Wednesday, 21 August 2019

What To Do With A Few Broken Bits & Pieces....Great Fun!

I suspect that we all have a box or two of broken bits or seconds that we think may come in handy one day. My "bits box" is heaving, so it was time to take a peek and see what was in there! Once upon a time, I would be at my workbench day in, day out, simply creating miniatures to sell. Not so much now, but with our October 12th Vintage & Artisan Dolls House Fair looming on the horizon, I thought I would have a spot of creating with some of the "bits" and see where it took me....and it has been great fun.

The Tiny Room
I have had this tiny wooden drawer for years, so out it came from the box and sat on my coffee table for a while, as I pondered what to do with it. Then after more rummaging in the "bit box", gradually as I came across the various broken treasures, the ideas starting flowing. 

A scrap of antique wallpaper lined the walls, a mocked up matching border created via the computer helped to tidy up the uneven join between the top of the wallpaper and the papered ceiling. 

Then I came across this 1930s Charbens metal chair, which had very little original paint and a missing back foot, all of which had made this chair undesirable. So a bit of paint, a teeny piece of antique broderie anglaise, a second hand miniature embroidered cushion (no idea where it came from - have had it for so long), plus one of my miniature handmade books, finished it off nicely. Then there was this gorgeous c1920s German bisque doll with original clothes but....missing her right arm. Once glued into place at an angle, you would never know that she was missing her arm!

And finally a plastic imitation round mirror touched up with paint, an antique glass cat missing bead eyes and collar, and one of my handmade framed pictures, all set this off nicely. 

The Fireplace
This is a slightly larger drawer than the one above.  I had just the smallest scrap left of the most beautiful antique floral wallpaper, has been a real favourite of mine. There was just enough to line the walls. Then there was this replica c1920s German fireplace, left over from a whole batch that I made several years ago, based on a real c1920s German dolls house fireplace from my own private collection. But this particular one I classified as a second, as I was never really happy with the archway of the tiled fire insert. 
So to disguise this fact, I made an old fashioned fire screen from scraps of wood, celluloid glazing, a painted metal handle and a pretty antique floral silk from an old cigarette packet. 
On the mantelpiece sits two British made coloured glass candle holders (had them for so long I cannot remember the guy's name who made them) with imitation candles, a British made painted metal clock, and a framed picture plus vintage style envelopes made by myself. The vase is a modern reproduction but which I have had for several years, and the flowers are broken Britains lead flower heads, painted up and glued in place. 

These little drawer scenes are ideal to sit amongst the books on your book shelf, or anywhere really, including a mantelpiece. 

c1930s Tri-ang Chair
Ok...what do you with a c1930s Tri-ang chair that is in a highly undesirable condition due to a replacement (not by me) dodgy front right leg and a missing chunk of wood down the right hand side of the chair back? 

I did ponder a while about this...and then resorted back to my trusty method of disguising and hiding, using piles of my vintage style books and a piece of draped antique lace. 
Some people may just have thrown this damaged chair away, but I just couldn't do that. At least now, this is rather more acceptable and could be useful to someone.

Workbench Scene 
This started off as a broken vintage desk, it kind of just evolved as I went along. I removed the odd shaped drawer, added a lower shelf and painted it up, giving it an aged finish. 
The main focus of this scene is the half built dolls house, based on an actual design found in the c1933 Handicraft Annual. 

Papers were mocked up based on the exact ones that were used in the real dolls house, as found in the Handicraft annual. The result was quite effective. 

The rest of this little scene was filled with relevant bits and bobs, mostly made myself, along with oddments from my "bits box". 

All these will be available to purchase on my KT Miniatures Stand at the Vintage & Artisan Dolls House Fair on Saturday 12th October. 

Sunday, 4 August 2019

Vintage &.Artisan Dolls House Fair In Thame - 2 Months To Go & What Is It All About?

After all the months of planning, there are now only 2 months to go until our VINTAGE & ARTISAN DOLLS HOUSE FAIR takes place on Saturday 12th October, and I am delighted to announce that all the 20 stand holders are booked! We have some truly amazing miniaturist artisans coming, plus some fabulous antique and vintage dolls house traders too. Some of the artisans rank amongst the very best in the UK, and many of the stand holders rarely attend fairs other than the large national events, so this is a fantastic opportunity to meet them in a smaller informal setting. 

Come and join us all at this unique and rather special event that is being held at Thame Barns Centre, which is set in the heart of the historic Oxfordshire market town of Thame. 

Thame is rich in history and the museum plus a variety of independent shops, restaurants, cafes, pubs, etc. are literally just a few minutes walk away from this fair venue.  Plus of course it is Midsomer Murder country - they are often filming for the long running TV show around here, so fans of the show may recognise some of the buildings!

The full list of stand holders can be seen below with all their details, live links are in blue. (Dolls House Restoration's booking has literally just come in and am awaiting details, but Trevor is well known for his brilliant Tri-ang/G&J Lines replica floor, roof and wall papers plus components for antique/vintage dolls house restoration). Many of these artisans I have known for years, and some I have only known by reputation but I thank them all for supporting this event. It is going to be quite a gathering!

Stand Holders

 Al'Turn'Ative Proportions  - Distinctive 1/12th & 1/24th scale handcrafted miniatures made from local exotic woods, Trustone, Corian, acrylics, and resins. Standard/Table and Art Deco style lamps (specialty miniatures)  and many other collectable items. Email: / Phone: 07775 694051

Dolls House Restoration - Awaiting Details

Ellie De Lacy - Quality hand bound miniature books, faux books, a wide range of artist's prints from Tudor to Edwardian eras, artist supplies, desk fillers and other items including sheet music. Email: / Phone: 07801 151251

Flower Lady - A large range of flowers and plants, for house and garden. Mainly in 1/12th scale but some in 1/24th scale. Email: / Phone: 01794 323158

Herdwick Landscapes - Handmade buildings, period furniture and bespoke commissions in 1/24th & 1/48th scales. Email: / Phone: 01543 500416

KT Miniatures  - Seller of antique and vintage dolls houses plus related miniature items. Also maker of vintage style miniatures and miniature scenes. Organiser of this event. Email: / Phone: 01844 212520

L & A St.Leger - Mechanical toys, kitchen utensils, etc. Email: / Phone: 01308 424709

Linda Bright - Artist Linda Bright hand paints vintage 50s/60s dolls houses. Also sells vintage dolls house furniture and cards of her paintings. Sketchbooks and source material will be available to view. Email: / Phone: 0794 7110214

Liza Antrim - Cider House Books  - Publisher of two books on antique dolls' houses, and seller of some of her much too big collection. Contact through website:

Malcolm's Miniatures Maker of doors, windows, flooring, wall panels, moulds to create realistic brick  & stone finishes, furniture and accessories in 1/12, 1/24 and 1/48 scales. Email: / Phone: 01491 680951

Nicola Mascall Miniatures - Exquisite needlepoint on 40-72 count silk gauze. Rugs, wall hangings, cushions, stools, samples, bell pulls, screen, etc. Kits and finished commissions welcome. Email: / Phone: 01373 454302

Onetwelfthscale - Miniature furniture mainly from the Arts & Crafts Movement by makers such as Macintosh, Stickley & Limbert. I also make Shaker furniture . Commissions accepted with clear photo of structure and dimensions. Email: / Phone: 020 8904 8410

Roberson Miniatures Prams and pushchairs from all eras.  Plus bicycles, toys, faux - bamboo furniture and beds. Email: /  Phone: 01305 250780

Severn ModelsFine kits of buildings and miniature detailing.  Email: 

Stokesay Ware  - Fine hand made plates and services in bone china decorated in traditional designs with fired 22ct gold and coloured enamels, plus Victorian style kitchen ware. Email: / Phone: 020 7254 5242

Sylvia's Mini Knits - Miniature knitted clothes on dolls, also some to be put on your own dolls, all hand knitted. Email: / Phone: 01452 560006

Teeny Weeny Teddies & Friends - Original handcrafted miniature teddies, dolls, rabbits, etc. Email:

Victoria Fasken  - Wide range of exquisite hand-painted accessories including tea sets and dinner services. Email:

Wendy's World - Vintage dolls houses,  furniture, dolls and accessories. Email: /  01895 834348

Yesterday Child - Vintage & antique doll's house miniatures and accessories, collection of authentic wallpapers. Email: /  01908 583403

The Charity CRY & Why We Are Supporting It...

If you have been following KT Miniatures Journal, you will know that as organiser, I am going to donate 50% of any profit made from running this event to the brilliant charity CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) which has special resonance for my family.  Not only would I  like to raise lots of money for CRY, but I would also like to raise awareness for them many people have never heard of the charity and are unaware of the wonderful work they do. 

Celia & Kate

As you know, my daughter suffered a cardiac arrest very suddenly and randomly, one fateful November evening back in 2017. However,  thanks to the skill and help of a lot of people, she survived against all the odds and pulled through. It was when she came out of hospital she felt isolated, there seemed to be no support network for youngsters with cardiac problems. But then someone mentioned CRY to us.Through CRY my daughter met other young people who had been through similar experiences, some of whom also had a S-I.C.D. fitted. This helped her greatly and gradually she was able to get back into the routine of life and back to full time work. Since then we have learned what an amazing charity CRY is, and how they can help young people along with their families.

So What Is The Charity CRY All About?

It stands for...Cardiac Risk in the Young. The charity's vision as a whole is "to prevent young sudden cardiac deaths through awareness, screening and research, and supporting affected families." To find out more about the charity, see their website:

Other Ways To Raise Money For CRY At This Event
There is going to be a Grand Charity Raffle and some wonderful high quality miniatures from various UK artisans have already been donated, all proceeds will be in aid of CRY. Some of the prizes already donated can be viewed on the main promotional page for this event. Huge thanks to all the artisans who have already donated. Raffle tickets can only be purchased on the day at the event and each ticket will cost £1.00 each. 

Refreshments throughout the duration of the event will be offered by the brilliant vintage style Oxfordshire caterer, Time For Tea. They provide pop up vintage tea rooms serving sandwiches, cakes, scones and plenty of tea! Huge thanks to owner Charlotte Cavanagh who has pledged to donate 10% of all profits made on the day to CRY. 

So there we is going to be a fantastic day and I hope lots of you can come! For the main promotional page for this event and full up to date information, including how to get to the venue, please click on the following link:

Celia Thomas - KT Miniatures

Sunday, 14 July 2019

A Large & Rather Lovely Antique Dolls House For Sale

Although I have moved my workroom (now lovingly called "My Studio") down to the ground floor, for logistical and practical reasons I am not really able to cope with the larger dolls houses nowadays. Mainly due to a dodgy knee and back!     

So when a "dolls house friend" of many years, sent me photos of a gorgeous large dolls house she wishes to sell, I did give it some serious consideration. But for reasons as stated above, I have had to decline in taking it on myself.  However, this house needs to be sold quickly, so I have offered to give it a mention on here, in the hope that someone reading this can give it a new home. 

And here it is in all its magnificent glory!
My friend says that she thinks it is Victorian, and is not sure if it is an old Turnbull or not. I'm not sure either. It is back opening with three floors, and measures 32 1/2 inches wide x 20 inches deep  x 38 1/2 inches tall. It is on castors apparently, which is definitely a bonus.  

It has beautiful flooring, all of which have retained their colour - possibly because they had all been covered with loose carpet previously. All papers appear to be original, inside and outside. One side will need re-papering. 
The windows are glazed with glass and there is no indication of woodworm or ever having been woodworm. 

A quick sale is needed and the friend is asking for £250 - which is a brilliant price for such an old beauty! Collection only from Orpington in Kent, as it is too large to package.

Please note this is not being sold by KT Miniatures, but if anyone is interested simply get in touch with me asap and I will put you in touch with the seller, then you can deal with her direct. 



Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Windows From A c1930s Tri-ang No.53 Dolls House Available

Just gone up for sale recently are these metal windows from a c1930s  Tri-ang No.53 dolls house. The No.53 was part of the Ultra Modern Series (the flat roof art deco type).

These have all come from a totally dilapidated dolls house that could not be saved, and  rarely come along. They have all been over painted in blue, there is no acetate glazing, but are in a solid condition. The ones seen above are the smaller version.
There are some corner windows too, which are basically the smaller windows that have been bent at a 90 degree angle.

Then there is this large metal window.
Plus another large window that has been slightly curved as it has come from the bay window.

All of these are currently available and can be found under the "Restoration" section, on the following link:

There was a sun room that came with these but it was snapped up straight away, unsurprisingly due to its rarity.

There are one or two other components from the same dolls house including doors...which will go up for sale shortly.

A New KT Miniatures Website In The Offing....

Being a non techno' minded person, anything to do with computers, websites and well, basically technology in general, frightens me to death when problems arise.

And yep folks....KT Miniatures website is in trouble. 

Even though my current website is only 3 years old, a new website is needed and it is becoming ever more urgent due to the impending changes that "Wordpress" are bringing in which will create incompatibility issues that can no longer be ignored. 

 I'm  just going to have to grab the bull by the horns and learn a whole new method of website editing. 

A meeting is scheduled for today with a local IT company who, fingers crossed, are going to help create a new KT Miniatures website. They will need the patience of a saint!

Having listened to feedback from various sources with regards to the current website layout, I am considering changing the whole constructional format of how the antique and vintage dolls house items are displayed, in order to make it more concise and less complicated. 

However, we are still in the very early stages of discussing/planning so this is going to take quite a while to sort out.

Wish me luck!