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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

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Hi everyone.  Well, I finally found a day to do a job that I have been putting off for almost a year - It's the bathroom in the French house. Not sure why I was so hesitant with this one but must admit I was a teensy bit worried about what glue to use and about not messing up such a delicate process.  The bathroom maker (Lenham Potteries) suggests using epoxy resin and gluing the items to an untreated unpainted surface - too late! - my bathroom has a rough textured surface that's already painted with emulsion.  I had no choice but to find a good glue and hope for the best and here's the result. I hope you like it.



The first piece to be stuck in place was the downpipe for the toilet.. at this point the toilet bowl is not stuck down it's just sitting in position to hold the pipe...



 On top of the pipe goes the cistern.  This piece is quite heavy and only sticks to the wall by a thin edge as you can see from the next picture down so I had to hold it in place for a long time while the glue stuck...





Then came the brackets each side of the cistern...
and then I could breathe out again!


The toilet bowl was then stuck to the floor...
 

 And the sink was stuck to the floor and along the wall...and the bath was stuck to the floor...
And here's the finished result.  I have yet to check on it this morning but here's hoping it's still all stuck in place! 

Have fun x

Sunday, 31 March 2013


Happy Easter Everyone!  Not much happening mini wise this end as I can't seem to find any spare time, and the trip to Miniatura last weekend was cancelled due to bad snow so I don't even have any little purchases to show you.

Have a good one and don't eat too much chocolate x



Saturday, 16 March 2013

Hi everyone!

Sorry it's been a while but I'm having some work done on the bedroom in my real house and it's thrown everything into chaos.  I've not been able to get anywhere near my dollshouses even to take pictures so here's some of the children's bedroom that I took a while ago.



The lace draped crib is from Reverie and the single pine bed Jane Newman.  On the bed is a beautiful blanket with a blue stripe on the edge that looks and feels like the real thing.  It's from the Miniature Bedding Co...


 ...I like the little knitted clothing as my mum was a fantastic knitter...



 ...you can see the inside of the crib has a 'buttoned' mattress and a crochet blanket and bottle of milk...



...and here's the little silk teddy that you've seen before.  His arms and legs move so you can pose him...the pillow and pillowcase are from the Miniature Bedding Co...




...on the wall is an alphabet sampler by Caren Garfen.  The stitches are soooo tiny... and in the toybox is a dolly from my friend in Finland...












... but there's no baby.  You will have guessed by now that I don't do dolls in my dollshouse.  Is that like having a train set without the trains?

Have a great weekend.  I'm off to Miniatura next Saturday.  Maybe I'll see some of you there? x

Thursday, 14 February 2013



Happy Valentine's Day Everyone!

Some friends and I have decided to give up chocolate from tomorrow as we eat way too much.  Not sure how long I'll last but I can content myself with miniature ones in the meantime.  Here's some I made last week.  The box is much bigger than I've made previously but is perfect for a day like today. 

Karon x

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Hi guys, not a good start to the new year for me as I had gastric flu (great way to lose weight!).   Hope yours has been better.  I've taken the Christmas decorations down so we're back to the tour of the French style house.  Here's the kitchen as it is now...



...I think I need some pictures and maybe a rug to 'warm' the room up a bit...



...the kitchen sink was plain wood which I stained and painted to make it look old.  I did the same with the plate rack and the table and chairs...



...the french food safe was made from a kit by Jane Harrop and then stained blue and sanded to look old...


...the enamel pots and pans were originally cream and dark green but I painted over the green with a french blue to match the food safe...



...on the drainer you can see a coffee grinder by Jane Newman and a little basket from Zara Ribeaud Thompson...


 



 ...on the aga sausages and eggs are cooking and the table is set for a simple breakfast...


...and the Schnauzer made by Annie Willis is waiting for his share... (I have two real life miniature schnauzers, Alfie and Oscar)...


And more baskets from Zara, I love her work don't you? 



Sunday, 6 January 2013

Exciting news!

Hi everyone, just wanted to let you all know that my Georgian Dollshouse is featured in the current (february) issue of The Dolls House Magazine with part two to follow next month.

Bye for now

Karon x