Thursday, 29 September 2016

Miniatura 1st and 2nd October 2016

 Once again its time for the first of the Autumn shows !
I always love to exhibit at Autumn Miniatura which is held at the NEC in Birmingham 1st and 2nd October.

 It has been a very busy summer for me and I havent had as much time as I would like to photograph all of the new dolls I have created for the show.
There are characters to suit every scene 
These are just a few of my favourite and more unusual characters !
If you are visiting the show pop by and say hello , there are more little characters waiting to greet you on my table !

Julie x

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Doll days of Summer....

August 6th and the dog days of summer are almost over.....
I have been a little less productive than usual of late and blaming the dog days and a need for a rest after the Spring shows.
Ive just realised my Kensinton Festival post didn't actually publish so apologies for anyone who had been looking forward to the preview, it was a great show as always .
Here are a couple of the characters who came along to the show with me and sold there



After the show I went on a trip to Paris with my friend Jain  to visit the S.I.M.P show which was a real treat . Lovely to visit a show as a customer and get to talk to everyone and admire all the artisans work .
I came home inspired by my visit to France and the first doll I made was this old ghost who I named The Ghost of Versailles after the opera of the same name whose costumes were also a great inspiration to me.
The summer months are a time when I can concentrate on commission work and I have been working my way through the order book.
This Regency couple were a lot of fun to create. My customer wanted me to model them on the British actors Pete Postlethwaite and Kathy Burke  !
Now that we are into August the preparation has began in earnest for the Autumn shows so I will post some preview photos over the next few weeks ,
Julie x

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Spring has arrived along with some new characters !



Spring has finally arrived and it has been lovely in the shed being able to work with sun streaming through the windows !
I have a few more characters to preview before Miniatura, the first of the Spring shows





The Dowager needs no introduction ! I am a  fan of  Downton Abbey and have enjoyed recreating some of the characters over the last few years. This is my new Dowager and she will be available at Miniatura alongside Mrs Patmore.

Another favourite character is Miss Marple and this is my version of her as played by the wonderful actress Margaret Ruttherford



I really enjoyed making this litte lady , I also made her hat and handbag !


 
The old fisherman is a character from my imagination.  He would look wonderful sitting outside a fishermans cottage or a pub !
Of course he would happily sit anywhere so would loo just as good reading his newspaper in a comfy chair or perhaps sitting at the kitchen table .


All these dolls will be at Miniatura.
I have had an incredibly busy start to the year so I am now closing my order book .
I am booked up well into 2017 so I wont be taking any more orders until I have honoured all outstanding ones.
I will post here and on my facebook page if and when I am able to take on more orders.
In the mean time I will be listing in my Etsy shop between shows and you can purchase directly from me at Miniatura this Spring and Autumn and at the  Kensington Dolls House festival in May and at the  Christmas show
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Friday, 4 March 2016

Spring is in the air which means its almost Miniatura time again !


It's almost time for the first of the big Spring shows here in the U.K. so as always it's a busy time .
As soon as the first snowdrops and crocus start to bloom  then you know I will  be spending long hours in the shed working on new dolls. 
It's a real hive of industry in there with doll parts waiting to be assembled and fabrics waiting to be cut and sewn into tiny costumes !

These two witches are ready and can't wait for the show ! 
I just wish one of them could cast a spell to tidy up my messy shed . 
As you can see one has been helping me with the costuming ..... she has done a wonderful job darning her stocking ! Now if the other can just sweep her broom across the floor it would be a real help !
Miniatura will be held at Birmingham NEC 2nd and 3rd of April .
I will have a lovely selection of new characters there and I hope there will be something for everyone . There will be witches , some Downton Abbey inspired characters , some modern characters and even some pumpkin people .
  I hope you can come along to the show , it's well worth a visit.
I will preview a few more characters here before the show so watch out for those.
Julie x


Thursday, 17 December 2015

Merry Christmas !


It's the most wonderful time of the year , and for me and most of us one of the busiest times.
I am putting the finishing touches to the last of the years orders and soon it will be time to take stock of the year and get ready for the new one !
I would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and say Thank You to everyone who has supported me this year .

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Thank you, it was a great show !

Just wanted to say a big "Thank You " to everyone who came along to Miniatura show at the NEC .
I had a great time, its always lovely to meet customers old and new and of course to catch up with good friends. 
This sleeping grandpa witth his playful young grandchildren was with me at Miniatura :)

My next show will be Kensington Xmas Festival in London , December 5th
I will post some preview pictures here and hope to see you at the show !
Julie x

Monday, 28 September 2015

Ready for the show ! Autumn Miniatura 3rd and 4th October 2015

 It's been all go in the shed for the last few weeks getting ready for the first of the Autumn shows !
 Autumn Miniatura is at the NEC , Birmingham on 3rd and 4th of October 
These are just a few of the new dolls I have been working on for the show
 I always look forward to exhibiting at Miniatura,  its lovely to meet up with fellow artisans and friends and meet customers old and new .
As a miniature collector myself its also a chance for me to shop and I always try to come home with some new and very special item for my own collection, which makes the weekend even more fun !
If you are visiting the show please come along and say hello , My table is number D11
Hope to see you there !
Julie x

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Christmas in August ? Oh, go on then !

Okay, so its August, the sun is shining and the children still havent gone back to school after the long summer break.
So what have we here ? Yes Mrs Santa Claus busily darning some rather large boot sized socks for dear old Santa Claus !
 It might still feel like summer but I am busy preparing for the Autumn / Winter shows and I always like to have at least one Christmassy doll at each of them.
This old dear will be packed away into a box now ready for Autumn Miniatura ( Birmingham NEC October 3rd and 4th ) but couldnt resist taking her photo to share with you before putting her away .
Its going to be a busy few weeks leading up to the show but I will post a few more sneaky previews before the big weekend arrives !
Julie x

Monday, 15 June 2015

The Mad Hatter's Work of Art

 One of the highlights of spring on my calendar is the Kensington dollshouse festival which is held each May.
This year was no exception and it was a wonderful show !
It was so nice to meet old friends and customers and make new ones too , I sold almost all the dolls on my table and will now be very busy making new dolls for the Autumn shows.
 This year there was a special event at the show , the Perfection in Miniature Awards. 
We were encouraged to make something a little different to showcase our skills and these photos are of my entry , The Mad Hatter's work of art.

 It really was fun to take part and it was wonderful to see all the amazing entries.
 I think all of us agreed that the winning entries were very well deserved  with first place going to the tiniest most perfect swiss army knife by Laurence and Angela St.Leger,
The entries can be seen on the shows website www.dollshousefestival.com

 I  have always loved drawing and painting. The picture with the hatter is my first miniature painting, and hopefully not my last ,  and is based around the song the Mad Hatter sang for the Queen of Hearts in " Alice's adventures in Wonderland" , Twinkle Twinkle Little Bat !
 Now I  have some time between shows , my next two will be Miniatura in October 2015 and Kensington Xmas Festival in December 2015.
Time to work on commissions and take a little time out to enjoy the summer !
julie x

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Spring Miniatura , Birmingham NEC , March 28th and 29th 2015

Spring Miniatura is fast approaching and as always I am busy creating new characters and getting ready for the first show of the year .

 Here are just a few of the dolls who will be on my table .

  If you are visiting the show then please come along and say hello ! There will be many more characters there to meet you from many Eras and walks of life .

 Hope to see you there !

Julie x

Friday, 30 January 2015

Angelina Jolie as Maleficent in miniature !

  Most of the last week has been spent working on my miniature Maleficent. She was commissioned by a customer but was already on my list of "must make" dolls so I was delighted to work on her !
 Maleficent stands around 6 inches tall , although her horns add a little extra height. She is sculpted from polymer clay over a metal armature . Angelina has such beautiful strong features I really enjoyed trying to get her likeness into the clay .
It was a challenge to recreate her cloak in miniature without swamping the doll but I am pleased with the way it turned out, the fine silk I used made the job a little easier !
I'm not sure what the life size Angelina would think, but I really enjoyed working on the miniature one :)
julie xxx

Sunday, 25 January 2015

I'm late....I'm late.....

Just like the white rabbit I am rushing around declaring  " I'm late ! I'm late ! "  So I would like to very belatedly wish everyone a Happy New Year !
I am just getting back into the swing of things after extended  holidays and am busy working on commission orders now and of course new characters for the next miniatures fair.
I have  updated the pages on this site today with new photographs and also the dates for this years fairs .
The first of the UK fairs is Miniatura in Birmingham at the end of March. As always I will be previewing dolls for the show here so watch out over the coming weeks to see some new characters.
Please check out the newly updated Fairs page to see dates for all fairs.
Julie xx