jane

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Did you see Secret Knowledge: The  Private Life of a Doll's House on BBC4 last night? If not try to catch it on iplayer it's an absolute treat x

Monday, 20 October 2014

The project that's destined never to be finished...


Hi guys, long time no see.  I've not been working on any miniatures this year as life's been keeping me busy doing other things. The Georgian house is almost complete and the French house is almost complete so I can add to them as and when I feel like it, but I have a shop that I have barely started and I have been thinking a lot about whether I should continue with this third project or not...



It is an Anglesey Dolls House shop, beautifully made, and I have had it for years and years.  It is/was going to be a patisserie/cafe/something I'm not quite sure, but I have not done any work on it in a very long time.  I've primed the wood.  Drilled holes for the lighting.  Laid the copper tape for the lights to be connected.  I've wallpapered and painted the ceilings.  I've painted the stairs.  I've stained the shop exterior.  But then I stopped...




I bought some tables and chairs for the cafe.  I bought shelving units from Lincoln's of Harrogate because I knew they were retiring.  I've made lots of little cakes and buns and bread.  I have papers for the floors.  But still I can't bring myself to work on this project...



This year I came very close to selling my real house which made me think "how much room do I need for my dollshouses?"  I have been very lucky as in my last home and the one I live in now I have been able to display and play with my houses away from the rooms used by the rest of the family.  At the moment I have a large attic room where my dollshouses (and my other hobbies) live but when I do move home (which will be in the next five years for sure) it will be somewhere smaller and I'm not sure where the two dollshouses I already have will go let alone a third one..




And here's my other dilemma... can I afford to spend more money, a lot more money, on my miniatures when I am looking towards retirement and wondering do I have enough money to live on for the rest of my days?  Our hobby is not cheap.  Not if you like the fabulously high quality miniatures that are on offer out there.  Could I just appreciate and enjoy the two houses I already have without adding to the collection?

Until I make my mind up the shop sits next to the other houses waiting for me to begin work on it again.  Maybe I should leave it that way until I make my mind up for sure one way or the other.

Do you have any projects you started but can't finish?

x





Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Merry Christmas everyone!  The cook in my Georgian house has been busy making Christmas pudding, mince pies and cake (even though that's not a very Georgian Christmas)...


don't you just love how fimo can look just like real food?  My new year's resolution is to make more fimo things.  What's yours?



I made the little ceramic teapot at a Val Casson workshop some years ago (along with a Pumpkin teapot for Halloween).  On close inspection it's  not perfect but our own handmade miniatures are always very special aren't they?




Have a good one wherever you are and whoever you're with x

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Goodness, it's been a while since I posted.  Three things have been happening here:

One - I thought I might be moving real house to a much smaller one so put a stop to any new miniatures projects (I have a shop waiting in the wings) because I wasn't sure I would have the space. 

Two - my Georgian house and my French style house are close to completion so no more work to do there other than the buying of all the little extras that make the houses look 'lived in' and a minor alteration or improvement here and there.

Three - the biggest sin of all - I started two new hobbies that seem to be taking up all of my time and money (dressmaking and knitting).

So that's why I've not been updating my blog.  I've had nothing to show you.  Until now that is. 

The French style house is being featured in the Christmas issue of The Dolls House Magazine and as you all know taking pictures of our miniatures is not  as easy or straightforward as we would like to believe.  Enter my friend Christoper Jones, photographer for the Telegraph newspaper here in the UK, and after six hours (!) and dozens and dozens of photographs here's a sneak preview (click on picture to get closer view) hope you like them x





Saturday, 3 August 2013

Don't miss out!

There's a Jane Newman tiled washstand up for grabs on ebay.  I'd love to have it as her furniture is beautifully made and as rare as hen's teeth nowadays but I just don't have anywhere to put it so I'm letting you guys know.  Search Jane Newman on Ebay.co.uk and you should find it unless someone else gets to it first x

Monday, 8 July 2013

Summer's here!

Hi Everyone, hope you are enjoying the sunshine wherever you are.  In England at the moment the temperature is hitting 28 degrees which means everything in my dollshouses that is stuck on with tacky wax has now fallen down.  This includes all the mirrors and paintings in the Georgian house, one of which came crashing down onto my Stokesay Ware china and managed to bounce across the room knocking over a rocking chair in the process!  Fortunately nothing was broken.

The last room to show you in my French house (or should I call it my Frenglish house?) is the main bedroom.  For this house you might recall I didn't really plan the furniture like in the Georgian house, it was more that I had some lovely pieces and needed somewhere to display them and this little house was perfect for that purpose.  Here's a particular item that I bought for no reason other than that I loved it so much - the black metal bedstead from Jane Newman...




the bed has hand painted floral medallions at each end, with silk embroidered bedcover, bolster and scatter pillow in a very delicate ivory with pink touches.  Here's a close up...







the pine chest of drawers, mirror and bedside cupboard are also by Jane Newman...




The hairbrush, comb and hand mirror are all real silver and made by Ken Palmer and look at the little dragonfly brooch, it's gorgeous and so tiny...




On the bedside cupboard is a jam jar full of spring flowers and a little ceramic dish that I made at a workshop run by Val Casson...






In the corner is a Lloyd Loom chair.  It does not have a proper padded cushion base so at the moment I have put a cushion made by a friend there which gives it a very homely feel...






And here's an 'ariel' shot so you can see how it all comes together...


Bye for now x

Wednesday, 22 May 2013


Hi everyone.

I went to the London Dolls House Festival last week (did you?) Now normally I would be showing you all the amazing things I bought there but this time there's not much to show as I hardly spent any money at all.  In fact I spent the grand sum of  £28.60!  Here's what I bought...






...in the hallway I had some plain wooden crates for my wine bottles.  Nice enough but boring.  At the festival I found these great little crates with wine names and vineyards printed on them.  It's a small change but it makes a big difference.  You can get them from www.cinen.it



...I then found a jar of creme fraiche and a french biscuit box from Carol Cook that make a lovely addition to the breakfast table (and I bought my friend a bunch of carrots from Carol as she liked them so much)...



...the little pudding basins are from Stokesay Ware and I didn't actually buy them they were bought for me (my friend and I always buy each other little gifts).  They are very simple in their design.  I will have to make a pudding in one of them and the others can go on display...


...and I'm afraid thats it.  The sum total of six hours shopping at the festival but it's not all about spending money it's about the people you meet, the wonderful things you see and spending time with friends...x