Friday, 8 November 2019

All Is Now Ready For The Workshop Next Week!

 Preparations for the "Old Attic Room Scene In Miniature Workshop" have been in full swing these past few weeks and am pleased to say that at last all is now ready. 

Many hours of planning, writing, cutting, creating, designing, painting, glueing, etc. have been going on over recent weeks to get all the kits ready for this workshop that is being held at the WI's Denman College in Oxfordshire. 

It is my first time at Denman College and am looking forward to it very much. 
This project involves a lot of painting and getting one's hands dirty, so ladies...please remember to bring your aprons or old shirts!

Here is the project that we should be making.

I will take my camera and hopefully will have loads of photos to show you how we got on. 


Saturday, 19 October 2019

Vintage & Artisan Dolls House Fair - What A Brilliant Day!

It is hard to believe that it was a week ago today that our Vintage & Artisan Dolls House Fair took place in Thame Barns Centre....and what a day it was!

The main aim of running this fair was to help raise awareness and funds for the wonderful charity CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young), and at the same time bring high quality artisans and antique/vintage dolls house sellers all together under one roof. From the start, 50% of everyone's admission fee was donated to the charity to help raise funds, as CRY is the brilliant charity that helped my daughter Kate after she randomly had a cardiac arrest.  

Well we succeeded in doing all of the above and more, and I am delighted to announce that the total money raised for CRY was an amazing...

So thank you everyone for your generosity, this amount far exceeded all expectations. The raffle alone raised £246, and we ended up with 19 beautiful prizes on the day, all donated by UK miniaturist artisans and traders. Needless to say there were some very happy prize winners! 
The Large Barn
Huge thanks to absolutely everyone who made this all possible. That includes family and all my lovely friends who helped out in so many ways, from beginning to end. Plus all the wonderful stand holders who came, and of course all the visitors too! Many of the stand holders rank amongst the finest in the UK and would not normally come to a small event such as this, so I am extremely humbled that they came and helped to make this event even more special. 
The Small Barn
The weather was wet all day and truly awful, but those that braved the elements seemed to enjoy themselves, there were smiles all round.
The Thame Barns Centre is such a pretty and atmospheric setting, which helped to give the feeling that this fair was just that little bit special and different from the norm. 
My old mate Robin (now long retired from Coombe Crafts) did a fantastic job helping me on my KT Miniatures stand, and business was brisk.
Charlotte of Oxfordshire caterer Time For Tea and her assistant Sonn, did a fantastic job turning two of the smaller rooms into stunning Vintage Tea Rooms, complete with bunting, vintage china and of course, delicious food. The cakes in particular were to die for and proved rather popular with visitors! Charlotte kindly donated 10% of her profits made on the day to CRY.
This is just one of the many lovely raffle prizes which attracted much attention on the day, donated by stand holder Stokesay Ware. 

*Highlights of the day was to meet Alison and hubby, who came all the way from Australia. They had always wanted to come to a British dolls house fair and literally built their entire UK trip around coming to this fair!! 
Here is another gorgeous raffle prize that was donated by stand holder Victoria Fasken. 
*Then there was Norma who had lugged a big plastic carrier bag of small change she had been collecting for a long time, all the way from the east of England to give to CRY. There was well over £30 in that bag!

*And how about John of Onetwelfthscale, who after spending quite some time explaining to a customer how he had created the back panel of his Macintosh washstand, whipped out a separate panel that he called a "second" (although neither I or the visitor could see what was wrong with it) and insisted on giving it to the visitor free of charge, he simply refused to take any money for it. So the lady in question whipped out a £20 note and thrust it in my hand to give to CRY instead. 

This just about summed up the wonderful spirit of the day, it really was rather special. 

Although spare a thought for poor Trevor Cain of Dolls House Restoration, whose car had a blow out on the M25 en route...and by all accounts it was very scary indeed. Thankfully he was ok but sadly neither he or his car managed to reach us on the day. now it is all over and I had said from the beginning that this was to be a one off fair....but since last Saturday, I have had lovely messages and emails from stand holders and customers alike, to ask if I could do this all over again next year. All I can say at this moment of time is that I am considering we shall see:)

Thursday, 10 October 2019

Just a little taster of what to expect to find on KT Miniatures stand on Saturday.

Well everything is priced and packed, and ready for KT Miniatures' stand that will be at this Saturday's Vintage & Artisan Dolls House Fair. The event is taking place at Thame Barns Centre (Church Road, Thame, Oxfordshire OX9 3AJ) which is right next to the ancient church and opposite the old tithe barn. It has taken me literally months and months to organise, there are still a few more last minute chores that need to be done....then that will be it. It should be quite a gathering and a rather unique event, bringing together high quality miniaturist artisans as well as antique/vintage dolls house sellers. 

Here is a peek at just a weeny portion of antique and miniature items that will be on my KT Miniatures stand on Saturday. Everything is being sold on a first come, first serve basis and cannot be reserved before the event....sorry. What is not sold, will appear on my website over the following days after the event. 
c1920s Elgin furniture,  early 1900s Schneegas towel rail, antique metal fireplace....
One or two of the above antique pieces date as far back as late Victorian and early 1900s, plus the 1930s Pit-a-Pat beds have some authentic looking vintage style mattresses. 
In contrast there will be some 1960s retro furniture of various makes.  
 Large scale vintage cookers, as well as small scale will be on offer. 

These handmade items out of broken vintage bits and pieces, appeared on an earlier KT Miniatures post.
A bit of fun inspired by an old Honor Appleton illustration.
Various vintage Grecon dolls & Britains lead garden bits and bobs.  
All kinds of early 1900s glassware, German striped coloured glass, early 1900s  Gerlach metal items...and lots more!!! Including of course the good old KT Miniatures "rummaging crate" with vintage bargains galore, plus a couple of small vintage dolls houses, one being a Tri-ang. 

And lets not forget that there are 20 other stands too of some truly amazing miniature creations and antique/vintage treasures. Please note that sadly Liza Antrim has had to withdraw due to health problems, but CJ Miniatures have kindly stepped in at the last minute to take up the vacant spot. 

Just by coming on Saturday, you will be helping to support CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) as half of everyone's admission fee will be donated to this brilliant charity.

So why not come and join us all on Saturday and have a fabulous day out!!!

Full details can be found on the fair promotional page:

My old mate Robin Britton (now long retired from  Coombe Crafts) will be helping me out on my stand throughout the day, so if you do come along, please stop by our stand for a good old natter, it would be great to see you. We will be in the Large Barn but make sure you visit the Small Barn too down the wonderful beamed corridor where there are more stands plus the refreshment area. And if you wanted to take a breather while you are here with us, have a cup of tea and taste some of the goodies that will be on offer in the "Time For Tea" pop up vintage tea rooms. 

It is going to be fun, see you there!


Friday, 4 October 2019

Yay....Not Long To Go Now Until The Vintage & Artisan Dolls House Fair On 12th October!

Why not come and see us all at this very special and unique event in a few days time, on Saturday 12th October! There will be 21 truly wonderful miniaturist artisans and antique/vintage dolls house sellers. Many of them usually attend just the large national fairs, so I am extremely grateful for their support. It really will be a special day!
Some I have known for years, and some I only know by reputation but I thank them all for supporting this event.  For a full list of stand holders and further information, please see the promotional page, CLICK HERE.

What is CRY?

As organiser, KT Miniatures is donating 50% of any profit made from organising this event to this wonderful charity CRY. 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:
Reg. Charity No. 1050845

Grand Charity Raffle

There will be a Grand Raffle in aid of CRY, with some gorgeous miniature prizes already donated by UK miniaturists, some can be seen above.  Tickets will be priced at £1.00 and will only be available at the event. 

Vintage Tea Room
Plus....we will have a Vintage Tea Room provided by Time For Tea, and the owner Charlotte Cavanagh has pledged to donate 10% of all profit made on the day to the charity too. So a huge thank you to Charlotte!

The Venue - Thame Barns Centre

Thame Barns Centre is situated in the historic part of Thame, in Oxfordshire. It was built from the ruins of an old farm, right next to the 13th Century church and the old Grammar school, which dates back to the 15th century. Thame itself is a quaint old town, filled with some amazing award winning restaurants, shops, etc. and the Thame Museum is just literally around the corner from this venue. If you are a fan of Midsomer Murders, you will recognise many of the buildings as Thame has been used in the long running tv programme for years. 

PARKING. Please note that there is only limited and restricted parking at the venue, so it is highly recommended that you park down Priest End, which is the road that runs along the old church and Prebendal. And then simply take a shortcut through the churchyard to the Barns Centre (past Robin Gibb's grave from the BeeGees  - as he lived in the Prebendal on the other side of the road). Alternatively there are several car parks in the town centre, which are just a short walk away. More info about parking can be found on the promotional page:

Why am I supporting CRY?
Without warning one November night in 2017, my previously healthy daughter Kate suddenly collapsed from a cardiac arrest. To find out more about the girls who saved Kate's life -Click Here 

Thankfully she was part of the 8% who survive, when many are not so lucky. But once out of hospital, there seemed to be no support network geared up for young cardiac patients, then someone mentioned CRY to us. Through CRY Kate met other young people who had been through similar experiences as herself, and this helped her greatly. We have found CRY to be an amazing charity and brilliant at helping young people with cardiac conditions, plus their families.  Half of everyone's admission fee is being donated to CRY, so just by coming to the event you will be helping the charity. 


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.