Wednesday, 31 January 2018

KT Miniatures Brand New Workshop

I am delighted to announce that at last booking is now open for KT Miniatures brand new workshop of 2018.

The Early 1900s German Style Kitchen Workshop

Do you fancy coming to join us at one of our workshops? You will be very welcome and it should be great fun.  I am offering two options of workshop kits...

Option 1 : Early 1900s German Style Kitchen Workshop -   Main Room Box With Furniture & Accessories Kit @ £105.00
 Are you an antique and vintage dolls house collector who has been wanting an antique German kitchen but unable to find one at an affordable price? Well, at this workshop for just a fraction of the cost of a genuine antique one, you can make your own. Or are you a miniaturist seeking a workshop where you can create a miniature room setting that is just that little bit different? If so, then this first workshop option that contains the kitchen room box plus the furniture & accessories kit, may be perfect for you. 


Option 2: Early 1900s German Style Kitchen Workshop - Furniture & Accessories Kit Only (No Main Room Box) @ £89.00
Are you an antique and vintage dolls house collector with an empty dolls house kitchen that needs furnishing? Or are you are a miniaturist who has run out of room for any more large projects and would prefer to just make the furniture and accessories for your own display or project. If the answer is yes, then this second workshop option may be ideal for you. 

There are two dates, either Saturday April 21st or Saturday May 19th and the workshop is being held in the Conference Room at Bicester Avenue Garden Centre just off junction 9 of the M40.  

 

The kitchen room box is made from MDF with a base/back and two sides. It will already be constructed and primed white for you to save valuable workshop time.  Included with both kit options are materials and instructions to make a German style dresserchairside tablekitchen range and wall shelf, plus various assorted kitchen accessories, and a KT Miniatures reproduction German style wall frieze border. Advice will be on hand to help inspire you and explore various decorative options for your kitchen, including a paint effect tiled floor. This is very much a versatile project which you can adapt and decorate to suit your own taste and needs. Click on the following link for more details:  


If you wish to book a place, please do get in touch with me asap as places are limited to 6-8 people at each session, and already both sessions are half full. 


Celia

Friday, 5 January 2018

Liza Antrim's New Book Is Out Now!

Author Liza Antrim has been in touch and asked me to let you all know that her second book -

FAMILY & FRIENDS' DOLL'S HOUSES 
OF THE 17TH, 18TH & 19TH CENTURIES

is now available to purchase from Cider House Books.


My own copy is winging its way to me as I type, and if Liza's second book is anything like her first book - then it will be a "must have" for any discerning antique and vintage dolls house collector. Not to be missed!


Tuesday, 2 January 2018

2018 Here We Come!

As I move officially into my 22nd year of trading with KT Miniatures (OMG that makes me sound so old), I would like to wish everyone

A Very Happy New Year! 

Let's hope that 2018 will be kind to us all.
The window of my "Little Toy Shop" lit up at night,  which sits above my studio desk, and gives great pleasure as well as inspiration. 
KT Miniatures is now open again for business after the festive break. Hope you all had a fabulous time! I am pleased to say that we had a quiet and uneventful Christmas, with just immediate family - which was rather nice.

Plans for the KT Miniatures 2018 Workshop in the spring/early summer are moving forward and I hope to have confirmation of dates plus comprehensive details of the workshop project very shortly. Unfortunately though, I have had to withdraw from next month's Thame Dolls House Fair - sorry folks. 

Celia 

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

c1950s Tri-ang Queen Anne Dolls House

This fabulous c1950s Tri-ang Queen Anne Dolls House has just gone up for sale on KT Miniatures.
 It is the version that has a turquoise coloured finish with stencilled foliage over the front and is in 1/16th scale. 
The dolls house is accessed via the front, which opens right up to reveal two rooms upstairs, and a large room downstairs divided by a central staircase.


The staircase can actually slide out completely to make one large downstairs room if so wished....very clever idea! All the floor and wallpapers inside are original.


Even though the flooring papers are a little worse for wear in places, it is still refreshing to have them at all, as they are often missing. The worst patches can easily be disguised by strategically placed rugs or carpets.

The windows and doors are made of plastic and it is brilliant that they too are present, as due to their fragility in young hands, they were often broken and then lost forever.



Well actually, they are all present except for the right side lower window, but the previous owner very cleverly made a wooden replacement. It has been so well done that I didn't even notice at first!
It is extremely refreshing to have the two half front doors present, as it is rare to find this model dolls house these days with them still present.

The reason being is that these plastic doors were extremely fragile in young hands, and the little plastic notches top and bottom that kept them in place and allowed them to swing open, would often quickly snap off. And although this has happened to the left door, as you can see from the photo, the previous owner taped it so that it could swing open. Now the tape probably does need replacing but this is easy to do.

The roof is original and can be removed if necessary. Is also nice to have both chimneys present, although one of the chimney pots is a replacement.

So there we are.....this Tri-ang dolls house rarely comes along these days in such relatively good condition. Could make an ideal present for a vintage dolls house collector and would look fabulous filled with vintage 1/16th scale dolls house furniture.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW

Please note that due to the particular fragility of the plastic windows and doors, this has to be collected only from me here in Thame and is not available to be posted.
(Sat Nav: OX9 3BE - close to junctions 6 & 8A of M40)

Celia

Sunday, 3 December 2017

An Inspiring Way To Decorate An Old GeeBee Dolls House Exterior - Absolutely Beautiful!

A few weeks ago I received an order from a lady called Linda Bright for a tiny Romside metal door. She explained that she had bought a dilapidated dolls house similar to the one she had as a child and wanted to restore it, with the help of her father. The back board was rotten, the floor sagged, the outside had been repainted more than once and even part of one wall was covered in plaster. Sounded like they had quite a big job on their hands!

Linda, a professional artist based in East Sussex, emailed through a drawing of her dilapidated dolls house as it was in its present form at that time. You can see Linda's drawing above. The front door was missing and one of the frontage pieces was completely off its hinges. It was an old GeeBee dolls house, probably circa 1950s. 

A few weeks went by and then one morning I received an email from Linda with a couple of photos attached, the content of which literally blew me away! 
Using images of 1950s gardens for inspiration, Linda hand painted flowers over the dolls house frontage to replace the original painted flowers that were long gone. 

I have to say that these must be the most beautiful hand painted flowers I  think I have ever seen on the exterior of an old dolls house...and I have been in this business for over 20 years so have seen many old dolls houses during that time I can tell you! The colours and depth of Linda's carefully chosen flowers are stunning and now bring an exquisite charm to what was a very sorry looking old house. 
 Here is another photo of Linda's dolls house, as you can see now fully restored in all its glory. I think you will all agree that it is absolutely beautiful.

I would like to thank Linda for allowing me to share her photos with you and hope that you have been suitably inspired. 

Linda is an artist and also attends some vintage fairs, you can find her on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/lindabrightartist/