome bedroom!

This is the bedroom I'm having trouble with as the bed seems to "disappear" in to the wallpaper. I am currently revamping an old bed which I will probably use to replace this one.

Till next time happy miniaturing,

Saturday, 29 November 2014

A Little Win!

Hi Folks,
Just a really quick post I'm so excited!
This weekend I Entered one of my  Room Boxes in a local dolls house fair and I won First Prize!!

As you can see it is Harry Potter's "cupboard under the stairs".

Photo's of this room box have been used for a calendar which is sold to raise funds for a charity here in Australia. The 2015 calendar is available for purchase from Fairy Meadow Miniatures in Wollongong.
Every year there is a new theme, this year it was "Hallways".

I hope you enjoy looking at the pics, it was a lot of fun to make! I spent a long time sourcing all the little Hogwarts bits and pieces..
 Back to work on Grosvenor Hall now, see you soon..

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Hi Everyone
Just a quick post to update you all on the progress of Grosvenor Hall.
As you will see from the pics I have been very busy working on the kitchen.
Most of the cupboards were made from cardboard, the stove was a lovely kit from Elf miniatures in England, their kits are very precisely made and easy to put together.

The lovely plates are from Carrie Lavender at a Lavender Dilly" Etsy store, I have used lots of Carrie's lovely items over the years in my houses, I love her work.
I still have lots more to do however I'm waiting for supplies to arrive.

I will post more pics when I finish this room, I'm also busy painting the rest of the interior of the house, its such a huge project, I don't expect to finish any time soon!

Till next time, Happy Miniaturing

Friday, 11 July 2014

A New Work Room

Hi Everyone,

Just a quick post to let you a all know that yes, I am still here!

I have spent the last few weeks redesigning my work room.
I now have a fantastic work station designed by me and made by my brilliant cabinet maker Mark.

I decided I needed to separate my computer and printer etc.. from my Miniatures work area as everything was becoming very untidy and my poor long suffering Hubby could hardly find the computer for all the stuff I was working on!

We now have a wonderful dual purpose room which functions like clockwork!

I purchased a second hand desk with a glass top and gave it the "Shabby Chic" treatment.
 I painted it Antique White and added lovely new drawer pulls sourced from Etsy, I put fabric under the glass top to add to the Shabby Chic look, added a few pretties and Viola!

My very brave husband is now into his sixth week of Chemotherapy and believe me this is not an easy road to health. Our family and friends are doing everything possible to make things better for him and to ease the terrible burden of this insidious disease.
He will undergo a Bone Marrow Transplant in about Six weeks and then all being well, after six to eight weeks in hospital will  return home and his Cancer will be in remission.

I hope you are all keeping busy making lovely little items for your Dollhouses.
I still try to look at all of your fabulous blogs, I just wish I had more time...

Until next time,
Happy Miniaturing,
Deb :)