Wednesday, 29 February 2012

At Last - Photos Of The 1/24th Scale Shed Prototype!

At long last, we can show you the completed 1/24th scale shed prototype for our next workshop - our first "all day" workshop based at Waterperry Gardens in Oxfordshire.

This has proved more challenging than the 1/12th scale, as we have been trying to find a way of making it easy for those of you who are undertaking this tiny project. Finally we have got it sorted. We think you will be pleased with it.
It is basically the same as the 1/12th scale but in comparison size wise like for like, it is slightly different ie. more space. The components offered will be the same, just different scale.
This smaller shed has been given an aged white painted finish with aged black door. On the day, attendees of the workshop will be given several choices of colour you will be able to tailor yours to your own requirements.
ONE SPACE has unexpectedly become available for a shed project (either scale), so if anyone would like to take up that last space at  The Little Old Garden Shed Workshop at Waterperry Gardens on March 25th.... please get in touch with either of us immediately.
 Celia & Robin


Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Catching Up...on a Lovely Day!!!

We've been talking about it for long enough, so you'll all know that we attended the Thame Dolls House and Miniatures Fair last Saturday, wearing both our KT Miniatures, Coombe Crafts AND Nostalgia in Miniatures hats!!

Felicity and Ron - who organized a most successful and enjoyable day, very kindly made available a table for us to display 'On a Cold and Frost Morning...after the night before' donated by us for a Sealed Bid Auction in aid of Breast Cancer Campaign. The winning bid by Michelle Rice was an amazing and generous £300.00 ...... so a huge 'thank you' to Michelle, to everyone else who also bid  and to Janet Kirkwood, Editor of Dolls House and Miniature Scene Magazine who commissioned it as a 'How To' project in the first place and promoted the auction. Our thanks to wonderful helpers from MTM - the Thame Club who also kept an eye on it (as it whizzed round happily on its little turntable)  while hosting the Tombola, Raffle and Sales Table too. It looks like the final total of monies raised for the charity is going to be terrific.

The fair itself was such a triumph - wall to wall outstanding U.K. artisans of such variety and standard. It does mean that if you're a standholder, and are busy (yes we were, thanks) it's hard to have a browse or say hello to friends - we needn't have worried - so many of our lovely Workshop ladies came to the fair and stopped to have a chat with both us and each other. It was just lovely, and we both enjoyed and appreciated the feedback, new ideas and giggles at past exploits and planning for new ones!! It was a very special day indeed.

Jennie has a great sense of humour - and talent - she's incorporated Robin's dolls into her 1/24th projects.

Now she just needs to make some marrows to go with the Marrow Plant Kit by Georgina Steed that she's made so well!!

Karen's 'Down the Little Garden Path' project - this is lovely - the foxgloves add a unique individual touch. It looks like a golden pumpkin in the cold frame and her pots are filled with plants.

Melanie's very accomplished Christmas workshop project - she's finished off the jumper and longjohns with tiny buttons and added a bag of coal to the coal bunker corner and is raring to go with lots of new ideas for the future we're told!!
As you can see from these photographs, each participant starts with the same kit and instructions on the day,  but then add their own  inspirtional touches, tweak and invent....for us this is what our workshops are all about. We use old techniques with a twist, our own new, individual and tested ones and really simple ordinary materials to show that with a little miniature imagination - whether you are a novice or experienced - anyone can do it!!

We're looking forward to 'The Little Old Garden Shed' at Waterperry Gardens on March 25th - the last in the 'Little Old Garden' series for now, and 'The Little Old Vintage Hall' on April 29th here in Thame at the Girl Guide Headquarters. Please note that we only have one more space available for the April workshop now. If you would like to take up that space, please get in touch with either of us asap.
Robin & Celia

Details of our Workshops can be found on our website - just click HERE

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Only 24 Hours Left To Bid Online In Our Charity Auction...Plus Some General Chit Chat!


Just to remind you that bidding will close tomorrow evening on Friday 17th February at 18.00pm GMT for all online bidding and postal votes. However, visitors to the Thame Dolls House & Miniatures Fair on Saturday 18th will be able to bid in person.

The whole auction closes at 3.00pm  Saturday and the Town Crier will announce the winning bid just after that time.

To say that we both have been busy lately is an understatement. With the now impending Thame Dolls House & Miniatures Fair on Saturday at Thame Leisure Centre, our final preparations for our "day job"....aka KT Miniatures and Coombe Crafts has had to take precedent over all else these past couple of weeks.

If anyone is coming to Thame on Saturday, both our stands are in the usual place (next to each other which is always handy) in the Main Hall at Stands No. 29 (Celia) and No 36(Robin). So do come along and say "hi" if you can, would be great to see you.

March All Day Workshop

Preparations for the March workshop at Waterperry Gardens have also been ongoing....kits etc are being prepared too. Can we please remind everyone who is booked on this workshop that your remaining balance is needed to reach us by February 25th. You should have received your information/directions etc. by now through the post. If you have not received yours, please get in touch with Robin or Celia immediately.

A list of items to bring on the day can be found on our website: CLICK HERE

NB. A space has become unexpectedly available for a 1/24th scale project at the March workshop - so if anyone would like to take up this space, please do get in touch with either of us immediately.