Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Working space

I prepared this "Working Space"  in 2010.

In the photograph you see there is dollhouse shaped shelf. Shelf has been prepared using 1/144 scale dollhouse kit; I got this idea from an interior book.
'Washing Machine' is from Germany.

I bought 'Mobile phone' at Chicago show, 'The diary' is master work of Mr.Gomez from Spain, 'Sewing set' is from Daily Antiques Japan. Tiny bear with bed & backet are art work of Chris Okubo from the US.
I made a desk sewing machine using Chrisnbon kit.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Small Vignette

Recently I have a problem with my blog. I am able to create 'New post' for my article however, I am unable to post comment through comment area. So far, I have tried many times to post my replies to the messages without success. Does anyone has a same problem? I would appreciate if you can tell me how to handle it.

Before I introduce my Small Vignette, here are my replies to the messages I received for my previous article.

>Magda, Welcome to my blog.
It is my first time to get message from Poland. Thank you!.
Poland reminds me of Chopin; I love his piano music so much.

>Maria, Thank you for your message. Enjoy making lamp!
I hope my article helped somewhat.

Now, I would like to share with you all my small vignette.

I was requested by one of my customer to make this vignette. She wanted me to prepare small vignette dollhouse to display 'bowl with birds' and 'cats' from her collections.  She also requested me to make 'hydrangea flowers'. For rest of the things I used my idea. As I am aware of my customer's love for birds, I decided to display couple of items related to "birds".

In above picture, you can see antique looking 'bird cage', 'drawers' and 'boxes'; I painted them to give antique look.

Picture of garden, outside window, is real garden from picture book.  

In above picture
- 'Bowl with birds' is work of a French artist which my customer collected and requested me to use.
- I prepared 'hydrangea flowers' using paper kit.
- Perfume bottles are made by my friend, 'Yoko Serizawa'.

Above picture displays the small garden area in backyard of dollhouse. 'Cat with kitten' is work of Japanese miniaturist friend Mr. Hiroyuki Kimura; 'Cat with kitten' was provided by my customer to use in dollhouse.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

How to make ' Desk lamp'

First of all, let me thank all of you who posted message for my article on my dollhouse, 'Love is in the air'.
carmen, TINK-SONIA, Paloma, Gemma, contar, Susi, Kathi, SaMiRa73, Teresa, Mieke, Patty, Caroline and Jenevieve. Thank you, everyone!!!

>Daydreamer, I am showing how I made the desk lamp. Please read the article below.

>Eliana, Welcome to my site. Glad that you became follower of this site.

>Catherine, Thank you so much for your concern about me. I , too, wish I had known you were there at the Chicago show!

>Michelle, I really appreciate for sharing information about Avon miniatures; Thank you very much. I sure will contact them again.

How to make ' Desk lamp'
As many of you inquired about how I prepared the desk lamp which I used in my dollhouse; through this article, I make an effort to explain how I prepared desk lamp (for desk lamp and complete dollhouse, please refer my last article on my dollhouse titled, 'Love is in the Air').  However, sorry if you find this article incomplete. But I hope this does some help.

Here in Japan, you can easily get 'plastic model parts (from plastic model shop)' using which desired object can be prepared. I prepared desk lamp using the plastic model parts for 'Gundam'. 'Gundam' is very popular robot in Japan.

Below are the steps for preparing 'Desk Lamp' from plastic model parts
- Choose parts of suitable size for 'Lamp shade'.
- Choose right size of plastic strips to use as 'Arms of lamp'.
- Assemble the parts using glue.
- Finally do spray paint.

As you can see from above steps, making desk lamp is not that difficult but you need to get those plastic parts. I hope you find simlar 'plastic model parts' in your country.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Love is in the Air

How time flies!, 4 months have past since I posted my last article. I would like to thank you all who sent warm message and wishes in context to earthquake thing.

Through this article, I introduce my new dollhouse titled, "Love is in the Air". It is a corner box, 8(wide) x 8(depth) x 10(height) inches.

I found this real leather single sofa at Chicago show in 2010; the moment I saw this sofa, I fell in love with it!

I also found ballet type shoes at Chicago show.  Desk lamp was prepared by me from scratch using plastic model parts.

Photograph of couple on the wall is one of my favorite and conveys message of the dollhouse. I found this photograph while browsing through an antique picture book, right after that I decided to frame it and hang on the wall of my dollhouse.

My interest in sea shells started at the time when I used to work in one of Tokyo department store where I was in-charge for selling sea shells. I have become a collector of sea shells since then. These tiny sea shells used in the dollhouse are real one.

2 white vases used in dollhouse are from "Avon Miniatures, England". I have tried to contact with them without success. If anyone has information about them, please let me know if they are still doing business.
A circular cone type of vase is made by British artist, "Carol Mann"; her miniature pottery work is amazing.

80% of books displayed on the shelf are prepared by me and remaining purchased during dollhouse shows. Few of the books can be opened and read. Thick book (aqua blue) in second shelf from bottom is a picture book of sea shells which I collected during London Dollshouse Festival last year.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Newest kitchen

Here's my newest kitchen.
 I do love pink color.

Checking internet for cupcakes.

I made a bird decal print for the tea pot.

I got 'preparing for cupcakes' at IGMA show in the US.
Got the book stand at Chicago show.
My husband made 'le creuset' pot from scratch.

The hand mixer by Victor Franco.
I wonder if he is still working on miniatures. Hope so.

This vacuum cleaner is from the UK. Isn't she lovely? 

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Piano room

I made this piano from a Mini Mundus kit, Germany.

Japanese artist 'Kiki', he made the cat.
(Unfortunately he does not sell his cat anymore) 

I used to play the piano almost everyday back to my college.
I love Chopin....Ballade 4 is my favorite the most.

Backside is a sofa corner.

                                                The hat box made by Susan Harmon from the US.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Kitchen box 2010

Here is my kitchen box. I prepared this last summer in 2010.

I found Bauhaus style chairs at interior shop in Tokyo. The size is just perfect for 1 inch scale!
Bird eggs and nests are my favorite items.
I got a 'stained glass look' window at the Chicago show in 2010. 

Cooking oven and dish washer, they are from Germany.
I made kitchen counter, shelves and a blackboard.