Sunday, 21 April 2019

Finally

I have more free time on my hands than ever before.

Technically, I am retired, although I have registered as a sole trader so that I can sell miniatures legitimately. Making and selling is a slow process that doesn't provide me with a living but enough to replace materials so that I can continue. Before I get offers of food parcels I have to say, small time selling suits me perfectly; no pressure and no demands on my time. So I'd like to take the opportunity to thank everyone of you who have bought my miniatures. That financial support allows me to experiment, practice and hopefully, improve my miniatures. I also want to thank those of you who encourage me to keep going. It's good to have that cheer when I have moments of doubt.

Now the dust has settled on a horrible and busy 12 months, I'm keen to blog again. So what am I making now? Well I thought it would be a good idea to make a variety of backdrops to show the things I sell in a favourable way. I think when you can see miniatures in a scene, it's far easier to imagine owning them. You never know, one day I may even exhibit at a fair and will need these backdrops to dress a table.

I have a stash of sheet material and a chopsaw that I used to cut a variety of rectangles. To my mind, these backdrops can literally be a floor and back wall since miniatures are as much about fakery than anything else. 


Since I'm making a lot of coastal and D.I.Y. miniatures at the moment,  I'm making a Fisherman's cottage facade and a shed interior.


This needs a table or shelves and some hardware for the door.


This one needs some weathering, and landscaping.  




See, fakery. I'm not concerned with prettying up a view that no one will see.

A short post I know but  I vow to post little and often from now on.

Pepper  😊















35 comments:

  1. Hi Pepper!!! It's wonderful to see a post from you and to know you are still working on your minis! I think good stage sets are a great idea for display... especially if you want to sell things and only want temporary housing for them! The interior of your shed looks very shed-like! LOL! I am glad to hear the dust is settling and that you plan to blog more! Your minis are always such a treat! :):)

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    1. Thank you so much, for the lovely comment and approval of the backdrops 😘 I've still been making during my blogging absence, though on a very small scale. 😊

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  2. It's delightful to have you back and to know you are exploring the talent and creativity that seems to pour from your soul! 💗
    Looking forward to the next post!

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    1. Aw thank you Jodi. You are the very cheer that keeps me going. ☺️

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  3. Hi Pepper, I cannot begin to tell you how happy I am to see a new post from you. Oddly enough, I was thinking about you this morning and wondering if you were still working on your Gothic manor house. I love the new facades. Especially the fisherman's cottage. Looking forward to the new posts.

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    1. Hi Catherine. Weirdly, or perhaps not so weirdly I have often thought of you...hoping that you are okay and maybe considering blogging again. I'm so happy to be back ☺️ I hope maybe one day you will be too

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  4. I think the new facades are beautiful. And I am also so happy to see a post from you. And look forward to many short (but always awe-inspiring) posts from you!

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    1. Thank you so much sweetie, I'm happy to be here too 😘

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  5. I'm so glad to 'see' you again! I've been so curious about what you've been doing. I love the blue and white. (My not so secret weakness.) I'm with Catherine though, how's the Gothic manor coming along? It had such a wonderful start!

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    1. Thank you Sheila. I can assure you the Gothic Manor is still here, and will be worked on again..eventually ☺️

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  6. Lovely to see you again, friend.

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    1. You too sweetie. It's been too long 😊

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  7. It's wonderful to have you back, I've been so curious about what you've been doing. I am glad to hear the dust is settling and that you plan to blog more.
    Your miniatures are always so special and perfectly made, just as these new facades are!
    Kind regards, Ilona

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    1. Thank you so much IIona. I'm so happy to see so many friendly faces again 😊

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  8. I can only join the choir shouting: "Good to see you again and even better to have you back!" And it's great to learn that you're concentrating on miniatures for sale and at the moment making displays for them. They look awesome and according to me you should make some more because small displays like these might also sell well; especially when made as awesome as yours.

    Hugs
    Birgit

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    1. Aw thank you Birgit you are, as always, very kind 😘

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  9. I'm glad to read you again. You posting little and often suits me fine, I'm looking forward to next one.

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    1. Thank you Line, I'm very happy to be here again 😊

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  10. Welcome back, Pepper!
    This project is fantastic.

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  11. Good to see you post Pepper! Settings are so much fun to make, yours are wonderful :)

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    1. Thank you Linda. I've always admired the backgrounds you've made for your lovely minis :)

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  12. It's great to see you posting again Pepper, your backdrop projects look great. I can't wait to see them filled with all the miniatures you are selling. Welcome back.

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    1. Thank you so much MMM, it's so good to be amongst friends again :)

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  13. I've missed you!
    but it's GREAT to see you back again :D

    elizabeth

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  14. Great backdrops, Pepper. What a really good idea to display your items for sale - and easy to change items in and out of. Even your backdrops look beautiful! I'm glad to see you back. I took a break myself for over a year. Sometimes life just interferes with other things we want to do. All the best - Marilyn D.

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    1. Thank you Marilyn. That's my hope - that I can swap things in and out :) Yup, life has that annoying habbit of getting in the way of minis. Glad you're back too :)

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  15. Your past posts have really helped me get re-established in the mini world. Thank you for that. I’m excited to see what you come up with to put in your new scenes. I enjoy staging my work for photographing, even if the scene is just for the moment.

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    1. Aw thank you Sherrill. That's really lovely to hear :)

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  16. pepper, this is an excellent idea! I personally prefer making the 'houses' rather than the interior minis - but the two of them always seem to go together.. in one way or the other ;-)

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    1. Hey Marion. I'll happily leave the house making to you and stick with the dressing :D

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  17. So much fun to see what you've been up to again! I can't wait to see all these stages showcasing your new minis and I'm going to have to take a visit to your shop :) The best part is hearing you've found your groove again and are enjoying creating. Hugs!

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