Saturday, 16 August 2014

Its been a long time!

Its been such a long time since I last updated this blog. My last post was all the way back in April after we had attended the wonderful Miniatura Dolls House Show in Birmingham and here we are with just five weeks to go until the next one!

Life has been busy and there just never seems to be enough time in the day or days in the week. This year is flying by and as I sit here and type, I can feel the air cooling as summer fades in South Wales! Sadly, we have had more than our fair share of sadness this year, with the unexpected loss of loved ones which was a very difficult time. On a happier note, my health is improving by the day, we celebrated an 18th Birthday and we have a new addition to the family: Jessie J, our wonderful, mischievous, energy filled Sprocker Spaniel who fills our day with much needed laughter and energy building, long walks! 

Jessie also has a passion for sitting on boxes, especially my half made, ready to complete miniature project boxes! Suffice to say that at the moment she gets more attention from me than miniature making, which will have change soon if I am to be ready for the forthcoming Miniatura Show!

Thankfully, Hywel is ready and has designed and made some new furniture to add to his ever expanding range of 'Rustic Woodland Furniture'. I think they look amazing and they will be available for sale at the Miniatura Show 20th and 21st September 2014 

Someone who has been miniature making for us though is Kat Hazelton (Kat the Hat Lady) and we have just had a parcel of wonderful new hats from her which are available from our shop in Swansea Market

Now, after an evening walk, I am off to battle Jessie with those boxes of miniatures and to settle down to an evening of mini making with a tired puppy curled up at my feet.


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Saturday, 5 April 2014

Miniatura Show Review

For me, the Miniatura Dolls House Show  at the NEC in Birmingham is the best. When there, I see lots of my fellow artisan friends who I would otherwise only get to chat to online and the atmosphere at the show is always lovely and welcoming. This Spring the Miniature 'buzz' seemed to be very much in place and lots of our customers new and old greeted us with a miniature enthusiasm that totally inspired us. To our customers, it was lovely to see you all and I hope you are happily creating all those wonderful ideas and plans that you were telling Hywel all about when I was off 'chatting'  

I too have lots of ideas and plans not only for our shop but also for my own personal projects. With these in mind, I treated myself to a few miniatures, the first being this delightful little puppet for my toyshop by Julie Campbells daughter. The puppet is tiny and looks wonderful hanging off the top of the toy shelves in my 'Littlest Toyshop'.

Another of my purchases was this wonderfully elegant lady by Carol, who we had the pleasure of being next to once again this year. She will be the main character in my latest project and which I will show it here on my blog as it progresses.

So, a great time was had by all and now we look forward to the next show in the Autumn :)

Julia xx

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Thursday, 27 February 2014

Miniatura 2014

Its been such a long time since my last post and I cant believe we are nearly in March already. Time flies when you are busy and busy we have been, with work, the shop and making miniatures.
March is a very exciting month for us as we exhibit at the Spring Miniatura International Dolls House Fair in the NEC, Birmingham. We have been making our usual handmade fantasy miniatures for the show, but this spring I am also taking along some Victorian furniture which I have lovingly reupholstered in gorgeous fabrics to coordinate with my tiny hand stitched or crocheted cushions and table runners.
I will showcase some of the miniatures which we will have on sale at Miniatura here on our Blog throughout March and hopefully we will see you there :)