Friday, 15 March 2019

Come & Make An Old Attic Room Scene In 1/12th Scale At Denman College In November!

I am delighted to announce that I have been invited by the Denman College in Oxfordshire to run a miniature workshop for them. Plans have been finalised, the date is set and the workshop prototype is complete. 

Old Attic Room Scene
Denman College is situated in a lovely Georgian house in Oxfordshire, and is the Women's Institute's centre for learning new skills, offering a wide variety of craft, cookery and lifestyle courses. You do not have to be a member of the WI to attend, it is open to everyone. I understand that if you are a member of the WI you are eligible for a discounted fee.

My workshop will be based in a modern part of the college, a purpose built building with wonderful facilities...I shall feel quite spoilt!

This is a residential workshop,  starting at 4.00pm on Wednesday 13th November and ending at 1.00pm on Friday 15th November, so incorporates two nights of accommodation and meals during your stay. All accommodation I understand is en-suite.  
  Every aspect of booking and payment is undertaken through the college itself. However, please note, an additional payment of £40 for the kit and all materials used to create this scene needs to be payable to me direct on the first day. 
Although this is the first time for me at Denman College, the workshop will be based on my usual workshop ethos of using alternative techniques and methods, plus some ordinary every day materials to create a beautiful miniature scene in 1/12th scale with that realistic aged look. Suitable for beginners and experienced crafters alike, you can make this as simple or as intricate as you like, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. 


A full kit is provided that includes instructions, all materials and a readily constructed MDF room box with perspex front, to create the scene that you see in these photos. 
Attendees will find this project versatile, in so much that you will be given options on a variety of aspects within this project. 

Such as....if you do not wish to have a go at painting a simple landscape scene through the scratch built window, just paint a blue sky, maybe with a random cloud, and cover your window with vintage lace. 
For the wooden chest, you will be given a basic pre-cut wooden kit, but it is up to you how you colour and fill it. You have options on what colour to finish your walls. You have options on how to fill the old fashioned tea chest. 

Just indulge your creativity and see where it takes you!

For those of you who would not normally be able to come to one of my workshops due to the long distance involved, this is a good opportunity to come to one of my workshops and have all your accommodation and meals arranged for you, in a truly delightful setting. 

For more information and details on how to book, please click on the official link for "Old Attic Room Scene" on the Denman College website:

 https://www.denman.org.uk/courses/?search=old+attic+scene

Should be a fun few days!

Celia Thomas
KT Miniatures

Saturday, 9 March 2019

How Whacky Is This - Dolls Houses Hanging From The Ceiling!

A friend has just sent over some photos that she took whilst visiting a vintage clothing shop in Manchester (UK), and for some reason she said that she immediately thought of me! Ha ha...I wonder why?


Apparently several old dolls houses were literally hanging down from the ceiling on chains, some of the houses had holes cut out the bottom?  There are definitely one or two vintageTri-ang dolls houses up there, plus at least one GeeBee dolls house. 

How delightfully whacky this is!

Thanks Jill for allowing us to take a peek at your pics. 
Celia


Saturday, 23 February 2019

Introducing Artist Linda Bright - Painter Of 1950s/60s Vintage Dolls Houses

If you take a peek at the newly created and ever growing list of stand holders who will be attending KT Miniatures & Friends Vintage & Artisan Dolls House Fair on Saturday 12th October, then you will see the name of Linda Bright on the list. 

I first came across Linda a year or so ago, when after purchasing a tiny Romside metal door off me for a GeeBee dolls house, she sent me photos of her project fully restored. But this was no ordinary dolls house restoration, and if you CLICK HERE you will see a posting about it all. She had used images of 1950s gardens for inspiration to hand paint flowers over the frontage of a GeeBee dolls house to replace the missing flowers. 

The beauty of her painting blew me away, I had never seen anything quite like this before on a vintage dolls house, and I have been in this business a very long time! It was utterly unique and inspiring.


Well, since then Linda has gone from strength to strength and she is now described on the stand holder's list as being an artist who hand paints vintage 1950s/1960s dolls houses, seller of vintage dolls house furniture and seller of cards of her paintings. In the photo above you can see a GeeBee dolls house where Linda has painted gladioli on the front in tutti fruiti colours.  Plus you can also see one of her paintings of that very same dolls house...all rather lovely, don't you think?

Recently she purchased off KT Miniatures website the wooden back wall of an old chalet style GeeBee dolls house for another restoration project, and then subsequently emailed me photos of what she did with it. Trust me....it is absolutely beautiful and even more unique!

And here it is in all its glory!
She painted a replica GeeBee dolls house lattice window on the upper back...

and an exquisite scene on the lower half. 

Yet again, I truly have never seen anything like this before on a vintage dolls house. The enchanting little scene depicts a rabbit hutch with two pet rabbits,  a vegetable patch and even a watering, plus some wild rabbits. This really works, it seems so natural and adds real beauty to a dolls house that had seen better days. 
Linda has been clever with the frontage too and added more hand painted flowers, but this time she has created them in such a way that they appear to be growing out of window boxes.
Here you can see a fascinating work in progress image of the flowers on the front of the chalet dolls house. 

I am sure you will agree with me that Linda's work is wonderfully innovative and creative, and also so inspiring. She illustrates how one can breathe new life into old dolls houses that have seen better days and make them into an item of beauty. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Linda for allowing us to take yet another peek at her creations on here. I hope you have enjoyed seeing her work as much as I have and found the images inspiring. You can find more about Linda on her Facebook page: 

Meanwhile, if you come to KT Miniatures Vintage & Artisan Fair on Saturday October 12th, you will be able to meet Linda in person and purchase some of her beautiful work. 
Celia


Wednesday, 20 February 2019

VINTAGE & ARTISAN DOLLS HOUSE FAIR

I am delighted to announce that the official promotional page for KT Miniatures Fair on 12th October 2019, is now live! Stand holder booking has just begun and already we have an impressive line up. 
KT Miniatures & Friends

Vintage & Artisan Dolls House Fair

Saturday 12th October 2019

Thame Barns Centre.

Church Rd, Thame, Oxfordshire.  OX9 3AJ

10.30 am - 4.30pm

Admission Fee: £3.00 Adult/£1.00 Child/Under Fives Free

KT Miniatures, as organiser, will donate 50% of all profit from proceeds of running the event to the charity CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young).

Registered Charity Number: 1050845

Come and joins us at this wonderfully unique dolls house and miniatures event, set in a picturesque and historic Oxfordshire setting of Thame Barns Centre...just a couple of minutes walk from the thriving town centre of the Oxfordshire market town of Thame.  This fair is rather special as it will bring together, not only highly talented professional artisans who make the most exquisite dolls houses and miniature related items, but also antique/vintage dolls house traders too, who will have some beautiful old dolls house treasures to purchase. 


CLICK HERE TO VIEW PROMOTIONAL PAGE

With so few combined antique/vintage dolls house and miniaturist artisan fairs in the UK, I'm hoping to create an event that uniquely has a mixture of both, all of whom have high quality wares that complement each other.  

So ...mark the date of Saturday 12th October in your diary now and I hope that you can come!
Celia

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Look At The Armand Marseille Dolls Now- They Are In Good Company!

A few months ago, you may remember I put a pair of antique German Armand Marseille Baby Dolls up for sale on this Journal, to raise money for the "Help Save Dolls Houses Past & Present Website Fund". 


A very generous lady called Diane Pearson from Westhill in Aberdeenshire bought both dolls and she has just sent me a photo of them in their new home!
Diane has quite a collection of old dolls as you can see, and tells me that the oldest is made from papier mache, dating from around 1860 (she is the one without any clothes on).  So that makes her over 150 years old! The teddy in the photo is also extremely old and made by a company called Farnell, which was one of the very first teddy bear makers in the UK. 

Huge thanks to Diane for letting us take a peek at her collection. The little baby dolls certainly have a lot of friends to keep them company!
Celia