Back to the study

His Lordship’s study is coming along. Here’s what it looks like now:

I like the way the mantle came out, though I still need a portrait to go above it. The mantle scarf is made from some lace my lovely friend and co-worker, Bambi. She’s a crafter herself, though not a miniaturist.

Choosing wall art has been very difficult. I want dark images, but not necessarily weird or creepy ones. And there is a LOT of wall space to cover.

When I was well into this project, I decided it needed more rugs, so it stitched this one:

It looks pretty good in front of the bookcase.

Of course, now I feel like I need another rug for near the desk, I tried this one, but it really doesn’t work:

I’m not really feeling like stitching another rug, but I might have to. Also, I want to build a stand with records for the phonograph.

I’m not sure why I keep writing this blog, as I have zero followers, but maybe there are some people who like to read it.

Enjoy your weekend!


And the Bathroom is Done!

I finished up the finishing touches on the bathroom today. The high light, in my opinion is the tiny clothes I made to go on the chair. Here they are, tiny robe, undergarments and slippers.

Unfortunately, the bathrobe didn’t look quite right in the room so I decided to leave it out. Here are the other items on the chair.

The chemise and knickers are made from this handkerchief.

Vintage handkerchief’s make great material for miniatures because the cloth is so thin and fine. I used to feel bad about cutting up vintage items, but then I realized that I could purchase them for less than a dollar a piece. Any valuable handkerchiefs would be more expensive. I used the same handkerchief to make a basket of towels that I put on the bottom shelf of the washstand.

Last, but not least, i added some details to the hip bath, including a wash cloth, rose shaped soap and a mug for tea.

Stepping away from the library.

The ripperologist’s library was rapidly becoming a CASITAS (crafter speak for CAn’t Stand IT Another Second), so I put it aside for a little while to work on a tiny bathroom. I’ve had such fun doing it that I am almost finished and haven’t written a post about it yet.

I started with a small display stand by Reuter Porzellan that I purchased from Minimum World. I thought the blue stripes it had on the back drop would be good for a bathroom.

However, to my dismay, when it arrived it was only striped on one side and there was no way to cover the writing on the striped side. I decided to use some of my fancy paper to cover the display. I chose a soft blue damask paper I bought at Joann’s.

It came from this pad:

For this project, which is in 1:12 scale, I was able to purchase several unfinished wood pieces. The window frame cam from Hobby Lobby (not my first choice for shopping, but Michael’s and Joann’s have basically stopped selling miniatures and uncommon charms), the washstand came from Minimum World, and the chair came from Dollar Tree.

I decoupaged the washstand and chair with Victorian illustrations I found online.

Then came the fun part: adding the details. The photos for the left side of the window are printed on card stock and placed in frame charms by Tim Holtz designs. The tassel is yet another charm and the cameos on the wall are more. The mirror was meant to be a pendant.

I made the curtains from an organza bag (8 for $1 at Dollar Tree). I pulled out the ribbon draw strings and cut the bag in half. The curtain rod, made from a painted bamboo skewer, fit into the gusset for the ribbon ties. I then used one ribbon tie to make the curtain tie backs, and I used the other to hang the silhouettes on the left of the window. Outside the window is a view of London.

I purchased the little hanging plant at The Yarmouth Antiques Center. It looks just perfect there.

The wash stand holds a toiletries tray, made from a flower shaped cabochon frame. The bottles are made from assorted beads with actual miniaturized vintage labels. The hand mirror is another charm, and there is a wash stand and basin from Minimum World.

I also added a floor vase, with tiny pink flowers. The flowers were meant to go in resin jewelry, but the are the perfect size for a miniature.

So here’s how it looks so far:

This a tentative placement for the furnishings. I still need to finish the bathrobe and lingerie set I am working on, and I need a basket with towels and other sundries. Plus I might make some kind of toiletry basket with soap and a washcloth to put with the hip bath.

Forget the books.

I decided the book boxes were too confining and too flimsy for use as a container for the ripper-ologist’s library. I still plan to use the same wallpaper and trim, but the boxes themselves had to go. This is why I’m not a fan of working in 1:12 scale. The pieces become too big, and I know how ironic that sounds considering this is a “miniature”

There are worlds within books.

Hi! It’s been a while, I know, but work on the Ripperologist’s library continues. It has been relocated from the temporary staging area into it’s final home, which is a large book shaped box. Actually two book shaped boxes. I bought these papier-mâché ones from Joann’s and took the cover off one and the back off the other and glued them together. I then covered them with extremely expensive paper I bought at the Paper Source. (Side note: why does the “Paper Store” call itself that when it doesn’t actually sell paper?). Anyway, here are the boxes:

They look pretty good, but I forgot to take a photo.

Next, the interior walls. The floor is “parquet” I got from Pinterest. I covered them with open stock paper in a pale yellow, with slightly darker patterning. The paper is 12”x12”, which is slightly shorter than the interior of the box.

Since the wall paper was a little short, I needed to add a border. I found a great on for free on Jennifer’s Printables. Technically the border is Regency Period, but it is no great leap to assume it would be in place for years.

That left the room looking a little plain for a Victorian study so I decided I needed wall paneling, which I also found on Pinterest:

They look pretty real and look good with the floor.

That’s all for now. Next up is the ceiling and a chandelier.

Extra, Extra! Read all about it!

I have most of the main pieces created for the library, so I needed a theme for the embellishments. Originally, I intended to make the occupant an explorer, traveling the world, shooting big game, but that felt kind of obvious and overdone, so I needed another idea. I wanted something dark and different, something to compliment the other pieces I have done. When I looked into the period I realized that there were four defining events of the period:

1) The sinking of the Titanic.

2) The Chicago World’s fair.

3) H.H. Holmes

4) Jack the Ripper.

Honestly, I really wanted to do the Titanic, but the only way I could really bring it into the room would be to have a newspaper lying on the desk. I felt similarly about the Chicago World’s Fair. Maybe my occupant would be an architect and have some plans for the fair, but not many people have an interest in if and the nuances might escape many. H.H. Holmes, the serial killer operating in Chicago in the 1890s was a real temptation. I thought, at first that this would be perfect. I could set up a desk with designs for the murder castle and his weird “kiln”. However, that case was solved and wasn’t really recognized in the media until it was solved, so it seemed less likely that someone who was not a detective would have been thinking much about the case.

That left Jack the Ripper. So I have begun turning my library into the library of a Ripperologist. First thing I needed was newspapers and evidence, and there is a wealth of examples online.

The newspapers were the most time consuming as I wanted them to be double sided.

I started by googling Jack the Ripper newspapers 1888 images and found plenty of scanned online archives. I did image grabs of the ones I wanted and put them in a Pages document (I’m an Apple user). I then found an image of an internal newspaper page and added that to my Pages document. I then resized and lined up a cover page and 3 internal pages.

The images on the right are other Ripper evidence. I hate to waste paper

That was easy enough. I then added another page to my document and lined up end pages and in reverse order on the opposite side of the page. All images are 0.5” from the side and 1 inches from the top of the page.

I then printed page 1, flipped the paper over and printed page 2. The second page lined up precisely with the first and I ended up with perfectly lined up double sided newspapers. The last step was to cut them out and fold them. They look great, I think.

Tiny Tiger Skin Rug.

I have finally completed the stitching on the tiger skin rug. I want to stress that I did not design this pattern. It is from this book by Venus Dodge:

I did modify it in a few ways. Against the instructions in the book, I used full cross stitches instead of half cross stitches and did the stitching with two strands of floss instead of three. I also wanted mine to be slightly smaller than the one in the book so I used 28 count evenweave instead of the suggested 23 count coin net. Last but not least, I used slightly different colors because they were what I had on hand. I started stitching him during the worst of the quarantine so I had to work with what Inhad in the house. Despite these little adjustments, I think the end product is pretty good. Here is the completed stitching:

Obviously, I can’t put him in the miniature library as is, he needs finishing. First I had to cut away the extra fabric:

Next, we need to fold in and glue the edging of fabric. This has two purposes. Firstly, it keep the fabric from unraveling, and secondly, it makes a nice neat edge to the stitching. So we flip him over and start gluing.

Here, his sides have been glued
More edges glued in place.
And here we are, all ready for the library.

So that’s the latest for the library.


It’s been a while.

Between work, working out, and family issues I haven’t had time for posting here. I really haven’t been working on miniatures much. I finished Pumpkin House. It is currently on the shelf at my desk at work. Here are some photos:

I have been working on His Lordship’s Library. The bookshelf is nearly finished:

I plan to put decorative plates in the open spaces and perhaps add candlesticks on either side of the photo.

Also, the tiger skin rug nears completion. This one is hard to document because the progress is extremely slow. Anyone who does needlework will understand. There is still several days work to do, not including the finishing.

I’m still waiting for a shipment from the UK which contains the container for this particular scene. I hope it comes soon, because I can’t go much further without it. I need to know what kind of space I have before I can decide what goes in it.

That’s about it for now, except I decided to abandon using song lyrics for post titles. It started off fun, but now it seems tedious, so I’m stopping. Good night.

And I wonder wonder wonder wonder who made the book of…tiny.

Pumpkin House is finished but for one piece and as soon as I figure out what is missing and how to make it, I will do so and post the photos. In the meantime, I have begun work on what I am currently calling “His Lordship’s Study” which will be a companion piece to “My Lady’s Laboratory” and shall be a Victorian explorer’s study, complete with a tiger skin rug, which I have been working on sporadically since over the last several months.

Today I started on the bookcase which I purchased on a whim from I’ve heard many people complain that they didn’t get what they thought they were getting from Wish, but I’ve learned to carefully read the descriptions of the items before I buy. Largely due to this, I have never been disappointed. Anyway, back to the bookcase. Here it is:

Of course, the first thing a book case needs is books. For this I went to my trusty Pinterest board and found some free printables. I found a great selection of antique book covers on Maria’s Minis. Here are the jackets, all cut out:

Since these books are going to be shelved, they don’t need actual pages, so I used my Cricut to cut rectangles out of chipboard. It took an hour and a half for it to cut out sixty little 1.2 by 1.7 cm rectangles:

When glued to the jackets, I got this lovely little pile today of books for my Victorian study:

Of course, I shall have to make many more to fill the shelves. I also spent a little time going through my stores to see what else might be appropriate for this scene and came up with several possibilities. What do you think:

You gotta work yo jelly…

So, we are coming down to the wire on Pumpkin House. This piece came together pretty quickly, but I credit that largely to being able to leave the house during this build.

I wound up putting the doors back on the cabinet and I’m determining the final placement of the furniture and accessories inside.

Here’s my current planned layout:

The top of the fireplace and of course the table are not finished yet. I have been working on the table. Some pear jelly is currently being prepared on it:

The goo in the cauldron is made from Mod Podge and pearlescent yellow food coloring. You can see the cutting board and tiny knife, too. The knife is made from the tip of a toothpick and part of a brass fastener (the kind that one uses to bind documents without a three ring binder). Here’s the whole table with cutting board and crock of sugar: