Sunday, 1 February 2015

Two Books By Barbara K Davies....



If you are familiar with KT Miniatures "Old Dolls House Gallery", then you may well recognise the name of Barbara Kendall Davies....some of her lovely old dolls houses feature as Collection Three on there. Through the world of miniatures, I have known Barbara for many years now and we discovered long ago that not only do we share the same maiden name of "Kendall" but we also both originate from a long line of "Kendalls" from Birmingham, UK!


Barbara lives in Jersey and is a retired opera singer, but is now concentrating on writing. In November 2014, two of  her books became available to purchase on Amazon Kindle and for those of you who have a specific passion for the 1930s-40s era, I thought you may enjoy the first book particularly....

The Food Of Love: Letters And Diaries Of A Soldier

By Barbara K. Davies

The Food Of Love is based on letters and diaries belonging to Barbara's father from the Second World War, including a picture of life on the Home Front.  Barbara's father was a singer and the book details his experiences of entertaining troops as a member of Stars in Battledress (Norton Follies) and of the aftermath of war up to the Festival of Britain in 1951.

Life Is Everlasting


By Barbara K. Davies

The second book - Life is Everlasting,  has been thirty-two years in the making because of its unusual content. It requires the reader to suspend judgement on what we normally consider to be reality.
Many people have unusual inner experiences but refrain from relating them as they do not wish to appear crazy. However, it appears that all human beings are potentially multidimensional. This book invites you to come on a journey of discovery not only in this world but also in the next.

 If you CLICK HERE, you will see that the first two books to appear on the page are Barbara's. Simply click on each of the main book images to view the relevant information. If you explore further, you will find that you are able to take a peek inside and read a free extract.

In fact, I have already taken a peek at the free extracts of both books, and have found them quite enchanting and equally fascinating. For a while now I have been pondering on treating myself to a Kindle....so finally I have a REALLY good excuse to go and buy one! Am looking forward to reading both of Barbara's books in full.

Celia

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

At Last...A Spot Of Creating & Fantastic Workshop News!

With Thame Dolls House & Miniatures Fair less than 5 weeks away now, am relieved to say that at long last I've been able to get down to a touch of creating!
Followers of KT Miniatures' website will have seen that at the beginning of the year I did away with my old Exclusive Handmade Items Section...and replaced it with KT Miniatures Little Handmade Emporium. Interest has been rather lovely these past couple of weeks, I've been kept well and truly on my toes and already stock is a little slimmer. However, with the big Thame Fair event looming on the calendar, it does mean that as always this time of year,  ALL handmade stock will have to be held back for Thame Fair stock. I am planning on listing some more vintage dolls house items to the website in January but again, the bulk of vintage stock will also have to be held back for the fair. (This is why I rarely undertake fairs nowadays - I have to really go some to obtain/make enough stock for a fair stand, so Thame Dolls House Fair is really the only one I attend now).
Today I have been creating more of my vintage 1930s style packaging and shelving for the scullery. These have been designed to look old and authentic so can be used in both vintage and modern reproduction dolls houses.
And....here is the beginning of a few bits and bobs made for an old attic....
Any completed  items will be put aside for Thame Fair Stock.
If you click on the following link: Thame Dolls House Fair you will find all the information you need.....hope you can come! The date for your diary is Saturday 21st February and it will be taking place at Thame Leisure Centre, Oxfordshire.

Meanwhile, if you are interested in seeing what is currently available in KT Miniatures Little Handmade Emporium, please CLICK HERE.


And now, news of our June Workshops....


The Little Vintage Toy Shop Workshop
There was an unprecedented amount of names added to the June Workshop Reserve List, in the run up to Christmas.  This left us with a logistical problem as there were so many, but what a lovely problem to have!! In the end my workshop colleague Robin and I decided to run this workshop twice in June.....on Saturday 13th & 20th. Invitations went out to all the people on the Reserve List at the beginning of January and uptake of those priority places was huge, so that by the time booking went live officially yesterday morning, the first workshop had already been filled and there were only 2 remaining places for the second workshop. By mid-afternoon, all places were filled.
Therefore, we are considering running this same workshop for a third time on Saturday 19th September, but only if there is enough interest to warrant running this again.

If you would like to add your name to our 
SEPTEMBER WORKSHOP RESERVE LIST, 
please get in touch with either Robin or myself asap. All information with regards to the workshop and our contact details can be found on our 
Nostalgia In Miniature Workshops Website.

Monday, 5 January 2015

New Beginnings......KT Miniatures Little Handmade Emporium!

First up....Happy New Year to you all. 

I hope you've had a wonderful time over the festive period - we certainly have here.  But now all trace of Christmas has been cleared away for another year and it is with great pleasure to deem KT Miniatures open for business once more. Is hard to grasp that as we enter 2015, KT Miniatures is now in it's 19th year of trading!! It only seems like yesterday that I' d started creating tiny miniatures off my kitchen table to sell but here we are, all these years later...and am still loving every single minute!
However, 2014 in the end proved quite a memorable year in many ways with lots happening. My working practices have changed so much just lately due to simply not having enough hours in the day, that the Exclusive Handmade Items section had become quite static.  With so many pages within that part of the website to maintain....it made sense to move into a slightly different direction once more. So......I have bid a fond farewell to the many Exclusive Handmade Items pages and instead, offer you  a warm welcome to step inside my....
KT Miniatures Little Handmade Emporium! 

It has a Ground Floor & Upper Floor of handmade items that I have purposely created to look old, so can be used in both vintage and modern reproduction dolls houses, with a particular focus on the 1930s and 1940s eras.

So please...click on the following link and step right inside:

KT Miniatures Little Handmade Emporium

CeliaX
PS. I hope to begin listing more vintage items from Marion Osborne's Dol-Toi and Tri-ang Collections later this week. 
www.ktminiatures.com

Saturday, 13 December 2014

KT Miniatures Has Now Closed For The Festive Season....

KT MINIATURES IS NOW CLOSED FOR BUSINESS UNTIL JANUARY 2nd 2015

With KT Miniatures' 18th year of trading coming to an end, and a 19th year of trading looming....it is time once again to evaluate and reflect on how this year has been and more importantly, plan for next year.   
  
THE PAST YEAR 
Am delighted to say that business has been brilliant this past year, even completely bonkers at times but I have loved every single minute.  I hope that KT Miniatures or even just this KT Miniatures Journal has brought a little bit of enjoyment into your tiny dolls house and miniature world too!  

CHANGES AHEAD 
As time has progressed, it has become clearly apparent that there has been a very real shift in KT Miniatures' working practice where creating time for the website's "Exclusive Handmade Items Section" has become hugely limited. Consequently that part of the website has become quite static of late so there is a definite need once more to give KT Miniatures a gentle nudge on a slightly different path on how this side of the business is to be organised.  I hope to implement some real positive changes early in the new year but more about that another day.....  


A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY  
 Saturday 21st February 2015
KT Miniatures will be exhibiting at this Oxfordshire annual event, as always.

MR KT MINIATURES
Many thanks to everyone who took the time to send messages with regards to Mr KT Miniatures - the latest is that although he is still rather poorly he is back home from hospital once more and being well looked after. It is unusual for me to close so early before Xmas but due to the ever changing ongoing events here just at the moment with Mr KT, he has to be my priority.  Any orders that come in whilst I am closed will be dealt with at the beginning of January.

AND FINALLY....
I would just like to take this opportunity to thank you for your custom and wonderful friendship throughout this year, and wish you all
A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM KT MINIATURES!


From 
CeliaX

Celia Thomas


Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Website Back Up & Running This Morning...

Hmmm...for most of last night, both KT Miniatures and our Nostalgia In Miniature Workshops websites were completely offline. I can only apologise to those of you who may have found this frustrating but this was completely out of my control. As I was quietly panicking last night, I finally discovered that apparently my website host 1&1 were under a massive DDos attack yesterday so in the end, they shut their whole system down- resulting in 1000's of websites everywhere going offline last night - so I was in good company!!! All I could do was sit and wait but this morning, fingers and everything crossed - all seems to be back up as normal. Modern technology eh....is great as long as it works!

PLEASE NOTE THAT I WILL BE CLOSING ON SATURDAY 13TH DECEMBER FOR XMAS
CeliaX