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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Sylvie's Nursery

Well I promised that I would post details of my latest project and this is it! A couple of months ago I supplied a dressed bed and chaise longue with matching curtains for Sylvie in the UK. She was pleased with the results and almost immediately started planning the next room in her house...the nursery.

I get as excited about the planning of a project as I do about the making of it. I could (and do) spend hours looking at different fabrics and trims and sketching designs and possibilities. Sylvie is so enthusuastic about this room and the emails have been flying backwards and forwards with ideas....we can't wait to get started!

I thought it would be fun to follow the progress of the room on my blog and give you a chance to see how we get on.

Below you will see a mix and match of some of the ideas that we have looked at while planning the design of the nursery bedding and furniture.

The nursery will be in Victorian style and we have decided early on that we will have a small child's bed and a crib for a baby. Sylvie would like the wood in the nursery to be walnut which looks fabulous in 12th scale and we have been looking at the furniture available in that colour. She should receive the silk samples that I have sent through this week and I will keep you posted as to the final choice of colour and design.

Monday, October 25, 2010

French Millinery - Late 19th century autumn designs

 I love rich Autumn colours and having received a wonderful new textured silk recently in shades of chocolate, caramel and dusky pink I decided to put together a small collection of french style millinery in those tones. Silk velvets and brocades drape together beautifully and, as always, I have a weakness for long trailing veils in matching colours. Brims are narrow and upturned and these little hats will perch beautifully on your 12th scale lady's head or look great on display on a tall elegant hatstand.

For further details please visit

I must take this opportunity to welcome the newest followers to my blog!

Hello to you all and I hope you will find something that interests you among my ramblings...

which reminds me....I'll be starting an exciting new project over the next couple of weeks so do check back and I'll let you know more about it tomorrow :)

Have a good week!

Janine xx

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Aqua tulle and velvet treasure

I added this little beauty to my  12th scale Premier Collection this afternoon -  I hope you like it! Caramel velvet combines with the prettiest little vintage ribbon embroidered with aqua flowers and ruched around the crown.

The tiny suede gloves will be included.

 Please click here if you wish to see other designs in the Premier Collection by  Miss Amelia

Thursday, October 14, 2010

More about Vicky...

For those of you who don't know...Vicky Guile is the very talented lady behind NJD miniatures. When she is not concocting amazing pieces of miniature food and witchy accessories AND looking after her family, she somehow finds time to be assistant editor to the AIM magazine! She has been an endless source of help and patience to all of us involved with the magazine and we are very, very proud of her :) (Bet you're blushing now, LOL!)

                                                                          Thanks Vicky!!

Thankyou Vicky :)

Vickeeee...you have the dubious honour of becoming the 50th follower!!! Welcome to my little blog and thank you for taking an interest.

Thank you too to all the other 49 of you who have supported me over the past month. I am really pleased to have met so many new people since started this blogging malarkey and look forward to keeping in touch and seeing what you are all up to.

Janine xx

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

More Bridal...this time 12th scale

I just added these to my website this evening...

For more information please visit http://missameliasminiatures.com/dresscollection/bridalgowns.html

I will be doing my best to add some new bridal millinery this month too!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Here comes the bride...

This tiny little bridal set was recently completed for a commission. It will be part of a salon in 1/48 to be created by the customer.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Coming down to earth...

Well I am back home now and just want to tell you what a fabulous time I had at Miniatura!

My flight from Lanzarote left on Friday at midday and so I arrived in the UK in plenty of time to visit with my sister and family in her gorgeous farmhouse. I even got a chance to meet her small herd of alpacas (!) before leaving in the morning, with the mist rising up over the fields making it all so beautiful.

We got to Birmingham NEC just as the doors opened for Miniatura and I was just overwhelmed for the first 3 hours! I couldn't believe how many stands there were and such wonderful displays of work covering every theme and period.

I made my way directly to Mary William's stand and she had all her dolls beautifully set out on display with several people already taking an interest. I had planned to make my way around in a very organised fashion but once I started seeing people I knew and becoming drawn to various stands all the plans went out of the window and I just flitted around like a sort of dazed moth!

I don't think that I had really thought about buying much in the way of materials but of course once I saw the displays of silks and trims I was too weak to resist. I had also promised myself that I wouldn't go mad and would only buy a couple of bits for my own house but...well, it would have been rude not to... :)

These are a few of my treasures...

Chorizo and cheese that could have been taken stright off the counter in our local bar.
Made by EtCetera

My photo doesn't do justice to these incredible tiny cotton reels by David Edwards.
I could have bought everything on his stand!

Couldn't resist this beautiful pin box on visiting cards by Deb Jackson of  Deb Jackson Designs. Lovely to
meet you Deb...hope you're feeling better!
Mags Cassidy of Mags-nificent Miniatures and I have a love of slow cookers and she gave me this one
to remind me to send her recipes. Thanks so much Mags...it was
really great to meet you at long last

Mags also made these stunningly realistic stuffed peppers and the dirty plate and spilt stew!

And finally...I have been promising myself a couple of pieces of this glass since I first began collecting miniatures and Phil of Glasscraft was so incredibly patient while I umm'd and ahh'd over my choice. I just think the colours are exquisite and can't believe that each piece is handblown by him. I would love to add some more pieces next time...

Thankyou to all of you who made me feel so welcome over the weekend and a huge thankyou to Jackie and Bob of Ceynix Trees who were great company on Sat and Sun for dinner and even dropped me at the airport on Sunday evening (they say it was to make sure that I left!!)
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