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Friday, November 18, 2011

Frilly undies for tiny ladies!

I am absolutely delighted with the fuss that's been made over my quarter scale bits and pieces over the last few weeks! I have met some lovely new customers and become hooked on this tiny scale that I couldn't believe I would enjoy working in.

I have even returned to Ebay and love the buzz of checking to see who is bidding and what has sold. I have just added a few new little pieces for this week if you fancy taking a look...including a set of 1/48 chemise and bloomers!

The link for this week's auctions is


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A romantic 1/48 day bed...

I added this little day bed to the selection of quarter scale miniatures that I have for sale on Ebay this week. The kit was by Karen Cary and I stained it mahogany and then dressed the bed with a lovely plump mattress covered in cream silk charmeuse. The tiny pillows are trimmed with cream and fawn lace. Only 1 7/8" (5cm) long!

The link to this auction and to the other items is http://www.ebay.com/sch/miss_amelias_miniatures/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p3686

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Mourning Millinery - a small selection

 I love working with black. I love the way the different textures and fabrics create a depth  and richness of their own. Over the years I have been fascinated by the mourning fashions of different eras and have spent countless hours poring over 19th century fashion magazines, millinery texts and searching through vintage boutiques to find out as much as I could about this astonishing mode.

I don't know whether it's the approach of Halloween or just the fact that I have been sorting out winter clothes but, around this time of year, I always seem to get the urge to re-stock my mourning millinery section and below you will find the four latest additions.

As always each design is unique and with the tiny, unexpected details that make it special...

This last is, of course, not strictly a mourning hat but I thought a 'goth' bride might appreciate it!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Quarter scale bedroom set - Lafayette

I had a lovely surprise in the post recently...a selection of  furniture kits, beds, chaises, armoires etc...all in 1/48 scale.They were sent to me by Sharon Goldsmith of By Sharon Miniatures. I had mentioned that I would have a go at dressing these tiny items but I wasn't expecting so many and such a lovely selection of designs! Now putting together these little kits is not my strong point but I do love dressing them and couldn't wait to start playing with ideas.

Below are a few pictures of the first set, the Lafayette. I used a blush pink silk and a very pale rose fabric with pale vine design. I must find a way of getting the doors on the armoire to open and close but for now I have fixed one open so that you can see the garments inside. I still have a tiny loveseat and dresser to match but I thought I'd show these for now...

This OOAK set is available for sale on my website

Don't forget I have some quarter scale auctions ending on Ebay over the next couple of days

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Sylvie's Dollshouse - the maid's bedroom

For those of you who have been following the progress of Sylvie's dollshouse, the last room to be completed was the maid's bedroom. Obviously we didn't want this room to be quite as elegant as the 'family' rooms but it still need to be comfortable and have a certain charm of it's own.

We decided on a wrought iron bed which we bought from the DHE and I began to rummage through my boxes and boxes of fabrics to get some ideas for the bed dressing. I am a fabric-holic and have a huge selection of both new and vintage pieces to choose from. Eventually I found just the thing...a cotton/linen dress that had belonged to my daughter when she was 2...a lovely pinafore country style design which was made up of layers of ecru and palest sage green stripes. The subtle tones are just what Sylvie likes and the texture of the fabric seemed suited to a maid's bed. Sylvie also chose the lovely round backed chair in soft walnut and I made a small tapestry style cushionfor it  in the creams and greens to blend into the room.

Amazingly enough there was enough fabric for 3 sets of curtains...two for the maid's room and one for a small adjoining sitting room. I have never made so many curtains as I have for Sylvie's house and I try hard to find unusual designs to dress her windows. I used a white muslin for the 'nets' in this case...tinted in tea to get the antique creamy colour.

 We didn't want the maid to be sitting twiddling her thumbs in the evenings so the family decided to treat her to a very special new-fangled sewing machine! This really is a beauty by Bodo Hennig. The table top has a stunning inlay and everything works as it should...even the needle goes up and down. I dressed it with a few little details and managed to make some tiny bobbins from the end of cocktail sticks.


And of course a spare uniform hangs on the back of the bedroom door :)

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