Wednesday, 4 March 2015

KT Miniatures Is Taking Part In The Dolls House & Miniature Scene Magazine Birthday Giveaway!

If you turn to pages 10 -11 of the new issue of Dolls House & Miniature Scene Magazine, you will find some donated miniature goodies from key contributors, artisans, publishers and supporters of the magazine in celebration of their 250th issue!

Amongst the donated prizes, you will see a donation by KT Miniatures of an "Under The Bed Set" consisting of a 1/12th scale vintage style set piece designed specifically to fit under a dolls house bed but it would also look quite at home in a dusty corner of an old attic. It can be used in both vintage or modern reproduction dolls houses, and consists of a couple of printed old boxes, old books, magazines, newspaper, aged enamel potty, etc. All items are fixed.

To enter the competition, and have a chance to win this or any of the other lovely donated prizes, all you need to do is to get yourself a copy of the Dolls House & Miniature Scene Magazine - March 2015/ Issue No. 250 and turn to pages 10 -11. Take a look at all the lovely items on offer, then send a stamped addressed envelope, stating which prize or prizes you would like to win. Closing date is 26th March....so you have a couple of weeks or so to find a copy. 
Good luck!
Celia

Saturday, 28 February 2015

A Peek At Some New Handmade Items Now For Sale...

What a fantastic week this has been - Post Thame Fair sales have been amazing!

But now....after finally sifting through the unsold Thame Fair stock, I've been able to get stuck into listing unsold handmade items.  So if you have a moment, do please step inside KT Miniatures Little Handmade Emporium...and take a look at what's on offer (on both floors)! One or two of the new items have been highlighted below. As always, many of the miniature items can be used in both vintage and modern reproduction dolls houses. There are also some miniature scenes that include old dolls inside various antique containers.....and with Mother's Day looming...could possibly make rather nice presents perhaps?


A peek at "Miss Dolly & All Her Friends!"

"Story Time!"

 
Two different scullery shelves - suitable from the 1930s era onwards.
An old rather battered c1930s German cupboard filled with vintage style toys, including KT Miniatures handmade vintage books and c1930s Mathews Animated Empire Vaudeville Theatre!
Various piles of old books in typical KT Miniatures style!
A pile of books with an old toy elephant on wheels!
Vintage style maps in an old box....
Vintage style ephemera in an old box....
 Old rusty cans on an old book, etc.
All these and much more can be found on KT Miniatures Little Handmade Emporium.

I will be having a break from "listing" over the weekend, as a deadline for yet another magazine project is looming rapidly and I need to put my creative hat back on!  Ha ha...something that neither Robin (my workshop colleague) or I have EVER made before....so rather challenging indeed but hey....we are getting there! It is amazing what you can make out of an old leg of a pair of Marks & Spencers trousers...don't you think? Intrigued? Sorry, you are going to have to wait a few weeks and then all will be revealed.....ha ha!

Next week, I have the lovely task of listing many of the unsold antique and vintage items from Thame Fair. And although much has already been sold, there are still some rather nice pieces to be had. 
Celia

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

What A Brilliant Day It Was - Will Start Listing Unsold Thame Fair Stock This Week!

Many thanks to everyone who came along to see us at the annual Thame Dolls House & Miniatures Fair last Saturday....hope you had a great time, we certainly did! What lovely chats we had!
I remembered to actually take my camera this time......and all these pics were taken with just a few minutes to go before the opening time.
Sorry folks....my gorgeous G&J Lines No 74 was sold!
As always, much thought went into choosing a diverse selection of both KT Miniatures' handmade items, as well as antique and vintage stock.
My helper for the day was daughter Kate (who was bribed to come back from uni especially for the event) and did a splendid job. She is doing a maths degree so put me to shame with her ability to do some amazing mental adding up.....I struggled along as usual with the calculator!

Am delighted to report that much was sold on the day.......and once all the takings and after sales were added up,  this turned out to be the second most profitable Thame Fair for us ever (I have been doing this fair since it's very beginning in 2004)! So a very special thanks to organisers Felicity and Ron for putting on yet again another lovely and successful event!
 
Although there were visibly less people through the doors, many of the standholders still did good steady trade and the local club put on an exhibition of some of their creations. The charity stands appeared to be busy too, including the sales table. Sadly, as often happens at these events, one or two artisans did not do very well, I have given up trying to fathom out the reason why, as sometimes there just does not seem to be any logical reason for it, their creations were beautiful, stunning and competitively priced?

But now, my BIG stocktake is done and I hope to begin listing some of the unsold stock to KT Miniatures website this week. I will begin with the handmade items, which will appear in KT Miniatures Little Handmade Emporium - but please be patient as it takes absolutely ages to photograph and individually list each item.
 Celia

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Final Posting Before Thame Fair....c1920s G&J Lines No 74 Dolls House!

As promised, at last I've been able to put some photos on here of the lovely rare dolls house I'm taking to Thame Dolls House & Miniatures Fair on Saturday. 

 It is a c1920s G&J Lines No.74 Dolls House....

I 've had this for 2 years would you believe, but after finding woodworm (in the base mainly) when it first came in, I immediately embarked on thoroughly treating in the usual way (4 treatments no less).  I've not seen any movement in the past year, the holes are now filled in and it's been sitting up in my workroom for weeks. It is a joy to look at  and to be honest, I've been completely torn on whether to keep it. The house is BEAUTIFUL and it epitomises the 1920s/30 style perfectly! But as there really is no more space left here, I've had to allow my head to rule my heart ... so with Thame Fair coming up, have finally made the decision to let it go to allow someone else to enjoy.
The exterior appears to be in original condition....albeit a little worn...there is a tiny patch of the original brick paper missing on the front. I believe (but I may have this wrong) that there should have been a sun dial underneath the front round window, and it does appear that the tiny square underneath has a slightly different texture to the rest of the exterior? All metal windows are glazed with real glass and fully intact....it is just the round window with the wooden frame at the top that has lost it's glazing, so too the round wooden framed windows on the garage doors.
The interior is a real restoration project...but what an amazing and exciting project to take on! I 'd already made a start quite some time ago.  Inside, there were several layers of wallpaper that had been applied over the various decades, (on the floor as well as the walls)...and carefully the layers were peeled away but when I got to each final layer, disappointingly a previous owner had painted over most of the original papers!


The good news was that I was able to salvage much of the red patterned paper in the little room above the garage....I say garage but in photos of another No. 74, someone has used it as a kitchen...so there's a thought! 

There is a hint of the green striped paper in the hall and landing but someone has painted green gloss paint on the lower half all the way round on both levels. 
The back central panel opens to give access to the two main rooms, which is a nice touch. 

This house will be stunning once the interior is restored....and a lovely project for any serious dolls house collector, as this model rarely comes along.

It is the only dolls house I'll have on my stand on Saturday, due to lack of space, and will be sold on a first come, first serve basis.


A full list of both handmade and antique/vintage stock can be found on the following link:

Celia

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Sneak Preview Of Just Some Of The Antique & Vintage Mini Treasures That Will Be For Sale At Thame Fair On Saturday!

Well....with just a few days to go until the big Thame Dolls House & Miniatures Fair, I have the wonderful task of pricing and then carefully packing up some rather lovely antique and vintage miniatures in readiness for my stand on Saturday. On the previous past two postings, I've highlighted some of my handmade miniatures to be sold at Thame...so now as promised, here is a snippet of just some of the lovely antique and vintage items I'll also be taking to Thame.
Let's start with the oldest item.....a rather wonderful and rare c1880 Biedermeier Secretaire, complete with opening drawers and a drop down flap that reveals a green papered and mirrored interior!
There will be various c1930s Pit-a-Pat items such as a canteen of cutlery along with cutlery too, a mantel clock and card table. Plus there will be various German chairs of all shapes and sizes, Grecon dolls, bisque dolls, Dol-Toi Dolls, etc.
Rarely does a c1930s Boxed Taylor& Barrett Fireplace Set come along, all completely intact!
Then there is this rare c1920s/30s boxed Japanese Bedroom Set!
I will be bringing several c1920s Elgin chairs, a German sideboard, a c1900s soft metal framed child image, a Tri-ang fireplace and a late c1800s brass table with tilting top.
There will be this delightful c1950s Circle Bakery Stores, complete with tin scales....rarely do these come along.
And finally, there will be various other pieces of furniture such as this very old gateleg table which extends out at both ends, plus a rather lovely early 1900s cane chaise longue.

However, these are only just a few of the many antique and vintage goodies I will be taking to Thame Fair on Saturday...there will be lots more besides! If space allows I hope to have one or two extra boxes for people to rummage through for odds and ends, plus I will take a few of Marion Osbornes books on the day. For a full comprehensive list of old and also handmade items, please click on the following link to view:
ktminiatures.com/Thame_Fair_Stock_Page.html

Hope you can come!
 
Celia

PS. Shortly I hope to put up on here some photos of the gorgeous c1920s G&J Lines No 74 antique dolls house that will be available for purchase on Saturday...so watch this space!