Moving Houses

We’ve just moved house right across the country from Wiltshire to Lincolnshire and I’m still unpacking boxes.  However, when you’re a miniaturist this involves packing and unpacking not just one house but two – or even more.

I’ve not unpacked the doll’s house yet but I did manage to take some photos before it was all packed up…

My Doll's House

Please excuse the mess – we are half way through moving houses

Front door of dolls house

The door is open – do you think there’s anyone in?

Doll's house kitchen window

…and there’s a light on in the kitchen – shall we have a peek?

dolls house kitchen

Ooh – it looks untidy, they must be moving too!


I’ve been included in a treasury!

I switched on my computer this morning to discover that one of my new items that I uploaded to my Etsy shop last week has been included in this lovely Halloween treasury created by BarnshopAntiques on Etsy:

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What a lovely start to the day!

As if I didn’t have enough projects on the go…

I fell in love with the Unicorn in Captivity tapestry when we saw it in Stirling Castle when we were on holiday and decided I wanted to try to make a miniature version (as you do).

It was easy enough to get an image from the guide book and to scan it into my design program, but that’s where the work started…

Unicorn in Captivity tapestry

The original image from the guide book

First draft of the design

The design so far

Because the background is so busy, the design software did the computer equivalent of blowing me a raspberry and translated all the flower colours into various shades of mud.  So now as well as all the normal tweaking and tidying up I’d expect to do, I’ve got to translate the various different muds into real colours to represent all the different flowers depicted.

The next time I have a bright idea… somebody stop me please!


(P.S. I’m not breaching copyright.  The guidebook was published under the Open Government Licence so I’m free to copy and adapt the image)

My dolls’ house

My computer died on me and I lost most of my older mini pictures last year so I’m going to have to take a lot of new ones.  However, in the mean time, here are some surviving photos of the house and various other bits and pieces:

The outside of the house - brand new

The house as it came fresh from the fair!

The inside of the new house

And here’s the inside of the untouched house

My first attempt at doll-making

My first attempt at doll-making

Second attempt at a doll

Second attempt at a doll

Adam carpet

Something I CAN do! An Adam-style carpet sewn at 22hpi on DMC thread. This was a kit from the Miniature Textiles Company at