Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Morning Glory of Love

This is my latest vignette. 
 "Morning Glory of Love" is the title. 1/12 scale.

I found this birdcage at interior(Zakka)shop in Tokyo.
You can open wide the top of a half round "lid".

It is a corner of garden. 
I made this storage from scratch. 
Iron parts I got from the US. 

I prepared this morning glory flowers by paper kits.

I have been collecting those garden tools and goods.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

1/144 Town House

Recently I was working on 1/144 Town Houses.
I got this 1/144 kits at Kensington Dollhouse Festival in May this year.

Should I try to make 1/144 scale furniture!?
I have never tried it yet!
Ummm......think about it.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Beach Scenes

Finally put this merbaby...made by Todd Krueger.
Todd is one of my most favorite miniature artist.

Beach Making 4

1...Glue sand. I got this sand at an art supply store in Tokyo.
2....Place fence, boat and rocks. Add foliage and grass.
3....Pour clear resin. Let it be hardened. 
4....Add clear gel medium making for wave. Make wave with toothpick.
      After drying it becomes clear. At the edge of the "water" add a bit
     of white sand. It looks bubbles.
      I got that clear gel medium at the art supply store. 

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Beach Making 3

Now I get back to the Beach Making.

1, I cut styrofoam by a special saw. The special saw means it just for styrofoam.

2, Set and glue the styrofoam to the base. Cover the styrofoam by Plaster Cloth.

3, I cut the wooden boat.  I bought this boat at the gift shop nea  the sea. I think
    you can get this boat at miniature shop as well.

4, Think about layout. I am just doing it as trial.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

IGMA show in the US

Finally I came back to this Blog.....I actually came back from the US 2 weeks ago but I have been sooo busy! Glad to come back here anyway.
Before I post Beach Making 3, let me show you a couple of pictures I took at the IGMA show.

IGMA show was wonderful even though it was not that big as Chicago show or Philadelphia Miniaturia.
I enjoyed everything!

I took miniature class taught by Jose Maria Bolio. He taught us how to paint the kettle and hair dryer as "antique look".  Jose is  one of the most talented miniaturist in the world, I believe. I really love his miniatures!

I also took a class for making cookie cutters after Jose's class.
Teacher;  Peter Boorum.

There's so many beautiful miniatures at the venue.
This wedding cake is one of the most favorite miniature I got this time.

Cristina is the lady who made such a beautiful wedding cake. She comes from Italy.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Beach Making-2 Rocks

I am leaving for the US.   I will visit the IGMA show. Really looking forward to it!
Because of that I will come back here this blog... on Sep. 30th. as I won't bring my computer along with me.

Making rocks.....I am using the mold and plaster
from  Woodland Scenics products.
Very easy to make!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Beach making -1

1, Cut styrofoam by electric saw.
2, Cut the boat. I bought this boat at miniature shop.
3. Make beach base using "Plaster cloth" by Woodland Scenics.
4.  Set out wood fence, pole for canvas and a half of the boat.
Not glue at this moment, though.

Woodland Scenics products are great help to make outdoor scene!!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Don't Disturb

"Don't Disturb" is the title of my beach project 1 inch scale.

       I displayed this such a cute "merbaby" made by
   an American Doll & Miniature artist, Todd Krueger.

This is my beach scene, I prepared this in 2008 for my
solo exhbition in Tokyo.  
Now I am going to show you how to prepare this beach scene
step by step from next my post.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Cat Paws Bakery - Almost completed

Finally I displayed  sign board I made.  
A cat and a little birdy....both are I collected before.
I glued the bird onto cat's head...ha,ha!
Wishing they get along as I love both birds and cats.
The cat is made by Japanese miniature artist, "Kiki".
I love his creations, cats, but  unfortunately he does not sell his 
miniature cat anymore.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Making Pansy flower

Firstly, let me thank everyone who gave me kind comments,
and thank you for following this blog.
I am really happy to receive your comments. Thank you very much!
Because of my poor English skill,  I cannot reply to every comment
but please leave your comment anytime.  I appreciate that.
If you have any question, just ask me. I will try to answer.

Now I get back to my project.

Making pansy flowers by using paper kits.
I painted all of them using small paint brush.
After painting, cut from the sheet.

The left one, I finished it at first....not good!!
Does not look like pansy.
Right one.....getting better a little?

I finished displaying this flower shop corner
right next to the Bakery.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Cat Paws Bakery - Ads Bicycle

My husband made this ads bicycle from Phoenix Model kit.
I added basket(I made it) and also shop's name. 

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Cat Paws Bakery 3

I added acrylic case on the show case.
I have done the show case!

Cat Paws bakery 2

I made a show case.

Cakes by some miniature artists.  I also made some of them.

Cat Paws Bakery 1

This is the start of "Cat Paws Bakery".
I got this cat image from a real shop in Manhattan, NY  in 1996.
Cat's name is Maybel.

It seems they closed the shop already.....sad!

I made this dollhouse from scratch but only the image of cat is a
original picture from Maybel cat.


Thursday, September 9, 2010


I made this Hydrangea by using paper kits. I painted the metal basket and stool
as rustic look.  I am going to open webshop and sell paper kits.... Hydrangea,
pansies and ivy leaves and so on  in the near future. I will let you know here after
 opening web shop.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Tomatoes by Masahiro Mahara.

Making flower or leaves, he told me that he's using "plastic paper" which is
discontinued material. According to him, he still has a lot of stock of it.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Love Strawberries!

These wonderful miniature works by Masahiro Mahara.
I love his creations!

He cuts leaves and flowers by using scissors. It is just unbelievable!!!

I will take movies the scene he uses scissors next chance
I meet him at the miniature show.

Close up - Sewing Table

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Sewing Table

I displayed this table for miniature show in Tokyo.

I made basket tote bag, painted stool, hat stands.
Sewing machine I used Chrysnbon kit.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Bird nest with Eggs

When I attend the miniature show in Japan,  I sell miniatures I found
at Miniature show in the US or in the UK.
I sell miniatures I made as well.

I made these bird nests. Using hemp strings and green foliage.
Eggs are FIMO.  All of them got sold out at June/July show in Japan.
I will make some more.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Wedding Couple figure

I found this porcelain figure in Weddingstar magazine from the US.
They have many style of  wedding couple figures in the magazine.
I really enjoyed.... and placed order for one of them through their online shop.

I received it this morning.....I like it!
Unfortunately,  the couple size is a little bit smaller than 1 inch scale  but
I am sure of that I can diplay this outside scene.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Leather Club Chair

I have just got this leather club chair by Judith Blondell
from Canada.
Really wonderful...I like it very much.

I will display this chair in my dollhouse living room
with my favorite picture. I will post it later in the near future.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

TV scene

This is one of my favorite scene.  This box type of dollhouse has 2 rooms. One is kitchen, another is living room with a couch.  TV is from Aztec miniature company. I pasted a black and white couple picture from Interior magazine. You can remove one book from those books. It is a picture book of Monet. I painted brick wall and a fence as rustic look. Made TV table.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Just started

Hi, I am Yuri Munakata from Tokyo, Japan.
A craftswoman, collector and dealer of miniature work.
Love miniature and dollhouse so much, especially 1 inch scale.
I have been operating miniature business from Tokyo since 1995
under the brand name of "Angel Berry".

Now my English blog has just started.....will update something
about miniatures I am working on and my collections.

I prepared this dollhouse in March 2010.
I made all pansy flowers by using paper kit.