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I've been into dollhouse miniatures since the early 1990's now and when I realized how much I've learned during that time, I thought I'd make a blog to share my knowledge with others. I'm mostly auto-deduct, but always found help on the Internet and in specific books. The mini-world starts and ends with your own imagination, so let there be no limit. And never say : I CAN'T .... because you can, you just need to try and have the necessary know-how. And that's the main reason why I started this blog, because I wanna share what I know with newbies in the miniature world or anybody else who might be interested in sharing what I've learned so far. So, hopefully, I'll be able to provide some useful hints, tips and tricks for those of you out there just starting with this wonderful hobby

February 22, 2017

Books about Dollshouses and Miniatures


Hi guys

Today I'd like to talk a little bit about books.

First off, I'd like to say that I purchased most of my books about dollshouses and miniatures at AMAZON. This is - in my opinion - the best source if you're looking for books.

Of course, if you're lucky enough to live in a country where the dollshouse and miniature hobby is much more common and better known than where I live, you might of course find some in a good old traditional book store.

Here are just a few of my favourite books (sorry for the pictures, just realized they aren't very good)

Please note that the descriptions I added are a copy/paste from Amazon.com
This should give you an idea of what the book is about


Veteran dolls’ house maker, expert on all things miniature, and prolific author Jean Nisbett presents a comprehensive volume that brings all the elements of her previous work together. The result: a complete guide to the making and furnishing of all kinds of dolls’ houses, large and small, from the leading writer in the field. Incorporating practical advice, expert tips, and inspiring profiles of top artisans, it covers both the standard 1/12th scale and the increasingly popular 1/24th. And there’s an incredible range of styles, from fabulous palaces and elegant mansions to country cottages and Shaker homes. Breathtaking photos display imaginative decorations, period rooms and room boxes, holiday settings, outdoor scenes, and charming collections of diminutive china and other trinkets.


Want a Tudor dolls' house that looks historically accurate down to the canopy bed? Or one from the 1930s, complete with bathroom fittings? If the magic of miniatures has captured you, you'll find this treasure-trove of glorious photographs and dolls' house information irresistible. Here's just one beautiful example -- a picture-perfect Regency room, based on a real home. It has a chaise longue, elaborate plasterwork on the ceiling, Gothic windows, and bookcases. Build or restore authentic recreations of Tudor, Georgian, Regency, and Victorian homes; designer houses; country cottages; shops filled with wares; gardens with pavilions; and more. First, look at the homes' facades, and then take a room-by-room tour to see how to decorate -- from just the right rug to lay down or hang up, to the food to place on the kitchen table. With all this practical crafts and historical information, you'll get every detail right!


Renowned miniaturist Jean Nisbett offers a wealth of inspirational ideas for constructing extraordinary modern settings in 1/12 or 1/24 scale. All these decorative styles come from the 1900s through the present, and mesmerizing photographs showcase spectacular miniature houses and interiors. Among the delightful and unique choices for sheltering a doll: an elegant Art Deco beach house, an iconic midcentury Philip Johnson house, and an ultramodern 21st-century house, complete with soaring windows and state-of-the-art furnishings. Checklists of key period features and creative ways of using readily available objects to make furniture and accessories on a budget will help you design the dolls’ house of your dreams.


Kevin Mulvany and Susie Rogers create some of the world’s most magnificent and coveted architectural miniatures. Museums and private collectors commission their beautiful work, which covers many periods and countries, and ranges from the double-horseshoe staircase that leads up to Fontainebleau to the outrageously decadent chandeliers at the Brighton Pavilion.  This beautifully illustrated book captures the full breadth of Mulvany and Rogers’ achievements, and reveals the techniques and materials they use to fashion their stunning recreations. Practical projects for the reader include wood paneling, parquet flooring, trompe l’oeil marbling, and much more.


The Thorne Rooms, sixty-eight miniature models of European interiors from the 16th century on and American furnishings from the 17th century on, have entranced generations of visitors to the Art Institute of Chicago. This charming book showcases these rooms, featuring full-color views of each one as well as eight two-page spreads of some of the most spectacular interiors.

The introductory essay by Bruce Hatton Boyer chronicles how Chicago socialite Mrs. James Ward Thorne conceived the rooms. They were made between 1934 and 1940 by a number of skilled craftsmen according to her exacting specifications. Many of the rooms were inspired by specific interiors in historic houses, palaces, and sites Mrs. Thorne visited during her travels, and Fannia Weingartner’s individual commentaries provide information about each one. In addition, a number of Mrs. Thorne’s original drawings are reproduced to actual scale. 



Devotees of miniature houses and small-scale furnishings will be thrilled with this superb collection of more than 90 dollhouse projects to craft at home. A comprehensive volume on small-scale interior design, it presents 15 authentic and carefully matched room settings, featuring a variety of decorative styles from Shaker to Victorian. Each period interior is faithfully recreated in 1/12th scale, down to the tiniest detail. Hundreds of tips ensure that crafts enthusiasts will create splendid miniature furniture, decorative elements, and accessories, just right for decorating the most stylish and historically accurate dollhouses.


John and Jan Zweifel's meticulous recreation of the White House is captured in full-color  illustration.

Considered to be one of the world's greatest miniature houses, the replica is the result of over 30 years of research and construction by the Zweifel family. The tiny, working telephones, hand-carved chairs and tables, and miniature carpets that reproduce the original stitch by stitch, are all proof of great craftsmanship and minute attention to detail.


This tiny old house takes you back to a bygone era. The Big Book of a Miniature House is a superb guide to crafting an exquisite miniature French country home from the ground up. With a fixed front and open back, this little gem of a home takes you back in time to enjoy old-fashioned elegance and vintage grandeur.
Everything and the kitchen sink. There are also instructions to make French-style furniture – chairs, folding screen, ornate light sconces, and dressing tables – even flowers, fireplaces, window treatments and the kitchen sink!  With over 200 vivid photographs, this is a beautiful book to linger over and the gorgeous gallery of dolls' houses will ignite your creativity.
Construction made simple. A practical guide to tools, techniques and materials is included along with detailed step-by-step instructions. With over 400 drawings, it will guide you through all phases of construction, including:
  • Basic house construction
  • Electrification
  • Building the hallway
  • Kitchen
  • Stairwell
  • Bathroom
  • Living room
  • Bedroom
  • Nursery.
Details, details, details - because they make all the difference. Easy-to-follow instructions will help you build up the wall panels to create the deep recesses, fancy paneling, and wall niches that make this miniature home so special. These are techniques that you can use into any dollhouse you make. Plus, you’ll learn more about creating authentic miniatures with expert advice on furnishings, decorations and paint colors.


The secret to a realistic and authentic looking period dolls' house is in the fixtures and fittings - these are both the basics and the finishing touches. Each chapter of this book deals with a different fixture or fitting, discussing how it featured in the period home, illustrated with a beautiful fully dressed miniature room set. The chapter then goes on to feature a captioned, photographic gallery of ideas, shown in chronological order, from Tudor and Georgian through to Victorian and even Art Deco. This will assist the model maker both in selecting a model suitable for a particular dolls' house, and in styling it. A myriad of accessories to dress each feature is also illustrated in full colour. Finally, each chapter has a selection of step-by-step projects that show how to make or adapt some of the fixtures and fittings featured, including tips on achieving decorative finishes and effects.


This book of needlework (soft furnishings) for dollhouses by the editors of International Dolls' House News contains projects similar to those in Pamela Warner's Miniature Embroidery for the Victorian Doll's House but has a broader scope, covering British styles from 1845 to the present. Projects for curtains, rugs, and accessories include descriptions of period furnishings, charts, patterns, and photos of the finished items in a dollhouse setting. These are cleverly designed needlework miniatures that add an authentic touch to period rooms and would be collectible in their own right by needlework enthusiasts.


The authors aim to provide the answers for all those seeking to create a garden to match their dolls' house. This practical guide offers comprehensive coverage of items such as the lawn, paving, ponds and pergolas, and even the garden shed. Ideas are combined with advice on selecting the appropriate materials and products for garden features in 1/12 scale. Eight complete garden designs are presented, each with plans, photographs and detailed instructions for assembly.


You now, there are just so many many more books about this wonderful miniature world, some are for learnings, others are just filled with such beautiful pictures that you wanna make yourself a cup of coffee or tea and just sit down with it for hours

Enjoy
See ya
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Dany's Elephant Parade

Hi guys

I'm sorry I wasn't around much the last 2 weeks, but I was a little busy with my other hobby.
I guess most of you have heard at some point about the Elephant Parade .... 
lots of beautifully painted elephant exhibits have taken place all over the globe 
and they are just wonderful

I am telling the story about how it all started for me on my website and if you like, you can order one of my creations too ..... You'll find the link to my FB page here


Here are just a few pics of my creations 
Enjoy






















Please check out my website 



February 7, 2017

MY WORKPLACE


Hi there and welcome back to my blog

I haven't had much time to post the last few days, that's because I'm seriously thinking about opening an online shop to sell my own miniatures and I'm actually working on a new website with a shop

This will take a while of course, not just to set up the website and the shop, but also to make all the items supposed to be sold later

Today I'd like to show you a few pics of my recently renewed workplace .... 
YES, that's where it all happens

Many of you probably recognize the furniture style, since this swedish label 
is well known all over the world

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It took me over 2 weeks to really get it all organized like that, tossing the old furniture out and getting the new one in wasn't the worse part 

But what I had to do was to really organize all my drawers, all the compartments, labeling everything and this is what took most of the time

But I'm very happy with the result, I even assembled all the shelves all by myself !!!

So let's take a little tour though my workplace


This is what you see when you come in ..... all the shelves are nicely filled and labeled


A closer look at one of the shelves


Then, when we turn left, we see the door leading to our garden, which is absolutely fantastic during the summer months, I can almost work outside, so to say :-)


If we continue turning left a little more, we come to my polymer clay corner


There's everything you need to work with Fimo


Most important : the oven to bake the polumer clay


All sorts of small boxes and containers I purchased over the years
There's even a miniature jukebox .... and it really works, it's a battery operated radio


And this is the main work table. As you see, it doesn't have to be that big (the table), since working with miniatures doesn't take up that much space
OK this doesn't count when I'm building a dollhouse of course, but since my entire workplace has about 25 m2, there's lots of space in the middle of the room for a big project


I don't know if it's such a good idea to show you a closeup picture of my work table 😜😜😜😜
but it usually doesn't look that messy ..... I swear !



I even took the time and  painted all the wooden drawers and labeled everything, that way it's so much easier to find what I'm looking for


All my books about dollhouses and miniatures


All the compartments of the shelves are also labeled

Maybe this gives you an idea to organize your own workspace, who knows

Oh, and by the way ..... I'm also working on making some video tutorials to add to my youtube channel and I'm still in the learning process cutting the "movies" with iMovie, but I'm a fast learner, lol, so stay tuned, there's more to come

See ya
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February 1, 2017

DIY : Printables


Hi everone and welcome back to my blog

Today I'd like to talk a little bit about printables. I will add a few links to my personal favourite websites for dollhouse and miniature printables at the end of this post

There are soooo many things you can make for your miniature rooms with printables, I don't even know where to start.

There is even furniture that can be made entirely or partially with printables. That's something I've never tried so far, because I simply don't like it, but that's of course a personal opinion and you should definitely check it out

The basics you'll need to make your own printables are of course a computer and a good printer.
Either you're a MAC user like myself or a WINDOWS user, doesn't matter, both have very good options to make your own printies.

On the MAC, I'm using PAGES. This is were I copy and paste my printies into. Uusally, printables for dollhouse miniatures are already the correct size, but even if you choose to use other images from the WEB (like some pictures to make your own posters f.ex.), it's really not difficult to downsize them. For the beginners, always remember this in case you're getting confused about the size : look at the real thing, measure it, and divide by 12 and you should be ok.

The choice of paper to print your designs on to depends of course on what you're gonne use them for.
Should you print tiny little lables for wine bottles, perfume or shampoo bottles, etc. I suggest you're using a simply copy paper. For printies that are going to be used as posters f.ex., I'm using photo paper (glossy or matt, your choice). There's also a special cardboard (160 gr per sheet) that can be put into most printers these days. But please check your printer before putting that in, you don't wanna ruin it, don't you

Here are a few pics of what I did with printables 




















OK, I'll stop now ... 😊😊😊 ... don't wanna take the risk of boring you

Here's a short list of what you can do with printables :

Wallpaper
Flooring (tiles, wood, etc.)
Bricks and Stones
All sorts of grocery products
Photos, Posters and Paintings 
Magazines
Newspaper
All sorts of boxes 
Gift bags and wrapping paper
Shop Signs
Furniture
Computers, laptobs, tablets
All sorts of Labels

The list is endless, but the links I added below should help you get started, so just enjoy browsing around and have fun with your printable projects.








Have fun
See ya
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