Sunday, 6 April 2014

LITTLE UPDATE


I can barely believe I'm actually writing a little update today...! When our daughter was born two years ago my priorities changed drastically, and for a long time I didn't work on anything miniatures related. It wasn't so much lack of time, but having the breathing space needed for new inspiration.


Luckily it looks like my little daughter is already hooked on minis! 
I found her a Momoll dolls house including all the original furniture for 10 Swiss Francs on a local auction website! The previous owners had painted it really badly in garish colours, but after a little sanding and a new lick of paint it's as good as new. And now it's filled with furniture that I used to play with, when I was a child. It's great to see how a simple house like this can spark her imagination!

And now baby No 2 is due in a couple of weeks, but I actually managed to work on some minis since the beginning of the year!

In January I started work on The Mountfield kit, which I had bought a year earlier from The Dolls' House Emporium. I had all the plans worked out in my head. There were a lot of changes I wanted to make to the kit - mainly to make it even more useable for taking photographs. It's an absolutely amazing house, which is much more interesting than traditional front opening dolls' houses, and very close to a typical British 1930s detached house.

So first I spent a lot of time sawing and glueing, then came the outside finish. I wanted to have the bottom half of the house bricks, and the top half pebble dash, which is very typical for this type of property. And that meant a lot of this... :-)

If you're not familiar with the egg carton technique have a look at Brae's great tutorial.
I'm not done with the outside yet, but I just had to make a start on the inside :-) So here are a first few snap shots.

The idea for the house is, that if my family and I would live back in the UK, this could be the type of house we would live in. I will copy a lot of the furniture and accessories we own in real life. First up, was the IKEA Lillesand bed and an old mirror we own.




Of course there will be lots of vintage furniture as well and stripped floor boards throughout - just how I would have it in real life...

27 comments:

  1. Glad you are back! What a cute mini sitting there playing. :-) The bricks are really nice! I like the direction things are going!

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  2. The love for miniatures is genetic! ;)
    Can not wait to see your new kit finished. It will certainly be wonderful.
    Hugs.

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  3. Gorgeous, gorgeous minis....thanks for showing us your lovely house and best wishes for your next little one's arrival!!

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  4. Aww, like Mother like Daughter. How long do you reckon before she's making miniature food with plasticine? ;0)
    Lovely to see a post from you. Congrats on Baby No. 2. Love that bed!

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  5. So glad to see you back in mini action. Your house and furnishings look great! Congrats on baby #2!

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  6. Das ist wirklich schön, mal wieder was von Dir zu lesen. Alles Gute für die bald vierköpfige Familie!!!

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  7. Annina!!! Lovely to see you back online, and WOW, your work is still flawless. So cute seeing your little one picking up your hobby. Congrats and good luck with baby #2. They are a blessing. I up you find more time for you first minis. All the best to you and your growing family. :D

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  8. Glad to see you back! It's so sweet to see your daughter playing with miniatures. Congratulations on your future baby!
    Beautiful photos of the work on your dollhouse.
    Geneviève

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  9. I have a 2-year old daughter myself, and she is already playing with my dollhouses and love all my minis, I wont have anything for myself now a days.. ;) But it nice to have company in the mini-making already =)
    Congratulations and good luck with number 2 =) Hope the next one will like minis too so that you can get some time for it now and then =)
    Hannah

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  10. Exciting to see these!! Wishing you all the best with dollhouse minis and your real-life people minis! :)

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  11. So good to hear from you and to see you are doing well in life. :D

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  12. Yay Baby number 2! You are so good at minis! What a glorious time. xo CM

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  13. Your miniatures are so delightful - but it seems you have not posted on blog for over a year - what's happening?

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