Thursday, 9 July 2020

Fiona's Completed Miniature Workshop Projects - Absolutely Fab!

The other day I got a lovely surprise when a certain email dropped into my inbox from Fiona, with photos of two workshop projects that she did with us a while ago now, and which are now completed. I was so bowled over from what I saw that I asked Fiona if she would allow me to share her creations with you all on here, and she has kindly agreed. So here we are...

Here are the workshop project prototypes of the Early 1900s German Style Shop, a workshop that took place back in 2016. As you can see the project was offered in both 1/12th and 1/24th scale. 

Our "Nostalgia In Miniature Workshops" was a joint venture which I ran with Robin Britton for several years until we closed in the summer of 2016, due to Robin's retirement from miniatures. The very last project we made was an early 1900s German style shop, and it was at that last workshop that Fiona made this shop project. 

Fiona's Hat Shop

 As Fiona wanted to make a hat shop, she decided not to make all the drawers and some other bits & bobs that were provided with the kit, as she wanted to make more space for the hats. It made complete sense and by omitting them, has enabled Fiona to have a lot more display space to show off a real variety of lovely hats. 

Fiona was very taken with the way the cabinets were decorated with flowers cut from paper doilies and then painted - she felt that one did not need any artistic ability for that technique. It may be a simple technique, but we think Fiona did a brilliant job and they look very pretty indeed. 

Most of Fiona's hats were made following instructions which she bought from Cynthia Howe's website, and Fiona told me that she has been working on the hats during lockdown. Apparently she still has a few left to make. 
Fiona goes on to say that the handbags were made at a class run by Jamie Carrington at CMW, and the hat boxes and other small boxes she bought from Art Of Mini. I love the grey and white painted floor which Fiona created here. (You will see below that she used the same floor painting technique in her kitchen using different colours). 

This is the prototype of the Early 1900s German Style Kitchen workshop project that took place in 2018, offered in 1/12th scale only. Many of the vintage bits and pieces seen in this photo belong to my own personal collection and were used for advertising purposes in order to illustrate how one could fill the kitchen once complete. 
In 2018 I started up the workshops again, but this time just under the banner of KT Miniatures, and Fiona attended one of them. The project we made was an early 1900s German style kitchen, with some accessories...and here is Fiona's brilliant creation!

Fiona's Early 1900s German Style Kitchen
Fiona said that she had been meaning to send a photo of this ages ago to show me but then decided to wait until she was able to hang the warming pan and grill rack on the wall, which finishes it off nicely. Doesn't this look super!

She says that she really enjoyed working on this German style kitchen. She used the same painting technique on the floor as she did with the shop and says that it is such a thrill when the time comes to peel off all the masking tape to find one's painted checked flooring looking rather lovely underneath. On this floor she used a combination of terracotta and cream paint, and it does indeed look beautiful!

Some accessories were part of the workshop project so were handmade by Fiona. The rest are a mixture of both vintage and "modern" bits that Fiona has bought at fairs. She fancies having a go at making either a peg or Fimo doll to go in her kitchen (she has a mould which she can use) but says that is for some time in the future. 

I think you will agree with me that Fiona's creations are utterly brilliant. Thank you Fiona for letting us all take a peek! 
The original antique German kitchens and shops are becoming so hard to find these days, let alone affordable so it is great fun having a go at creating reproduction German style room settings such as these. 

Monday, 15 June 2020

Large Scale Early 1900s German Dolls House Furniture

These rather lovely pieces of large scale antique dolls house furniture have just gone up for sale today on KT Miniatures website. They are believed to be of German origin from the early 1900s and are quite large in scale. 
This sofa is gorgeous! It is completely original condition, with lovely silk upholstery.
 Each side panel has this fretwork detail, which is quite Art Nouveau in style. 
There is attractive braiding and fringing, all original to the sofa. It measures 5 5/8" wide x 2 1/2" deep x 2 1/4" sitting height x 5" back height, so quite large. 
There are three dining chairs, all with original silk upholstery and fringing. 
They are very stylish and so evocative of the era. 
The chair backs in particular are quite unusual, with stencilled decoration and a heart shaped cut away with a slotted silk upholstered pad. Absolutely lovely! Each chair measures2 5/8" at widest point x 2 1/4" deep x approx. 2 1/2" sitting height x 5 3/4" back height. So like the sofa above, these are large in scale. 
Then there is this large German decorative cupboard...isn't it magnificent! I absolutely adore it, even though it is missing two door handles and part of one drawer pull. As this is over 100 years old (again believed to be from the early 1900s) I think we can forgive it's little misdemeanours:) I am having trouble letting this particular piece go but it is too big for any of the dolls houses that I have, so go it must. This kind of antique cupboard just does not come along very often. 
It has an upper cupboard with one opening door and a lower cupboard with two opening doors. 

There is very pretty stencilling on the upper door and above. The soft metal handle is missing off the upper door.  There are some lovely decorative upper shelves, perfect for displaying antique china or ornaments. 

There is stencilling too on the lower cupboard doors. In this photo above you can see clearly that the soft metal drawer pull is missing from the left drawer, but present on the right drawer. They are so delicate and fragile, it is amazing any part of it survived! When I took possession of this dresser the left lower door had fallen off and stored away inside the cupboard. On getting it out I realised that the colour of that door was much darker than the other door, so must have been stored away in that cupboard for decades. I mended it easily, as it was a simple case of re-inserting the hinge pins. carefully. To give you an indication of size it measures 9 1/4" high and 5 1/2" wide, so one would need an old dolls house with large ceilings to fit this beauty in. 

And finally there is this large scale pier mirror, which originally would have been part of a parlour set, but nowadays a lot of people use them as hall stands inside their old dolls house hallways. 
Photographing mirrored pieces of furniture is rather tricky and the mirror is not damaged but that is the reflection of my blouse whilst taking the photo!
The top part is particularly charming as it has a shaped top and pretty stencilling, again very much in the Art Nouveau style. 
The shaped fretwork sides are also very decorative. This pier mirror measures 8 3/4" high x 2 1/2" wide, so as like all the other pieces seen above, this is large in scale. 

All these pieces can be found on the following page:

I hope you have enjoyed taking a peek.

Friday, 29 May 2020

KT Miniatures Is Re-Opening On Monday 1st June!



Thank you for your patience and support during lockdown and I hope that you are all ok. 

Many thanks to all of you who ordered items during lockdown. I am currently going through the process of contacting those of you who ordered, in order to sort out payment and postage. 
Second Class & Signed For Deliveries apparently may take a little longer than usual to arrive at their destination. However Special Deliveries are still guaranteed next day, although at the moment there is no 1.00pm delivery guaranteed deadline. 

FOR OVERSEAS CUSTOMERS: the advice from the post office this morning is that delivery services to overseas destinations are still chaotic so I'm afraid if you fall into this category, you are going to have wait a little longer before your parcel can be dispatched.

Once the backlog of orders have been sent out, I will then turn my attention to sorting out the website and begin listing more vintage miniature stock - hopefully this will be sooner rather than later. 


Wednesday, 13 May 2020

New Workshop Project - Denman College

If you have been following KT Miniatures website these past few weeks, you will have seen that my Old Attic Room Workshop based at Denman College (Oxfordshire) that should have taken place at the beginning of July, has been cancelled due to Covid19. However, the good news is that I am due to run another workshop at Denman College in November (18th -20th) over three days and two nights. It is a brand new project, and I am pleased to say that I have at last been able to get on with the project prototype. 

So let me introduce you to...

An Old Potting Shed Scene
Even though the background construction has been completed, I still need to create the potting table and accessories. So this scene is really still in mid construction. But at least you can get the gist as to what we will be making from these photos. 

The majority of the recycled materials are literally bits found around the house, such as all kinds of cardboard, egg boxes, food packaging, sand, dried tea leaves, paint and glue. 

The main beam and two side beams, plus a tiny piece around the window frame, are the only commercially purchased pieces of materials, to date. I have deliberately designed this project to be as versatile as I could muster, so the maker has a wide choice of options and layout. 
The window was inspired by an image of a real life size shed window I found months ago on the internet, which I had filed away.  The glazing actually came from the interior packaging of a supermarket pavlova!  

This workshop is initially being offered as a reunion workshop to the ladies who came to last November's workshop, at their request. Any remaining spaces will be offered to those that were booked on the cancelled July workshop. However, the plan is for me to run more workshops at Denman College in 2021, plus a repeat of this potting shed project, so if this project appeals to you and you fancy a little creative holiday away in rural Oxfordshire, then do get in touch with Denman College again when they re-open in July. For the moment, all their staff have been furloughed. 

More details can be found on the following link: 

As soon as I have completed the contents of this old shed, I will show more photos...but for now, it is time to get back to my workbench. Stay safe everyone.
Celia X

Saturday, 9 May 2020

Wow...Such Power In Words!

A friend emailed me this to me last night, I have watched it umpteen times now and it still gives me goosebumps. 

Simply amazing and so very current! It sums up what so many of us feel and let's hope the world will become a better place for all the awfulness we are going through at the moment. 

It is by a guy called Tom Roberts, a British poet,  and it is called...THE GREAT REALISATION.
Celia X