Sunday, 24 April 2016

New Website In The Planning...

Just to let you know that  I am currently working on a brand new rather lovely KT Miniatures website! It is most definitely time for a change, as I understand customers are encountering a few niggles when viewing my current website on tablets and mobiles!

Anyone who is familiar with website creating, will understand when I say that I am currently moving over from the Dreamweaver design system to Wordpress. Before I attempted to even start on creating using a new website template, I have had to get to grips with Wordpress, although I am coming to the conclusion that it is an easier system to use than Dreamweaver on the whole. Time will tell.


As long as there are no major disasters, you can see a tiny glimpse of what my new Home page will look like in the above image. But I have quite a way to go still. 


Mr KT has always been my much relied on "IT Director" from the very beginning, but unfortunately he is now very much "under the weather" these days, so I can no longer expect him to automatically and immediately sort out the endless niggles with the old technology on my current website system. Consequently, after much discussion and pondering, we concluded that new strategies now have to be put into place. This new website will be one of them.

Meanwhile, I will continue selling on my current website until the new website (fingers, toes and everything crossed) is fully up and running.

Watch this space folks!
Celia

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Well, I Just Couldn't Throw These Away, Could I?

Am sure every antique and vintage dolls house collector is faced with the dilemma from time to time, of what to do with heavily damaged and broken antique dolls house furniture? I have a very large box with all kinds of "spares" saved from broken miniatures but in reality, I cannot keep absolutely everything. Well, I had two extremely old dolls house chest of drawers, both badly damaged but still had such a charm to them...I just couldn't throw them away and I did'nt want them to end up in the ever growing "spares" box. They sat on my workbench for quite a while, staring back at me rather expectantly, as I pondered on what I could do with them. Then one day, I finally set to in bringing them back to life!

This was my favourite, a genuinely early 1900s miniature chest of drawers. Not only was it missing a drawer, it was also missing handles and there was some damage to the exterior.  So, a new drawer was made, damage was made good with filler and lots of sanding ensued! Once I was happy with the repair work, I gave it the KT Miniatures aged white paint treatment.
I challenge anyone to figure out which drawer was the replacement! Three little handles were made out of tiny black beads and weeny pins. Then a coat of wax polish and lots of elbow grease in buffing to a nice shine. Finally, for a nice pleasing touch, I created replica antique paper scaled right down to line the inside of each drawer, just like I have in my real life sized antique chest of drawers!
I was chuffed to bits with the result! Then my next dilemma was what to do with it. I tried shoe horning it into each of my old dolls houses here, but there was simply no more room for yet another old chest of drawers in any of them. So reluctantly, I put this up for sale today, along with the other salvaged antique chest of drawers, which is even older. 
 Ok, this second chest of drawers is far from perfect, but if only you saw it before the makeover!! The only things it had going for it was its age...(late 1800s/Early 1900s, a remnant from the Oxford Collection), all the drawers were present and in good condition, plus it had all the original blue beaded handles! But the damage to the main carcass was quite considerable, a huge chunk of wood was missing from the shelf divider in between the two long drawers. Plus the exterior was in a hideous condition, badly marked, stained and pitted. 
I tried to build up the missing chunk of wood as much as I could, within the restraints that I had, filled and repaired the damaged exterior wood, then gave the main carcass the KT Miniatures aged white paint treatment. 
As with the other chest of drawers, I created replica antique paper (this was different from the other paper and very pink!) scaled right down and lined inside all the drawers. Suddenly this wreck of a somewhat chunky chest of drawers, looked alive once more, even if there is still a slight indentation on the shelf divider!

Both these chest of drawers are now up for sale on the 

A broken c1920s/1930s German chair was glued back together, the massive crack along the chair back  was filled, then the whole chair given a pale green aged finish. Finally I painted some flowers using a tiny brush. This now sits in my antique toy shop and I love it! This old toy shop is my latest project in my own personal collection by the way....and I hope to bring you a blog posting all about this one day very soon.

I have also been busy listing more antique and vintage dolls house furniture and accessories to KT Miniatures website over the past couple of days and will continue to do so for the next couple of days. Why not take a look....


Celia

Monday, 4 April 2016

Booking Closing Next Week For Summer Workshops!

This is just a brief note to let you know that booking will be closing for our summer workshops at the end of next week - Friday 15th April. So if you  have been pondering and procrastinating on whether to sign up for either our all day workshop on Saturday 4th June or Saturday 2nd July, then ponder and procrastinate no more....please get in touch asap and book now!
 
This is what we will be making....an early 1900s German style shop, offered in both 1/12th and 1/24th scales. 
This is the 1/24th scale version...
And this is the 1/12th scale version.

We will give you materials and instructions to create what you see here as part of your kit, but you also have the option to decorate, furnish and configure your shelves as you wish. 

 Just let your imagination run wild!  
I will also have available to purchase on the day, small pieces of KT Miniatures antique wallpaper at a bargain price! Alternatively, you may have your own special papers or paint, that you are welcome to bring and use.  
 
Also included as part of your kit, but not seen here are materials to make a set of old fashioned scales, an antique style hanging lamp plus some other shop accessories. 
 
Antique miniature shops these days can cost an absolute fortune...so this is a good opportunity to join Robin and me for a day with like minded people at Bicester Avenue Garden Centre and make your own! 

Don't delay...book now!

Full details can be found our our workshop promotional page, including a downloadable booking form.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

All Kinds Of Old Miniatures Now Available On KT Miniatures

A mammoth session of listing antique and vintage unsold stock from Thame Fair was undertaken this week, and I am pleased to say that all kinds of old treasures are now available.
 And even though quite a few pieces have already been snapped up, there are still plenty available to purchase. Please take a look at the various pages within the KT Miniatures' Antique & Vintage Index.
However, the rare 1920s Bertha Penrose & Ralph Wright  furniture (they had connections to the Bloomsbury Set) simply flew off the shelf immediately and have either been sold or reserved whilst payment is being sent. This furniture has caused a lot of interest and I have to say that I have kept several pieces of the collection for myself....as I just couldn't part with it! 

These pieces are quite extraordinary, even more so with their very special provenance. Consequently, Rebecca Green has asked if I could write something about the collection for the next issue of her website's Dolls Houses Past & Present online magazine. I hope to gather as much information as I can and feature photos of all the items, including some that I have kept that you would not have seen as yet!

Celia

Monday, 7 March 2016

Oooh Err.....Apparently Thame Had An Earthquake Here Last Night...And I Slept Through It All!!!

It is not often (thankfully) that Thame (a small sleepy Oxfordshire UK market town) hits the news but apparently Thame hit the main news today and I have been blissfully unaware of it all...as I was busy being imaginative with packaging due to a sudden influx of lots of lovely orders and a sudden lack of suitable boxes! And then Robin, my Nostalgia In Miniature Workshop colleague and fellow Thame resident, informed me that we were practically on top of the epicentre of an earthquake last night. Ummm...and I slept through it all!  Ha ha...and apparently so Robin did too...perhaps its our age!

Thankfully it was only a magnitude of 2.3 and the worst that happened was that neighbours and fellow Thame friends were shaken in their beds/houses momentarily and some talk about hearing something that sounded like an explosion or big bang?

Oh well...there we are then.

Am just starting to list the various remaining c1920s Bertha Penrose/Ralph Wright (connections to the Bloomsbury Set) antique dolls house furniture to KT Miniatures' website that were left unsold from Thame Fair. But the whole process is taking ages and it will probably be tomorrow now when the button is pressed to make it go live. 

These are only just some that are going up for sale - there are other pieces too, all being rather rare and quite special that just don't come along very often.
Celia