Friday, 24 May 2013

Isolation and Inspiration


Damn, I am so bad at keeping this blog updated. It's not for lack of things to say, or because I've been idle. The days just seem to fly by. It's unnerving.

April and May were one huge blur of activity. I spent some time chilling in the Highlands of Scotland. My older Sister celebrated another Birthday...yeah she has one EVERY year! Happy Birthday Tracey. My sister-in-law, who has waited an inordinately long time to become a parent, gave birth to a teeny-weeny 5 pound 5 ounce little bundle of gorgeousness. Welcome to the world Lewis. And my oldest Sister will soon be celebrating her Birthday. Happy Birthday Lesley!  
Like I said, a blur.
Talking of days just whizzing by, today my assistant Ming-the-Merciless retired and I'm beside myself with grief. Is it too much to ask that he work on for another 18 years until I retire? Apparently so. People can be so selfish can't they? Seriously though, I wish him all the very best that life has to offer. Bye-Bye Johnny, I'll miss you.

Okay so back to my happy place.

I often revisit miniatures that I've made and try to make them better. It's rarer than rocking horse poo for me to be completely satisfied with something first time around. If you're under the illusion that I make miniatures start to finish without moments of angst/insecurity/difficulty then think again. At times the air is blue with frustration.

So the radio I was working on for Ming got a revamp. I  think it looks more 'Cathedral radio'-esque than before and of course I love chucking a working light in here and there.


It's still not finished dagnabbit. The lamp in the radio, which is a filament grain of wheat bulb, gives off a lovely realistic glow when connected to a 12v battery. However, when the thing is plugged into a dollhouse circuit (12v still), the light is too bright. I need to dampen the luminance down a bit which can only be achieved by putting resistance onto the wiring or inhibiting the transparency of the bulb. Ho-hum.

Another thing I wanted to try and have deeply admired for a long time is living edge furniture. I found a fabulous seller on Etsy who sells slices of wood (he sells them as bookmarks), that are just the right thickness for mini table tops and work surfaces. I bought some spalted ash which has an amazing grain to it. It almost looks like marble.

Spalted Ash and Walnut

Could this be described as modern? Modern rustic? I don't know but I love the look of it.

I also revisited the jigsaw puzzle. A puzzle it was because I hadn't contemplated how it would be packaged. Say for instance I was doing a giveaway (damn, I think a giveaway is well over due on here) Anyway, so could you imagine sending 500 individual pieces in a box and the sort of reception it would get at the other end...'Thanks for nothing, you sadist. I'll spend the rest of my life trying to piece this together *@)£%^'...or words to that effect. Then inspiration struck. When the pieces are cut I carefully put low tack masking tape on the back. This means you get it already made up but could remove the pieces you wanted.



It works really well. The backing makes the jigsaw pliable so that you can get at the pieces with a pair of tweezers. Another thing off my to-do list.

Last but not least I've made a concerted effort to pull together a scene for Minimodernas Anniversary Contest I've made a few things. Some from my to-do/to-try list which, by the way, never seems to get any shorter.
It's amazing, considering the huge amount of miniatures I buy and receive from mini friends, that I didn't have a whole room that went together. I'll show you a few of the things I made but not reveal the whole scene before I send it to Rosa.

It started with making a perspex, pop together chandelier. I loved how the light shines through the facets of the plastic.


I don't know what led me onto the next thing. My mind often wanders from one random thing to another but I finally got around to making an Ikea 'Poang' chair. Well it's not an exact replica but close enough for me.


 I hope to have the whole thing done and photographed by Monday. Thank goodness for Bank Holiday weekends huh?

Well I had better get on with it.

Have a great weekend all

Pepper =0)









34 comments:

  1. Love that piece of wood! That would be perfect for the cabin I am making. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Audra and no problem =0)

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  2. Seriously, that Poang chair is awesome!!!! So is the chandelier (really? pop together?) and the live edge wood desk/table.

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    1. Hi M4M, I'm trying out ways of making flat-packed items. The chandelier works with a load of tabs that, if you get it right, hold onto each other with no glue.

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  3. Love that spalted ash table! Thanks for the info for that. Also, the Poang chair is quite awesome. :)

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    1. Thanks Linda. Yeah that wood is lovely =0)

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  4. I am sorry about your friend retiring. I hope his retirement means you get to spend time with him without work getting in the way. You really are one amazing, terrifically talented lady! Not only do you come up with fabulous creations, but each one is meticulously finished. Your chandelier isn't pasted together, it snaps together, your jigsaw puzzle is an actual puzzle, your table is realistically, beautifully rustic, and the radio will light up! I have that radio, thanks to CM and you, it is perfect! Yet, you won't think it's finished until it plays 1930s music and detective dramas, right? Hmmm, where is that time machine that sends you back to the eras you recreate? Amazing!

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    1. Hi Neen, thank you and yes, I will still endeavour to get music out of that radio ha-ha

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  5. Hello Pepper, I love that spalted ash table, it is awesome! Your Poang chair and the chandelier are beautiful, well done!
    The jig saw puzzle is fantastic as the radio are all pieces of amazing work :D!!
    I hope you're well?
    Hugs, Ilona

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    1. Thanks IIona, I'm feeling on top of the world at the moment. Hugs right back at you =0)

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  6. Congratulations on becoming an Aunt! I really love the ash table and Poang chair!!!!! Beautiful work.

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    1. Thank you Isabelle. I get to spoil my nephew rotten now =0)

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  7. Dear Pepper!
    The radio remind me of rge one my grand parents had- theirs came from Germany in the thirties.... The chandelier and chairs are great!
    All the best
    Neomi

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    1. Thanks Neomig, hope you are well =0)

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  8. Wow, the chandelier is great. Looks easy to make, but I know that must not be true. I was glad to read a lot of your life and I'm looking forward to seeing more of your miniature work. best wishes and greetings from germany.

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    1. Hi Oese, the chandelier just takes a bit of patience but it is easy to put together. Hugs =0)

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  9. The radio light makes it look so real! And I love the chandelier...I have more traditional ones in my French house, but you can never go wrong with some kind of big, sparkling light source.

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    1. Hi Anna,
      I do love those large modern lights =0)

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  10. WOW! I wish wish wish I could buy a miniature Poang chair, all these items are fabtastic.

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    1. Hi Elbey, I often wonder why Ikea didn't delve into the world of dollhouse. It would be so cool to have replicas of all of their designs. Maybe one day...=0)

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  11. I like everything, but the spalted ash table is amazing. The chair looks very comfortable.
    Bye, Faby

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  12. Wow pepper you always seem to amaze me just when I thing you have made all the thing you could you simply come up with another stunning item (or two!) I can only wish I will become as talented as you one day!

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    1. Thanks Mandy, you're very kind. You are extremely talented already and make amazing miniatures =0)

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  13. Pepper. I struggle with how to say how amazing you are in a different way each time. So---today I'll say it in Google Italian: "sei così dannatamente impressionante!"

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    1. Aww thank you sweets. You know us British are no good with compliments...my stiff upper lip is all wobbly now =0)

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  14. I love the spalted ash table! And what a clever solution for the puzzle :-)

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    1. Thank you Rebecca. I'm glad you like them =0)

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  15. Hello Pepper,
    First of all congratulations to the birthday girls and the baby!
    What a great post! I just love the ash wood and I adore the chandelier you made. I look forward to seeing the roombox. The radio is fantastic! I am sorry about the loss of your assistant...the nerve of him ;)
    Big hug,
    Giac

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    1. Hello sweet Giac,
      thank you so much =0)

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  16. Goodness Pepper you have such a clever brain! Everything is so lovely!
    Kat x

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  17. I love catch-up, Pepper! Better late than never! And you've done some brilliant upgrades to already amazing mini projects. Thanks for sharing! xo Jennifer

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