Sunday, 6 April 2014

And the winner is .......

Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway, we had lots of entries from Facebook and my blog .
I hiope you like this little video of my grand daughters picking the winner from the "pirate chest " Congratulations  to the winner :)
Julie x

Monday, 31 March 2014

Pirate Ghost Doll Giveaway !

Every once in a while I totally indulge my imagination and make something weird and wonderful !

This Pirate Ghost was made in one of my indulgent moments and although he has been much admired he still hasn't found a home. Of course ,as most of my dolls end up living in dolls houses, you can see why it may be hard to find a place for him !

So I have decided I will give him away to anyone who has a vivid imagination and feels they can give him a good home.
If you think this is you then please enter the giveaway.
All you have to do is come up with a name for this Pirate. He was a Pirate Captain before his ship hit rocks and was sunk. He was half eaten by piranha fish before he drowned in his valiant struggle to swim to shore. ( this is why he has no lips and his teeth and some skull are visible )
Now he stands guard for eternity by his sunken treasure chest. The wooden chest is filled with treasure and set on a base decorated with sand, coral and real seashells. I carved a half a ships wheel to set in the sand and there are the remnants of the jolly roger flag behind the chest.

To enter simply comment on this blog, or leave a comment on my FB page telling me what you think the Pirate Ghost should be named .
The winner will be drawn  on Sunday 6th April , good luck !
Julie xxx

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Downton Abbey dolls , Spring Miniatura

I'm looking forward to Spring Miniatura at the Birmingham NEC this weekend .
I have been working on some Downton Abbey inspired dolls for my table.

Anna is one of my favourite characters so I really enjoyed making my miniature version !

I couldn't make Downton characters without making the Dowager herself Violet Crawley  .

Lady Mary was another  must make .

I have a lot of other characters on my table , so I hope if you are visiting you will pop over to my table and see all my new dolls .
This weekend is also Mothers day , and I am delighted that I will be able to spend it with my daughter as she is my helper for the weekend :)
My daughter  has made some wonderful little toys that will be on my table , her work is incredibly fine and tiny and I am the proud owner of some of her miniatures.
If you wont be at the show I hope to post some pictures on my return.
Julie x

Saturday, 18 January 2014

First new doll of 2014

I'm finally getting back into the swing of things after the holidays and am enjoying bringing some of my ideas to life .
It's a while since I last made an old wizard , this one has a rather accident prone apprentice boy  but he isn't quite finished yet ......

It always takes a little while to get back into practise , and what better way to practise than with a lovely old wrinkled face and gnarled old hands.
I love the way this wizard turned out !

This year I plan to make most of my dolls accessories.  I made some aged scrolls on parchment paper for my wizard, and also a snake headed walking stick for him to lean on.
This old fellow will be on my table  at Miniatura this spring.
Julie xxx

Monday, 13 January 2014

I think I can ......

Happy New Year !
A little late I know , but time has slipped away too fast already .
2014 is shaping up to be a busy year for me, but I have been planning and making changes and now I think I can fit everything in .....
I closed my order book a few months ago and am still busy catching up with commission work so as yet I have no plans to take on any more orders.
However I will be exhibiting at Miniatura, KDF, 1 zu 12 show Germany and the Autumn DHN show in the Netherlands this year and have some exciting ideas for new dolls which will be for sale at the shows.
Once I have honoured my commission work I hope to be selling more regularly from my Etsy shop and previewing some of the dolls for sale there here on my website.
So with all the fairs, commissions and etsy shop I will be making quite a few dolls this year , luckily I have a head full of ideas and just need to find the time to turn those ideas into dolls. I think I can.....
Amidst all the planning , I still found a little time over the holidays for my own hobbies .
As some of you know I am a collector as well as a maker and  have a blog dedicated to my miniature toy shop .

I have been making plans for that too !  I didn't get much further than planning and re arranging the window displays but one of my plans is to keep weekends free so I can indulge in my hobby and just maybe I will finish work on the upstairs rooms in the toyshop this year.

I couldn't resist fitting a doll somewhere in this post, so I leave you with Uncle Mort, proprietor of Trimble's Toy Emporium, who is patiently waiting for me to finish work on his bedroom , den and worshop. If you would like to visit my toy shop blog there is a link in the sidebar or go to

Julie xxx

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Merry Christmas to all

 Its almost time to close the book on another busy year ! But before we can do that there is Christmas to celebrate !
 I made this Santa's Workshop vignette for Kensington festival and he sold very quickly !

Santa may be napping but his wee elves have everything under control to make sure all the good boys and girls recieve their presents this year !

I would like to thank everyone who has followed my blog this year, visited my table at shows and bought dolls from me.
 I recently combined my blog and website and I hope you all like it as much as I do . 
Thanks for bearing with me , its taken a while to organise as I've been very busy in the shed making new characters but its almost done, just a  few more galleries to add .
My order book is still fit to burst so I wont be taking any commissions for the forseeable future but I have a number of shows lined up for the new year. I have just updated the Shows page with details .
I also hope to have some new dolls in my Etsy shop after the holidays so see the Etsy page for details.
I'd like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas  and Happy holiday season !
julie xxx

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Count Down to Xmas begins with Kensington Dolls House Festival !

November has begun and my countdown to Xmas always starts after my birthday on the 1st .
Santa is busy counting the good boys and girls, and I am busy counting the days till the Xmas Kensington Festival on November 30th , when I really begin to feel xmassy :)

This particular santa sold at the Apeldoorn fair last month , but I am busy working on a very special Santa who will be on ,my table at Kensington.

I will also have a Santa in my Etsy shop today,  for those that cant make it to the shows !
Apeldoorn fair was very good for me and I sold lots of dolls so have spent the last few weeks beavering away in the shed making new dolls . As yet I havent had a chance to take photographs but I have quite a festive theme running through my display so if you are coming to the festival be sure to pop along and say hello . I hope my new dolls will bring a smile to your face  !
julie xxx

Friday, 18 October 2013

Getting ready for DHN Show, Apeldoorn and a new court jester !

It has been a busy few months in the shed , and I have hardly popped my head out for air !
Next weekend though I will be getting out and about, I am excited to be exhibiting for the very first time at the DHN show in Apeldoorn, Netherlands.

I have been busy making new characters for the show, I was at Autumn Miniatura last month and had a wonderful show, so there has been a lot of re stocking to do.
It was lovely to see some of you there, I think everyone was having a great time  :)
For Apeldoorn I have made some very colourful characters. This court jester is one of my favourites !

Those of you who are familiar with the wonderful work of Norman Rockwell will see I have been very inspired by one of his illustrations !
Although I have used the pose and the glum expression I decided not to make a copy, but rather to use my imagination and create my own characters . This Jester and his Marotte were a delight to make , and of course I have dressed them in my favourite colours too !
He doesnt look too thrilled about his trip abroad next weekend , but I am sure it will cheer him up !
Julie xxx

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Merlin - A Magical Medieval Commission

I  have been rather caught up in a very special commission for the last few weeks.
I haven't been on facebook much, havent had much time to blog and in fact have hardly left the shed !
A lovely customer of mine decided some months ago to create a project based on the BBC television series " Merlin" and I was delighted when she asked me to recreate seven of the characters in 12th scale miniature form.
Finally I can unveil them , I think they are worth all the hard work over the last few weeks and I hope those of you reading this who have also watched the tv series will enjoy seeing my versions of the characters !

The Great Dragoon
King Uther
Arthur and Guinevere
The whole group all together
I am looking forward to seeing these dolls when they are settled in to their new setting.
It has been very enjoyable working on this group and now I am  busy working on some dolls for my next show which will be Miniatura in Birmingham in just 4 weeks time .... this summer I have mostly been in my shed but at least i have been having fun there :)
julie x 

Friday, 2 August 2013

Two little witch girls

It may only be August, but my mind is firmly fixed on the Autumn shows and lately I have been thinking about Hallowe'en
These two little country witches wouldnt scare anyone, but they are very cute  !

Both these little ones were just 4 inches tall without their hats. Like most of my dolls they have poseable arms and legs and each coms with a discreet display stand.
Both little witches will be for sale on my table at Miniatura this September.
julie x

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Sometimes you have to kiss a lot of frogs....

There have been changes happening lately as some of you may have noticed. As the old saying goes , ssometimes you need to kiss a lot of frogs to find your prince, and this applies to the world of the internet as well as in the real world !
Some of you may be surprised to have landed here after typing in my website address, and others may have noticed the changes I am gradually making to the blog. In short after trying out a number of web hosts over the years and always being short on time to actually update both my website and my blog I have finally combined the two !
I feel this combines the best of both worlds, as on my website there will be galleries of my work and I can showcase my new work on the home page .
There is a page dedicated to my etsy shop where you can purchase dolls and miniatures , one to let you know which shows I will be exhibiting at so you can plan a visit , and once I finish updating things there will be a page showing where I work and a little about how I make my dolls .
Of course there will be  more gallery pages for you to browse to your hearts content , it will just take a few days for me to upload all my gallery pictures.
A big thank you to those of you who have followed the blog despite my erratic posting , and I hope those of you who have visited my website previously will not be dissapointed with the new layout.
I would love your feedback so please leave a comment and if you have any suggestions for pages you would like to see I would love to hear them ,
julie xxx

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Alice grows up !

Despite our unexpected British heatwave I have been busy in the shed working on some new dolls for the Autumn shows.  Its always the case that I spend the winter months sculpting Spring and Summer dolls and the summer months sculpting Halloween themed dolls and Santa Claus ! 
One thing I love to make all year round are marottes. Playing around with the clay I created an ever so cute White Rabbit marotte and couldnt resist making a Mad Hatter to go with him .
Of course this got me into a Wonderland frame of mind and I realised I had never made an older Alice doll.

This Alice is almost, but not quite, grown up.  sweet sixteen but still believes in fairytales and other worlds that may lie just behind the looking glass.......

I hope you like my latest creation !
I also hope you like the new look blog, I have finally got round to tweaking it a bit and will be adding some new gallery pages soon.
julie xxx